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Going to San Juan in October!

It’s been about 4 years since I’ve taken a real vacation, but that will change this year. The family and I have booked a trip to Puerto Rico due in October. In my excitement, I checked the weather to find a hurricane over the island. Fun. Nevertheless, I am still optimistic and I hope, nay, expect that mother nature will behave during my vacation. Yes, I am aware that October is in the middle of the hurricane season. Optimism, I said! There will be beaches, booze, casinos, forts, museums, food, and all sorts of awesome to explore, but I am most excited about being able […]

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Any Square Piece of Paper…

I know it’s been a while since the last post. I’ve just been too lazy to take pictures and post it up. I am still folding paper and cutting them to make my own square paper to fold. When you’re in this situation, you’ll be more likely to notice square pieces of paper appearing naturally “in the wild” and you’ll have this weird desire to fold it into something. Here’s what happened after I ate a box of chocolates and found myself a nice square to fold:  

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It’s Been a Few Months…

I’ve been meaning to detail a bunch of on-goings, but blogging here is near the bottom of my list compared to everything else. Maybe I’ll write about it later, when time permits. But in summary, here’s what happened in business and in my personal life: I no longer have any outsourced people working for me. I was losing money on them and they didn’t fit into the new business model. Did a major redesign of one of my publishing sites and ad revenue increased %500 (for serious) and page views are up 60%. I love not having to plead and […]

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Small Kusudama Flower Ball

Kusudama Flower Ball

The flowers from this Kusudama ball are all over Etsy. It is kind of annoying and it leads me to believe that it is the only thing people on Etsy know how to fold. Sure, there are a few that fold different flowers, but these Kusudama flowers comprise of 80% of the origami listings there. I personally don’t think the flower by itself is all that attractive, though having it in ball form is very cool. (Then again, I think all Kusudama balls are pretty awesome in general) It’s not difficult to make. It’s just kind of tedious to put together. […]

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Origami bowls made from Fabulous Origami Boxes by Tomoko Fuse

Fabulous Origami Boxes – Bowls

I’m working through Fabulous Origami Boxes by order, so first up are the bowls. They are pretty easy to fold, but I had a bit of trouble trying to figure out the diagrams. I folded two versions of each. One being the trial version just to get the hang of things and the second version was the final version with the least amount of creases possible for presentation. Yes, there are lucky stars in the bowls. I figured I ought to fill it with something, right? The bowls are created using two pieces of paper. One was used for the shell and […]

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Cheap Paper for Origami from Staples

“Origami” Paper on the Cheap

Yeah, its been a while. I do have a bunch of pictures and junk that I had since a month ago and have been meaning to post up, so here we go. I started working on the Fabulous Origami Boxes by Tomoko Fuse and I really didn’t want to use my nicer more expensive papers, especially for the trial folds. I wanted nice colorful paper and stopped by Staples to grab a ream of their brights. It was on sale (after rebate), so I spent about $3.5 for the whole thing, including tax. You do get what you pay for so, the […]

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Fabulous Origami Boxes by Tomoko Fuse

So I have a bunch of origami books. The first book I’ll be tackling is Fabulous Origami Boxes by Tomoko Fuse. Its a nice book to flip through with all the purdy, colorful pictures. I’m a little (a lot) jealous. The papers used as demonstration in the book is beautiful and probably really expensive. In my case, I’ll be using a ream of the cheapo paper I bought from staples as I follow along with this book. This should be fun. Pictures and stuff will be forthcoming.

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Dug up all the old origami stuff back from the high school days.

Ye Olde Origami Stash

I’m probably going to sell the stars in jars for the Japan relief effort. I opened up a Storenvy shop in anticipation of it too. I spent a good few hours working on the CSS there so that the shop can match the blog somewhat. And yes, I have 2 bag full of mini cranes. There are about 1k in each bag. I want to hold on to the mini cranes a bit to do something with them. Not sure what yet. Maybe make a colorful mosaic of some sort. We’ll see.

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Please Help Japan

I’ve been away from home for the past few days and have finally been able to settle down. While I was on the road, earthquakes and tsunami hit Japan. Even though I am not Japanese, Japan and its people and culture has helped shaped me into the person that I am today. So in hearing the news and then seeing the images and videos breaks my heart. I was originally planning on selling some of the origami that I’ve been working on to make a bit of money on the side, but now, I will be donating all proceeds to […]

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I Finally Got a Smart Phone

One of the big things that really bothered me as an “internet marketer” was the fact that I didn’t have a smart phone. But there was a reason on why I didn’t get one until now. At the time, the only real (in my terms, so BBs didn’t count) smart phone was the iPhone with AT&T as the sole carrier. It didn’t help that I abhorred AT&T (bad experiences), where I left them with no intention of going back to them, as shiny as the iPhone may have been tempting me to do so. I like my PHONES to actually be able […]

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