Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The Breathing Rose*

Now that I have three works in progress, any progress on each of them is fairly minimal, and non blog worthy... D'oh. Any minute now I'll no doubt cast on something else, just so that I have something to show you!

Anyway, I'm sure I'll come up with something else to talk about...

I recently joined my local library, as it is about half a minute away from my office it seemed silly not to.I've found some fantastically ancient knitting books in there - some of the jumpers from the 80s are just... I'm not sure if the word is amazing, hilarious, breathtaking or just wow ;) If it didn't take so long, I'd knit one just for the amusement of it *laughs*

One of the other books I found was...

How to make Origami jewellery. Now, I don't make jewellery... Yet ;) I'd like to, but I have enough craft stuff taking over my house as it is, so perhaps now is not the time. Fingers crossed for a full craft room one day though *crosses fingers, then stops because it's hard to type*

The reason I brought the book home from the library, and purchased the appropriate paper to go with it, was to make one specific thing. This:

My dad used to make these when me and my brother were kids *fond but sad smile* He called them Japanese water balloons, and often filled them up with water. I remember how cool I thought it was, that my dad had magically turned a piece of paper into this amazing thing, and that even though it was paper you could put water in it. So when I flicked through the book and saw that it had the instructions for these, I had to make one.

I also discovered that I am not very good at Origami *laughs* My ability to fold in a straight line is apparently limited... Which will come as no surprise to my mum who will know that I also cannot cut in a straight line. Not sure what possessed me to take up card crafting, given these fundamental limitations!

I made a couple of simple things, that disintegrated before I could take a picture, and then attempted this...

If you can't tell, it is supposed to be a crab. Yep *nods* Ok, so not much like a crab at all *sigh* In my defence, the instructions in the book are really confusing. I tried making a butterfly, which was going well until I got an instruction that involved folding not just paper but also the laws of physics.

So, perhaps making anything out of the bits of folded paper I managed is a bit of a stretch, but it was fun trying ;)

"But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold." Oliver Wendell Holmes


  1. I had an "origami-a-day" calendar last year in my office. My desk was littered with tiny folded objects, although most of them were really basic ones. I am quite proud of my origami dinosaurs though.

  2. Very cute! I've never tried origami, but it looks hard to me!

  3. @tink - dinosaurs?! That's awesome :D I do have quite a few origami stars littering my desk actually, I forgot to take a pic of those.

    @del - some of it is hard, some isn't so much, it depends how well the instructions are written!

  4. And the art goes on.......


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