Friday, January 20, 2012

Heart shaped box

Hey everyone!

First of all I'd like to wish you all a Very Happy New Year! :) I know, it's been a while.... I was kinda busy.. So I got a big bunch of new origami paper for Christmas from my sister (she lives in Osaka, Japan... ).
I couldn't wait to get started with the new birds! I missed the folding a lot! ^^
So Valentine's Day is coming up and I was wondering... how can I stir it up a little bit?
I figured if I could make another cute box, that would be nice! Well here's the result for you guys:

They are available at Mieke's shop:
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Birds of our dreams

Hey everyone!

Here's something about origami:
The Japanese word, “origami” is a combination of two words in Japanese: “ori” which means “to fold” and “kami” which means “paper”. It is believed that Japanese origami began in the 6th century and because of the high costs of paper, origami was only used for religious ceremonial purposes.
In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years. As a result, in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture, the crane represents good fortune and longevity. The Japanese refer to the crane as the “bird of happiness”. The wings of the crane were believed to carry souls up to paradise.

Traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, ones wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.

Here's a nice story about it:
The origami crane (折鶴 orizuru in Japanese) has become a symbol of peace because of this legend, and because of a young Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki. Sadako was exposed to the radiation of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as an infant, and it took its inevitable toll on her health. She was then a hibakusha – an atom bomb survivor. By the time she was twelve in 1955, she was dying of leukemia. Hearing the legend, she decided to fold one thousand origami cranes so that she could live. However, when she saw that the other children in her ward were dying, she realized that she would not survive and wished instead for world peace and an end to suffering. A popular version of the tale is that Sadako folded 644 cranes before she died; her classmates then continued folding cranes in honor of their friend. She was buried with a wreath of 1,000 cranes to honor her dream. While her effort could not extend her life, it moved her friends to make a granite statue of Sadako in the Hiroshima Peace Park: a young girl standing with her hands outstretched, a paper crane flying from her fingertips. Every year the statue is adorned with thousands of wreaths of a thousand origami cranes.

Well, I folded about 500 cranes so far, so I guess I'm half way to get to live my dream already! :)


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Special Edition II.

Hey guys!

I made some more of the bird boxes! I find them really cool! It's a perfect gift for a woman! :)
So it's almost December.. time to get the Christmas presents! You can but them at Mieke, Funni and Beautiful Losers too!