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Printable: Cactus Origami Paper

4 days agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Have I ever told you about the time I ran into a cactus?  True story:  When I was in the sixth grade, my parents let me go to Mexico with my best friend’s family for a month!  Everyday we would go hiking. One day I was running down a hill that we just hiked up […]

Printable: Origami Chopstick Holder

Have you ever heard someone say, “Itadakimasa” right before they start to eat?  It basically means “let’s eat” in Japanese. It’s comparable to saying, “bon appetit” or “thanks for the food”. With that in mind, I chose to incorporate it into the chopstick holders.  I like that it gives the chopstick cases a bold and […]

Printable: Paint Splatter Origami Paper

2 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Origami paper with texture and depth has always appealed to me.  Texture can add character and life to a piece compared to a flat color. With the bow (pictured above), there’s the illusion of texture with the paint spatter. This kind of print is versatile and lends itself well to folding, animals, flowers, and clothing. […]

Printable: Origami Beach Ball

3 weeks agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Who likes beach balls?  I designed this week’s paper to look like a beach ball when folded into the traditional origami ball.  Make them for fun or use them for decoration.  You can find the free printable plus origami directions below. Click here for beach ball printable. Your paper should look like the picture above […]

Printable: Pineapple Origami Paper

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This weeks origami print was inspired by Hawaiian Style Origami by Jodi Fukumoto.  There was a cute model for an aloha shirt in the book so I designed this pineapple paper to compliment it. Click here to get the free printable.  The copyright stamp will not show up on the actual print.

Japanese Craft Book: Rose Window

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Rose Window As I was browsing the Japanese craft book section, I noticed a new trend. Or at least, it’s a new trend to me. There were quite a few craft books for faux stained glass.  The fuax stained glass in all the books was made from cut tissue paper.  But what really grabbed my […]

Printable: Rocket Pop Origami Paper

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Every Monday I post an origami paper printable. This week’s printable is adorned with mini rocket pops.  Just in time for summer.  Get the download below, print it out, cut it out and fold it into anything you want. Click here for the free printable.

Giveaway: Paper Chains and Matryoshka Doll Sticky Notes

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Have you been to Daiso lately?  They have so many cute things.  These paper chains and sticky notes were a couple of the items that caught my eye while shopping.  As a result, I decided to purchase them for an impromptu giveaway. To enter, please share in the comments your favorite stationary or craft store. […]

Printable: Necktie Origami Paper

2 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

I’m going to be introducing a new series on Zakka Life.  Every Monday I will be sharing a free origami paper printable.  This week’s printable is called “Tie Guy” and was designed for Father’s Day.  I’m really excited about this new series and I hope some of you are too! Click Here for the Tie […]

Photos + Washi Tape = Cute Gift Wrap

2 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Need an excuse to use your washi tape stash or buy more for it?  Try out this washi tape framed photo technique that can be used on gift wrap or any flat surface. Lets get wrapping! Supplies: Printed Photo with a white border that is half the width of your tape (refer to picture) Washi […]

Craft Book Review: Just add Watercolor

2 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Just add Watecolor by Helen Birch I’ve always wondered how artists achieve certain looks with watercolor.  I’ve only used the medium in its traditional form.  I’ve never ventured out with trying different techniques and styles.  Therefore, I was very interested in reading Helen Birch’s book, Just add Watercolor.  The book is filled with 96 illustrations […]

DIY Origami Box with a Printable

2 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Today’s craft project is actually two tutorials rolled into one.  First, I’m going to show you how to print on origami paper.  I even made a few templates for you to use.  Second, I’ll be sharing directions on how to fold a basic origami box.  Lets get started. How to Print on Origami Paper Supplies […]

DIY Miniature Colored Pencils

3 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Last Wednesday I mentioned I would be re-posting my miniature colored pencil tutorial.  It was originally posted in 2011. I can’t believe it has been that long?!  Since it has been a while, I made a new batch of mini colored pencils and took some new photos. This is a great craft for kids and […]

Craft Book: Eline’s Dollhouse

3 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Once in a while I’ll come across a truly inspiring craft book. Such is the case with Eline Pellinkhof’s book “Eline’s Dollhouse: with more than 90 mini-home decorations you can make yourself”. This book is written in Dutch. There are no pictures or illustrations for making the projects. However, for me it’s more for inspiration […]

On My Radar: Jewelry Designer, Yoko Minemura

3 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Necklace by Yoko Minemura Yoko Minemura is the jewelry and accessory designer behind the shop Homako.  Yoko began designing accessories for friends which eventually evolved into Homako in 2008.  Yoko likes to work with soft fabrics and felts. Sometimes she incorporates embroidery into her designs.  The necklace (pictured above) caught my eye because it was […]

Printable: Button Organizer

3 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

I like to think of myself as an organized person. I keep all my extra buttons that come with newly purchased clothing in my dresser.  Sounds reasonable, right?  But somehow my plan failed me.  The one time I needed to use the emergency button, it was nowhere to be found.  In my struggle, I decided […]

Weekend Roundup

3 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

San Francisco Flower Mart How is everyone this Monday? I feel like I need another weekend just to recover from the last. Can anyone relate? Here’s what tired me out in a good way: The San Francisco Flower Mart – This is a wholesale flower market and is open to the public Monday – Saturday.  […]

Go Green with a Furoshiki

3 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Happy Earth Day everyone! In honor of this holiday, I’m sharing one way I incorporate green living into my life. It all starts with a furoshiki.  A furoshiki is a Japanese wrapping cloth used to carry items or wrap gifts.They’re great for cutting down on using disposable bags and can be re-used over and over […]

Fun With Washi EBook Sale

3 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Do you like sales?  Me too.  Fun With Washi along with 8 other EBooks will be on sale for $2.99 or under.  You can see the rest of the books for sale at Chronicle Books.  This deal ends 4/30. Links to Fun With Washi EBook for only $1.99 : Kindle Nook AppleiBookstore Google play Kobo […]

Giveaway: Catching Fireflies Gift Certificate

4 months agoHobbies / Crafts : Zakka Life

Happy Friday everyone.  Today I have a fun giveaway for you.  One lucky reader will win a $43.00 gift certificate to spend at Catching Fireflies!   They have all kinds of unique gifts for all ages.  Pictured above are a few items that caught my eye.  I’m especially intrigued by the DIY eraser kit.  Catching Fireflies […]

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