Making Room for More Fun

People have been asking about the butterfly project, so here's how it came to be...

[caption id="attachment_1930" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I've had this mirror frame for several years now. I usually displayed it like this with a painting or collage of postcards in the center..."][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1931" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="While working on my dining room, I was layering pieces and thinking about creating something 3-dimensional... I wanted to use color and images or words, I pictured some sort of collage... I kept my mind open as I worked on other projects"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1932" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Then my friend, Krista, showed me an installation like this one by Cara Enteles"][/caption]

That's it! I needed butterflies cut from my favorite design magazines, and I wanted to incorporate the mirror into the scheme. I had bought fence wire for the frames in the office and suddenly it made sense for this frame too. The plan came together quickly.

[caption id="attachment_1933" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="My friends came over to cut out butterflies and visit for the evening. Turns out my piano is great for projects too! I know some will be shocked by how casually I treat my piano. Never fear, I do always cover my piano around liquids and say, glue. We protected the top with cardboard and placed our scissors and knives carefully between cutouts. I wouldn't do this with everyone, but my artist friends certainly know how to contain their work and treat my things with care. We had a great night!"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1934" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="I spent the entire next day figuring out how to attach and arrange them"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1935" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="The butterflies were attached with wire or sewing pins. Some were pinned directly to the wall or frame, others with a twisted length of wire so the butterfly would stand away from the wall as if it was flying"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1936" align="aligncenter" width="425" caption="I focused on using lots of color variety with specially place pink and orange butterflies to connect with the orange bombay chests. Thank you, Lilias Pettit-Scott for these beautiful photos."][/caption]

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