Wednesday, 10 April 2013

WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 201

Hello WOYWWers, Followers and Fellow Bloggers,

Perhaps all Wednesdays should be renamed Revelation Day now that so many of us make a point of joining Julia over at the Stamping Ground and reveal all, in the name of crafting, of course :) Now, normally, I'm quite happy to bare all deskwise, but today I can't because there's nothing to see. It's too tidy for words!


Instead, here's what's on my other desk ... isn't she lovely. I've been looking for an old typewriter for some time. Trawled tons of boot sales in the hope of finding one and was beginning to despair. And then, a few Sundays ago, the EM strolled in clutching this little beauty - a Silver-Reed Silverette portable. Admittedly, she was in need of a new ribbon and some TLC but otherwise fit for purpose. And what did himself pay for her ...  a teensy-weensy £4 (US$6.13). The new ribbon cost half that again - what a bargain. I've seen the same make and model on E-bay for more than ten times that. All I have to do now, is practice and remember to hit those keys much harder than I do a computer keyboard ... I'd forgotten just how much pressure is needed but it's so satisfying to hear, once again, the little tinkle of the bell when a line end is reached :)

Once again, I hope you are all well and having a good week.

Happy WOYWW and happy crafting too,

PS: Please check out the book I have to giveaway this week, Outstanding Mini Albums - there's a link on right sidebar at the top. I know many of you enjoy making mini albums so this may be one that would be of interest. There are no hoops to jump through, just leave me a comment on that post saying you are interested and I will include your name in the draw on Saturday.


42 comments:

  1. Hi Elizabeth,

    Oh, I'd love to find an old typewriter! Good for you. I was wondering if ribbons are available - so glad you mention that.

    I'm not showing my desk either as it's empty. I finished my lace scarf so am showing that off and then a photo of my backyard since we are getting snow!!!

    Happy WOYWW
    Peace,
    Kay

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  2. Ohhhh, you lucky lady...what a little beauty!
    I too trawl the thrift shops and garage sales looking but haven't found the right one yet.
    DH's Dad used one all his life. He became legally blind right after retirement so could still type but found it hard to write a letter etc.
    I never thought to ask for it when they cleaned out his apartment...think it went to the thrift shop!
    You will have so much fun with that little beauty...well done to the EM!

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  3. Hi Elizabeth
    wow love the typewriter, i never really used one but my mum has tales of when she worked in the typing pool many yearsa ago. 120 words a minute..i cant do that on here (but I can reverse quite well)
    janet #25

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  4. Gosh Elizabeth that is such a fabulous little typewriter. Haven't seen one of those for many years,

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  5. I think the Tidy Monitor has been around quite a few of the desks this week!! But thanks for showing the old typewriter...there is a very evocative sound to them...I remember the newsroom at Tyne tees TV, where I used to work....in the days before computerisation...typewriters going at 60mph!!
    Hugs, LLJ 35 xxxx

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  6. My sister got me one last year. I'm on the lookout for a proper case for it now.
    Lynn 48

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  7. Oh what a find. I can just hear your tapping away on those keys already.
    Hugs,
    A x # 43

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  8. oh wow, that is fab - mum had one just like that! - I'd love one too, ideal for printing out quotes and things for my journal, as my printer on the computer is stuck and needs sorting! Have a great day, Helen. 8

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  9. Lucky you and at a perfect price, dont forget to hit the keys harder. LOL

    Happy WOYWW
    Eliza 47

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  10. Oh my word Elizabeth - this picture brings back happy (and some not-so-happy!) memories of learning to type 4 decades ago prior to my secretarial "career"! What a fantastic "blast from the past" - thanks so much for sharing.
    Sylvia xx

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  11. What a little beauty - you will love playing with that. x Jo

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  12. LOL! I remember typing up papers in grade school and high school with one of those. By college I had my own computer. You enjoy it, but I'll stick with my technology - easier to fix my many mistakes!

    Happy crafting!
    Jeannie #32

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  13. "WOW" What a fabulous find Elizabeth l loved my Typwriter as a child and this brings back many a happy moment l hope you can use it and l'm sure you will be able to replace the ribbons if need be! xx

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  14. What a brilliant find. Are you going to decorate it? Happy WOYWW. Pam#23

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  15. Oh WOW Elizabeth, I didn't realise your "new" typewriter is the same as mine. I have tried to get a new ribbon for mine but our local shop doesn't even have typewriters in its catalogue anymore. Seen them on-line but quite expensive there. Anyway just HAD to add my name to the book giveaway too as I LOVE minialbums - where do you get all your giveaway books from or are they ones you have finished with so to speak? I did go back to bed after linking and doing a few comments btw. Thanks for visiting me today BJ#20

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  16. This made me smile to see. I was a typist many years ago on an old MANUAL typewriter, and then we moved to the electric..I typed checks (sometimes 200 a day!). My hubby has an old typewriter in his office, I am going to have to borrow it from time to time. Great idea! Thanks for the kind visit! Winnie#76

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  17. Oh it must be Heaven - to have a tidy desk surface! Ain't gonna happen around here!!! Love that typewriter. Shudder to think I took 2 very vintage electric ones to our Goodwill so many years ago. Now there are times when I could use one. Your EM got a beauty with this one. Looks brand new! Give him a BIG hug and Well done! TFS. Oh yes, another beautiful day in my area...really loving that. Might get a little of the cold moving across country though. Hugs

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  18. what a beauty! did you see my baby the other week?
    thanks for stopping by already - you're bang on re. mum's clothes - dad and i worked out the pic was taken '58/59 when she was 14/15 and he was 16/17 - such babies!
    the family chart is from bazzill's heritage collection - main kit is £20! but i found a starter kit on ebay for under a fiver! hope that helps :)
    happy WOYWW and have a great week :)
    no. 4

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  19. Oh wow! What a gorgeous typewriter. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Caro #53

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  20. Such a beautiful type writer and have fun banging those keys away and of course it's all about the bell at the end of each row so satisfing to hear :) hugs Nikki #2

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  21. A manual typewriter, that brings back memories of school typing class. Enjoy her. #86

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  22. Oh wow, the typewriter is gorgeous!! I so wish i had kept my Mum's old one from years ago ... I can remember learning to type on it!! Happy Woyww! Sarah #125

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  23. Oh goodness, Elizabeth, yet another tidy desk. How do you all do it??
    Love the typewriter - yes I like the little bell as well.
    Margaret (glitterandglue #143)

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  24. What a blast from the past!! Great looking typewriter and I know from the sounds of it you will have great fun using it lol! Thanks for showing and have a great week and happy WOYWW.
    Janene #77

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  25. How fun, Elizabeth! We are peas in a pod this time, both of us with our clean desks! And I'm an old typist so I'm getting a real charge out of your priceless and beautiful machine! I so remember typing on similar and how hard I used to have to push and that bell, how cool was that bell? The faster the typist, the more often you would hear that ding, ding, ding! I'm so jealous! Have a wonderful week and a fun time playing - don't break any fingers!! Darnell #47

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  26. now that is a tidy desk!
    Thank you for stopping by.
    Karen #73

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  27. Wow, fancy him finding one at such a bargain price ....there is something special about the sound of the bell but I'm just thankful that mistakes dont matter on a computer. lol xx71

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  28. but does it need a ribbon, I think my mum still ahs hers but no ribbon
    (Seeing your spam overload note above, they are getting worse!! hate them! so cheeky sometimes! Have a great crafty Week!! HaPPy WoYwW!

    ((Lyn)) #24

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  29. I love your find. I love old typewriters! I have now had a glass of wine and I am still trying to visit everyone so my message may be incoherent lol! jenx 129

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  30. I am very jealous of the typewriter.

    Have been looking for one. The one I learned on was much older than this one. Have fun with it.

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  31. I too love the clicking of the keys and the little bell. Your give away looks very interesting. I will pass, but good luck to all who entered.

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  32. LOVE your typewriter! Think how fabulous it'll be for sentiments and scrap booking/journalling.

    Of course I fully expect you to type to music - working up to 'The Flight of the Bumblebee' - grin :))

    Hugs, Di xx

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  33. how funny, i love the clickety sound of them too. caroline

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  34. Oh I remember how hard they need to be bashed! I'm surprised, but pleased, that you can still get ribbons for them though. Super find.

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  35. Hhhhmmm, trying again to leave a message for you. What a great find! Glad you can still get ribbons for them.

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  36. What a find that little type writer is. It reminds me of a blue one that my Grandfather gave me for my 21st birthday. I kept it for years before it went to the op shop - don't think I could manage much speed on it now.
    Good to catch up - I was AWOL last week.
    Warm wishes,
    Ros. #99

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  37. Oh that typewriter is lovely, I'm a little jealous! I long for a vintage Singer sewing machine, even though I have no clue how to sew - just for the beauty of the thing!

    My canvas is finished now...I hope it's the Doctor you like!

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  38. Oh - that typewriter has just reminded me of one my Granny bought me years ago - I will have to have a hunt next time I visit my Mum to see if its still around after all these years!
    Bernice #148

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  39. Oh what memories you have stirred - I would love one of the old Imperial typewriters that I first learned to type on (giving my age away) - you know with the round keys.What a beautiful gift the EM brought you - such a thoughtful guy.
    Thanks for sharing (and visiting me - I honestly did not see you on the list).
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  40. Thanks for stopping by this week Elizabeth. I’m sorry it’s taken my so long to make a return visit but just not felt much like spending time on the computer up till now. But I’m on the mend now and ‘ready to party’. Oh, and the bunny is earless, Lol!

    Seeing your new toy reminded me of my first portable and the big old Black jobby that I had before it. That one used to belong to an author and had travelled with him around the world. They must have had bigger baggage allowances back then because it weighed a ton and certainly wasn’t very portable.
    Happy Crafting!
    Sue
    x

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Elizabeth