Tuesday, 30 September 2008


I've been working away, kinda, but being quite lax on the blogging thing. Sorry! I've just been moving home, and trying to do a million things at once and getting nothing done at all! Don't you just hate when that happens? Urgh.

One afternoon though, I'm going to dedicate a whole afternoon to blogging! I've a few notes I want to elaborate on, so a nice afternoon with just my pc and an endless cup of tea... maybe some celery and dip :)

Until then... wish me luck moving!

Sunday, 14 September 2008

Vintage Loving...

Yes, I know, this is my coffee shop blog, but I just have to announce to the world, that I am indeed a Vintage Queen!

I'm quietly taking over the shops decor, with plump, scrumptious cushions, little throws and pastel pink teapots. Hmmm :) Next step is shifting the generic glass tea cups to the back and replacing them with ever-so-dainty china cups, and big solid mugs, replacing some small old Ikea stuff with deliciously mismatched cutlery and crockery. And lace! Oh lordy!

French doilies will be placed underneath the titchy small vases decorated with everlasting floral scenes and dipped in gold. I'll whitewash the wooden tables and take down the so called artwork with their uninspired frames, to put up beautiful painting (and frames) you never tire of looking at. Yes, I want the place I spend most of my time to reflect my taste and personality. The fact I'm also intending to buy the place as soon as can is just a happy coincidence!

Yes, you read right. I want to buy this little place from my boss. I'm in no great financial state to do so, but I'm working on it, and my boss knows about my intentions. Don't know if he's taking it seriously - but he should! I want this so much. I've always loved working in cafes, and for a long time I've known thats what I want to work towards - a place of my own. I'm not expecting to turn into the next Starbucks (god forbid - I love coffee!), or make my fortune - I just want to enjoy going into work and pay my bills on time. Anything more is just a bonus, and should be treated as such.

Until then, I'll continue to prettify this wee place, and listen to Julie London while I do....

Quote of the day is something I read here - all we really need in this world is "...just three things to be truly happy in this world. Someone to love, something to do and something to hope for."

Never a quote truer said :D

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

I can't wait!

..for the students to come back! I'm losing my mind over the quietness of the cafe, I need custom! I've been open since 8.30, and not one single customer yet. Doesn't anyone want coffee? A Danish? A fresh smoothie? Meh. I'm drinking a double shot espresso, so I expect I'll start bouncing off the walls soon.

So, yesterday, a father came in with his toddler daughter. He's trying to toilet train her, but, unused to not wearing a nappy, she wet herself while sitting down on a cream chair (told my boss cream was a bad idea!). It happens. I sopped up the worst of it, and Dettol'd the chair. But this man was just horrible to his little girl. He kept giving her into trouble, saying she was a bad girl, and just generally being an asshole about it. I kept saying it was fine, it was natural, when you're toilet training a toddler to expect lots of accidents, but it apparently just wasn't getting through. I suppose he was embarrassed, but it's perfectly natural, and I was trying to reassure him that the chair was fine. I was just kinda horrified at the the way he treated his little girl. How is she going to learn if she's taught to be ashamed? It was an accident outwith her control, she's just started toilet training, what did he expect? I'm getting quite angry thinking about it. The worst thing is, he's actually a really nice guy otherwise. It's strange how a nice guy can react like that.

In 15 mins, I'll have been open for 2 hours. Not one single customer. I'd start giving away coffee to lure them in.

I've started looking up Latte Art too. It's amazing what people can do with foam, chocolate sauce, and a screwdriver! (yeah, really) Look at this...

So, I've decided, in my downtime, I'm gonna teach myself Latte Art. I've already got the foam right, so I'm gonna practice patterning the foam. I'll let you know how it goes!

Quote of the day time.... this one is to help me along the Latte Art path -

"Every artist was first an amateur"
Ralph Waldo Emerson
from www.quotationspage.com