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 Ram

1931 February 17 to February 05 1932
1943 February 05 to January 24 1944
1955 January 24 to February 11 1956
1967 February 09 to January 29 1968
1979 January 28 to February 15 1980
1991 February 15 to February 03 1992
2003 February 01 to January 21 2004
2015 February 19 to February 07 2016

You are a gentle, trustworthy and considerate person. It would bother you if you think you have unknowingly hurt someone else. You would be the first to remedy the situation and rekindle a troubled friendship. 
You enjoy the simple things in life and prefer to live in a relaxed and pressure-free environment. You do not like to be held to a strict routine or schedule. You are happy when you are off on a journey to meet people and to see the world.
Support and encouragement from others play an important part of your life. Therefore you usually prefer to work in a team rather than on your own. When you work on a project, you are certain to give it your best.
Of all the signs in the Chinese zodiac, the Ram is the most gifted artistically. You usually make a lasting impression whether it be in drama, literature, music or art.
Another characteristic of yours is that you are quite religious and often have a love for nature, animals and the countryside. You also have an interest in sports.
For you, worry or stress sets in when you need to compete with others. So it is best for you to concern yourself with activities that would give you an element of peace and freedom.
Occasionally you can be stubborn, but for the most part, you will live a happy and satisfying life. The more you are able to use your creative talents, the more satisfying your life will be for you.
Good for matrimony with rabbit, boar or horse year people.
Avoid mating with rat, ox or dog year people.
The ram 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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