Stocking Stuffers: A symbol of hope and good luck from Turlock artist

pguerra@modbee.comDecember 18, 2013 

Rhett Regina Owings generally paints landscapes, but the artist also likes folding origami paper cranes, a traditional symbol of good health and luck. Throughout the holiday season, we are offering suggestions of gifts of $20 or under, available at local merchants.

Name of the business: The Golden Paper Crane

Item: Embellished origami paper cranes

Price: $20

Item description: Owings said she carefully selects beads and other elements to enhance the cranes, which include tags that say “Peace,” “Hope,” “Love,” “Joy” or “Dream,” as well as a feudal family crest with a stylized crane. The crane in Japan is said to live 1,000 years and is considered to bring good luck. Each paper crane comes with a gift box, the “Story of the Paper Crane” and a description of how Japanese washi paper is made.

This is a perfect gift for: The “Story of the Paper Crane” is well known among schoolchildren and has become an international symbol of peace. It is often given as a wish for good health and to wish good fortune at a marriage. This makes it a perfect gift during the holidays, or to wish friends good health and luck.

About the store: Owings’ cranes also are available at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock.

Pertinent info: 1140 E. Main St., Turlock. Open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (209) 634-3745.

Have some creative, low-cost gift ideas of your own? Share them by emailing Patty Guerra at

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