Archive for the ‘Arts and Crafts’ Category

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.

Oh, Christmas Tree!

December 9, 2016

Happy Friday!  We are a little more than two weeks away from Christmas, so you still have plenty of time to work on this festive holiday creation (origami Christmas tree)!  I’ve included a couple of verions (straight points versus “curved” points).   Happy folding!

Tie-Fighter!

November 10, 2016

The Star Wars Tie-Fighter . . .

X-Wing Fighter!

October 8, 2016

In my next installment of fun origami projects, here are the directions for completing the Star Wars X-Wing Fighter.  Happy folding!

This One’s a Little Batty!

October 6, 2016

Well, since Halloween is right around the corner, you can never start creating your decorations soon enough.  Here are a couple of designs for origami bats (the first one is a tad bit easier than the second, depending on how challenged you wish to be).  Happy folding!

The Falcon!

September 9, 2016

Happy Friday!  As we head into the weekend, if you are in need of an idea about what to do, here is another origami project you could tackle.  Since I seem to be on a Star Wars kick lately, why not feature some of the origami versions of the assorted flying ships.  Let’s start with the Millenium Falcon (courtesy of Shu Sugamata).  Happy folding!

The Dark Side!

August 9, 2016

Last month I shared the video for creating an origami Yoda.  Well this month, how about a little Darth Vader (courtesy of Tadashi Mori)?  Happy folding!

Do, or Do Not. There is No Try!

July 9, 2016

The weekend has arrived and if you are looking for something fun to do this weekend (and for all of the Star Wars fans out there) here is an origami Yoda (courtesy of Fumiaki Kawahata).

to try your hand at. Happy folding!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day 2016!

March 17, 2016

In honor of this religious and cultural celebration, why not attempt something creative by making your very own origami shamrock?  (Okay, clover, but close enough.)  And for all of you of Irish descent, Erin go bragh!