Other Crafts & Crafty People

Origami Friends For Lana

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 in Other Crafts & Crafty People | 4 comments

I spent Christmas day away from my home.  You know what that means? Away from my beads, paper beads, paper, glitter and paint, I started to experience shortness of breath, I asked my husband to drive me to Barnes and Noble quickly!  I ended up spending 4 hours browsing through books, leafing through magazines, sipping ice tea……I was in heaven.  I cannot just walk out of there without buying something, after all isn’t that the idea?  I got this book “Origami For Children” by Mario and Roshin Ono, I wanted to learn origami for my grand daughter Lana.  She loves anything paper, reminds me of someone 🙂

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Lana turned 15 months old and she would rather play with envelopes, sticky notes and labels, so her new origami toys would just perfect for her to play with.  Below is a ninja knife.

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I made this box from the book but there are tons of video tutorials on youtube, just search for origami box.  They are great for storing small things and beads.

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I also made Mr. Turtle from a kit I got years ago.

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Mr. Penguin I think would also be one of her favorite, this also came from a kit.

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I will get a lot of giggles from Pacman The Munch, this is from the book.

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And because, she is a girl she needs a ring 🙂

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I couldn’t wait to see the look on her face when she gets all these goodies.  Her mommy will have some quiet time for at least 15 minutes 🙂

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More Trade Beads

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 in Other Crafts & Crafty People | 5 comments

………..and last but not least, beads from Sher, Jennifer and Ashley.  I am so pleased with all the beads, they came out so beautifully!  It is amazing how everyone got so creative experimenting different shapes and paper.  Even if there is no bead soup this time I would like you to see everybody’s beads.

Ashley's paper beads

Ashley's paper beads

Sher’s beads I think is from Japanese rice paper and scrap booking paper.  I specially like the long tubular ones, they almost look like Moroccan beads.

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Jennifer sent us a few big chunky beads that are so unique.  According to her they mostly come from cartons/boxes: Philly Cream Cheese, Arm and Hammer, the purple and green beads from dog and cat food, the teal color is from a friend’s Newport cigarette carton and a few Annie’s food boxes like Mac and Cheese.

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All these idea sharing to  always challenge our creative side is great don’t you think?  I cannot wait to try making tube beads and big and chunky beads

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Paper Rope

Posted on Oct 22, 2010 in Other Crafts & Crafty People | 4 comments

Paper rope has been around for centuries and in some culture plays an important role in daily activities. Koreans has perfected paper making from mulberry tree and a bride is presented with paper jar made by twisting paper into a rope and is made strong and water proofed by combining a mixture of unripened persimmon juice, rice glue and perilla oil. Ann, of All Things Paper  talks about this on her blog. My sister will be participating in upcoming CHA Winter Show and one of the products that will be showcased is the paper rope. She sent me a few samples which will be going in my Etsy Shop.

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Paper making is just a fascinating craft, one that I would surely like to explore some more

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The choices for color combination is almost endless….

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I couldn’t wait to try and make something with it; crocheted coasters, earrings, baskets ……

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Small round paper beads were incorporated into the paper rope.

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The thought of just recycling paper and cut less trees is appealing, I just love the idea of recycling paper into handmade paper. Hmmm…….so many craft ideas, so little time 🙂

 

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Wearable Art

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 in Other Crafts & Crafty People | 4 comments

Wikipedia, the web based encyclopedia defines wearable art as; individually designed pieces usually hand made clothing or jewelry created as fine or expressive art.  The term wearable art implies that the work is intended to be accepted as a serious unique artistic creation or statement. Wearing paper bead jewelry is certainly making a statement: Beautiful and unique conversation pieces jewelry made out of recycled magazines!  Four ladies responded to the challenge, to send me a photo of themselves wearing the paper bead jewelry they have made.

Kathy wearing her big and bold paper bead jewelry

Kathy wearing her big and bold paper bead jewelry

In Kathy’s own words: “The beads in the necklace and earrings are made from black and white security envelopes (the inner lining) – probably something that came with a bill inside!  The bracelet, and this is my favorite piece, is made from pages from Vogue magazine.  I used a page that was a fold out in the magazine (so it was double in width) and cut the base of the beads two inches wide.  The bracelet is strung in a ladder pattern using black elastic cord.  I wear a lot of black and white and designed this bracelet so that I could wear it with many different outfits.”

Claire, wore this piece with the big saucer bead to his brother’s wedding with black and white theme.  Claire is very crafty and I love checking out her blog as well.  You can see more of her creations on her blog papelhilo.

Claire with paper beads on a neck wire

Claire with paper beads on a neck wire

Here is Eveline of Timeless , she has a lot of cool paper bead jewelry ideas on her blog and here’s a video of her wearing her jewelry!  Did I tell you I love your accent Eveline?  🙂

Ashley, looks really cute with her paper bead necklace.  Good job Ashley, l love how that turned out, perfectly matched your shirt.

Ashley with her paper bead necklace

Ashley with her paper bead necklace

Last but not least is Sanja, wearing her long paper bead necklace.  I love long necklaces, they are so versatile you can double it up and wear it any way you want.

Sanja wearing her long paper bead necklace

Sanja wearing her long paper bead necklace

Congratulations ladies you get one of the giveaways I mentioned earlier in my post and I want to thank you for sending in those photos.

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