Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Daddy's Café


Buff-a-lo tea!
Buff-a-lo tea!
Thir-ty-nine cents 
at Dad-dy's Ca-fé!

So goes the theme song for our latest imaginative creation, Daddy's Café. This is a project we've worked on most of the summer, ever since we returned from our vacation in Colorado. While we were there, we visited the Celestial Seasonings tea factory in Boulder, where each member of the family picked out teas in the factory store. The Bear chose his favorite, Morning Thunder, which is a maté blend with some kick. He loves coffee but he's trying to drink less of it. The packaging features a buffalo, and the kids have taken to calling it "buffalo tea." 

Somehow, a whole creative story grew out of Daddy's weekend cups of buffalo tea, and the idea of building a make-believe café was born. The building is made with Lincoln Logs (Grandpa's old set from when he was a boy), with a cardboard roof. The Bear and LB built wooden stairs for the front of the building and they've done a lot of other interesting things too. Would you like a tour of Daddy's Café? Let's go, the barristas are waiting for us.

 
Outside, a blinking green light beckons. This is an LED connected to a small computer called an Arduino; the Bear and LB enjoy using this technology for a lot of different purposes. The light is connected to a decorative guitar near the sign. Daddy plays the guitar and he likes to entertain the patrons in his café with live music.



Buffalo Tea, the house specialty, is an excellent deal on Thursdays, just 39 cents a cup. You'll love the bold flavor and the extra little kick!



Let's go inside. Lift off the roof and have a look. It's a cozy little place where you can order any kind of coffee or tea, along with baked goods - cookies, scones, bagels and breads. 



It's a small place but there's plenty of room for everyone. We've got a comfy chair near a working lamp, where you might like to play a game of cards.


We've got a beanbag chair too. It's cozy for reading. Both chairs are made with air-dry modeling clay.


We've got a very advanced espresso maker and a coffeepot, both crafted from oven-baked polymer clay.



We're open at night too. You can even stop by late, if you like. We know how much you love your late-night baked goods and live music.



Our café is warm and inviting. We welcome all of you night-owls. We can even make you a decaf.



 We suggest that visitors to our café know when to hold 'em, as well as when to fold 'em.


The serving area glows green at night, and the full menu is available, depending on supplies.


Our resident artist does a great job with signage.



We know you'll love Daddy's Café, so come on down today! Have a delicious beverage and kick back in a relaxed atmosphere. You might even make a friend!


31 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I love this! What a fabulous little project for all of the family to take part in. We do things like this in our house too, it has been a while, but the kids get so much enjoyment out of projects that take a long time to complete! I'm very impressed with the lighting, and I love the card table! :)

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  2. I would love to come for a cuppa and maybe a choc chip cookie too? Endearing post. x

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  3. I think I would love to visit Daddy's Cafe, it is so cozy and welcoming. Love all the hard work that went into it. Very creative.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  4. I love this so much! What a wonderful family project.
    Marianne x

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  5. That is amazing Jennifer, 11 out of 10 for all the bears, great imagination that you all have in your house - and your tea house. Can't wait to see it decorated for the holidays!

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  6. I love love love this. What imaginations and talents you have! The sign and coffee maker is really brilliant. I can't believe all the details you put into it.
    Rosie xx

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  7. Well aren't you the clever little Bear family!!!
    That is just too cute or words...
    And you call me the cucumber fairy...then you must be the craft fairy!
    Excellent job!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  8. It's fantastic! You are all so very creative I think.

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  9. So creative! I love the project, it looks so nice!

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  10. Oh Jennifer this post has made me chuckle. What a wonderful project for your children. It shows your family's sense of humour. I love that -I feel I've got to know you all a little more. What's the phrase "knowing when to hold 'em, as well as to fold 'em!"

    Just brilliant!

    Leanne xx

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  11. That is so cute! I love all the details you included.

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  12. How lovely. What lively imaginations you all have.
    S xx

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  13. How cute!! I love everything about it. :)

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  14. How gorgeous - so much time, thought and effort gone into such a high level of creativity. Well done all!
    Joy x

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  15. How wonderful they have gone to so much effort together, my son is making a diorama of a Vietnamese rice paddy and that hard enough.

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  16. Well that's not something you see every day!
    How cool!!!
    What a great memory you made building that with your kids!
    Tammy

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  17. This is delightful! Not only for its creativity, but because it's a family project that allowed the children to relive a fun experience with you and the Bear! I adore that beanbag chair! This is such a cozy environment that I wish I was a little clay person so I could enter, order, sit, and listen to music by the soothing green light! Darling!

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  18. You and your husband are such good parents! Daddy's Cafe teaches the kids creativity, building skills, imagination and artistic skills. Good job! We're still trying to catch up from our camping trip.. we're still putting away stuff we packed to take and never used. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  19. You can't beat a bit of Creative Collectiveness, and Bear being the inspiration you've all been involved! Brilliant :) x

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  20. Hi Jennifer,What a fun family project!!!Loved my visit to Daddy's Cafe!!!A very quaint and welcoming little place!!!Have a fab day!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  21. thats fabulous, looks a little sturdier than what me and the little man built yesterday lol x

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  22. This is so cute! Now you can make all the cups of coffee and pastries using fimo clay ;) So nice that your family all got involved ... love the 'neon' lights! Wendy

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  23. I love this! I am a fan of all things miniature (someday I would love to have a dollhouse). I especially love how you allworked on it over the summer. Your kids will always remember and talk about "the summer we built Daddy's Cafe."

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  24. This is absolutely amazing! I am beyond impressed! I used to love Lincoln Logs when I was a kiddo.

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  25. Oh my gosh...this is so cool. I have a fascination with miniatures and this is just adorable. What a creative project made with palpable love!

    L.

    P.S. Hope you didn't mind my comment of yesterday...I just had a sudden panic and was thinking only of your well-being. Once a lawyer, always a lawyer, even though I'm not practicing at the moment. Want to be able to read your blog posts for years to come. ;-)

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  26. This is fantastic! I love me a miniature, and I love that you made it as a family. :)

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  27. What an amazing creation! You are such a talented family, I simply adore this little cabin and how it will always remind you of your lovely family holiday :)

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  28. What a fantastic project. Your kids will have picked up so many new skills from making this.

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  29. Well how cute is that! It really looks like a little American Cabin. I love it and it's even more special being made with Grandpa's logs :-) Mel x

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  30. Such a sweet project, Jennifter! I loved our son's lincoln logs -- sure wish we had kept those. Oh well, too many moves!

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  31. Oh wow this is amazing!! I love your attention to detail. Brilliant. x

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