Obsessions and Origami

I want you to sing this with me like Yoko Ono:

I-I-I-I-I-I-I am a crazy person.

I-I-I-I-I-I-I am so neur-o-ticccc

I-I-I-I-I-I-I broke up The Beatles

I try not to break up The Beatles, but the rest of that applies to me pretty well.  I am more-often-than-not a friggin’ lunatic.  This is my evidence if it please the court:


Last week (Friday, to be exact), I saw this post on Polymer Clay Daily.  Cute, right?  I clicked on the flickr link to check out those smooth blends and patterns, and I was stunned.  Not by the bugs, which are ridiculously and gloriously awesome, but by the BOXES.  “OH. MY. GLOB.” I exclaimed to no one in particular, maybe not completely unlike LSP except replacing ‘lips’ with ‘boxes.’  This is like going into a Ferrari dealership and becoming enamored with the Turtle Wax.  I don’t know what it is about them that has SO captured my fancy, but… man.  Fancyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.  I have all these peg dolls that I have been working on that suddenly need sweet little boxes!  I immediately dropped everything I was doing and set about figuring out how to make this happen.

I tried several.  I tried this one.  Then this one.  I stuffed a couple of peg dolls and mailed them off in the square prototypes and liked them pretty well, but what I really needed was a rectangle.  I spent an entire evening plotting out and drawing patterns for large rectangle boxes based off of small matchbox templates.  You can see those in this picture:


Those didn’t work.  The only thing that kept me relatively sane was the fact that I was watching Elf on TV at the time.


There are little pieces of paper EVERYWHERE with notes and measurements and nonsense.  In the middle of all of this manic paper-folding, our darling Nanner put out the call for origami cranes.  MORE ORIGAMI.  You can see some cranes hanging out in the background up there if you look close.


I have been folding like a maniac pretty much nonstop since Friday.  It has been a frustrating few days.  I am suddenly surrounded by piles of paper, paper scraps, and orphan boxes.  I did finally make one work.  THIS ONE.  I needed something I could easily customize as far as size goes, so that one seemed to do everything I wanted.  Plus it seems to fold up pretty quick (as long as those side measurements truly are more than an inch – I’m working with 3/4 inch and it sure is fiddly – they ain’t lyin’!).  Today that knot of frustration finally loosened and I was able to step away from the paper folder and start working on these:


Check out those fancypants boxes!  They’re all matchy-matchy with the little skullhead dolls, even.  Not sure if it was worth the four days of papercuts and aggravation, but what the heck.  Now I have an easy way to display and package peg dolls for the bazillion shows I’ve been applying for.


sarah (217 Posts)

Sarah wants to know how everything works. She also has a short attention span and is addicted to coffee. Those two things are probably not mutually exclusive.



  1. shuckclod

    Grab a coffee, QUICK! They are great little boxes. I think after you make a few they will be so easy. Have a great week.

  2. Holy paper folding adorableness! Those look practically edible – and I LOVE that they're all matchy matchy with the skull dude. I would have given up and decided that the other woman sacrificed a baby on the altar of the Box Gods, but your perseverance totally paid off. You have to work that packaging into your pictures. Not kidding.

  3. I think those boxes with peg dolls, or anything you create for that matter, will FLY off the shelves at you shows! Now I have to go find out what a ScorPal is..

    • Thank you Michelle!! <3 I'm hoping for the best, for sure. If you decide you absolutely need one, I hear Ann has one she isn't using… 😉

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