Goodbye to Billy Goat CafeĀ 

I can’t believe today marked my very last day working behind the bar at Billy Goat Coffee Cafe. I started there as a high school student back in 2012 … and boy has my life changed since!! Next weekend I graduate from Trevecca Nazarene University, and then in a few weeks I’m having a sweet baby girl. It just doesn’t seem real.       

       

Even though I’m so excited for the crazy, new adventures to come, it’s also sad. I’m so thankful for the community I have found. I’m grateful for the families I’ve gotten to know and the relationships I have formed. I’m grateful for the emotional moments I’ve gotten to be a part of, for the laughter I’ve shared, and for every minute that made me who I am today. 

      

When I first starting working here in 2012 I would have never guessed that I would meet my husband inside. I wouldn’t have guessed that I would work there through three sets of owners. I wouldn’t have guessed I was going to find a family in the regulars I got to know. I never would have guessed how hard it would be to leave either, but here we are. Goodbye BG. You’ve changed my life forever. Thank you everyone who made it so special!! It truly feels like leaving a home.  

     


//Tank: Old Navy Maternity // Maternity Jeans: Target // Sandals: Old Navy 

Middle State Coffee

Last May I blogged about my time in Boulder, Colorado. It was so much fun! One thing I got to do was go to the Alpine Modern Cafe with Gia. It’s located in Boulder pretty close to the base of some great trails. I didn’t realize it at first but it’s not only a coffee bar, but also an online shop! 


// picture by Gia 

The outside was cute, but the back bar was what grabbed my attention. It was all electric and the equipment was built into the white granite counter. I made a comment to the barista and he actually let me come behind the bar to look at everything. It was so beautiful! The barista was really sweet and I appreciated how friendly he was! 

 I decided to try the house made lemonade… Oh my gosh. Literally to die for. It was so good! I also ended up buying a bag of Kenya coffee to take home to Michael. It’s made by Middle State Coffee. Their website and product is labeled saying “Middle State Coffee is focused and commuted to sourcing, buying, and roasting the best coffee we can find. Beyond that we try not to take ourselves too seriously. We believe coffee is best served with a good sense of humor and a smile.” I love how they started with such a bold statement, but followed it with some humility. I also loved that the label included the elevation it was roasted at.

There were a few options, but I bought a pound of the Ndiaini/Kenya. The description says “Guaua, Juicy, Tart, Green Apple, Complex.” Michael was so thrilled when I gave it to him. However in the move it got forgotten about. We actually just ground the beans up this weekend. Michael reports that it is totally delicious! He loves how dark it is. He also said the flavor is amazing. 


I think it was a total win. I can’t wait to take Michael to that cafe next July! It’s going to be so fun. Totally check out the Alpine Modern Cafe’s Instagram here. And then check out Middle State Coffee’s Instagram here.

Enjoy!!

DIY Coffee Station

A year or two ago I saw the cutest pin of a coffee station on Pinterest. I pinned it and totally forgot about it until this recent move! I decided I wanted to make one. It’s ended up looking completely different than the one I originally liked, but it is catered to our style and I love it. I started with a rough sketch and went from there… I knew I wanted to hang my cups, incorporate a chalkboard, and to make the station a focal point. I honestly love how it turned out! The counter/table the Kuireg is standing on was ordered from Wayfair. (we ordered the coffee station table and our coffee table from the same collection!) However, the wall hangings are what I am most proud of. I made them!!

First, I sketched out the general idea and guessed the measurements. Then I took painters tape and taped it off like I was actually hanging it. The tape outlines gave me a much better idea of what I wanted the spacing and measurements to be. Here is what I ended up putting on the shopping list.

 

3 1×4 cut at 52 inches long

2 1×4 cut at 22 inches long

one slab of wood cut at 28×16 inches

Minwax Wood Finish (Dark Walnut 2716)

Blue Hawk Oil Based paint brush

220 fine sandpaper block

one box 5/8 wire nails

one box picture hangers

20 Gatehouse One Prong Robe Hook

 

** old rags, old sheet, masking tape, and a hammer **


 Saturday morning I ran to Lowes to pick everything up. When I got home I started by sanding every inch of wood that would be exposed. It really didn’t take as long as I thought it would! After each piece was done I took a damp cloth and wiped away any dust. Then I let it dry in the sun.

Next, I spread out the boards on top of my old painting sheet and applied a coat of stain to each board (generously) and in long strokes. I let it sit for fifteen minutes before wiping it off. (Make sure you wipe with the grain of the wood.) I absolutely adore the color. It turned out so perfect!!


After the stain had dried I used a pencil to mark off where each hook belonged. I placed hooks on both 22in and two of the 52 inch 1×4 boards. (Leaving on 52 inch board alone.) I placed three hooks on the shorter ones and seven hooks on the longer planks.After marking the placement of the hooks we pre-drilled holes. Then I had Michael screw the hooks in for me. (He’s much handier than I am.) The spacing stands as follows:

52 inch board with seven hooks: Five inches between the board edges and the first/last hook. Seven inches between each hook.

22 inch board with three hooks: Four inches between the boards edges and the first/last hook. Seven inches between each hook.


Now that I had my coffee mug racks I needed to fill in with my two decoration pieces. The stained 52 inch 1×4 was waiting to be lettered for a saying. The other piece was for a chalkboard! After this post I will start to work on my super easy, DIY chalkboard tutorial! All that was left was to hang it up in the new home. I am so excited to share this with you! 

Hopefully it inspires you to try your own DIY craft!

(Shout out to Soph for the picture of my station.  You rock!!)