The ancient Japanese tradition of senbazuru promises that a person who folds 1000 cranes will be granted a wish, such as long life or recovery from illness. Many times a family or group of people come together to accomplish this labor of love.I thought that it was a wonderful tradition, and really touched some of Kev's love of Japanese culture. This big issue was the fact that I absolutely suck at spatial activities, and knew nothing about origami other than it seemed intimidating. Luckily, I'm like a bulldog when I have an idea and decided that I could do this project. Kev gave me a fairly unenthusiastic "OK" which I took as total buy in and a dedication to work on this nightly with me. :p
Step one was to find the right kind of paper. We had randomly run to Walmart for some reason, and I looked all over the store for it there. No luck. We picked up his Mom from the bus station (she had come down from Helena to hang out with us for the weekend.) On our way home, I made them stop at the mall, so that I could get the paper from Joanne's. I stuck out again, all I could find was 12x12 card stock which didn't seem right to me. Finally, I had the bright idea of walking down to Barnes and Noble and getting one of those origami gift set. It turns out that I could get an entire set and a book of how to fold stuff for $9.
*I had to put down the computer and go rescue the cheesecake from Maki, the devil dog. I have no idea why he thinks it is ok to get on the counter and try to get stuff. Grrrr!!*
Back to my story... I got my gift set, and headed back to the car where Kev was giving me weird looks wondering why I had a huge box in my arms when I went in for paper.
We got home and I got distracted with a million cleaning projects before finally sitting down to give the folding a try. The book had drawings and instructions that supposedly a child could follow, aka confusing as hell. It took me 45 minutes, but finally I produced this battered work of art.
|Sad crane is sad, or has a broken neck.|
|See? Her yellow one looks awesome!|
What would you wish for?