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!!

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5 Ways to Make Friends

1020155_39660993 So you want friends to hang out with (I mean like, real friends)? Here’s 5 steps to help you with that.

1. Look up. Put down your mobile, your laptop, your tablet, and look up. You’re not going to make friends staring at screen. For a video worth watching, click here LOOK UP

2. Step out. If you want to find friends, you have to meet people. So whether you do it easily or you’re super shy, find ways to step out there. All it takes is a “Hi,” with a smile. Don’t just wish for people to find you, go out and find people. Join clubs in things you like doing, or better still, just go and try new things! You could surprise yourself with the people you meet. Look for the opportunities and when you find them, take them.

3. Listen. Epictetus, a greek philosopher, once said, “We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” Maybe he was right. People want someone to listen to them – so when you’re trying to make friends, make sure you listen as much as you can. Your time will come eventually to talk.

4. Consider their needs. People have many different ideas of what makes someone a friend, but central to all the different ideas is this concept – friends are people who do/give something to/for you. So it stands to reason, that if you want friends, you’ll have to be a friend to them – and that means you’ll have to meet this central concept of friendship.

5. Give. This step is basically a continuation of step four. What is it that makes a friend who they are? They give. Whether it’s time, emotional support, companionship, or gifts: friends give.

I hope you find this helpful. I know it’s short and simple, but sometimes things have to be short and simple. Best wishes in your hunt for friends! P.S. There are friends that stick closer than family – you just have to find them.

photo by Barun Patro.

Thankful Week Thursday

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And on and on it goes. If I may describe my week, Sunday was really good, followed by Monday, Tuesday, then Wednesday came along and it started to plummet till it got to Thursday. Now it’s entering into a definite low – but that doesn’t mean there’s things to be thankful for.

So what am I thankful for today?

– chicken nuggets

– drive thrus

– google maps

– gps phones

– ricotta and spinach pastries (I’ve eaten over 30 this week)

– my Mum (she cooked me osso bucco tonite :’)  )

 

What are you thankful for?