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 Rat

1924 February 05 to January 23 1925
1936 January 24 to February 10 1937
1948 February 10 to January 28 1949
1960 January 28 to February 14 1961
1972 February 15 to February 02 1973
1984 February 02 to February 19 1985
1996 February 19 to February 06 1997
2008 February 07 to January 25 2009

You are resourceful, successful, and ambitious. Whenever there is a project in progress, you approach it wholeheartedly. You are quick to spot the potential in a situation and display skill in putting your ideas into action. However, be careful not to force your ideas on to others and alienate them, as you can be strong-willed and overly ambitious at times. 
Fairness is very important to you. You want others to deal fairly with you as you are with them. Anyone who deceives you will no longer gain your trust. You are quick to anger, thrifty, but generous to those you love.
Because you are such a good conversationalist, you enjoy social gatherings and being with people. However, although you are popular and charming, and have many friends, you are not able to maintain long friendships. You have a need to be secure and understood by others. Therefore you guard your privacy fiercely.
If anyone should need a critic, you are most likely to be approached for your opinion because you are honest and unbiased. But you can be critical and petty also, especially when you find yourself in a situation where you feel you are not appreciated.
Another trait of yours is that you are a hoarder and find it not to your liking to see things go to waste. Rarely are you prepared to throw things away. Also, very seldom would you turn down an invitation for a free meal or refuse a complimentary ticket to some social function or event.
Good for matrimony with dragon, monkey or ox year people.
Avoid mating with horse year people.
The rat is associated with the color black, which represents honor and dignity. Traditionally, the Chinese use black to honor family, friends or country. Black also symbolizes success in times of difficulty. It was also the color worn by China's first emperor after he defeated the Chou dynasty.
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