After being grey, cold and rainy it has been absolutely beautiful in Los Angles. Sunny, mid 70s -the kind of weather that makes you call your relatives back East and gloat.
On the rainy days I worked outside – damp and freezing (OK, California freezing – meaning I had to wear pants… you know, true suffering*).
And during these sunny days?
Never left the house.
So I don’t have much of a tan but I did get a lot done!
I’ve been working on a new set of Vintage Typewriter Coasters.
And you may recall the image transfer project I did on that metal tray I got from Michaels
Well, I liked it so much and it was so easy to do that I went back and snapped up all the ones they had left in stock and played with some more designs.
I pulled a free camera graphic from The Old Design Shop (a terrific graphics resource) and combined it with the text of an actual old advertisement:
And I thought I’d see how it came out if I added a fair amount of color so I used a vintage 20th Century Limited train graphic:
And finally I was curious about if the details on an old photo would make the transfer so I resurrected my favorte Balboa Bathing Girl Parade image. And it came out just how I wanted it. I actually had to add some distressing as it looked a bit too new.
I think I’m gonna have a lot of fun with these!
If you wanted to do your own, it’s pretty simple and you can find my tutorial for it here.
And finally, back to coasters.
My brother-in-law, Rich, collects vintage Tom Swift books and asked for a coaster set for his office.
Do you know about Tom Swift? He’s sort of along the lines of The Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew only it’s science not mysteries.
They were published from the early teens through, I believe the 50s or 60s. The early covers are great! I mean, how could you not be fascinated by Tom Swift and his Giant Magnet or Television Detector!! It’s a Thrilling Read!!!!!
Rich actually did all the photoshop work to fix up the old covers and I think he did an amazing job. I hope he likes the final result.
Well, it’s supposed to be another beautiful day today!
I plan to hide in the bathroom.
Hope everyone has had a good weekend.
*just to be clear – I don’t mean to imply that I usually work naked. I just mean that more often than not I wear shorts rather than pants.