A couple of weeks ago, I received a very nice email from Sandy about her 1000 Paper Cranes Project, asking me if I'd like to join in. After her kind note, and reading a bit about her project, it didn't take me long to say, "YES!"
Sandy's project uses paper cranes, often a symbol of peace, with positive words written on them. They are left for anyone to find, the positive words a way to spread happiness to others. Her aim is to make 1000 paper cranes and leave them in 1000 different locations. Each crane has an uplifting word printed on it, as well as a link to her website with info on her project. The hope being that those finding the paper birds may participate in a widening the circle of happiness. I just LOVE this idea!
So far Sandy has about 118 paper cranes "released," and to date she's been contacted by at least one person who has found one of her birds. Sandy is spreading the word about her project and hoping others will too. If you are interested in helping with this fun project, for adding a bit of happiness out there in the world, do please contact Sandy. She has lots of information on how you can participate.
This past weekend, on Saturday actually, on World Kindness Day I released a paper crane of my own--a little extra kindness added! Dear Husband & I use our local library almost weekly, so the library seemed a very fitting place to leave my bird. It waits with some travel books in a cozy corner at the library...
My word was easy to choose--JOY... one of my favorite emotions and expressions. I have used both English and Norwegian. Joy translated to Norwegian would be GLEDE. The paper is aqua blue scrapbooking paper (I don't have anything like pretty origami paper at the moment). Blue is often symbolic of peace & positive flow of communication.
Does that look like a bird?! First try... far from flying!
For fun I thought I'd share a few "out-takes" of trying to learn how to make an origami bird--origami is something I'd not tried before Sandy asked me to join her project. There are a GAZILLION online sources for origami how-to's, etc. Everything from YouTube tutorials, to other illustrated step-by-step sites. In the end the most helpful to me was this site, offering 3D animated instructions.
Let me know if you join in on this project. I would love to see your birds, your message and where you might leave your bit of happiness. And I know Sandy would appreciate some extra hands and hearts joining in!
JOY to you this day and always...