Who does this?!?
Walking through a little antique shop…I spy an old typewriter…cool!
I wonder if it works. I’ll just put a piece of paper in there.
Hmmmmm…. Wha—pull an old receipt or piece of paper out of my purse? Eh…too much trouble.
I know! Here is a handmade journal for sale, made with an antique movie card. It is the PERFECT thing to use to test drive this old machine.
Let’s see…whew, it is tough getting it in there, but look I did it! I can sort of type the letter “Y”
Let me just put this back, no one will notice.
This is Why You Can’t Have Nice Things.
I don’t know…I must be in a fighting mood.
Orange Journal features a vintage postcard of a boxing match of the “Manassa Mauler” Jack Dempsey. Front of card reads: “Jack Dempsey Putting Over a Knockout” read more about him here.
Yellow Journal made from a 1928 card featuring boxer Newsboy Brown A.K.A. David Montrose. Backside of card gives a brief biography and record of fights from 1924 to August 1928.
Tweaked it just a bit…
Inspired by a trip to the Mansion on O Street in Washington DC. I added a little intrigue to this vintage camera. Now rigged with paper, it is a hidden journal ready to hold secrets close.
Why oh why am I enjoying this book so much?
1905, Red Telephone by Lilian M. Heath
…”Notes to Save Young Men and Women from Wreck and Ruin”
We picked this up for the interesting cover. The content is even better.
Chapters such as: Taking Chances (“Flirting is always dangerous”), and Common Traps (The city saloon, gambling den, dance hall, etc.)
Here is an excerpt out of the “Spice” chapter regarding spice in your reading:
"Some kinds of books can be judged at a glance. If a book abounds in unnatural talk by the characters, in unnatural situations, a very few pages opened at random throughout the book, will suffice to reveal that it is trash. Another way to judge is by the author. This method, though not infallible, saves time and usually answers the purpose…"(I’ll bet!)
Many more gems inside. It probably deserves it’s own tumblr.
My All-Time Favorite Accidental Auction Find
Working with paper means you need weights to hold things down while the glue gets a good chance to set. I have used many different things as weights so far: books, a tall bongo drum, shelf pieces, canned goods, whatever I could scavenge from around the house.
My husband had gotten a small tub of these petite marble squares as part of a larger auction lot. They may have been destined to make trophies (maybe?) I snagged a few to weight some small pieces and have been slowly siphioning away the entire supply.
They may not be a traditional weight, but they work great, and are a lot easier to handle than the drum (which is only for smushing big stuff, of course!) Perfect for small jobs, or stack them up to do something bigger.
My point is: look around your home or at non-traditional supply sources to get something you can use until you are ready to invest in the big-time professional tools. Although I am pretty sure I am never going to give these up!