Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener

Available in 7 bold colors

Popular Purple
Midnight Black
Cool Blue
Firehouse Red
Groovy Green
Precious Pink
 Hello Yellow

If you're like me and have pencils, pencil crayons and watercolor pencils that require sharpening you tire very quickly of poor performance from inferior pencil sharpeners. I got the Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener, a sturdy, hand crank pencil sharpener that does not require batteries or electrical cords. It's quiet and affordable. It's portable or mountable, clamp included. Replacement blades expand it's life. Purchases of 3 or more are discounted. Gift certificates are available. Makes a unique and practical gift. Get yours below!

Broken leads, uneven sharpening, no points, point breakage and continuous sharpening, all lead to waste and frustration. The Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener stops at the perfect point, every time, preventing over sharpening.

It's easy to use. 

A removable, clear plastic tray collects the pencil shavings for disposal. 

Want function, quality and design? The Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener is available in the USA only at Classroom Friendly Supplies and outside of the USA on ebay. A perfect sharpen ever time!

Check out their charming video!

How to Mount

How to Replace the Blade

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Origami Dove

Origami Dove

This is an easy to make, 3d origami dove. I folded it with an 8 1/4" square, the result a 6 3/4" long dove. It makes a pretty Christmas tree ornament, simply hole punch and add ribbon, an ornament hook, craft wire or string. In between the front and back wings there is a tab where you can hide the hole punch. Diagram instructions are available at Romi's Origami. I discovered a few variations entirely by mistake.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Creative Origami and Beyond Review & GIVEAWAY

Creative Origami and Beyond: Inspiring tips, techniques, and projects for transforming paper into folded works of art – by authors Jenny Chan, Paul Frasco, Coco Sato, and Stacie Tamaki. A 160 page paperback released November 7, 2016 by Walter Foster Publishing, USA. It includes 8 large sheets of rectangular origami paper – attractive, patterned, tear out style paper, with solid, robins egg blue reverses, measuring 8 1/2" x 11 1/2". Following the origami basics, 4 paper artists turned authors share their unique interpretations of this diverse and ancient art. The result, a stunning variety of paper folding projects ranging from easy to difficult. Here's a peek of Coco Sato's section. She mixes origami and paper cutting (kirigami), even introducing electro-origami with innovative lighted pieces like the fairly tiara. She sources the few inexpensive electro-components required, though all projects can be done without them. The results – interesting, three-dimensional, functional and artistic pieces. Scissors, glue and the like needed. Get your copy below! Above: Medallions by Coco Sato, page 60.


How to use this book
Basic tools & materials
Basic origami folds
Basic origami bases

Creative origami with Jenny Chan
Beautiful origami swan
Floral corner bookmark
Fox envelopes
Origami chain bracelet
Mindful origami

Playful, modern origami with Coco Sato
Blossom lights
Introduction to electro-origami
Lighted origami purse
Fairy tiara

Miniature origami with Stacie Tamaki
Miniature box
Miniature lily
Miniature crane

Wet-fold origami with Paul Frasco
Getting started

About the authors

Lighted fairy tiara by Coco Sato, page 90.

Lighted origami purse by Coco Sato, page 78.

Blossom lights by Coco Sato, page 64.

Lampshade by Coco Sato, page 70.

Creative Origami and Beyond, pages 58 and 59.

Creative Origami is available worldwide at Walter Foster Publishing, a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA. Walter Foster is one of the most recognized names in art instruction. Check out their unique catalog at Walter Foster Publications. Quarto has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Creative Origami! One winner will be selected at random. Open until December 11, 2016. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Kawaii Box Review & Giveaway WORLDWIDE

The postman hands you a darling Kawaii Box from Singapore! Kawaii is a Japanese word meaning cute or pretty. 

You open the box and find a lovely card on top.

You pick up the card and turn it over, it's a list of the 11 items inside, everything from Japanese candy to stationery & beauty accessories. You open the crisp tissue paper!

How kawaii! You take out each item. Everything inside is intact. All packages are pristine and if applicable, well within best before dates. You document and share your unboxing for a chance to win a kawaii mega box worth $100! #KawaiiBox. You smile.

September 2016

Pokemon Ramune Candy
Rabi-Dango Plush
I Love You Purse
Happy Day Notebook Set
Pastel Cupcake Pen
Kracie Nyokinyoki Kororon DIY Candy Kit
Invisible Secret Pen Set
Harajuku Hair Loop Set
Diamond Deco Stickers
Dream & Explore Notebook
Sweet Animals Sparkle Stickers
Want to get or give a box of cuteness every month? It's easy. Choose your subscription plan. Pay safely. Under US$20 a month includes free worldwide shipping. Your box is filled with 10-12 Japanese and Korean kawaii products. A different selection arrives monthly. Open, enjoy and repeat!

Kawaii Box subscriptions are available worldwide at Kawaii Box. Kawaii Box has generously offered to giveaway a box. One winner will be selected at random. Open until November 22, 2016. Worldwide. Good luck!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Art of Mindful Origami

The Art of Mindful Origami: Soothe the Mind with 15 Beautiful Origami Projects and Accompanying Mindfulness Exercises by Richard Chambers just released from Exisle Publishing Australia. The author, a clinical psychologist, uses the ancient art of origami to develop mindfulness – being present and focused in our lives. His 120 page paperback contains instructions for 15 origami projects and 30 sheets of tear-out style folding paper. All of the origami projects are paired with exercises that explore mindfulness and it's benefits. Many will appreciate the large diagram instructions, plus text, and the large, easier to fold, 10" x 10" patterned folding paper with white reverses. 15 have nature inspired patterns and 15 have patterns you can colour. The origami projects vary in difficulty, though all designs use square paper. Following each origami project is an exercise in mindfulness. Sample topics include breathing, giving, and transition. The results of which are quite remarkable – awareness, clarity, calm and more. Delight in your paper creations and improve your health and well-being. Get your copy below!


Before you fold
The history of origami
Mindful origami
How to use this book
Basic folding techniques

Gift Box
Drinking Cup
Sail Boat
Samurai Helmet
Puppy Face
Jumping Frog
Pine Tree

Origami Heart

Origami Heart. Folded from a single square of 5" handmade Japanese paper. I gave it to someone special.

The Art of Mindful Origami is available worldwide at Exisle Publishing. Love Aussie books? Check out their catalog at Exisle Publishing.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Origami Jewelry Review & Giveaway

Origami Jewelry: More Than 40 Exquisite Designs to Fold and Wear by Ayako Brodek (Author) – released Oct 30 2007 by Kodansha USA. In this attractive 128 page hardcover the art of paper folding is combined with simple jewelry-making techniques and the results are impressive! Think paper is too delicate? The author strengthens her paper jewelry by coating it with a polyurethane mix. She also relates her experiences of testing other substances for durability, though prefers a satin-finish, water-based polyurethane. Gather some paper craft and jewelry making supplies, all readily available at craft shops and some dollar stores. Practise some origami folds, learn some simple jewelry-making techniques - it's all in the book. Then choose from a directory of designs - projects are arranged by season and rated for difficulty. You will find meticulous text, photo and diagram instructions for wearable accessories, costume jewelry and handcrafted treasures. Get your copy below!


Choosing paper
Basic folds and bases
Building blocks
Finishing jewelry


Rose brooch, barrette, and earrings
Butterfly brooch, hairpin, bracelet, and earrings
Flower bouquet brooch
Rabbit brooch
Chick in egg brooch
Flower choker and earrings
Flower beads and butterfly necklace

Fish brooch and earrings
Sunburst brooch and earrings
Candy colors necklace, bracelet, and earrings
Crab brooch and earrings
Seashell brooch, necklace, and earrings

Leaf brooch and earrings
Chunky bead choker and earrings
Shades of fall necklace and earrings
Pumpkin brooch
Pinecone necklace and earrings

Tree brooch, earrings, and pin
Star brooch and earrings
Festive foil beaded necklace and earrings
Wreath brooch
Angel pin and earrings
Heart earrings

Paper crane brooch, tie tack, and earrings
Kimono brooch and earrings
Paper fan brooch and earrings
Samurai helmet brooch and earrings
Frog brooch and earrings


 Kimono earring, page 115.

 Chunky earrings, page 84.

Seashell brooch, necklace, and earrings, page 78.

Origami Jewelry is available worldwide at Kodansha USA. Check out their unique catalog at Kodansha USA. Kodansha USA has generously offered to giveaway a copy of Origami Jewelry! One winner will be selected at random. Open until October 3, 2016. Canadian and USA addresses only. Good luck!

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Kimono, Vanishing Tradition Review

Kimono, Vanishing Tradition: Japanese Textiles of the 20th Century, 2nd Edition, by Cheryl Imperatore (Author), Paul MacLardy (Author), and Tena Turner (Contributor) released February 2, 2016 by Schiffer Publishing. This is a revised and expanded second edition. The kimono, a traditional Japanese garment, once worn on a daily basis, is today worn mostly on special or formal occasions. Simply, a kimono is a full-length robe with long sleeves, it is secured in place with a decorative belt and includes various accessories, yet the kimono has a great many subtleties. This beautiful, 8 1/2″ x 11″ hardcover publication will help you gain a greater understanding of the kimono and it's influences. It's colorful 256 pages take you through the evolution of the kimono, from it's ancient origins to the modern garment of today. I return again and again to the remarkable photos, over 525 of them. It's easy to see how the kimono has charmed people around the world. While it remains an important part of Japanese ritual, ceremony and celebration, it's beauty, style and aesthetic appeals globally making it an enduring fashion statement. I have one! I looked it up in this book and discovered it's called a Yukata, a lightweight summer kimono. I adore it. I bought it at a second hand store. The US based authors gained their knowledge and expertise from decades of buying, selling and collecting Japanese kimonos and textiles. Looking for sophisticated display, inspiration and/or reference? Get your copy below!


Introduction to the 2nd Edition

1. History
2. Yukata - Cotton Robes
3. Nagajuban - Undergarments
4. Women's Kimono
5. Tomesode - Kimono for Formal Occasions
6. The Obi and Accessories
7. Women's Hoori - Short Silk Jackets
8. Michiyuki - Overcoats
9. Men's Apparel
10. Uchikake and Furisode
11. Children's Kimono
12. Furoshiki & Fukusa - Ceremonial Cloths
13. Religious & Ceremonial Wear
14. Fragments Into Finery - Japanese Textiles Renewed


Kimono, Vanishing Tradition is available worldwide at Schiffer Publishing. Schiffer Publishing is a leading independent publisher of books catering to people's passion's. Check out their catalog at Schiffer Publishing.

-owned, independent publisher of high- quality, nonfiction books since 197

Friday, August 26, 2016

96 Elephants Origami Challenge

We need your help! 96 Elephants is attempting to break the Guinness World Records title for the largest display of origami elephants. The current record is 33,764. They're looking for 35,000 of them - the number of African elephants killed each year for their tusks. For origami instructions, both diagram and video, as well as all details go to 96 Elephants OrigamiMust be received by September 16, 2016. Happy folding! 

For more options like signing their petition or donating, go to 96 Elephants

Monday, August 22, 2016

Japan Candy Box Review & Giveaway

My sweet subscription box arrived safely from Japan Candy Box. They send an email to notify of shipping and provide tracking information.

I've been anticipating it's arrival and am excited to open it! Their box is designed to open with ease. 

How adorable! There's a list of this month's selection and a brief handwritten message in English. Everything inside is intact. All packages are pristine and well within best before dates. 

July 2016

Meiji DIY Oekaki Sherbet Candy 
Lion Ramune Candies 
Kabaya Kakigori Shaved Ice Gummy
 UHA Grape Peeling Gummy
 Marukawa Shaved Ice Gum 
Kabaya Panda Chocolate Cookies 
Sakuma Triangle Milk & Fruit Candy 
Koala March Chocolate & Strawberry Biscuits 
Sanrio Characters Strawberry Marshmallow 
Kasugai Chibi Vege Ramune Candy

I place my sweet treats in a rustic wooden box and make it into a unique centerpiece for my dining table, perfect for sampling! My boyfriend and I dig in. My favorite is the Sherbet Candy and his the Shaved Ice Gummy. We both agree the candy is fresh and bursting with flavor. What a fun treat!

Want to get or give a box of sweetness every month? It's easy. Choose your subscription plan. Pay safely. Under US$20 a month includes free worldwide shipping. Your box is filled with 8-10 quirky Japanese sweets and snacks. A different selection arrives monthly. Open, enjoy and repeat!

Japan Candy Box subscriptions are available worldwide at Japan Candy Box. Japan Candy Box has generously offered to giveaway a box. One winner will be selected at random. Open until September 5, 2016. Worldwide. Good luck!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Duct Tape Bags Review

Duct Tape Bags: 40 Projects for Totes, Clutches, Messenger Bags, and Bowlers by Richela Fabian Morgan Paperback released July 12, 2016 from Clarkson Potter. The best selling duct tape author shows you how to make 40 fabulous handbags using duct tape. Her results are impressive – part art-piece, part usable accessory! Duct tape used to be a wide, sticky, silver tape, made of cloth, used to repair things. Today it is available in every color and pattern imaginable making it a hot crafting material. These original bag projects are based on a straightforward technique of making duct tape fabric, no sewing required. Detailed, step-by-step text and photographic instructions show you how to make the fabric, the closures and the bags. There are also very useful demos on the author's facebook page CraftyRichela. Must have tools include – parchment paper, self-healing cutting mat, scissors, craft knife, metal ruler, graphite pencil, ballpoint pen, grease pencil and flat-nose pliers. Projects are rated easy, moderate and challenging. Want the ultimate urban style tote? Get your copy below!


INTRODUCTION: The Beauty of Duct Tape

THE ESSENTIALS: Basic Tools of the Trade

Keep Your Metal Tools Clean
Patterns and Templates
Tutorial: How to Make a Duct Tape Fabric
Tutorial: Magnetic Snap Closure
Tutorial: Jeans Button Closure
Tutorial: Neodymium Magnet Closure

Summer Fling
DCC Fringe
Sugar Mama
Sundance Kid
The Matrix

Granny Smith
Peacock Bag
Not for the Links

Mary Poppins
Oak Park

Punk Plaid
The Bowler Hat
Movement Underground
Caribbean Dream

Life Is a Beach
Lunch Bag
Shopping Spree
Along the Diagonal
Personalized Tote

Smile for the Birdie
The Peter Sherwin
Pull String Sling
Flower Girl
A Different Type of Go Bag

 Sundance Kid



Lunch bag. 


Duct Tape Bags is available worldwide at Penguin Random House. Clarkson Potter is the only dedicated lifestyle group within Penguin Random House. Founded in 1959, they are home to a community of award-winning and bestselling chefs, cooks, designers, artists, and writers—visionaries who seek to entertain, engage, and teach. Check out their catalog at Clarkson Potter.