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How to Make an Origami Crane

I love folding origami cranes.  I am convinced that I have made hundreds of them, big and tiny!  I finally decided it was time for me to photograph and create a short step-by-step tutorial on how to made one, despite the numerous versions of tutorials already out there.  Below are pictures of each folding process.  To view the photo in its larger size, simply click on the photo you wish to see in more detail.  I hope these photos will help you as you make your very own origami crane.  For an animation video of one being made please visit my post: The Art of Origami

All you need is:

  • A thin piece of square colored paper (or origami paper)
  • Your hands
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The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady

Book of the day: “The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady”.  I just love this nature journal.  If you have never read through it before, I encourage you to borrow it from your library.  I know it inspires me to keep a nature journal.  The pictures are so beautiful and real, and all the text is written in the author’s handwriting.  The following text is from a nature journal I wrote when I was about ten or eleven.

A Nature Walk is a Privilege to study beauty, to smell the air on which we tread through.  To feel the dust that we walk upon, to make the seasons come alive.  January a time when the frosty air is in you coming out your mouth with puffs of smoke.  The snow is frosted on the earth spread like a white blanket.  February the white frosty winter is still here, this is a time for loving and a time to celebrate Valentines Day.  Spring is coming soon very soon and the Cardinals will sing.  The frosty snow still covers the ground but is more like gentle and delicate slush.  The air you breathe is still a crisp winter wind that gives you rosy cheeks.  March a time to skip and dance, the tiny invisible white and pink buds began to appear.  Surely, surely spring is almost here.  Soon the flowers blossom and the happy times have begun.  March is a time for laughter a time to be together again.  And surely April is to remember how the rain comes, to water all of the flowers and blossoms.  April! April is here!  The birds build their nests in the white-flowered trees and the baby animals are born, everything begins again.  The grass is green the sky is blue and Easter weekend will soon come to!  May has soon, has soon begun and there is fun for everyone.  The beauty has covered the world so great the air is warm with breezes.  The nice spring breeze has come at last and the whistling birds are here singing.  June is pretty and always hot, the air is sweating the pop cycles will melt.  The ice-cream truck is on its way.  June! June is here today!  July is a time of Red, white and Blue, the time of the flag as we always knew.  We eat are watermelon and some chocolate cake.  The summer is already wide awake.  August is nice the end of hot summer, and now the breeze is here again.  But wait! Summer is not completely gone, there is still hot weather and pop cycles to be ate.  September! Fall has begun the leaves the colors for everyone!  The leaves start to turn their color and then away with the wind they’ll turn and flutter.  As you walk down the sidewalk you will here crunch under your feet.  For the leaves are falling down, down on the street.  October is nice and quite precise; the fall is not to its end.  The leaves are still here and more will appear; fall is great for sure!  November, yes fall is still here! Away with the wind you will here us all cheer.  But you have to understand that the cold weather has just begun.  Thanksgiving is in this glorious month, a time to thank our God for much, to thank him for this beautiful year and to ask him for the snow to appear.  December is a wonderful month, with Christmas!  A time our dear Savior was born.  The snow has begun to fall on our roof, and the year is done; the next will be January and so on.

The book was written and illustrated back in 1906, but wasn’t published until Edith Holden’s works was discovered in about 1977. 

Edith loved nature.  She was constantly gathering flowers and plants to draw them.  She also drew many birds.

I was very saddened to read that the author died at the age of 49 after drowning in the Thames while gathering buds from a Chestnut Tree.

I encourage you to borrow this wonderful book from your local library and look through it thoroughly.  I hope you benefit from it just as much as I did. :)

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Savory Saturday

Last Saturday was a delicious one.  The early morning started off with pancakes, even better, Mickey Mouse Pancakes.  This area of cooking is my dad’s specialty.  We left it to him while the girls “got ready”.  Pecans were cooked in the batter and “authentic” maple syrup was drizzled on top.  Everyone left the tables with their stomachs satisfied.

Our First Mickey Mouse Pancake cooking on the skilletDoesn't it look good?All Done and Ready to Eat!The grown-ups had a stacks of regular pancakes, but they were still just as yummy!Doesn't it look good?All Done and Ready to Eat!The grown-ups had a stacks of regular pancakes, but they were still just as yummy!

 Below is a picture of pancake as it begins to brown.  The smell is all throughout the house by now.

Doesn't it look good?

 Add some rasins for the eyes and nose!

All Done and Ready to Eat!

The grown-ups had a stack of regular pancakes, but they were still just as yummy!

 

Afternoon rolled around, and I summoned up the courage to throw together some egg omelets.  I had never made an omelet before, and the idea of flipping the eggs without it crumbling into pieces was not an optimistic thought.  I gathered the ingredients and my three-year-old sister and I went for it.  My sister can crack an egg almost as well as me.  I am convinced; she is destined to be a chef.  My family and I naturally call her “the Little Chef”, but my favorite name for her is “Princess Chef”.  The omelets were delicious.  I chopped up a red pepper and grated white cheddar cheese.  Everyone wanted seconds!

The omelets smelled so good cooking in the pan!

Popcorn: What better way to the end the day?  My dad spread out the futon and we laid our sleeping bags across the top.  Sprawled out on the futon, watching a movie, dad announces that it is time to make some jiffy pop popcorn.  My sister’s eyes grew wide as the aluminum foil grew into a giant dome. 

 

Jiffy Pop POPCORN-AKA: The Giant Dome

 

I hope your mouth is watering by now…It should be.  I hope our next Saturday is as “savory” as the last one. 

 

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Autumn Brings a Brand New School Year

Autumn Days should be filled with golden leaves, maple syrup, and times with our family and friends.

I apologize for not writing for a while.  As you probably know, things get a little mixed up when school starts again.  Now that everything seems to be flowing, I should be able to post more often.

I am writing this post for several reasons.  In this post, you will find a couple of cute videos to start off your school year.  I will also be sharing a few things you can do to enjoy your autumn.

A couple days ago, my brother and I wanted to attract footprints from an animal.  We went to the bottom of our hill with “a ton” of sand, and a couple spoons of peanut butter.  Now you can only imagine what we did with it all.  We smoothed the sand onto a “not-so-grassy” spot. (Now of course we couldn’t carry all that sand at once, so it resulted in “many” trips up and down the hill.)  Once the sand was smoothed we placed a lump of peanut butter in the middle.  It was just getting dark as we ran inside.  The next morning, we rose early to find peculiar looking tracks in our pool of sand.  We still haven’t been able to find out exactly what ate up all of that peanut butter, but at least we attracted one hungry animal!  Two Tracks                                                                        Many tracks in the sand

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully you can see the tracks well enough in these pictures I snapped!  I really enjoyed this experiment even if it was a lot of time and effort!  I think you should try it if you haven’t already done something like this.

A week ago, while playing Playdough with my younger sister, my brother and I were feeling creative and made a cake out of Playdough!  Playdough is not just for toddlers!

We spent a lot of time on this “cake”.  It took a long time for us to get this gingerbread man balanced on candy!  We held him together with toothpicks. (I don’t know if you have noticed the toothpick point sticking out of his knee LOL)

Gingerbread cakeGingerbread Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just thought I would share a couple of things we did at the end of this summer.  And now I would like to post these two classic videos from School House Rock.

Rememer to enjoy your autumn!  Notice the fall colors, do plenty of exploring, and enjoy your adventures!

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The Perfect Brunch-wich

If you forgot to eat breakfast and have barely enough time for lunch this sandwich is for you. It’s full of flavor and creativity, and makes the perfect brunch.

What you need:

  • Bread
  • Avocado
  • Egg
  • Cream Cheese
  • Bacon

You might be asking what is an avocado?  It’s a green fruit with buttery, smoothness on the inside.  Even though you might have never heard of it, just try it.  It can never hurt to try new flavors. In fact avocado has become one of my favorite things to eat.  You can put it in practically everything.

Avocado

Avocado

 To make the sandwich there are just a few steps needed.  Toast two pieces of bread to your desire or crispness,  spread cream cheese onto both slices of bread.  Fry an egg. (I prefer soft-fried, but not sunny side up)  Peel an avocado and slice it into several strips.  Usually one avocado is more than enough for two sandwiches.  If you are the only person eating this, save the other half of the avocado in cling wrap in the fridge.  Don’t be surprised if it starts to turn orange.  That’s just oxidation.  Fry a couple strips of bacon.  Put the egg and avocado onto the sandwich one on either piece of bread.  Then break the bacon to size to fit onto the sandwich. (I ate it without bacon and it was equally delicious)  Put the two pieces of bread together and “TA-DA” you have a brunch which!  It is so delicious someone even said that it would do great as their last meal.  It fills you up, and is quick to make.  So I hope you will try this delicious recipe!

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How to Make Tissue Paper Flowers

 

My Bouque

My Bouquet

These directions are similar to many others, but I just love making them unique…

 

It’s amazing what you can make out of simple items and just a little bit of time!  Today I will tell you how to make tissue paper flowers.  Refer to the pictures for more detailed step-by-step guidance.  These colorful and delicate blooms will be a perfect decoration for any room or party, and they can be made in any color, shape or size.

 

 

What you’ll need:

  • An arrangement of various colors of tissue paper(your choice)
  • Scissors 
  • A ruler (optional)
  • One Pipe-Cleaner per flower
  • Floral Tape (optional)

First you need to cut the sheets of tissue paper into squares.  You need to cut about four to six squares of tissue paper any color that you want!  You can make your flower one color, or many colors it’s up to you!  Make sure your tissue paper squares are all the same size (not too big though; they need to be about 6″ by 12″ in dimensions). You may need the ruler for this.  Lay the squares on top of each other in the order you would like them to appear in your flower.  You can make the layers every other color, or lay several sheets of one color on top of each other.  I like making my flowers with a couple of sheets of one color for the center of the flower and then a few sheets for the outside of the flower.  If you want to make leaves for the underpart of the flower, I do not recommend using green as one of your choices. 

Okay.  Once you have layered your squares of tissue paper, fan fold all of the squares together like your are making a paper fan. Fold them back and forth about 1″ every fold.  Once that is done, keep your fan folded and cut two squares of green (any color of green, depending on what color of green that you want your leaves to be)  Fold those into a fan as well.  Once you have two folded fans cut off the edges either rounded or pointed with your scissors.(this will shape the petals)  Lay the two fans together keeping the green one on the bottom and wrap your pipe cleaner around them and twist it at the bottom.  I recommend the pipe cleaner to be green if you decide not to wrap it with floral tape.(your pipe cleaner will turn out to be the stem)  Once that is finished, start with one side and flip up the first layer or square gently until it is bunched a little.  Do this with every layer on that side and then do the same for the other.  Little by little your flower will start to look better and better.  After every layer is adjusted you should have a complete flower.  If you did not completely understand these directions, refer to the pictures and their captions below.  Before long you will want to make a whole bouquet!

Gather materials needed for this project

Gather materials needed for this project and cut 6" by 12" squares-for the flower I made I cut one pink square, four blue, and two green

Fan-fold pink sheet

Fan-fold pink sheet Pink sheet fan-folded

Fan-fold four sheet of blue together

Fan-fold four sheet of blue together

Fan-fold the two pieces of green together

Fan-fold the two pieces of green together

Round off the edges of the pink sheet

Round off the edges of the pink sheet

Make two rounded bumps on the edges of the blue fan

Make two rounded bumps on the edges of the blue fan

Make the ends of the green fan pointy or triangular shaped

Make the ends of the green fan pointy or triangular shaped

Unfold all three fans and neatly lay the sheets of tissue paper on top of each other(the green ones on bottom the blue ones in the middle in the pink one on top)

Unfold all three fans and neatly lay the sheets of tissue paper on top of each other(the green ones on bottom the blue ones in the middle in the pink one on top)

Fan-fold all seven squares into one multicolored fan

Fan-fold all seven squares into one multicolored fan

Twist the pipe-cleaner around the fan and down all the way until the two strands end

Twist the pipe-cleaner around the fan and down all the way until the two strands endUnfold each layer gently and push it up toward the center of the flower

Continue

Continue

 

Begin to peel the layers up on the other side as well

Begin to peel the layers up on the other side as well

You're Done!

You're Done!

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