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 Rooster

1933 January 26 to February 13 1934
1945 February 13 to February 01 1946
1957 January 31 to February 17 1958
1969 February 17 to February 05 1970
1981 February 05 to January 24 1982
1993 January 23 to February 09 1994
2005 February 09 to January 28 2006
2017 January 28 to February 15 2018

You are showy and enjoy entertaining friends and meeting people. You are one of the best dressed and groomed of all the animal signs. You have a high interest in clothes, colors, designs and accessories. 
You also exhibit a compassionate, wise and brave nature when the occasion arises such as when a person is in need of help.
Because you have a strong independent spirit, you find it very difficult to accept advice from anyone. Instead, you follow your own strong independent nature. In fact sometimes when things need to be said, you could be so direct and blunt that you would inadvertently hurt others. Therefore, at times it would be wise for you to be quiet and not express yourself in order to keep peace.
You are indeed highly intelligent, ambitious and a good speaker. You do well in discussions and debates. When you try to hide your sometimes erratic and careless behavior, you are able to put up a good front by protecting yourself with humor and lively conversation.
You certainly can conduct yourself in a dignified and confident manner. You are adept at handling financial matters. Most Roosters save or spend their money wisely, but a few are spendthrifts.
Being highly organized, you always write down reminders or bits of information and conduct activities in an orderly manner.
You do not like criticism and will let others know of your feelings. You can also be self-centered and stubborn over little things but overshadowing these weaknesses are your qualities of honesty, trustworthiness and reliability.
Good for matrimony with ox, snake or dragon year people.
Avoid mating with rat, rooster or rabbit year people.
The rooster is associated with the color white, which represents autumn and maturity. White also symbolizes purity, cleanliness, and freshness. Although white is worn by family members at funerals, the color is also related to good fortune and white birds especially, are a sign of good luck.
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