Jo Nakashima, an Origami artist, posted a new design of a Snowman on YouTube.
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
Yes, you too can build a NASA Space Shuttle for under $1!
Space Shuttle 12.3.2017
Rocket, Huntsville, AL 10.12.2017
Space Shuttle, Huntsville, AL 10.12.2017
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 for our tiny planet Earth.
MIT’s Scratch is great fun! It is a free online project designed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.
Log into this URL and create an account: https://scratch.mit.edu
The Red Crane – MIT Scratch Project 11.25.2017
The Scratch program helps young people “learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.”
One can create stories, animation, games and share these with the Scratch online community.
After practicing with an initial test program “Getting Started,” I created my own 30 second animation called “The Red Crane” which was set to a free downloaded ringtone.
In this project, I folded an Origami Crane and took a photo with my cellphone at each fold then created an animation using the photos and the ringtone.
Check out my project and “Like” it please!
Looking up, one sees a few trees with thinning colorful leaves against a blue sky.
Against Blue Sky 11.19.2017
Fallen Leaves 11.19.2017
While underfoot, fallen leaves are dry and crunch with each step.
Crimson, orange, and yellow leaves and all the spectrum in between cover the ground. More flutter downwards with the strong gusts of the chilly November wind.
Another sign of change in the seasons and the coming of winter. One last pumpkin
Last Pumpkin 11.19.2017
Leaf Snobe Cube 11.19.2017
remains lit on the porch that evening. At home, I folded a Sonobe Cube with six pieces of paper printed with leaves.
Sonobe refers to the unit of modular Origami. This cube is one of the simplest Sonobe shapes. How appropriate for the season.
Giant icicles hung from the Brewer bronze fountain in the Boston Public Garden.
Brewer Fountain 11.4.2017
Brewer Fountain Detail 11.4.2017
The fountain’s seated Greek mythological figures were encased in ice while water continued to flow from it’s center.
A friend recently sent a photo of her origami penguin. I was delighted to see it and promised to fold one too.
Origami Penguin 11.17.2017
Yes, it is cold enough now to make an origami Penguin – I present here my effort at folding this flightless avian.
The funny, side-to-side, waddling black-and-white bird always brings a smile to my face.
Burr…winter in New England will soon be here.
Pumpkins are synonymous with October in New England.
Pumpkins for Sale 10.28.2017
The rotund, orange vegetable is everywhere!
Last night, I stopped by the market to pick up a few things and admired the pumpkin display in the entryway.
Rows and rows of pumpkins, all different sizes and shapes were arranged on handmade wooden shelves.
Some pumpkins were hand-painted with gruesome faces while others had cleverly cut wide eyes and toothy grins.
Origami Pumpkin 10.28.2017
How appropriate it was to fold this delightful Origami Pumpkin designed by Jo Nakashima.
Two sheets of paper were used. A light green paper for the stem was stuck to the orange paper which forms the pumpkin body prior to folding. What do you think?
On a beautiful, 70 degree Fall day, I watched sculls slice through the Charles River propelled by crew members rowing in sync.
Crew Team. Head of the Charles. 10.22.2017
Spectators cheered from along the banks of the river or over bridges. The occasional clang of cowbells egged on teams.
Crowds at Head of the Charles. 10.22.2017
This was the Head of the Charles Regatta – an annual rowing competition on the Charles River separating Boston and Cambridge, MA.
The pattern of boats on the Charles made me think of modular Origami. I found an instructional video for the Umulius Rectangulum or Magic Rings.
Umulius Rectangulum 10.24.2017
The folding took a while and six dollar bills were needed. Two bills formed each of the two rings or links. It was rather satisfying to see how the three links fit together.