Day Two in Texas
This Hungry Floridian actually had a pancake for breakfast this morning. Not sure why, as I typically reserve that indulgence for Mother’s Day… but something about Texas made me want to go big or go home. So one big pancake it was.
What a great way to start off this second day of the New Braunfels Paper Paintings Collage Workshop. Lisa and I enjoyed breakfast at the Union Street Station, a little breakfast joint on the way to the Art Center. This place was a great find, the coffee was good and hot, the food was great and the atmosphere was like a walk back in time.
I have noticed some cultural differences between the Lone Star State and Sunny Florida. For instance, “What the heck is a Frito Pie?” Well, Lisa explained, “It’s a bag of Fritos with the top cut off, then filled with chili.” “Interesting, really?” “Yes.” “Wow… ok then.”
After breakfast we were on our way to class once again in downtown New Braunfels. This is a small town, everything seems to be within one mile, at least that’s what the GPS keeps telling us. Upon arrival to the Art Center, we had to get creative with our parking due to the Farmer’s Market being today from 9am-1pm.
Across the street from the Art Center was the local hardware store that’s been here in downtown New Braunfels since 1857. They had many old time items that sparked fond memories. The creaky old wood floors and shelving were like a trip backward in time. This was not your local ACE or Home Depot, that’s for sure.
I had a little chat with the owner about the money trolleys. He told me that they were in fact removed at one point in the store’s history. “We put them back in place in the late 1980’s for nostalgia.” he explained. I likened this system to the current air tubes at the bank drive through. Too funny.
What a great store this was! I really became nostalgic for my New England upbringing and the country stores of Western Massachusetts. This small Texas town has big history. If I didn’t have to ship things home, I’d have come out of here with my arms full.
After exploring and taking a walk down Memory Lane, it was time to head back to class and help my students whip those apples into shape, or into sauce. I have 21 busy bees on my hands, all working diligently away at making more paper. “Because you can NEVER have enough paper!”
Today, day two, I demonstrated the collage gluing technique and some students hit the road running (and gluing) while others chose to make more paper, because….
Either way, everyone will be ripping and glueing by tomorrow morning.
After class, Lisa and I decided we needed to see what 2Tarts Bakery was all about. We were drawn from across the street by the thought of chocolate and pastry, walking into oncoming traffic.
The bakery counter was full of sweet confectionary bliss. How to choose? The guy behind the counter looked at my arms and said to me, “Those tats, are they real?” I must admit, nobody’s ever asked me that before 🙂 “Yep, they sure are.” was my reply. “VERY cool,” he added emphatically. Then he hooked us up with a couple of decadent cookies and coffee.
Dessert before dinner, sweet.
Stay tuned for more big fun in this small town, on day three of our Paper Paintings Collage Workshop in New Braunfels, Texas.
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