Saturday, May 31, 2014

Breakfast Casserole Fun

Breakfast casserole 

super easy to make too
thawed frozen hash browns
3 eggs
2 cups cheddar cheese
1 cup pepper jack cheese
1 cup monetary jack cheese
cooked, crumbled bacon on top
bake 325 for 45 minutes
yes, it's that simple!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Tiny Tess Book Swap

Getting ready to work on an upcoming swap I'm in

Making tiny books to swap with an artist partner!
So much fun!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Great Project for Scrap Fabric

I found this WONDERFUL tutorial/blog/website
on how to make fabric twine from scrap fabric
 and cannot wait to try it out!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Made in Switzerland

This manual typewriter is AWESOME!

I traded for this typewriter
with an 1910 vintage Underwood
that needed WAY TOO much restoration
work done, so cost was a huge issue.
Instead I got this beauty!

I was told (by the person I traded with)
these typewriters are wonderful
and frankly this little older man
well he's very reliable for insight and information
regarding typewriters!

The vibe hit me like a wave and I said "YES"
to trading and OH MY GOSH...

this baby is WONDERFUL!
The font is smaller than most of the other manual
typewriters I own.
In addition, there are lots of cool extra features.

It came with original paperwork (1950's)
two keys to lock the metal cover and new ribbons
and newly overhauled, oiled and ready for use!

Just a peak at the vintage books I have stored below...

I have a note paper in the carriage presently,
getting ready to type a thank-you card.

I use my typewriters so much more now
with this chair and table so easily accessible!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Vintage Chair, Stand and Typewriter

Continuing with m theme: Typewriters…
I wanted to share a wee post about this vintage table

I found it at a garage sale two years ago for $2
A delightful woman from Pennsylvania
(who was living in Virginia at the time I bought it)
was moving back home and was selling all her
attic items. I know you can't see it
but she had painted decorative tole type flowers
on the sides and top of this.

I had previously used this table for magazines
and was frustrated that the wee space below was unused,
until now...

I put my vintage typing manuals
under with a package of onion skin
typing paper

Now this table and typewriter gets allot more
use than before I combined vintage typewriter with painted table!
Loving this combo.
Now I need to re-upholster my
sweet vintage (free) chair
I found along with the footstool
which is nestled underneath chair.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Folks Like Me

Continuing with the theme on typewriters
I found this video
about folks who,
like myself
still like using typewriters today!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Basic Typing Methods Vintage Film

In this Basic Typing film from 1944
a brief history of the typewriter is shown
which includes several machines which are housed in the Smithsonian.

I also like the fashion flash back this film displays.

A disturbing part of history is that typing and the employment of typists
was centrally focused on women & girls.
I was influenced by this cultural norm as a young girl.

Perhaps this is why I love typewriters to this day!

This is the second half of the Basic Typing Film

Please share with other typewriter & typing enthusiasts!

I'd also like to hear some of your earliest memories with typing
and on what type machine?


Saturday, May 24, 2014

My Typewriters

I own a few typewriters...

and recently I realize that
I've always liked typing

In high school I took
typing classes
first on manual typewriters...

and then advanced to electric typewriters

I wasn't always the fasted typist
but I really did like trying

I owned an electric brother typewriter
and sadly over the years
after many moves
it got lost

For now
I'm happy with my vintage manual typewriters!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Vintage Pictures with Typewriters

Typing in a shower
just because they could...

What almost looks like
a glamor photo
with a fancy typewriter

I'm not certain why this typewriter is so huge
but this picture simply cracks me up!

This is a still shot of a short video
dating back to 1959
of a typing contest

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Typewriter Love

This post is about typewriters
a movie named...

It's a French film
which was released in 2012
It's completely wonderful!

If you haven't had a chance to view it
check out Netflix
it's on there!

LOVE everything about this film!
The vintage typewriters, cars, clothes!

So much fun!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Carved Rocks!

I found this on Pinterest and followed
the link to
Lil Blue Boo

What a GREAT tutorial!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Sketching at Computer Desk

Today's sketches
while sitting at my computer desk...

Not sure if these were coins, gum balls or bubbles.
I guess once I put some colour to them
I'll know.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Not Just for Coloring!

Colorful markers are always lots of fun too!

I love these water based colors
because I can use them with crayons
and they blend so well together

I also use them as inexpensive water colors!
YES, they can be used with water
and paint brush!

I recycle allot of plastic containers
simply for my crafting use
and the inside part
of a plastic lid works great
as a pallet for makers and water...

Add a few drops of water
and you have instant watercolors!

I use them as highlighters too.

But mostly I use them on the early stages of
art work
filling in color and shapes
in my art journals and
project books.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Youthful Tools and Parental Guilt

You might think I have
these crayons for my kids,
but truth is
they're my crayons!!

I own several Crayola products

I use them too...

I enjoy using crayons for various

Every time I use them
I'm reminded of my youth!
I don't remember glitter crayons though,
back when I was little.

I'm sad to say
I could not always afford crayons, the Crayola brand
as an adult,
for my kids
'in classroom school supplies'
so I bought RoseArt!
they were always so much cheaper (cost)
and my daughter reminds me to this day

that she hated using RoseArt instead of having
good quality Crayola crayons.

I must confess
I feel very sad & bad about that choice back then.

I should maybe have splurged a little!?


 I was a struggling single Mum back then

those were the days when Enron corrupt trading practices
 influenced power costs
which spiked my electric bill so high
(in So. California)
that I had to make seriously tough choices
when it came to household spending!

Shelter, food and transportation costs won out…crayons were not a necessity
in my perspective.

 I occasionally mail a box of crayola's to my kids
 accompanied with a coloring book!

Yes, my kids are adults now
I don't think we ever out grow
taking the time to just sit
and colour

somedays my 'parent guilt' just gets to me!

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