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Tuesday
May012012

Japantown // Ichi Ban Kan

Ever since washi tape found a way into my heart, my love for all things Japanese has intensely grown. To be honest, I've never paid much attention to any Asain culture's designs/crafts, etc. My love for everything French overtook it. But now, I'm really loving Japanese design and I'm learning lots about it. While I was in San Francisco, Kirsten and I made a quick detour to Japantown to check out a few of the stores. I had never been to them before. Ichi Ban Kan is basically a "dollar store" except everything is $1.50. That's right, everything in these photos are only a $1.50! I was on the search for washi tape, but I found paper tape. It's a little different because it's made out of a stiffer paper then washi paper. It's not transparent and it is more shiny. However there are some amazing patterns! 


I'm also really enjoying playing around with Origami. I love how these little boxes are perfect for holding tape! 

What do you love most about Japanese crafts/design?

Monday
Apr022012

Origami Easter Baskets

Easter is in one week! I can barely believe it. Chris and I will be celebrating throughout this week by reading scripture to prepare our hearts in rememberance of Jesus' death and resurrection. It is truly the heart of what we believe and a special time for our relationship with Jesus. Another thing that Easter represents is Spring coming, and I couldn't be more happy to celebrate. Never in my life has seasons change meant so much as they do this year as I continually adjust to the colder climate. Flowers are beginning to bloom here in Portland and it's a much welcomed change. 

On this blog, I'll also be celebrating by sharing Easter crafts and tutorials every day this week. I hope that you come back each day, get inspired, and make something special for your own Easter celebration. 

Today, I made some easy easter baskets. Have you ever bought a pack of Japanese origami paper? I remember having some as a youngster, but I haven't since. I fell in love with these patterns and the directions included an little basket, perfect! The pattern actually really reminds me of my friend and fellow PMQG member, Monica's fabric Happy Mochi Yum Yum, I couldn't resist! Unfortunately, "reading" and following the directions via pictures and no words (they are all in Japanese) is not my strong suit. After four attempts and failures of making the basket, I gave up and went the internet. I found lots of great videos for cute origami baskets, none of the one I had orginally tried to make, but these are so much fun and promise, very easy! 

Check out Meilris' Easter Origami Tutorial to make the star-like basket. Her video is so cute with fun music and her cute Japanese accent. 

The other tutorial is by Brenda Quintana, it's a video little dry, but I love how this siimple basket turns out.

Fill with Easter candy, my favorite is chocolate mini cadbury eggs, and enjoy! Give to co-workers, family, and friends to brighten their day!