Make a Vintage Atlas Origami Sphere

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I sell lots of these origami spheres in my shop – they are pretty cool and really quite sturdy. They do last a while even if you toss them around the room and play hacky sack with them (though they do look better on the mantel).

You need to start with 12 perfectly square pieces of paper. I use vintage atlas paper, which looks fantastic and is interesting if you’ve travelled a lot like I have. I like to look at the tiny towns and reminisce about the places I’ve been.

Once you’ve folded each piece, the tricky part is assembling it all. See how you go . . .

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1. Start with a perfectly square piece of paper. You will need 12 pieces and they all need to be the same size.

2. Fold one of your square pieces of paper in half.

3. Open up the fold, then fold one side into the crease of your first fold.

4. Repeat the step above on the other side.

 

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5. Open out one side of the paper and fold just the corner in to the line your first fold made.

6. Fold the same corner in again to the fold (so it’s been folded-in twice in the same place).

7. and 8. Repeat this in the corner of the sheet diagonally opposite.

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9. and 10. Fold these folded sides in again to the centre.

11. Fold one end in towards the folded parts till it is lined up with the edge.

12. Repeat the above step at the opposite end. You now have a diamond shape.

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13. Tuck your last folds into the flaps on the inside of your diamond.

14. Fold the tucked diamond in half at the centre crease to form an ‘M’ shape.

15. Fold one side of the ‘M’ back on itself.

16. Repeat the above step on the opposite side. Repeat steps 1 – 16 for all 12 pieces of square paper.

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17. Take three of your folded pieces to begin assembling the sphere.

18. Poke the point of one origami piece into the small pocket (close to the centre) of another piece.

19. Poke another piece into the second piece in the pocket above where it has been poked into the first piece (okay, I admit, this is where it gets totally confusing Рperhaps just look at the pics).

20. You will notice that you have created a starship like ‘tip’. Tuck the first piece into the third to make the tip sturdy.

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21. Repeat steps 17 – 20 to all other pieces till you have 4 ‘tips’.

22. Now you have to assemble all the tips. This can be difficult if your paper is slippery as it just keeps falling apart. Don’t worry about bending and crumpling your pieces at this stage – it will look all right in the end. Take one ‘tip’ and, in the same way you assembled the ‘tips’ themselves, poke one point from one tip into the triangular fold of another (just near where it raises into its point).

23. This is the same as step one, just a blurry version : )

24. working around the original tip, poke the points of the other assembled tips into the folds around the original tip.

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25. and 26. are actually more pics of step 24 for your viewing pleasure.

27. Once all your pieces are in place you will notice two ‘prongs’ (I’ve pointed these out with my fingers). You need to tuck the shorter one into the fold of the longer one at the base of the tip.

28. That’s me tucking in the tip (as described in 27).

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29. Continue around the sphere tucking the pieces into each other.

30. The easiest way to know where to tuck is to look for the ‘prongs’ and tuck the shorter one into the longer one.

31. and 32. Continuing around the sphere – tucking away!

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33. 34. 35. and 36. You’ll see your sphere start to come together. Keep squeezing it together to really wedge those folds in and make the sphere stronger. It gets easier to manage as you near the end. Good luck!

All images – Katie Evans

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Pastel

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Light pastels are romantic, sweet and the perfect palette for a modern home. Pastel doesn’t have to look girly – you can mix it up with some strong primary notes – like red – and pastel looks great against a dark grey wall as a contrast. But the softness of rose, mint, peach, butter, soft grey, lavender and duck-egg blue look absolutely stunning with woods, white or even black-and-white. It’s well worth trying even one room in a pastel hue to create a beautiful space. Also consider trying a splash of metallic to highlight the brightness in your choice of pastel colours. I found some beautiful examples on Pinterest of a more contemporary approach to pastel:

pastel 1 (thebrickhouse.tumblr.com)

 

I love the warm wood with this peachy/pink artwork. The ply in the background complements these pastel tones beautifully.

pastel 2 (roomed.nl)

 

An unlikely duo, but monochrome and pastels are fabulous together. The black and white really anchor the softness of the colours and create a dramatic visual display.

pastel 3 (lushome.com)

Grey is a fantastic backdrop for pastels. I love the ash wood in the chairs and the floor to highlight the colours in the artwork. The artwork is a great idea for anyone wanting to incorporate this colour scheme but not wanting to go fully pastel!

pastel 4 (jolanda van rooyen)

 

Gold and pastel or copper and pastel are a killer combo. So on trend and gorgeous. Like a gold-tipped ice-cream!

For more ideas and inspiration check out my Pinterest board aptly titled ‘Pastel’.

http://www.pinterest.com/uevanka/pastel/

Now, how to pop some pastel into my own home! If in doubt or if time is lacking a beautiful bunch of pastel peonies are just the thing!

Pic credits:

Opening – Katie Evans

1 – anothermag.com

2 – thebrickhouse.tumblr.com

3 – roomed.nl

4 – lushome.com

5 – Yolanda Van Rooyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe

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Every time I make this dish I am asked for the recipe. It’s soooo delicious and meaty despite the fact it is vegetarian. Must be the eggplant. It’s even better reheated the day after (what dish isn’t?), so it’s perfect for dinner parties, general parties and gatherings or just a big, hearty family dish that goes forever (or not usually in our house ‘cos it’s so scrumptious). Sort of like a lasagne, but much lighter.

Ingredients:

1 large eggplant

salt

olive oil

Vegetable oil

2 Beaten eggs

Breadcrumbs

1 Large onion

2 cloves of garlic

2 Large cans of crushed tomatoes

I Packet of Mozzarella cheese

Basil to garnish

What to do:

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1. Cut the top and bottom off the eggplant and slice thinly (roughly 1/2 cm) lengthways. Lay out the pieces on a chopping board and sprinkle with a little salt (to sweat out the bitterness of the eggplant).

2. While the eggplant sweats, chop the onion and garlic and fry in a little olive oil.

3. Add the crushed tomatoes and heat till the sauce thickens a little.

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4. Heat a frying pan with about 1/2 cm of vegetable oil. Dip the eggplant pieces into the beaten egg (in a bowl) and then coat with breadcrumbs (pour the breadcrumbs on a plate and press the eggplant into the crumbs).

5. Fry the breadcrumbed eggplant pieces in the vegetable oil till golden.

6. In a large baking dish, arrange the fried eggplant pieces so that they cover the bottom of the dish.

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7. Add a layer of Mozzarella Cheese to the top of the eggplant layer.

8. Add a layer of your tomato sauce. Continue this layering one more time. Make sure you leave enough Mozzarella cheese for the topping and enough sauce to serve with the dish (about 1/2 the sauce).

9. Top the dish with one last layer of Mozzarella and cover the dish with aluminium foil. Bake in a preheated oven (around 180 degrees C) for about 25 mins, then remove the foil and bake for another 5 mins till the cheese topping is golden.

Slice the parmigiana and serve with a generous dollop of the leftover tomato sauce and a sprig of basil. If you like a bit of ‘kick’ add some chilli to the sauce.