Archive for the ‘Hobbies’ 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!

Forest in Black and White!

March 4, 2018

SmithSome would call it serendipity, others, just being in the right place at the right time.  Such was my luck during the fall of of 2017 when I happened to be taking a stroll through the halls of the College of Liberal Arts faculty offices (the Languages and Literature department).  I was having a discussion with one faculty member only to discover that another faculty member was an accomplished artist who just happened to be in his office at the time.  A conversation ensued as I was admiring the many of his original paintings that he had adorning the walls of his office.  I left his office thinking that he was an artist worth watching and I immediately added him to my “try to collect from” list.   Imagine my surprise to have a visit from this professor several weeks later bearing this painting as a gift (thank you Ben).  Apparently I ooh-ed and aah-ed over his painting just enough that this professor decided to paint me an original painting very similar to the one that I had enjoyed.    What a great way to start 2018!  The artist: Dr. Benjamin Smith; the title: “The Woods”; the medium: original acrylic painting.  And, it has a very small “footprint” in that it is only 4″ wide by 12″ tall (unframed) which will facilitate its entry into my available wall space (even after it is framed, unless I get really wild in how it ultimately gets framed).   Collecting art continues to bring me a tremendous amount of joy!

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 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 Narrows!

September 21, 2017

Zion_NarrowsFor the last several days I have enjoyed being in and around Zion National Park (Utah) where we had the opportunity to hike “the Narrows” as well as several other short hikes along some other trails in the park.  What an awesome experience!   We opted for the top-down hike from Chamberlain Ranch (16-mile trek); our planning began several months ago since we needed to arrange for permits to hike in this direction.  We also were hoping that by going in the fall, despite the possibility of slightly “higher” and colder water, that the weather would be a bit more stable — i.e., less rain and a lower chance of flash flooding hazards. From here we will be heading up to the north rim of the Grand Canyon to hike for a couple of days before returning home. Ah, the joy of being disconnected . . . a little therapy, courtesy of nature!

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.