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

 

 

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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 for our tiny planet Earth.

 

Fallen Leaves

Looking up, one sees a few trees with thinning colorful leaves against a blue sky.

 

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

 

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.

A Penguin for a Friend

Giant icicles hung from the Brewer bronze fountain in the Boston Public Garden.

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

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.

October and Pumpkins

Pumpkins are synonymous with October in New England.

Pumpkins for Sale 10.28.2017

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

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?

 

Portland, Maine: Maps, Folding and Eating Lobster

The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education in Portland, Maine, has one of the largest collections of maps in the United States.  That’s what drew me to the city with the Boston Map Society.

We had a terrific visit to the Map Library where we admired the exhibits and treasures from the collection.

Afterwards, we headed to the King’s Pub for delicious beer and food.  A harbor cruise then a trolley ride to Portland Head Light House topped off the day.

Portland Head Lighthouse 5.23.2017

Portland Head Lighthouse 5.23.2017

 

I stayed overnight in a bed & breakfast inn not far from the Portland Museum of Art.  It was an ideal location.

The following day, I visited the museum and went on a special tour of Winslow Homer’s restored art studio and home on Prouts Neck in Scarborough, Maine.

Winslow Homer's Studio and Home, Maine 5.24.2017

Winslow Homer’s Studio and Home, Maine 5.24.2017

Rocky Coast in front of Homer's Studio, 5.24.2017

Rocky Coast in front of Homer’s Studio, Maine, 5.24.2017

I took the Amtrak train from Boston’s North Station to Portland.  A local bus from the Portland station took me to the downtown area.

Maine is a great place eat lobsters…especially if the lobster has been caught that day!

Origami Lobster 10.1.2017

Origami Lobster 10.1.2017

I was thinking about my weekend trip to Portland when I did this fold.

Can you believe it took me longer to fold this Origami Lobster than it did to shell then eat it?

How ambitious I was to think that I could fold this challenging design!

Tanglewood's Shed 8.6.2017

Tanglewood: The Color of Music

At least once during the summer,  I select a Tanglewood concert to attend in Western Massachusetts.

The K&L Tours bus picks up guests from Park Street in downtown Boston.  After a pleasant three hour trip – with a rest stop on the way there – the bus arrives at Tanglewood, the music center and summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Tanglewood's Shed 8.6.2017

Tanglewood’s Shed 8.6.2017

The price of your ticket includes a seat in the “Shed” to hear a concert and the round trip there and back.  If you travel on your own steam, you can purchase inexpensive lawn tickets and picnic before and during the concert.

The Tanglewood grounds are lovely with walking paths and grottoes, benches, views of the Berkshire Hills, exhibits in the Visitor’s Center and Manor House and, gorgeous stretches of lawn with pockets of flowers.

Berkshire Hills from Tanglewood 8.6.2017

Berkshire Hills from Tanglewood 8.6.2017

I attended a sold-out Tanglewood concert this past summer where Yo-Yo Ma was the star performer.  He is one of my favorite musicians.

When I listen to and watch Yo-Yo Ma play, an extraordinary thing happens:  I see colors emanating from his cello like streamers in the wind or colorful kite tails wafting over the audience.

Tanglewood Grounds 8.6.2017

Tanglewood Grounds 8.6.2017

This mostly happens when I attend live performances with certain musicians.  It is as if the musicians are coaxing their instruments to sing rather than the musician actually playing them.

 

Origami Cello 9.24.2017

Origami Cello 9.24.2017

When I was a child, I experienced this music-color phenomena far more frequently than I do now as an adult.

I thought everyone saw colors when listening to music and was surprised to find out it was not the case.

Perhaps, I imagined, those musicians who produced these colors had tapped into an extraordinary dimension where they effortlessly and magically animated their instruments which then played and created the streams of colors.

I could not find a Cello design to fold this morning so opted to modify a Dollar-Bill Origami Guitar model to make it look like a Cello.

Wish there were more Origami musical instrument models to fold.