"I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee." ~Carly SimonSteve (left) and Shane doing all the work!
Before I had to bend or squat down way too far to retrieve cream from the fridge that sat on the floor. At my age one could dislocate a hip or put out the back! Way too much risk! The phone had no room next to the machine with all the sugars, coffee K-cup carousel and clutter. The entire set up was a dog's breakfast with little room to maneuver.
The boxes of coffee were all over the shop hidden in a cupboard here and a cubbyhole there, behind the sales desk on the floor and in the way. No organization or rhyme or reason for a caffeine call. So I listed my needs and Steve made it so. A work of art it is, with hand turned knobs and raised panel drawer and door fronts. Now every coffee related item is contained in one area, the shelves behind the door are built to hold the boxes of 80 K-cups perfectly. The top was sealed with three coats of spar varnish so spills won't be a problem. How I love efficiency and pretty!
Steve just happens to be Charlene's hubby, she's a rug hooker and occasionally one of our guest bloggers. Lucky gal having that kind of talent at her beck and call. Steve made her some beautiful jewellery cases for her budding little hobby business selling antique and hand made jewellery at the Sunday flea market. Charlene's a clever one when it comes to antique pieces, she's probably forgotten more about silver than the rest of us will ever know.
The rug is definitely an eye catcher with its red accent spoons and brown tone herringbone background, a stock item from the shop. The border was a medium hand-dyed Walnut, one of Shane's latest creations. The writing was done in Dorr Antique Red and the rug was whipped with a yarn that we dyed to match. The black and white coffee cups pop from the background with the swirling steam adding a bit of motion. Coffee beans are an interesting background filler to make for a cohesive design and a tidy separation for the border of coffee related words.
Adena Clark hooked this piece and said the colour plan fell together easily but she struggled with the spoons, hooking one colour after another and pulling it out. Then she saw a Dairy Queen ad on TV that featured their new red spoons and that was the light bulb moment. So she hooked them in Heart Red herringbone and knew instantly the right choice had been made.
I always loved this pattern but because of the round shape it was less desirable to the masses and only sold one or two copies so when Adena decided to give it a go I was pleased that I would finally have a picture and be the beauty I knew it could be. She did the pattern justice, I couldn't be happier with the colours. It would be perfect on the wall of a hip and happening café but in the meantime it will adorn my wall and lead customers to the brand new java station. So come on down and select a designer K-cup, whether it be a light, medium or dark roasted bean of ten or so different brand names. For those with a sweet tooth several flavoured choices such as Hazelnut Vanilla, French Vanilla and a Mocha are available. Earl Grey, Green and an English Breakfast for those who prefer tea and we even have a hot chocolate, so delicious it's even worth drinking on a hot day. So get away from your chores, come on down, sip a brew, stay for a chat and visit a while. Bring your hooking too!
"You haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running." ~Jeff Bezos