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Happy Jar!

Happy Jar with origami lucky stars

Happy Jar with origami lucky stars :)

Many many moons ago a Japanese girl I used to know taught me how to fold origami paper lucky stars, and I absolutely fell in love with them :)

A while back I came across a fun idea: someone had posted a picture of their ‘happy jar’, a glass jar where they would keep their happy moments, memories and affirmations in the form of notes scribbled on random scraps of paper. I loved that!

So, I decided to get myself a happy jar too, combining the two ideas :) Inside each folded star I’ve written down something that brightened my day, something that makes me feel happy. I only started this one a few days ago (at the summer solstice!), so there is still room for many many more stars of happiness..! :)

New Year Origami StarsI made a slightly similar project a couple of years ago, when I spent a new year’s eve making garlands of another kind of origami stars, bigger ones. I still have those garlands, they’re hanging on my bookshelf :) There are 12 stars on each string, and each star holds a heartfelt wish (a written word) for the year ahead. I made one garland each for my parents as well, it’s one of my most favourite new year’s magic projects ever :)

I really like this origami model. For the new year ones I cut out squares from old Cap & Design magazines, but I’ve made some stars out of pages from old books too, and some as a meditation practice from paper printed with excerpts from my favourite sacred sanskrit texts. The possibilities are endless!

If you’re feeling inspired to make some for yourself you’ll find the instructions here at Dolce Bellezza’s blog, or you could download them here: part 1, part 2, part 3.

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Dragons of Midsummer Magic

Origami Dragons

Origami dragons

Today is summer solstice, and it feels like an auspicious day to start my new project!

I’m sure you’ve heard of senbazuru, the Japanese tradition of folding one thousand origami paper cranes. Legend has it that if you fold them all within a year, your most heartfelt wish will come true. Some believe that one will also be blessed with eternal good luck. My life situation is sadly still immensely challenging on many levels and I could really use a miracle or a few right now, so why not give it a go :)

…but not without a wee twist! If one is going to spend a whole year on something, it had better be something that one really loves, and since the only crane I adore is Noel Crane… ;) ehrmm… anyway, I’ve decided to make origami dragons instead of cranes.

ॐ गम गणपतये नमः