Today’s post is a celebratory one. IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!! It’s also my niece’s birthday. The little lady turns 10 and I turn….. no point revealing my age because a lot of you won’t believe me anyways. Lol! And no I’m not a ‘vampire’ as some people have tried to convince themselves. You know who you are. Anyways HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!! Over here in Nigeria the government has declared today and tomorrow public holidays to celebrate the muslim holiday. HURRAYYY!! Thank you Nigeria for my special birthday gift! 🙂
Here I am again – the prodigal blogger 🙂
Today, I’m going to share with all you lovely people, a post about the mini notebook I made as a belated birthday present for my sister. I had racked my brain to no end, wondering what to give her and had considered a notebook but wasn’t certain she might use it. This is because anyone who knows my sister, will know how much of a techie person she is. Always tinkering on her iPad, laptop, smart phone… so it was a great relief to me when I noticed that she does carry a little notebook in her bag in which she actually writes stuff.
I’m finally back after a long absence, been a very eventful time away for me. Aside from my 9 to 5 morphing into a speed train that’s trying drive everyone crazy, I also suffered a personal loss of a dear friend which destabilised me for while. But I guess it’s the circle of life, we all have our appointed time here on earth, the only thing is for us to use what little time we’ve been given to the best of our ability. Live your life everyday in the manner in which you would like to be remembered.
Some good news though, if you have liked the Thoughts Paper Scissors page on facebook you’d already have seen my post but in case you haven’t heard, my design for the Panasonic Cut Out the Darkness paper lantern project made it into the final top 100 designs selected for mass production. Many thanks to everyone who voted and if you’re interested in taking part they’re taking new entries for a second competition because it was so popular. Here’s the link http://cotd.panasonic.net/ and you can see my design called ‘Abstract’ on the list of winners.
Now to the order of business, today’s post showcases centerpieces I created for a friend’s wedding a while back. The bride requested I create 3D paper centerpieces of landmarks from countries around the world of places she’s been and would like to visit. She wanted them done in silver and/or bronze. I ended up using silver paper and card with copper foil on some of the designs. I created 18 landmarks in total. Continue reading
Hello lovely people of the world!
I hope 2014 has been a great start for everyone. About a week ago I stumbled on a twitter post from a UK Paper Artist I really admire Julene Harrison. She was one of 11 designers picked to design a lantern shade to promote Panasonic’s 100 thousand solar lantern project. As always Julene had created a truly AMAZING design which you can see here.
This video explains what the project is all about.
For some of you who’ve lived in developed nations all your lives, I’m sure the idea of living without electricity is completely alien to you. However in third world countries like mine it’s a way of life. I’m even considered privileged because I live in a city where we get sporadic electricity from the National grid. Even with that electricity can be gone for hours, days and sometimes weeks so most people resort to generating their own electricity. Those who can afford it have a back up generator or inverter to compensate for the failings of the electrical company.
Hello, its been ages since my last post and I’m completely guilt ridden again. However I do have a couple of good excuses to help my case;
1. Making this was quite a challenge as it is the first pop-up card I’ve designed from scratch and ran into a few bumps, road blocks and u-turns along the way
2. This particular card is a surprise for my niece’s birthday. We actually share the same birthday and she’s been excited for months about it and won’t keep quiet about her plans and asking me what my plans were for ‘our’ birthday. She’s also highly intelligent and inquisitive so I’ve had to be very covert in designing her card as she enjoys hanging out in my workspace and is full of questions. It was soooo not easy keeping this a secret from her and her older sister who would have let the cat out of the bag immediately (where are those emoticons when you need them)
So, I more or less failed at my first attempt to get a new paper project completed in time for this post (hence why this is coming a day late! Oops!). But the dream is still very much alive and since every failure is an opportunity to learn I can say at least I’ve learnt a few things about balancing my demanding 9 to 5 (which in reality can sometimes be 9am to 9am) and my personal goals for this blog.
- First maybe to pace myself and not get over ambitious with the projects I choose to tackle.
- Secondly to do a little bit everyday instead of working myself into a panic over what I need to do but haven’t done as my deadline looms. As the self-help guru’s say, break down the project into bite size or manageable tasks
In the meantime due to the absence of a new project to showcase, I’ve decided to post a project I did a while back for a friend & colleague.