I've been on a real kick lately with making origami balloons. They make such beautiful and cheerful lanterns over mini lights. I think I must have a couple hundred of them now. Guess what friends are getting for their birthday this year... Ha, you guessed it, origami lanterns.
I just think they are so romantic when they are plugged in and the add so much whimsy to a window. I learned how to make these balloons from my third grade teacher who was Japanese-American. She was a fantastic lady and taught us all sorts of wonderful creative things. But one of the most special parts of her class was the down time where we could choose to practice origami from a stack origami papers specially cut from old computer/ photocopy paper. It's funny how little things can have such a huge impact on a person. One day I hope to leave a student with such a lasting impression as this teacher left on me.