Book Papers & Stories & PaperSpirals

I love books! Since I first learned to read in first grade, I have not stopped reading. I was the odd little girl that did not play with dolls but instead read one book after another, devouring them like candies. I remember how I waited my mother to return from work each day so I could rush and tell her that I finished three books that day and needed more for the next. My Sweetheart, she always opened her bag and had yet another treasure for me. Together with my husband (and now my son seems to have catched the bug) we have a huge collection of books. And really there is no place your eye can fall in my house that you won't find a book lying in there somewhere.

It's no big surprise that I am fascinated in turning them into art and I bet you have seen some of the things I do with old book pages. Book pages always carry stories, the written stories and the stories of the people that read them. That gives them an atmosphere, an aura, that I find most intriguing and an authentic vintage look with irresistible charm to my eyes. Not to mention the relief it brings to the ocd part of me which hates letting a book go to waste. Every story deserves respect. And I learned that the hard way, when nobody was willing to listen to mine. Breathing new life into old forgotten book pages is such a rewarding art.

Thus, I have a huge stash of vintage books for my own art adventures. And I am thrilled to introduce you to my new line of products called BOOK PAPERS. I mean, I already cut my own, why not prepare some for you as well and save you from all the tedious work? Currently the line includes square 12x12cm origami sheets, a Kusudama Flower Ball Kit that includes all square papers needed to make one of your own and quilling strips of 6mm and 10mm width. I use old books, especially encyclopedias and dictionaries, carefully chosen for their appropriate weight, feel and dimensions and then hand cut them personally.

I hope you enjoy BOOK PAPERS and I look forward to seeing what you create with them!

But that's not all.

I told you I love books. Which really means I love stories. Fictional, philosophical, personal, the written word has such fascinating power. Destructive Or Constructive. The more we close our ears to our stories, the more they define us. Detachment is not a solution but part of the problem and so to rise above a story, to be non attached and genuinely waterproof, you first need to own it. Hear it, read it, accept it with an open heart and compassion. However hard, painful, distorted even, a story deserves full attention and respect and the expanse to take it all in. Transformation is a fine art, even if a pain in the butt at times.

I love stories, mine and yours. Being a lover of stories, a listener and a quiller, I am happy to introduce a new column in my blog called Stories And PaperSpirals, where I will be honoring a story that moved me into quilling about it. All stories are welcome, so long as they spark something creative in me. Some will be in English, some will be in Greek. All will have something to say. Hope you enjoy this marriage of Stories And PaperSpirals and ride along with us in this journey. First one coming up soon, so stay tuned!

All Love!

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Trick Or Treat? Gimme Both!

Halloween being right around the corner, it is that time of year to have fun with pumpkins and witches and all things scary and sweet. My son hates halloween and my husband... well, let's just say he is too serious to break character. No offence dear! So, with my party poopers I am left to vent off my seasonal sillyness alone. Just me and my trusted paper strips. Since I am a bit conflicted as to which I prefer, tricks or treats, I went for both. And thus, my mismatched halloween earrings came to life :)

If you want to have some fun with them and give rise to a few laughs, you can find the bat and candycorn set at my etsy store.

if you want to have some serious fun and get creative, you can check out my brand new tutorial. It is my first and I super enjoyed putting it together for all of you! You will get full instructions on how to create one pair of your own, including detailed list of supplies, photographs for every step and tips. You can download the tutorial from Etsy or my all new pattern store on Craftsy.

I look forward to seeing pictures of your own "trick or treat" earrings!

Love & Light & PaperSpirals ~ Anama

Who doesn't love a purple swarowski? Or more like 12!

It may snow here in Greece but kusudamas never fail to bloom! 

60 individual pieces of high quality paper were hand cut from printed sheets of the First Epistle to the Corinthians, the famous hymn to love in order for this Kusudama to bloom into life. Each of the squares was treated and aged in order to obtain more of a purple character and varnish was applied for extra protection.

I usually make the stames out of semi precious stones, but this time I thought of trying another option and used those incredible Amethyst Swarowski crystals that I got from Aunties' Beads. Purple, as you well know, is my favorite color and I could not resist those gorgeous crystals! Awesome and sweet as candy! The photos cannot really capture all the different shades of purple that light plays on them.

My "Love Never Fails" Kusudamas with printed script from the First Epistle to the Corinthians are intended as ideal gifts for anniversaries, weddings and between lovers. Perfect especially for paper anniversaries, they are meant to stir emotions of unconditional love and devotion and act as reminders of what love is capable of. 

Special thanks and a big shout out to Aunties' Beads for their flawless customer support and contribution of the absolutely gorgeous swarowski! It can be yours, here. :)
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