Spring Time Is Kite Time

Spring Time Is Kite Time

At Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas every season is kite season. But for most enthusiasts spring awakens a hunger to sail a kite on the breeze. And it is also an ideal time to discover the simple pleasures of kite flying. Interest in kites has been on the upswing in recent...

Let’s Celebrate Spring

Let’s Celebrate Spring

Let's Celebrate Spring. This past year has been challenging, to say the very least. The COVID 19 pandemic derailed plans, caused a great deal of misery and in general upended life. Now there is a ray of sunshine on the horizon. Nationwide the number of daily reported...

Legend of The Carp

Legend of The Carp

Kites are unique in that they have an international appeal that is rooted in antiquity. As a result they are excellent for bridging chasms of culture or language. Japanese historians believe that kites were first introduced into the country by Buddhist missionaries...

The Dragon

The Dragon

Chinese folklore is rich with tales and legends of dragons so it should not be surprising to learn that the mythical creatures figure prominently in kite designs. Some of the most intriguing legends blend dragons and the use of dragon kites used to help fight off...

Time Capsules

Time Capsules

Time Capsules In movies, books and stories kites are often used to portray a sense of whimsy. They are linked to the carefree days of childhood. But like simple, carefree days kites are fragile. They are made of paper, twine, wood or silk. As a result vintage or...

Flying Good Times

Flying Good Times

Flying Good Times Harvey A. Sellers, was a seller of paper. He was also an avid kiting enthusiast. Disappointed by the poor construction and quality of available commercial kites, he began tinkering with kite designs in his basement. His break came with the idea to...

Oasis In Troubling Times

Oasis In Troubling Times

Oasis In Troubling Times. At the very least 2020 will be remembered as a year of stress and uncertainty. Both are detrimental to physical and mental health. The kite enthusiast that shops at Tumbleweed and Tarantulas has long known that stress is easily cured with a...

Kites & Pizza

Kites & Pizza

The kites & pizza hideaway restaurant across the street from the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma is an institution. The doors at the original restaurant opened for business in 1957 making this one of the oldest pizza parlors in the Sooner...

Link To The Past

Link To The Past

Here is to a point to ponder. A recent archaeological excavation in the Vanuatu Islands included a burial site more than 3,000 years old with an engraving of a kite. When you are relaxing under a desert sky while watching your kite dance on high, when you stop by...

Building A Kite

Building A Kite

Building A Kite, Okay, I think we can all agree that flying a kite is a great way to alleviate COVID 19 induced stress. When shared with friends it is also a pleasant way to do a bit of social distancing. Now, if you have a bit of extra time on your hands courtesy of...

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