Twenty Second Tulip

My cold whomped my week. I remember a couple of trips to Walgreens for OTC meds that did exactly jack, blinding coughing jags and ears that haven’t cleared since I walked onto the tarmac two Thursdays ago. Oh yeah, there was that awesome Cooks Illustrated coffee cake I made a week ago.

What crushed me was my lack of ambition. Blog? Eh, about what — Kleenex? Start that apron I’m so excited about — a commission? Sorry, Janice, much as I’ve longed for my sewing machine, the thought of standing at the table, pinning and cutting seemed as likely as running a 5K. Pitching that book idea? Puhleeze.

I got comfy on the couch with John Le Caree,  Laurie R. King and Margaret Maron. It sounds like more fun than that it was.

I found a lovely thing, only two days ago, when I could lift my eyes to the stack of mail on the hutch : a teeny magic package of origami paper — maybe an inch and a half square. He said:  “Um, I think Priscilla sent it to you.”

Today I felt well enough to eat apple pancakes and sausage. I still can’t hear and cough too much, but I took on The Times Sunday puzzle, and played with those adorable paper squares. This tulip model has many creators, the stem’s from Gay Merrill Gross’s Minigami.

My pix are so bad that that these tulips might take you more than twenty seconds, the first time. I’ve included the stem pattern, but if you don’t want to fuss, pull out your green pencil crayon and draw your stem and your leaves.





Fold the square in half horizontally, then turn one side up slightly higher than the original point. Fold the left side up to match.










Flip the flower over and fold in the points.

Turn it over, et voila: tulip. Twenty second tulip.











Here’s the stem: use a bigger square than you used for the tulip.











Fold the paper in half, then unfold.











Turn the sides into the fold line, then do it again:











This is fun: fold the bottom point up :











Then fold the model in half vertically, left to right. This is fun too.











Then flatten it, and pull the stem out to the right. Stem and leaf.











If you grab a glue stick and a blank card what do you get? A card with a tulip pasted on it.











I like it. Thank you, Priscilla.







Filed under About a buck, Art, Cheap and Cheerful Object of the Day, Cool Japanese Stuff, Origami, Paper

2 responses to “Twenty Second Tulip

  1. NIFF-TEE! You continue to amaze and delight. When I’m ailing, I make everyone else either miserable or get lost, so I can wallow. You take your medicine, go quietly to your couch, and make lovely little gems of prose and posies.

    I SO apologize for my being out of the loop, behind the times, behind the 8-ball, it seems, for January and February wreak the same weird havoc every year—no dogs of war, but Old Blackie has been lying watchful by the fire, soaking up all the heat and light.

    These are just charming! Just a flick of the all-knowing wrist, and voila!
    I DO love little magic like that. I’d love to watch you sometime, with soft music playing, and the thoughts of gently-flowing fountains—those were the backgrounds for my first glimpse of origami—the PBS station in Pensacola, which also gave us Gourmet Cooking with the inestimable Earl Peyroux (the show dubbed “Gourmet Chopping” by our family, for he chopped an onion and made vinaigrette in Every. Single. Episode.).

    You could count on him like clockwork, to whip out that knife and chop, then whip the oil and vinegar in a measuring cup too small for the whisk.

    The lady and gentleman who did the origami show—fifteen minutes, I suppose, every evening at six—were a married couple, the lady’s Japanese heritage lending the background and music, and her the grace and ease with the foldings. He narrated the “point to point” in the most lulling voice, and she would extend a graceful finger, touching the one-to-go and then the one-to-receive, before she unerringly made the folds and turns with the smooth ease of a server sitting seiza to enter and depart.

    I associate the whole art with those wonderfully-choreographed motions and the music, and would love to see them again.

    (For the record, I DID sit on the floor of a Country Club dining room, and folded about a third of the hundred-and-something penguins needed for the tables and chandeliers of a Winter Formal). It became temporary rote, and is lost to time.

  2. kim shook

    Sorry to hear you are under the weather, Miss Maggie! Not surprising that after all the travel and extra work and all.

    I love your tulip! The wife of a patient gave me a tiny, exquisite, pink origami bird the other day and I thought of you!

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