I think I count today as a win. This morning, Chad and I were signed up to go to a workshop at the Paper Kite Gallery
in Kingston at ten. I had never been there before, and his friend owns it, so he crashed on my couch last night so that we could go together.
Now, the convenience of him being here in the morning was doubled by the fact that I had Harry and David Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix sitting in my cabinet waiting to be used. Yeah. So we woke up at eight voluntarily on a saturday, ran to price chopper for eggs and syrup, came back, and cooked ourselves breakfast. (Also on the menu: apple cider, and Fakin' Bacon
The pancakes were a slight disaster, only in that my stove makes it really difficult to control temperature, and also because I don't have any butter or margarine, so we had to grease the pan with canola oil. Whatever. They were either burnt or horribly misshapen due to the batter sliding everywhere in the process of attempting to flip them, but we didn't care. We told ourselves they just looked more rustic that way, like we were doing it on a camp stove, or cooking in a secluded cabin in the French countryside, with a wood-burning stove and trees and stone everywhere. Our pancakes had character
. At any rate, it was well worth it, because when I say those pancakes were amazing? That's because they were amazing. Also, the tempeh strips were really good smothered in syrup.
Anyway, workshop. After breakfast, we spent the whole morning sitting around a table making notebooks! We made the floppy, paper chapter style ones, and also repurposed old hardcover books by taking the pages out and stitching our own paper into the cover. It really fun! I could have sat there all day making those things. Chad and I want to go out and get supplies (ie, paper, old books, a razor blade, an awl, wax thread, a blunt needle, and one of those paper guillotine things) and just do this in all of our free time. I am now the proud
owner of a repurposed grammar textbook/notebook, and a paper chapter notebook. Extremely shitty webcam shots behind the cut.( notebooks, ahoy!Collapse )
In related news, the guy running the workshop is from Baltimore, and he apparently lived right around the corner from the original Book Thing
! That is so awesome. I wish I lived near that. I'd spend all my time there. It would be so awesome to run my own branch of it.