Paper Dolls for Boys

Raising 2 crafty boys and thrifting every chance I get.

Extra Extra, Read All About It… June 15, 2008

Filed under: Family & Friends — twlowenstein @ 11:57 pm
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I prod my husband into saying, “I’m a lucky man” every now and again but I know who the lucky one really is. In addition to being the most supportive and brilliant partner ever, he’s also an impressive dad. Calm, kind, thoughtful, fun and the king of horseplay. He is also a super good sport. For example, as part of his Father’s Day extravaganza we went to this:

He doesn’t have a blog. But if he did, nowhere would you find a reference to his deep interest or even passing fancy in the letterpress. Very good sport indeed.


This vintage diagraph machine is my idea of a rockin’ time.

I could have hogged it all day but I think it was meant for the kids to use so I only monopolized it long enough to make this:

In retrospect I’m a little embarrassed I didn’t go with “Peace on Earth” or “Get Your Dogs Spayed or Neutered”.

And I want to write a quick and quiet thank you to my dad for being the kind of dad who came to every soccer game, picked me up no matter the time or place- no questions asked, and for being the kind of dad I want to talk to every single day.

Love you, Happy Father’s Day.


The Internet is a Jumbled Ball of Yarn, but in a Good Way March 29, 2008

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I seem to be on an envy kick and I’m going to pretend it’s a new thing.

I’ve got letterpress envy. I’ve been exploring all things letterpress on etsy and ebay. (I feel like Dave Letterman, “Oprah, Uma…”)

There is a shop called Sweetbeets on etsy that sells these eco-friendly cards I’m swooning over.


I bought the #2 card for my little guy’s upcoming second birthday (I told you I was birthday crazy) but when it came in the mail I immediately tucked it into the pile of treasures waiting to be framed. I’ve enjoyed talking with the artist, Lisa, through etsy conversations and she’s been generous enough to share her letterpress story with me. She has blogged a bit about the printing process here. She also has another site, mod eco kids, which I devoured in a late night computer binge.

Maybe you are all better at finding YOU time than me, but lately I’m all about the ‘3am just got up to pee let me check the computer’ times. I’m not saying it’s great for my general attitude the day after, but I still savor those dark, quiet moments alone.

While trawling modecokids, I came across bookhou design -so inspiring!

Check out this kid goodness:

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I hope my summer includes making 2 quilts, inspired by her design, with fabrics picked out by the boys. Oh, and saving up to buy that mobile!

Arounna Khounnoraj, who is half of the bookhau team, also has an amazing kid craft oriented site. This plaster relief project has cut to the front of the line of the projects-to-be waiting impatiently in my craft room.


You’ll be surprised to discover that I was thinking this would be a perfect craft for my oldest’s summer birthday party! Ancient Egyptian artifacts anyone?

Here is a short letterpress documentary that’s interesting and informative (but if speaking so crisply is a prerequisite for being a good presser, I’m in trouble):

If you have any expertise in the art of letterpressing I’d love to hear more about the process. Unfortunately, I know my loyal reader (mom) and frequent commenter (aka, total stranger) knows diddley squat about it. But if you happen to NOT be my mom and you DO know a thing or two about, as I imagine all the cool kids call it, shoot me a line.

Hi Mom, how’s my punctuation?