Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

I’m Not One to Brag, April 20, 2010

Filed under: Thrift Scores & Pat and Charlie — twlowenstein @ 7:15 pm
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unless I’m talking.

Feel free to join me in bragging over at my new Thrift Therapy group on Flickr!

Today was a beautiful thrift day.  It was a mother/son hang out day.  My oldest son, 7, has the eyes of a hawk and can spot good thrift with the best of them (so very proud).  We hit 3 thrift stores and came away with some vintage love.

I plan to paint the frames pink or something, anything, other than that yucky wood.

I got the pillow for 1 dollar.  1 DOLLAR!!! The art work came from another thrift store for $4.99 a piece.  More than I like to spend at the thrift store but it seemed a match with the pillow.  I often find that thrifting days have an unintentional theme.  Today had a yellow thread.

I have a couple pair of these skates now.  I am past my skating years (ok, weight) but in the day (read: elementary school), I happen to win a speed skate contest at the local rink.  So maybe it should have read, “I’m not one to brag, unless I am talking OR typing”.

That does indeed say “50 cents”.  I already put it on the shelf in my kitchen.  I am a sucker for anything with it’s original packaging.  Bake King!

An old napkin holder that I plan to use in my craft room for holding paper.  No plans for the tiny coaster yet, but I snapped it up mostly because it’s metal and cheery.

My son spotted these bowling pins.  We are debating turning them into candle sticks or planting them in the garden.  What do you think?

My son also spotted 2 of these for a quarter each.  Seeing as how we were feeling like SUPERWINNERs, we bought them.

I think I squealed when I spotted these.  Planning to use them in the garden, pot some plants in them, maybe plant them to look like mushrooms or maybe just put on kitchen shelve.  Any ideas?

This tape dispenser isn’t vintage but it was cheap and it’s a perfect combination of functional and quirky.  The bug was a big fan.

I had a hard time taking a good photo of this.  It’s solid brass, ugly beautiful and cost 3 bucks.

I hope to spray it red or rust it out and rewire it for my craft room.  I say that but I have never had anything rewired in my life.  Expensive?  Reasonable?  I think it’s going to work in the space.  Photos to follow one day.

Another day of thrift therapy, I will go to sleep happy.


7 things April 10, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — twlowenstein @ 9:32 am

I have been tagged by my much more beautiful, wittier, cooler and way younger blogger friend, Potty Mouth Mama.

Blame her.

1. I have used the word SHAZAM 2 3 times recently on my blog.  Note to self, stop it.

2. I was born in Thailand.  On my first trip back to the United States at around 8 months or so, some lady scolded my mom for traveling with a baby who obviously had the mumps.  I did not.

3.  I hate socks.  I almost never wear socks.  I live in the Northeast.  My feet are often cold.

4.  I do not like the sound of teeth brushing.  You would be surprised how often movies and television depict people doing it.  When I encounter the horrid noise, I stick my fingers in my ears, close my eyes and sing, “I’ve been working on the railroad”.  I hate teeth.

Refuse to illustrate my pain.

Ok, could not resist.  Yuck, right?

5.  I am kind of scared of butterflies.  They always fly at you so janky, seemingly without direction.

6.  I once called 911 because I heard screaming.  It turned out to be my screen saver.

7.  I have squirrels living in my roof.  I do not think they are cute even if Etsy tells me I should. 4,229 results for squirrel.  No thanks.

Notice how I dropped off the photos at the end?

It was that or never publish and since I care about what Potty Mouth thinks of me,  here it is.

I forgot to tag some folks.  Here goes:

1.)  Green Jello, I know you are not posting much these days.  Neither am I.  Just do it.

2.) Visty over at The Rinrins

3.)  Kelly, or Ms Kitsch when you’re thrifty (did you hear Janet Jackson?) when your blog is up and running I would be thrilled if you would do me the honors.  (p.s.- miss you like crazy over at Flickr)

4.)  The Hidden Library, throw your hat into the ring?

5) any and all folks who would like to join.

If I forgot you, forgive me.  I am computer-saturated.