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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Large Chrysanthemum and Canola Kanzashi on: September 28, 2016 01:33:11 PM
More kanzashi! Smiley I just got back from my first craft show, and I'm kind of looking forward to taking a break from making new kanzashi XD LOL As much as I love making them, I think it'll be nice to do some drawing or rug hooking or sewing instead.

This is a large single chrysanthemum kanzashi. I actually made this flower a long time ago, but the leaves are new - new dye lot, etc. Chrysanthemums are traditionally worn by maiko (apprentice geisha) for the month of October.

And I did a bunch of canola kanzashi too, which was fun because they grow so prominently here in Saskatchewan. Reppin' the province. XD Also, canola are traditionally worn in the month of March.

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Lily and Clematis Kanzashi on: September 07, 2016 12:00:41 AM
I've only got a few more weeks left before my first craft show. But, I also have two weddings this month. I made this set of lily kanzashi for my friend as a bridal shower gift. She loved them a lot and decided to wear them for her wedding which is this weekend.

I made this set of clematis pins too, which are a motif that geisha wear during the month of June.

I'm finishing up some cherry blossom and narcissus now. Cheesy
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / January Plum, Aster, Pine and Crane Set on: August 27, 2016 01:49:16 PM
I finished this two piece set last week but haven't gotten around to posting it yet. I'm really proud of this set; it's one of the first really big, time consuming pieces I've done. The crane is my favorite part. Cheesy I'm working on some lilies today, a gift for my friend's bridal shower. The kanzashi are done and now I'm struggling with packaging. I'm designing a box for it to go in with my silhouette machine.

Plum, pine, asters and cranes are all popular/lucky motifs for January. Smiley
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Plum and Camellia Kanzashi on: August 19, 2016 10:14:42 PM
It's been a busy week. Smiley I've been doing a lot of baking because our apple tree has lots of fruit, and lots of crafting because I have a craft show coming up. I've never attended one before so I'm a little nervous. XD Next week I have a bridal shower I'm attending too so I have to cook up something for that.

This week I made this large pink camellia hair fork, which is probably my favorite one so far

And I made some plum hair pins too

Camellias are a popular February motif and plums are worn in both January and February. Smiley
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Aster Kanzashi Hair Pins on: August 05, 2016 12:50:26 PM
I've been working on some smaller kanzashi recently, in an effort to fill out my 'kanzashi calendar'

Kanzashi are worn by maiko (apprentice geisha) according to seasonal motifs. Asters with fans and hagoita (paddles used for a traditional game, but are now more often used as decoration) are popular in the month of January.

Two of my friends have daughters. They're still too young for things like this, but I think that when they get older it might be cute to do a set of 12 kanzashi pins, one for each month.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Aqua Kusudama with Tassel Kanzashi Hair Fork on: July 29, 2016 06:55:04 AM
I've been working on a bunch of tsumami kanzashi recently. They are hair accessories made from folded squares of silk.

I actually finished half of this kusudama (medicine ball) a while back, but only now finished the rest. I also made the tassel from nylong cord, and the centerpiece from white glitterwire. I'm really happy with how it turned out!

What do you think? Cheesy

7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lacey Collars on: July 16, 2016 12:11:41 AM
I've always wanted a dress with a lace collar. I saw a really beautiful one in a store in Calgary but it was waaaay too expensive. But, I can crochet. So, I thought maybe I could kind of make a lacey collar of my own to wear over a plain dress? Here's what I came up with.

I definitely think I'm going to try and write this pattern down and post a tutorial on my blog. I've never written a pattern down before, so I'm a little nervous about it. XD
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Thumbelina Paper Doll Set on: May 07, 2016 05:14:50 AM
Just finished up my second paper doll set. Cheesy

I made this folder/background combo, like I did for my first Swan Lake set.

And two dolls - a swallow and Thumbelina herself.

I think I want to do a Red Riding Hood set next. Smiley
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / More Kanzashi Projects on: April 29, 2016 07:05:15 AM
I finished up more boxes and a hair pin using some flowers I made as part of a wedding project. I posted the first two boxes in my last thread with some progress photos so I'm not including any progress photos on this one. XD

A circle shaped box.

A heart shaped box.

And a square shaped box with a little art nouveau frame. Haven't decided what to write in the middle yet. I might give it away as a gift, so I might just leave it blank.

And this last one is a hair pin. That should just about finish up all my pre-made flowers. I'm going to work on new flowers and try out new folding techniques soon, just waiting for more supplies to arrive. Woohoo!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Kanzashi Trinket/Ring Boxes on: April 20, 2016 10:32:14 PM
So, I was going to make my entire wedding bouquet from kanzashi. I got pretty close to finishing, but then I decided I really did want fresh flowers instead. So, I ended up with a ton of flowers that had nothing to do. I recently recovered the majority of my art supplies from my parent's house in Florida (though I still haven't been able to move everything up to my new home in Canada yet), and decided I'd better use these flowers for something.

I also had a set of variously shaped miniature cardboard boxes I'd bought years ago with the intention of decorating. So, I set about kanzashi-ing up the boxes.

Here's the first two I did, plus some progress pictures.  I'll be making more soon. Cheesy

Cheap craft acrylics are pretty thin, so I had to do several coats just for coverage (about 3). Also, the texture of the cardboard was slightly lumpy, so I did 3/4 more coats so I could sand the paint down to a smoother surface.

Here's how the box looked after painting.

I added a bit of pale aqua silk ribbon to the edge of the box top, just to give it a hint of contrast.  I used bias cut silk habotai that I dyed myself and cut into squares for the flowers. The ribbon for the edging was the same type of ribbon.

Here's the finished piece. Smiley

And here's the oval shaped one I made next (no ribbon edging on this box top though).

There's a few more photos on my blog, but I feel like these are the best ones, haha.
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