Cherry Blossom Origami

To be honest, I am really jealous on Ales Japan trip!!! Instead of waiting for spring here in London, I wish I could explore Japan with her, looking out for the first cherry blossom…But as I am buried in work and can’t escape, I have to bring Japanese-cherry-blossome-spring to my home.
cherry2The longer I write this blog, the more I recognize that paper is my most favorite material for crafting. I feel much more confident in folding, cutting and painting than in knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Maybe I am also just inpatient :-) As I am so much on the way, I prefer crafty stuff that I can take with me and paper is very easy. Here my instructions for cherry-bloom-origami… Folding and cutting dozens of them is really meditative and gives you the perfect peace to dream of spring (in Japan :-))

cherry_gif1To give these little blossoms a nice stage I decorated one of my walls with a sticker branch. You can order those online. Here some pretty examples I found in the net.

cherry_examplesAnd here my version…

cherry4 I hope spring learns a lesson from my little display and comes soon!!!

That is so… Kawaii!!! Handcraft discoveries from Japan

Handcraft is everywhere. Always so cute (kawaii) and detailed. For little and big dreamers. It is in the small things, in the monumental architecture, in the street and in the food. Pottery, origami, drawing, fabrics, crochet, wood and so on. I’ve tried to make some collections of my Japanese crafty discoveries till now. Enjoy! Xo

Ale

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I Love Running!

This is the hundredth post in this blog!! Wow, to be honest a year ago, I would not have been sure we reach this point… But Ale and me were amazingly disciplined and really posted something every week for a whole year now. Looking back at our posts makes me really happy. Not only have we made a lot of beautiful and useful things, but also we have nourished a really special friendship!!!For some days I wondered what I should post in this anniversary post. Pressure was high and somehow no really good idea came into my mind… Thus, I will use this post to tell you about another hobby of mine: running!

T-shirt0I love running! I need running! Yes, I would go as far as saying, I can not think of living without running! You might think, fine, but what does this have to do with this crafty blog? Well actually a lot!!!

Most of my crafty ideas arise in the early morning hours, when I run through parks, along rivers or climb up mountains. I love this crystal clear morning atmosphere and have the feeling, during sunrise my brain works in a special creative mode. Well, maybe it is also the lake of oxygen that makes me silly and let me think like a child again :-)

All right but I don’t want to bore you with my running addiction and also seed something creative in this post. In two month, me and some friends will run our next marathon. Thus, this weekend I tried to design our team T-shirt.

T-shirt1T-shirt2We are a team of nine people from all over Europe. This was the leading theme behind the design. Furthermore, I wanted it happy and colorful. What do you think? I hope my team-mates will like it or will come up with better ideas. I will keep you posted on the final design.

T-shirt4All right that’s it for the hundredth post. Two more month to go till the marathon. That means a lot more training kilometers and a lot more crafty ideas :-)

Just some Little Upcycling Ideas

My B-day is gone and the party was really special! It is always a big effort to organize, to prepare the house and food and to clean the mess afterwards. But it is so recharging! And I’ll remember for the rest of the year, and more…

I’ve already “read” the book of Antje of Sachiko Umoto, Illustration School: Let’s Draw Plants and Small Creatures it is a full inspiring little drawings that they make me take the pencil and draw until I drop!

My last days have been really magic, and I kind of feel all the happiness of the world for the life I am going through lately (I’ve told you, Birthday parties are recharging!!) and the upcoming travel, of course! But I know I have to watch out because a little obstacle is always behind the corner… hihihi…

This post has nothing to do with what I am saying, but I wanted to make a point to my current emotions for some unaware reasons.

Here we are. Little up-cycling ideas that everybody can imitate in just a second! There is nothing to build but just little objects from the kitchen or the garderobe to re-use in a “new” way!

Processed with MoldivThose ideas are also inspirited by interior designers pictures and creative bloggers, I am sure you saw already at least a couple of them.

photo 1The grater is a piece full of utility with all those holes. I am sure there are other objects we can hang on it…

photo 2I like also to expose some nice magazines and to watch at them once in a while. The hangers are so easy to up-cycle!

photo 3This vintage colander is very cool. It is a pity to hide it on a cupboard or a drawer. This time I used it for fruits, but I’ve seen plants on it. You can in fact easily hang it in a terrace or on a three.

photo 4The last one is maybe the less beautiful to see, but it is so practical! I’ve been thinking hard for ages to find a solution for installing the Scottex… and here it is!

I think up-cycling is very creative for the mind. Just go through your old stuff and see what you can do with that. Some suggestions??

Have a cycling-up-cycling week!
Ale

p.s. Thanks to my friend Janine who gave me for the birthday the book of Handmade Vintage: 35 Upcycling-Ideen für zu Hause, which inspired me a lot.