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.

Happy New Year 2013! Chinese Zodiac: the Year of the Snake

1929 February 10 to January 29 1930
1941 January 27 to February 14 1942
1953 February 14 to February 02 1954
1965 February 02 to January 20 1966
1977 February 18 to February 06 1978
1989 February 06 to January 26 1990
2001 January 24 to February 11 2002
2013 February 10 to January 30 2014

Born under the sign of wisdom, you are highly intelligent, decisive and active. You thoroughly enjoy focusing on new ideas and intelligent discussions that would enable you to contribute unusual and challenging thoughts. You dislike simple, idle and repetitive conversation for you are a deep thinker. 
You are very attractive and have a seductive nature. You plan your conquests carefully and do not abandon your quest lightly. On love, you are a humorous and romantic partner who is determined not to lose what you already have, even if you wander off to flirt with others.
A skillful organizer and blessed with business acumen, you are indeed lucky in financial matters. During their older years, most Snake people become financially secure. But be careful that you do not gamble your money away because you have the honor of being the worst gambler in the Chinese zodiac!
You are certainly not afraid of hard work and generally thorough in all that you do. However, when the opportunity comes, you know how to wind down and relax. You like to find a means of escape and would withdraw to pursue your hobbies and enjoy the luxuries of life. You are pretty much your own master and will try your hand at many things.
You are a trusting, protective and caring friend. However, you will seek revenge if someone has taken advantage of you or has hurt someone who is dear to you.
Courageous and determined, you are able to recognize trouble and react immediately, but once you have achieved your goal you usually retreat to gather your thoughts, meditate, and rest until a new challenge appears.
Good for matrimony with ox, rooster or rat year people.
Avoid mating with monkey, tiger or boar year people.
The snake is associated with the color red, which traditionally represents good fortune. It symbolizes happiness and strength, success with 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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