Monday, 8 June 2015

Steampunk Typist!

I visited a Car Boot Sale a couple of weeks ago and couldn't believe my eyes when I came across this

My love and fascination of Steampunk and all things mechanical got the better of me and I HAD to buy it ;)

It needed a bit of a clean and it isn't in perfect condition, but neither would we be if we were 90 years old!

Yep, 90 years old!  I did a bit of research and this particular machine is a 1925 Underwood Manual Typewriter made in America and shipped around the World at that time.  

Apparently Olivetti took over the Company in 1960.

But the Underwood Manual Typewriters started being manufactured in 1888 as far as I can tell.
There is a list of Patents on the back of the Machine would you believe!

Each one also had a Serial No.

As I was cleaning it, not only did it bring back memories of when I was first a Clerk Typist in the 70's *and I was quite surprised that I remembered what most of the buttons did, even down to pressing the button for the Red or Black Ribbon for Typing :)* but the mechanics of this machine is just so steampunk.  

The picture below shows you a Cog with a little handle on, this turns the Ribbon round on the top!  

I really don't know what I am going to do with it now?

If someone had the time, this could quite easily be a working Typewriter again!

The Keys are in perfect condition and do still type!

Shall I keep it?  Shall I sell it?

We shall see:)

A couple more pictures below.

  I hope you have enjoyed this little journey in to the past with me and can remember not only when we used to maintain our own Machines that we typed with, but also our Cars, Washing Machines, the list goes on ...........

They were the days!!!


Saturday, 30 May 2015


Sorry I have abandoned you for the time being Blog!

But as it says in my Title .....

When I Have Had TIME To Create!!

Haven't had much of that just lately!

But I will be back soon:)


Friday, 17 April 2015


I have been making this Tray over the last couple of days.

It's fairly small - 21.5cm x 17cm and is Chipboard.

This is how it looked before .....

I didn't bother to paint it first because I wanted it to look a little bit rustic.

I have used Graphic45 Sweet Sentiment Collection again.

I made the Bow using Sizzix Bigz Die Ribbon 3D
The reference number for this Die is 658978

I don't use this Die often enough, it's so easy to assemble the Bow and it gives a lovely 3D effect on your Projects.

The Flowers are from Petaloo and the Glitter effect is from using Glitter Glue from the Tim Holtz range.

Please be careful when using some Glitter Glues! Some of the cheaper ones have so much water in them they wreck your Project :(

Happy Crafting Day everyone!

Michelle X

Thursday, 16 April 2015

New Job/New Makes

Well it was up with the Lark this morning!

My youngest Son started his new job as a Lifeguard today, consequently we were both up at 5am!
He is on early Shift today, he had to be there by 6.15am!

At least I can get all my chores done and make an early start on making :)

I thought I would show you my making space! 

It's quite small, but I can overflow on to the floor and my bed!

I have had this Desk for about 25 years, it's been a VERY good work horse!

As you can see, I have a few new Projects lined up!

I have managed to make some Wall Plaques this week.

One is a commission for a Wedding Plaque so I can't show you that one yet.

These have all been made using Graphic45 Sweet Sentiments Collection and the Flowers are all from Petaloo.

I think I managed to catch the light so you can see the Glossy Accents.  
I love Glossy Accents!  You can use it for so much.

The base is a hard chipboard.

Thank you for dropping by .....

Happy Crafting!!

Michelle X