Petal & Pins

Tag: origami

What’s In a Name?

reduce re-use recycle
Do you remember my January post about turning my scraps into fabric twine?
My first project with it was to make these.

doily/trivet
And I continued with the re-use-recycle idea and folded origami boxes out of Vogue magazine pages to gift pack them in.

origami box and fabric twine trivet

Trivet or Doily? – What you call it depends on how you use it!

detail

origami box

trivet – doily

handmade from textile offcuts

silk – wool – cotton

origami box

folded from old Vogue magazine pages

recycled paper

Holly Leaves & Xmas Doves

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Back in winter, when the berries were red, I created my garden fairy several holly gowns with Christmas in mind and chose this one for a special festive edition card.

Early in December I took my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe collection to the market. Although my Petal & Pins stall was quite petite I wanted something else to have alongside my card sets and decided to make origami doves that I strung on fine gold thread.

petal and pins xmas cardspetal and pins market stall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

origami dove

The cards and the doves proved so popular that I never got to send any of the holly dress cards myself and needed to make more doves to use for my own festive decorating.

We have had house guests over christmas including ball obsessed Oscar the Groodle so the safest place for my glass baubles was in a vase rather than dangling tantalisingly from the tree.

With the addition of a branch and some of my origami doves it made a striking centrepiece on the dining table on christmas day and now graces the cocktail cabinet ready for New Years Eve festivities.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

Origami, Roses & Gardeners Past

It’s been lovely over our colder months seeing and reading about what’s flowering in the gardens of my northern hemisphere WordPress friends.
I must admit it made me a little impatient for spring to return to my own garden but it’s been worth the wait with just enough cold, rain and sunshine for everything now to be bountiful and blooming beautifully.

I live in an old house, circa 1920, and feel lucky and grateful that someone long ago started the garden and planted such a wonderful variety of plants.

There are many roses including a rambling deep red climbing rose at the side of the house. Thanks to Mother Nature and my ever improving pruning skills it’s currently a profusion of blooms. You can only glimpse them as you approach the front door and take a sideways glance beyond the verandah, so last week I decided to pick a big bunch to enjoy inside.

Roses from my gardenRoses on the Mantlepiecegarden rosesrose detail
I also signed up for Paperphilia’s Seven Days Of Paper Love last week and the ‘Day 1 Challenge’ was make a free-standing origami heart. First I made one out of origami paper and then inspired by my vase of roses I created one using metallic red embossed paper – a thank you token to the gardeners past who planted lots of loveliness that I now get to enjoy.

origami heart

PS – In the first photo you may have noticed the vintage flower cutters – they were my grandmother’s and truth be told they don’t cut so well these days and appear just as a prop. I have fond memories of her taking me into her garden as a child and picking flowers with them.
All photos © Sandra Alcorn 2014

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