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/