HOOK-SHOT transforms a mini-liquor bottle into a party ornament

Party decorations that fuel the party.

HOOK-SHOT is a product that transforms a mini-liquor bottle into a party ornament.  While displaying the mini bottles as an ornament at parties and events, the bottle can easily be removed from the red cap and consumed as a shot or added to a cocktail mix.

It is ideal for; Special Events, Office Parties, Christmas Parties or Birthdays, just to name a few possibilities.  In addition there are thousands of individuals around the world who collect mini-liquor bottles and this product provides a simple and effective way for them to bring their bottles off the shelf and into the party or holiday event.  (If you are interested just do a You Tube search for “Mini-Liquor Bottle Collectors” )

While we are providing what we refer to as “coils” in the packages, purchasers will be able to be creative and add an endless variety of other trinkets and adornments over the hook to create their own unique ornaments.  Our coils will initially be available in red, gold and silver, and in both a square and spiral pattern.

The HOOK-SHOT is one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase, which takes place on Oct 13, 2012 at the Denver Merchandise Mart.

Inventor Don Brinkmann recently took time to talk to us about naming a unique invention, protecting his vision and selling a million widgets…

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Tree Bench – portable bench turns any tree into a shady seat


Tree Bench

Aandeboom, the Dutch team that brought us the clever P-Tree urinal, designed this clever pop-up Tree Bench. This quirky design takes the traditional park bench to another level by supporting it with a set of industrial straps, allowing it to hover over the ground while providing space for plants and grass to thrive beneath it. (Pics)

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Exploding holiday tree ornaments


BANG! Color.

If you’ve had about enough holiday cheer for one year, you can take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone. Photographer Alan Sailer likes to shoot Christmas ornaments with a high-powered pellet gun and photograph them with a high-speed camera as they explode into a million shiny pieces. Bah-humbug, indeed!

(more explosions after the jump…)

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Christmas Tree Syndrome – your Christmas tree may be making your sick


Christmas trees could be to blame for a range of health complaints over the holiday season.

Don’t be too quick to judge those who feel under the weather over the holiday season – rather than seasonal overindulgence, it could be their Christmas tree making them ill.


YuleaHoop – a revolutionary new way to decorate your Christmas tree


Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2011 

The YuleaHoop™ is a small round ring with gripping slots that slips over the top branch of your Christmas Tree. The YuleaHoop securely holds ribbons and/or bead garlands in place. Decorating is fast, easy and secure. It will hold string popcorn and cranberries too! YuleaHoop is a revolutionary new way to decorate your tree.


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TreeGreetings – The eCard That Plants a Tree


Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase

TreeGreetings . . . technology and the Earth working together to plant trees! A shade, fruit, flowering or evergreen tree gets planted in the US or Central America with every amazing, beautiful, musical, nature eCard sent. No paper used in the entire process and it’s easy as 1, 2, Tree!

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Bishnois: Eco-Conservation as a Religion

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Bishnois Have Been Called The Sacred Environmentalists

Before the “green” movement became trendy, there is a village in India that takes eco-conservation to the level of religion.

Bishnois, a community following the tenets prescribed by Jambeshwar in the 15th century, teaches its followers to respect nature, be kind to animals and not to cut trees. The followers are so principled as to lay down their lives to protect a tree…

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Consider Maple Syrup as a Healthier Sweetener

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The Sweet Healthy Maple Treat

You can’t use it in everything, unless your friends absolutely love brown frosting. But when possible, you might consider real maple syrup as a sugar or corn syrup substitute. It actually loads in a lot of good stuff with the calories.

Some benefits of maple syrup were previously known, but University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram found new anti-oxidant compounds in maple syrup samples taken from Canadian trees. They’re present in the sap alone, but in more beneficial amounts when a dozen or more gallons of sap are boiled down to make a gallon of syrup:

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Holiday Lights: The Brief and Strangely Interesting History


Thomas Edison was known for his wacky publicity stunts, but during the Christmas of 1880 he went for the sentimental rather than shock value. That year, instead of electrocuting an elephant, he brought us the first electric Christmas light display.

By the time 1880 rolled around, Edison had his incandescent light bulbs pretty well figured out, and was on the lookout for a way to advertise them. To display his invention as a means of heightening Yuletide excitement, he strung up incandescent bulbs all around his Menlo Park laboratory compound, so that passing commuters on the nearby railway could see the Christmas miracle. But Edison being Edison, he decided to make the challenge a little tricker by powering the lights from a remote generator eight miles away.

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Adventures on a Canopy Raft


A new viewpoint for research.

How do researchers study the tops of rain forests? One way is to use a canopy raft, which is flown up and settled on the very tops of trees.

Canopy rafts are extraordinary things. they’re basically enormous nets attached to an inflatable frame and are dropped onto trees from airships, resulting in a viewing platform like no other which can also be used as a base from which to hang using climbing gear. the raft above is the solvin bretzel, a new design by gilles ebersolt which due to its pretzel-inspired shape is both safer to use and more effective than older versions. researchers can spend days at a time on the raft (hence the tent) and due to its extremely light weight the trees are left unharmed…

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Unusual BubbleTree Treehouse

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BubbleTree Treehouse 

A tree house is a romantic hideaway close to nature and it does bring out the child in you again. Enter BubbleTree, a company offering a trendy habitat that will appeal to both the nature lovers and those on the hunt for unusual creations. It’s a small wooden platform installed in a tree, which is covered with a canvas in sphere at night. The cozy nest is capable of providing inimitable moments of closeness between human and nature. This tree house is an eco-design that respects the biological activity of trees. The installation on the central portion of the tree trunk minimizes the risk of uprooting in strong winds. Moreover, they have developed the concept of “Artificial Branch,” a patented device that allows “postponing the constraints of construction on the carrier part of the tree without mortgaging its future development.” The hut in the tree allows you to take full advantage of nature. The platforms can be used to take a nap, to observe nature, to read a good book or to simply spend some nice time with your family.  (Pics)

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