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Origami Wall Art

Origami Art What do I hang on the walls? That is the question I’ve been asking myself since we’ve moved into our new house.  Currently I have a few pieces of art scattered around the house.  But besides that, my walls are blank.  I feel like I’m living in a house with no soul.  So to remedy the problem, I decided to make a few origami pieces for a large blank space in our living room.  The origami art pictured above is just a quick-look into the project. It’s not a lot but it’s what I’ve been up to.

How about you guys?  Did you make anything interesting over the weekend?

*The directions for the stars can be found in the book Origami Paper Motif Pattern by Tomoko Fuse.

Japanese Craft Book: Mizuhiki Arrangement

Mizuhiki Craft BookWhile at the Kinokuniya bookstore in San Francisco, I came across a new mizuhiki book.  I’m sure there are a many Japanese mizuhiki books available but I rarely see them. So of course I had to get it. I liked that the book had a good balance of traditional and contemporary uses for mizuhiki.

For those not with familiar with mizuhiki, it’s a cord made out rice paper. They come in a variety of colors and sometimes stripes.  The cord is often used to make decorative knots that are found on cards and gifts.

Mizuhiki Craft Book 2mizuhiki flamingos

Mizuhiki Craft Book 4Decorative knots as embellishments

Mizuhiki Craft Book 3These knots were used for napkin rings, utensil holders, and wine glass charms.

For those interested in Mizuhiki Arrangements, the ISBN # is 978-4-7678-1653-1.

Craft Book: Cut Out + Keep

Craft Book - Cut Out + KeepCut Out + Keep: Around the USA in 50 Craft Projects

If Cut Out + Keep sounds familiar to you, that’s because it’s also a very popular craft community site.  Now the owners of the site (Cat Morley and Tom Waddington) have written their own craft book.  But it’s not just a craft book, it’s also a  journal of their travels through each of the 50 states!

Craft Book - Cut Out + Keep 3For each state there are pictures from the places Cat and Tom visited.  They also share about what they did and thought of each state.
Craft Book - Cut Out + Keep 4In Cut Out + Keep you will also find a craft project inspired by each state. The state of Wyoming was the inspiration for this Jackalope Jewelry Holder.

Craft Book - Cut Out + Keep 2Cut Out + Keep also includes a few recipes.  This recipe stood out to me because I’ve always wanted to try a pie shake.  Maybe I’ll make one now that I have a recipe for it.

Overall, this book has a good variety of projects including, crochet, jewelry, sewing,and more.  The tutorials are easy to understand and there’s a lot of step-by-step photos.  I could see this book really appealing to teenagers (high school age) for its more edgier crafts.  To learn more about Cut Out + Keep, you can visit Laurence King.

Make It Vintage Magazine

Make it Vintage MagazineHave you ever heard of the magazine Make it Vintage?  I just recently learned about the publication.  I was told Fun With Washi was going to be featured in the magazine so naturally I was curious about it. I figured next time I was at the bookstore I would look for it.  But it just so happened when I was grocery shopping today, I stumbled across the magazine.  So here I am with my little discovery and I must say it’s quite lovely.

Below are few pictures from the spring 2015 issue.

Make it Vintage Magazine 2Fun With Washi Feature :)

Make it Vintage Magazine 3I really liked this re-upholstered chair project.  I also like the idea of the faux fireplace.  It would be fun for a kid’s room.

Make it Vintage Magazine 4I noticed throughout the magazine there were a lot of washi tape details.  There wasn’t any specific projects but there were a lot of creative and inspiring ideas.

Do you have a favorite craft/design magazine?  Please share in the comments.

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