Kanji necklace that says Ansatsusha, or Assassin

It might be a comment on the state of the world or something, but really I just think people get a kick out of it. The kanji Ansatsusha, or Assassin, has been requested fairly often in the last few months – it’s a trend 🙂

dogtag kanji necklace with the Japanese kanji ansatsusha, or Assassin

The last one I made was in dark blue with white kanji – actually I preferred that one personally – and I forgot to take a picture of it! I’ll post a pic of the next one when it’s finished. But at least I can show you an example.

Assassin. What we all secretly want to be, sometimes? (Really?)

Kanji earrings that say Tsuma, or Wife

And yes, you have probably guessed that they are a popular gift choice. I mean, if it was your paper (first) anniversary, and you had to find a paper present, and you know your wife likes jewelry, wouldn’t “Wife” be a cool pair of earrings for her?

Tsuma, or Wife, kanji earrings at Paper Jewels

Especially when you know you can get them in her favorite color. And that they’re comfortable and kind of fun too 🙂

Okay, bijin – which means beautiful woman, or hot babe – that’s pretty popular too 😉

The end of summer… and puppies

Okay, they’re not really puppies anymore. But to us they’re still puppies. And I haven’t talked about them in a while, so I figure I can. Just once in a while.

our dogs at the pool

We have a pool. Yes, we are very fortunate. It needs a ton of work, we were barely able to keep it open this year, but hey, in Kansas City summer, it’s pretty wonderful. And the pups, of course, think it’s Their Place. Chasing the (tennis) balls in the pool? The perfect thing to do in the summer.

It’s getting chilly and we’ll close the pool soon. Don’t know if we’ll be able to keep it going next year. But, well, we’ll try, yknow?

Kanji earrings that say Dangerous

I love the contrast – a soft grey tone (or color of your choice) and a delicate shape. And the kanji says Abunai, or Dangerous 😉

lacquered paper earrings with the Japanese kanji Abunai that says Dangerous

So when you’re wearing these pretty (comfortable!) earrings with your light yellow cashmere sweater and light gray pencil skirt – or white tank top and scuffy jeans – and somebody says hey, what do your earrings say? You can smile, and tell them. Or not. But hey, just for fun?

The kanji says Abunai: dangerous 😉

DIY paper garland or chain

Recently I found a super example of a garland or paper chain you can make:

do it yourself paper chain or garland

I found it at Decoist – there were no instructions that I could find, but we don’t need them. Cut strips of a similar size (from recycled paper, of course) – glue one in an “O” shape to make your first link. Slip the next strip through the loop to make the next link in the chain. Repeat, a lot 🙂

The beautiful thing about this idea is that you can use any colors you like. Make Christmas garlands. Use all white to make wedding garlands. Use the colors in your daughter’s room to make changeable, no-cost or low-cost curtains!

This is really DIY at its finest. Totally customizeable, practically free, and you can use recycled paper. And it’s a great craft to make with your kids. If they’re little you want to supervise, because scissors and glue. But hey, sharing, and fun. Win!

PS Plus – so cute! win-win!

Hime (Princess) Kanji Earrings

These were made as a special request for a customer – and I think they turned out well!

hime kanji purple earrings

The kanji “Hime” translates as “Princess”, which you can imagine is kind of popular with girls. Just for fun 🙂

Shown here in purple but of course we can make them in your colors too!