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« on: July 01, 2014 08:11:41 PM »



Given the highly doubtful likelihood of me being around for Craftster's 1,000th challenge (at 12 challenges per year, that'd be in 2089...) I figured I'd do a scaled-down crane folding for the momentous 100th challenge.  But what to *do* with the cranes?  That was the question...



And I lit upon the idea of a combination of public art and well-wishing.  I thought up 100 positive qualities/words (love, joy, hope, dreams, courage, resolve, etc... that was a really difficult thing, I have to be honest...) and wrote a different one on every crane.  Then I carefully strung them on bits of string and Cryssoleil and I went and hung them on a tree at a park and... left them there.  And I want to thank her for going with me on perhaps one of the hottest, muggiest days we've had!  I'm not sure I would have been brave enough to do it on my own, especially since no one would have been there to drag me back to the car if I passed out from the heat...



It felt a little like really pretty littering, I'll be honest.  But the birds will disintegrate in the rain and the real birds (and squirrels) can use the bits of yarn in their nests (goodness knows they love the stuffing from my patio furniture...) so it's not all bad.  And, in a perfect world, as each of the cranes gets water-logged, and the ink runs, that wish - that happy thought - is released into the universe to fly away to someone who really needs it.  Hey, I can dream, too, right?









(And you'll just have to believe me, yes, there are *exactly* 100 cranes on that tree!)
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2014 08:27:48 PM »

That is really cool!
Great idea and I love the 100 words! (I couldn't think of a 100 between the 2 languages I speak, I think Cheesy).
The whole concept is beautiful and so are Your photos!

Also what a relief -I don't have to worry about trying come up with an idea to participate in this challenge anymore, as I can't think of anything that'd be better Cheesy

Totally rocks!
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2014 08:37:45 PM »

This is glorious, I love paper cranes and I just love that you put them out there.
Can you imagine how fun it would be to be out for a walk and finding a tree filled with paper cranes? I'm inspired.
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2014 08:51:55 PM »

Awww, thanks, guys!  Yeah, the words were the hardest part... I honestly didn't think that would be as difficult as it was!  I should find my list and post the words... it's all just scribbled on a piece of paper (with check marks to say I'd written it on a crane!), I'd need to type it up, but that's easy enough!

There was at least one full weekend for people to find it before it rained, and I hope at least a few people did!  Cheesy  I love finding things like that, too.
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2014 08:56:49 PM »

That is really beautiful!
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2014 10:44:35 PM »

I would love to find me a tree filled with paper cranes! And then find out that there are messages on them!  Shocked Amazing!!

Yes, I like to believe that the paper cranes are like the Prayer Flags! So you will release 100 good intentions into the world! Isn't that awesome!!

You rock!  Smiley
I'll keep an eye out and vote for you!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2014 08:23:07 AM »

How beautiful!  Amazing thought and implementation!
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2014 11:41:31 AM »

Such a beautiful display and inspiration. Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2014 04:58:47 PM »

Thanks, everyone, it was a big step out of my comfort zone to do this, but it was amazing and I have this challenge to thank for pushing me into it!
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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2014 06:18:50 PM »

I love this idea!  I love the idea of putting positive words out into the universe!
and wow your hands must have been tired from folding all of those cranes!
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