Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Fight the Power February 12, 2009

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My super cool friend from college, Becca, is full of great ideas!

She has a fun etsy shop:  Treehouse Togs.  And yesterday she was on TEE VEE!

I can not figure out how to stick the video in the blog but here is the link. (Anyone know how?)  She was interviewed as a small business owner reacting to the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.  Check it out, it’s informative.

I just found out that the law would make it illegal to sell vintage children’s books!  Are you NUTS?   So the thrift store will no longer sell them to me?  So I can no longer sell them to you?  I know I’m coming late to the party, but I am outraged and a little scared!

***And on another note, thank you all for your fabulous ideas for the auction.  I think I have a plan (but am still accepting your sage advice) and look forward to sharing the finished product with you.


Look Who Has Been Busy in 2009 January 7, 2009

Well I’ve hit the ground running this year!  I opened up a second etsy shop.  In the words of my dear husband, “WHY?!!!!!”.   It’s called BeMyVintageValentine:


I am specializing in funky nostalgic Valentines with some antique German pull-outs thrown in.  I really like having a shop that sells a specific item.  It has a cleaner look and make the posting of items a million times easier and faster.  Not that I’ll be neglecting Paperdollsforboys well, maybe until March!

I had more in my personal collection than I realized.  This is one of the reasons selling vintage has been so satisfying for me.  I have gotten to really look at what I collect.  Appreciate what I have already by taking nice photos of them and then sending them off into the world for others to enjoy and treasure.

Here is one of the old German ones I listed today:

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And my personal favorite, and not just because of the TWITTER reference (paperdolls4boys on Twitter if you want to hook up):


Somewhere between the polka-dots and the maryjanes I fell in love with her!

I feel a little guilty though, I will admit.  I get annoyed when I walk into Walgreens and they super jump on the holiday supplies and decorations and here I am, just squeaking into January, peddling my Valentines.  I would feel more guilty if I didn’t plan to have the shop up year round!

Vintage Valentines for ALL YOUR FRIENDS!


In the Market for a Bargain? November 8, 2008

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Today, November 8th, and tomorrow, the 9th some vintage sellers on Etsy are participating in the Vintage Market Sale. Just enter VMS into a vintage search on Etsy and there will be some bargains to be had!

I have listed some new items at a discounted price and have marked down others.  They are in the VMS section of my shop!

Convo me if you’ve had your eye on something in the shop and we just might be able to work out a deal.  I’m in the SALE spirit this weekend!

These are things I have just listed or will be listing soon.

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I’m hoping this book will appeal to all the steampunks on Etsy!

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I got this vintage teether mint in package at Brimfield this fall.  I’m a sucker for that red background!

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Vintage metal bird sculpture, unmarked and unfazed!

Enjoy your weekends!



WhatKnot has an Etsy Shop! October 21, 2008

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Melissa from WhatKnot has opened up an Etsy shop with really lovely handcrafted items for babies and children.  Think of her when you’re filling your homemade holiday list!

I purchased a tote and crayon roll as a gift for a little girl about to turn 3, sorry if this ruins the surprise Kath.  Being the dear that she is, she included this super cute placemat and fabric markers with the tote.  My little one had a blast decorating his placemat this morning, drawing a basketball, a nose with chuggas (you can guess what those are), the family, and a potty on it.  It was exciting to watch him feel very proud of himself decorating what I thought was going to be a placemat.  When he finished he informed me he would like it to be hung up with the curtain in the living room, pointing to the window and his work and saying, “Up, up, up!!!”.  So now it’s on display for everyone, but most importantly it’s on display for him.

Thank you Melissa for the wonderful gift and for making good old fashioned things that help kids learn, grow and feel good about themselves (without flashing lights and a talking donkey)!


Breaking News… October 17, 2008

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I’m the maracas!  Well, I’m the curator this time of a Treasury that made it to Etsy’s FRONT PAGE!!!

The treasury is called, GET STUFFED, and it features taxidermy and taxidermy inspired greatness.  Checka, checka check it OUT.

And in case you’re in the market for some vintage funk – come on in to the DOLLHOUSE!


WHOOT! August 20, 2008

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I made the front page Etsy Treasury thing!!! I’m the maracas.

I logged on for the millionth time and THERE IT WAS! My husband who was cutting colonial paper dolls for the birthday party (and I quote, “These things are asinine”) tried to be happy for me but Treasury West doesn’t quite have the meaning for him as it does for me and all my Etsy addicted friends!

I’d like to thank Strange Little Bird and Painted Horse Creations

for coming to the rescue of a stranger and capturing the screen for me. Check out their cool etsy shops as they should have some good karma coming there way!

How is it that etsy is calorie free?


Etsy Crash Course August 4, 2008

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Just as I am not qualified to dispense dietary tips or etiquette lessons, I feel a little funny writing an Etsy “round-up” with one sale under my belt. But I thought it would be helpful for me, and maybe to you, to have all the tips, tricks and links that I am quickly amassing gathered in one spot.

I have been immersed in Etsy this past week. I have dabbled in Etsy from the buyers side but it’s a whole different ball of wax over here on the sellers side. It has been fun staging my shots, figure out the lighting (still not right), researching information about my items and learning the Etsy ropes in general. Posting is a much longer process than I anticipated. A wise woman tried to tell me that it was exhausting having an Etsy shop and now I hang on her every word.

Here are some links that I am finding useful as I dive into the etSEA:

Majaba This is a meter of sorts that allows to view your item views, and heart tallies.

Helpful Etsy Links Compiled by LooseWire Word on the street is she is Queen of Etsy, I kowtow.

Etsy Wiki

FAQ Etsy Sellers

Ultimate Newbie Guide

Etsy Fee Calculator

Edit to add new links:

Here is a thread I started in the site help section of the forums titled What Else Don’t I Know About Etsy?

I found much of the information posted above in this thread. Thank you to all the Etsians took the time to share.

Did your parents ever read you the book about Cold Pricklies and Warm Fuzzies? It’s a, ahem, vintage children’s book my parents used to read to my brother and I in an effort to teach us about manners. We are not glowing endorsements but my point is the other sellers on Etsy so far have been total Warm Fuzzies. Very helpful and willing to share their knowledge to help out someone potentially “in competition” with them.

If you have any Etsy seller Tips or Tricks not listed above please feel free to share.

I am still wondering if there is an Etsy Vintage community/group/team that I could join? Anyone know?

Fyi I can’t put up a cute little Etsy button on WP so I have listed my shop on the blogroll for now, until I decide if I am going to jump to another server and photoless posts bother me more than posts with photos that do not really pertain to the text so here are a few shots from the shop:


That’s A Lot of Candles August 1, 2008

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I feel obligated, due to my natural born talent, mad skills and okay – I’ll say it – my gift, to share with you this photography fable that may or may not be of help to you.

Let’s say you lug all your merchandise, backdrop and camera gear outside for a big product shoot to finally get your Etsy shop off the ground. You schlep this stuff because you want to take advantage of the natural light (and you can’t figure out how to get the lighting right inside). Here’s the tip—–> if you enable the flash, 2 hours later when you excitedly sit at your computer to view what you just know is genius you will A) get smacked in the face with reality because B) every damn one of your shots will look like this:

It looks like I took these shots on the face of the sun. Well at least I think that’s where I went wrong but I’d sure like to find out for sure before I try this all over again. If anyone has any advice, tips or tricks I am, as usual, I’m all ears! Did I mention that I got a NEW CAMERA? Very exciting and slightly frustrating – I know, it’s obnoxious to whine when I am very lucky to get such a present. It’s just taking me a little longer to acquaint myself with the new girl. My husband gave me the camera for my 39th birthday! I had to do the math and I was a little surprised since I thought I was turning 38. 38, 39, big deal – but my brain swerved a little. My husband, who used to bring me a little present every Friday after work for Shabbat, and I haven’t really exchanged presents since we had our first son and I decided to quite the job that paid me in money to stay home etc. etc. So I’m very grateful, just impatient. I will add “read the manual” to my Summer Time To Do List (which is not getting any trimmer).


Faux Bois is Good for Trees May 30, 2008

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A few months ago I came across a great lunch bag on Etsy made by the Rick Rack Queen.

Notice the faux bois oilcloth lunch bag my big guy is dragging into school, along with his little brother.

You may have seen this photo posted on my blog before, I don’t remember. I can’t promise I won’t post it again, who can keep track?

I have since ordered another lunch bag, in lighter faux bois, and a splash mat to boot from her. Yesterday the splash mat arrived and the RRQueen was nice enough to tuck in a little something just for me.

It is perfect. It’s functional, beautiful, well crafted and makes me feel good! I am hesitant to say how touched I was to recieve this keychain because a) I have very lovely generous people in my offline life and this is not to say I don’t appreciate their gestures and b) it exposes my big sappy dork side but it’s true. It felt nice to open something just for me sent by a thoughtful stranger from the crafty community. I’m not saying I don’t love all the painted rocks, toilet paper sculptures and drawings that I am the lucky daily recipient of. But I will say it was a lovely change of pace.  And I’m not soliciting for say, a whole keychain collection from my adoring fans!

So do your school shopping now, beat the rush and check her etsy shop out. .

Notice my keys are hanging on a little faux branch. I am not usually a fan of faux anything or even the word faux even though it must be tattooed on my finger tips from typing it so many times in one post. But something about wood grain, real or otherwise is very soothing. Check out It’s Knot Wood, it’s a great blog devoted to all things the F word.

Happy weekend!


SOS May 22, 2008

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This story, Catalytic Beet Cake, from Melissa over at What Knot made me think of a time I was the laughing stock of a police station.

Setting & Brief History: I was living in a big 2 family in Cambridge and we had been broken into a number of times since I moved in.

Silly Story: I was home alone and had just showered and put on a gel face mask (this was obviously pre-kids). As soon as I went into my bedroom, I heard a really scary scream. I knew it wasn’t coming from my apartment because it sounded muffled. I was freaking out and wondering if I should call 911 or what, when I heard it again. So I called 911 and reported a possible break-in below us. The officers arrived (I’m still in my robe, manically peeling the mask off my face as I tell the police what I’d heard and the history of break-ins at our place) and they do a guns drawn canvass of the basement, the apartment below and our place. They don’t find any evidence of a break-in or of an intruder but they say they’ll wait downstairs and I should quickly get dressed and leave the house for a while. I rush upstairs, heart beating, to get dressed so I could get the hell out of there. While in my room I hear the scream again. I was totally WTF confused and then I realized that the scream was the screen saver on my old school Mac. The one with bugs scurrying across the screen and apparently a woman screaming in the background. Anyone remember that one?

Dilemma: So I had to decide if I was going to go downstairs and admit to the police waiting to escort me outside that it was just a little screen saver or if I would smile and thank them for their diligence and duck out with my face mask peeling pride (semi) intact. I ended up telling them the truth (they were the LAW) and asked that they just not use my name when they mock me back at the station.

If I were to have a super power name it would be – Super Sees-Danger-Where-There-is-None GrrrL!

Glad I don’t have any photographic evidence of this event but in my head these Etsy finds are the perfect illustrations.

Feast your eyes on this from JSartist’s Etsy shop, it’s from her Weirdo Bug Collection:

Clayflower22 has this in her etsy shop. It’s a baby head planter and I like it.

Stay safe people, there is danger lurking everywhere!