Café Crem

Art, Music and Words around The Coffee Table

A Cup of Coffee with my Friends

"Liquid Topaz, page 107," 5x7inches, mixed media, copyright 2011 Shelley M. House.

Stopping by to share a cup with some old friends. This piece is part of my new altered book series, “Liquid Topaz.” It’s been a fun summer project. I should be finishing it up this week, so I can call it done before the kids start school next week. Symphony rehearsals start up again in a couple weeks, so I need to put more time into practicing my violin.

Sitting outside the Wine Market on a hot summer night.

I’ve been selling my art at more outdoor venues. Just last Friday night was one of the fun Art Walks on the Square. I enjoy being a part of this growing creative community, and there is a wonderful energy to interacting with potential customers this way. I’ve got more Art Walk pics at my gallery blog. I’ve entertained thoughts of playing my violin outside at one of these events, when it cools off a little. I’ll keep y’all posted on how that goes 🙂

August 7, 2011 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, Cafe Literati, coffee, events, friends, fun, poetry, Shelley's Altered Book, Shelley's Creations | , , , | 2 Comments

Strange Costumes: Chap. 4 — Nesting

I finally came up with an image I am happy with for the next chapter of the ongoing Strange Costumes collaboration with Kev Moore. I’ve been doing more coloring by hand this year, instead of Photoshop. My work is still pretty abstract. It’s been interesting to watch the direction my art goes in. Here is one of my new digital pieces, with an Italian title inspired by Kev and Miki’s current tour of this beautiful country:

In other news, around the same time I opened my gallery space this past February, I had an opportunity to start playing with the local symphony. It has been a blast, and I have to thank Kev for helping inspire my musical interests again. This is right after the concert last Thursday night. I was so happy that I didn’t mess up my solos!

Check out my blog if you’d like to see the concert program. Matthew thought all the songs sounded the same. Nicole liked “Defenders of our Freedom” the best. The Fauré piece was probably my favorite, but Stravinsky was a fun challenge, and Sevilla reminded me of the beautiful photos Miki and Kev post from Spain.

The weather is warming quickly here in Georgia. I’m going to head back outside to enjoy some sunshine.

May 11, 2011 Posted by | Art, Ca' Puccini, Cafe L'Arte, Shelley's Altered Book, Shelley's Creations | , , | 1 Comment

Night Coffee (in Pink)

Coffee and romance — what a lovely combination for February.

February 3, 2011 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, coffee, love, Shelley's Creations, Valentines | , , , | 3 Comments

Giving Thanks on Opening Day

My big day at the gallery opening is going well so far. Some friends have already been in to say hi. I just had a minute to put a few more pics up on my wall, this time of friends who have also become my valued collectors.

Can you see Miki and Kev?

Thank you for sharing your love of coffee art with me!


February 1, 2011 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, friends, Shelley's Creations | , , , , | 2 Comments

The Wall Revisited: Art by Snowlight

The shining Georgia sun inspired me to take a snow pic today. I am also creating “the wall” for my next show. I’m trying to narrow it down to my most romantic pieces for a Valentine’s Day theme.

I’m excited to announce that this time I’m getting ready for the Grand Opening at my own gallery space.

Look how big these windows are!

I will be sharing the new gallery, the Art Forum at DuPre’s Antique Market, with 10 other fabulously talented artists. Here’s a sneak peek inside while we get things ready.

These movable partitions are nifty!

Owner Mike Barie shows us the "stage," where we can create art while on display.

My spot, 3rd one in along the wall.

I wish all my Cafe Crem friends could be here! I’ll try to keep y’all up-to-date with plenty of photos. I posted a few outdoor pics at my other blog. Thank you everyone for all your support. I love you guys!


January 13, 2011 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, events, friends, news, photography, Shelley's Creations, Valentines | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Meet Me on the Blue Moon

I wanted to creat a cafe scene similar to my “Magic Coffee Cup,” but where that piece looked more Moroccan, this one is more, well, Alien. I couldn’t resist another “phosphorescapade” (cleverly coined by Kev), this time traveling to a glowing blue moon.

July 5, 2010 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, coffee, Shelley's Creations, travel | , , , | 2 Comments

Coffee on a Hot Pink Planet

I took my kids to a science museum yesterday, and learned a bit about rocks that phosphoresce, and how there could be entire planets out there made up of phosphorescent rocks. This is my version of a visit to one such planet. Of course I would need a cup or two of coffee after such a long trip!

June 28, 2010 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, coffee, Shelley's Creations, travel | , , , | 5 Comments

Shelley in the studio with Kev, yet thousands of miles away….

Shelley gets down to it

The Blue Odyssey project continues to excite, as contributions come in from around the world.  Our Cafe Crem  comrade and  friend Shelley, based in Atlanta, Georgia, has just completed the recording of her violin part for my song “Never get to Nashville” , which will become the opening track on the CD. Shelley and I have worked together before , on the still unfinished (my fault!)  Altered Book project. You can hear the three completed tracks from that project featuring her lyrics by clicking on the players below:

Strange Costumes


Draped in Strange Feathers


Playing the Field


On Never get to Nashville, she also stars as the Delta airlines stewardess at the end of the track!

These collaborations are such fun, because I get to work with my friends, regardless of where they are in the world, and also because of the surprise factor inherent in waiting for, and receiving their contributions. In each case, I have given the musicians free rein to interpret their solos, etc, because I want a flavour of them , rather than performing something for me parrot fashion. I believe asking somebody to exactly reproduce your line flies in the face of what ‘collaboration’ truly means. This sort of project has exceeded our wildest expectations for exchanging ideas on Cafe Crem and between its members!  I await Shelley’s part with growing anticipation!

(This article has been previously published in moore:music)

Kev Moore

June 19, 2010 Posted by | Ca' Puccini, Entertainment, friends, fun, internet, Kev Moore's Music, Music, Shelley's Creations, writing | , , , | 9 Comments

Not your average cat

This was my first and only attempt to draw the Cheshire Cat for my Alice-in-Wonderland-themed project. He didn’t quite fit the bill. But upon closer inspection, I could see this cat had a lot of attitude. This was not your average cat.

I think he may saunter into one of my future projects.

I was hoping to share happy news by now on the Alice project, but I’m still waiting to hear if my pieces got into the art show. Here is a small peek at what I came up with:

June 15, 2010 Posted by | Art, Cafe L'Arte, drawing, Shelley's Creations | , , | 1 Comment

My Strawberries

I’m growing more strawberries this year. I was fascinated with the colors of this one.

I am fast approaching the submission deadline for the Alice in Wonderland themed art show. I still have a LOT of work to do. But I am procrastinating, and letting my attention stray to several other projects. I am off to yoga class now. I really need to work on my FOCUS.

May 29, 2010 Posted by | Cafe L'Arte, photo, Shelley's Creations | , | 5 Comments