Easy Butterfly Origami

My new book, Easy Butterfly Origami features 30 bold full-color patterns designed to accurately portray the dorsal and ventral sides of some of the most beautiful butterflies from around the world!

Origami Folding Tips

Origami, from the Japanese ori (to fold) and kami (paper), began in the 6th century when Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan. The print-and-fold crafts and easy diagrams are designed to help children with fine motor skills, directions and hand eye coordination. Some basic origami folding tips:
  • Print and cut out patterns carefully.
  • Fold with clean, dry hands.
  • Follow the instructions. Study the diagrams and be patient.
  • Be precise: fold each crease well, flattening the creases by running your fingertip over the fold.
  • Folding the paper away from you is easier than folding towards you.
  • Be creative...use your origami on greeting cards, holiday decorations, table place cards and bookmarks.

Chinese Zodiac: The Year of the Dog

1934 February 14 to February 03 1935
1946 February 02 to January 21 1947
1958 February 18 to February 07 1959
1970 February 06 to January 26 1971
1982 January 25 to February 12 1983
1994 February 10 to January 30 1995
2006 January 29 to February 17 2007
2018 February 16 to February 04 2019

You are much admired for your honest and courageous nature, always ready to defend friends and others who have suffered an injustice. Your friends know that you can surely be depended on because of your loyalty, trust and fairness. Furthermore, you sincerely believe that honesty is the best policy and your advice and help are always welcome. Friends know that very seldom would you ever cancel a commitment or betray anyone. However, you will always remember the person who had caused pain by rejecting or hurting you in any way. 
You perform well whenever you serve others, and when you are motivated nothing can hinder you from reaching your goal. Without a sense of purpose though, you achieve very little in life.
A bad habit that you possess is the tendency to worry unnecessarily and to see things in a negative way. This trait may drain your spirit and cause you to be anxious about potential problems. Try not to tire yourself by thinking about problems that have not even emerged. Although you have a keen sense of duty and responsibility, bear in mind that it is impossible for you to carry every burden, so learn to relax more.
You are usually a good conversationalist and quick-witted with an alert mind. But you do not particularly care to attend large gatherings or parties. Instead, having a quiet meal with a few friends will just suit you fine.
Becoming wealthy is never a goal of yours, for you are not materialistic and are satisfied with having just enough money to support your family and an occasional luxury. But beware if you should have lots of spare money in your hands because then you will have the tendency to indulge in foolish spending.
Good for matrimony with horse, tiger or rabbit year people.
Avoid mating with ox, rooster, dragon or ram year people.
The dog is linked to the color yellow, the imperial color of China that was once reserved for the emperor. Yellow symbolizes progress, fame and achievement. It also represents earth, since the fertile soils in parts of China has a yellow hue.
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