Paper therapy | How About Orange

April 04, 2008

Paper therapy

This afternoon I needed instant craft gratification, so I flipped through my brand new origami book from Megumi to find something that looked cute, easy, and fast. Ta da: chopstick envelopes. These will be fun when Alex and I get take-out sushi and have a little sushi date. The book's instructions are entirely in Japanese, so I might need to enlist the help of a Japanese-reading friend if I get stuck in the future. But the diagrams are great, so I feel confident I can get pretty far by myself.

30 comments:

Allison Fouse said...

Wow. What a great idea! Awww. A sushi date!? Now that sounds even better! I think we'll have to give that a try over here!

sarah: paper + stitch said...

Those are absolutely adorable! Love those quick, in-one-sitting whip ups! They are so gratifying. And yes, I second the sushi date. :-)

47cats said...

I love the paper!!! Great idea. Lynn

Liz said...

That paper is beautiful!

Molly Kate said...

These are too cute! & I like orange :)

Amy said...

I dont even like sushi and I want some! They look so cute all wrapped up waiting for some take out!
we are more the fondue date type! Maybe I could stick our little forks in an envelope...lol

Tina Swinford said...

I so admire people who constantly are creating a more beautiful world around them. You are one of those people! Keep it up.

Jen in KS said...

Not a fan of sushi, but I am of knitting. I bet those would be great for packaging a gift of needles.

Kate said...

Ummmm...and they, too, own your fabric?? LOL
btw, I did not know you live in Evanston...I am your neighbor in Schaumburg. Love Evanston. Cheers!

AnP said...

I just discovered your blog (thanks to Apartment Therapy!). I love it! I love your work! I read ALL your entries in one sitting!!!

Thanks to your blog, I now have tons of decorating ideas when we move out of Frankfurt to the burbs of Bad Soden next month.

Will definitely be coming back for more :)

Shannon said...

These are so cute. You are so brave to try despite the book being in Japanese. I think I would have passed. Cant wait to see your next crafting project:)

Larissa Holland, coffee achiever said...

what beautiful paper! did Megumi gift you with that as well? I dearly wish the creative geniuses in Japan would just go ahead and have mercy on the unilingual Americans (me) who will covet their crafts. Good luck with that! Hurray for detailed sketches.

Angie said...

Completely adorable! You are so inspiring. I'm a longtime lurker here & just wanted to say that I love your apartment as well as all of your work!

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Tasha T said...

Cute! I love origami, but don't always have the patience for it. Good work!

Jess said...

Thank you, Shauntelle! Larissa, I found that paper at a sidewalk sale in front of a florist a couple years ago. Isn't that funny?

laura said...

Where oh where did you get that paper? I have to know!

studiosmith said...

Hey Miss Orange,

Speaking of projects...

You can thank me later for this find. The one with the objects jammed into the plaster cast looks spectacular. This is a wonderful site with lots of ideas that are up your alley. And your blog readers.

http://bkids.typepad.com/bookhoucraftprojects/

Dandelion Factory said...

Oh, I love paper. And I love sushi, too!! Thanks for the inspirations. Susan
http://www.dandelionfactory.blogspot.com

Alya said...

i cant find the book in english. is it only Japanese?

Sophie said...

Hi just blog-hopped - perhaps that should be blopped - from someone to someone to you - and wanted to say, love love love the fabrics - very impressed that you made them yourself! And the origami chopstick paper holders - keeeewt! Think I may be popping in some more!

Jess said...

Thanks, Sophie.

Alya, it's only in Japanese, I think.

Jess said...

Barry, thanks for the projects link. I skim that blog from time to time, but hadn't seen that stuff yet. I love when you give me links!

Megumi said...

I'm happy to hear that you liked the books! This is published only in Japanese, but its instructions are good enough to understand without reading Japanese, I guess.

dedwards said...

any way to find the paper now? i'm transforming a guest bedroom into a home office and would love to incorporate the paper somehow.

Good-Grace said...

Oh my gosh! Gorgeous paper!!

Jess said...

dedwards, I got it a few years ago and i have no idea where you could find some now. Or even who made it. I'm sorry!

The Fashion Assistant and her Camera said...

AMAZING CRAFTWORK!!!!!

K

Eve said...

Has anyone ever tried to buy from amazon.co.jp? I'd love to have the book but I'm a bit hesitant to buy it, even with the translated to English version of the webpage. Are my fears legit or am I just paranoid? Also, Jessica, do you think it's worth US$12 plus international shipping? Love the blog and keep it up!

Jess said...

Oddly enough, I placed an order with Amazon.co.jp today for the first time. I was feeling rich with a recent influx of pocket money and decided to splurge on that crazy shipping. I'll let you know how it goes. Is the book worth it... it's a cool book with lots of projects I haven't seen before. I think I'll need help from a friend on some of the instructions, though, so if you don't have someone who can help you, it might not be worth your while. If you do have someone who can read Japanese, and you love folding paper, I think it's worth it. But that's just me!

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