Archive for the ‘Hobbies’ Category

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).

NatureWorks 2017!

February 23, 2017

If you love nature and you love art, then this weekend’s NatureWorks Art Show and Sale is a must see event in Tulsa.  Held annually at Tulsa’s Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, this show brings together the top wildlife, western, and landscape artists from across the United States.  Last year I was able to pick up a few new pieces (see below) from some of my favorite artists (Christopher Westfall, Jerry Ricketson, and Matthew Higginbotham) while discovering other quality artists along the way (Virginia Stroud).  Who knows what artist’s work will catch my eye this weekend . . . this show never disappoints.

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Pure Strength by Virginia Stroud

Evening Calm

Evening Calm by Jerry Ricketson

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Prairie Grasses by Matthew Higginbotham

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Cloudburst by Christopher Westfall

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!

Fun Fact Friday!

September 16, 2016

The fun fact for today . . . did you know that 150,000 gallons of water pour over the Niagara Falls per second?

To add some more fun facts to the mix (courtesy of the October 2016 issue of Runner’s World) that will tie in with running as well as the upcoming Niagara Falls International Marathon (October 30, 2016).

  • .32 = the average amount of water, in gallons, that a runner sweats out per hour.
  • 4:19 = the median time it takes to finish a marathon.
  • 1.38 = the approximate amount of sweat, in gallons, that a runner perspires in the course of running a marathon.
  • 721 = the number of finishers at the 2015 Niagara Falls International Marathon.
  • 995 = the number of gallons sweated out at the 2015 Niagara Falls International Marathon.
  • 151 = the number of years the race needs to be held before marathon runners sweat out one second’s worth of  Niagara Falls’ output.

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!

Somewhere Over the Emerald City!

July 5, 2016

ZentangleNewThe world is full of talented artists.  Any (and every) where I travel I can usually find an artist or artwork that tugs at my heart to the point that I ask two simple questions: “Is this available for purchase?” And “How much are you asking?”  As an art collector, I already personally know my fair share of talented artists, including my cousin, Susan Olsen  (I’ve been privileged enough to collect a few of her fabulous works already).  Here we have a wonderful colorized Zentangle  creation by Sue entitled “Somewhere Over the Emerald City” that I acquired last spring.  It is a watercolor, measuring approx. 11″x 13,” done on Cold Press watercolor paper, using Grumbacher watercolors, Bic Markers, Micron Pen, graphite and white Uniball pen.  I live nearly 1,000 miles (or more) from Sue, but thanks to the internet, and Sue’s blog, seeing her latest masterpiece is really quite easy . . . then a quick IM of the two questions . . . and the rest is history!  Thanks Sue, keep up the good work!