31 DOC – Origami Butterflies Are Free … Day 31

Well, I’ve reached the end of my personal 31 Days Of Creativity which centered around butterflies and in particular origami folded paper butterflies. And having reached the end of my challenge, I decided to set the butterflies free to return to nature.

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And, after covering the Rose Of Sharon shrubs with folded paper butterflies, I noticed that I was attracting other members of Mom Nature’s family to the area.DSC00326

 

So, BEEing wise, I decided to retire from the scene.

NOTE: After a month of folding paper butterflies, I have not been able to master the techniques needed to create a butterfly to even come close to the illustration seen on the cover of the instruction manual.Butterfly

 

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – NATURE’S CORSAGE

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31 DOC – Photogram Butterflies … Day 30

Today, I decided to vary my daily creative quest and go from origami to an art form used by Man Ray and Pablo Picasso.

THE PHOTOGRAM … which is created by placing real objects on a sheet of photo sensitive paper and exposing  it to light.DSC00324

I created this work about 49 years ago.  The objects featured in the photogram are assorted butterflies and moths, mimosa branches, dandelions and other weed blossoms. The 12 x 36 print  was decoupaged to a sheet of masonite and has hung on the wall of the sun porch until last week  when the screw holding it up pulled out of the wall and came crashing down in the middle of the night. I thought someone was breaking into the house and got up to see what was going on.  My fearless canine companion yawned and went back to sleep. No damage, other than my Australian bush hat falling into Renee’s water bowl. Well, it had to be washed anyway before I mowed the lawn this week.

31 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 29

And as our 31 Days of Origami Creativity slowly draws to a close, I notice I’m  resorting to creating  more and more fictitious butterflies. Hey, if Arthur Conan Doyle could do it, so can I.

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THE GIANT SUMATRAN VAMPIRE BUTTERFLY

Now, only two more DOCs to go!

DETAILS OF THE LOST WEEKEND … THAT WASN’T!

Well, I got up early on Friday, so I could get my grocery shopping done and return home before the mercury boiled out of the thermometers around town. Also, I was racing against the possibility of a promised thunderstorm.

So I got up, dressed, had a quick slice of buttered toast and a cup of dark chocolate …

 

 

 

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If you’ll look closely at the cup of hot chocolate, you’ll notice a rather strand marshmallow floating on top. Actually, it one of those mini-Peeps I mentioned in another post a couple of weeks ago.  Who knows, maybe Peeps really aren’t little chickies, but really are little duckies.

I ate and then headed out the door to the nearest Metro Transit Center. You know, you meet the craziest people … and dogs when you travel by Metro Transit. Thankfully, it was very air-conditioned.DSC00280

Not only was I shopping to restock my larder, but I was also picking up hamburger and hot dog buns, but also the ingredients to make my mother’s fresh cucumber pickles. These were the things I was preparing to bring to my niece’s old-fashioned birthday barbecue on Sunday. So after I picked up the things I needed, and worked my way through the  checkout line, I was ready to head back to my Metro Stop. Along the way, I spied this cute little weak flower.DSC00274

While the flower was delicate and pastel, the stems holding it up were thick and woody. One of Mom Nature’s little jokes.

As soon as I got home I started on the fresh pickles.

 

MY MOTHER’S FRESH CUCUMBER PICKLE RECIPE:

*4 ripe large cucumbers — peeled and thinly sliced

*1 red or white onion sliced into thin rings. [Note: the red onion will give a sweeter taste to the finished pickles, but also a pink tint to the pickles. The white onion will give a stronger onion flavor, but will leave the pickle slices white.]

Place the sliced cucumbers and onions in a large Ziploc plastic bag and sprinkle with

*1 TBSP. salt

Seal the bag and shake to cover all cucumber and onion slices with salt. Refrigerate overnight.

The next morning drain all the salty water that has been drawn out of the cucumbers, and place them in a large bowl. My mother used to squeeze the salty juice out of the cucumber and onion slices.

Mix and dissolve together …

*1 cup granulated sugar

*1 cup white vinegar

Add …

*1 tsp. celery seed

*1 tsp. mustard seed

*1 light shake of  ground black pepper

Mix and pour over the cucumbers and onions and stir them all together. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let stand in the refrigerator for 24 hours before serving.

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I always serve my fresh cucumber pickles in  a Mason Jar with a large slotted spoon.  The recipe should make enough to fill to large jars. BTW, three of the ladies asked me for the recipe at the birthday party.

While searching for my mother’s recipe I also discovered the last cookie cutter that belonged to my grandmother.DSC00279My grandmother gave all of her cookie cutters from the early 1900s to my mother. And when my mother died, I handed out one each to my brothers and nephews and nieces. I saved the chicken for myself … I think I must have worn off the red enamel on handle helping my grandmother and mother cutout sugar cookies.

The party was a lot of fun.DSC00288

My great-niece Nicole (2.5) played doctor with my nephew’s new puppy, Stella. (9 months)

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And my great-nephew Luke (1.5) preferred higher dog safe areas where he could eat hotdogs, instead of being licked by the puppy.DSC00291He also does a great godfather impression.

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And that was my weekend that really wasn’t lost at all.

 

 

 

31 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Days 25, 26, 27 and 28

OMG! IT WAS A LOST WEEKEND! Well, I had to have some excuse for missing an entire weekend of CREATIVITY! So I cranked up the origami butterfly production to capture all the days I missed.

FRIDAY – DAY 25 — THE MASK OF ZORRO BUTTERFLY.MaskOfZorroBF

 

SATURDAY – DAY 26 — THE SISTER MERRY BUTTERFLY

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SUNDAY – DAY 27 — THE BERRY BLUE BUTTERFLYDSC00304

MONDAY – DAY 28 — THE BUTTER CARAMEL BUTTERFLYDSC00306

Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you the written update on the past weekend a little later today.

But to be really honest …

This is the photo I really wanted to post for SUMMER LOVIN’ …DSC00252

But I figured too many people would find it obscene.  I don’t know why, it has been sitting in a sunny spot on the lawn of the Missouri Botanical Garden for as long as I can remember.

DAILY POST Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

THIS WEEK, SHARE A PHOTO THAT SAYS SUMMER LOVIN’ TO YOU! For more information click here!

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SUMMER’S FINEST BLOOMS DAY LILIES

And yes the peach one is my favorite.

 

31 DOC – Ornamental Butterflies … Day 24

Today, I took a break from folding an origami butterfly, and took the opportunity to enjoy the cool July weather that returned overnight. I went trekking and used my camera to capture images of butterflies I spied on my trek around town. 

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They both have a center fan segment that catches the wind of twirls. The wind also rotates the butterflies to keep in the direction of the moving wind.

On a somewhat grander scale there was this giant Monarch Butterfly and Blossem made from a multitude of Lego blocks.Monarch

It was part of a special exhibit in the Missouri Botanical Garden in the Climatron which is a multi-level tropical greenhouse encased in a giant geodesic dome. I’ll cover more of my  TREK to the Garden in tomorrow’s and Saturday’s posts. In other words, that means I took a lot of photographs that I have to go through before I can post them. By the way, have you ever seen of CORPSE FLOWER? You will in one of my next posts.

31 DOC – Origami Butterflies … Day 23

For my Wednesday (Day 23  of my 31 Days of Creativity) I folded a gold foil butterfly per a request from a friend.GoldenButtergly

GOLDEN BUTTERFLY

The only problem with foil folding paper is that the reflection of light makes it difficult for photograph. Also, you can’t make any fold corrections.

[Note: I just realized that there are 31 Days in July.]

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