Thursday, October 21, 2010

Just My Type

People-watching can be fun, can't it?

Sitting at a quiet coffee shop, observing different lives playing out before you. It's interesting to watch the way others interact, perceive and behave. God really made life interesting, didn't He? We all have different tastes, priorities and preferences jumbled together to form mankind.

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If people were to observe me, they would see that I am a list maker. I like to compile long lists and constantly rework the list, updating and re-writing. Brian laughs and asks me why don't I just type it up in an Excel Document to make it easier? I think part of it is because I like the process and the art of it. I like the organic feeling of manually recording things rather than zapping things into my "saved" folder.

That's why I am in love with my new toy. Isn't it magnificent?

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The other week I had a typewriter giveaway from Sarah Anntiques. Every piece in her store is an artistic machine. I love that typewriters manage to combine efficiency and art. I couldn't resist those lovely pieces and just had to get one for myself.

I feel like they are a lot like me. I like to be creative and free-flowing, but at the same time I like to be detailed and organized. If I was a machine, I would be either a type writer or a camera.


What machine would you be?

27 comments:

Hannah said...

If I were a machine, I would probably be a camera. What a fun post! And people watching is an interesting pasttime. :)

Bethany Dirksen said...

Cool new treasure you have! And extra cool that it actually works.

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caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

love to see that typewriter as a beautiful adornment. but not to use it, I'm afraid. I remember getting my fingers trapped between the keys! ;) xo

Caroline said...

I've been wanting to purchase a typewriter for a while now! I fell in love with one on my last trip to NYC but decided against it keeping in mind I'd have to haul it home on the train. Next time =]

photojoy said...

I would be a stereo playing records on the turn table. Thanks for sharing this topic. Now you make me remind of some nice memories I enjoyed my father's stereo set.
And yes I love the different and cozy sounds a typewrites makes.

Signe said...

I would probably be something that had to do with food! Maybe a waffle iron? :)

Dancing Branflake said...

These are beautiful! That's a hard question. On the one hand I would want to be the one who writes the beautiful words. On the other hand I would want to be the one who took the gorgeous photos. Both are equal in my world.

Alejandra said...

I'll be a camera, taking pictures of everything :)

Merylu said...

Uuuuh I love typewriter! And I totally agree with you: if I was a machine, I'd be a typewriter or a camera.
I like observing people too :) and I always wonder what people think about me :)
Mary

Denise said...

I loved typing on typewriters. I always felt like I was connecting, somehow, to what I was writing. Yours is beautiful!

andrea said...

oh oh oh! I am SO jealous!

Gaia said...

Machina? I'd love to be a typewriter too, my father was a journalist and the sound of the machine make me think tohim

I'd love to be a leica too, pure perfection...not for everybody, just for few!
Have a terrific weekend!

Samantha said...

I love old typewriters! I would love one someday- just for display!
If I were a machine I would probably be a Kitchen-Aid mixer considering how much I love to bake for people : )

-Samantha
http://sincerelysamantha.com

Sey said...

If I would be a machine I want to be a time machine - bringing people back to their happy memories.

I also have a vintage typewriter with a wooden box. I am now using the wooden box as a table for my laptop. It's a dual purpose.

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Hilary Claire said...

Sorry I haven't posted in so long, but I'm still here reading your awesome blog!

I would definitely be a musical jewelry box... One that opens and has some sort of dancer spinning around in the middle. I'd probably play "You Are My Sunshine," "The Hills Are Alive," or maybe "Bad Romance" and hold LOTS of jewelry.

Barbara said...

Oh definitely a camera, Dionne. Then I won't miss anything! :)
Airport people watching is the most fun...

Tender Branson said...

Great question...if I was a machine, I'd like to think myself a record player. A sharp side but still able to make sweet music.

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Flourishing Networks said...

WOW went to Sarah's site she does have some amazing items. Will be going back there to look for some things for the house. Thanks for this.

lisaroyhandbags said...

Love your typewriter! I would definitely be a camera - I'm already taking photos of everything anyway! :)

Melissa Blake said...

I am officially jealous!!! Have fun typing lots of lists!! xoxo

Gloria said...

I'm list-oriented too! Crossing things off by hand is SO fulfilling. Sometimes I'll tack on errands I've already done just so I can cross them off :)

Phoenix said...

I am totally a list maker too. But I like post-its to make lists on. :)

Holly Knitlightly said...

I love people watching! It's definitely entertaining. And list making. I never seem to cross any items off of the lists I make though, ha! I got my Grandpa's old typewriter a few months ago. It's a huge old electric typewriter... weighs SO much. I love it!

Nicole said...

Oh my goodness! I can't believe this! I wish I had found your blog earlier. I just had a post about typewriters a couple of days ago and how much I love them!

Diana said...

Wow! Her shop is amazing! I love it.

I adore typewrites, and I hope I would be a typewriter if I was a machine. (I have one tattooed on my arm).

Phonographs/Grammophones are probably a close second.