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).
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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.
The Star Wars Tie-Fighter . . .
In my next installment of fun origami projects, here are the directions for completing the Star Wars X-Wing Fighter. Happy folding!
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.
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!
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!
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!
The 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!
Here is the next installment of an art purchase (one of several) that I made at this year’s Tulsa’s Nature Works Wildlife Art Show and Sale. This piece, an original oil by Christopher Westfall, is entitled “Cloudburst,” was painted in 2015, and measures 21 x 24 (with the frame). The NatureWorks show this year was as good as ever with many quality artists including several that have been on my wishlist for quite some time: Matthew Higginbotham, Jerry Ricketson, and Kenny McKenna. This year I was able to remove Matthew and Jerry from the list. It was extremely satisfying as a collector to finally acquire a painting from an artist(s) that I have been following and hoping to someday collect. An unintended consequence of attending any art show/sale, I always find an new artist whose work tugs at my heart. This year it was Virginia Stroud and I was able to acquire her original acrylic entitled “Pure Strength.”