White sandy beaches at Ft. Walton Beach, Florida

July 21st, 2014

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I always have a water bottle and sunscreen with me when I go to the beach in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Salt water dehydrates a person quickly. My fair skin burns in 10 minutes.

This is important information worthy of mentioning on my blog so I decided to shoot photos for a blog post. I thought it should be easy; however, the ocean decided to challenge me!

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Even small waves became a problem causing me to run after the water bottle or sunscreen before the wave took them out to sea!

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Trader Joe’s ice-cream fan finds cozy container wrap

July 14th, 2014

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From a new customer who really “gets it” about our unique Thinsulate insulated wraps for ice-cream containers. That’s kool!

Hi, I searched on Google for Ice cream container cozy. Most cozies ended up being for pints and I was looking for quart size. The others I found, like on Etsy and Ebay were crocheted. The Thinsulate insulation on yours was the top selling point though I liked the choice of designs also. 

I became recently addicted to Trader Joe’s Mint Chip ice cream. For the first time in my life, I started eating ice cream right out of the carton and using a towel wrapped around it because of the coldness. Then last Friday when I bought a new supply, there was a lot of ice cream dribbled over on the sides of the cartons and I wondered if there were cozies for ice cream cartons, hence my Google search. 

Can’t wait to get them, hope they fit. Once warm weather comes, the Thinsulate insulation will come in handy also. 

Cindy, Minnesota

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Denver, Colorado is very excited about having a new Trader Joe’s in their beautiful city!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta, GA

July 9th, 2014

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Mary Mac’s Tea Room isn’t your typical tea room. The menu will list southern food dishes rather than tea flavors. In southern style you will eat fried foods, several vegetables, bread with butter, and drink several glasses of iced tea. Because I grew up in the south — that’s kool.

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While my cup wrap soaked up all the wet on my cold glass, I enjoyed some of my favorite foods — fried catfish, black-eye peas, friend okra, and carrot raisin salad!

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Georgia – large sweet peaches – peach cobbler for dessert!

 

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A portrait of Miss Scarlett reminded me of her tumultuous relationship with Rhett Butler in the movie “Gone with the Wind” which I’ve watched many times on Turner Classic Movies.

Rhett Butler: “Here’s a soldier of the South who loves you, Scarlett. Wants to feel your arms around him, wants to carry the memory of your kisses into battle with him. Never mind about loving me, you’re a woman sending a soldier to his death with a beautiful memory. Scarlett! Kiss me! Kiss me… once…” And he kisses her passionately. That’s hot!

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Exploring Atlanta, GA by foot

July 3rd, 2014

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Perry and I ate at One Caffe Coffee before he taught his seminar. His latte coffee was “solid, better than Starbucks”. I enjoyed Twoleaves & a Bud peach flavor tea. Our food was fresh and tasty. That’s kool.

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Having no destination, I began walking. I found familiar pink flowers on Edgewood near a freshman GA Tech dormitory. I call these my birthday flowers. Growing up, my family had a large bush in our backyard that was in full bloom every June. My Mom always took my birthday photo in front of this bush.

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Moving on, I came upon a statue in John Calhoun Park. Done in 1993, it’s called “Ancestral Totem” by artist Ayokunle Odeleye. It was refreshing walking among the shade of the trees on this hot Atlanta day. 

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Farther on I found Hurt Park that was part of the 2007-2008 Urban Intervention: The Beltline. The exhibit by artist Pandra Williams was called “Return of the Native Garden” planted with drought-resistant plants. I found it interesting that the street side walk was originally built around trees bordering the park.

Exploring Atlanta, GA in the summertime was very interesting. That is hot – very hot!

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One Caffe Coffee shop Atlanta, GA

July 1st, 2014

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In June with temperatures near 100 degrees, I went into One Caffe Coffee for a cold iced tea. While the staff brewed the Alpine Berry tea, I noticed a box of the tea on their retail shelf made by Two leaves & a bud. I looked at the box and much to my surprise, discovered the tea company was located in Aspen, Colorado!

My drink had a refreshing fruity flavor that quenched my thirst. The cream cheese Danish was very fresh and delicious.

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Caffe Coffee is inside the end of this unique building located on 84 Peachtree Street NW.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It looks like a tiny elf shop!

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Even though the shop is small, it has a supply counter for napkins, flavorings, etc, several shelves of retail, and a window counter to sit at for a view of the street and shops. I didn’t feel cramped or crowded. The two young ladies were very friendly and agreeable to my photo shoot.

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Inexpensive dining table centerpiece for the holidays

June 25th, 2014

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After we ate the mustard and sauces in the six-sided bottles, I decided to recycle them for flower containers because of their shapes and various heights. I bought a fresh flower bouquet from the florist shop inside King Soopers to divide among the bottles. I created this dining table centerpiece for only $5.00, the cost of the flowers!

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Relax during the holidays with Twinings of London English Breakfast Tea

June 19th, 2014

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If you have a busy December, remember to take a few minutes to brew your favorite tea to relax and rejuviante to help minimize stress. As you sip your tea, research recipes online or in your favorite recipe book, organize and make a To-Do List, or just put up your feet and remember a special holiday memory…………

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Handcrafted Fusion Glass Jewelry

June 12th, 2014

When my friend Mary asked if I wanted to join her for a fusion glass earrings class, I answered “Yes, that sounds like fun!” The earrings class turned into a new creative hobby. My hobby became part of my company. Women want fun accessories to wear to their favorite coffee shop or tea room!

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Because I designed and worked for several hours, I brought a large frozen fruit smoothie I blended with non fat yogurt to each session. The Kup Kollar Grande allowed it to melt slowly. I sipped while I drew designs, cut glass, and glued pieces together.

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The cut pieces are from four different colors of glass. The pieces are glued together and ready for firing in a very hot kiln.

 

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Seeing my creations after the firing is always exciting!

Thank you, Coral, owner of Full Spectrum Art Glass Supply in Colorado Springs, for your patience and encyclopedic knowledge of glass fusion techniques!

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Thinsulate Insulated Coffee Carafe Cozy

June 5th, 2014

There are coffee cozies for French presses so why not design one for carafes used with automatic drip coffee brewers?

That’s exactly what Koffee Kompanions did!

Noting that coffee carafes with electric coffee makers are the same size and shape as many teapots, we tried our large tea cozy on a 12 cup carafe and found it a perfect fit. We designed the Coffee Carafe Cozy with the same fabric print used for Kozee Y – Architecture of Coffee used on French presses. It has the same 200 weight Thinsulate Insulation by 3M that is in all our other products. Your coffee will stay drinkable for at least 60 minutes!

Want to move your coffee carafe to your office, work station, or craft area? Put a cozy on it. Don’t forget your Kup Kap for your mug. You won’t have to hurry to finish your coffee before it gets cold!

Want to move your carafe to your dining table? A cozy not only keeps your brew hotter, longer but also makes your table setting prettier!

Want to surprise someone special with breakfast in bed? You know what to do!

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Boulder Caffeine Crawl After Party – Boulder Organic Coffee & Boca Java coffees

January 18th, 2012

When the three tour groups finished visiting the shops on the Boulder Caffeine Crawl, they gathered in front of Foolish Craig’s restaurant for the After Party and a raffle. Everyone had a raffle ticket in their goodie bag. They could buy more tickets to increase their chances of winning a prize.

The grand prize was a Baratza Vario-W grinder worth $575. The winner was very excited because he enjoys grinding fresh beans from a local roaster and brewing with his French press and espresso machine!

While the crawl walkers gathered, more coffee was served from Boca Java Direct Trade Estate Coffee and Boulder Organic Coffee.

The money collected from the sale of the raffle tickets was donated to Environment for the Americas, Conserving Birds by Connecting People. The group offers education programs about birds and their conservation.

Jason, owner of Caffeine Crawl, passed out the prizes as ticket numbers were called out.

Perry won two bags of coffee beans from Boca Java Direct Trade Estate Coffee!

I won two Kup Kaps from Koffee Kompanions; however, I declined the prize and someone else went home happy with the two Kup Kaps.

Enjoy the complete photo album of the 2012 Boulder Caffeine Crawl. When you see how much fun everyone had, perhaps you’ll join us in 2013 for the Denver Caffeine Crawl!

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