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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tooting Sam's Horn

Sam is an original. He marches to the beat of his own drummer. And today I am tooting my horn for Sam because it is his fourteenth birthday!

I made this card for his birthday because Sam is quite a talented trumpet player!

{Today's Brew: Strike Up the Band stamp set and dies (MFT stamps), Distress Sprays, copic markers, PTI card stock)}

Love you, my sweet Samuel!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kindness: Little Sheep Virtues

Good morning, cafe friends!

I finished a cross stitch gift from Little House Needle Works this week. This is from the series called "Little Sheep Virtues", and there's a sweet mini sampler for each month.

I made one for my Mom for Christmas, and she has had that thing hanging up all year long. It was on my To Do list to make her one for a new season, so here it is!

I added a little lace to the finished piece and used two coordinating fabrics to tie it all together. A few buttons, a ribbon hanger, and done!

A cute piece to hang anywhere...doorknob, coat hook, basket.

It's been chilly and crisp here in Michigan, and the landscape has the golden tones of early autumn. Pumpkin Spice season is nearly here!

Blessings on your day, cafe friends!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Joshua Tree

Thirty years ago, long before there were radio stations like KLove that played contemporary christian music, there was a band from Ireland called U2. They wrote anthems for my generation, with lyrics like "You broke the bonds and you loosed the chains, carried the cross and all my shame." Bono sang of love and struggle and pain, and he wasn't afraid to speak of faith. And in a time when all we had were a few bands like Stryper (sorry, Stryper!), they filled a huge void.

They made an album called "The Joshua Tree", and it was a long love letter to America.

And thirty years ago, I went to a U2 concert in Detroit to hear the band play the music from The Joshua Tree live. It was a big deal.

Little did I know at the time that the man I would love, who would one day be my husband, was also at that concert. And I would meet him just a few months after that event. This guy.

Thirty years ago. Wow.

This weekend, my husband surprised me with tickets to see U2 perform music from The Joshua Tree at the Ford Field. Back in Detroit, where it all started.

It was the perfect way to cap off our homecoming summer.

I love this man. And this month, I've been loving him for thirty years.

We've had a great summer, and we're sorry to see it go. But we're also excited for what God has in store for us in the future.

And who knows? Maybe in thirty years, we will see U2 perform again. :)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

The Blessing of Babies

Aren't babies a wonderful blessing?

In a big family like mine, it seems as though someone is always cooing over a baby at a family gathering. We pass them around like a platter of sweets to be devoured. They are precious!

My nephew and his wife had a baby girl, and I needed to make a card for baby Samantha Jan to go with her present.

{Today's Brew: Hanging Out stamps and dies (PTI), Lawn Fawn dies and papers, PTI ink and card stock, amuse ribbon, Lawn Fawn heart badge}

Thank heaven for little girls...and little boys, too!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Story of My Craigslist Sofa (and Chair, too!)

So, yeah, this happened this summer and I forgot to tell you. My oldest son, Luke, moved out and in to his own apartment!

We're so happy for him!

He's in Ann Arbor with all the cool kids. We found a place together, after much hunting and searching. It's an adorable one bed that was fully remodeled, with tons of space and closets and natural light, and a balcony that looks over a treed courtyard. Perfect!

He needed a couch. And considering that we'd sold the matching love seat to ours in the moving sale, it seemed like a good time to pass this comfy one on to the son who really loved it. He got my refabbed coffee table, too.

Of course, that left us couchless. So the same weekend that Luke moved out, I began scouring the internet for our replacement. We talked about the IKEA Ektorp for a long time. I loved it because you can buy replacement slipcovers for it. And for new furniture, it was on the cheap end. My husband, however, wasn't sold.

And then I found a listing on Craigslist for the Ektorp sofa and chair, one year old, with a nice neutral cover. And the best part? It was less than half what we would have paid to buy both new. So we figured, hey, someone else broke it in for us! Let's do it!

And here it is, looking like it always belonged in this room.

I swapped out some decor this weekend, adding a few autumnal touches.

I purchased this awesome velvet and linen pillow cover from Pottery Barn on clearance last spring. Yay!

And it looks perfect with this Pottery Barn blanket that I got on sale.

I washed all of the slipcovers this week, and they washed great! All spots came out fine. The key to washing the Ektorp is two-fold.

First, wash in multiple loads. For me, this meant five loads to finish the chair and sofa.

Second, only dry on low setting for a few minutes and then put it back on damp. This will make it easier to stretch the fabric to get it back on, and it will also prevent wrinkles.

Sure, we could have purchased some pricey furniture at a high end place. Pottery Barn sells something very similar for three times the price. But did we really need to? For now, I am happy to have something that I can easily wash and change out for the seasons.

And good news: it passes the Jemma comfy test!

Blessings on your weekend, cafe friends!