Just Add Coffee!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that my husband and I went with our 4 kids to do some canoeing and kayaking over the weekend.  It’s becoming our tradition to do this each summer, and I look forward to it every year.  We usually do it on a Saturday, but my my oldest son’s work schedule conflicted with that, so we did it on Sunday this time, and that’s the only day I want to do it from now on.  We were there as soon as the canoe rental place opened, so we were the first ones out on the river.  We didn’t see another single soul until a young family caught up with us  three quarters of the way through.  It was blissfully beautiful with the mist still hovering over the water.

Forgive these poor photos taken with my tablet)



We stopped at St. Charles Missouri on our way there.  This is one of my favorite small historic towns, and it’s where I got my 1800’s portraits taken several years ago.

(You can see what I might have looked like if I was born in the 1800’s here.)

Our Jeep was really packed with 6 people + 2 kayaks + our bags, so I couldn’t buy much, but I found this burlap coffee sack and couldn’t pass it up.

burlap coffee bag

My oldest son is living in my shed-turned-guest house until he finishes college.  Last month he asked if he could move a few of my things out so he has more space, and take some decorations down that aren’t his style.  One of the things he removed is the big antique window which I used to frame an enlarged hymn book page.  I was fine with that, but the large window has been sitting in my kitchen since then and I don’t really have any place for it right now.

Although antique hymn pages aren’t his style, he likes coffee so I decided to cover the hymn page with the burlap coffee sack and see if he likes that better so I can put it back in the room.

repurposed window framed coffee sack

Later I may want to use the coffee sack for something else, so I didn’t want to mount it permanently into the window – I just stapled around the edge of the sack to attach it to the plywood insert inside the window, and it covered the hymn page completely.

framed coffee bag

burlap bag

You can see the staples, but I was okay with that.  I tried stapling inside the sack, but it left the outer part of the sack to “saggy”, and since this will probably just be temporary decor until he moves out, it suits my purpose.

framed burlap coffee sack

I’m not a coffee lover, but I do love the burlap coffee sacks.  I’m already brainstorming what I want to do with it when he moves out.  I’m not in a hurry to see him leave, but I know he’s chomping at the bit for a place of his own, and I’m looking forward to helping him furnish it!

framed burlap coffee sack

For those of you who ARE coffee lovers, you can print these vintage style coffee signs here.

coffee signs



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  1. Sounds like such a fun family time day. Love the transformation with the coffee sacks. Your son just might want to take it with him when he moves out.

  2. That’s a great way to use a coffee sack! Looks like a lovely day, Angie!

  3. Love how this turned out. It’s a great temporary solution, and the coffee sack can still be used for something else someday.

  4. Hi Angie, The rather unsual addition of purple text gives the coffee sack a special look. It looks great in the window frame.

  5. OOh that looks great in the old window!! Great idea for a DIY stenciled burlap!!

  6. Hi Angie – I’ve been subscribed to your blog now for a few months and as of last Friday for some reason I’m not getting them. In checking your blog I see 3 – starting with last Friday that I didn’t receive. I’ve resubscribed this morning in case I got dropped somewhere along the way. Is it me or is there another problem going on? I don’t want to miss any of your sharing!!! 🙂 Thanks.

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