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The flow of life is parallel to a journey off the land. It begins smooth, then the waves of adulthood brings high tides which we must overcome, However at the end of the ride, everything is smooth again. Ironically the lifeline in my palm depicts this flow; it begins smooth, then there is a big split and begin to ruffle, but towards the end it comes back together again.

This paper was about 7.5×7.5mm. Random dimension; I know. At home I have scrap pieces of Hilroy lined paper where the bottom line is 6mm tall; hence my typical 6×6mm folds, but the scrap paper I used for this had lines about 7.5mm tall.

I was so excited to put up some origami again but had a lot of trouble with the photography (I originally had a different idea on how to present this), and I eventually gave up on that and did this instead, placing the boat near the end of the lifeline in my hand ( because my old idea is in the grave :P). This may not give much idea for scale, so I also took this.



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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    incredible- amazing work my friend!!!

  • Thank you my friend; and thanks for the fav. I hope you’ll still like it tomorrow because I’m actually thinking of retaking this again; I realized after uploading that my camera was not set to the highest resolution :P. Can’t do anything about it now though because my camera battery was already very low as I took this.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 6 years ago

    oh wow, what a gorgeous little piece of origami you have created here
    having the ruler there really helps to see just how minute the little boat actually is….
    it’s soooo tiny! i love how you imbue everything you do, with a sense of purpose and meaning Mui-Ling..i admire you so much! Do you know if this is the smallest as far as records go?
    I mean, I couldn’t imagine anyone being able to get them smaller than this!

  • Thanks Karin; glad you like it. Well in terms of this particular sailboat maybe, but as far as any origami, my cranes and thumbelina’s flower is smaller.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • webbie
    webbieover 6 years ago

    So gorgeous…great job…it is so tiny…great job: Mui:) oh and Muis Birds is the name of your art i did…for you..hope u like it:)

  • Do mean the Muis Wishes? I do like it :) Though I hope I got the right one!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Nancy Stafford
    Nancy Staffordover 6 years ago

    great image my friend… very nicely done.. it shows how small your creation is..

  • Thank you my friend. It is close to midnight here so I’ll be heading to bed now. I’ll have this image reuploaded tomorrow after work and I’ll be catching up on the new work too; it’s been a long day.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • webbie
    webbieover 6 years ago

    yes u did..i just got too fix the s on it lol

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 6 years ago

    This is just amazing ,fantastic , wonderful , just incredible .

  • Tania Rose
    Tania Roseover 6 years ago

    Your work is extraordinary!

  • Thank you Tania, it’s nice to meet you. I was surprised to see a comment from someone who wasn’t watching me (or atleast not yet at the time I first posted this image). Thank you for adding me to your watchlist and for the fav on Sailing Along The Lifeline!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillover 6 years ago

    absolutely awesome!!!! wonderfully well done

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesover 6 years ago

    Very Wonderful to see your work again

  • Thanky you Vivkie, it feels great to put stuff up again; though consequently I missed the new works from yesterday. I re-uploaded this image; hope people like it.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Dawnsky2
    Dawnsky2over 6 years ago

    thats just amazing Mui-Ling! this has to be the smallest ever! you should be in the Guiness book of Records!!!! well done to you :)

  • Thanks Dawn. People seem to get the impression that this is my smallest origami creation (which it isn’t); and maybe it’s because of the ruler. I don’t know if they were only refering to this particular kind of sailboat; in which if they were then yes it is my smallest because it is the only small sailboat of its kind I made so far. I’m thinking I may go back to the previous origami works I did and take pictures of them with rulers too. What do you think?

    – Mui-Ling Teh

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