Creativity is taking something as pedestrian as a coffee cup sleeve and turning it into a vibrant piece of art. The minds of these three artists remind me how much I love people.
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Rose and Black Pepper Thumbprints by Whimsy & Spice: This buttery, crumbly almond-based shortbread cookie has a hint of black pepper and is filled with special rose petal preserves for an unexpected blend of flavors.
Maple Marshmallows: Our new maple marshmallows are made with pure Grade B, extra dark maple syrup from upstate NY and embodies the perfect flavor for the cooler months. Each 1.25″ cube is perfect for eating on its own, but is especially spectacular in a cup of hot coffee. Would also be perfect for homemade smores!
As I write this post, I am on a coffee date with my husband in our all-time favorite independent coffee shop. It’s a luxury that has become a frequent occurrence for us, leaving our busy work weeks behind and whiling away the day reading (him) and knitting (me). This particular coffee shop has a great, relaxed atmosphere and just happens to serve the best hazelnut lattes I’ve ever tasted!
I am a huge fan of coffee, verging on the obsessive, a la Lorelei Gilmore, so I’m salivating over the pretty handmade delights I’ve uncovered for this post. I am also an unapologetic coffee snob, turning my nose up at instant (I don’t care what you say, it doesn’t taste the same) with a definitive bean preference, cultivated during a year in France and a month in Italy (in case you were wondering, it’s Parisian blend). Thanks to living in the US for a few months, I’ve also come to expect free refills of decent filter coffee wherever I am…unfortunately, we Brits are a few years (or ten) behind and we’re still catching on to the coffee craze.
As a teenager and in my early twenties, coffee kept me going during long nights of last-minute studying and assignments. Now, that same buzz helps fuel my writing, knitting, drawing, etc. with a little help from my friend the iPod. My love of coffee makes me feel slightly disloyal…after all, I am English – aren’t I supposed to be promoting tea? But tea just doesn’t have the same effect on me, it has to be coffee.
Coffee has become so integrated into our culture, is it any wonder I’m completely hooked? We meet for coffee (not tea, even in the UK!), we have coffee with breakfast and after dinner, we are rewarded for visiting our favorite coffee shops, not to mention the number of TV characters and shows that are built around coffee (Friends, anyone?).
As I sit here and sip my delicious hazelnut latte, I know this is one love affair that’s not ending anytime soon…!
nism: Hi, I’m Nathan Stapleton-McKinzie. I’ve always loved to draw and paint. I studied painting for a while in Carbondale, Illinois. From there I spent some time Upstate New York where I was represented by the Varga Gallery. At the moment I am working as a Freelance Designer/Flash Animator and living in the Windy City of Chicago. I love coffee and working on art late into the night.
I’m a Lutheran, and when people ask what kind of Lutheran I usually respond “The Wisconsin kind.” And if they won’t let up I just start singing the Yon Yonson song till they go away.
My name is Yon Yonson
I live in Wisconsin
I work in a lumber mill there.
All the people I meet
when I walk down the street
say “Hello, what’s your name?” and I say:
My name is Yon Yonson
I live in Wisconsin…
(repeat and repeat and repeat)
I really have no idea what synod or sect or cult of Lutheran my family is. I just know that we tend to drink lots of coffee and there are usually at least two kinds of Jell-O at church gatherings. And that we secretly envy the fact that Catholics get to have hard liquor at their family get togethers.