Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cafe Art

Hello Internets,

So as many of you know I do not live off crafts alone; I am forced to work a survival job as well.
  • Survival Job (n) [ser-vahy-vuh-l job] a post of employment that a person has in order to survive or endure: She works her survival job to pay for rent and utilities so she can live like a real person.

My survival job is at a cafe serving as a barista, I know working for the man!

However, just because I need to dedicate my time to getting money I do not dismiss my inner crafter. The most obvious art created at a coffee shop is Latte Art! I love latte art! Latte art are designs and pictures made by the silky foam of the steamedmilk when skillfully poured into espresso. Lately I have become quite skilled at my heart-u-ccino (like cappuccino, heh) and can even do a heart within a heart! And my latte rosettas are also something to be admired!
The heart-u-ccino can be accomplished by pouring the milk (1/2 foam) from the side of the pitcher first slowly and when the cup is about 3/5 of the way full, pouring faster and then lifting the pitcher to the opposite end of the cup. The heart within a heart can be accomplished by first plopping a dallop before beginning to pour. The rosettais all in the wrist. Begin with silky milk a VERY small amount of foam, pour from the spout into thecenter of the espresso slowly at first gradually getting faster. About half way full start rocking your wrist back and forth until a ribbon forms then bring it closer to you. Once the cup is almost completely full pull the pitcher quickly across to the opposite end of the cup and you have a rosetta!!

My manager has become privy to my crafting skills so when we have promotions or deals she has started asking me to create signs for the shop. (Iwould have photos but my phone was lost last week and all pictures went with it!) Lastly we opened a brand new store last Friday!! Super exciting! The new Gregory's Coffee in NYC is on 39th Street and 7th Ave right behind the giant button in the fashion district! So my manager asked me to make the congrats card for Greg! Here it is:
The front with a layered opening.

And the inside with Greg jumping out of espresso beans!

Being crafty always comes in handy and makes everyday life so much more exciting!
Keep it crafty ;)

PS I have some really exciting news but I will save it for when everything is definite!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Virtual Crafts!

Hello all!

So my dad is traveling a lot this summer to attend workshops and take classes at various science institutes and universities. He recently joined Facebook to keep up with family and now that he has almost begun his travels he has been journaling on the site. I made my dad a full out blog on blogger to keep everyone up to date on his journey.

I also set up a photobucket account so he can text all the photos he takes on his phone to the internet and have them automatically sent to his blog slideshow. Here is the link to my dad's new blog! I hope you take note of the craftsmanship of his shiny new online journal and I hope you enjoy his witty telling of his soon to be journey around this nation.

All the Best

Monday, June 14, 2010

CGrif Invites

Sorry it took so long to post this! Well here are the final invites!

And here is their final website: http://www.weddingwire.com/CaitlinandAndrewGriffin
Also if you have not RSVPed please do!

Please come check back on Saturday, I will be updating more often!
Keep it Crafty!