It’s May!

Written by dennis, in Personal

Hello, Spring! Why thank you for joining us. I have this bizarre little tradition in which on May first of every year I play this song and giggle like a little boy. So what do you say you join me in this annual tradition of mine? —Dennis The First of May by Jonathan Coulton Share [...]

Succulent in a pot

Happy Earth Day!

Written by dennis, in Out And About, Personal

This weekend we participated in a wonderful event at Hartford City Hall after spending the day exploring Manchester for Record Store Day and some clothes shopping. In addition to some Spring and Summer clothes, we picked up a fantastic record of White Stripes Lullabies, that Sophie loves. In support of Earth Day, the Trashion Fashion [...]

Kickstarter Projects We Like

Written by dennis, in Projects We Like

We’re not uber-wealthy executives, but if we were, we’d back the shit out of these Kickstarters.   A Whale Who Dreamt of a Snail Project Status Nice Laundry Project Status   The Secret Order of the Black Diamond: Orientation Project Status All Photos courtesy of their respective Kickstarter pages. Share This!

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Adventures in Soapmaking

Written by dennis, in Home

In which we tackle the dark art of soap making You can actually see the little bits of coffee grounds and cocoa powder in the soap. Share This!

Block Printing Beyond the Green: A Collaboration between Kleiner Eisbar and Stephanie Hurst

Beyond the Green: A Handbound, Handprinted Project

Written by dennis, in Bookbinding, Paper as Art, Printmaking

Presenting a Unique Collaboration Between Printmaker and Bookbinder. We have exciting news! The Details Fun Facts Each of the forty-five books will be signed and numbered. A total of 1080 pages will be printed, plus the covers. Coptic bindings were probably the first binding when books went from scrolls to codices. Coptic Binding Just About [...]

Happy New Year

Written by dennis, in Personal

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero [...]

The Night Life of Trees

The Night Life of Trees

Written by dennis, in Bookbinding, Paper as Art

It’s not often that a book catches your nose, but The Night Life of Trees is one such book and it is one of my favorites. The Night Life of Trees is one of those rare books in the wild that is  made completely by hand. The paper is deep black and finely textured. Each [...]

Preparing for the holidays

What Do You Do In Preparation For The Holidays?

Written by dennis, in Home, Out And About, Personal

The holidays are officially upon us. Of course, this year, retailers really wanted Christmas to be before Halloween, but they’ve yet to be able to alter that pesky thing we all know as the calendar. Share This!

In Honor of Black Friday

Written by dennis, in Out And About

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Bookbinding as a Hadcraft by Manly Banister

Bookbinding as a Handcraft by Manly Banister: A Book Review

Written by dennis, in Bookbinding

If you’re anything like me, you like to do things on your own time and at your own pace. I started bookbinding in 2011 because Krissy and I were getting married and needed a guestbook that wasn’t boring and ugly. I’m not one to throw around words like “art” or “artist” and “fine art” practically [...]