Yesterday Geoff and I went to a camera fair put on by the Photographic Historical Society of Canada. We both enjoy looking at vintage and collectible cameras, even though my knowledge on the subject is pretty limited. We've been talking about the fair for a few years, especially around the time that Geoff was on the hunt for a TLR, but always miss it (Celine went last year). It was the perfect day for an outing. I bought a couple of small things, including a few stereographic cards and a cat postcard from 1906.
I also bought a whole bunch of camera straps, 5 for $2. I had always admired Karyn's re-covered camera straps, here and here, and I wanted to make one using some floral tapestry ribbon trim I had found at the Designer Fabric Outlet (Mokuba has some beautiful tapestry ribbon on clearance, but the DFO ribbon is so cheap at 99 cents a yard). The only problem was that I couldn't find the hardware for a strap, and to be honest, I have no idea what the hardware is even called. D-rings and snap hooks and split rings and so on. It seemed much easier to take existing straps apart, and I wanted this to be a quick project I could work on guilt-free in the face of my to-do list. No sewing of little leather bits, no rivets.
Two of the straps I bought were made of black cotton webbing that had started to look a bit dingy. I took the hardware off, sewed two pieces of trim together so that it would be reversible, and a few minutes later, I had my very own camera strap. So easy and so satisfying.
The nice thing about the hardware on the original straps is that the hooks swivel. There will be no twisted strap.
This is a Canon A-1 that I got on eBay a little while ago off someone who was clearing out his personal collection. I had become obsessed with finding a Canon SLR for myself, and had settled on this model. I like that it has auto features, since I am just learning about how to take a proper picture. Kate has the same one, which makes me feel good about my choice, although I had no idea she had it when I bought it. The camera came with a generic black nylon strap; I think mine is much prettier.
Cat tail outtake:
The Book of Right-On, Sip-n-Snap, Natasha, Elena R.: Thank you!
Jenny: Thanks, I'm glad you liked it! And yeah, that meowmania website is pretty amazing!
Hello Lindello: Haha, yeah, our sales tax is higher than the Cook County sales tax. I don't even notice it.
La fille d'or: Thank you! Oh, I wish I could go out for a cream puff run, although maybe it's for the best that I can't go.
fashionforwriters.com: Oh, that's funny. I wish I could have brought home the catalogue but I had to save my pennies for all the Mexican food I was hoping to eat (and did eat).
iris: Thanks for the information -- I had been in the middle of updating the links after making the photos public but got sidetracked. I hate when the photos don't show up.
Kate: Yeah, seriously! So delicious!
veronika, tick tock vintage.: I'm sorry!
mbuenger: Oh yes, the tots! Some people at the next table over had ordered them. They smelled so good but we had just eaten a heap of food. Next time! (I've been saying that a lot lately.)
jackie: Thank you! Weird! I thought you had already asked but I can't seem to find that comment? Maybe it spontaneously disappeared? Anyway, I remember seeing the question in my email. The film I buy is from Black's. If you buy one pack it's about $6-8, something like that, but I recently got a pack of five 200 ISO Black's brand film for $30, processing and prints included! That is an insane deal. I don't think it's bad film, either. I don't know enough about film to know the difference, and our friend who is a professional photographer said that it's fine. The only thing is that the CD is $5 extra (I think you can get at least two or three rolls per CD). I have a scanner at home that I use to scan my negatives.
Lara: Oh -- I thought it was Ukranian Village because when I looked it up, Yelp has it listed that way. I don't know enough about Chicago to know the difference! My personal preference for places to drink are places that aren't too expensive and where the music isn't so loud that you have to shout. I guess dive bars sometimes fall into that category!
Mallory: I'm glad you liked them!
vanessa joie: You should get it!
craftysunday: Oh, yes. I think we were able to do so much thanks to the friends who drove us around. But the transit system in Chicago is really good and we were prepared to do a lot of walking. Thanks for the recommendation! Those earrings are so great. I wanted to pick out a few pairs! Picking out one was hard.
Neon Relish: Thank you! It was so great to meet you too, although it would have been nice to be able to sit and chat (I was so distracted by those clothes!). So glad you got Cat Paint -- pretty mind-blowing, isn't it!
Caroro: Oh wow, that is so dangerous! Will have to make a few road trips that way, I think. Thanks for letting me know! I know some people who are very excited.
Jane: Let's go back!