Tonight's plans all went awry... the momster and I had planned to sit outside and kick each other's asses at some board or card game, but an unexpected storm came along. We went out for ice cream and, on the way home, stopped at the local Korean store.
The last time I was in there they had a lot of character goods, but the kind that never achieve much brand recognition in the US, not even anything as well known as "Orange Story" or "Morning Glory," just a handful of Pucca items. That was maybe six months ago, and since then, they've brought in some Hello Kitty and MashiMaro, and a handful of other, more obscure lines. Lots of cute things.
They've also started carrying some of the trendier kinds of origami paper. You can get kits for cranes
, crane eggs
, modular swans
(made with rose scented paper), flowers (the classic "iris" model
), and lucky stars
. For most of the types of items - excluding the modular swan, which requires specific papers - they had a variety of papers, some with "noctilucent" (glow in the dark) prints, others opalescent, others holographic, others fluorescent, others relatively plain. For lucky stars, which require long, thin strips of paper, they also sell various styles with things like "friends forever" printed on them in silver. (Actually, in general, the selection at Opane is pretty similar to the selection at my local store.)
So what did I wind up doing with the rest of the evening? I made a bunch of holographic
lucky stars in various colors; this was easy to learn. Not as easy was the iris made from white paper with noctilucent stars in pink, yellow, or blue. The instructions that came with the box confused me, and the better instructions I hunted down online also didn't make sense until the second or third try. Finally, I used each to puzzle out the other and managed to make two irises.
We want to use origami cranes at the wedding mostly because they'll make pretty, cheap, and colorful decorations, so this was good practice. Maybe we'll add some lucky stars to the mix. I used up all my paper strips... there must have been around 40-50 of them... and while they're fast and easy to make, I'm not sure I can imagine actually wanting to make enough of them to make an impression. But I have more than a year to fool around with it, so who knows?