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hello, lover(s)

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Frankly, I’m a little bit in love with Wendy Chidester‘s exquisite paintings that bring old, worn, out of date objects into a new, bright, and warmly vibrant light. I love the quasi simplicity; how, all all of vivid details and colors call to mind a portrait. You can’t help but look at these and think about the lives these objects have lived, the hands that have touched them, they stories they could tell. Or maybe you’re just entranced by the intricate charm and elegance we gave to everyday objects – at least a different sort than proliferates today.

They remind me a touch, but differently of Charlotte Beaundry’s trophy paintings I posted about over a year ago (here)

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Hello my little robot friends!

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I’m kind of smitten by Stephane Halleux‘s found object robot-esque creations:

“I like crazy mixtures, unlikely associations, advanced technology mixed with mechanisms of long ago. I’ve always been fascinated by robotics, its advantages and contradictions. The importance of robotisation and its increasing influence on mankind. Who never dreamt of owning a robot able to do the dirty work. But where are the bounds? How far is a robot useful to men and when does it begin endangering their life ? That’s what I want to make: caricatures of robots that have gone beyond the limits, all that with a fanciful vision of the future. The future we imagined some years ago: big computers full of cables with warning lights everywhere. That’s what I like: an old fashioned universe’s future.” -Stephane Halleux via

Frankly, I love that: an old fashioned universe’s future. I kind of want to adopt it.

They look like they popped out of some amazing fantasy stop motion film. They would be amazing in something like that because the amount of character and life in his work truly sets my heart aflutter. I really love the found objects and metals combined with the stitched together leather. Seriously, swoon.

The level of work that went into these is phenomenal. Please do go to his site where you can see them (and many, many others) in further detail.

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My heart belongs to a Dandylion

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This made me smile in a hardcore sort of way. Because, well, a wee bit of dandy-ism never hurt anyone. Just last week, in fact, my roommate quipped that I ought to have a dandy Boy.

Anyway, so I saw this oh-so-dear dandy of a lion while tumbling on Tumblr (more specifically, here)((I’m a little delightfully overwhelmed by all of the awesome imagery I keep stumbling upon)) and followed the breadcrumbs to William Staehle’s Silhouette Master Theatre and I’m kind of in love. Some of them are like Someecards meets Steampunk. Ahem:

I do believe, however, that I love the dandylion most of all.

P.S. Mr. Staehle is also lonewolfblacksheep
P.P.S You can also buy Silhouette Masterpiece Theatre prints.

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Clickety-Clack: Please type-write me back

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*Ahem* To set the tone:

I’ve always liked typewriters. There’s something rather charming about them, in my opinion: The clickety-clack of the keys; the little hands visibly stamping the paper with the letter of your choosing; those adorable little buttons! I remember back when I used my mother’s electric typewriter to write my science projects back in very early elementary school. Strange that I can actually remember a time without computers; I would imagine that my age-bracket of early 80’s born kids are among the last? However, soon after those early elementary years, we progressed to the computer (a now ancient Mac SE!) and never looked back.

Years later I found myself meandering past a vintage typewriter at my beloved college-town antique store and pausing to run my hands over the keys, tap out a sentence or two into the air. I do this pretty much every time I passed one, and yet I have never really thought about getting making a purchase… until I spotted the above typewriters at Three Potato Four. Aren’t they pretty! And colorful! Smitten and intrigued, I did a little more poking around for vintage typewriters for sale, and found a site with a TON! All different kinds and colors, too! And one, as I discovered, is slated to appear in the February issue of Vogue:

Quite adorable, isn’t it? Here’s a gander at a few more wares from Vintage Typewriter Shoppe:

In our computer age, I’m not sure how many people I could see sitting down to actually write a letter on a typewriter (though snail-mailed letters, as I’ve said are pretty darn cool in my opinion). But, it could be fun for some things. Imagine having one sitting around with a piece of paper in it and it could be used as sort of a noteboard for messages, reminders, etc. It would be like, an old-school facebook inspired status update. Or.. I could just be nuts.

Well, if you like typewriters – and their components- you could always make like Jeremy Mayer; a fellow who collects antique typewriters, takes them apart, and reassembles to resemble an anatomically correct humans, animals, bugs (etc)!

Or…..

You could go the Steampunk route like Dave Veloz that combines the romanticism of the typewriter, with the modern convenience of the computer (Mac Mini, keyboard, and monitor):

And if you’re really, and I do mean really adventurous, there’s apparently a way to convert an actual typewriter into a keyboard for your computer. It could be a pretty rad idea if you have the know-how for that kind of thing.. which I don’t. So. You can google that for yourself if you happen to be interested, because I really wouldn’t know which site to recommend to the best instructions. Yeah.

So, bottom line: Typewriters are kinda cool.

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