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Living with two men in their mid to late twenties is... Well, interesting. Especially if they are brothers, and one of them is your significant other. Talk about adding layers of complication to the already delicate "roommate" dynamics. I say "significant other" (S.O.) because "boyfriend" sounds too casual... We have been together almost 9 years (but we aren't married so he is not my "husband"). Some may think of this of an unconventional living situation, but I must say there is never a dull moment.

There are lots of fascinating observations that can be made as the sole female in a household where everyone is under 30. First and foremost: Men drink a lot of beer. Not only that, but they invite all their guy friends over who ALSO bring... Well, beer. Big surprise, huh?

Another thing about my two roommates is that they are beer snobs. Yep, they are…

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Living with two men in their mid to late twenties is... Well, interesting. Especially if they are brothers, and one of them is your significant other. Talk about adding layers of complication to the already delicate "roommate" dynamics. I say "significant other" (S.O.) because "boyfriend" sounds too casual... We have been together almost 9 years (but we aren't married so he is not my "husband"). Some may think of this of an unconventional living situation, but I must say there is never a dull moment.

There are lots of fascinating observations that can be made as the sole female in a household where everyone is under 30. First and foremost: Men drink a lot of beer. Not only that, but they invite all their guy friends over who ALSO bring... Well, beer. Big surprise, huh?

Another thing about my two roommates is that they are beer snobs. Yep, they are "those" guys who are never satisfied with just a generic "beer". Therefore, they love microbreweries and are always seeking out whatever new craft beer the grocery store is carrying. At some point, they decided to start saving all of their beer caps. I'm not sure why... I think it's because they noticed that a lot of the beer caps most people discarded were actually pretty cool. Bright colors, eye-catching logos, creative designs... I think they knew that at some point, they would figure out something cool to do with all those caps.

Well, I beat them to the punch. One day my S.O. and I were messing around with some pliers, a hammer, and a few bottle caps, and realized "hey... these would make pretty awesome earrings..." and thus the idea for reCAP was born. I started out making all the earrings with just a chisel & punch set and a hammer (creating the distressed, more rustic look) and have since branched out. I bought special tools and began doming the caps until they were barely recognizable as bottle caps , bought a basic set of acrylic paint and some Sculpley, and began creating funky, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry.

I have a stockpile of bottle caps from YEARS of 20-something guys coming in and out of our house and leaving behind a little piece of themselves. Of course, there is usually a "default beer"... You know, the good 'ole stand-by that you always grab when you are in a hurry or when the effort of picking out something new just seems too daunting. It has changed over the years, but these default beers are easily identified by the sheer number of caps certain brands / brews are represented in the stockpile. Then there are a few rare ones- perhaps beer sent by an out-of-state friend or from something brought home from a trip. Let me just say it took a while to sort through them all... and it is an on-going process. Of course their beer snobbery has only increased and their beer consumption hasn't taken a hit by any means. I have an endless supply of caps through them because, well, I don't see them cutting beer out entirely in the near future, even if they do reduce their consumption a little from time to time.

We also started saving other cool bottle caps from sparkling drinks and old-fashioned sodas. Anything is fair game. Twist off, those that require a bottle opener... I will scavenge whatever is available, I'm not picky. It's all bent up from the bottle opener? No worries, I can make it work. I have enjoyed getting my creative juices flowing and exploring fun ways to recycle these caps and re-purpose them into something completely new. Like a caterpillar emerging from its cocoon as a beautiful butterfly- still the same but altered... transformed... renewed.

Now whenever I am perusing the beer aisle in the grocery store, I find myself looking at the caps more than what is actually written on the label. Once you start looking, it's hard to stop. There are so many varieties out there and there are more microbreweries popping up every day.

Do you have a cool craft beer in your area? Do you have a favorite microbrewery that you don't see represented in my shop? PLEASE contact me- I may already have what you are looking for on-hand, and if I don't we will certainly work something out. I would love to expand my reach and beef up my stockpile with caps from all over that I may not have had access to otherwise. If you send me at least 6 caps, I will make you a pair of earrings with 2 of them (at a discount, and ship them to you FREE) and the remaining caps will become wearable pieces of art for someone else. I would love to chat with you so please don't hesitate to get in touch!

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