business, tips, typewriter

new endeavors

My newest passion, addiction, and endeavor is refurbishing typewriters.  I have had a vintage typewriter for years, but I bought it already serviced.  I found a typewriter at the flea market that was such a reasonable price I decided to get it and figure out how it all worked.  And I did.  There were some problems with it that were unrepairable, at least for my current skill set, but it opened the flood gates to buying many (MANY) vintage machines and begin bringing them back to life.

I have and will continue to refurbish a bunch of these and then list them for sale in my Etsy shop.  It does take time.  It also take uninterrupted time, which is the kind of time I don’t find much of these days.

One of the machines from my personal collection that I am trying to work all the kinks out of is an Everest K3 with script typeface.  It would be considered an ultraportable and the serial number indicates that it was one of last ones produced by this manufacturer.

When it arrived it was a mess.  I will post some before and after shots of it.  The exterior hasn’t changed much, although I have throughly cleaned it.  The mechanics, however, are another story.  It had a lot of problems.  When I post the before and after shots I will list all the repairs I had to do on the machine.  I still have one nagging shift issue to resolve, but today I did some of the final touches.

The one I wanted to document was a tip I have never come across, but worked great.  The rubber or felt pieces that pad the space bar are often deteriorated on these old machines.  I decided to try using felt furniture pads cut to size (and trimmed in width) to replace these.  That worked so great.  They have a self-adhesive backing that allows for easy placement and ultimately easy replacement if they need to be changed out in the future.

razor thin felt pads

Now I just have to solve this shifting dilemma and she will be completely revived!

art, work

Hanging Art Canvas Boards

At one of the last flea markets, I came across a man selling off his sister-in-law’s art supplies.  She was an artist and had passed suddenly.  At first I only bought the watercolor paper and a few brushes, but I took his name just in case.  A few days thinking on it, I decided if I wanted to make it, I needed to invest in me.  Part of that was investing in the supplies that I could use in experimentation.

See, I can freeze up some times.  I think about how much each piece of paper costs and I don’t want to screw it up, leaving me worried to create.  When your mind is blocked with worry, the flow is blocked too.  Investing in the canvas boards and paints this man was selling off (at a significantly cheaper price) meant I could be open to mistakes. Those mistakes allow you to be open to grow.

The first painting I did on a canvas board turned out ok, but had a lot to be desired.  And that’s ok.  I can reuse that one down the road and even if I don’t, oh well.

These lemons are the second work and I LOVE them.  They currently hang in my foyer, but are for sale in my Etsy shop.

lemons close


I thought it would helpful to share how I hung these.  I wanted to be able to hang them like you can traditional wrapped canvas, without a frame, but there is no hanging hardware on the boards to do that.  What I came up with was to glue 3 wood blocks to the back.  These can be easily found in craft and art stores.  The top two blocks will need to be glued level to each other because after the glue dries you will screw small eye hooks into the inside of the blocks.  The wire will then be strung on these eye hooks.

hang 1

The third block is glued approximately in the middle of these 2 blocks at the bottom of the canvas board.  Its purpose is only to keep the board level against the wall, as without it the bottom of the painting would lean at an angle.

hang 2

That’s it.  The hanging materials can be bought separately (eye hooks, wire, wall hanging hook…) or as a kit.  I got mine at the art store, but craft stores, home stores and hardware stores would all carry these supplies.