I'm going to leave you with one last project from the archives before I take a break for the year. It's paper, go figure...I never work in paper. I'm taking a break to enjoy the holidays I celebrate at the end of the year, and will return in the new one.
Until then...May light and joy fill your world, may you shed the old that is holding you back, may you learn from it as you move into the new. May you ever move forward on your path...and may love always surround you.
I find that people tend to make things far more difficult than they need to be most of the time. Especially when we are trying to create things. Normally, I try to ascribe to the KISS method of things (Keep It Simple Stupid), but sometimes I just cannot do it. Every year I make these stars, and every year they make me crazy. Ok, crazier. I can never, in spite of the fact I made them the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that, remember quite how to do them. I try to make them far more difficult than they really are.
This is a Froebel star. You may have heard them called a German Star, a Moravian Star, or other names. It's attributed to Friedrich Froebel, the same man who proposed the concept of kindergarten. What it really is, is a mathematical principle disguised as a star. (That's how I like my mathematical concepts...disguised.) I think they are beautiful...simple, sweet...just perfect.
They also fit perfectly into this KISS theory. They take only four strips of paper, a bit of weaving and folding, and ta-da..a star. I breeze right through these, until the last step. The *&()$#*( folding (bending?), curving part that makes the point. I don't know why, but I try to make that point far more difficult than it is. Drives me nuts.
Luckily, I found a great video on Origami Nut that makes it easy. They make the perfect last minute package decoration, or do a whole bunch and hand them out to everyone!