Tuesday, November 23, 2010

1000 Paper Cranes Mission -- My Crane

Remember this post, where I talked about the 1000 Paper Cranes Mission?  I finally had the time to make one.  It's been on my list, but my list keeps eating too much chocolate and therefore keeps growing and growing and becoming larger and larger.


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.

Who knows?

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!

Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and writes the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.


  1. Great post. I would be so excited to find your crane.

  2. You are so right...our decisions effect our lives, and the others around us in so many ways.

  3. I love that you chose the word you did! There's a certain relief in making a decision, and it usually feels good to finally be "on the road"--you've left your perch in the crossroad and you're moving with purpose. In those moments after a big decision, you usually know instinctively whether it was the right one. The word "decide" also reminds me that I am obligated, as an adult, to exercise authority over my own life. No matter where I get my guidance or inspiration, I, myself, still must make that final decision and own the consequences, good, bad or "interesting".

  4. Anonymous6:58 PM

    Totally enjoyed today's post. The word you chose resonated something within, as I've also had a year of many decisions and the direction I want to go.

    What we decide now effects us later. It's just a matter of planting that decision! Because once a seed is planted we must then have patience for it to sprout, and then grow.

  5. You know, this is such a coincidence. Today I 'decided' a few things, some rather monumental things for me even though they may seem small or obvious to others. But the very act of doing that equaled a 'heart' to myself. Serendipity? It's like you've given me your crane. I really, really need to get onto this project because I think it very special.

  6. What a brilliant idea! It's like leaving a little bit of random inspiration for someone. I think I'll have to make one now...hmmm what would my word be...

  7. That is a great post. Love learning about your decision making and thought process. Just don't over think every little thing! Just do it! Ha ha. I sure trip myself up often by over thinking too many things. Have a great holiday. Riki

  8. We never know where our decisions will lead us. And the universe responds to them - sometimes almost instantly.

  9. Decide is a great word, Lori. Wonderful post

  10. This is a perfect paper crane word - quite overlooked as an inspirational one! Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. So true - because once you've decided you move foward! Indescision is what keeps us stuck and unproductive. Great choice of words!

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!


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