Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the Mom's in the world Happy Mother's Day! Now that I know my Mom has opened her box I can show you what I sent her this year!
It is a Kusudama ball made from the tutorial on Folding Trees; it's a two part tutorial part 1 and part 2.
I cut each of the 60 squares by hand from coordinating scrapbook paper, I had the right sized origami paper but I really wanted the color to be the same overall with different patterns on the petals. I'm really pleased with the results and my Mom loves it so it was worth all the work.
I really enjoy folding the flowers and have a few of them around, but I think I need to create a ball for myself to take to work and hang by my desk. I have a very small desk so I don't have a lot of desktop space to put things on so this would be perfect!The past few days in the studio have been spent doing lots and lots of prep work, mostly cutting and measuring things. This photo shows everything cut and prepped for the order of folio's for Dark Roast Photography. I have one 3 DVD Folio in the press right now as I couldn't wait to see what they looked like! I love these folio's, they are simple, elegant, and I think a great way to preserve such a wonderful day. This picture can also be found on Flickr with notes about what is strewn around my desk with some commentary. As I said awhile back I moved to google reader to keep up with all the wonderful blogs out in the world and they have a recommendations area in the home page. I had never really noticed it until today when low and behold I found myself!
It makes me wonder how many people out there have found my blog via a reader recommendation and how many people actually have my blog on an RSS feed. The blogger gadget says that I have 3 followers but I would like to think there are many more of you out there on RSS readers.
Ah the things I think about while I'm working away in my studio. I also discovered today that while I work much better with music on in the studio I don't actually listen to it. I spent 4 hours working today and when I finished I realized I had been listening to the same album for the whole time!


Beth S said...

Hi Kiley. I'm one of the those people who loves to keep up-to-date with you via google reader. I'm sure there are many more of us out there. Love your blog.

Kiley said...

Hi Beth! Thanks for reassuring me that people really do read my blog!

I'm not really sure how I managed all my blos before google reader, but I love it now that I have it!

Merry said...

That is amazing....well done.

Kiley said...

Thank you Merry!

sirithduriel said...

I also read it through Google Reader ;). Keeping up with all those interesting blogs is almost impossible otherwise :)

Billie said...

Hi Kiley

WOW I love your Kusudama ball, did it take a long time to make it? Its very beautiful, no wonder your Mum loved it.

Best wishes


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Kiley said...

Thanks again :)

Billie I worked on it for several evenings/afternoons. I would guess I have a from 3-5 hours into it. However I was also sick last week so it's possible that with a clear head and full strength it would take a lot less time.

erin said...

I am someone else who reads your blog. I like bookbinding too but I haven't had a lot of time to do much with it lately. You create great stuff!