Two weeks ago I began dreaming about a typewriter. These were daydreams really, just a nagging desire to find a gorgeous vintage piece of machinery with which to type my Project Life journaling. I was hoping to find a mint or cream number with some wear. I wanted it to look as though a very moody young novelist had spent years pounding out their works of genius before they were first published. I didn’t think I was asking for too much. That is until I took to the internet to find the machine of my dreams.
Everything online was vintage alright, but looked as though it had spent more time in the back of a storage shed than on a writer’s desk. Most were yellowed and broken and missing keys. The one’s that were in good shape were behemoths of plastic, all boxy with angular edges. The few vintage beauties I was able to find knew their worth and were way out of my modest price range. I was about to give up all hope and buy something electric, when I ran across a craigslist ad for a garage sale about 5 minutes from home. The listing stated that they were selling two typewriters. The brands weren’t listed, there were no prices quoted, I didn’t have much to go on but an address and a gut feeling that I should go and bring cash.
Sitting there on a folding table in a cul de sac was the beauty you see above. A Royal Varsity from the 1940s, in great shape, no sticking letters, complete with weathered tweed carrying case and a price tag of only $25. I nearly did a happy dance right there in the rain, this is Seattle in June.
I’m so happy with my lovely little machine. I love her textured metal surface and the bright bell she sounds at the end of a line. I thought I would share the very first bit or journaling I wrote with her help and the Project Life insert that the journaling describes.
You can see that I still have to get used to typing with her. She doesn’t have a 1 or an exclamation mark and so I’m still trying to figure out an adequate substitute for both, otherwise, I absolutely love the look. I’ll be typing all my journaling from now on.
The insert showcases photos from a trip we took down the Oregon Coast in March. Our first trip together as a family of four. The weather was incredible that week and we all had an amazing time. It’s taken me a while to print the photos and make the insert but I’m so happy with how it’s finally turned out.
Do you have a tool in your crafting arsenal that you’re absolutely smitten with? I would love to hear about it in the comments. As always, thank you for stopping by today, your presence is greatly appreciated!