4/13/2017

Origami Cherry Blossoms

This year Easter and hanami (Japanese for the season of blossoming cherry trees) coincide. So my paper-diy-project Easter egg gift for you, is a very pretty origami cherry blossom. These are quite large, and would look great as table decorations.

There are countless ways of folding a sakura with five petals, but I did a little research, and I think this one is both pretty, easy to make - and it has all the right characteristics of the cherry blossom, like the star shape and that lovely little dent each petal has. Find the tutorial and my special paper, after the images.


These are modular origami, you need to fold each petal individually, and then assemble them. Once you get the hang of it, you may experiment with the dent (the extra fold in the petal, that gives it shape), you can fold that in many ways - and you could also make flowers with much more than five petals, using the same principle.

You'll need glue for these, otherwise they are all over the place!

I made two slightly different designs, and two sizes : about 12 cm. and 8 cm. - or you could scale the design and make miniature versions of them, they are not complicated to fold. Download and print the special paper, that has two flowers of each size and design, right here: Get the PDF


Happy folding, happy Easter, happy Hanami or perhaps just spring!

4/11/2017

Tallinn

Last week I went to Tallinn, Estonia, for the first time - actually it was my very first visit to anywhere in the Baltic countries, even though they are close to Denmark, and tickets are often cheap. I went with a group of girlfriends, simply to relax and stroll and eat nice food, and we were very happy with the visit. We stayed in a modern hotel, right next to the old town center, with its medieval walls, cobblestones, church spires and pastel color houses. It is a beautiful place, and the atmosphere is great, people are nice and there is loads to do, see, eat and drink. This is not a travel tip blog post, but there were a few places that impressed us especially, so let me just give a you couple of warm recommendations.

Simply wonderful restaurant (see interior a couple of photos above): Vanaema Juures (meaning something like 'Granny's Place'). Traditional Estonian food with a contemporary twist, and very charming interior - old lamps, family photos and stuff - but somehow not in a kitschy way, just friendly and cosy. And great hostesses!

Best bar in town, we think (see also photo above): Self Baar - a nice little gin bar, and is a must if you like a G+T. Here they have 50 different gins and several tonics, lemonades, cordials and whatnot to mix them with. And they spice them up with hawthorn, cucumber, peppercorns and other magical ingredients - and they are heavenly. Also, of course, super nice staff. 

Great spot for lunch (see last photo): F-hoone - a big, lively restaurant in an old industrial building, situated in the middle of Telliskivi Creative City (an old industry area near the train station, now workshops, small businesses, bars, pop up shops and general lots-going-on). Best place for some very relaxed studies of the Estonian hipster - and the food was delicious.

I can only say: if you get the chance - go to Tallinn!