Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pizza My Heart

I thought I was being SO clever for Sam this Valentine's Day. I had big plans to order him these heart shaped pizzas for dinner. Cute, right?

And when I told him my plans, he said "Oh. We had heart shaped pizzas at school for lunch today."


Of course, do you think this teenage boy was going to refuse pizza twice in one day? Nope! He loved it, and said the Jet's pizza was better.

At least the card I made him was clever!

{Today's Brew: Pizza My Heart (Lawn Fawn), PTI ink and card stock, PTI Bitty Big paper, COPIC markers}

Hope your Valentine's Day was sweet, cafe friend!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Digging Out, and Digging In To A Color Challenge!

A winter storm blew through Michigan this weekend and dumped a foot of snow. That's right. Twelve inches!

We had so much snow over a thirty-six hour period that we were running out of places to shovel it!

That's Pure Michigan for you! Of course, hearty folks (like us) still made it to church on Sunday morning. We really don't have an excuse, as we could probably walk to church if need be.

Spring seems to be far off in the distance, but that doesn't stop us from checking out the garden magazines and dreaming of flowers and sunshine.

I made this card for today's color challenge at Papertrey Ink!

It turns out that Soft Stone and Smokey Shadow is the perfect combination for making chickadees! I did some stamping on watercolor paper, and then blended everything with a wet brush to give it that "of course I painted this myself" look.

{Today's Brew: Winter Woods (PTI), Spring Hills (PTI), Shine (PTI), PTI inks and card stock, watercolor paper, Dew Drops, stitched banner die}

This morning, the sun is shining and reflecting lots of light off the snow. I'm going to soak up the sunshine while I can.

Blessings, cafe friends!

Friday, February 9, 2018

PTI 11th Anniversary: Retirement List Challenge

February is an exciting month! Groundhog's Day, Valentine's Day, my birthday...and Papertrey Ink's Anniversary!

PTI released the retirement list today, with the challenge to make a card with a stamp set from the list.

I recently found Tick Tock on the buy/sell forums. I love cuckoo clocks, and this set is so cute! The sentiments work for so many occasions, too. My advice: pick up this cutie before it's gone!

I just love how the dies will open the little shutters.

{Today's Brew: Tick Tock (PTI), stitched die, PTI ink and card stock, PTI chicken scratch paper}

Thanks for visiting the cafe!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Before and After Day! Cottage Office Makeover

It's Before and After Day here at the cafe! Time to reveal the updated office!

While I was away at the craft retreat, my sweet husband took some time off work and painted the office from ceiling  to floor/wall trim. I love that guy!

Here's a little review of how the office looked when we first toured it about a year ago. There were dark blue curtains covering the french doors, a Jetson's light fixture, and walls that were in really rough shape. Apparently the dog (a German Shepherd) used to spend the day closed in this small room.

Welcome to the office today! Or as the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex sign above the door says, "Wilkum!"

When we moved in to the house last summer, I knew this would be a room I'd be spending a lot of time in. It has wonderful natural light from morning to midday. I took advantage of that light and painted the room in Philadelphia Cream (Benjamin Moore). When you walk in, it gives you a nice sunny warm hug.

The light fixture is from Lowe's (Allen + Roth), and it gives a soft glow of light in the evening. Of course, all the window treatments came down the day we moved in. I did my best to bring light in to what was a dark and pokey feeling house. I replaced the window panels with lace curtains from IKEA. Super cheap, but they do a nice job of filtering light, and they give the house a cottage look from the outside, too.

Don't look too closely at the light fixture. It's a little dusty right now. Cleaning that one is on my To Do list!

Now that I'm writing again, I spend a lot of time here at my desk. I try to keep it relatively organized. Do you see that closet? That officially makes this front room a bedroom. It just happens to function much better as an office for our needs.

The other side of the room is where we have a bookcase filled with books (need more bookcases!) and the piano that Sam plays just about every day.

And in between the desk wall and the piano wall? That's usually where you will find Jemma. She loves to watch the world at her window. I often catch her here, with her chin resting on the sill, just napping and soaking in the sunshine.

I agree, Jemma. It's a lovely view out the front window! I can't wait for the spring bulbs to start poking up out of the ground. I'm hoping that all of that landscaping we added last fall will grow lush and pretty here.

It seems as though we never use the same color palettes twice. In the Illinois house, we used Sherwin Williams Coastal Cools to tone down all of that oak-y wood trim. In our old colonial home in Pittsburgh, we used Historic collection paints from Valspar. In Indiana, we bought a LOT of Behr paint from Home Depot. 

For the cottage, we are using a lot of Benjamin Moore paints...probably because we have an Ace Hardware just down the street. I'm choosing a lot of pale colors in my favorite yellows/creams/blues/greens. When paired with crisp white trim, it really adds an extra dose of cute to a cottage, and it also brings in some much needed light.

When I sit at my desk, I can turn around and look in to the foyer. I just love how the yellow in the office transitions into the green of the foyer wall. So soft and sweet!

Two rooms finished! Yay! I think the master bedroom and the laundry room will be the next on the list. The great room/kitchen/dining/hallways will be a BIG job, but I'm hoping we can tackle it by this spring.

Cozying up the cottage, one room at a time.

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

MFT Sketch Challenge #370

Hello, cafe friends! Time for a fun sketch challenge from My Favorite Things!

{Today's Brew: LLD Perk Up stamp set (MFT), Dienamics Coffe Cup dies (MFT), cross stitched rectangle die (MFT), angled banner die (MFT), heart stencil (MFT), doily,  PTI card stock/ ink}

I think this will make a fun Valentine for Luke, especially if I add a Starbucks gift card to it! Yes, it's pink...but he will have to get over it. It's a Valentine, after all.

Do you make Valentines? What is your traditional "gift" you like to give on February 14th?

Monday, February 5, 2018

MFT Color Challenge # 86

Happy Monday, Cafe Friends! I hope you had a great weekend!

I had a weekend full of creative inspiration at stamp retreat. Sometimes, you just need to pack it all up and get away...away from the laundry and the cooking and the cleaning. Just time to play and experiment.

That's what I did with today's card!

I was inspired by the My Favorite Things Color Challenge!

{Today's Brew: Sketched Blooms (MFT), MFT Blueprints die, MFT angled sentiment dies, embossing powder, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, amuse organdy ribbon, PTI card stock}

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Lawnfawnatics Challenge #21

Hello cafe friends!

I'm back from a weekend of crafting with a fun group of ladies. Four days of ink, paper, stamps, food and laughs. We had a great time!

I decided to participate in the Lawn Fawnatics challenge! Here's the inspiration:

I loved those socks...and all of the valentines, of course. So I combined the two for this card:

{Today's Brew: Loads of Fun stamps and dies (Lawn Fawn), Lawn Fawn plaid papers, Lawn Fawn scallop edge die, doily, Wink of Stella}

And the inside :

My husband knows I'm a laundry lover, so I think he'll appreciate this one.

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!