Tsumami Zaiku…WHAT?

Last weekend I went to a craft fair to check out what was the “in” craft this year. A friend of mine was there selling her hair accessories and I wanted to see her display too. Ariel is the young lady who came over to my house about 2 months ago and showed me the different formats for publishing a book. (see….I am thinking about it, and you thought I wasn’t) She’s in the process of writing a tutorial book in English on how she makes beautiful Japanese folded flower accessories for the hair. It’s called Tsumami Zaiku (translated the “pinching craft”) but don’t ask me to pronounce it. She also makes bookmarks, glass ball ornaments with little flowers inside them, and lots more. She is very talented, extremely gifted with graphics and really knows how to market her craft. We’re going to get together again… I could learn A LOT from her. Seeing her and all the other artists brought back memories of when Rebecca and I did the craft fair scene quite a few years back.

Since my time has been kind of limited the last few days, I’m very glad I took some pictures of Ariel’s work to share with you.


Here are some of the hair accessories…



I love these long dangly ones that are soft and flexible… I see them in the Japanese girls hair at church and think they are so pretty…


Here are some of her acrylic balls with the tiny little folded paper stars inside…


If you wanted to check out Ariel’s website, you can see it HERE. The pictures on just that first page alone are so beautiful. That’s the tentative design of the cover of her tutorial book. Her book is supposed to be released in August 2017.

I didn’t realize she had more things for sale at a different site. There is a sale on art prints and bookmarks until December 16th, with free shipping in the U.S. You can find more of her things for sale in her store by clicking HERE.

Well, that’s all I have for today. Have a wonderful Saturday!

See you on Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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  1. I went to Ariel’s website to see more examples and her shop. I can tell that I’ll want something from her for Bella’s hair (Bella is my goddaughter), probably for her birthday in spring. Thank you for introducing this talented lady.

    This seems like a tough Christmas. Fortunately you have a lovely family and faith to help you through it. I had a cancer Christmas and a cataract Christmas –the bad memories fade and Christmas remains Christmas. It’s a very strong holiday.

    Prayers and good wishes for a good Saturday and Sunday — or the best that you can — and we’ll see you Monday.

    • HI Marilyn,
      I sent a note to Ariel letting her know I did a post about her today with a link so she could see it. She was thrilled of course, but told me there was a different site for her shop. I wanted to let you know I edited my post to add that new link down toward the bottom. Just thought I’d tell you since you are always checking things out. :o)
      I like that… “A Cancer Christmas and a Cataract Christmas” so I think you are due for a “Charming Christmas this year! That’s my wish for you!
      Thanks Marilyn,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  2. Ariel is an amazing artist! Beautiful things she makes.
    Think it’s time to make some cookies. Seems like they always brighten any day.
    Try and get some rest. Well, at least think about it. 🙂

    • HI Joy,
      Thanks for taking a look at Ariel’s things. She does make pretty adornments… I added a link at the bottom of my post for a site that I didn’t know about when I first wrote my post. You might want to just look at it.
      I’m in a baking mood too… and cookies especially.
      I’ll “think” about rest, but I don’t see any in my future for today at least! :o)
      Thanks so much Joy,
      Blessings, Jeanne

  3. Linda Doyle says:

    What pretty hairpieces Ariel makes!! I think my granddaughters would love something like that! I see you added more things to the end of the post, and I’m going to check that out, but boy, has it been crazy here! Yesterday we had all our computers, and TV’s changed over from U-Verse to DirectTV, because they merged, and then changed everything. That was no fun! We also took our grandson to the Mo. Botanical Gardens to see the flower/train show, which is always a lot of fun!

    Today I am decorating my big tree in the family room. It is about 1/3rd finished, so I have a ways to go yet.

    I would love to just sit down and look at all the beautiful things Ariel has made, and I can almost feel my blood pressure go down! Thank you for showcasing her things, Jeanne!

    • HI Linda,
      Thanks for taking a look at Ariel’s work. She does amazing things with folded paper and fabric.
      Yesterday my hubby put a digital antenna on my mom’s roof because we took out her Dish TV. It was just too complicated for her to figure out. Regular TV will be much simpler for her and I hope she enjoys being able to watch it without any hiccups.

      George wanted to get his nutcrackers out and put them up around the living room. I’m cleaning my kitchen while he goes through the stuff. Happy decorating to you!

      Blessings, Jeanne

  4. I remember the pretty pictures of your fireplace with the nutcrackers on it for Christmas.
    Thanks for the post about the hair ornaments. They look like origami flowers. I’ll take a look at her site again. Sounds like a nice Christmas or birthday gift.

    • Hi Susette,
      Speaking of nutcrackers…my hubby wanted them set out so he went to the garage and got the Christmas tubs of them and had me set them all on the fireplace. It looks nice and I’m glad he wanted to see them.
      Thanks so much Susette,
      Blessings, Jeanne

      • Nutcracker madness!!
        Our daughter ended up with a lot of nutcrackers. She had them as a kid. Then last year, she said where are my nutcrackers? She is 35. So after a lot of searching we found the boxes. And gifted it to her son age 6 on his birthday this year. He was so happy and loved them so much. Was all he could talk about.
        Funny, but he even found some nuts and cracked them with the group.
        And they worked. Always thought they were decorative only. Guess not.

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