Archive for the ‘Arts and Crafts’ Category

Summer and Butterflies!

June 10, 2018

Are you looking for a project this weekend?  Summer is officially right around the corner, so why not entertain yourself with a simple origami pattern for a butterfly?  Happy folding!

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Tulsa International Mayfest 2018!

May 19, 2018

MayfestHappy Saturday one and all!  The Tulsa International Mayfest began earlier this week (Thursday) and I sure hope you make time to attend (you still have today and tomorrow).  In its 45th year, Mayfest takes place in downtown Tulsa and is “a family-oriented event created to promote a broader knowledge of and appreciation for arts and humanities among serious, as well as casual, art lovers.”  In addition to awesome art, there are food vendors and more than 100 musicians performing on four separate stages/venues.  There are even fun activities for the whole family. So come on down to Mayfest this weekend and take in the arts!  At this event, I always fall in love with more paintings than I can afford to purchase, but such is the life of an avid art collector (who finds himself in a target-rich environment).

Just Around the Corner . . . !

May 10, 2018

Mother’s Day is just a few days away and if you are looking for a creative and inexpensive expression of love and caring (from a child/children to their mother) that just takes a little time (and patience), then why not attempt to create an origami bouquet of flowers?  There are several “types” of flowers you can try.  Here are links to some of the more popular youtube.com videos below.  Happy folding!

The Kusudama Flower Ball

Easy paper flower

Origami lily

Origami rose

Tulips, a Sign of Spring!

April 10, 2018

Now that spring has sprung, trees and flowers should all be abloom.  If not, why not “make” a few of your own (origami).  Here is a video that shows you how to create an origami tulip!  Happy folding!

“Fold” Me Over In The Clover!

March 18, 2018

On this the day after St. Patrick’s Day (why not continue the celebration until Monday?), allow me some “free association,” if  you will . . . Saint Patrick . . . the patron saint of Ireland . . . the Emerald Isle . . . the color green . . . shamrock/clover . . . so, Happy Sunday and if you are looking for a fun diversion from your normal weekend routine and want to try something creative/artistic, how about giving this origami version of clover a try?  Happy folding!

Soaring Above the Rest!

February 10, 2018

Happy Saturday!  Looking for a project for the weekend?  Why not try this origami version of the bald eagle?  The American Bald Eagle, our national bird, is actually the only eagle that is unique to North America.  Happy folding!

The King of the Jungle!

January 9, 2018

So, lions have long been considered the “king of the jungle” despite not actually residing in the jungle.  Hmm, want to know why?  Bottom line, lions are “kings” due primarily to their raw power and strength.  Here is a challenging origami version of a lion.  Happy folding!

A Reindeer!

December 9, 2017

Happy Saturday!  Now that we are into December and the full-swing of the holiday season, here is a fun weekend project for creating a unique dinner table centerpiece . . . “on Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer and Vixen” . . .  happy folding!

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!

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!