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repurposed military bags – the bag that started it all

repurposed military bags – the bag that started it all

Repurposed military bag

I once saw a bag for sale online that had been repurposed from old military textiles and immediately fell in love. It was so authentic, loaded with character and had such a historical significance that just really drew me to it. I wanted that bag, in a bad way, but it was really expensive!! Over the next couple weeks I kept going back to admire the bag but I knew I would never have it. That was when I told myself that I would learn to make one.

Repurposed military bag

I’ve always had a sewing machine and … I’ve always known how to sew. But I had never sewn a bag so naturally I thought it would be easier than it was. I spent endless hours online reading tutorials and watching DIY videos and weeks later, I pulled out some scrap textiles and made my first bag. It was not very pretty. So I made another. And another. Over the next several weeks, I made more. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so I made more. I wasn’t very satisfied with any of them, never mind that it took me a ridiculous amount of time to make just one. I also made the mistake of trying to use military textiles right from that start which, in hindsight, was a huge mistake. Not only did I spend half of my time trying to dissemble them in a way that didn’t damage them, but they are also are very thick, old, worn and all around difficult to work with. I remember I would get blisters before I was even half way done with a bag! I wish I had taken pictures of some of those beginner bags but if you can imagine a very basic tote with no frills, no liner, no pockets, no zippers, some never even got straps! I just kept going through the motions., undoing what I did, and then doing it again. I was super determined!

Repurposed military bag

Well, I did eventually make my first military bag. And I loved it. I loved it so much, that I opened up an Etsy shop and listed it for sale. I didn’t list it for very much as I didn’t feel that I was a professional bag maker in any way, but it was a nice bag and I thought that someone out there would love it and be able to appreciate the time and thought that I had put into it. While I was making another one, it sold! And so it began. My shop at the time was called Rebagged designs and I was only making bags. We had another shop called Apothecary Art where we were making apothecary cabinets. Eventually we combined the two to create TNBC designs which 5 years later, became 1770 mercantile.

Repurposed military US Navy bag

So that is how it all started. And the best part? Hundreds and hundreds of bags later …. and I still have yet to make one for myself!!

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more hot honey pleeeeeease

more hot honey pleeeeease

So we have been trying to show everyone how versatile our hot honeys are. It’s different, we know, and we are here to remove any hesitation you might have in trying one of these hot honeys. We personally put this stuff on everything we eat. Seriously. It’s that good. But pictures speak louder than words. So here are some of our favorites.

We have tried hot honey on all kinds of desserts. This is a french pastry with our cherry hot honey. YUMMM.

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Who knew Cannolis with a bit of spice could taste so good?!

Cannoli with hot honey

Yes, we always have dessert first. One of my favorite ways to use hot honey is to cook with it. It creates an amazing glaze! Below is a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with a Habanero hot honey glaze.

Hot honey glaze

Hot honey glazed chicken wings, not kidding, this is amazing. These were glazed with our Thai hot honey, giving them quite the kick.

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So do ya need more convincing? Ok Ok, we have made it even easier. You can try our hot honey sampler which includes 6 different flavors (we only have 8, so that’s almost all of them)! And, it even comes in a pretty gift box for the hot sauce lover in your life 🙂

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hot honey samplers

 

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chili pepper infused honey

chili pepper infused honey

1770 mercantile Chili pepper infused honey

We have a hot pepper obsession. But we think it’s a good obsession because we are constantly looking for new ways to use our peppers. This is one of our absolute favorites. Chili pepper infused honey aka hot honey. It’s not a hot sauce, its not honey, its more of the perfect, most versatile condiment ever. We use this on just about everything we eat from salads, sandwiches, pizza, burgers, pasta dishes, to desserts such as muffins, pound cake, and ice cream. It seriously goes with everything. How is that possible, right? Well, the combination of sweet, which hits you right away, followed by the slow build up of heat awakens literally every single one of your taste buds. Now that they have been awakened, everything you eat tastes better. Your able to taste the flavors of things better. Makes sense right? You have to try it to believe it 😉

We use only organic peppers in all our hot honeys. Our honey is locally sourced, raw wildflower honey. Our process takes a minimum of one month to produce one bottle of this delicious condiment. Why a month? Can’t tell you, it’s a secret! But it’s worth the wait, trust me! The result is a wonderfully sweet honey, followed by a very smooth heat. And we have 6 different heat levels, so something for everyone, unless you don’t like spicy because even our mild is made with hot cherry peppers. So while the heat is mild, it’s still there. Would you believe this stuff is amazing on ice cream?!

Ice cream topped with chili infused honey

Organic habaneros

Those (above) are habaneros and they may be small but they are HOT. We use these in one of our hottest (next to the ghost pepper one of course) honeys. Some other peppers we use are Thai, Cayenne, Jalapenos, Chocolate Habaneros, Scotch Bonnets, and about a half dozen others. I told you we had a pepper obsession!

Hot Chili peppers

We rate the “hotness” of each of our hot honeys based on the Scoville scale, which is basically a measure of heat a particular pepper has. Here is a sample Scoville heat scale.

Scoville heat scale

And of course, there’s the taste test 🙂

Are you craving some hot honey yet? No? That’s because you’ve never had it!

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jam jam jamin’

jam jam jamin’

1770 mercantile raspberry jam

Jam is one of our favorite foods. It’s deliciously sweet and good for you, comes in a hundred different flavors and is spreadable. Whats not to love?!

Of course, as with anything else and especially when it comes to food, quality is king. I practically grew up on peanut butter and jelly (but I mean – didn’t we all??) and I have always loved jam (grape, baby). But when I tried my first home made jam … well, let’s just say I almost cried. Who knew there would be such a difference?! So much so that I started making my own jam. Organic jam. And then one day I ran out of room in the cupboard.

And that’s pretty much how 1770 mercantile began selling organic jam 🙂

One of the reasons we insisted on making our own jam is because we wanted to use organic fruit. Fruit, and especially berries, is one of those foods where organic really makes a difference. Who wants to eat chemical soaked berries?? In addition, it has been proven that many berries retain more of their health benefits when purchased organically. Well, we know that can get expensive. So we started growing our own. One berry bush after another, we planted and planted and planted. And made jam.

Organic Jam - Strawberry peach Amaretto jam

Above is our strawberry peach amaretto jam. YUM! And below is our rum raisin apple jam.

Organic Jam - Rum raisin apple jam

And just so y’all don’t think we put alcohol in everything, this is our berry bash (strawberry, blueberry, raspberry) jam.

Organic Jam - Berry bash jam

So whats the difference between store jam and home made jam? TASTE! When fresh organic fruit and raw sugar are your only ingredients, you really can’t go wrong. It’s spreadable fruit. And when your buying home made jam, buying jam that is made in small batches ensures that your jam is fresh and trust me, you will notice a difference! And you’ll thank yourself for it 😉

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