Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Sewing Machine

Old cars, typewriters, even household appliances... I love such treasures, their ingenious machinery and retro design, so I was thrilled to see this ancient sewing machine in a shop-window on London's Neal Street. Its case is also super cute.

I dream of Pininfarina automobiles and Olivetti typewriters...
And you?

Special offer: when shopping at Border's Bookstore in London, I was given a 20% off coupon for my next purchase. It's valid in the UK only, until May 31. As I won't be crossing the Channel in May, I'll mail this coupon to one of you, dear readers. Interested? Leave your name in the Comments section - do mention you'd like to enter the draw. Benjy's innocent little paw will pick one name.

19 comments:

Fashion Ivy said...

I really wish I could sew!!1

boopsiedaisy said...

Gaaah! It's so gorgeous! Gives me chills! :)

marie said...

i would love a abici italia bike (in olive green) to peddle around paris on next week! (i cant believe its only a week!)

Laura said...

It's so sweet of you to propose the 20% discount voucher. Very throughful.

Mary-Laure said...

FASHION IVY - I wish I could sew too; I'm hopeless with needles and thread.

MARIE - I have to look up Abici Italia bikes, as I have never heard of them. Your taste is so exquisite I am sure they are beautiful...
I am so eager to meet you here in Paris!

Kira Fashion said...

Hi!

so amazing machine!
it´s great to do your own fashion!
i would like to have one, but i don´t know if i could do something great..hehehe
i think i am better to choose fashion, not do...but, who knows...


can you criate something?

a kiss,
Kira

pierre said...

Joli modele a manivelle et sans moteur. Il me fait penser a ses vieilles cameras du début du cinema que les operateurs de prise de vue faisaient tourner en chantant "Sambre et Meuse".

longcat said...

my girlfriend is currently nervously awaiting delivery of a sewing machine, another (female) friend said that seeing another woman had a sewing machine was a sure sign of character and finally your picture brings to mind my gran, who had a sewing machine but also had a number of knitting machines which fascinated me endlessly...

and yes i'd find a home for a borders voucher if it's still going... i'm currently reading the 2nd book in the 6 book translation of "in search of lost time" but i may have lost it... in some cafe somewhere i guess... i'm keeping myself busy with trashy reading until it resurfaces x

name being "Robbie Knight" or "longcat" x thankyou for the offer x

heidi said...

me too!!!! i love old machines.
Thanks for stopping by my blog, so that i can see yours :-)

fine little day said...

That sewing mashine sure looks awesome.

Mary-Laure said...

KIRA - no I can't create anything. but I'd love to learn how to sew!

PIERRE - I hope you'll sing 'Sambre et Meuse' for me...

LONGCAT - I hope you'll share your girlfriend's creations on your blog!
I finished reading Proust's endless masterpiece last year; it's such an amazing read and experience!
What's your favorite volume?

yasu said...

yes I love looking at old beautiful things-typewriter,sewing machine..
its very generous of you for the voucher, marie laure.
As I'll be in london till the end of june, I might shop at the borders..(actually I might check out the books you talked about) but isn't it too much task for you?sending out the voucher to london..

design for mankind. said...

I wish I could sew, too!!!!

longcat said...

i'll have to rustle up a picture of her (girlfriend) in that amazing dress she made for my brothers wedding...

as to proust it took me a little while to get used to losing combray and the beautiful evocation of childhood and vivid colourful memory... but now i'm enough into the second book i really appreciate his wit as an adult...

just before i lost it he had made it to the coast and was talking about the characters around him in the hotel... very funny and you can see why he used to be the toast of parties... before he became a recluse and shut himself away to write this book...

i only wish i knew where it was... i'm hungry for it x

Mrs.French said...

Wonderful offer...but I way too far away. :( I have been partial to old trucks lately??? So weird, but love them so much. This sewing machine is lovely too.

Chucka Stone Designs said...

This machine is wild! I love to sew, would love to try this out!

Thanks so much for visiting & commenting on my blog :) I am looking forward to reading more of yours too!

~ Jenn

Benjy the Oracle said...

My innocent little paw drew a name for the voucher, that of Yasu.
Dear Yasu, please email Mary-Laure (petipaw@gmail.com) your full name and address and she will send you the voucher.
Enjoy!

yu said...

ohh benjy, thank you. Thats very sweet of you;)

yasu said...

that was me by the way!