Archive for the ‘Arts and Crafts’ Category

Spheniciformes!

November 9, 2017

Okay, I’ll speak English . . . penguins!  This aquatic, flightless bird lives predominantly in the Southern Hemisphere (only one species does not — the Galapagos Penguin can be found north of the Equator).  Here is an origami version that really does remind me of the Roman Catholics sisters (nuns) of my youth!

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An Amazing Find!

November 4, 2017

Leelanau GlassHere is yet another fabulous glass sculpture (three pieces on acrylic bases) that I acquired last summer while on vacation in Michigan (Lake Leelanau and Traverse City areas). The Crooked Tree Outdoor Art Fair, is always held on the last Saturday of July, on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College  and I always manage to find a treasure or two to take home with me.  This multi-piece item caught my eye immediately, and during the course of purchasing the piece(es) I discovered that the artist, John Fletcher, lives right around the corner from our family business!  ‘Tis a small world indeed.  This new acquisition is now “gracing” the ledge between my kitchen and my living room.  Beautiful!

A Pachyderm Extraordinaire!

October 9, 2017

Happy Monday!  As we begin a new work week, here’s a great tutorial video on how to create an origami elephant (and with the Spanish subtitles, you can practice your foreign language skills as well).  Happy folding!

But if this full-sized version seems a bit too “large” or daunting for you, how about trying a smaller and simpler elephant bookmark?  Enjoy!

The American Bison!

September 9, 2017

Happy Saturday!  I have long been a fan of the American Bison, so here is an easy origami design (courtesy of the World Wildlife Fund) that you can use to create your own herd of these magnificent creatures.  Happy folding!  Here are the actual folding directions (in pdf format).

Bird of Paradise!

August 9, 2017

When it comes to exotic flowers, I’ve always been enthralled by the bird of paradise (native to South Africa).   I, of course, am not talented when it comes to growing or caring for plants.  But here is an origami version that will just have to do for those of us with other than green thumbs.  You’ll need a few extra materials besides the paper, but it will be well worth it.

Creative Bookmarks!

June 5, 2017

Happy Monday!  Have you been looking for a fun project to create something really useful?  Try these origami bookmarks designs (one can never have enough bookmarks, right?).  Of course, you don’t have to create these “cute” designs if you just want to make a plain colored one — perfectly functional without the “cuteness” — but for a project with the kiddos, you may just want to give it a try.  Don’t like either of these designs?  Feel free to search for “origami bookmark” on youtube.com for other creative ideas.  Enjoy!  And, happy folding!

For even more ideas, check out this site.

Necktie of the Month – April 2017!

April 3, 2017

This month I will not be highlighting a necktie from my personal collection, but rather I’ll be sharing a video I found for an origami version of a shirt and tie using a dollar bill.  Very cool indeed (obviously, the cleaner and crisper the dollar bill, the more stunning the look of this one).  Good luck and happy folding!

Giving Money as a Gift!

March 8, 2017

Yes, when it comes to giving or receiving gifts, money (cash) is rarely a bad option.  The “how” you give then becomes a bit more important.  Obviously the simple insertion of cash into an envelope or card is the quickest and easiest method, but with a little creativity, you can certainly wow or amaze anyone (especially young children) with these creations . . . money origami!  Fold them up, then wrap them up in a box.  Too labor intensive for you?  That’s okay, it was just a thought!  Enjoy!  Check out some more Money Origami videos (courtesy of YouTube).

Floral Arrangement!

January 8, 2017

Happy Sunday!  With the arrival of winter . . . and with it, shorter days, inclement weather, and the possibility of seasonal doldrums, here is an activity that will not only give you something to do, but should help brighten your day as well.  Who doesn’t like getting a bouquet of flowers?

Necktie of the Month — January 2017!

January 4, 2017

summertieHappy 2017 one and all!  Here is the latest installment of my necktie collection.  I found this wonderful “work of art” (hand-painted on silk) at an arts and crafts fair that I attended this past summer in Traverse City, Michigan.  I was drawn, of course, by the bright colors (green, yellow, and orange) and then marveled at the level of detail in the painting of the leaves onto the necktie.  Pictured here with my pale orange shirt, this necktie looks equally fabulous with my bright orange shirt, my bright yellow shirt, and my bright green shirt.  Obviously, it will look fine on a plain white shirt and may even compliment my solid black shirt as well . . . so many options, alas, what is one to do?  Stay tuned, I just finished up my post-holiday shopping and found several more new neckties (at bargain prices, of course) to be unveiled in the coming months.