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.
NEXT ANXIETY ATTACK CAN START IN 3…. 2….. 1….. GO.