Monday, December 15, 2014

Winner, Winner!!!

Coffee Lover Blog Hop has come to an end and it's time for me to announce the winner of my FABULOUS Coffee Lover Hop prize....

There were 58 hoppers that so kindly left comments for me (this does not reflect the total number of 119 as I replied at least once to each and every comment).  I appreciate those comments SO much! They help inspire and encourage me to continue blogging.

That means--- Commenter # 29 was Janis:

Thank you so much for your sweet comment- Watch your email...and sniff your maibox...:)

And not to forget those TEA drinkers...I decided to send another tasty prize to one of them too...after all, whether it's coffee or tea, we drink from the same cup.  LOL...

Congratulations to Chark:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Morning Blend...

Well, it's a beautiful Saturday morning and I'm ready to get busy crafting away.  I've got a huge to-do list before Christmas Day is here so I'm starting off my day with a yummy cup of homemade orange cream flavored coffee (I ground dried Halo orange peels and combined that with my coffee grounds)...SOOOO yummy.  PS...I'm also using my newest coffee mug I found at HomeGoods.  I love the beautiful design and the fun jingle bell attached to the handle.

I'll be announcing the winner of my Coffee Lover's Blog Hop prize tomorrow evening.  The information will also be posted on the FB page- in the Google Doc Amy created.  I'll also be sending something very special to Amy for organizing such an amazing hop!

Thanks SO much for the fun hop.  I sure enjoyed the inspiration I found on 298 fabulous blog pages.  WOWSERS! :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Did you say coffee???

Hello friends,
I'm excited to join hundreds of other crafters/stampers from around the world today as we show our love of the almighty Coffee!  Today, we're sharing projects with you and hope to inspire you to grab a cuppa joe, some beans, some mojo and get crafting!

This Holiday Coffee Lover's hop will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 6 AM PST/9 AM EST.  The hop will end Sunday, Dec 14th.  This will allow you...and me...time to visit each and every blog and enjoy some fabulous projects (and leave a little love behind).  It is always appreciated when our crafty friends take the time to stop by and check out our blogs, and even more exciting when we get to read comments about our posts/projects.  To join the fun, please visit Amy's page HERE and link up your project. 

*****I'm offering a tasty coffee treat to one lucky visitor.  Just leave a comment for me about my projects...The winner will be announced no later than December 20 right here on my blog.  

Special thanks to Amy Tsuruta for organizing this hop.  Thanks also to all the other sponsors who are offering up prizes to the participants of this hop. We crafters sooo appreciate your generosity and your dedication to crafters worldwide.  

One evening, I set up the ironing board near the twinkling lights of the tree and proceded to glue coffee beans together one by one.  These beans would be used to create hanging ornaments for the tree. Burned my fingers a bit, but it was a labor of love. ;)

Now...On with my show and tell...

For some reason, I've had a bit of a Bah-Humbug feeling about decorating for Christmas this year.  I haven't felt the urge to head to my storage building down the street and get out the billions of boxes that hold my trees, decorations, garlands, knick-knacks and stockings...I knew I had to do something to whip myself into the spirit, so I decided to stop and pick up a first EVER live tree...It's a small tree about four feet tall, and I've placed it on an old trunk.  My plan was to spend the next few weeks before Christmas decorating it with homemade ornaments.  Yes, I knew it would take me several weeks to get the tree decorated as I would be making the ornaments one by one, and mostly on the weekends and in the evenings after work.
One weekend, I spent some time cutting some precious fabric I had saved from my dearly departed grandma's stash.  This fabric was recycled by my grandma before, so I knew it would make perfect ornaments for my tree.  I cut the fabric (and added some batting), then dipped the fabric in some coffee to give it an aged look.  I made four heart ornaments and each one would be decorated differently.
I decided to glue coffee beans to the outside edge of the front and back of this heart.  I included some ribbon, jingle bells and a little bit of a tree branch to finish it off.  
That same night, I glued some coffee beans into a cross shape and added a little plaid bow.  Some gold cording was added to the top beans so that it would hang nicely from the branches.  
The next evening, I sat down and ate some baby food...YES, I ate some baby food.  Not that I particularly like babyfood...I wanted the jar!  LOL.  Beechnut baby food jars make beautiful luminaries!!! So this is one of the luminaries I made (and included a little flickering faux candle on the inside).
The next ornament created was a little coffee bean wreath.  By this time, the whole living room was filled with the aroma of coffee beans, cinnamon (the pinecones on my tree) and pine...Such a heavenly combination!!!  My hands smelled like I had bathed in coffee for days!  AHHHH...sounds devine, huh?!
And this coffee loving hop wouldn't be complete with a little bit of stamping now would it?  I pulled out some of my OLD favorites...Yep, brought back the memories...justjohanna elf in a mug, a fun sentiment from bossyJoscie, and some Copics...WAHOO!!!  A little gift bag for the tree-filled with some yummy coffee samples...the perfect little tree stuffer!
 Filled to the brim with yummy goodness!!!
 I LOVE this stamp at Christmastime!!!
I can know say that Mr. Bah Humbug has been kicked to the curb.  HELLOOOOOOO Jingle Spirit!

I hope you have enjoyed my projects today.  Thank you for stopping by.  Please visit the other blogs on the hop and I hope you have a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Happy Holidays to all!!!

Thank you to all the sponsors of this hop who are so graciously offering prizes to lucky hop participants!!!

17Turtles Veronica Zalis Chris Franco
Add a Little Dazzle  Butterfly Reflections Ink Color Cast Designs
Create a Smile Hero Arts Kraftin' Kimmie
Kreative Kymona Latina Crafter Neat & Tangled
Newton's Nook Pickled Potpourri Designs Poppystamps
Reverse Confetti Stamp Academy Stamp Simply Ribbon Store
STAMPlorations SugarPea Designs Sweet 'n Sassy
The Alley Way Stamps Two Paper Divas Verve Stamps
Whole Wild World Your Next Stamp Paper Smooches

17 Turtles:  $15 Store Gift Card
A Muse Studio/Chris Franco:  Cup of Good Cheer stamp set
Add a Little Dazzle:  $25 Store Gift Card
Butterfly Reflections Ink:  Prima Coffee Break
Color Cast Designs:  Coffee Lovers kit
Create a Smile:  Monster Party stamp set
Hero Arts:  A Little & Today's Special stamps/Cup 'O Joe Shadow ink
Kraftin' Kimmie:  $25 Store Gift Card
Kreative Kymona:  Fancy Mug Giveaway
Latina Crafter:  Cafe Wood Veneers + $25 Store Gift Card
Neat & Tangled:  Warm Wishes stamp set
Newton's Nook:  $15 Store Gift Card
Paper Smooches:  $25  Store Gift Card
Pickled Potpourri:  $7 Store Gift Card
Poppystamps:  Tea Cup Stack Die
Reverse Confetti:  $15 Store Gift Card
Stamp Academy:  2 classes
Stampin' Up/Veronica Zalis:  $20 Store Gift Card
STAMPlorations:  $10 Store Gift Card
Stamp Simply Ribbon Store:  Coffee Cup Prize Pack
SugarPea Designs:  $20 Store Gift Card
Sweet 'n Sassy:  Pick Me Up Clear stamp & die set
The Alley Way Stamps:  Tea Par-tea stamp set
Two Paper Divas:  Your Warm My Heart stamp set
Verve Stamps:  $25
Whole Wild World:  Coffee before Talkee mug

●●Sponsorship prizes are eligible via random draw from linked hop participants only●●