Coffee Cart Art

but first coffee burlap wall art wild mae

I made this fun piece of art to hang above our coffee station the other day. I had leftover heat transfer vinyl from the Holiday Craft Workshop in December and a friend of mine gave me this burlap canvas when she was purging some supplies. I figured the burlap canvas was fabric-like enough to take the vinyl. It was and it wasn't. I had leftover strips of Silhouette brand vinyl and Cricut brand vinyl.

but first coffee diy art wild mae
but first coffee canvas burlap art diy wild mae

I cut each word onto a scrap strip using my Silhouette Cameo. The Cricut brand took to the burlap really well. The Silhouette brand needed quite a bit of coaxing. It's stuck on there well enough, but I could easily peel the letters off if I tried. The Cricut vinyl is there to stay! Either way, I like it. I hung it with a Command strip and it looks great above our coffee station. 

Rainy Days

It's been overcast and rainy the past few weeks here in Colorado. I don't mind it. In fact I kind of like it. It makes me feel nostalgic and grateful. It makes me feel sad and cozy and hopeful and creative. It makes we want to stay under the covers and read a book. It makes me want to curl up on the couch and crochet. It makes me want to clean and organize and purge. It makes me want to cuddle the pups. It makes me keep the lights off and light candles. It makes me drink hot tea and wear comfy sweaters. It makes me long for something, but I don't know what. And when it's over, I think I'll be energized. The sun will come out and the birds will sing and our grass, flowers, and vegetables will reach for the sky. They'll open up and soak in the sun. And so will I. 

No, I don't mind the rain. It's cleansing and nourishing. I only wish we could send some of it west!  

Chicks!

20 days old

20 days old

We got baby chickens! And they are sooo cute!

Schannon and Jessie the day we got the chicks. Only 5 days old!

Schannon and Jessie the day we got the chicks. Only 5 days old!

They were 5 days old when we got them and now they are 20 days old now. Such a difference two weeks make! 

The smaller one is a Sicilian Buttercup. She will lay white eggs, but will be a gorgeous hen. The larger one is an Americauna. She will lay blue and green eggs. Yes, this is the reason I chose her! I originally wanted an Americautus and a Rhode Island Red because of the pretty Americautus eggs and the high-volume laying of the Rhode Island Red. The feed store didn't have any Reds, so I got the Sicilian Buttercup instead. I couldn't leave with JUST ONE chick and Jake is putting the limit at two hens. Since he agreed to any hens at all, I'm obliging. Although, I'm super tempted to go get myself that Rhode Island Red or a Buff Orpington, another high-volume layer. We'll see. I wonder if Jake would notice a third chick..... ;-)

"Princess Peanut Buttercup"/"Fluffer Nutter" the Sicilian Buttercup

"Princess Peanut Buttercup"/"Fluffer Nutter" the Sicilian Buttercup

"Uncle Sam" the Americauna

"Uncle Sam" the Americauna

Practicing flying.

Practicing flying.

Anyway, these are our chicks! They are temporarily named Princess Peanut Buttercup and Uncle Sam. Although I've taken to calling Princess PBC, Fluffer Nutter. Names are subject to change. Personalities are coming out. It's all up in the air! One thing's for certain, we'll slowly starting our own backyard farm!

Oh, and Moxie loves them. She may not want to eat them, but she would definitely accidentally "of mice and men" one them!

Introducing Mingle & Make!

I'm really excited to tell you guys about Mingle & Make! A crafty event series that I co-host with the super awesome Becky of Share Denver. You may remember when we held the Holiday Craft Workshop last December. I didn't talk about it too much because it was just a crazy time, but it ended up being a really successful event and we had such a wonderful time throwing it. And out of it, this idea was born!

The idea to host a series of events every year all about people coming together and making really cool things while hanging out with other really great people. We skipped what would have been our first quarterly event because we were still flushing out details and coming up with names/logos/etc. So, the second quarter event, which is the first of 2015, is the Mothers Day Craft Brunch on May 9th. You've probably seen me posting about it all over social media. But, the umbrella project for this event series, for all these small events, is Mingle and Make.

The "suite" of logos I created. So simple. So straight-forward. SO proud of myself. Ha!

The "suite" of logos I created. So simple. So straight-forward. SO proud of myself. Ha!

In the past couple of weeks, Becky and I have really put together what we want this whole workshop series to look like. And we're really excited about it because it's all about mingling with cool people and making rad projects. Oh, and eating and drinking all the way! And, I've had such a great time doing some design-y type of work. It's not something I've ever really done before and I'm just completely self-teaching myself in GIMP, because I don't have Photoshop or Illustrator or whatever that other one is. Coming up with the whole concept and then executing it has been a blast. We've created a sponsorship package so we can partner with other local businesses and brands to expose their products or services to a really fun community. Our audience is awesome. They are makers and doers and crafters and moms and 9-5er and college students and they are looking for creative outlets and to learn to new skills and to make quality handmade items to give or keep for themselves! That's our big thing. You won't want to part with anything  you make! And you definitely won't be embarrassed to give it. 

Anyway, I am excited to share more with you guys as things progress. I'd love to show you some of the promotional items for Mingle & Make (cause I'm stupid proud of them even though there are ridiculously simple). I'll also elaborate more on the Mothers Day Craft Brunch that's coming up in May. You should totally sign up. Or at least RSVP on Facebook in order to stay up to date on all the cool things we'll be doing. This adventure is so fun!

xoxo Kerrie