Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Craft Room in Progress July 27, 2009

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Finally finished painting.  Will bitch about the process another time!  Subscribe now in an effort not to miss it.

3756249469_dfc97760bd_bThe top photo is a truer representation of the color of the walls.  I edited to add this so you can see one of the thrifted house dresses I got for 2 dollars that I’m using as curtains in it’s entirety.  I have too much packing to do to make that last sentence less wonky.


Some of my breakables I brought over ahead of the movers.  My craft room is shaping up to be a touch Black Forrest.  More taxidermy than I had originally envisioned.  That’s right.  The soon to be named big fish will find a home in my craft room. Last chance to join the contest.


Well… July 24, 2009

I am never too busy to brag!

Look what I found while dropping off tons of crap donations at the thrift store.



DSC_0015Ahhhh, old metal box you were calling my name.


Can’t Talk, Packing… July 22, 2009

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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…


Attic July 18, 2009

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The attic in it’s current state:

Door knob

Love the knobs, will love them more when I figure out how to secure them.

walk up attic

Walk up.

And because I am all about little tips for you to take with you –>  when walking around in an attic; you should always wear shoes.  I spilled the first blood the other night.

Attic floor, marble slab patch


attic floor

Vintage linoleum love.


Found.  Still looking.

Attic 2

Little room not as scary as this photo would suggest.

This will be Mr. Paperdoll’s break out room with his music and the tiny little IKEA sofa he has been dreaming of.

I look forward to sharing the after photos with you!


Vintage Photo Friday :: Gardens July 17, 2009

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I am on a self (and other) imposed lock down on my purchasing until I pack all the crap we currently own.  So I thought I would slip into the role of enabler and entice you with some vintage photo goodness for sale!

I am a GIVER.


For sale  here (not by me)


Gardening is FUN, here.


Ebay, here.  Buy the GNOME!


Instant relative, classy!  buy now


I would love a clipping… Here

Vintage Photo Followers:

Green Jello

Knot Sew Crafty

Sheep on a Spring

Pineapples & Artichokes


Through the Looking Glass

Handy Crafts

My Own Crafty Wonderland


Los Angeles is My Beat

The Bee Bonnet Report

Living, Laughing and Loving in Austin

A Jen Too Many



Cheetah Velour



Home Slice July 16, 2009

Taking photos of food is harder than I figured.  I have new respect for the beautiful food blogs than I read.  Some of my favorites are:

She Simmers

Noble Pig

Matt Bites!

I was pretty darn proud of last night’s creation so I gave it a go.


Whole wheat crust topped with carmelized onions and zucchini,  roasted fingerling potatoes with smoked paprika and Gorgonzola cheese.


Then I topped it with some greens dressed in Trader Joe’s Champagne and Pear vinaigrette.   It was pretty darn yummy, typed the modest chef.  The crust was too thick because I didn’t roll it out.  I tried to do the whole pizza throwing thing, also not as easy as it looks.

What’s your favorite pizza recipe?  Anyone try grilling pizza? That’s my next frontier.


Typing Without Green Thumb July 15, 2009

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I think plants are lovely.  I appreciate them in pots, although I killed all mine when I became pregnant for the first time and have never felt like I had the time to try and be a better plant parent.  So I am a little freaked at the prospect of taking care of all the beautiful and currently thriving plants in our new yard.  I have always lived in an apartment and don’t think I have even so much as mowed a lawn before.  Although I think mindlessly pushing a mower is more suited to my strengths than taking care of all these delicate plants that are now OURS!

Luckily, a friend from high school (International School Bangkok, WOOT!) is a published author and plant expert extraordinaire.

Check out her first book,  Rain Gardening in the South:  Ecologically Designed Gardens for Draught, Deluge and Everything in Between,!


Anne agreed to take a look at my photos, help me identify the plants and have a game plan for avoiding a yard full of astroturf (my husband’s preference). Big thanks to my fellow Soi 39’er!  I hope the fact that I have not heard from her since I sent a ridiculous amount of photos her way doesn’t mean I overwhelmed her kindness.

I thought I would also ask you all, who I assume are much more skilled in this area than I, for a little help as well.

How do you tend to your gardens?  Do you have a schedule?  What tools do I need?  Any other tips or tricks I should know?  Can I do this?


There ia a huge vine of Wisteria in the front, it’s  beautiful and ancient.  What do I do?


Can not wait to take a photo of it in full bloom next year.  The previous owner told me a story of walking  in the neighbor hood and seeing a woman holding a big bouquet of Wisteria and when she asked about it the thief woman admitting to taking it from the green house a couple of street over.  To which the previous owner replied, “Yeah, that’s my house.”


Those plants (?) got trampled during the move, should I cut them back?


Are there weeds in this shot?  What is that billowy thing?  Oh man, I am in trouble.


These unknown plants/bushes are over taking the back steps.  How do you cut them back?  Close to the base?  Is it harmful to them?


I am pretty sure that’s Hosta but what’s that pink flower?


So pretty.  What are they?  Please tell me they are all hardy.


Oh pretty little orange plants, I will do my bests.  Please be patient.

Thanking you in advance for any help you could throw my way.  I am a little embarrassed because in my head, I am a gardener.  But all learning is good, right?!!!


You’ve Got Mail July 14, 2009

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Last time we went to Brimfield, I found this old cooler.  The kind you would leave on your porch and the Dairy delivery would come round and leave you milk and butter.  I paid a few bucks for it, with no plan at the time for what to do with it.

Mailbox 3

I was trying to figure out what to do for a mailbox and then I paired the metal cooler with a little green metal plant table (?) I picked up at a yard sale a while back.  It was a sure bet to buy, the combination of it being the shade of green that makes me swoon and being made of metal made me wonder how in the heck everyone else could have passed it up since I was not an early bird at all!

Mailbox 2

I special ordered the vinyl decal from TastySuite, a fine Etsy establishment.  They sent out my decal lickety-split!

Mailbox 1

So far it’s pretty much been filled with the old owner’s mail but one day we will get bills fun parcels and fan mail in this baby, I’m sure of it!


Put this in your box —>last chance to enter my contest! Winner announced in a couple of days (family having a hard time coming to consensus).


Before & After & More Before July 11, 2009

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We found 2 of these chairs on the curb one night on the way to dinner at our friends’ place.  It was about 6 or 7 years ago and they have been in our basement since.  My husband and I toyed with the idea of reupholstering them ourselves but it is not a hobby for the dust mite allergic.  Now that we are moving from our very small apartment into a house, we finally got them restored and reupholstered.






I also found a midcentury tile topped teak side table on the curb that I have since put in between the chairs.  This is basically the only furniture in the new place so far.

And Before Again:

Surprising thing I have enjoyed about the process of moving # 1 = getting rid of STUFF.  As you may recall, I have trouble with stuff, so weeding out has been freeing.  And yet, as I have been tossing junk at the thrift store as fast as I can, a steady stash of new treasures has been flowing into the garage.


Can I just say that I never thought I would post a photo of our garage on here.

Check out the door someone put on the curb!  It has it’s original door knob and handle and it’s just beautiful.  I have plans for this door in my new craft room.  Thrifted green chair also headed to the craft room, I have already cut off the skirt and vacuumed round 1 of the cat hair off it.  Peeking out from the back are some red lockers mined from Craigslist that we’re going to use in the entryway.  Can you see the Lucite bar cart or is it like Wonder Woman’s plane?  I got the baby scale and the chalk board at the same yard sale.  I think I got them both for 5 dollars.  The baby scale may make an appearance in the bathroom and the chalkboard either in the kitchen or rec room.  In the trash bag is a vintage croquet set I got at auction in NC for CHEAP!  We brought it to the new house last night for a BBQ and I heard myself telling the children, “Those are not HAMMERS!” as they used the mallets to beat the yard.  Maybe they will be tucked away on the porch or I’ll put my wine down, stop talking with my friends, get up off my butt and show them how to actually play the game.  One or the other…

So stick with me, this is probably going to turn into a house blog for a spell here!


Gone Fishin’ :: Vintage Photo Friday July 10, 2009

Don’t forget to enter my contest HERE!

In keeping with the fish theme, I am sharing some family photos of successful fishing trips.

These shots taken near coastal North Carolina in the 50’s, I believe. (edit: duh, date stamped on photos)

VPF fish

This is a photo of my Granddaddy, they called him Buck.

VPF fish_0001

Dad- Is that a Wallace standing next to Granddaddy?  Is that Granddaddy’s store or Mr. Roy’s place?

VPF fish_0003

Well, that sign may answer my earlier question.

VPF fish_0004

I think this is, from the left, my cousin Laurie, her mother (dad’s sister) Aunt Betty Lou and my Aunt Lola (married to my dad’s brother).  I also think that is the backside of either a chicken or a cat in the lower left.  Neither of which I ever remember seeing in Pinetown.

VPF fish_0002

My Granny and Aunt Betty Lou in the old store in Pinetown.  Looks like they had a lot of work ahead of them.

Please check these sites out for more Vintage Photo Friday goodness:

Green Jello

Knot Sew Crafty

Sheep on a Spring

Pineapples & Artichokes


Through the Looking Glass

Handy Crafts

My Own Crafty Wonderland


Los Angeles is My Beat

The Bee Bonnet Report

Living, Laughing and Loving in Austin

A Jen Too Many



Cheetah Velour

and check out a new player, Bollops, whose Flickr account is full of vintage photo fun!