Sunday, February 27, 2011

Something Green Blog Hop

Trio of miniature window stars

Today is the beginning of the monthly blog hop sponsored by Unique Women in Business. UWIB is a team of women business owners who are very supportive and encouraging of one another.  It's a wonderful team of which to be a part, and I am happy to be a part of such a diverse and creative group of women.  (For all the team members, take a look at the UWIB blog.)

After the photos and information about the window stars, there is a list of team members' names who are participating in the blog hop as well as links to their blogs. You can visit each blog to see the creativity of the team and how each person interprets the theme. This is a very diverse team, so it's interesting to see the different materials used.

The theme for this month's blog hop is “Something Green.” With Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day both happening during March, I created a trio of miniature window stars.

This 4" star is folded 16 times per point...for a total of 128 folds.

The window stars are made by folding a special kind of translucent paper multiple times per point and then gluing the points together to reveal a pattern.  In the window star above, for example, each point is folded 16 times before it is glued to the next point.  With 8 points, the star requires 128 folds. 

Each window star available through Harvest Moon by Hand has a different number of folds.  Some are very basic (like the dark green star which has only 5 folds per point) and others are very complex with over 25 folds per point. 

As noted above, the stars are all miniature versions of larger ones that are available at Harvest Moon by Hand. The stars are only 4", 4.25", and 6" (10, 10.75, and 15 cm) in diameter.  The paper size for each point ranged in size from 1.5"-3" (3-4.25 cm) square. 

To see green window stars that are currently available at Harvest Moon by Hand, please click HERE.

Be sure to check out the wonderful creations from the blog hop participants:


Karen Terry-McDuffie -

Robin Koehler -

Linda Reynolds -

Birgitte Hendricks -

Judy Woodley -

Rita Wetzel -

Audrey F -

Robin Maria Pedrero -

Ann Rinkenberger - (you're here right now)

Trudy Miller -

Cory Trusty -

Cory Trusty -

Nancy Pace -

Wendy Kelly -

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing


Momma Goddess Treasures said...

I cannot believe how intricate your pieces are and the time it must take to create them . . . I have the rainbow one on my patio door and can envision one of these in the sun room!!


Bella Linda Designs said...

Those are SO beautiful! I think the glowing green coming through the window (especially on a cold end-of-winter day) must be such a delight!

Having fun with the uwib etsy team blog hop! Hopping around seeing what everyone's up to!

Audrey said...

Absolutely beautiful Ann. You do such amazing creative work my UWIB Sister!!


Anonymous said...

Your window stars are so very pretty. They are intricate and delicate and beautiful!

Bella Linda Designs said...

Forgot to sign my post!

Here I am

The Handmaden said...

They are just gorgeous, love the snow white back drop.

Audrey said...

Back to see more of your lovely work!!


Karen Terry, Artist/Designer said...

You are a star!!!! You are an amazing woman with so many amazing talents!!! Your intricate, handmade starts are truly works of art.


Robin Maria Pedrero said...

Pretty stars!! I still adore my lovely beeswax sheep! Super shop!

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Jamie said...

Those are beautiful. What a cute idea.

Don't forget to link up to More The Merrier Monday.

Nancy's WildWire said...

I really admire you and the lifestyle you strive to give your children, they are fortunate indeed!
Your paper creations are food to feed a weary soul,beautiful!

WellspringCreations said...

Your work is amazing...and so intricately folded! How wonderful that they can be lit by natural light!


Kelly said...

When I look at the work that you produce, I can't image the amount of Patience that you have.

They must look simply amazing in a window.


Aquarian Bath said...

beautiful work as usual. :)
good luck with your vegan program

SewDanish-Scandinavian Textile Art, Unique Handmade Supplies said...

Your stars are just amazing. I love them! Very interesting post on homeschooling as well.
Scandinavian Textile Art, Unique Handmade Supplies

Janet Bocciardi said...

What a pretty spring thing to put in your window while you wait for the snow to melt! Very nice!


capecodjewel said...

Hopped over to see what you're sharing on the UWIB Blog Hop...

I love your stars!

... hopping on to see more UWIB goodness. :)

Linda :)

Life Is A Lark said...

Love your gorgeous green stars!

Robin said...

Are these from the paper quilts book from the new post?? They are lovely... I would love to do them in fabric:)

muralimanohar said...

Those are REALLY.COOL. Wow!