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I’ve been making seahorse and crane (origami, of course) earrings lately. Origami has been a little bit of an obsession when it comes to the jewelry making for the past few weeks. I know that is definitely not The Main Thing that I have to offer to handmade goodies, but I guess since I have so much Yuzen and Aizome Chiyogami Paper in my many “craft cupboards”, I figured that I might as well use them.

The cranes are more tedious than the seahorses, though, mostly because they are a lot smaller. It is pretty difficult to make all of those precise, teeny folds with my ginormous fingers or even a creasing tool. But, if I had made the seahorses smaller, I’d probably be saying the same about them.

Now, as for my original ideas that I’m waiting to surprise everyone with, I’m finding it really hard for me to get the right style or look for one line I’m working on. I’m going to call it “Forgotten Fairytale” or “Forgotten Folktale” (leaning more toward the latter), and it’s based off of this unusual dream I had. This dream was more like water color drawings and I could hear someone telling me the story of what was happening during the story. I know that it is a love story with a not so happy ending. I think that this could become an actual storybook, with paintings of different scenes, (and even jewelry) but I just can’t seem to remember all of the story, and I don’t know where to begin. Let’s not even talk about the fact that my painting/drawing skills are very sub-standard. I don’t want anyone else to have to illustrate for me, so this whole idea will be a very long and drawn out process for me.

There is also the issue of it being really long or really short. I feel that if I turn this into a really fleshed out story, it will be excruciatingly long, but I want to be very to the point, like most fables or folktales are. I just haven’t found that balance yet. In the end, I feel that I will be more content with it if I work on the story more, and work on my artistic talent more (and also get way better tools and supplies than the ones that I have now).