The unusually warm weather over the past few weeks means that in Southern England flowers are blooming and insects buzzing around as if it was mid March, not mid January.
I have been having a bit of a break from beading and knitting to play with paper. Just before Christmas OH gave me a pile of old maps and the instructions for making paper ornaments, printed off from a link on the Purple Podded Peas blog. Instead of making the ornaments I surprised him by using the maps to cover a handmade notebook as a Christmas present (see my previous post).. A week ago we went to Hobbycraft and I bought a small glue gun and a 2 inch paper punch in their sale.
The ornaments call for between 45 and 75 circles of paper. There was no way on earth that I was going to be able to cut that number of circles out accurately with scissors! So last Sunday afternoon I sat down with an old copy of 'Mollie Makes', the paper punch and the glue gun.
They are fun to make and I think that they look really attractive. I aim to make a few more and display them in a bowl on the coffee table in our living room.
The instructions can be found here. Whilst browsing through old posts on the 'Rhymes with Magic' blog I came across a kusudama flower ball. It was made from old maps. My mind at once went back to the maps that OH had given me before Christmas.
When I was growing up we did not have the internet and very limited television. Making things was my main source of entertainment. I remember watching a programme on TV in the 1970s, presented by Roger Harbin on origami. I was hooked. I bought several of his books and spent many happy hours creating boats, birds and boxes out of squares of paper. Seeing that kusudama ball brought it all back to me. I took one of the maps, cut it up into 3 inch squares, heated up the glue gun and started to create a flower ball.
Here is the result. As you can seeI couldn't resist adding beads (6mm pearls) to my finished creation. I think that it rounds it off nicely.
Finally I have been making some more notebooks. I think that I have got the basics under my belt, so now is the time to start experiment with different types of binding. I will let you know how I get on.
Now I feel the need to get back to my beading. I am working on an elaborate collar. More about that in future posts.