I chose scrapbook paper to make my crane, and while the paper is pretty, and makes nice, strong folds, the paper is too stiff for the body of the crane to puff up like the ones I've made with traditional, thinner origami paper. But that's ok! I just left the wings down, and the crane perches just fine.
Here's my crane:
All of the Mission cranes are supposed to have an inspirational word on them, and I chose "DECIDE" as mine. It's not a traditional inspirational word, but for me, it's a good one. This has been a year of decisions -- what I want to do with myself and my jewelry, what I want others to see me as, what I want to project with my words.
Maybe the person who picks up this crane has a hard decision to make about a job, the love of their life, or even just where to go to dinner. The crane may make them laugh, smile, or hold it in their hand, take it home, and stare at the word for a long, long time.
DECIDE. Sometimes it's not so simple, is it? That's why I thought a little talisman might help whomever finds it. And decisions can trick you, hold off and only later turn into something amazing. I mean, when I decided to join the Air Force, little did I know I'd meet my husband there -- and even though we only spoke to each other about three times, that decision to join the military followed me even when I got out, all the way to 1999, when I "re-met" Rick via email. Some decisions may get decided for us now, but won't show the true results for years.
Now, where am I going to hide this little bird? In the turning stands of Anthropologie in Annapolis, MD, the ones that hold drawer knobs, like these I bought for my bead cabinet ....
Will you be participating in the 1000 Paper Cranes Mission? If you're not up to making the origami, consider leaving a pretty little note with your inspirational word on it. Nothing else, just the word. Think how cool that would be if you found it!
And for another neat "hide it and they will find it" project, check out my favorite glass blower, Josh Simpson, and his Infinity Project. Talk about a lucky recipient! And talk about some hard-to-find places! Be sure to look at his store -- I've met him in person and seen his work -- astounding. My goal is to own one of his Planets one day.
I hope you enjoyed today's post -- have fun with your creating, and don't forget to DECIDE something today!