Making 1000 Origami Cranes

1 year and 10 months ago, I was looking for projects for a bucket list – one of my projects that I settled on was making 1000 origami cranes.

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I really did not anticipate just how much work would be required. To make the 1000 cranes, plus a few dozen more just in case, it took an accumulative total of approximately 20 hours worth of folding paper. I swear I can fold these cranes in my sleep now.

Read here how to make a crane

This was done over the space of a few months, usually while watching a TV show or movie.

Then I popped them all in a box – and forgot about them. Okay, I didn’t forget about them, I just got preoccupied with other things.

Fast forward almost a year later, three weeks to this day, I decided it was time to finish off some of my old projects (yes, I have a few). Each day, I got my needle, and threaded through 15 cranes onto a fishing line – twice – until I had 1000 cranes on fishing lines.

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Then for a solid two hours straight, broken in half by one day, I sat a  little brown table with a glue gun and sat tiny drops of glue underneath each crane so that they would sit separated on the fishing line.

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Next was a trip to the hardware store to buy two small, long pieces of wood and a coil of wire to make the mobile:

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Finally, after some 27 hours worth of work, I’d made 1000 cranes and hung them up. The colorful sight of them flying in the air in my rather drab apartment was worth it.

If you want a project that’s challenging but not impossible (I’m currently working towards cycling 300 km in one day before the year’s end – I haven’t set foot on a bicycle for over 4 months), making 1000 cranes is a terrific project!

What you will need should you decide you want to accept this mission:

  1. 1100 sheets of origami (in case you lose a few, give a few away, get frustrated and tear it up, or accidentally squish the bird)
  2. Fishing line or a similar thread to hang them with
  3. A needle or similar instrument
  4. A mobile – depending on how you want yours to look, you can go for the ultra simplistic look of just stacking them on top of each other, or you can make them all spaced out like I did, in which case you’ll be wanting some form of adhesive to make them stay.

Good luck and happy folding!!

Hey Beautiful

Hey there, Beautiful,

Want to tell you – how very much I love you.

Love you very much, just love the way you do you.

But since often people find that hard to accept

Let me tell you all the details, every aspect

Love you, love your pale red lips, little nose, blue eyes

Love looking into them till my heart drowns inside

Really love holding your hand, feeling your soft skin,

Your touch is like the gentle breeze of the morning

I love falling asleep with you in my mind’s dreams

Love when we’re watching movies and you fall asleep

Love the fact that you’re just the right height

For me to rest my head when I’m tired

Like nights when you walk briskly ahead

Love slowing you down to hold your hand

I especially love that dimple in your chin

And the one on your cheek that peeks when you’re smiling

Love you when we’re off to dinner, in your black dress

Strolling boardwalks, braving winds, watching the waves crash

When we sit on the stairs talking about deep things

Family, our future, goals, dreams, and life’s meanings.

I love our tickle wars, love your hair in my face

Love watching movies while it’s raining at your place

I love holding open the door to let you in

Love when we mock fight and I find myself losing

When it’s so late and I have to go

Love how you wrap your arms round me so

Then wistfully think out loud and pout

Wish that I didn’t have to go now

Love how you overthink everything

Love calming you when you’re worrying

I love picking you up, and spinning you around

Love the fact you somehow can keep me anchored down

Life’s hard, but even if we do stumble and fall

Love the fact I think that this could work after all.

I love telling you that I love you

One day I’ll list all the ways I do

But needless to say, there’s so many, many ways

I want to say I love you each and every day

I’d give roses, daisies and posies

Love hearts, little notes, and emojis

Hugs and kisses, patience when you are mad

A shoulder to cry on when you’re sad

I love you so very much, I’ll tell you the whole truth

I probably can’t afford to do that for you

But what I can give, tis more what love is

My life – all my blood, sweat, and tears

Put you first, protect you at all costs

Stick by you through thick, thin, wins and loss

Hey beautiful, we’re at the end now

One day I’ll make a long list of all the ways I love you how

But till then, when you’re in the big world out somewhere

There’s a kiss for you, floating in the morning air

There’s a kiss

Cause you beautiful is

 

You are Loved

You are loved beyond what you see

Far beyond what you perceive

Out there, in brightest day and darkest night

Burns the undying fire of love’s might

Caressing you as you go to sleep

Wiping away the tears you weep

Picking up the pieces of your broken heart

Pieces you never realised had fallen apart

Putting them back together so you can breathe

Mending your heart so it can again beat.

Why do you run? Why do you hide?

Why carry on? Why say love you won’t find?

Why are you still searching? 

When you, love is pursuing?

If you would stop running, and let love come home

You would find the place you always belonged.

Where your sins can be covered and forgotten

And new life can be begotten.

You are loved – beyond what you know.

Sea of Indecision

Down inside me

You’ll find a sea

Where no sailor

Did sail or swore

Where no waves fall

Nor seagulls call

Wind changes like time

Having four minds

North, East, South, West

There is no rest

Sometimes a breeze

The heat to ease

Sometimes a gale

You can’t prevail

Where waters blue

Hypnotize you

Sea sirens sing

Doom impending

Death sounds so sweet

Sung from their lips

You fall asleep

Wake six feet deep

Here in the blue

A ship sees you

A single ship

Here doth now slip

Battered wood beams

Tattered sail seams

Splintering deck

Speed tis wind-checked

Wallowing still

Yet free of will

Yet not moving

For not choosing

The captain here

He’s full of fear

He no sailor –

A voyager

Who fell asleep

And drifted deep

He found himself

Stuck in this gulf

With no compass

No man to ask

Watching time pass

Growing old fast

Tales of heros

His own ethos

Call to action

He’s distracted

Encircling

Green and bold rings

Of pieces of land

We call islands

Separated

By gulfs between

So that one choice

All he can voice

For to arrive

Will take such time

To get to one

Your life is done

So he delays

In the blue stays

Drifting here, there

Going nowhere

The sea of indecision

Claiming yet another victim

Fire with Fire

Romans 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

They hit you, so you hit back

Eye for an eye, soon we’re all blue n’ black

Tooth for a tooth, bring the force

Bring effects equal or greater than the cause

They stab you in the back

Pray to the heavens that karma gets them back

They ignore you, so you ignore them

Raise your right hand and take the pledge of silence.

They left you in the dark all alone

So in their night, you take your candle home

They sat and watched as your soul was poured out

And your blood was drunk by a merciless ground

So now you pull out the chair and watch them burn

Cheer the flames on. Isn’t that life? Isn’t it now their turn?

They brought you pain, you bring them pain

When war breaks out, who really gains?

We go to battle with our words

Over little things that are hardly a war worth

And we start with jabs, and get hit

So we hit a bit harder, just a bit.

And before we know what’s happening

We’re escalating a situation and clobbering

We go from a skirmish, throwing pebbles and stones

Arrows and spears, to war full-blown

Whence come the swords and hammers aimed for the face

Solid shields, the sickle and the mace.

Set up formations, foil and evade, flank the ranks

Call in air support, mortars, bombs and tanks.

Till finally we close quarters and pull the daggers from our vest

And plunge them into our foes beating chest

And in the heat of the moment we’ve forgotten why

This heated war we fight

But at the end, we on the ground do lie

Broken, tired, and something inside us doth die

For we, on this principle fight – the bigger stick wins the night

Fight fire with fire when you come to the fight

But nothing gets saved when you fight a fire

By lighting another fire that’s even higher

You’ll merely leave a scorched earth

Wounded souls wondering what was the worth

Broken hearts, bleeding out, everyone’s lost

Someone won the war, but with a Pyrrhic cost

If you really want to fight the fire – extinguish your flame

And introduce some water to the game

And maybe you’ll find that you can win

Without being surrounded in ashes in the end