The Stamping Cafe

The Inspiration for Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe

I have often been asked how the Stamping Cafe got its name.  Nostalgia played a role as a trip down memory lane brought back many fond memories of home.

My hometown is a small agriculture community in north central Iowa by the name of Iowa Falls.  It was a great place to grow up back in the 50s and 60s.  One of my favorite memories, although a vague one, is of a restaurant once located on Highway 65 on the south side of Iowa Falls.  I don't remember ever being inside it but I do remember the building.  This restaurant was shaped in the form of a coffee pot.  Yes, that's right, a coffee pot.  So unique but, unfortunately, torn down many years ago.  What a shame!

While taking a writing course, the idea dawned on me to write a mystery series.  Two favorite authors are Dee Henderson and Terri Blackstock, who both write such series.  I pondered a name for the series but it wasn't until I came across an old photo, given to my dad, that the light bulb went on and The Coffee Pot Mystery Series was born.  I have two novels started, titles for two more and ideas for several others.  The series is based on my hometown and, yes, you guessed it, the restaurant shaped like a coffee pot.

Originally, called Marsha's Coffee Pot Cafe, once Stampin' Up!® entered my life, it morphed to what it is today, Coffee Pot Stamping Cafe.  As an Independent Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, I enjoy helping others explore their creativity through the art of rubber stamping.  My love of stamps and ink and paper crafting will always remain a part of my life.


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