Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Inspired by... Origami Cranes

For the last couple of months I've been putting the final touches on the boys' rooms.  Although I love Happy Vee's "Around the World" themed room, it's pretty mature for a little boys room and I'd like to add a little more color and whimsy.  I've been wanting to hang something above his bed, something along the lines of a colorful pennant or international flags... but more fun.  We can do the United Nations look when he's older.  :)  Anyhow, I finally found the "fun" when I stumbled upon some Origami Crane inspiration.

colorful cranes

this reminds me of a display at my grandparent's 50th wedding anniversary

pretty origami crane mobile

flying birds

cool modern wall art
vinyl crane art via viesso

love these pretty ornaments

Did you know that there is a story or two behind origami cranes?  A Japanese legend says that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish, such as a long life or recovery from an illness.  It's also a symbol of happiness and prosperity, which is why origami cranes can be found at many weddings (including my own!).

Then there's this sad, but uplifting story of a little girl named Sadako Sasaki, who was battling radiation-induced  leukemia that was a direct result of the WWII atomic bombing of Hiroshima.  She passed away while attempting to fold 1,000 cranes and ultimately the cranes became a symbol for world peace.  A little heavy, but you can't have an "around the world" room without some symbol for world peace!   

I'm still folding... but don't worry, I won't be folding 1,000 of these little guys.  I can just imagine Happy Vee not being able to sleep with all the "alfred hitchcock" bird activity on his ceiling and yelling "No berds mama! No berds!!!"  Sleep is golden around here, so I think 20 birds will do.  I'll be back later to share the final project. 

Have a terrific day-before-Friday!