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 hound on clients to pay me for my goddamn work
  • Retail channel: had a bunch of product launches and sales for my smaller items
  • Signed a release form for some of my products to appear as props in a commercial (not sure if it is national or local yet)
  • Started doing newsletter and email blasts again
  • WIP for a second brand/product line that targets a broader audience in the works
  • I got a part-time 6 month contract job for extra income. Found out that they will be offering me a permanent position with benefits. I couldn’t have asked for anything better: Security when sales are slow, only part-time commitment, AND paid time off, health benefits, 401k, etc.
  • Started and gave up on P90X (on the 7th week.. no time to work out), but am still continuing the diet and lost 12 lbs

Not much else going on other than working on the stuff listed above. I work 7 days a week from the moment I wake up to right before bed (smartphone allows me to work in bed). I do take a 2-4 hours off a week to play the Sims 3 though.

Looking back at it, 2010 was definitely a struggle. Since changing focus and priority, things are getting better.

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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)

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Small Kusudama Flower Ball in Progress

It’s not difficult to make. It’s just kind of tedious to put together. The ball has 12 kasudama flowers, where each includes 5 pieces of paper per flower. In total, it required 60 pieces of paper to make this flower ball. I broke the folding and assembly process into two days.

 

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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.

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Yes, there are lucky stars in the bowls. I figured I ought to fill it with something, right?

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The bowls are created using two pieces of paper. One was used for the shell and the other piece was a liner of sorts. There are a few bowls or vessel pieces that includes minor variations of the first one.

The bowls were kind of *blah* when they were combined as is, but using double sided tape to align and affix the paper together made it look better. I’m assuming if my paper were actually square, that I wouldn’t have this problem.

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In some cases, I snazzed up some of the parts to make it look a little nicer. Looks like a tulip, no?

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All in all, the bowls are pretty easy to fold and are pretty useful in holding, um, more origami in.

Actual boxes to come next.

 

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“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 problem with cheapo paper is that the corners are not square. So now, I’m going to have to look into getting a paper cutter. Maybe I’ll do a cost comparison post on them in the future.

In the meantime, I’m just cutting my squares out by hand and its not perfect by any means, but its good enough for my future experimenting.

Warning: you will see a lot of these colors in the coming posts.

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Fabulous Origami Boxes by Tomoko Fuse

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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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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.

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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 the relief effort via Direct Relief International, which has a very good rating for spending most of their money on relief (as opposed to administration and promotion).

In the meantime, I’ve done the little bit that I can to help by donating to the American Red Cross.

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Please help Japan.

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I Finally Got a Smart Phone

droid x 159x300 I Finally Got a Smart PhoneOne 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 to take and make calls properly, and my customer service to not treat me like a douche bag, after all.

So after waiting for other phone companies to get in the act and for the smartphone software development to mature some more, I feel that now is the perfect time to get one and I’m pretty excited for it.

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This is a Real Blog, by a Real Person

Dear Blog,

I’ve cleaned you up and privatized the more controversial or personal parts of you. These parts might still be on some cache somewhere, but I really don’t care that much, since 98% of the population probably wouldn’t know how to find it.

Also, I know you have been stuck on the default Thesis theme for, like, ever! and I will be sprucing you up and personalizing you a bit. Hell, I might even give you a background color!

I’ve also created funkier clone of you on Tumblr and I’m now trying to figure out how to auto post your content to your clone.

All of this is going on because I now feel OK about telling friends and family that I have a personal-ish blog since they are finally entering the internet age and got their own blogs. Hooray! You now have friends!

Sincerely,

Ann

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