Well! The biggest news of the hour is that it’s actually summer!
…You know, in case you’ve been living in a cave for the last week and didn’t notice that it finally stopped raining.
*Anyway*… I am SO happy that the weather has turned for the better. The non-existent spring/season of almost exclusive rainfall is over. I hope. It better be…
And in other news…
I am the owner of an espresso machine. And no, my cappuccinos don’t come from little pre-made packets. They come from the heart. I am seriously stoked to have inherited this lovely appliance from my older brother (who upgraded to a fancier schmancier machine). And when I say I’m seriously stoked, I mean…I haven’t really stopped making myself espresso since I got it. Can you have too much espresso? No. I don’t think so. (I keep asking Dave if he wants me to make him something. He’s been off caffeine for about two months now. He may be getting annoyed with me by now). I think I’m turning into a little barista. I love making drinks. We really haven’t had a coffee machine in our house for a while now. Last year we sold our Starbucks drip brew machine in favour of a French Press (which is still king if all you want is a cup o’ joe). And our old (it may actually be considered vintage by now) Mr. Coffee espresso machine hasn’t seen the light of day for years (it’s kind of embarrassing to even bring out). Enter new Breville machine, and presto! We (okay, I) feel like our kitchen is quickly heading towards adulthood.
My last little bit of news is probably the biggest news (what? Summers arrival wasn’t the biggest?) In August, I will attending a seminar in San Francisco for wedding photographers (Your Vision. Your Brand. Your business. A Wedding Photographers Workshop). It’s a small group (there were only 40 spots, and I was number 33!) so there will be some one-on-one brand and portfolio review as well as some live photo-shoots and a load of other amazingly helpful stuff. One of my favourite photographers, Jonas Peterson, will be speaking; along with Nate Kaiser from The Image is Found, Sean Flanigan, Joel Flory of Flory Photo, Kathryn Storke of Snippet & Ink and Greg Lutze, Creative Director of Must Warn Others. Dave and I are driving down and hope to make a bit of a trip out of the journey (hopefully we can leave on Saturday so we can arrive a day early. I’m REALLY excited! (I was close to throwing up when I found out I was going) This is going to be an incredible opportunity for my business.
I must admit…I have had a few dreams in the past couple of nights that I’m at the seminar getting my work reviewed and they are telling me that it sucks. Er…a little nerve-racking.
Today Dave surprised me and took me out for coffee after work. I guess for most this isn’t a big deal, but he’s been working during the evenings for the last week at a theatre production in town (as well as the days at his regular job), so I haven’t seen much of him. It was a nice afternoon out. :)
PS: I’m really digging taking quick pics with the iPhone 4. Doesn’t come close to comparing with my regular camera (duh) but it’s great for little things like this. I just got an app called “Picture Show” which is great for editing phone pics.
I almost died at the thrift store yesterday.
I saw this coffee set and stopped in my tracks.
I sent Dave a picture of it, and I believe the text that I sent with it went a little like this:
“OH MY GOODNESS I NEED THIS COFFEE SET I WILL NOT EAT FOR A MONTH IF I CAN GET IT!!!!!!!!!”
I stood staring at the coffee set, waiting for Dave to respond. I did not dare move, perchance someone else saw the set and snatched it. Five minutes passed.
When Dave did not reply to my urgent message, I sent another one.
“PLEASE. I am standing here in front of it dying. And I don’t want to leave it here”
To which Dave had a little panic attack, because he had not seen my first message or the picture. Then he realized I was just talking about a coffee set.
But really…it’s not just any coffee set.
This is a Melitta Coffee set, made in Germany in the 1960′s. A set similar to mine that was complete recently sold on Ebay for $700. That is obviously the high end of what they would sell for. Later sets that are incomplete are selling the pot and sugar/creamer for about $100. From what I’ve read, they are highly collectable. And so far from what I’ve seen online–hard to find. Melitta was a coffee company started in the early 1900′s, and they patented the first drip brew coffee filter. In the mid-century they made ceramic coffee sets (like mine, and many other designs). Today Melitta just does coffee filters and beans.
What I found at the thrift store is the coffee pot, creamer, sugar dish, 4 saucers and 3 plates. I believe the full set of this design that I found has 4 mugs as well, an additional breakfast plate. I saw a set similar to mine and it also had egg cups.
I will be contacting the company that I got my replacement china dishes from last year to see if they can give me any information about the set.
I NEED to complete the set. It has now become my life’s goal.
That’s not shallow, is it?
Oh…this is a thrifty post, because I got the set for $30. Um….about $500 savings. Heh.
Anyone want to come down for coffee??