after following a tutorial I found on <a href="http://decorshandmades.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2008-03-14T16%3A17%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=5">de Cor's Handmades</a>, I made some Crystal Balls. The large turquoise one is the first one that I made after following the tutorial, followed by the red one, which was made by request for my friend Cristina to co-ordinate with the cherry she had on her cell phone as a charm. She loved it, and I was thrilled. I want to make alot more now! My next project is going to be a light blue one for my boyfriend's mom, a necklace for Cristina, and a pair of earrings for my friend Laura, who just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Sierra Riley Brown yesterday! I also want to try making a Swarovski Heart for my boyfriend's mom for Christmas, and one for my mom. Sorry for the long story, here's pictures!
all of them together
cell phone charm I made for my friend
size comparison. The one on the left is made with 4mm Swarovski Crystals, the one on the right is made with 6mm Crystals
I made cupcakes using the (<a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/139518">Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Birthday Cake Recipe</a>) for my friend Matt, who was back in town (he goes to university in Toronto, and lives in residence there, so I don't see him as often as i'd like). And they went over REALLY well. The whole recipe made about 30 cupcakes, so I gave 9 to my boyfriend and his family, 4 to my friend Matt, 10 to be spread out between my young cousins and my brothers and one left over, 5 for me and my parents, and 2 for friends at work. My boyfriend says he has an addiction to the buns that I make (he's a Brit, with the yummy accent and everything.), and he refuses to get treatment. So much for my 12 step program! And a word about the plain ones, when were were going camping, we went to the Stouffville Wal-Mart to pick up some supplies, and he had a 5 minute rant about how you couldn't find plain buns (cupcakes/muffins) in this country, and how happy he was that I made them. It was hilarious at the time. Still is!
some of the cupcakes that made their way to my boyfriend's house
Hey all! It's been a while since I posted up some new projects (school, work, and a new boy all take up time! ), but here's something that's been around for a while. I just got a chance to photograph them today!
They are modular origami, made by folding 6 of the side pieces, and 8 of the "fastening" pieces. They are super simple once you learn how to do them, and they look so pretty hung up! I also handmade most of the tassels.
my favorite! And the hardest to fold because the blue paper was really slick on one side. Getting the different sides to interlock was a pain.
one of the biggest that i've ever done.
all together (they're hanging in the kitchen as a funky kind of curtain)!
some more close ups.
one of the smallest i've done! I might make some into earrings, but i'm not sure if they would look good.
size reference (that's a Canadian dime).
sorry if some of the pictures are blurry and big...they were hard to photograph, and i'm supposed to be doing a paper, so I don't have time to resize them!
ok, I forgot to take before pictures, but this used to be a Toblerone display box that dispensed miniature Toblerone bars. I work at Toys R Us, and we were just going to toss out the box, but I knew I could give it new life! So I took the box apart, traced it onto some lovely Butterfly wrapping paper, went to town with a glue stick, and now it's gorgeous! Since I don't really have anything to put into it, i'm going to use it as a holder for all my nail polish. I was going to put my lip balm in first, but then I have a lemon for that!
(except the box I had didn't have a pyramid lid and instead was flat)
These baskets are a great project to make with kids. Just don't let them play with the knife! It's best to make a variety of the "pieces" so they can mix and match what they want to use.
- a ruler - a pencil - a cutting surface (I use a cutting board) - a knife/exacto
What you need to start with are 2 pieces of rectangular paper. They can be patterned or plain. Wrapping paper or origami paper look the best, but construction paper works well also. I prefer wrapping paper because it's easier to fold and cut. My usual size are 18 cm long and about 12 cm wide with an extra 4 cm so I can make a handle. With a 18 cm piece, your finished basket will be 9cm long and 12 cm wide.
Start by measuring 2-3 cm down from where your basket starts. From that point, begin marking 2 cm intervals from one end to the other. If your paper is 12 cm wide, this will give you 6 strips 2 cm wide. You can do the extra 4 cm with the other 12 cm and cut it off right after, or you can do the handle right afterwards. I usually slit the 2 cm interval in the handle but that's strictly voluntary. I do it for looks. Repeat the same steps on your other piece of rectangular paper.
Now it's time to weave!
THIS IS IMPORTANT If you start one line by going UNDER, then the next line MUST be started by going OVER.
If you are using 2 6 strip pieces, begin the FIRST line by going OVER (one strip goes OVER the other strip in your second strip) and then UNDER (the strip that went over your other strip then goes through your next strip) and so on and so forth. When your finished, your basket will look something like this:
Admire your basket! You can attach the handle at this point. Or, if you want to make a fishy, then you can attach a pair of googly eyes. One on each side.
I made this as a gift for my friend Shelley. I kept forgetting to give her a Chinese New Year gift (lucky candy) and a Valentine's Day Gift (a handmade heart), so I decided to make it up to her. I mainly forgot because we work different shifts, so it was difficult to meet up! I made a woven basket (very easy to do, and great for Easter!), strawberries, and I added 2 hearts (one for her, and one for her husband Jay), 8 lucky candies (8 is a lucky number!) and a package of Strawberry Pocky (who doesn't love Pocky?), and a few turtles. I'm going to give it to her tomorrow at work.
The whole gift isn't really ALL handmade, but 3/4 of it is. The Strawberries are made using a special paper just for the purpose (I found it while cleaning my room!) and they're great. I plan to make a more detailed post about them.
The baskets are a GREAT project to do with kids (my mom used to do them with me when I was younger!) and they make a great small basket for some Easter goodies. Or anytime you want to make a unique presentation. The basket shape can also be used to make a fish. If you would like more information, please let me know! On either the strawberries or baskets/fish. The basket is very easy, and I can whip up a tutorial if there's any interest!
I hope she likes it!
[ all together ]
[ basket ]
[ close up of the weave ]
[ strawberries! ]
the reason I didn't post pictures of the pocky, and candy is because they're not really crafty. The turtles and hearts are part of my other posts.
My name is Tohnia. And I make origami. This is a tutorial for an origami turtle. This is the way I make turtles, so feel free to modify steps if you feel that you can make it another way. This is just the way that I find it works best. All the lines that are dark are your FOLD lines. It makes it easier to follow.
This is a picture of all the folds you need to do. Broken down...
A) Halfway length & width wise B) Diagonally both ways C) Cupboard door to the center length & width wise (basically halfway from your halfway fold in A D) Fold each corner into the center
You next need to make a waterbomb base. To do this, press the middle of two opposite sides into the center to achieve a waterbomb base.
Next, bring the bottom edge to the tip of your base and then press the two BOTTOM diagonal edges into the center. This will give you your turtle base. Repeat on the other side.
Now, fold the TOP part of your base (the one side that doesn't split into two, those are your legs) to the middle. Repeat on the other side.
NOTE: this next step is completely voluntary. I only included it because this is the way that I find makes the best legs without having to guess at what would look best. You can skip this step if you wish. This is just the way I find it works best.
You will notice that the bottom of your model has 2 sides. fold ONE of these sides to the middle line. Use this "guideline" to fold your leg to the guideline. Repeat for all 4 legs.
Next, fold all the legs up from the middle line. Repeat on all sides. Next, fold the sides into the center. Repeat on the other side.
Now, turn the sides of your model so the 2 sides with all the folds showing together, so that your now left with 2 legs on either side, and 2 long points. These will turn into your tail and head. Fold one side to become your head (fold down the tip of one side, I often use the more "ugly" side and press the two sides together to make a head). Press the two sides of your tail and head together to show all your folds show again. (notice the cup & Benylin & spoon? I'm sick and I took some medicine before I took the photos and forgot to remove it! So just ignore that part!)
At this point, you will notice that there is a nice little "pocket" on each side between your legs. The easiest way to puff up your turtle is to insert your index fingers (one on each side!) and GENTLY pull them down.