Coffee Chat (video edition!)

How about a little something different for this version of coffee chat …

Mentioned in the video:

smorescake My mom/grandma’s butter crunch cake recipe:

butter crunch cake recipe / jones design company

Note: it is a small rectangular layered cake and will not look like the top photo. But it will taste 100x more delicious. 

The Kevin who is mentioned at the bottom is my uncle who had ALS and this was a cookbook friends and family made as a fund raiser. Just FYI.

Hope you enjoyed the chat! xo.

128 Responses to Coffee Chat (video edition!)

  1. Kirsten Amavisca March 16, 2016 at 1:45 pm #

    it IS nice to sit down with coffee and listen to your chats and glean the fun info :) yes to more chats!

  2. lorena February 23, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    I’ve been looking for the moment to have this coffee with you for 2 weeks I think? And it worth it! You are super charming! Keep with the videos, your blog is one of the fews I follow and I don’t know exactly why… maybe is the way you talk… I fell like we’ve been friends since kidergarten!

    • emily February 23, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

      Ah, thank you Lorena.

  3. Laura February 21, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    You are a lovely young lady and although I’m almost 65 (gasp! When did that happen?), I enjoy your coffee chats and blog. I feel like I have a new friend, Please continue to share the love.

    • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:49 am #

      Thank you Laura!

  4. Ava Shirley February 19, 2016 at 10:37 am #

    Yes …I enjoyed this very much…keep it up

    • Barbara February 20, 2016 at 7:51 am #

      I don’t see the butter crunch cake recipe. Guide me please? Loved the video chat!

      • emily February 22, 2016 at 9:55 am #

        Scroll down in the post and there is a photo of the recipe.

  5. Kimberly February 17, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    Absolutely delightful having coffee with you! I am looking forward to your handwriting class!
    Enjoy a FABULOUS day!

  6. Austin February 15, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

    I just LOVED this post! And funny enough, you sound just like I imagined you to when I’m reading your posts! Ha ha. (Hope that’s a compliment, and not creepy.) Hope to see more!

  7. Kristin Johnson February 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    Yes! More videos! I also found your blog from listening to the Jamie Ivey podcast. ?

  8. Summer February 11, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    I loved this! I think a podcast from you would be amazing! I first started listening to Jamie Ivy’s podcast after hearing you on it and am now a big fan. I think you would be equally wonderful doing one yourself!

    • emily February 11, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      Thanks Summer!

  9. Kyrie February 10, 2016 at 4:39 pm #

    Very cute and personable, Emily! My favorite part: “Oops, I got an e-mail!” Lol

  10. Jan February 9, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

    You are so cute! I think in real life, we’d be great friends.

  11. Kelli Johnson February 9, 2016 at 8:07 am #

    So enjoy your post, blogs and classes! Breath of fresh air and so inspiring! Thank you Emily!

  12. Glendaire February 9, 2016 at 7:15 am #

    Loved the video Emily! It’s natural, spontaneous and chic. Do it more often please! ?

  13. Penelope February 8, 2016 at 11:37 am #

    You might like the Kate Atchison book, Life after Life.
    It’s set in England in the WWI and WWII era.

  14. Ginger February 7, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    Loved the video, I was interested in your new class, but I have the worst handwriting. It is so bad that I barely write thank you notes b/c it looks like my kids wrote it. Do you think that this could actually help. I think part of the problem is that I do not take the time to write neat. Always love reading your blog!

    • emily February 8, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

      I hope it does help! That’s the whole point of the class – to help teach techniques that will not change your writing into mine, but make yours better. It is part of you – your personal signature – and is worth improving so that it can be preserved in handwritten notes. Sounds fancy, but I really do believe it!

  15. LindaR February 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

    Nice to “meet” you! Loved this! Short, sweet & informative…..more, please!

  16. Nicole February 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    This was very cute, such a good way to get to know the person behind the blog.

  17. Karen February 7, 2016 at 3:03 pm #

    What a great little video! We have similar taste but I did copy the stag…”she” is above my piano wearing a big fluffy white scarf. I named her Olive…lol. Wish I could send a pic – so cute! I also bought a bunch of your new prints – just love the simplicity of them.

  18. Bonnie P. February 7, 2016 at 7:05 am #

    CUTE!! I loved this little coffee chat video, you’re so fun and inspiring :)

  19. Shirley February 6, 2016 at 11:53 pm #

    Love the video! Thank y for sharing & having “girl-time” with us! ?

  20. Kristina February 6, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

    Such a fun video! I always love your coffee chat posts and this one in particular! Definitely helps make it feel like we’re sitting across the table from each other – which I totally wish we were :)

  21. Maria February 6, 2016 at 6:42 pm #

    I love your blog and your content. I’m almost finished with reading The Nightengale. I love it!

  22. Meredith February 6, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    I loved the coffee chat. I hope to see more.

  23. Laurie February 6, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    Keep doing this, Emily. It was wonderful. :-)

  24. Jill February 6, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    I LOVE this! Please keep doing them. ❤️

  25. Carrie Kieper February 6, 2016 at 11:33 am #

    Love the coffee chat. Keep doing them.

  26. Caryn February 6, 2016 at 7:58 am #

    Please do this regularly! So fun to have you “chat” with us! I read The Nightingale this past summer and it was a wonderful story.

  27. Judy Holland February 6, 2016 at 4:52 am #

    Nice chatting with you, I took your illustrator class to learn to use with my Wacom Cintique and I finally worked up the courage to use it, I’ll let you know how I do. Enjoyed my coffee while you enjoyed yours.

  28. Vonda February 6, 2016 at 12:56 am #

    Hi! I am sipping on a home-brewed cup of Hazelnut Cream coffee while I watched! Your video was quick and you got through several points in little time. I’d enjoy MORE Coffee Chat Videos. I missed the deadline for the Illustrator Basics class, so I’m eager to get in next time! Keep up the good work!

  29. Maria B February 5, 2016 at 11:43 pm #

    So fun! Love the Coffee Chat! Please do it again sometime.

  30. melodee February 5, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    I love this post! how fun!! please, yes, more video coffee chats :) I am taking your illustrator class right now, and can’t wait for your next one to be ready! I am glad someone else asked about your adorable sweatshirt….that was going to be my question…happy Friday!

  31. Cheryl February 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm #

    Love this! I also loved the Nightingale but it took me awhile to get into it for the same reason. So glad I stuck with it. I always love your book suggestions and look foward to those post!

  32. Dian February 5, 2016 at 9:02 pm #

    Hi Emily, once to meet you and I loved your coffee chat. Hope you keep them coming.

  33. Prereeta February 5, 2016 at 9:01 pm #

    Great Coffee Chat in a cool home-studio !
    I sometimes add cinnamon to my coffee.

    I’m so glad you posted the recipe for that cake.
    Looks really tasty!

  34. Emily February 5, 2016 at 8:26 pm #

    Loved it! And I’m excited that you’re working on new classes! The Home Decorating one is on my radar. Our house is *wonky* and needs some serious TLC. :-) Thanks for sharing!

  35. Sara February 5, 2016 at 7:38 pm #

    Darling! Please do more of these! But please never stop blogging ;)

    • emily February 6, 2016 at 12:03 am #

      No way :) I’m a blogger, through and through.

  36. Melinda February 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

    Please keep doing these coffee chats. You are adorable and so comfortable in front of the camera that it works. Cheers to a great weekend as well!

  37. Kristin February 5, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

    Loved the coffee chat! Even without the setup, it’s so fun to just sit on the couch and catch up.
    Thanks Emily! :)

  38. gloria February 5, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    Emily, loved your video Coffee Chat. Loved also that if I was curious about one of the items in your video, I could immediately click on one of your links and still hear your video.

  39. Pink Camellias February 5, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    I think the coffee chat is a great idea – I enjoyed watching it Thank you for introducing Dear Mushka – everything she has is so cute. I like the initial tags – those would be cute on a necklace – I love the bangles with the bracelets, too. Do you remember the SNL skit w/ Mike Myers, Coffee Tawk? I loved that. I’m feeling verklempt!

  40. Amanda L February 5, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    Such a great set up and YES would love to watch another one—it’s a very personal way to watch a blog. I was able to multitask and fold some laundry while watching. Sometimes with lengthy written blogs (not yours, just in general) I have to either skip or just skim the first few paragraphs just for time’s sake.
    Happy Weekend!

  41. Dawn Kitley February 5, 2016 at 5:33 pm #

    I love this! Can we ACTUALLY have coffee together? :) I’m just down in Olympia. I’d take you to a new and fun coffee shop. I love hearing people voices and seeing how they act in real life, this was fun!

  42. Socorro February 5, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

    Loved the coffee chat! You’re just as cute and precious as I thought…I really enjoy everything you blog about and I love that you’re local to my area! Super refreshing, keep up the great work!

  43. Deanna February 5, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    You should Periscope! Do you know Periscope? Love it! Check it out!

  44. Jesse February 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm #

    This was fun! Thank you!

  45. Stephanie February 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm #

    I REALLY love these posts! They are my favorite posts EVER! I love the personal side of blogging and it is such an enjoyment to hear about other people in a way that could only be shared over coffee :)
    Would you be able to post some sort of tutorial or something about how you film and upload these videos to your blog?
    Also, just wanted to mention, everyone I know who went to America complained about their coffee. That everyone had no idea what a flat white was. That’s our signature ‘Aussie’ coffee. So glad they are now making it! Enjoy it!!!!!

    • emily February 5, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

      So glad you enjoyed it :) I would love to visit Australia one day and taste a ‘real’ flat white.

      And, yes, I can show how I do the videos. Maybe I’ll do a few more first :)

  46. joanne February 5, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

    Hi Emily! Loved your chat! I would definitely love to see more of them so don’t stop a great thing!
    I love your blog…you have such great taste in fashion and home decor and I am still making your chocolate chip cookies!

    Loved The Nightingale and love flat whites…I REALLY enjoyed the Holiday Flat White.

    Here’s a big shout out to you from Burlington, Ontario! Keep up the great posts!

  47. Shereen February 5, 2016 at 3:20 pm #

    Hi Emily! I enjoyed your video coffee chat. It just made me smile because its fun to see and hear you! More personal, like your right here. My sister LOVES the Flat Whites from Starbucks. Might be fun to get a frother, I am seriously thinking about it. We (Mom/sister and I) enjoy your blog and classes! I am taking the Blog Class now and have started the Graphic Design class also. Hope you have a nice weekend.
    Will try your Mom’s/Grandmother’s cake recipe too. Looks yummy!

  48. Amy February 5, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    Loved the video! I hope you keep doing them :)

  49. lori February 5, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    I feel like we are best friends! I ask myself, “can she really be this amazing?” Every post I read makes me fall a little bit harder. #girlcrush. Thank you so much for sharing with the world your kindness, creativity and compassion.

    • emily February 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

      Ha! not so amazing, but I try :)

  50. Judy H. February 5, 2016 at 3:06 pm #

    This was so much fun Emily. I just made myself an afternoon cup of coffee and sat down to browse my email and here I find your coffee chat. How serendipitous!
    My daughter read The Nightingale last weekend (yes, she’s one of “those” readers) and called me to rave and rave about what a fabulous, intriguing book it is. I’m getting it post haste.
    I’m a coffee lover…I have to think for a bit about my very favorite, there are so many I love.
    Nice chatting with you, have a wonderful weekend!

  51. Kelley February 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    You are adorable. I love everything about your blog, style and designs! I keep your prints of the winter, spring, etc, essentials on the hutch in my kitchen and they make me so happy! This video was great. My great aunt spent her life in the Congo and Rwanda. They are near and dear to my heart. God bless you!

  52. Kate February 5, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

    This was such a fun video. I loved it! I’m going to save up for that milk frother. I have been loving flat whites for the past few months, too!

  53. Jane February 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

    Loved the Video!

  54. Erin February 5, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

    I’ve been a follower for a while. Loved the coffee chat! You are every bit as sweet and fun in ‘semi’ real life.

  55. Chelsea Rotunno February 5, 2016 at 2:24 pm #

    Emily, just wanted to let you know that as I was watching your video my daughter kept saying, “Mom, your friend is so pretty. Mom, she’s so pretty!” (And you are!!) I loved this video. What are some things to consider with lighting and sound when doing a video like this? What microphone do you have? Andy and I have been researching podcasting. The way you set this up looks great. So yes, please do more! How about every day?;) love, Chelsea

    • emily February 5, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      Oh, that is so sweet :)

  56. Christi Beth Fisher February 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    I enjoyed your “Coffee Chat” video! More please!

  57. lindsey - the pleated poppy February 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    i love the video chat! one thing, it made me sad that i can’t be there for real in person! but so fun! you did great on video as well – i always sound like a dork and get nervous even all by myself on video.


    • emily February 5, 2016 at 3:36 pm #

      Come visit?!!

  58. LeAnne Martin February 5, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    I loved this! So fun to see you “live” and to see your studio. Yes, please do it again! Blessings to you and your family!

  59. Megan February 5, 2016 at 2:01 pm #

    I don’t drink coffee and my three kiddos are grown but I so enjoy your blog and get so much inspiration and so many ideas from you to spruce up our 114-year-old house. And your video ‘coffee chat’ was the perfect way to spend my break at work this Friday afternoon. Please do more of these!!!

  60. Susan February 5, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    That was fun. Have a super weekend.

  61. Diana February 5, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    Loved your video! Thank you for sharing!

  62. linda February 5, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    I loved the coffee chat, emily! and yes, keep posting more of them and you can even make them longer .. you are just absolutely adorable and I’m finding that I pretty much love everything that you recommend and put your ‘stamp of approval’ on! thanks so much for sharing :) …. and I can’t wait to learn more about the lettering class!!

  63. Christa | BrownSugarToast February 5, 2016 at 1:18 pm #

    So fun!! More, more! The public cries for more!! :D

    • emily February 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm #

      ha! Love it. I will keep doing these!

  64. Lindsay February 5, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    Loved the chat so much!!! Videos on blogs are my favorite because I loooove seeing the real people talk! I’ve been planning to add them forever, but just haven’t figured out all the technical stuff yet! Love seeing your smiling face!!

  65. Leanna February 5, 2016 at 12:48 pm #

    I love your coffee chat blog posts and I love this even more! This was so cute! Thanks for the recipe and the book recommendation (I’m always on the lookout for both of those).

    Your blog is my FAVORITE blog by far and I so enjoy reading your posts. Also, I can’t wait to hear more on the lettering class!!

    • emily February 5, 2016 at 1:04 pm #

      Thanks Leanna

  66. Susan February 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm #

    I really enjoyed the video chat! Hope you do more of them :-)

  67. Allyson February 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    Yes to more videos! This was so much fun!! Happy Friday :-)

  68. Anna February 5, 2016 at 12:41 pm #

    Hi Emily! I love this idea! Please continue to do them! Also, where is your gray sweatshirt from? I love it. Have a wonderful weekend!

  69. Tina (KnittingContessa) February 5, 2016 at 12:38 pm #

    I loved having coffee with you Emily! :) Hope you do it again soon! You’re just cute as dang pie and I’m a big fan!

    • emily February 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

      Some dang pie sounds delicious right about now :) Thanks for the sweet comment!

  70. Jennifer K February 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Loved this…perfect little break on a Friday afternoon! I’d love to see a regular edition, blessings for a great weekend to you!

  71. Jodie February 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm #

    Love the video and the idea of more! It meant I could multitask and ‘read’ your post for the day while getting other things accomplished, like my daughter’s toothpaste dilemma ;). I hereby cast my vote for the video series. And adorable studio by the way. Love the alphabet background, which has now inspired me to go do on the kids’ massive school chalkboard in our hallway.

    • emily February 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      You’re right! Multitasking is the best and pretty much only way mamas can get things done. More video chats to come!

  72. Elizabeth February 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm #


    I am super new to your blog, some time ago I decided to sign up for you email list. I had just sat down to drink some tea and check emails when I saw this. I loved the coffee chat! So much good little info to have, I’m excited to hear more about the lettering class!

    Great podcast idea!

  73. Jan P February 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    Sorry! It is now afternoon. My neighbor came over this morning and stayed and stayed and STAYED. Some people can’t take a hint! Anyhow I missed coffee with you and lunch with you but I will be there when you do this again. I just won’t go to the door when she knocks.
    BTW – i have my coffee with sweetener and some flavor of International Delight. They named me last year’s Delight-ful Person and sent all sorts of gifts which I enjoy. Your flat white sounds good though and I may have to try it.

    • emily February 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      What a good neighbor you are :)

  74. Megan M. February 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    Cute video, Emily! I loved because I watched it while working on my crochet skills. I’m going on a missions trip in June to help women in Jamaica learn to sew and crochet to earn a livelihood! So excited!

  75. Debbie February 5, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi Emily, First of all you are ADORABLE and I loved watching your little coffee chat! It did seem just a little more personal, kinda like you and I were face timing and you were sharing with me, just me, all your fun, new stuff! So yes, I loved it!! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  76. Rachael February 5, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

    So fun! So cute! Sweet little Friday chat! Thanks!

  77. Jen February 5, 2016 at 12:02 pm #

    Thanks for sharing! This was great (and now I’ve got a milk frother on my Amazon wish list!)

  78. Patti February 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    Very fun post! Where is your adorable top from?

  79. Kathy February 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    Having a late start to my day so it was fun to enjoy my coffee over this chat. Thank you for the recipe, going to give it a try. I love your idea of being kind to yourself. Sometimes us Mom’s forget to take care of our selves. Have a great weekend everyone!

  80. Nix February 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    ah man I loved that Emily, like most its always lovely putting a voice to someone. You have a wonderful weekend to.

  81. Joy February 5, 2016 at 11:45 am #

    You are just adorable! Thank you for the sweet coffee chat. Loved it and those sweet bracelets. Happy Friday!

  82. Susan Ricker February 5, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    I loved your coffee chat, I’m going to listen to you daily when you start coffee chat, thank for a pick me up chat,

  83. Te February 5, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    Loved this!!! Keep doing it!

  84. Cat February 5, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    Loved hearing your voice! Thanks for posting!

  85. Laura McDaniel February 5, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    These ARE great! Keep them coming!

  86. Donna February 5, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    I agree…keep ’em coming! :)

  87. Suzanne Rosato February 5, 2016 at 11:25 am #

    love the video. can I watch while I fold laundry. yay. excited for new class.

  88. Krista Golden February 5, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    So enjoyed our time this morning :). I always getting a little excited when a new blog post of yours arrives in my bloglovin feed. I enjoy your “down to earth-ness”(I know that’s not a word, but you know what I mean.). I’m excited to check out your penmanship class – how fun! Enjoy your weekend and keep up with the coffee chats…a fun way to start my Friday.

  89. Bonnie February 5, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    This was super fun to watch while actually drinking a coffee too… Although totally not planned, just came across your email with the link while having my coffee… A latte… Although expensive upfront our espresso machine has totally paid for itself by now! ;). Please do more videos and a regular podcast would be fun too.

    • emily February 5, 2016 at 1:03 pm #

      Thanks Bonnie. I agree – the initial investment of an espresso machine is worth it!

  90. Lesley February 5, 2016 at 11:05 am #

    Fun change of pace, definitely different than just reading. For more about the flat white vs latte debate, here’s a good (and thorough) rundown:

  91. Kate February 5, 2016 at 11:02 am #

    I loved this! So fun and refreshing! I just watched it while drinking my coffee this morning! :)

  92. Becky February 5, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    Loved the video!!! I would to have regular coffee chats :)

  93. Rachel Koustik February 5, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Stop! Don’t start out sipping your lil latte! YOU ARE ADORABLE! I totally vote for a podcast! I have been following for so many years now. And every time we get to see your face and year you chat, its so great to see the gal behind the blog. Ive not taken the blog class, if only because I so love reading others, but lettering class, I could so use some help with that. I swear being left handed…writing on the chalkboard cute? Pretty much impossible!
    Have a great weekend as well! Love the sweater:-)

  94. Natalie February 5, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    You are darling! Love your videos! Would you mind sharing where you found your cute gray sweatshirt? So cute!

  95. rachel February 5, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    So cute and fun! And your hair looks great! Do you just ask for long layers? Maybe a post? :)

  96. Evelyn February 5, 2016 at 10:49 am #

    I so enjoyed this chat and absolutely encourage you to post more in the future! Have a lovely weekend. :)

  97. Melissa February 5, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    Loved it! Hope to see you do more of them. Also love the idea of a podcast as well! You are so creative!!

  98. Melissa B February 5, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Hello and good morning to you!
    I loved this post so so much it made me feel like I really was having a cup of coffee with you.
    I have two questions for you, I can’t stop drooling over your sweatshirt where is it from it just looks ultra cozy. And two what is the nail polish you are wearing? I just love your sweet style and keep up with these videos.

  99. Amy February 5, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    Yes!!! Please do a coffee chat! So fun! Thanks Emily for sharing the joy in your heart. It’s contagious.

  100. Jill February 5, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    Loved this coffee chat! A great way to have my coffee this morning and the perfect way to get through my day! Love the podcast idea too!!!!

  101. Amy K February 5, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    Oh, you should so do a podcast! That would be so great! I binge listened to all of Jamie Ivey’s podcasts after listening to yours. Can’t wait for the handwriting class! Happy Friday!

    • emily February 5, 2016 at 9:28 am #

      I can’t get enough of Jamie’s podcast!

  102. lucinda February 5, 2016 at 8:48 am #

    Can’t wait to hear more about the lettering class. I enjoyed the video…keep them coming!
    Have a great weekend.

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