A Graceful Swan

The graceful swan appeared on Jerry’s Pond about a month ago.  That morning,

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Swan near Jerry’s Pond

I watched as it glided silently through the water and slid onto the bank.

Then, the swan struck a pose so passersby could admire its beautiful feathers.

It seemed the ducks and  Canadian geese gave it a wide berth.

Looking for Origami swans online, I was surprised to find many different designs.

An easy set of Origami swan instructions, I mangled with a cartoonish elongated necked bird and hastily disposed of the paper creature.

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Origami Swan 5.20.2018

Here is the result of another swan design which turned out rather clunky and almost cubist in shape.

Oh well…what can one expect…it has been ages since I folded.

I need a more work-life balance so I too can swim calmly  through the waters of life devoting more time to  learning Origami.

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Spring Plantings

We gathered on Saturday, a community determined to garden.

Rows of green spades waiting their turn, to be grasp and thrust into the ground.  Hard earth, not yet moist and soft with Spring rains, challenged us.

Barrels of water  were available for thirsty plants and fertilizer to nourish them.

Small lingering snow drifts in garden bed corners and a chilly breeze overhead did not deter us.

Origami Narcissus

Narcissus, daffodils, tulips, and seeds from last year’s marigolds were mingled with others.

Some of us dug holes, others planted flowers and seeds or added water and fertilizer.

Children were delighted by the colorful plants and eager to help.

Soon, their tiny hands and faces would be muddied with dirt in their gardening effort.

In no time, our planting was completed.

We collected our tools, smiling in anticipation of the summer perennials and the annuals we would enjoy later that year.

A happy thought after a long New England winter.  I folded this Narcissus flower the next day.

 

Winter Weather Fluctuations

The North East coast was hit by a “snow bomb” which dropped more than two feet of snow in my backyard.

Boston Icy Waters 1/8/2017

Boston Icy Waters 1.8.2018

The Boston Harbor  and surrounding water channels were uneven sheets of ice.

Then, a rapid warming over a few days  melted everything.

Yesterday, the temperature rose to a balmy 50 degrees at 10am but by noon, it had dropped to 20 degrees.

To cheer myself up, I folded a blue Origami Dinosasur.  Thank goodness it was an easy model.

Blue Origami Dino 1.15.2018

Blue Origami Dino 1.15.2018

My fingers and hands were stiff and clumsy.

Each Origami model I tried to fold resulted in a disaster.

Perhaps  I can blame it on these crazy winter weather fluctuations.

Maybe…

New Year’s Fireworks

Celebrate the New Year with this Origami Fireworks!

The hardest part of this design is linking the final modular pieces together.

It was great when the twelve folded pieces of paper were attached to each other and could be turned inside-out to reveal another design.

I opted for only red and yellow colored papers, as in the YouTube video, for greater contrast.

Best wishes to all for the New Year!

Cute Origami Mouse

Here is a simple, cute Origami Mouse design.

It is a very easy model to fold following the YouTube video here.

Pink Origami Mouse 12.29.2017

Pink Origami Mouse 12.29.2017

I like how the mouse’s ears puff out towards the back of the head.

The nose points upward as if to sniff some cheese or a tasty crumbs.

If you squint, the shape of the mouse really seems quite alive.

Kids would love to fold this design!

Snowman ⛄ for the First Snowfall

Jo Nakashima, an Origami artist, posted a new design of a Snowman on YouTube.

Origami Snowman 12.10.2017

Origami Snowman 12.10.2017

The design uses three pieces of paper; one for the body, another for the scarf and one for the hat.

It was quite a lot of work folding the snowman – almost as much as making one in the snow!

I chose this model because five inches of snow fell last night.

This is the first snowfall this Winter in Cambridge.

The fluffy white stuff covers tree branches, roof tops and the ground.  It looks so pretty.

Plows worked all through the night to clear the roads and sidewalks.

I could hear the scraping sound of the vehicles removing snow from the street as I dosed off to sleep.

Snow Outside My Window 12.10.2017

Snow Outside My Window 12.10.2017

 

 

NASA Space Shuttle for under $1?

Yes, you too can build a NASA Space Shuttle for under $1!

OK, so you can build it with paper: print the design, fold it into shape then release the paper Space Shuttle with your hand to keep the cost affordable.

Print the Space Shuttle pattern here then follow the YouTube instructions.

I searched the Internet for this design of the Space Shuttle after an eye-opening trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL a couple of months ago.

A colleague from Alabama had invited a group of us to see the Center after our business trip.

Never before had I seen a rocket up close and was awed by the immense size of the NASA Space rockets and history of the Space program.

How brave astronauts are to fly into the vastness of space millions of miles from our tiny planet Earth.