Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Pretty papers ......















Hey, what day is it? I am still in sparkly stuff mode! Ahhhh...who cares? I am not putting it all away yet anyway. Nope...not me. I am playing with papers, cards... walnuts and hazelnuts... all the little fun things I like to do for a few days prior to boxing it all up for another year.

While everybody is making their New year promises...I am just enjoying some gifts of perfect paper from a neighbour...and a bunch of new cards to sort through. Wheeeeee!










Oh, look... chocolate box wrappers.... all foil-y and shiny and so perfect.

I bought my first little origami ornament several years ago.










Actually, I bought 3 because I didn't know if I would ruin them all trying to figure out how they were constructed. I still have all 3. That number must mean something... because they are made with 3 pieces of 3 inch square paper. I took one apart and it took me 3 days to figure out how to put it back together again. Each year when I try to make another...it takes me 3 tries to get it right. I don't know if I could explain in less than about 33 pictures and plenty of uhm-ing... how to do it. And, I have searched for a tutorial on it...but have not been successful. Have never seen a picture of one quite like it. Anybody know what it is called?










Look at all the beautiful colours I've made... hahah...then I got really silly...and made some half the size ...ohhh, was that fiddly!
(update Jan 6, 2008) Hey..I just saw that tiny ones can be used for earrings!














This is my favourite that I have made so far. A beautiful patterned tissue paper combined with chocolate box foils. String a golden thread, add a bead or two and look how beautiful they are. They are such fun to make.














...... and, this.... this will be my first doll of the new year. A beautiful Northern Star Mermaid by Judi Wellnitz and cover girl for December issue of Doll Crafter and Costuming.

She is a tiny thing .. and I began by sewing up the hands just to see how tricky they would be to turn ... ..not bad. So, then on with the face.. I always like to do the head first.. then the body. I am in the process of drawing and colouring her face now, but as we all know.. real life seems to interfere with fun stuff. Plumbing fiasco yesterday.

13 comments:

Susan said...

you're so crafty Vee! the origami ornaments are beautiful, beautiful. So great to recycle and reuse and make beautiful things out of what would have previously been discarded stuff. Xo from NS

Judi Wellnitz said...

Uh oh - not a plumbing fiasco - I hope nothing got ruined!

I do love that little golden ornament - it's very pretty. Too bad it's too hard to teach!

BumbleVee said...

how about I send you a couple Judi? You can do what I did. Take one apart, see how to do the individual folding of each piece...then put it together again? It could be fun. Wanna play?

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Are you going to do a tutorial? I would love to know how to make those exquisite little creations!

Love to hear that you are taking some time before packing it all away. Me too!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

I could try reading more carefully...ahh, too tough to explain. It sounds really challenging...prolly way out of my league. Rats!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Found this:

http://www.yasutomo.com/project/ornament.htm

Kinda cute, not as nice as yours!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hi there....Wow..you are very talented! I loved your blog...I want to thank you for popping in to see me recently and for your Sweet words!
Happy New Year!

Blessings,
Robin

Anonymous said...

have you tried the Carol Duvall Show on DIY? I have seen the same type of ornament made on her show.

Linda Fleming said...

Oh my! I love those little ornies you are making. The last one is my favorite to- the foil really makes it sparkle.
I can't wait to see your mermaid. That is such a darling design Judi created.

BumbleVee said...

Thank you anonymous person....... I found them!

I will post my mermaid head soon Linda.... even I can't wait to show what I have done so far...

Folksie Linda said...

Hi Vee, Looks like you are having so much fun!! Good for you! I love to play... it is the most fun creating!! Enjoy! Hugs, Folksie Linda

Anonymous said...

If you are still looking for instructions for the origami ornament I have a book ORIGAMI Easy-to-Make Paper Creations by Gay Merrill Gross that has instructions for a hexahedron which looks like your ornament. I am not a blogger just a reader. Your site is nice and I plan to make the chocolate cherry cakes for Valentines day.

BumbleVee said...

hello mystery guest.... and a big thanks for stopping in to read some of the Bearister...

I also appreciate the lead on an origami book...will see if I can find it. I did find a printed page and it was a bit strange ..but it works, although it makes one more opening than mine do. I sort of prefer my old way of copying whoever made the first few that I bought all those years ago. tx again for visiting....