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 Makes

New paper cut floral art from Japan

Now that I've finished painting my kitchen and living room area, it's time to think about organizing pictures I want to hang. Just today, I completed a wonderful little paper cut-out floral kit that I got on my trip to Tokyo last February, at one of my favorite paper shops and galleries, Ozu Washi. The… Continue reading New paper cut floral art from Japan

My Makes · Treasures

Potpourri of crafty updates: origami and crochet stuff

If you have the idea that I'm working on several craft projects simultaneously, you would be correct. That's normal for me and crafts. I'm not sure why, though, because at my job or with people, I am focused and steadfast. Since coming back from Japan, I've done a bit more origami, and organized my huge… Continue reading Potpourri of crafty updates: origami and crochet stuff

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