To know me is to know that I do not function before my morning coffee. On days that I go to the gym first thing, I can deal without it, but I do so grudgingly. Unlike hummus, I am not a snob about my coffee. I like it hot, dark, and strong (insert obligatory man-joke here).
Since I work from home most days and am cheap, I rarely get coffee at a coffee shop. This past weekend, however, I stopped at a local cafe on my way home from cross-country skiing, since I was cold, and well, do I really need to justify stopping for coffee? I started talking with the guy (what do you call a male barista?) who was selling me my coffee about these coffee sleeves that I sew. You know those cardboard sleeves that they put on so that you don’t burn your hand and sue them (a la McDonald’s lady from way back when)? Well, I make them.
The guy suggested I contact the owner about selling them. I got really excited about the prospect of someone wanting to not only own but actually pay for something I made with my own hands. So, in anticipation of the FLOOD of orders that were sure to come pouring in, I made more this past weekend.
If you are looking for a quick sewing project that uses up small scraps of fabric, this is it. I didn’t use a pattern, but I am sure you could google around and find one pretty easily. I just traced a cardboard sleeve, and went from there. They are insulated (I used Insul-Brite batting) and they close with a piece of velcro. What business-savvy coffee owner wouldn’t want to sell these?
Apparently this lady:
These are very nice but we will have to say no. We like the logo to show on our cups, and, we have some other plans in this direction. But, thank you for your interest and your work is interesting.
Interesting? Is that like having a “good personality”? Thanks, lady. So, now I have a ton of coffee sleeves and nothing to do with them. I told a couple of friends to pick some out (email me so I know which ones you want, guys!) for Christmas gifts, and my mom (in true mom fashion) thought she could pawn them off on sell them to some of her scrapbooking friends. I’m just not sure that people would pay money for something like these. Maybe that is just my bruised ego talking though.
Oh, and on a completely unrelated topic, I started a new page featuring book reviews written by little old me. Click on the “Bookshelf” tab at the top of the blog; there’s already a book review in there. Let me know what you think!
A HUGE thank you (!!!!!) to Heather for her help getting it set up this morning. A complete stranger (me) emailed her with a random question and she responded within minutes. Thanks again, Heather!