Archive for October, 2009


Happy Halloween: Spooky Origami

Witch Pumpkin Origami

Happy Halloween Everyone! This is by far my favorite holiday, but being here in California makes me a little nostalgic for the festivities and hayrides back in Philadelphia. So I thought it was would be appropriate to post a few of my favorite Halloween diagrams! These are all easy and perfect for any party decor or packaging embellishments!

Spooky Origami

Bats
Bat @ Origami-Club.com
Bat @ UKFamily.co.uk

Dracula
Dracula @ Origami-Club.com
Vampire by Slayton/Barber (complex!)

Pumpkin
Pumpkin @ Origami-Club.com
3D Pumpkin @ Origami-Instructions.com

Ghost
Ghost @ Origami-Club.com
Ghost @ FreeKidsCrafts.com

Spider
Spider @ Origami Weekly (complex!)

Witch
Witch @ Origami-Club.com
Crooked Witch @ Origami Weekly

Witch’s Hat
Witch’s Hat @ Origami-Club.com
Witch’s Hat @ ActivityVilliage.co.uk
Witch’s Hat @ Sarahsorigami.com

Happy Folding!

First *Real* Sale!

I am *very* pleased to report my first sale! I have done a custom order unrelated to my jewelry before this, but this is the first time someone has bought something off of Etsy.

Earrings - Vocabulary Vixen

Perhaps I have craftgawker to thank for bringing them into my shop! I do have more pages of the old dictionary still hanging around so as soon as I finish the batch of pendants I am working on, I will make a new pair.

Speaking of my pendants, I have 8 new ones sitting on my drying rack as we speak. Some are using some new origami paper sent to me by a friend in Japan while others are made from a salvaged comic book. Look for them soon!

Featuring your Items..

It has been a constant struggle to get my name (and my items!) out there on the market.  Online success is often dependent on just how connected you are.  School has been busy so my ability to spend a lot of time marketing and promoting my work has gone down the drain, but there has been a few ways I have been able to keep myself afloat.  Granted, no new sales, but I will take etsy shop hearts and retweeting as proof that people like my work!

Craft Gawker

Origami Pendant - Mandarin Crush

This week, my Mandarin Crush pendant is featured on craftgawker (yay!).  Craftgawker is basically an online rotating showcase.  To submit, you choose a 250×250 image, and a small description, and cross your fingers that the photography is up to par.  Although I have had some success, it seems that they are much pickier about the types of photos chosen than some others sites.  Never-the-less, it is a great way to expose your work to people that would probably never see it.  It has a cute “heart” system to favorite items, and if you see an item you like, you can sort by author to see other submitted items under the same person.  Here is my craftgawker profile!

TryHandmade

Origami Pendant - Book Worm

The gallery over at Try Handmade also has a similar showcase for your items.  For this one, you submit a 300×300 image, but the process is basically the same.  I have heard that people have some more success getting their work onto this site.  This week, our Book Worm pendant is featured! I really like this showcase because each item gets its own page where you can retweet, or send your item to stumbleupon or kirsty. Head over and retweet Book Worm for me!

It is tough, but these two sites give you a good, visual start to getting your name out there.

So it is official. I have been infected with the flu. Usually I would cheer with utter glee at the prospect of being confined indoors for a few days, but this was one stubborn strain and I was pretty much incapacitated from everything except TV and bed rest. Origami was out of the picture too since my ability to concentrate was pretty much gone.

So I spent the week doing something I haven’t done in years — crochet. I picked up this adorable book, Creepy Cute Crochet, at Barnes and Nobles a while ago, and I hadn’t had the time nor energy to try any of these little Halloween inspired dolls. So J was an awesome boyfriend and went to get me some yarn and I worked diligently on the couch.

Yarn Devil - Amigurumi Crochet

I’m pretty proud of my little “yarn devil”! It didn’t take me too long and while I know my stitching is not perfect, it was an awesome project to just play around with. I needed some help in the beginning, but these tutorials over at KawaiiGurumi invaluable for learning how to make a magic circle and adding/decreasing stitches. Their website (http://www.crochetcute.com) shows you how versatile amigurumi crocheting can be if you put time into it!

My hope is that I get better and back into my regular routine soon though…

What do I do with… Wire?

I know I have been slightly absent over the past few days, but I promise it is just school getting in the way of my creative side.  Never-the-less I did manage to make a short trip to the craft store today and get a little bit of crafting time in tonight.  I am working on a new, custom pendant for a friend and so far it looks gorgeous!

rose-pink-colored-copper-wireHowever, I need your help!  I use wire to make my own findings for my pendants (usually 26 or 28 gauge) and on my quest to restock, I came across the prettiest rose-colored wire.  The smallest size they had was 20 gauge so grabbed a pack, closed my eyes, and handed over my credit card to the cashier.  I have tried to play with it tonight, but it is just too thick for any of my projects…  So now I am in a bit of a predicament!

I’ve never tried wire-wrapping before… but I am open to any suggestions.  Do you use wire in your work?  How do you think I could incorporate it into mine?  Can you suggest any wire-wrapping tutorials that you swear by?

Any help would be great… I hate the thought of having wasted money for another thing that is just going to sit lonely in my craft box.