Monthly Archives: June 2014

  1. Baby shipping

    Baby shipping

    Sometimes I find when I’ve retold a story a number of times, I lose the writing narrative of that story and it can take change of venue or thought process for it to return.  So, while I was fully prepared to regale our customers with wonderful adventures of the oldest kid and I in the vast wilderness boundary between the United States and Canada, I’m stuck.  Mr. PQ and I are heading back up north this weekend to cheer on Grandma’s Marathon participants, so perhaps by returning to the scene of the crime, I’ll get my mojo back.

    I desperately need my mojo back, we are busy preparing for the release of iPhone 6 and I am having the damnedest time stringing my thoughts together.  Perhaps I just need the World Cup #ibelievethatwewillwinit to conclude.

    Here’s how I know I’m losing my mind:  Brian texted the other day to inform me that a major online magazine wants to feature our packaging in an article.  I had to think for awhile about why on earth someone thinks Fedex and USPS mailing envelopes are interesting.  Then it hit me, “Oh, he means the brown parcel paper and wax stamps we wrap each iPhone and iPad case in prior to shipping”.   Yes, this would be the packaging we spent a lion’s share of 2013 designing.  Good lord, how do I forget these things?

    Then I was busy adding some items into our accounting inventory, among which were the nifty little Japanese mini pens we include with every Odyssey Wallet.  A rather handy and completely gorgeous wallet to take on your travels, the pen being our subtle amuse-bouche to the full entree of detail we impart to each product design.  For the life of me, I couldn’t remember the name of this wallet.  So, I dialed up Pad & Quill on my phone, hit the home page and found Odyssey, the name I was seeking.  The full

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  2. More then just a bumper case

    More then just a bumper case

    When we came up with the idea around the Traveler case for iPhone 5/5S we were inspired by my late father who carried a coin purse with him his entire life.  You can read more about that story here from this past March.

    Check out our video as well  Story of the Traveler Case.

    We love bumper case function and the more minimal approach they provide for an iPhone. What we hate is tons of plastic and injection molding.  That's everywhere.  We really wanted the Traveler case to wrap leather around an iPhone like a cool evening jacket. Like that trusty coat, the cover needed to also be practical.

    After dozens of prototypes we arrived at a case that we think fits these passions. Gorgeous full grain leather, stitching and very intricately handmade by our brothers and sisters in Leon.  We can even attest to it's drop protection. We have done multiple drops with our iPhones in the Traveler on concrete, some planned and some not so much.  The traveler did it's job well and we simply applied some boot oil to the scuffs- good as new.

    Check out our Traveler and as with all our products there is a 30 day money back promise.

    Brian

    Mr PQ

     

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  3. I'm what you might call, 'In-Doorsy'

    I'm what you might call, 'In-Doorsy'

    So Mrs PQ just took are eldest daughter and headed off into the wilderness of the Great Boundary Waters in northern Minnesota. Canoes and tents are the only items allowed in this area as all motorized vehicles, boats ect. are banned. Truly a ‘leave it as you found it’ vast preserve.

    Mrs. PQ hinted to our differences in her last post and I’ll offer another one right here.  When it comes to the great outdoors, I’m what comedian Jim Gaffigan might say, ‘In-doorsy’.  Never really understood why you take all the indoor stuff and bring it outdoors under nylon material that’s about as thin as my columbia shorts.

    Anyhow she’s been gone for about 4 days and that means one thing: To the dread of the other 3 quills, I’m the official meal planner. I’m actually fairly mean with a good frypan, organic eggs, spinach and some cheddar cheese.  My achilles heal might be around dinner time though. So let’s see what we did the last 4 days.

    Sunday night -Five Guys Burgers

    Monday night - Frozen Pizzas

    Tuesday night - Spaghetti (Due to the fact the rice cooker actually blew up, another story)

    Wednesday night - Store bought rotisserie chicken and instant mashed potatoes.

    The good news is I did manage to buy lots of salad supplies and pushed it on the kiddos without too much complaint.

    Back to camping. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind camping occasionally and I really love getting out in the natural forests.  Wether that be the redwoods north of San Francisco or local parks in Minneapolis.  I visit them and then retreat to what I call ‘protected domiciles’.  Another way to put it, somewhere with AC and a soft bed.

    My appreciation for the beauty of the woods extends to the beauty of lumber. As a former painter, I loved finishing gorgeous

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