I like making things. Certain things.
Writing, obviously, is one thing I’m totally in love with. The best part about writing is the amount of things you can create. Nothing is impossible. I can create worlds, people, adventures, backstories, and even small spotted elephants (if I want).
But I create things besides words.
Like kusudama balls!
What’s a kusudama ball? It’s kind of like origami, except this certain creation uses glue. I use a hot glue gun, because (although it’s messy with strings of glue drying everywhere, like in your hair…) it’s fast and I’m a huge fan of “fast”.
Each ball takes 60 folded squares. 5 folded squares end up in flower shapes (like above). And 12 flowers end up as a ball. Easy, no? I did a tutorial on it, if you want to see if my maths is right.
Armed with cheap old music from the op-shop (thrift store), plenty of hot glue, a bit of string, and hundreds of squares…I create.
I really enjoy it.
E.B. loves it. She talks to it, laughs at it, kicks at it and (because she’s getting so old), she even grabs at it. And I loved making it.
Folding paper cranes (at least they’re traditional origami) and gluing kusudama balls is like my creating “holiday”. It’s not a computer or a book. It’s using strictly my hands (and hair when hot glue goes wild). It’s fun. And people seem to think it’s pretty.
So, writers, do you have anything you like to create that’s strictly not writing? And what about the crafty people? (Goodness! I’ve seen some of your blogs and your creations are amazing!) What are some things you make and create? Anyone tried origami?