As Patti put it yesterday “I would like to let the record show that I am ready!” Which translates to: we left the house an hour and a half early for our workshop appointment. And it’s probably a good thing too, because I had planned to get some gas and fill the tires before hitting the highway. But the station next to the highway was busier than opening night at the movies! So, we doubled back into town and went to the gas station that’s right behind the Superstore (hardly ever busy, and it’s usually one full cent cheaper than anywhere else in town for the gas price hunters out there). Did you know that air costs a dollar now? Oh well, I guess they have to pay for the machine somehow. The good thing that came out of this was that Patti ran over to the Superstore for veggies and cookies for a snack later in the day. Plus, there was hardly any traffic on the 401 from Milton to Scarborough, and we ended up getting to our workshop 15 minutes early. So that means we would have been super early if we didn’t have to go back for gas.
BTW, Patti has been looking forward to this workshop for a long time, so maybe that’s why she was out the door before I had my shoes on. I love that girl!
And where were we headed you might ask? Snap & Tumble, a toronto based letterpress line of small stationery goods lovingly printed by hand.
When we got there, Tanya of Snap & Tumble met us at the door with a big smile and a friendly hello, and her husband Chris, also with a smile, quickly introduced himself and then disappeared! I guess he wanted Tanya to be able to wow us all on her own. Very gracious of him! Chris, next time, you’ve gotta get out there with us!
Tanya welcomed us into her home, sat us down on her couch, and just started to get to know us. We found out some more of how she got into doing letterpress, and how much being a creative professional in any genre is somewhat similar across all areas, especially when it comes to new toys, and for Tanya it’s presses! This girl is so passionate about what she does and she loves sharing everything she knows about it. She showed us some great samples of what she does for her clients and some of her new upcoming samples for future shows. Exciting and beautiful stuff! Even though this workshop was for Patti & me to get our hands dirty and create, Tanya was so excited to see the result of what we were getting from the press. That’s a person that really loves her craft and spreads that love to others.
Tanya – thank you so much for welcoming us into your home, thank Chris for us, and we hope to see you again soon! My people will call your people ;)
Here are a few snapshots of our great time:
Watch those fingers Patti!
Check out the concentration on this guy’s face, it’s priceless.
Now we just need a desk to go with our new stationary.
Patti wanted to make some bookmarks to hand out to the kids in Kira’s class at E. W. Foster School here in Milton. She helps out with reading every Monday, and thought this would be a nice treat for everyone!
And to end off, here I am sharing some knowledge of my own with Tanya. Just a quick explanation about metering and exposure. Share and share alike!
If you’re interested in getting some letterpress goodies made, or even partake in a workshop, you can get a hold of Tanya via her website www.snapandtumble.com Highly recommended!