January 2016 archive

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark

Looking for a fun, easy Valentine’s project to whip up in the next few weeks?  Here’s a super simple heart origami bookmark to make for your sweetie.  Tuck a few in a valentine for your book-loving significant other.  There are lots of tutorials online for these (and they are a pretty darn easy origami project), but I took some step-by-step photos to help you see how I made these.

Cut a piece of origami or scrapbook paper in half to make a rectangle.  I used a piece of origami paper for the ones here that was about 5 x 5 – so cut in half it was about 5 x 2.5 inches.

Fold it in half lengthwise.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 1

Fold it in half width-wise, then unfold, leaving a crease to mark the center.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 2

Turn the folded paper so the crease is at the bottom.  Fold one side up so that the edge of the paper lines up with the center crease.  Repeat on the other half.  You’ll have a little folded arrow shaped thingy.  (“thingy” – very professional, technical crafting terminology) I used my crochet hook to roll over and really flatten all the folds.  I’m pretty sure there are fancy official origami folding tools for this kind of stuff, but I just used what was handy in my craft room.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 3

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 4

Turn the folded arrow thingy over, so you can see a little triangle pocket on the bottom of the arrow.  Fold the top edges down about a third of the way.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 5

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 6

Last, fold the top corners down to make the heart shape.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 7

When you turn it over, you see a cute little heart.  Slip it over the corner of a book to mark your place.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 8

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - 9

You can make these in more masculine colors if you’re sweetheart is not a lover of pink and purple.

Simple Heart Origami Bookmark - Black Stars

Or you can string them together to make a cute little Valentine’s Day banner.

Simple Heart Origami Banner

ps:  I added some of these origami stock photos to my Arts & Crafts collection on creative market, in case you are interested in licensing these images.

Crochet Blanket in Progress

Purple Ripple Crochet Blanket with Hook

I’ve been cozied up inside, working on this lovely, purple-y striped ripple crochet blanket for my new baby niece who is due to be born any day now.  Well, technically she’s a bit overdue now, I suppose, as her due date was Thursday.  Either way, she’s going to arrive into the world in the next few days, and one of the best ways to spend a cold winter weekend is a crochet marathon snuggled under a blanket.  I’m hoping to get it finished before she gets here (my family laughed hysterically when I told them this goal, as I have a bit of a reputation for unfinished crochet projects).

The pattern is the sharp chevron pattern from this book.  Yarn is Sheep-ish in plum(ish) and white, and wool-ease in blush heather.

Completed blanket pictures (hopefully wrapped around a new, tiny baby!) to come in the next couple of days!

Purple Lavender Crochet Blanket

ps:  I added some of these crochet stock photos to my Arts & Crafts collection on creative market, for those that might be interested in licensing.