Archive for the ‘Kup Kollar’ Category

Colorado Springs Summer Concert in the Park

Monday, August 25th, 2014

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It’s always fun to bring together friends and families to the neighborhood park for food, drink, and games. Add in a band playing retro music from the 80’s is the frosting on the cake. Hugh and Perry toast days gone by!

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The band leader reminded us of retro clothing.

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The kool band really rocked it out. We had fun playing name that tune at the beginning of every band number. Perry won!

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Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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I put a colorful cup cozy in my purse to use at the Denver Botanical Gardens because I knew it would be a day of many hues and shades!

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I thought, “So many flowers, so little time!”

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If you haven’t visited the Denver Botanical Gardens, you are missing one of Colorado’s many gems!

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Chihuly Exhibition at Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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When we visited the Botanical Gardens in Denver, CO it was a hot dry day. We found relief at the Café next to a beautiful pond. There were outside tables under a huge shade tree. I bought an iced tea which was very good. 2014 June 14 Botancial Gardens Denver 43 glass statue in pond_72

The pond was filled with glass sculptures in the Chihuly Exhibit. Dale Chihuly is known for revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement that changed people’s perceptions about glass creations. People have begun to see glass works as art not a craft. He uses the team approach for blowing glass.

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We discovered another pond filled with Chihuly’s large floating bulbs. On one side there was a boat filled with more glass designs and colors. This is a beautiful unique exhibit with many displays throughout the Botancial Gardens!

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Sand castles at Ft. Walton Beach

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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After Perry taught his seminar, he joined me at the beach with sunscreen on and his water bottle in hand. We set off to find sand castles and sculptures.

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I awarded this creative castle First Place for Size and Complexity.

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The shark’s teeth were carefully placed seashells to win the Most Scary Award.

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This castle won the Most Creative Award because it had a moat with a bridge, bird feathers to represent flags, and a beautiful top wall.

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An eight year old boy built this castle. He won the Cuteness Award just because!

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White sandy beaches at Ft. Walton Beach, Florida

Monday, 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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Mary Mac’s Tea Room in Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Tuesday, 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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Handcrafted Fusion Glass Jewelry

Thursday, 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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Boulder Caffeine Crawl – the Cup Espressocafe

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Shop #4 on the Boulder Caffeine Crawl was the Cup Espressocafe on Pearl Street. After shooting photos, I chatted with Wendy, one of the owners. She answered several questions, we shared some of our business experiences as women in the coffee industry, and I showed her the Kup Kollar donated for the goodie bags.

Our samples were brewed Kyoto style which is a popular method in Japan. The water slowly makes its way down the brewer at a rate of one drip in forty seconds. It takes about two hours for the first drip to hit the bottom carafe. The drip is adjusted as the coffee blooms. A filter at the top spreads out the drip to avoid tunneling in one spot.

Wendy is preparing our samples while questions are answered.

Our cup of Toddy fair trade coffee had a slice of banana nut bread on the saucer for an added treat. I didn’t need a Kup Kap because the coffee was poured into the cup over ice.

Real men eat quiche, so I suspect there are many real men coming in to the shop!

I asked Wendy why were there hockey skates displayed near the ceiling of the shop. She told me that she is a HUGE hockey fan. Having spent many hours in ice rinks watching hockey games as a hockey mom and a fan of the Air Force Academy Falcons, I understand her enthusiasm!

Enjoy more 2012 Boulder Caffeine Crawl photos!

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