Third Day of Crafts: Origami Place Cards

I had to make a bunch of place cards for a friend's wedding.  So I found this origami star design and decided to make the stars into place cards.  It's pretty, but it takes a long time just to make one, luckily it was a small wedding.   See tutorial below:

fold paper in half and in half again, open and repeat on other side to make 16 squares
fold diagonally, and repeat on other side
this is what your paper should look like at this point
fold corner into middle
repeat with all four corners, open back up
fold two sides into middle
pull down top and pull sides out to make it pointed, as shown, repeat with the bottom so they meet at centre
this is what your paper should look like
put your finger into one point, flatten it out to make a square
repeat with all four points
fold two sides of each square into their centre line
this is what it should look like, still with me?
fold each point back, but make sure you can still see some
this is what the back will look like at this point
open up one of the triangles and pull open, flatten out to look like the above
repeat with all sides.  done!  (front)
take your folded stars, and put them together by nestling one into the other, holding it in place with points that were folded back into triangles
your star!

print and punch out your names.  i printed mine using MS Word and opening the label template Avery 8293.  my scallop punch was 1.5 inches in diameter, so this template was perfect for it.  fits 20 names on it.

Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of the finished product.  What a dumbo.  So, I'll just explain what I did do.  I took the punched out name and taped it to the middle of the star.  Then, I took a wood skewer and inserted it between the two stars, and stuck the bottom of the stick into a Ferrero Rocher chocolate to act as the base!   Place on each plate.  Pretty and yummy.  :) 


Second Day of Crafts

Got through another day. 

I think I've become obsessed with making coffee cozies.

I made two more cozies, from patterns I got on the following sites:

Skip to my Lou
Attic 24
Bubble Girl Knit and Crochet

Please excuse the water bottle, I didn't have a proper mug at photo time
this one is my fav

Next up, I think I'm going to try and make macarons.  Mmm...

Anna and Blue


First Day of Crafts

I've been a bit behind on my crafts, I promised 12 days and I've been a little late with the first.  I have been doing stuff, just been forgetting to document it.  Also, I've been a bit busy....doing nothing at all.  =T  I barely got out of bed today.

Anyway, here's my first.  I'm going to give it to one of my coworkers.   I followed the tutorial on this blog This Little Blog of Mine.  I thought it was very cute and sweet. 

Check it out.  Please excuse the dasani water bottle, I had nothing else to use.  It was either a cup that was too small, or the water bottle.  I used both.



Beyonce. is. a. boss.

Can't wait to hear the album.  Can't wait to hear this song. ❤ 

Update: Obsessed.


12 Days (Posts) of Crafts

Christmas.  A time for family and friends and loved ones to get together and be merry.  I don't celebrate Christmas anymore, but it used to always be my favourite time of year.

This year, I've taken stock and realized just how alone I am.  Yes, I have friends, I have family, but, I don't have a closeness with anyone.  I think everyone measures that differently.  But, I am more of an emotionally-inclined person, and I feel very deeply, and give my feelings from a very deep place in myself, so the lonely feeling feels so much more intense for me.  

I've had my ups and downs with many people, and I realized that most of the people, including family, that I care about, are not willing to sacrifice for me the way that I would and do for them.  It sucks.  More importantly though, I think THEY suck.  They are just unwilling to give of themselves without expecting something in return.  Whereas my actions toward them were never informed by what I thought I would get back.  One just loves for the sake of loving, am I right?  I'm pretty sure that is the definition of loveI sat here thinking just how lonely it feels when you have nobody that is 100% in your corner no matter what.  It kills.  It's kill-ing me.  There are way too many selfish people in the world now.  If you have someone in your life that is there for you in your times of need, you should appreciate that and be thankful every single day.

Come to think of it, I've never really felt what it's like to be apologized to for wrongs done to me.  Most people are too concerned with guarding themselves than making someone else feel better, and having a good relationship.  Or maybe they just don't feel sorry.  I guess that's obviously possible too.  My mother would rather die than apologize to her daughter, who should only be respectful and not require such things of her.  Being wrong is just not part of her vocabulary.

I did once have someone in my life, who gave their heart freely to me.  Whom I think I can honestly say loved me.  It was the most refreshing amazing thing.  He was just, a very kind, honest person.  I learned then, really, what love is, and what it is not.    He's getting married now (thanks for the info, Lainey!).  That was only slightly sarcastic.  :)   I think he may be having a child as well.  I don't know though, I deleted my facebook so I don't have to see things like this.  But, what a strange feeling.  It's heartbreaking, but mostly because I want that for myself and I don't have it.  I'm truly happy for him, I realize I'm just sad for me.  Knowing love like that and then losing it, is the most torturous feeling because, there's a chance you may never find it again.  I genuinely don't think I will, and that I need to get used to being alone.  .  .  I will never get used to it.

This leads me to the purpose of this post.  How come I always go off on a depressing tangent??

Well I'd like to do 12 days of crafts.  1. to occupy my time so I don't have to think of all the reasons I am alone.  2.  so that I can give my crafts away to people and be a giving person.   A giving person so that I will NEVER ever be in danger of being a selfish *sshole like 80% of the population.  I will space it out over 36 days, so one craft complete every third day, hopefully.  Then I will post the accomplishment.

Any suggestions for crafts that will be giftable?

melissa genco

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