Monday, February 1, 2010

Scratch n Sniff Post

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Ah coffee. Go on, scratch and sniff that screen! Inhale that aroma! You know you want to. Now have a read of this exquisite poem, and a look at a couple of clever coffee art ideas. Then maybe you can help me 'read' my coffee cup...

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Hans the Wooden Man by Sandra Eterovic using coffee as paint

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Betsy Donkey, distressed with coffee (n tea) to give a vintage look by Little Black Crow Studio

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My cup after drinking Turkish coffee today. What do you see for me?

How to Read a Coffee Cup (adapted from info by Sahar)

>You will of course need to prepare your coffee in such a way that there are grounds to read. Use grounded, powdery soft Turkish or Greek Coffee or the residue from a cappuccino or espresso will work just as well.
>Enjoy your coffee while relaxing, and ask yourself: What do I need to know about my present situation? or What will be the important changes in my life in the near future?
>Now, take out a piece of paper and pen, and in a stream-of-consciousness style, begin jotting down your thoughts as you casually meditate on the shapes you see there. Above all, don't edit yourself. Write what pops into your mind. If the first thing has nothing to do with the coffee, jot it down anyway. Continue to stare at your cup as if you were lying face up on your lawn (if you are fortunate enough to have one) staring at the clouds above.
>Continue writing for at least ten minutes. You don't need to read every cluster of grounds or patterns in your cup. Interpret only what speaks to you. There is no right or wrong here. Each of your interpretations is ‘correct’. You really do have all the answers within you. Trust yourself.

[I wish I could always remember those last two sentences!]

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Katy said...

Love it - when I was at uni I used to keep a collection of Turkish & Italian vintage coffee makers - until after one night with far too much wine I decided to make coffee & forgot it was one - thus I had a coffee decorated kitchen after it blew up! Oh it smelt divine and looked ghastly! I love coffee....

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Chrisy,
I can definitely smell the aroma of that wonderfully strong coffee. :0)

I hope you enjoyed a great weekend.
Hugs to you,
Stephanie

Grand Purl Baa said...

a man on large white stallion will race you off into the sunset where you live happily ever after with ten children and a chocolate tree until you are ninety when you will die in your sleep with a big smile on your face.

It's true. It's in the coffee beans.

Rose said...

ooo i love coffee! Cuppachino with soy is my favourite :) That little donkey is so sweet!

Rose

Beholden-To-Nature (Kenna) said...

No need to *wish* you could remember those last two sentences... you Can. Just... do. Refer here if you need assistance. :)

Love the poem-- speaks of things real, basic, elemental, family. I can smell and feel the scene... and that's wonderfully written when that happens.

Perhaps it's the water baby or the river-lover in my, but what I see in the cup pictured above...

following the lessons of river:
flow... a coming to center... merging... churning and change, but nothing excessively tumultuous.


This was fun-- thank you for such a "break from blogger routine" post. :)

Warm wishes, as ever!

Sam said...

What a beautiful cup!! I can't read coffee - but I see super wonderful things in store for the blogger who brings us such gorgeous posts!

I wake up at 5:00am most mornings and spend a delicious hour sipping my superb coffee - it really is one of the major highlights of my day! So I totally appreciate this post! XO's

Sarah Lulu said...

Easy ...I see love for you.

cabin + cub said...

Oh I wish there was a "scent" feature on blogs.. since i love the smell of fresh coffee! Mmmmm.....
Hmm.. not sure I would be really good at reading grounds though.. my cup might say "wash me" ;)

Couture Carrie said...

Very cool post, darling!
I would die without coffee!

xoxox,
CC

BlackCrow said...

Hi Chrisy, haven't had my coffee yet, what's going on! Thank you for letting me know that you put one of my little critters up in your blog and for linking it too.
Love the look of Sandra's work I'll have to take a wander over.

Cheers and thanks again!!

planettreasures said...

I really can smell it!
Thanks for the lovely post - now I need to go out for a coffee!

susan said so said...

Love the donkey, devoted Democrat that I am...

Now, for the cup:

White capped waves, or snow on pines;

A woman, beset upon, breaking free;

A tree on a high cliff, leaning over the void;

What do you see?

xox,
Susan

Jeana Marie said...

I just had myself a cup, the taste still lingering...what a beautiful cup!

Hey Harriet said...

Coffffeeeeeeeee! One of my favourite things! How awesome would a set of scratch n sniff coffee aceos be!?! I love your coffee cup and saucer set Chrisy! I can't read coffee cups but I'm sure yours is all good. Wonderful things in store!

susan said so said...

I found this poem today, and immediately thought of your cup:

OREAD

by: Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961)

WHIRL up, sea--
whirl your pointed pines.
splash your great pines
on our rocks,
hurl your green over us,
cover us with your pools of fir.


xox,
Susan

Chrisy said...

Your interpretations all apply (and are a testament to the loveliness of you all) - a centering, a joy in being part of this precious world, the love of others, a belonging, and humor.
Okay what did I see when I first looked at the grounds? I saw a man with a moustache leaning back surrounded by arms. Well, I’m not a man and um I don’t have a moustache, but to me the message is in this image. It says to me - you can relax, surrender, no struggling, no trying, just be, and you will be loved and supported.
Ps And the cup, yes it’s beautiful. It’s one of the many pieces I have of china produced at my great great grandfather’s Staffordshire pottery many moons ago. I’m very lucky.

tattytiara said...

Hans is my new boyfriend.

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