Friday, February 18, 2011

Vintage Royal "Arrow" Typewriter

First: a funny story.  Funny and in hind sight, dangerous.  I was standing at my stove prepping veggies to go into a pot that was on a burner.  I stood there day dreaming about possible design ideas for my living room when I smelled something odd and felt heat on my belly.  I look down and my shirt - my favorite J.Jill pullover - was on fire. On freaking FIRE!  I beat the flames out with my vegetables and assess the damage.  No burns.  Good.  No stove damage. Good.  But my poor shirt is a goner.  So, to memorialize my favorite shirt, I made her into a throw pillow for the bed in the guest room, which I am trying to spruce up for a family visit this weekend.

Ta da!  I backed the pillow with fake leather.

This was the original shirt... but mine, of course, was navy blue.

And now to the title of my post... I scored this amazing vintage Royal "Arrow" Typewriter for my Etsy shop.  Its a portable and comes happily situated in its own case.  The original ad in the Sears Catalog is below. 

Isn't she pretty?

More information can be found HERE.


Brandi said...

I love the last picture! I'm so glad you didn't get hurt. I think something good came from this though. You learned a lesson and you got a new pillow, not too shabby!

PS I'm so ready for Canton, I'm having thrift shopping withdrawals!

Robin said...

Nice job upcycling the shirt (glad you did not get hurt) and your guest room is lovely.

My mom had an old typewriter like that and I loved to play with it when I was a kid. She still has goofy little poems and stories I typed out on 3x5 cards. I should scan some and post them. My 1st grade angst!

bluehydrangea said...

Your pillow is fabulous and I love that it has a good story!!

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