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: 2011, The Year of the Rabbit

1927 February 02 to January 22 1928
1939 February 19 to February 07 1940
1951 February 06 to January 26 1952
1963 January 25 to February 12 1964
1975 February 11 to January 30 1976
1987 January 29 to February 16 1988
1999 February 16 to February 04 2000
2011 February 03 to January 22 2012

You are intelligent with a peaceful and quiet nature. You usually try to avoid competitive or aggressive surroundings and even risk taking. But when you choose safety over risk, some good opportunities may pass you by. You shy away from being the center of attention for it makes you feel uneasy. Instead, you are most happy in comfortable surroundings. Therefore you make a very good host when you entertain at home as you always make sure your guests are well taken care of and comfortable. 
When confronted with a problem or when you fell depressed, you tend to keep things to yourself instead of unloading on others. You simply do not want to burden others with your problems or opinions. Because you like to be on good terms with everyone, you are the first to leave when a troublesome situation occurs.
At work the Rabbit is quiet and efficient and possesses a good memory. Respected for your integrity and honesty, you are loyal to your employer. As a Rabbit, you generally do well in business and financial matters, but dislike being in situations whereby sudden decisions must be made. Since you like to maintain the status quo, you dislike the need to make changes. You like to leave things just as they are, undisturbed. Your colleagues appreciate your tact and modesty and realize you are a conscientious worker, and would never step over them to achieve your goals.
Good for matrimony with ram, boar, or dog year people.
Avoid mating with rooster, rat or dragon year people.
The rabbit is associated with the color green, which represents the season of spring. It is the color of new life, calmness and relaxation. Chinese believe that your dream will have a happy ending if it features the color green, since it is a lucky and influential color, especially when combined with the color red.
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