Friday, August 3, 2012

* Origami Paper Crane Wish Tree - Remembering a Friend With Cancer

I blogged about our origami peace cranes gift on May 30th.
My dear friend Lisa, that we made one of the chains for, passed away the next day. 
It was heartbreaking. It still is heartbreaking.
I'm still healing and will be for a long time. 

Lisa and I met at our breast-feeding group when our oldest daughters were tiny little things.
We started a playgroup together and became close friends 
as we journeyed through motherhood together. 
Too many years of friendship and good memories to fit into one little blog post.
There were origami cranes at her memorial service and they'll always make me think of her.
This wish tree was created as a bit of therapeutic art for myself and my daughter. 

The original inspiration for this project came from this flickr picture taken at 
the Unitarian Universalist Church in Livermore California.

It is said that when one folds 1,000 origami cranes they are granted a wish.
"E" and I are getting there, slowly but surely.

We sat and folded the tiny cranes together using a pack of origami paper
I picked up at Michaels. Each paper square is 3"x 3"

As we sat and folded cranes we talked about our memories of Lisa.
We talked about our hopes and wishes for her family and they heal.
We talked about our wishes for other friends and family fighting their own battles. 

It wasn't all sad talk. We laughed. We told funny stories and jokes.
We talked about wishes and hopes for the future.
We spent many hours together folding cranes over a period of several days.

When we felt like we had enough cranes, we sorted them into piles by color.
The branches for our tree were found in my parents' basement 
(they have an awesome craft room too.) 
 I'm not sure where they originally found the branches.
I wedged them into a little bucket I had from Ikea's garden center. 
You could use rocks or fish gravel to weigh it down so it won't tip over, 
I used some plaster of paris to anchor and keep it weighted down.

I adhered the cranes with Elmer's glue dots. 

Here's our finished wishing tree. 

It's sitting in the family room and makes me smile every time I see it.
It fills me with happy memories and they are slowly but surely replacing the sadness.

Lisa, Chris, Sabine, and Christopher -- 
I love you all and carry you in my heart every day. 

Pink and Green Mama

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