A little bit of this and, a little bit of that, makes a little bit of me.

Classic…Timeless…Masu


Japanese for a square wooden box.  I made a version with a series of 8 boxes.

Origami box is simple to make and may be used to hold other origami pieces, buttons, measuring tapes

or important stuff like candies, paper flower, rubber bands,

knitting notions such as stitch markers,

loose change

jewelry

blocking pins…

It’s useful, simple, and yet beautiful with fancy origami papers

You don’t have to buy the queen of Origami Tomoko Fuse’s book I used. Complimentary instruction for making similar masu is available here or this one with variety of folding containers.

I ran the workshop everyday last week and still amazed to see how people learn/see things vastly different. Spinning top, comprised of three parts, was the most challenging one for the group to grasp.

Flower coasters are very practical and used often in my home. Fusion ball and kitty were a hit among wee ones .

I made Loni a big version of the samurai hat out of newspaper. She loved and wore it for a couple of days (no picture taken.)

Sharing and learning with others is what makes Chautauqua–our annual family tradition–appealing, enjoyable. What is your favorite family tradition?

Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!

(still doesn’t do texting, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, DiggIt…)

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