Sunday, August 30, 2015

Journals ... Notepads ... Jot it Down!

I have been a note-taker since high school. I used my notebook for taking class notes as well as writing down homework assignments. In college I continued the practice, adding notes on projects as well. When I got into the workforce I found this notebook thing to be quite helpful ... keeping track of tasks, meeting notes and "to do" lists. It was all re-enforced by the company's requirement to maintain a documented research notebook in addition to my personal book.

While I continue the practice of keeping notes and "to do" lists, I have never kept a personal journal or diary ... but I know plenty of folks who do. Journals and notepads are a steady seller for us and we just added a few new styles to our selection. These are available in our shop ... and soon I will be adding them to our shopping site.

These Alexis Pulitzer Notepads and Notebooks are Designed and Printed in New Orleans on Very Fine Paper Stock
The designs are simply fantastic ... works of art in their own right.
These are two of the sizes: The Long Pad and the Mouse Pad Notebook (priced at $16.95 each)
Write it Down! Two sizes at $8.95 and $19.95 each.
These Sturdy Notebooks come with three types of paper bound into each journal.
Four Designs to choose from ($11.95 each)
These are Great Mini Travel Notepads ... great for your purse or your car ... we have Europe, London, Paris, New York and San Francisco ($5.95 for a set of 2)
Thes are Notepads we had made using our own designs. Two sizes ... Paris and Los Gatos ($5.95 and $10.95 each)
These Little Handcrafted Journals have a variety of covers ... all original designs ($14.95 each)
These are super Miniature Journals ... great for sending a very special message or poem or proposal! Handmade using Stratford paper and reclaimed leather covers. (49.95 each)
If you are really in for a special DIY project, we have these journal making kits. Do your own bookbinding ... everything included ... add your own covers. ($32.95 each)

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Found ... Antique Typewriters

We found these three fantastic old antique typewriters. Love these things. I doubt there will be as much interest or love for early "word processors" as there is for these old "writing machines." 147 years ago on June 23, 1868, American inventor Christopher Sholes, and two partners Samuel Soule and Carlos Glidden, patented the “Type-Writer.” There were other mechanical writing machines before this, but the "Sholes and Glidden Type-Writer" became the first commercially successful model. The Sholes typewriter was first offered commercially by Remington in 1873.

The three we have are really neat. The latest is a 1940s L. C. Smith (as in Smith Corona) Super Speed typewriter. All black matte finish paint and a handsome specimen.
L. C. Smith 1940s Super Speed Typewriter ($145)
We have one other L. C. Smith typewriter, the 1906 No. 2. This baby is all fancied up with gilded pin-striping and glossy black paint.
L. C. Smith 1906 No. 2 Typewriter ($225)
The oldest is this Hammond No. 2 model which was introduced around 1893! It has a totally different typing mechanism ... something Hammond pioneered. It sits on an old wooden base and has a laminated wood cover. It also features a celluloid space bar and platen that would hold your paper for you.
1893 Hammond No. 2 Typewriter ($325)
These are only available in our Los Gatos shop ... but if you are interested, please call (408-399-9090) or send us an email. We can ship these anywhere in the USA.

For more history and background on typewriters, see our post from 1912 ... Happy Birthday to the Typewriter!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

New Janet Ontko Tiles and Sculptures

We have been offering Janet Ontko's wonderful Arts & Crafts style tiles for many years. We now are offering some of her clay sculptures as well. Janet, who works out of her studio in Fresno, California, is inspired by the simplicity and style of the Craftsman Movement. She says: The honesty of the materials, the look of the clay, the touch of the potter and the return to the craft tradition compelled me to develop my own signature style. Her line of award-winning tiles and sculptures incorporate her love of gardening and nature.

The Bear is 9-1/2" tall ($95.95); The Cat is taller at 14" ($135.00)
The Wise Old Owl is 11-1/2" tall ($95.95); The Colorful Frog is 8-1/2" ($69.95)
Welcome Tiles are 8" x 10" ($49.95)
Decorative Tiles are 8" square ($45.95)
These Word Tiles are 4-1/2" x 7-1/2" ($29.95)
These Bird Tiles with Twigs are 4-1/2" x 7-1/2" ($37.95)
Most of the tiles are available in our online shop. The sculptures are only in our Los Gatos shop at this time. We can order any item in any of the many glazes ... just ask. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

JUST IN! Poster Hanging Kits

We just got these in today. We sell a lot of decorative paper and posters, so here is a kit to make a simple corded hanger for your favorite paper. This do-it-yourself kit has everything you need to turn your poster into a piece of art! It is an easy alternative to framing and can be used with any 28" by 20" paper. What's more, it is made in the USA of sustainably sourced oak.
The kit includes mounting instructions, two half-round dowels, easy-peel adhesive tape for mounting and a pre-attached cord and nail for hanging. Two styles available ... one for horizontal posters, the other for vertical posters. Cost is $10.95 per kit. Come on in and get yours!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Great Frame-up!

We always have frames for your photos and works of art ... small ones (up to 8x10 sizes) from some great designers. We also have some spectacular miniature frames from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. We just added a slew of new ones for your images. 

Some of our new frame inventory

Bird Frame ($29.95 each) • Birch Frames ($34.95 & $39.95 each)

Antiqued Mirror Frames ($32.95 & $39.95 each) • Coral Frame ($49.95 each) • Pearl Frame ($34.95 each)

Beach Wood Frame ($25.95 each) • Silver Leather Frames ($29.95 & $44.95 each)

Brass Metal Frames (from $14.95 to $23.95 each)

Leather & Rivet Frames and Box (from $25.95 each)

Twig Frames (from $12.95 to $44.95 each)

Fancy Bird and Flower Frames (starting at $47.95 each)

Antique Miniature Frames (prices and selection vary)

New Arrivals at Vintages

Now that we are back from the trade shows, new products have been arriving almost daily. We have received many of our new frames ... more on frames in another post ... as well as handmade jewelry, magnifiers and key chains. For the home we have pewter accessories, pottery pitchers, coasters and trinkets. Of course some new ribbons and scarves. More for the DIY crafters and mixed-media artists ... like journals, notepads, mini-notebooks and art supplies. Take a look at this gallery of items fresh in the shop.

Cute Earrings and Pins with Cats and Dogs ($6.95 each)
Handmade Wooden Earrings ($14.95 each)
Metal Cherub Planter ($48.95 each)
Decorative Dog ($39.95 each)
Cheese Board with Spreader ($38.95)
Decorative Items with Birds and Twigs
Ceramic Coaster Sets ($22.95 for a set of 4 with holder)
Pewter Dishes in Decorative Box ($14.95 each)
Pewter Toothpick or Match Holders ($29.95 each)
Pottery Pitchers ($25.95 & $39.95 each)
Shiny Key Chains ($9.95 each)
We have a large new selection of magnifying glasses.
Little Trinket or Ring Dishes ($8.95 each)
A Variety of Condiment Dishes.
Journals and Notebooks (from $8.95 each)
Note Cards including 3 rolls of Washi Tape ($26.95 each)
Mini-Notepads ... Perfect for the Traveler ($5.95 for two pads)
New! Decorated Ribbons on Spools ... 4 Designs ($8.95 per spool)

Lots of New Elements for Crafters and Artists
Great Gifts!
A Glimpse of Some of the New Stuff!
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