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 Horse

1930 January 30 to February 16 1931
1942 February 15 to February 04 1943
1954 February 03 to January 23 1955
1966 January 21 to February 08 1967
1978 February 07 to January 27 1979
1990 January 27 to February 14 1991
2002 February 12 to January 31 2003
2014 January 31 to February 18 2015

Just as a horse is calmed by soothing words, you are easily charmed by tenderness and affection. You are independent and confident and usually have a welcoming smile for everyone. You are easily flattered, but you also have an honesty and warmth which attracts many friends. You are popular and enjoy parties and social gatherings. 
You are an eloquent and persuasive speaker and enjoy taking part in discussions and debates. You have an alert mind and are able to pick up and remember facts and information quickly.
Horse people must be careful of what they say. Being a Horse person, you have the tendency to say things you later regret. You also have difficulty in keeping secrets- not out of malice or revenge, but you simply can't help yourself. So control your outbursts and beware of your fiery temper.
Because you have many interests, you often get carried away by the excitement of the moment, and act too impulsively without giving enough thought for the future. Then when you get disillusioned by the outcome of the activity or by your efforts, you turn away and focus your energies on a new interest without completing the old.
You treasure your independence and freedom. Although you have no use for rules or regulations, you still like to have the support of others in your various activities.
You have much to offer due to your many talents and likable nature. However should you meet with failure in any one of your endeavors, you have a hard time picking up the pieces again. Success means everything to you and you have a difficult time handling failure.
Good for matrimony with tiger, dog, or ram year people.
Avoid mating with ox, hare or rat year people.
The horse is associated with the color red, which traditionally represents good fortune. It symbolizes happiness and strength, successful endeavors, and prosperity in the family. It is one of the most popular colors during Chinese new year, when blessings are written on red paper.
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