Monday, December 8, 2008

Beyond the Paper Crane

By now, provided you’re one of the millions of folks worldwide who observe the odd tradition of hauling a freshly hewn tree into your home for the holidays, you’ve probably already begun to ruminate on the subject of decorating that tree. If you’re the neighbor who yearly sets out to shame the others with that plum and gold, shimmering ball-festooned edifice sprouting with pheasant feathers in the window where every passerby can see it, you might have overlooked today’s featured item. If, however, you can appreciate a more organic, sensible approach, you might consider origami ornaments this year. You heard right. Origami, a lost art, has returned in time for the holidays, courtesy of Suanne of Paper Affection. Employing the elegant movements of such styles as Magenta Arabesque and Lime Star Petite, while also building with more traditional boxy shapes such as Blue Modular Petite, Suanne demonstrates the many possibilities of this art form as yuletide décor and awakens us all to an old/new design paradigm.

If the ornaments are unique and fresh, however, the earrings that Suanne manages to produce are downright striking. Since origami is essentially papercraft, it’s expected that these earrings would have a delicate, almost weightless bearing to them. Even so, the precision and inspiration of the Aqua Brocade Earrings, Blue and Green Flipped Cubes, Origami Cherry Earrings and so many others in this collection prove that Paper Affection’s catalog is as long on substance as it is short on wasted material. And say this much about origami accessories: You will never lack for a conversation piece with such a lovely conception dangling from your lobes. Finally, to encourage us even more to explore the boundaries of this ancient Asian tradition both in our fashions and by our firesides, Suanne is offering a very special giveaway: The winner will receive a generous $25 Paper Affection Gift Certificate, good toward the purchase of any item in the store. To qualify, visit Paper Affection, then come back here to tell us about your favorite product. Tell us in a second post if you happen to subscribe to Wishing Willow, since our subscribers receive an extra entry in the contest. To post without a Google account, just click “anonymous.” Be sure to also leave your email address. The winner will be chosen randomly. Contest ends 12/16/08.

**We have a winner! Crystal said, "Awwww, How sweet the Winged Heart Necklace is...Love it:)"**

193 comments:

Digital Misfit said...

The Origami Cherry Earrings are so amazing http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17427498

A lovely & lightweight statement piece that would be so much FUN to wear!

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Digital Misfit said...

I am a subscriber!

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Marigold said...

I'm in love with the Origami Cherry Earrings! What an amazing conversation piece!
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Marigold said...

I'm subscribed.
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Karen Faulkner said...

My favorite is the Winged Heart Necklace!
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Karen Faulkner said...

I'm a subscriber now!

Jennifer said...

I would choose the: Origami Ornament - Magenta Arabesque Petite

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Jennifer said...

I am subscribed. :)

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Berry said...

My fave is the Hello Kitty ornament!

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Berry said...

I subscribe.

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Rasa said...

my favorite:
Origami Ornament - Purple and White Arabesque, Medium

Rasa said...

i'm also a subscriber!

cdziuba said...

What beautiful craftsmanship! I like the Holly-Days Earrings - in Gold. cdziuba@aol.com

Shelley said...

Wow...what a truly delightful shop. My favorite are the holly-day earrings

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17412207

Thanks for a great giveaway.

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Shelley said...

I am a subscriber

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Kim said...

Its a tie between the cherry earrings and the violet butterfly necklace.

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veggiesamosa said...

Great shop. My favoriet ornament is the "Red Arabesque". The colrs are great.

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veggiesamosa said...

I'm a subscriber too :)

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Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - I love the Origami Cherry Earrings, which cost $25, and that's what I would buy if I won! As a child I learned advanced origami from many books by well-known authors and so I know that many of these items are not easy to make!

Andreah said...

I like the Violet Butterfly Necklace petite. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Andreah said...

I am a subscriber.
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mverno said...

organami ornament

Annie said...

I just love the "Little Star Orange Earrings", they are gorgeous!

Thanks

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Annie said...

I'm a subscriber!

Thanks

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judybrittle said...

ally love the Hello Kitty Origami Ornament. That is adorable! Thank you!
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judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber.

Mia J. said...

My favorite is the Origami Ornament - Magenta Arabesque Petite. Love the color.

Deborah Stinson-editor said...

I fell in love with the Origami Cherry Earrings at first sight! I love paper art and jewelry. It's so unique and fascinating.

Jenn S. said...

The Violet Butterfly Necklace - Petite is my favorite. So dainty, so pretty.

Jenn S. said...

I am a subscriber.

janehixon said...

everything is wonderful...I would choose the Origami Ornament - Silver Arabesque Large...and would add the tassel.......

Vicky H. said...

I am truly amazed at how talented this woman is! I'm awestruck over her origami jewelry.
The Little Star Blue earrings are my fave.

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Anonymous said...

My favorite right now is the Violet Butterfly Necklace, its so sophistacated, and in my favorite color!

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cathyhall said...

I love the Winged Heart Necklace, and all the ornaments, they are so detailed and intricate, thanks.

cathyhall said...

I am a subscriber

Stephanie said...

Origami Ornament - Silver Arabesque Large is very cool!
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crystal said...

Awwww,How sweet the Winged Heart Necklace is...Love it:)

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crystal said...

I am a subscriber:)

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holly said...

I like the Jewelled Ringed Earrings best
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Jess said...

I love the Star Origami Ornament - it's adorable!

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Sandy said...

winged heart necklace mrs.mommyyatgmaildotcom

Sandy said...

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kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

The red, orange and yellow origami ornament set are so happy!

kellyache[at] hotmail.com said...

I am a subscriber :)

Stacie said...

I love the Jewelled Ringed Earrings.

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Ashley said...

Origami Ornament - Green Modular Petite is wonderful!
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Ashley said...

I subscribe, ashlomb at yahoo dot com

zoe hunter said...

Great contest, thanks so much! Love the:
Aqua Blue Butterflies Earrings :) they are gorgeous..

zoe hunter said...

I am a subscriber.

Jingle said...

I really love the violet butterfly necklace! It is so pretty!
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Jingle said...

I am a subscriber!

David Johnson said...

I think my favourite is the Violet Butterfly Necklace but everything is so creative, thanks titanicluck at gmail dot com

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com - Almost forgot to put in my proud subscriber extra entry! Remembered far later!

Sharon Harmon said...

The Petite Violet Butterfly Necklace is so beautiful!!!
Its delicate detail and gorgeous
design would accentuate any
neckline!! Thank you for the contest!
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bonobo said...

I love the Modular Origami Earrings in Pink, Orange, Black, and White. Thanks for a great giveaway!
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toughturtles said...

Violet Butterfly Necklace - Medium

Carolyn said...

I have never seen this type of stuff before, very original and beautiful. I love the winged heart necklace and the origami winged heart earrings.

thanks for sharing

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Carolyn said...

I am a subscriber.

thanks again

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mogrill said...

The Little Star Orange Earrings are so pretty!

UnrealBaby said...

I love the violet butterfly necklace. What a talented person! love it all!

Anonymous said...

Winged Heart necklace is Awesome!

kristin said...

Love the Origame cherry earrings.

EllyBean said...

I love the Shakespeare Hair Flower Bobby Pin and the Violet Butterfly Necklace!

EllyBean said...

I'm a subscriber!

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Jayme said...

what a talent! i like the Origami Ornament - Green Arabesque Petite.

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Chris said...

I think the Origami Ornament - Orange Star Petite, is very pretty and I love orange. I love origami!

Erin, maker of chimes said...

Such a neat shop! I like the pink ornament
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17831232

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Alice H said...

The shakespeare hair flower bobby pin is amazing - thanks for the chance! alicedemske at hotmail.com

GothBarbie said...

These are amazing and lovely!
What a craft.
I adore the pink ornaments and especially the Pink Arabesque Petite!

Thanks for the Fun contest!

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kdkdkd said...

Origami Ornament - Silver Arabesque Large is very cool

SK and Family said...

Oh, the sound of snowflakes earrings!! Too sweet!

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:)Kat

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Aleda said...

Those holly earrings are just delightful.

Aleda said...

I've also just subscribed via Google Reader - I'm looking forward to seeing what else you post!

mhgatti said...

I love the Pink Arabesque Petite Origami Ornament.

Thanks!

Dee

mhgatti (at) yahoo (dot) com

Just Another Hofeling said...

Love the shakespeare hair flower bobby pin.

Just Another Hofeling said...

I'm a subscriber!!

Emily said...

The Origami Cherry Earrings are awesome!

equivoque said...

Your blog is really, really lovely!
Etsy Greetings from equivoque

Elsie said...

The Purple Butterfly Necklace is enchanting...I do origami and I enjoy it, my paper folding is much larger.... the items here are angel-work! Very pretty and the colors used are radiant!

Thanks for the inspiring giveaway!

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Hyla Waldron said...

Oh my, what a beautiful shop!
I am loving the butterfly earrings!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=15277168

~Hyla

Hyla Waldron said...

Im subscribed RSS!

~Hyla

Renae said...

I just found you today ... and just subscribed today! :)

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herblady said...

I love the Violet Butterfly Necklace. Thank you for the chance to win!

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herblady said...

I just subscribed to your feed.

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pipasmom said...

I love the Yellow Arabesque Petite Origami ornament and also the Magenta one the best - very beautiful!
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pipasmom said...

I'm also a subscriber
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elaine said...

I love the Green Arabesque Origami Ornament-so lovely and unique!

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LJ said...

Wow, Amazing! I like the Blue and Green Flipped Cubes Earrings. Beautiful ornaments too...

Paddywack Designs said...

I was an english major so I have a thing for the Shakespeare hair pin, too cute.

Rebecca R. said...

I like the Origami Ornament - Green Arabesque Petite--all of her things are great, though!
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Teresa said...

The Origami Cherry Earrings are beautiful. Those ornaments are awesome!

Angelblue.etsy.com said...

My favorite is the Wishing for Paris. I wonder if you are ( or have done so) a Wishing for Rome?

socmama said...

Lovely! I like the Bronze and Gold Butterfly Necklace. Thanks!

socmama said...

I'm a subscriber. Thanks again!

sarah said...

i love the blue and green flip cubes. they look great!

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Jen said...

These items are all cute. My favorite from the Etsy store is the Winged Heart Necklace in Aqua.

Jen said...

I am a subscriber footejennifer(at)hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

what a neat concept

Shari & Andrew said...

The arabesque ornaments are beautiful!

Shari & Andrew said...

I'm also a subscriber! sharilht (at) gmail (dot) com

Leah said...

The Violet Butterfly Necklace - Medium is just gorgeous! So aesthetically beautiful! : )))

Thanks so much for this give~away! : )))

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Leah said...

I love subscribing!

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momof3teens said...

Love the little star blue earrings for daughter

Sarah said...

Love the Red Arabesque ornaments.

Sarah said...

I'm a subscriber.

Laura Lee said...

I love the silver orgami ornament.

gahome2mom said...

The Magenta Arabesque looks like fabric, it's beautiful.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17825416

trisha too said...

I like the cherry earrings!

Kari said...

Origami Ornament - Magenta Arabesque Petite

Kari said...

Im also a subscriber!!

Charlotte said...

I love the Arabesque Petite ornaments, in every color! I think maybe the Magenta might be my favorite.

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Melanie said...

I like the green arabesque ornament

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Melanie said...

subscribed
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janetfaye said...

I like The Sound of Snowflakes Earrings.

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janetfaye said...

I am subscribed.

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Craftymoose Crafts said...

The aqua winged heart has to be my favorite!

Tanya Wilson said...

I love the Bronze and Gold Butterfly Necklace - Medium

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RE said...

The oragami cherry earrings would be great! Thanks for the contest!

RE said...

I'm a subscriber! Thanks!

RE said...

I'm a subscriber! Thanks!

rosannepm said...

I like the Origami Ornament Set - Red Orange Yellow
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rosannepm said...

I'm a subscriber via e-mail
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bison61 said...

I like the Origami Cherry Earrings

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Betsy said...

wishing for paris. cool.

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Hello Kitty Origami Ornament.
-Terra
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mom2anutball said...

I like the Origami Winged Heart Earrings!

mom2anutball said...

I subscribed!

Jenn S. said...

The Bronze and Gold Butterfly Necklace is really nice.

grannyvon said...

The Sounds of Snowflakes and Jewelled Ringed Earrings would be my winning pick. Amazing site. ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

I am a subscriber, Merry Christmas. ybutler@oppcatv.com

janehixon said...

I love the Silver Arabesque Ornament.....beautiful!

The Jackson Family said...

I absolutely love the ornaments!!! in every color please.
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The Jackson Family said...

I'm a subscriber!
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wwe11 said...

I like the Pink Arabesque Petite Origami Ornament. Thanks for the chance to win.
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Mary G. (kow) said...

I love the aqua Blue Butterflies Earrings.

Aisling said...

I love the necklaces - can't decide if the Violet Butterfly or the Winged Heart is my favorite. What lovely and unique items!

Aisling said...

I'm a subscriber.

chromiumman said...

love the Holly-Days Earrings - in Gold

Salleefur said...

I love the "Origamido Orange Butterflies" (earrings) and the "Violet Butterfly Necklace" (in both petite and medium. You have so many exquisite designs and creation. You can reach me at

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Salleefur said...

BTW - I just subscribed!

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Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I love the Origami Brocade Earrings in red! Very pretty!

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Paige said...

I love the Bronze and Gold Butterfly Necklace.

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Sherry R said...

My favorite is the Aqua Blue Butterflies Earrings!

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Luck Happens said...

The Large Silver Arabesque Origami Ornament would look great on my retro tinsel tree! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Luck Happens said...

I am a subscriber of Wishing Willow via Bloglines.

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Origami Ornament - Blue Modular Petite is beautiful, I wish I had this kind of patience, it looks so perfectly done!

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Mommyhood is Thankless said...

I am a subscriber!

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Barbara said...

I loved the oragmi ornaments and the oragami earrings were truly unique


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Aisling said...

My favorite piece is the Violet Butterfly necklace.

Aisling said...

I'm a subscriber.

elenalecue said...

i love the arabesque ornament! beautiful shop

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jennem said...

My favorite is the Violet Butterfly Necklace - Medium
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arvard said...

I like the Origami Ornament - Magenta Arabesque Petite.

purango said...

The Little Star Oramge Earrings are my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

kdkdkd said...

the Origami Ornament - Silver Arabesque Large is very pretty

mogrill said...

The Origami Cherry Earrings are adorable!!

justicecw said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE the mini mod disco earrings! thanks, justicecw@hotmail.com

justicecw said...

subscriber
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klp1965 said...

i love the Jewelled Ringed Earrings

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Anonymous said...

Origami Brocade Earrings - Aqua are awesome! How creative!

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Amira M said...

i like the blue brocade dangle earrings

Xenia said...

I love how sweet the Winged Heart Necklace - Aqua is, definitely my favorite.

Thanks!
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Xenia said...

I'm a subscriber!

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vibrantfun said...

Love the origami ornaments.

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

Jomama on a Llama said...

Like many others, I am beautifully stunned by the origami cherry earrings.

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Jinxy and Me said...

I like the Petite Violet Butterfly Necklace

Jinxy and Me said...

I'm also subscribed to your RSS feed!

mverno said...

christmas is wonderful for little ones

Lee Allport said...

I love the Origami ornament!

Lee :)
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GoGirlGreen said...
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GoGirlGreen said...

I am also a subscriber!

GoGirlGreen said...

I LOVE this ornament:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=17831778

Very delicate and beautiful!

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The Green Yak said...

I love the pendants! The Bronze and Gold Butterfly Necklace is my favorite in the shop :-)


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Deb said...

Holly Days earrings. Thx for the chance.

blueviolet said...

I love the silver arabesque ornament!
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blueviolet said...

subscribed!
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Shannon said...

I like the holly days earrings.

mellissa k said...

How cute-which one do I pick I'll take one of each please :)

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Bev said...

The Violet Butterfly Necklace is beautiful. Thanks for the giveaway.

chazvgo said...

I like the Magenta Arabesque Petite, very cute.

Anonymous said...

I like the cascading Autumn earrings.

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Caryn Bailey said...

I like the Aqua Blue Butterflies Earrings

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donna444444 said...

I like the Origami Cherry Earrings
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donna444444 said...

I am a subscriber.
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skytoucher said...

Origami cherry earrings are incredible -- my choice.

Helen said...

I'm a subscriber and I love the Hello Kitty Origami Ornament.

masonsgranny59 said...

I heart the Winged Heart Necklace!

Heather said...

Dig the Modular Origami Earrings.

lilyk said...

I love the Violet Butterfly Necklace - Medium!

lilyk said...

I subscribed to your blog.