Will You Be Our Valentine?

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A visual demonstration of what happens when you accept Workman Publishing as your nonexclusive, no-strings-attached Valentine.


Things may get racy.

Things may get racy.

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Your Wednesday Cute: A Papercraft Pony, An Underground Library, and the World’s Best Graduation Gift

Categories: Crafts and hobbies, Family, Features, Kids, News, On blogs around the web, Pets, Reading, Wednesday Cute

In this week’s Wednesday Cute: a rainbow pony made of paper, adorable kids reading in an adorable underground library, and the gift of literacy from a sweet dad to his high school grad. Happy Wednesday!

If you like books (duh!), you’ll love the Underground New York Public Library, a charming blog by a photographer who snaps pictures of people reading on the NYC subway. Below, two young bibliophiles devour Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney and Warriors by Erin Hunter while their parents look on. (Here’s another of my favorites. And look, someone reading Water for Elephants!)

on the left he's reading "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw," by Jeff Kinney. on the right he's reading "Warriors," by Erin Hunter

  • Speaking of parents and books, awesome dad Bryan Martin gave his daughter Brenna the sweetest high school graduation gift of all time: a copy of the fairly typical Oh, the Places You’ll Go!—inscribed with messages from every one of her teachers, principals, and sports coaches since kindergarten. Awww.

We love all things paper-crafty (exhibit A: Paper Made!), and these animals are no exception. Artist Diana Herrera has made a veritable menagerie of adorable paper craft creatures; you can see them on her Flickr site divided into birds and other animals. Here, a rainbow horse! (via The Mary Sue)

Rainbow horse.

  • These papertoy monster robots are kind of intimidating…and also CUTE.
  • Ever wonder what life looks like from a dog’s point of view? Check out this video of pups at play, captured by a camera attached to a dog’s collar. They are clearly having so. Much. FUN.
  • You’re more of a cat person, you say? Here’s a live stream of seven kittens in a box. You’re welcome.

In honor of the “My Dog Needs Glasses!” Pinterest contest, enjoy this collection of bespectacled dogs (and cats).

hipster dog needs glasses

—Avery, who wants to open a papercraft zoo

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Paper Made! at powerHouse Arena

Categories: Authors on tour, News

Paper Made! author Kayte Terry is on tour! Know how I know? Because I went to the launch event at powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn a couple weeks back to kick off the festivities. So I have proof–photographic proof! She’s already on the road, so check the schedule to see when she’s bringing her scissors to a city near you. And, if you missed her in NYC, don’t worry, she’s coming back to bookend the tour in the weeks ahead (stay tuned for details).

Here are some highlights from the Etsy-partnered (yay Etsy!) event at powerHouse. The crowds eagerly began folding “Do Me a Favor Box” origami keepsakes.

They folded and glued, and folded again…

The walls were decorated with the Paper Made! “Kirigami Wall Flower” decorations (naturally) and the “O Happy Day” banner.

…While folks who weren’t folding flocked to the floors and benches to snip their own Kirigami flowers.

More pretty things on display.

Some party-goers curled up with a copy of the book to determine which project they would make next at home!

But wait, there’s more action upstairs! Folks were invited to play dress-up with the “Paper Party Props” (flapper headbands, oversized neckties, pirate hats, beards, and more made from newspapers and construction paper) at the Workman photo booth.

Because lo and behold, it turns out there were plenty of pirates and flappers just waiting for the right costume accessory to make them feel complete!

And at the end of the evening, when scissor snippings gracefully littered the floors and benches, Kayte signed the last of her books, and…

…we all rushed home to see if the photos by Workman photo star Melissa Lucier had been uploaded yet to the Workman Flickr page or the Workman Facebook! Click through for more, but in the meantime, here’s a sampling of the fun:


Editor and author with the “Broke for Baroque Frames” (see, I can’t stop thinking about the book, even when it’s all finished!).

Distinguished, otherwise clean-shaven fellows in paper beards!

Oh, So Dignified

Paper pals…

Paper Pirates…

Paper love…

Paper party…

The Workman Crew


Happy crafting with love from Kayte! We hope you catch up with her on the road! And if you’re just following along from your computers at home, here’s Kayte’s “Modern Fete Silhouette” cardboard chandelier project to get you started.

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An Etsy Wedding Event & Paper Made!

Categories: Crafts and hobbies, Events, News

Last weekend was FULL of Workman author events! There was a crew dispatched to Washington, D.C. to the USA Science and Engineering Festival (#scifest) to celebrate BrainQuest‘s 20th anniversary. In the fray, too, were authors Sean Connolly and Allen Kurzweil, conducting totally irresponsible, potentially catastrophic, and otherwise potato-related science experiments. Back in Brooklyn, the Godfather of Sudoku himself, Maki Kaji, was tending to the crowds that flocked to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens to see the cherry blossoms and celebrate Sakura Matsuri. More on all those events in the coming days, but in the meantime, we hopped a train into Manhattan where author Kayte Terry (the creative brain behind this amazing chandelier) demonstrated a project from her new book at Etsy’s first ever wedding expo!

More than 700 visitors (mostly brides-to-be, their grooms, moms, and bridal brigades) came through the intimate space festooned in handmade goodness. There were baked treats, signature cocktails, letterpress stationery, gowns, neckties, shoes, head pieces, and other keepsakes, and in the midst of it all, Kayte (the only craft star in attendance with a make-and-take activity!) helped guests fold paper favor boxes from scavenged decorative papers (old book pages, vintage maps, magazine clippings, scrapbook bits, etc.).

Did you catch that paper fascinator in Kayte’s hair? Perfect for the Paper Made! bride… (also found on page 126 in the book!).

So many adorable brides….

So many favor boxes…wrangle those bridesmaids together for a pre-wedding paper folding extravaganza!

This happy duo happen to be getting hitched on my 5-year anniversary!

So much paper folding, so many sparkling ring fingers!

Some stunning save-the-date cards on display…

Cake toppers, anyone?

All the ribbon and trim decor was subtle and fairy tale-like — so dreamy!

One of our editorial assistants was totally crushing on this dress; I’m feeling smitten with this Fantastic Mr. Fox-inspired neckwear.

And it’s nice to know that some wedding decor can last well after the honeymoon — that bridge poster print hangs in my baby’s nursery! And a lasting sentiment to honor the day…

If you missed the Etsy event last weekend, COME THIS MONDAY May 7, 2012 to PowerHouse Arena in DUMBO, Brooklyn,where Kayte will be launching her book officially with more paper crafting make-and-takes, a photo booth, some bubbly concoctions (will they be served in paper cups?), books for sale, books for signing, and more!


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Happy Earth Day! DIY Cardboard Chandelier

Categories: Crafts and hobbies, How-to

In anticipation of Earth Day on Sunday, we’re offering a free project  via Etsy’s How-Tuesday from forthcoming book, Paper Made! 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper by Kayte Terry. So before you practice the third of the three Rs (Recycle), dig through that bin and practice the second R — reuse that cardboard box by transforming it into a Modern Fete Silhouette Chandelier!

And there are plenty more where that came from… 100 more projects, to be exact. So dig into your stash of candy wrappers, wall paper scraps, junk mail, leftover wrapping paper, and old office materials — and get making! (Forget Earth Month, I have a feeling Earth Day might turn into Earth Year…)

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