Millz Coffee!

11.07.2011

We drink a lot of coffee around here. Peets is around the corner. Philz is around the corner. We cold brew coffee at home and the Chemex is the only tool in our kitchen that gets used every single day. So I guess Emilia's love of coffee and coffee shops comes naturally.

And I promise...it all started innocently enough. Last Christmas, my brother gave Emilia a little wooden coffee maker. It was, without a doubt, her favorite gift. After seeing how much she loved it, I (jokingly, of course) said to my husband, "Maybe I'll build her a coffee shop to
go with it." We laughed, because, come on. Do you know how much time that would take?

As it turns out, quite a lot of time. Because I did go ahead and make her a coffee shop. We named it "Millz Coffee" in honor of our beloved Philz (and, well, because Mills is her nickname). And I must confess that I did spend WAY too much time designing a logo for her.

(One note about the photos. We live in a town house. Said town house does not get a lot of natural light. And the coffee shop is in the deepest darkest corner of the house. I did the best I could given the circumstances).






I don't know how to sew, so I faked it with the felt food. Muffins, a sad cupcake, a sad chocolate chip cookie, french macarons, an almond croissant, and 2 chocolate glazed donuts. I think "sewing" all those took longer than the actual building process.




One of my crazier ideas (which I started at 11.00 pm when Emilia was in bed and my husband was out of town) was to make a somewhat working espresso machine. But the cash register I bought. Because making a working cash register? That would be insane.





There was some extra space (and we had a perfectly proportioned box), so I also built a little set of shelves with a mini-fridge in the bottom. And no coffee shop is complete without their own beans.



Salted caramel hot chocolate anyone?



The proud (and adorable) owner will now give a demonstration on making the perfect flat white:







79 comments:

Elizabeth Koproski said...

that is amazing! no wonder you have to give up your other blog ;) i'm jealous. wish i had some talent. ps totally remember that cash register from the good ole days.

cwilson said...

So I'm pretty sure that there must be a law somewhere that kids cannot be so cute. Millz is ADORABLE! Great coffee shop. :) Love the felt donut...

insaknitty said...

there's a menu now?? what's it say? I need me a millz fix!

casey said...

stop it. this is the best thing EVER!!! i will so be doing this if we have a girl. i love it. thanks for posting!

Elena said...

you are AMAZING!

Karrie said...

That is without a doubt the cutest thing I've ever seen!!!! Genius! The details in the food are awesome!! And your know your little sweetie's likes so well. So glad she is enjoying all your hard work.

Karrie
in Southern Indiana

Sandy said...

HOLY COW, BEST.MOM.EVER.

Wendy said...

omg - is that menu new? and why do i feel like there's more stuff than before? it looks great! and i'm so glad you've finally posted this. you're my hero.

Anonymous said...

i'm going to love this place.

olivia

Megan said...

OMG...LOL!!!!! We're coming to visit. You are magic with cardboard!! Not only is it all so cool; it's gorgeous and fun! Mills is super lucky to have such a creative and talented Mommy! I love how you added the pastry case. Every detail considered! I'm inspired. :)

Megan said...

P.S. Paige just loves the photos and keeps saying "Hi Milly!" "She's happy and smiling!!!" "She plays pretend!"

AmeliaBettie said...

Visiting you from the post on Ohdeedoh.
This is amazing, you've got serious talent! What a fun place to play.
On another note, your little Millie is a doll! I have a daughter named Amelia who also has a cleft lip. It makes me all giddy when I see other cleft families.

NE said...

WOW WOW and WOW! There is no end to your talent, Traci. And Emilia looks right at home making her coffee drinks! Seriously impressive!

Melissa said...

That is awesome! I've been searching for the perfect play kitchen for my son & I think you've inspired me to make a coffee shop for him instead! He already has the espresso machine sound down...now, he needs his own. What kind of tape did you use on the boxes? And is the entire espresso machine made from cardboard?

Linnea said...

This is absolutely incredible! My son would flip over this. Nice work.

Christine said...

THIS IS SERIOUSLY AMAZING!!!!!!!!! LOVE IT! And the felt food looks awesome - can't believe you didn't even sew it...

Rita said...

seriously, best creation ever!

Motormouth said...

You are, without a doubt, the coolest mom I know. You are amazing, talented and so, so creative!! I know who to come to when I'm ready to open my own coffee house!

esmith43 said...

this is such an awesome idea. my son loves that coffee maker too and he might just need a coffee shop to go with it too! what an amazing job you did :) thanks for the inspiration!

ALittleWorld said...

This is stunning!
Just my kind of coffee shop :)
Thank you so much for sharing!

Sarah said...

WOW!!! LOVE!!! I'm looking for a corner in our house to turn into a coffee shop right now!! Well done! Will you share construction tips?

Cafesinn said...

I love it!

soona said...

Oh my god! AMAZING and Sooooo CUTE!!!

LiEr said...

This is awesome, Traci!!!!!!! I love that you sewed all those amazing treats and coffee bags even though you thought you couldn't sew. Found you and your incredible motorcycle and this coffee shop on Ohdeedoh and completely swooned. I LOVE meeting a fellow cardboard lover!

Zoe Xue said...

Amazing. I love it and please allow me to Pinterest it.
BTW, I saw your handmade motorcycle in Naif Magazine. Love it too. Could you tell more in your blog? Thanks.

Melissa said...

Wow. That's the labor of love right there. You never cease to amaze!

Christine said...

Hi - just wanted to let you know I linked to this post from my blog: http://little-olive.blogspot.com/
Thanks for sharing your wonderful DIY project!

Maggie said...

How do you this with cardboard and tape? It's awesome! You need to figure out a way to manufacture these masterpieces so the rest of us can make them too.

Robyn said...

Amazing! I blogged about this on my site bigmonday.ca. You're extremely talented and your daughter is so lucky.

InteriorGroupie said...

Oh my goodness - this is ridiculously amazing! Quite the cafe. fabulous!

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Just found you via ohdeedoh. And from one caffeinated mom to another - LOVE THIS! I just love it when parents go all out and get crafty for this kids. Your Milly looks like she is having the best time in her coffee shop. Well done!

Michelle said...

Oh - that cash register! The memories that I have of that register from when I was a little girl!

Millz's looks awesome! I would totally buy my java from her!

Thanks for the nostalgia - must search for that cash register on eBay!

Michelle (@The236)
www.The236.net

Glennis said...

Hi Traci! Just wanted you to know, I'm amazed...just,...wow. :)

Carrie said...

Brilliant! Creative! Love the felt food, the layout, the diversity of things to play with in a small area. I really like how you used the brown packing tape so everything feels neat and unified! Just beautiful.

Kerry Kirsch said...

This is incredible Traci! You seriously could start selling these awesome cardboard creations and felt creations. I love seeing your work and your creativeness for Millz! So beautiful!

happydesigners said...

Wow. I am really blown away!! The design is awesome and I love the logo, sheeh, I love the very fact you made a logo to begin with! Glad to find your blog.

kelseyosterman said...

Ohmigosh! I WANT IT!!! :D I'd totally play for hours in it! And yes, I'm almost 22 and in college. Doesn't matter; kid at heart. This is fantastic. You're clearly gifted and a great mom. :)

nina butterzart said...

Dies ist eine der wunderschönste Ideen die ich jemals gesehen habe!

Means:



This is one of the most brillant ideas I ever saw!


Thanks for showing us says:
Nina and Lilith 3 years and Clara 2 years from
Germany

colleen said...

completely awe-inspiring! glad to see ohdeedoh picked up on your newest project-- i didn't think the motorcycle could be topped!! silly me! your creativity is amazing, and your cardboard engineering cannot be rivaled. seriously, if you are ever "for hire" in making another one of these, can i be first in line to order one for my daughter?

Mini Mocha said...

We love this! Have to give it a go, our boys would love it, we have wooden cakes already. Very talented you are definitely amazing work.

Kelly the Overthinker said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. Just pinned it on Pinterest and am dreaming about if I could ever possibly do something even remotely as cool

jora said...

OK, will you please make me (my kids) one of those espresso machines? Pretty please??

Kelley said...

I love this. Love love love it.

Anonymous said...

I love this. I wish I had enough patience and creativity to build one! Keep up the great work. I'm following ur blogs - so sorry that you're ending solo and the wookiee though I totally understand ur reasons :)

Krista said...

WOW!! I'm totally blown away. This is fantastic.

angela said...

this is so cute! from the fisher price vintage cash register to the orla keily dish towel, I love how much thought you put into this and all the cute little details! your little one is a very lucky lady. I linked this on my blog :)

jessa said...

Just found this on Pinterest. This beats any play kitchen hands down (in my opinion!). Also, your little girl is beautiful, it's even more fun seeing pictures of the kitchen in action. As a former barista, I will need to recreate this in a year or two for my little one to teach her the importance of caffeine.

Cook Clean Craft said...

I've been wanting to make my son a cardboard espresso machine (to distract him when I'm making my coffee). Yours is so cool, and I love the felt coffee too! We've got the same wooden tea set too. Thanks for the inspiration!

Hugbuggal said...

LOVE! ٩(-̮̮̃ -̃)۶

Holly D. Gomez said...

Absolutely adorable and beautifully crafted! Great example of making something beautiful on a budget. Very cool logo design too.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE IT!!! you have inspired me to one day, when i have children to create something similar. this reminds me a little of a childrens museum i went to with children i nannied

Yi-Chun Tsai said...

It is so amazing. Can you show us how to make one too. My daughter will love it.

Cindy said...

WOW!!!! This is AMAZING!!!!!

Mum+4 said...

This is so cool - we are moving soon so my kids are getting theirs with the boxes!

kitchu said...

this is so amazing!! ellis would go APE for this!! (though i'd need some modifications for her chair and a bigger house)! love love love!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

I made one -- with all the leftover cardboard from the holidays, I just couldn't help myself! Thanks for the inspiration. xoxo :-)

http://www.frugalfamilyfunblog.com/2011/12/cardboard-cafe.html

Emmysmummy said...

That is the best thing I've seen in a long long time - love it and now feel the need to make one too!

Rachle (joliejolie) said...

most incredibly amazing!

Anonymous said...

So much cuteness! Amazing what you created and Millz is sooo adorable as always! Thanks for sharing, Cathy

Kelsi said...

I am so in love with Millz Coffee!! I am a coffee junkie (Caribou Coffee) and so are my kids (hot cocoa and smoothies). I do daycare and think this would be so fun for the kids to have. They were just playing Caribou Coffee this AM. However, cardboard would not hold up so I'm thinking of having someone make it out of wood. Would you ever be willing to give me the dimensions of all of the pieces so we would have something to go off of?
THank you for sharing this, it seriously is amazing! You are one Domestic Diva!!!

thaisharlow said...

I just found this on Pintrest, too! And I agree, this is one of the best things I've seen in a LONG time. We were planning on getting my daughter a doll house for her birthday, but if I can pull it off, we'll do this instead! Luckily, we just moved and I still have some great boxes leftover.

Haberdawoman said...

Oh my word!!!!!! This is one of the coolest thing ever!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing :)

Petite Numi ***handmade with love said...

Just amazing!

Jenee C. said...

This is just amazing! I feel so inspired by it, now I feel tempted to make one for my girls.

Melinda @ Eco Toys said...

Wow this is absolutely amazing & inspiring! Love that you've made it out of recycled cardboard too.

ana maria bruno said...

Una cafeteria con mucho amor, con dulces y una propietaria orgullosa, me ha guastado la idea es muy buena, los detalles han quedado increíble, que los momentos de juego sean maravillosos allí, besos ana.

Karla Tinoco said...

Wow! I have 3 girls ages 8, 3, and a5 month old who would love something like this. Do you have any step by step instructions on how to make it? Greatly appreciate it thank you.

Michelle said...

This is amazing, one of the best coffee shop that I ever saw. Can I write about it on my blog www.chictip.com, I'm sure my reader will give you a big like.

Michelle

Katherine Ross said...

This is the best thing I've seen on the internet in a while! What an adorable (and resourceful!) spin on the play-kitchen. Well done :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, where did you have that wooden cappucino machine? Lovely pictures!

Laura E. said...

That is by far the cutest thing I've seen on the internet in a long time. Amazing. Adorable. Fantastic!

Krysten said...

This is the cutest thing I've ever seen! So creative!

Sas said...

love this so much. nevermind my little man, i want one myself. trying to get my head around how you made it all! thanks for sharing. definitely inspired.

Lolo Crafts A Lot said...

parenting win!!! this is too cute.

Calvina said...

You are crazy amazing! <3

Anonymous said...

Amazing. I wished someday I'll have ur dedication and talent to make something like this for my daughter. Millz is soo adorable and she looks like the happiest kid that owns a coffee shop :-)

Jen

Anonymous said...

Oh my god! how adorable is this kid! I don't even drink coffee & I love this coffee shop. I wish I had half the amount of talent to be able to do this for my nieces. Good job!

Anonymous said...

i didn't saw nothing better! perfect!!!

Mamas secret said...

WOW! I wanna play in that coffee shop. So cute! my daughter will love this Im going to try to make it time to save cardboard boxes woohoo

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