Free Patterns · My Makes

16-pointed Tico Star – pattern and pix

I spent a little time on this rainy afternoon playing with some paper from my copious stash. On my many trips to Japan, I've collected reams of washi, origami paper, and various scraps, so today I had plenty of creative material to help me make a simple star from a free, dowloadable PDF pattern by… Continue reading 16-pointed Tico Star – pattern and pix

My Recs · Travel

Adventures in origami: some places to visit in Tokyo

This week in Tokyo has been a whirlwind of discovery and delight in Japanese handicrafts, particularly paper and paper folding. There are so many places to learn more about origami and find amazing materials. One of these places is Ochanomizu Origami Kaikan, in the heart of Tokyo, near the Kanda-Myojin Shrine. PHOTO: Storefront of Origami… Continue reading Adventures in origami: some places to visit in Tokyo

Travel · Treasures

My foray into the world of Japanese anime dolls

"Foray" is the operative word for my brief incursion into the foreign, but fascinating (and vast) anime doll craze. My niece is into Japanese anime drawing, so I thought she would love a 3-D model from which to base her sketches. What better place to get one than in Tokyo. I am a fish out… Continue reading My foray into the world of Japanese anime dolls

My Makes · Travel

A couple of my current projects, and preparing for Tokyo

I leave for Tokyo early Wednesday morning (Korea time), so these next two days will be busy packing, planning, taking my dog to his sitter, and coming to a comfortable pause on some of my projects. I babysat my friend's shih tzu these last ten days. He just went home today, and I'm a little… Continue reading A couple of my current projects, and preparing for Tokyo