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.