A Graceful Swan

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


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.


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.


A Confession About Currency

Forgive me for I have sinned.  I’ve passed very crumpled US dollar bills to vendors.

I’ve told lies to cashiers about my non-existent teens who threw the bills into the wash.

Then, once a week, I’ve rushed to the bank to request the newest, flattest, smoothest dollar bills – of course to fold.  Well, no more.

Money Peacock. 3.18.2017.

Money Peacock. 3.18.2017.

While trolling YouTube, I found videos on how to restore dollar bills with moisture and ironing.

Since the bills are part cotton and linen, ironing them after wetting them a bit really flattens them.

This folded Peacock is an example of a recycled dollar bill from yesterday’s 2$ House.

Hence forth, I will humidify and iron the bills for Origami reuse or return to circulation.

This seems only fair – no more alternative truths.



Owl and Mouse Discourse

Said the Owl to the Mouse, “Come closer my dear.”
“My eyes aren’t what they used to be.”
Said the Mouse to the Owl, “Some distance is best.”

“Or, I fear you’ll gobble up me.”

Dollar Bill Owl. 2.22.2017

Dollar Bill Owl. 2.22.2017

Owl and Mouse. 2.22.2017.

Owl and Mouse. 2.22.2017.

Origami Money Owl designed by Chelsea C.  Instructions here.

Experimenting with Folding Money

I continue to be intrigued with folding dollar bills.  It is something about how the paper feels in ones fingers.

This peacock turned out alright but the print distracted from the shape.  The peacock instructions were for a rectangular piece of paper so this worked for the dollar bill.

Money Peacock. 2.19.2017.

Money Peacock. 2.19.2017.

This morning, I must have wasted two hours experimenting (quite unsuccessfully) with trying to fold a dollar bill using different models requiring square papers.

Perhaps if I modify the design, I will get the desired result…I’ll keep trying.

Better with Practice, Rooster 2

The Origami Rooster was much better this time.  The head, beak and crest looked a tiny bit more like the model.

Rooster 2. 2.13.2017.

Rooster 2. 2.13.2017.

Using a two-colored paper highlighted imperfections in folds and lack of precision.

The legs should be straight points…the tail feathers fluffier.

But overall, I am pleased with my improvements.

The only reason I could spend close to two hours folding this model…very, very, s-l-o-w-l-y was because we have a snow day…another foot of snow…and I did not have to commute two hours to work.

Yet, I have to work remotely.  Maybe I’ll take a walk in the snow later this afternoon during lunch.

New Beginnings, Origami Rooster

January was rather hellish…for over a month I have not folded when I should have for peace of mind.

This Origami Rooster was posted on Russell’s Origami Expressions blog and I could not resist attempting to fold it.



It was extremely challenging for me and looks nothing like the lovely model he folded.

More attention to the beak and comb, tighter folds on the feet.

The rooster really has a wonderful three-dimensional look to it, especially the tail feathers.  Can you see from this side angle the ruffle of the feathers?

I will fold it again, this time with Origami paper rather than the practice white paper.

Hopefully, with practice, it will look better.


Good Luck Crane – day 7 – final

“You promised to fold the Good Luck Crane for seven days, didn’t you?” She asked.

“Yes, I did,” I replied.  I shifted the Origami model of the crimson crane slightly and snapped a couple of photos with the smartphone.

“And why did you fold the same thing for so many days?” She demanded, studying the red crane intently.

I cast a quick glance in her direction and smiled brightly. “For practice,”  I said.