Working Like A Mad Man!

The Toronto Etsy Street Team Springtime Market is just a little over a week away and I am working like a mad man!  I have my display idea solidified and most of my cases, display fixtures and frames purchased.  It’s a matter of figuring out the dimensions of the space and how I will lay everything out.  The theme of my booth will be Mid-Century Oriental Curiosity Shop.  I envision a traveller returning from Asia with wonderful curiosities to exhibit.  I cant wait!  If you are in the Greater Toronto Area on Saturday June 1st, 2013, come out to 918 Bathrust (just north of Honest Ed’s) and support the wonderful local artisans of Toronto.

918 Bathrust Market Etsy

I am really excited to be working on some higher end products with sterling silver and gemstones for the Etsy Show.  I am also working on a new line of origami pendants and sterling silver chains.  It feels good to be able to offer my customers a range of products that meets their needs and desires.  Here are the first two chains and pendants that I made and sold in the FoldIT Creations Etsy Shop last week:

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Something that also excited me quite a bit this week is the recognition and support I have been getting from fellow Etzians.  I am continually surprised and thankful by the feedback I get from other Etsy sellers and enthusiasts about my creations.  Everyone has days where they doubt what they are doing and its moments like these that validate and reinforce the pride with which you work and create.  Handmade enthusiast blogger Ellie of My Little Chickadee’s Blog kindly featured my tiny coral crane earrings on her Pick of the Day section this week.  Pay her blog a visit and follow her across all social media platforms, she has a lot of great things going on.

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Mark Your Calendars!! Toronto Etsy Street Team Spring Market!

I am excited to announce that FoldIT Creations has been selected as one of the vendors for the 4th Annual Toronto Etsy Street Team Springtime Marketplace.  The market will be held at 918 Bathurst Street (a few blocks north of Bathurst subway station) on Saturday, June 1st from 11:00am – 5:30pm.  Join their facebook event page and come out to support your hardworking Toronto Etzians and make sure you stop by the FoldIT Creations table to say “hello!”

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FoldIT Creations will have a whole new selection of sterling silver origami crane post earrings to sell.  Here are a few previews:

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New Sterling Silver Origami Crane Post Earrings!

Oh my gosh!  What a week!  It’s Saturday night and I’m folding more tiny origami crane post earrings for Mother’s Day orders to be filled and shipped by Monday morning.  They are going to new homes as near as the GTA (Greater Toronto Area where I live) and as far as New Zealand.

My Etsy shop this week was abuzz with a flurry of new followers, likes and orders.  A treasury featuring my coral-colored crane post earrings made the front page of handpicked section on Etsy.  So, for a short 30 minutes or so, anyone who visited the Etsy homepage anywhere in the world saw my earrings pop up.  My iPhone Etsy app was going off like it was no ones business and when it rains it pours!

I’m so thankful to Jihye Rim of Suwon, South Korea who created the treasury that featured my earrings; the ripples of which are still being felt days later with more shop likes, followers and treasury features.  A million Thank Yous Jihye!

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Etst treasury coral crane earrings

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Floral Blue Origami Crane Post Earring

Smaller than a penny

Smaller than a penny

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Blue and Green Origami Crane Post Earrings

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Sterling silver posts

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Dime-sized cuteness!

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Black, Grey and Origami Crane Post Earrings

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Black and Red

Black and Red Rose Floral Chiyogami Paper

Black and Red Rose Floral Chiyogami Paper

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These are definitely my best sellers on Etsy

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More coral for Spring 2013

Coral and Mint Floral Chiyogami Paper

Coral and Mint Floral Chiyogami Paper

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Red Floral Crane Post Earrings

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Red Floral Chiyocami Print Paper

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Pink and Gold Sakura Crane

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Pink and Gold Sakura Chiyo

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Green Floral Crane Post Earrings

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Mint & Coral Combo Crane Earring

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Mint Crane Post Earrings

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Mint Floral Chiyogami Print

New Leaf and Butterfly Earrings Up In My Etsy Shop

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Black and White Nature Crane Motif Leaf Earrings

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Origami Leaf

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Medium Size

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Blue Crane Migration Motif Origami Leaf Earrings

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Blue Crane Leaf Earring

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Medium size

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Victorian-Style Origami Leaf Earrings

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Large Size

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Detail

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Springtime Forrest Green Origami Leaf Earring

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Green Sakura

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Medium Size

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Pink Pearl Butterfy

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LaFosse Butterfly Design

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Hand folded using a needle and bone folder

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Lime Green & Pink Plum Blossom Earring

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Spring Blossom

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Medium Size

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Blue Umbrella Motif Origami Leaf Earrings

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Rainy Day Earrings

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Funky Large Size

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Yellow and Blue Spring Blossom LaFosse Butterfly Post Earrings

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Post Butterfly Origami

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Origami Rose and Lotus Hair Pins Just in Time for Spring!

 

Hello All!  I have been working for a few weeks now on some origami hairpin designs and I have a few up in my Etsy shop.  I thought it was time to update my blog with some pics of my lotus and rose origami hair pics.  I hope you like them!  Happy Spring!

Green Pearl Origami Lotus Hairpin

Green Pearl Origami Lotus Hairpin

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Side view

Abena rocking her new lotus hairpin

Abena rocking her new lotus hairpin

Shema wearing the large lotus hairpin

Shema wearing the large lotus hairpin

Red and Purple Pearl Lotus

Red and Purple Pearl Lotus

Red Lotus with White Pearl

Red Lotus with White Pearl

Red and Blue Lotus

Red and Blue Lotus

Collection

Collection

Lime Green Plum Blossom Origami Rose Hair Pin

Lime Green Plum Blossom Origami Rose Hair Pin

Black and White Crane with Trees Print

Black and White Crane with Trees Print

Large Pink Rose

Large Pink Rose

Black and Gold Sakura Print Origami Rose Hair Pin

Black and Gold Sakura Print Origami Rose Hair Pin

Side View

Side View

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Red Red Rose

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Chiyogami Black and White Nature Crane Rose Hairpin

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Side View

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Sizing

 

Common Spring!

The snow has finally melted here in Toronto!  The temperature in the last few weeks has been quite capricious, hovering in the positive range then dipping back down into the negatives just as we begin to feel comfortable.  I’ve noticed on my walks to and from work on Queen West that the ground thaw has allowed a few hearty and anxious sprouts to pop up.  This is quite inspiring for me.  Winters are always pretty brutal, and I thrive in the summer.  So seeing the flowers beginning their growing season is kind of like a promise that things are only going to get better.

I started playing around with some floral themed origami this week.  Blossoms just in time for spring.  There are also some new paper spring blossom post earrings (pictured at the end of this post) up in the Etsy shop.  Enjoy the sunny days and milder weather.  I can’t wait to ride my bike in shorts.  Peace.

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Papers and Crystals

Today was Thursday!  Thursday is when I do my run; so after work today I eagerly headed to The Paper Place to get some new Chiyo.  Every week I pick a new color and buy paper with motifs in different shades of that color.  This week was purple.  I also treated myself to a new bone folder that i’ve been eying.

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This weeks selection of purple chiyogami papers.

Purple Ladybug Chiyogami Purple Sakura Chiyogami

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On my bicycle trip back home from Queen West, I decided to stop into the rock store near Honest Eds.  I often wander in there when I have days off.  I love the ambiance of the rock store.  I could spend hours looking at the crystals and gemstones.  The Rock Store carries a large variety of rare stones from small tumbles to large specimens and geodes.

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Baby it’s cold outside! Thursday chiyogami run at The Paper Place on Queen West

Brrrrr!  Today was absolutely freezing here in Toronto!  I braved the cold, wrapped in layers and my favorite hand-knitted puffin mittens from Newfoundland, I cycled down to Queen West in search of more papers.  It has become an weekly occurrence now, Thursday paper runs.   I get in the terrible of habit of buying new chiyogami paper with some motif that I absolutely love, working with it until I am sick of it, then heading back to The Paper Place the following week for a new fix wether I need paper or not.  I guess you could say I am a bit of a paper junkie.  Chiyogami is my like my artistic crack.  Thank God they have a massive selection to keep me pacified.  ^_^

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Blue, Brown and Earth Tone Motifs

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Blue Chiyogami Papers

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The Japanese Paper Place & Dark Horse Coffee

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I spend a lot of time just staring

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Visit the Paper Place Toronto at:  http://www.thepaperplace.ca/