Thursday, September 17, 2020

Walking Solo

I don't get to walk alone much anymore. It was nice to get to do that this evening. Lately, I haven't had time to think. I like to sit down and have a good think now and then-- quite often, actually. But I just haven't been making time for it; I've been avoiding thinking. So, after my walk I did some stream-of-consciousness typing. Here's what I came up with.


Tonight's machine of choice:

Smith Corona Galaxie II from 1964. Made in USA.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

My Companion Types

 I know it says "Royal" and "Companion" but it doesn't look anything like the other Royal Companions on The Typewriter Database. Is it a Royal (Silver-Seiko)? I do not see "Companion" listed in the drop down menu bar. Can I add that when I input this machine to my typewriter gallery? It looks identical to a Royal Mercury that I have. The date of manufacture is difficult for me to pinpoint since it seems on the cusp of a decade. Is is 1960's or 1970's?

Thursday, September 10, 2020

    Over the long weekend, I made a rough draft version inventory of my typewriters. Why? Why not?

    Actually, there are two reasons. Firstly, I wanted to see what I'd spent so far, but would rather not say. Just know that I don't go searching eBay anymore. This keeps the cost down and allows a more natural pace of growth.

    Secondly, and more importantly, I want to fulfill my apparent destiny and become a Typewriter Hunter! I hope that making this list will help me stay organized as I go through the process of uploading typewriters to my digital collection.

    Admittedly, I'm in over my head with the current number of machines. It could be a slow process uploading every one. The advice of Anne Lamott's book Bird by Bird  applies to writing and, I think, also to this process. I plan to take it slow and just go one typewriter at a time.

Ouch! Strangled by her own drawband!

From the front--yeeeesh!

    Also, I helped a troubled typer by playing amateur repair woman. This Smith Corona Silent wasn't advancing properly when I found her at an estate sale last fall for $8. The old inflexible drawband slipped off the spool and got itself wound around underneath. Ouch! I managed to untangle the drawband and get it advancing again, but will need to seek professional help in the future to really make her sing once again.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Label Me!

Here's a tutorial on how to use a sticky note to aid the process of making a typed label.
 I maybe had a little too much fun making this!!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Just saying...

crayon on notebook paper
Sometimes one just needs to make something. I made this sign. I like exploring the concept of text as art. It's not fine art, more of a doodle, a nod to the sketchbooks of Michael McGuire a Chicago based artist whose finer works I have been ogling recently after discovering his blog. Several years ago, when I first came across his artwork in Midwest Living his watercolor paintings of Lake Michigan and sky above caught my attention delightfully. I'm glad to see he is still making art. I keep trying to overcome the self-doubt that so often follows alongside creative work by sticking it to the inner critic and doing it anyway, one day at a time even if it's something small and doodly. Sometimes one just needs to get something done and move on, much like this blog post!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

If you're not wearing green...

Here's a tiny look at what I've been working on lately, a word collage inspired by the art teachings of Corita Kent, who said, "We have no art; we do everything as well as we can." I think about that when I'm doing everyday tasks like caring for my children, tidying up my home or pulling old dead leaves out of the landscaping. "Do everything as well as we can," means life is art which makes everything so much more beautiful... for a moment.