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.

 

MIT’s Scratch – A Fun Online Project!

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 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.

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/188694924/

Check out my project and “Like” it please!

 

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!