December 18, 2013

How to make a perfect paper snowflake


My godsister showed us how to make a perfect snowflake over twenty years ago. Below are easy steps to fold and cut a beautiful snowflake, and tips on making it intricate.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Light-weight white unlined, acid-free paper* (I’ve been using old paper from school)
  • Good, sharp scissors that are comfortable to hold
  • Weights such as a couple heavy books
  • White putty to hang snowflakes
  • Your imagination!

* Paper that’s not acid-free will yellow over time. You don’t want that!

Make sure your folding is as accurate as possible on edges, and press down your folded edges.

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January 28, 2013

A winter garden

Garlic growing

In the fall, I planted four garlic cloves and crossed my fingers. The soil had been used already for tomato plants and I didn’t have much compost left, so I added coffee grounds and watered them occasionally when I remembered. Talk about neglect. To my utter delight, I recently noticed two of them growing and wondered if the other two — which are closer to the wall where they’d receive less of any rainfall that made it that far — would appear. Sure enough, there they are!

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December 22, 2008

Happy Holidays / I’ve never seen anything so magnificent

Snow in Belcarra

You may have noticed I really like adjectives. They’re useful, and today they’re piling up in abundance: magnificent, incredible, beautiful, bright, amazing, powerful, crunchy, quiet.

This is the most magnificent sight I’ve ever seen. In my twenty years of living here I’ve never witnessed such detail of the view across the water. Somehow the snow and sunlight bring out every branch, roofline and curve of the shore.

Sunlit snow in Belcarra

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December 7, 2008

Paper snowflakes

Paper snowflakes