More or Less a Giraffe

This was a challenging Origami Giraffe design for many reasons.

Origami Giraffe 7.9.2017

Origami Giraffe 7.9.2017

The YouTube instruction video was not clear on how to fold the animal’s neck and ears.

And, there were many folds to shape these areas.

Thus, I decided to improvise and just turned the paper inward to form  the giraffe’s body.

I also felt rushed with folding this evening and lacked concentration.

The paper pattern with large brown splotches was not quite right for a giraffe but it was all I had.

Maybe I’ll try this design again when I have more time.

Monstrous Origami Creature 6.29.2017

Awful Origami Lion

“OK, you can fold this Origami Lion,” I thought, studying the YouTube picture.


I failed to take serious note that it was designed by an expert and folded by an expert.

After two hours of struggling to make my fingers manipulate the paper to this lion shape, I gave up with the result below.

Monstrous Origami Creature 6.29.2017

Monstrous Origami Creature 6.29.2017

Doesn’t it look rather like a partially emaciated bloodhound with a tongue half out of it’s mouth?

“What a monstrous Origami creature,” I muttered to myself then, tossed the thing into the trash.


Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

Hopping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Wow, an Origami Kangaroo!  It doesn’t look that hard, does it?

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

There are four paws, head and long tail.

Ha, it took me 1 1/2 hours to fold — with two five minute stretching breaks.

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

Origami Kangaroo 6.24.2017

This was easily an intermediate model and I was clearly out of my comfort zone.

My neck and back began to hurt with the tension and concentration of folding.

The breaks from folding were an absolute necessity.

At one point, I almost abandoned folding this model.

I’m glad I didn’t.

Sometimes, it is good to challenge oneself with a more advanced fold.



Of Trains and Bears

Announcer calls the 6:20 am Newburyport on track two.  Eight of us stumble to the train.  Damn, it’s cold and with the rain, raw.  We all don hats, scarfs,  gloves and coats.

Lucky if it crawls to the upper 30s.  Never trust the forecasters.


Half asleep nods at recognition as we claim vinyl seats with dripping umbrellas.

Last call.

Great rumbles, clacks and screeches on the old tracks.

It’s still dark out.

Through dirty windows are leafless trees and telephone pole silhouettes.   Half hour passes to reach Salem, a few exit, two board.

Thin rays of sunshine slice the landscape.  Thirty more minutes.  Break in the light.

We approach Ipswich.  I disembark and watch the train disappear.  It’s  going to be a bear of a morning.



Spring Forward..Pop-up Rabbit in a Hat

How could you not love this Pop-up Rabbit in a Hat Origami design with a $1 bill?

Look at the swirl of the bill design which forms the Rabbit’s eyes – so clever.  I could not resist folding another dollar bill with this action Origami design.

Pop-Up Rabbit in a Hat1 4.17.2017

Pop-up Rabbit in a Hat #1   4.17.2017

Pop-Up Rabbit in a Hat2 4.17.2017

Pop-up Rabbit in a Hat #2  4.17.2017

Of course, in the YouTube demo, the Rabbit really jumped up when the corners of the hat when pulled while my Rabbit sort of fell a bit short of the snap-to-the-front.

The folding is tricky and far more complex than it appears be.  It took me more than half an hour to complete it.

Putting Away Dollar Bills

For now, I am putting away dollar bills. No, not saving them, just not using them for Origami.

Here is a “Slinky-like Dachshund”  I saw on Origami Expressions which cited another website, Origamispirit for  video folding instruction.

Dachshund. 4.4.2017

Dachshund. 4.4.2017

The accordion body was challenging to fold with pleats at the top and at the bottom.

Don’t you just love that little nose?

I was pleased when a colleague presented me with a gift of lovely papers from Japan yesterday.

The evening was spent sorting the papers from light to dark.

I’m very eager to start folding the plain and patterned Origami papers again.

March Hare or Rabbit?

A fluffy brown rabbit scampered across the footpath.

It turned to look at me, paused for a few seconds, flashed a Mona-Lisa smile – I swear – then slid under the fence around Russell’s Field.

“The first March hare,” I muttered.  “Or, maybe it was a rabbit. Yes, probably a rabbit.”


Money Rabbit 3.22.2017

I re-adjusted the straps on my knapsack and quickened my pace towards the Alwife train station.

Note to self:  Look up the difference between a hare and a rabbit on Wikipedia.

Maybe it is the ear length which distinguishes the two.

Rabbits flourished on the grassy field.  I doubt there were many predators keeping the population in check.

Cambridge would have to do something this year.

Last Fall, I could count 10 to 20 rabbits on the field as I walked to work in the mornings.  Clearly, they were multiplying.

The rabbits seemed unafraid of humans and only fled when unleashed canines appeared.

I snickered as I approached the station doors, ruminating on the phrase “Hare today and gone tomorrow.”