Happy Father’s Day – Pictures of Me and My Dad and an Origami Craft to Make for Your Dad!

For the last three years, my elementary school has held a Father Daughter Dance in February.  In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to share with you the pictures that I’ve taken with my dad at each dance.  The rest of this week, I’m going to tell you about the outfits that I wore to each dance.  You know I wouldn’t give up a chance to talk to you about my fashionista style!

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5th Grade – February 2014

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4th Grade – February 2013

3rd Grade – February 2012

 Origami Shirt and Tie

The Shirt

  1. Using a rectangular sheet of paper (I used a letter size 8.5″ x 11″)  fold it in half lengthwise and unfold.
  2. Fold the left and right edges of the sheet towards the middle. This gives two flaps.
  3. Fold the right flap out toward the right.
  4. Repeat of the other side: fold the left flap out toward the left at the same angle. Both folds form a “V” shape where the paper is peeled away from the central crease.
  5. Turn the paper and flip over so the “V” is on the bottom and is facing down towards the table. Fold (about one inch) of the top edge down towards you.
  6. Flip the paper again so the “V” is now facing up. Fold the right corner of the paper towards the middle crease.
  7. Repeat with the left side: fold the top left corner towards the center allowing the two corners to meet in the middle.
  8. Bring the bottom of the paper up and slide it under the collar.
  9. Now you can see how steps 3 and 4 formed the sleeves of the shirt.
  10. Press the bottom of the shirt firmly and it’s time to make the tie.

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The Tie

  1. Using a square sheet of paper (colored side down) fold it in half along the diagonal.
  2. Unfold. Fold the outside corners into the center, making sure that the edges line up along the center line.
  3. Flip it over. Fold the top point down.
  4. Fold it immediately back up again, stopping a little way short of the top edge. Now fold once more.
  5. Carefully fold little triangles at the edge of the “knot” of the tie.
  6. Crease well, then open up again and flip the tie over.
  7. Now bring the right corner into the center, matching the edge along the center line.
  8. As you do so, a little triangle will form.  Ease it into position and crease down gently.
  9. Repeat for the left side.
  10. Crease well, and flip over.
  11. The tie is complete.
  12. Tape the tie to the shirt.

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Now put them together.

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Happy Memorial Day!

This weekend both of my parents took my grandmas (my dad’s mom and my mom’s mom) to visit the cemetery and put flowers on the graves of our relatives.  My parents have been married for almost fifteen years and they didn’t know each other when they were little, but their relatives are buried in the same cemetery.  It’s even more of a coincidence because they are buried like almost right next to each other.  When my dad goes to his dad’s grave it is like 50 feet away from my mom’s grandma’s grave.  Anyway, I rode with my mom and we put flowers on everybody’s grave.  This year it was pink carnations.  My mom has a lot of relatives in the cemetery because her granny had ten brothers and sisters.  My dad only has a few people there.  When I asked my parents why we celebrate Memorial Day and go to the cemetery they said that Memorial Day was really created to visit the graves of veterans or people who died in war, not just to go visit the grave of anybody who had died.  But, over time the holiday morphed like so many things do, and now people use Memorial Day as a time to visit the graves of all of their loved ones who have died.

When we got home, I looked it up on the Internet.  This is what I learned.  Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.  It was a day of remembrance for those who had died in military service to the United States of America.  Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day, but Waterloo, NY was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon B. Johnson in May 1966.  There is conflicting information about the origins of Memorial Day, but what everybody does agree with is that Memorial Day was created out of a desire of people to honor the Civil War dead.  Its purpose was to spread flowers and decorate the graves of soldiers who died in defense of our country.  On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

Since that time, Memorial Day is used to decorate the graves of all people, not just those who died in war.  It is also a holiday that gives people a three day weekend and marks the beginning of summer.  People barbecue and go to the lake and do outdoor stuff.  At my house, we have a family tradition and my dad makes his famous gumbo.  He makes gumbo on Labor Day too.  Today we had gumbo and crab cake sandwiches.  It was delish!  I also made a Memorial Day craft using four paper plates.  Take a look.

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This 3-dimensional star is made from 2 stars that are interlaced. Once complete, the star stands by itself on a table, and makes a great patriotic decoration.

Supplies:

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Stiff paper like card stock, decorative paper plate or thin cardboard.
  • Scissors
  • Crayons or markers (if decorative paper or paper plate is not used)

Two paper stars are needed to make one 3-dimensional star.

Decorate the two stars on both sides, then cut them out. If you use decorative paper or paper plates, you’ll need four of each. Draw the stars, cut them out and paste the white sides together to get a print on each side of the stars. Make one slit in each star. On one star, the slit goes from an inner corner to the center point of the star; on the other star, the slit goes from an outer corner to the center point.

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Slip the two stars together through the slits you just cut. For stability, you may have to tape the stars a bit where they meet at the slits.

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You now have a great three-dimensional star decoration that stands by itself on a table.

Happy Mother’s Day!!

Today I’m going to show you how to create a simple home made Mother’s Day card. The card says “I Love You” in sign language on the front.

Step 1: Fold a piece of white construction paper in half and set aside.
Step 2: Take a piece of colored construction paper (I prefer pink) and trace your hand.
Step 3: Cut out the hand figure.
Step 4: Erase any pencil marks.
Step 5: Turn hand over (this is now the front of the hand) and fold down the middle and ring fingers.
Step 6: Write I Love You on the hand in pencil and then trace with a marker.
Step 7: Tape your hand to the folded white paper along the long side.
Step 8: Tape the middle and ring fingers.
Step 9: The front of the card is complete!
Step 10: Now write a message inside the card in pencil and then trace with a marker (remember to erase stray pencil marks).
Step 11: Don’t forget to put the date or year in the bottom corner!

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Happy Easter!

It’s Sunday night again and it’s getting pretty late. I’ve been in bed sick with a cold all weekend. I felt so bad that I even had to miss dance class yesterday….now you know I’m sick if I missed dance! Anyway, I woke up to a bright and sunny Easter morning. It was supposed to rain today, but it barely rained at all. Krispy Kreme doughnuts, bacon, and a glass of milk for breakfast. YUM! My brother and I shared an Easter “basket.” It was really big and had blue and pink Easter grass, two chocolate bunnies for each of us and all of the other candy we could want – Twix, Snickers, Laffy Taffy, Nerds, Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Skittles, jelly beans, and gummies! It was awesome! My older sister and her boyfriend came over for dinner – ham, cheesy potatoes, green bean casserole, salad, and rolls. They brought us cupcakes for dessert, but we also had pound cake, strawberries, raspberries, and whipped topping. Almost made me forget that I was sick! While I was in bed all weekend, I read, played games on my Kindle, and made crafts. I also got up for a while and moved to the dining room table to dye Easter eggs before dinner.

The “crafts” that I made were actually origami. I looovvveee origami! I am very passionate about this hobby. Origami is paper folding. When I first started learning origami last year, I saw a YouTube video of a guy who was really good at it. He said that if you are using scissors and cutting your paper or if you are gluing or pasting it, you are just making a craft project. Origami doesn’t use scissors or glue. It is the art of folding a square piece of paper into so much more. Take a look at some of my Easter decorations and treats and of course, my origami.
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Look at the red crane I made in the picture. I also made a dark green duck and a light green frog. Here are the instructions for folding a crane. When I am feeling better, I am going to make a few origami videos of my own and share them on my website.

Crane Instructions:

1: Fold paper in half (diagonally) and unfold so that the colored side is facing up again. Then, fold the paper in half (diagonally) in the other direction.

2: Unfold the paper so that the colored side is facing down.

3: Fold the paper in half. Unfold so that the colored side is facing down again. Then, fold the paper in half in the other direction. Unfold.

4: The creases make this step possible. Bring the top, right, and left corners down to the bottom corner and flatten. The crane should look similar to the image to the right.

5: Fold upper layer of right corner inward to the center so that it looks like the image to the right. Repeat with the left corner.

6: Fold top corner down until it meets the upper section of the fold made in step 5. After this step, your paper crane should look kind of like a diamond as pictured in the image below. Unfold only what was folded in step 6.

7: Turn over your paper crane to-be. Repeat steps 5 and 6 on this side.

8: Unfold the paper so that it looks similar as to what it did at the end of step 4 (except this time it will have some new creases.)

9: Open the upper flap of the paper. While opening the upper flap, carefully fold both sides inward. The creases made in previous steps will be a guide as the paper is folded. Turn over the paper and repeat open the upper flap of the paper. Carefully fold both sides inward, just like before.

10: Fold the top layer of the right “leg” part. Repeat on the left leg. Turn over your crane and fold both legs on this side.

11: Fold each leg up at an angle. Crease the fold. Unfold only what was did in this step.

12: Tuck the right leg up and inwards. Repeat with the left leg.

13: Choose whichever end you wish to be the head and fold it down. Fold the wings downward and crease

Now you have a crane!