also known as: Jon & Liz Getting Their Act Together
We had our grand opening weekend! For a little while, it looked like we might never open, but instead just go up in flames, but here we are!
I think there were some subway closures, and we were a bit worried about people having a hard time finding the shop, but we were lucky to have great weather and a few folks coming out to say hi.
We’ve still got a few things left on the to-do list, but I’m pretty sure we’ll always have a few things on it. In fact, we just got the “real” lights installed by the electrician today, although we broke a few bulbs installing the string lighting, so we need to work on those. We’ve yet to find the box of Platinum Cools or the Jinhaos, and I was pretty sure we had more Apache Sunset somewhere, but the thought of digging through the boxes of Noodler’s inks is going to require a stronger cup of coffee.
Here are a few pictures of the new shop. These are actually mostly pictures from before the shop even opened on Saturday, as we still have ladders and brooms out. Saturday and Sunday were packed and just flew by, so I’m glad we got a few snaps before time got away from us.
Even the baby got in on the celebration.
And a special treat! We made a short video of part of the renovations. Actually, among many other things, we are missing the piece that attaches the camera to a tripod, so I had to prop it up on the windowsill. I used to make videos with my students all the time, and putting this all together brought me back to the days of asking students how to insert this or change that and how come it’s like this. I do not remember, however, it taking so long to figure out how to upload something to YouTube. I thought advancing technology was supposed to make things easier…
You can see all sorts of exciting things, like a plant blocking the view of the camera, Jon climbing ladders in his slippers (safety first, Jon!), and footprints in the sawdust everywhere.
Also, I’m pretty sure there is some camera functionality that takes pictures every five minutes or something, but I’m more of the point-and-shoot type, so it was me running to the camera to press the shutter every time I remembered. There are some giant chunks missing, like when I’m being super helpful and participating in the setting up (you know, handing things to Jon, taking the dog out…), or when I’d just forgotten to take some photos. I wish I had gotten more of the renovations! It would have been fun to see the space from it’s completely original state, but I hope you enjoy the video in any case, and the new space!