Archive for December, 2009

Merry Christmas Origamists!  As I get ready to start preparing for the Christmas Eve festivities, I thought it would be appropriate to post some kid-friendly Origami ideas.  I have a rather large family so my parents were always looking for arts and crafts to keep us all busy.  Yesterday, I noticed my mom had hung some cute origami decorations I had made years ago in a kid-friendly workshop (photos coming soon).

In the same spirit, I wanted to share this fun project idea with you all!  Origami Club has a TON of holiday origami diagrams that are easy and fun.  But you do not need to stop there!

What you Need:

1.) Wrapping Paper in Various Colors (Red and Green with a white backside)

2.) Small foam cutouts in Christmas shapes (Snowflakes, Christmas Balls,etc.)  You can find these at any major craft store.

3.) Glitter Pens in Silver, Green, Red, and Gold.

What to do:

1.) Cut your wrapping paper in squares of various sizes.

2.) With the green paper, fold some Christmas Trees and Wreaths.

3.) With the red paper, fold some Santa Faces and Boots.

4.) With some glue, past on some foam cut-outs to decorate your trees and santas.

5.) Go wild with the glitter pens to jazz up your paper and foam.

6.) Attach them to the wall or window with tape or put magnets on the back and decorate your fridge!

I will try to get some photos of my little trees up at some point so you have a model, but Origami makes great decorations for any event in my opinion.  Enjoy folding with family and friends and have a Happy Holiday!


Shop on Vacation for the Holidays!

Like most people, I too enjoy celebrating the Holidays!  I flew back to Pennsylvania to be with my family, but it leaves me terribly removed from all of my origami.  So I have put my etsy shop on vacation mode until I return on January 1st.

Most of my work can still be viewed on my Flickr account, so if you see something you would like me to hold for you for January 1st, please let me know on here!  Looking forward to debuting the new year with some new items!

Kreativ Blogger Award

I have been absolutely buried in work — final papers and grading exams are not for the faint of heart!  However I have found a little bit of time to fold in between the hectic hustle bustle that is my life.  My blog was also passed the Kreativ Blogger award from my fellow Californian, Serendipity Handmade. (Go check out her awesome site!)  Thanks so much for keeping this site in mind despite my sporadic posting as of late!

The award came with some requirements in order to receive it:

  • Copy the Kreativ Blogger picture and post it on your page
  • Thank the person who gave it to you and link back to their blog
  • Write seven things about you that we don’t know
  • Choose seven other bloggers that you would like to give the award to
  • Link to the bloggers that you choose
  • Let the winners know that they have the lovely award.

So seven things about me that you may (or may not) know:

1.) I am currently pursuing my PhD in Art History, focusing on Asian Art.  It takes most of my time, but I do manage to squeeze some crafting in here and there.

2.) I have three pets: a Siamese cat, a Chinese paddletail newt, and an Indian tokay gecko.  Representatives from all parts of Asia (haha).

3.) I lived in Japan at one point in my life and I love to travel back.  It also gives me an excuse to pick up cute new Origami papers…

4.) I play the guitar, but I am severely out of practice!

5.) I have known my boyfriend of six years since kindergarten… It was a LONG time in the making!

6.) I am an avid player of video games!  I prefer RPG genres and I recently beat Assassin’s Creed II (a MUST play for any aspiring Art Historian!)

7.) I used to play rugby in college.  I wish I could find an intramural women’s group out here, but I have had no such luck.

So seven blogs that I would definitely recommend for this wonderful award (and that I think you should ALL go visit this instant) are: (1) Faerie Moon Creations, (2) Tesoro Jewelry, (3) The Braid, (4) Un Doblez Mas, (5) The Cloud Lady, (6) Roxycraft Blog , and (7) Ana Paula’a Amigurumi I have all seven of these blogs on my feed and I always enjoy their postings.  I hope that gives everybody some new, creative places to visit!

Now I am off to pass this award onto them… And get back to grading…