Monday, March 31, 2008

In Tooth and Claw

Here's a photo of one of the things I was working on last week. Yup, a new dragon-themed piece. This is actually a button. I intended it to be a claw, although I suppose it could easily be teeth, as well. I've been debating putting a little cz at the tips, so that the claw looks as if it's grasping a jewel. I might try that next, but probably not for a couple weeks or so.

I am finding this 'flu a little hard to shake off completely, which is unusual, as these things tend not to last more than a day or so for me. I'm feeling better enough to take care of the Short One, though, much to his relief and mine. The SO's new favorite word is "more". Although it makes a nice change from "no", I'm finding it a little hard to explain that we don't actually have "more" of everything in the house. At one point this afternoon, our little Commodore was demanding "more boats, more boats!" in what seemed to be a fine naval tradition. After rounding up the usual suspects (he has a few boat bath toys) failed to appease him, I ended up looking up the instructions for origami boats on-line and making him a personalized fleet out of a bunch of his artwork we had lying around (tip number #3 - children's artwork makes great origami paper!).

Does anyone else here do origami? My Dad used to entertain me with origami animals when I was a child, and, as a result, I spent a lot of time practicing my valley and mountain folds in my youth. I can only do pretty simple stuff - the usual crane, a frog, an iris, a crab, etc., etc. - but I do actually still make things from time to time. Apart from decorating Christmas trees and building fleets on a limited budget, though, I haven't been able to find a lot of practical uses for the skill (okay, it's been a useful party trick on occasion, which just goes to show how desperate I can get at cocktail parties, but that's another story). One of these days I'll make origami jewelry from paper-type PMC - I just haven't gotten around to it yet... If anyone has any other good ideas, please do let me know...

I hope everyone had a good Monday. See you tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

Did you see the new Art Jewelry issue? It has directions for PMC oragami tulips. Since my oragami skills only include the crane, I think I'll save my money and not even try the tulip but you should check it out.

Hollister, CA

Monkee Maker said...

Ooh, I do like a good dragon piece!

Sorry to read that you've been feeling so poorly, I hope you shake it soon.

Good luck with the plumbing problem too .... and with using your water "lightly" instead of what? Heavily?


Melissa J. Lee said...

Hi Jenn - yes, I did! It's funny - I never tend to like the projects with PMC origami, but I'm quite digging those tulips.

Thanks, MM! I woke up ravenously hungry, today, so I think it safe to say that the flu has finally passed on. As far as the plumbing is concerned, I'm sorry to say that up until today (read today's post), we were starting to get a touch whiff... Probably more information than you needed...