Thursday, September 21, 2017

MFT Superstar Challenge #3: Color!

I hesitated to enter the MFT coloring challenge because, well, when it comes to coloring...quite honestly, I fake it. Yep! I never know what I'm doing with paints and rules, just me doing my own thing.

But this card idea had been floating around in my head all week. I think I've been inspired by early morning sunrise (back to school hours...hello, 6:30 a.m.!), and how everything is about light and shadow.

I decided to stamp this little chicken on a dark grey card stock, and then color it with very light colored markers. The idea was to just give it a hint and suggestion of color. That way, the start of the show can be the sunrise in all its sparkly glory!

{Today's Brew: I Love You More stamp set, The Whole Herd stamp set, radiating rays stencil, Glimmer Mist, Distress Inks, farm fence die}

Phew! Three cards in one day! And just under the wire for the MFT submissions!

Thanks for visiting the cafe! Blessings!

MFT Superstar Challenge #2: Innovations

Here's one more entry for card innovations. I wanted a cute little square card that looked like a moving box. Y'all know that I know a thing or two about moving boxes!

This card "unpacks" to reveal a happy housewarming sentiment!

{Today's Brew: Up In The Air stamp set, No Place Like Home stamp set, arrow stamp from Whimsical Wishes stamp set, Blueprints dies, circle die, COPIC markers, washi tape, baker's twine}

Thanks for visiting the cafe today!

MFT Superstar Challenge!

Hello, cafe friends!

Here's a card I made today for the My Favorite Things 2017 Superstar Challenge! I used the Christmas tree stamp and stockings from Merry Christmoose to make a fun garland of holiday greens! I hung the stockings using silver cord.

{Today's Brew: Merry Christmoose stamps and dies, cross stitched frame die, banner die, washi, Wink of Stella, cord ribbon, Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, white spray}

Thanks for looking today!

A Coffee Cozy For The 500th!

Good morning, cafe friends!

I have a fun project to show you today. I made this coffee cozy in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Yes, 500 years ago on this October 31st.

I used Martin Luther's rose seal as my inspiration, which you can see here on my bible:

The sweet blogger, Adriane, at Little House on the Dairy is hosting a mug swap called Here I Swap. You can see her adorable blog (and get a little peek into her farm life) here:

I thought this coffee cozy would make a fun gift for my mug swap partner. Because we're Lutherans, and this is how we feel about that:

I added a little love with the tag on the side, too.

{Today's Brew: Coffee Cozy die, circle die, flower dies, felt, DMC threads}

And if you were curious, I used a lower case letter "t" die from My Favorite Things (an oldie) to make the cross. Crosses are notoriously hard to cut (a little more on this side, now the top, now the other side...aaack!), and while this "cross" isn't perfect, it looks a lot better than if I'd attempted it free style. Trust me. No one wants to see that.

I think I need to make a few more of these for some of my hard core Lutheran friends. Time to get stitching!

Blessings on your day, cafe friends!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Another Furniture Find For The Cottage

I'm still nesting in the new cottage. I swapped out the red and floral fabric curtains for the softer lace. Then, I put the off-white slipcover back on the chair and ottoman. With a nice neutral palette, I was able to bring in lots of autumn decor to make it feel homey for the season.

I've been hunting for a replacement coffee table for a few weeks after giving the old table (and sofa) to our son, Luke, for his new apartment.

I looked at department stores. I looked at online stores. But nothing really struck my fancy. 

And so I turned, once again, to Craigslist, thinking I may have to find an old piece and paint it.

That's when I found this great deal for a coffee table and end table, both only a year old from IKEA. The tables had the softer lines and turned legs that reminded me of the pine furniture already in the room. And the soft creamy white looked like it would go great with the newly painted fireplace mantle. I also liked the addition of round lines in a room that already has a lot of square/straight lined furniture.

And here's the really funny part. The seller was the same person we'd bought the IKEA couch and chair from back in July! I guess it was meant to go together all along.

I've been wanting a table by my reading and stitching chair for a long time, and this one is the perfect height. It's a great place to put a book or a cup of coffee.

I REALLY love the tables in this room for a few reasons:

1.) Practical! My coffee cups needed some safe landing spaces!

2.) The creamy light color works well with the existing woodwork, and it helps to lighten up an already dark-ish room.

3.) The round shape picks up the round mirror and round china plates on the back wall.

4.) They are made of a really solid, heavy wood (not your typical particle board stuff from IKEA).

5.) They were a great price! I couldn't have bought ONE table for the price I paid for two!

A great addition to the great room. I know we will enjoy these pieces for many years to come.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Autumn Plaid

Flannel shirts. Woolen blankets.  I LOVE plaid in the fall!

I made this card using a new-to-me stamp set from My Favorite Things!

{Today's Brew: Fall Foliage stamps and dies (MFT), Lawn Fawn paper, PTI ink and card stock}

Don't forget to check out my Fall Sale! I've lowered the prices on lots of stamps and dies!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Prices reduced! Fall Cleaning Sale!

Good morning, cafe friends!

I'm doing a little fall cleaning, and I'm hoping to find homes for these neglected craft supplies. Prices are listed, and you can add $2 for shipping. Payment via Paypal. Please email me at:

Lawn Fawn Critters Down Under: $8
Lawn Fawn Critters in the Arctic: $8

Lawn Fawn Hello Sunshine stamp sets and dies :$20

Mama Elephant Purrfect Pair stamps and dies: $20
Mama Elephant Balloons Et Cetera: $8

Sizzix/Hero Arts with Framelits dies: $8 each

Paper Smooches Folkal Points $5
Paper Smooches Vogue Abode $5

Paper Smooches A Good Egg: $5

Paper Smooches Squeaky Clean: $5

Paper Smooches Let's Shop: $5

6 x 6 paper packs, partial to full. Selling entire lot for $15, all shipping included

Papertrey Ink stamp sets, sold on acetate sheets:

Kid Kudos and dies $20

Iconic Images $8 (anniversary set)

Just The Ticket and die $20