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                    suburose notebooks

Hello dear readers!  If you haven’t checked out my other site, teensygreen, yet, now’s your chance!  my new friend subu and I are doing a notebook giveaway today through Wednesday at midnight!  Leave a comment under the post and I’ll be choosing a random winner.  Have fun and good luck!  And keep your eyes open for a PaperPusher giveaway tomorrow!!!

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                    Dragonfly Crafts notepadDragonfly Crafts notepadDragonfly Crafts notepad

I first heard of Craft Mafias when I purchased these awesome vintage fabric bags from mamadelic, one of the founders of the Miami Craft Mafia.  I guess they’ve moved a little north, because they’ve renamed themselves Hollywood Craft Mafia…wherever they are, they make excellent crafts worth checking out through their site or Etsy.  (If you live in Florida, they’ll pop up at one of the many, many, many fairs during the fall and winter as well).

This little notepad is from Dragonfly Crafts.  Made with index cards, the notepad has a side of blank pages and a side of lined pages, giving it sort of a sketch/list feeling.  And the vintage feeling will make you feel like the woman/mom/domestic goddess you’ve always dreamed you were…

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Get Crafty

                      subu rose notebooks

A really awesome blogger and bookmaker, subu, recently linked me to her site, and I couldn’t be more honored.  More than making these beautiful custom recycled notebooks, which you can find on Etsy, she’s part of a very unique and clever group located in cities all across the country – the not-so-elusive-but-very-intimidating-sounding “Craft Mafia”.  Specifically, subu is part of the Pittsburgh Craft Mafia

What are these crazy groups?  Craft Mafias are groups of crafty people who get together, craft together, and show off their craftiness at shows in their areas.  My first Craft Mafia encounter was on Etsy almost three years ago…but I digress.  I think this week I’ll devote my posts to Craft Mafias, what they stand for, and how they defend their turf (aside from with sewing needles and letterpress equipment!)

Anyway, today you can check out subu’s recycled, handmade notebooks.  The colorful books can be made completely customized -choose your color, with embellishments or text on them.  But the inside of the books are the coolest.  subu uses discarded printer paper as stock, so some pages have the print they came out of the printer with.  Now, I used to work in publishing, and I remember with horror how much paper we wasted from printer mishaps.  Makes me feel better to know some of it is being put to good use…

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Architecture is always something I had admired sort of from afar, until my husband began to work with architects for his company.  Now, I can’t stop looking at the urban landscape around us.  I adore modern architecture the most, but of course marvel at what’s come before it.  And how fun would it be to be able to bring famous buildings into your own home, in 3-D!

I just found Paper Landmarks, a company that produces do-it-yourself kits of architectural landmarks from around the globe.  The kits come either pre-cut or printed so you can score the pieces yourself.  There are three levels of difficulty, and each building, monument, bridge, or ancient landmark is incredibly detailed.  They’re also not too expensive, so you can pick up a couple for yourself and your kids (one to mess up and one to try and not mess up, I say).

Easy level –  

PaperLandmark Empire

Medium diffuculty –  

PaperModel Moulin Rouge

Expert difficulty –  

PaperModel Parthenon

The website has a lot of links to where you can find the kits in the US, including the San Francisco MoMA and PaperModels.net.

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