Friday, April 19, 2013

a butterfly's wings

...If you whispered your wish to a butterfly, then released it, the butterfly would carry your wish to the heavens.
from the book The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe
Both butterfly sleeve blouses were thrifted.
I wore these outfits in November 2011.

So with each butterfly release, she sent her love to her grandmother on the monarch's wings...
from the book The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe
This butterfly sleeve blouse was thrifted.
I wore this outfit in the fall of 2011.

...In the spring the female monarch mates,
then leaves the the santuary to gravel north,
right here to Texas.

from the book The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe
This butterfly sleeve blouse was thrifted.
I wore this outfit in February 2013.

Illustrated People Butterfly Top

..."What are butterflies if not flying flowers?"...
from the book The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe

Vintage Butterfly Belts I dig:
Top left: Wine Colored Flutter Cord Belt
Bottom left: Vintage Leather Butterfly Belt
Top right: Fringed Suede Orange Butterfly Belt
Bottom right: Floral Ribbon Blue Leather Butterfly Belt

ASOS Skinny Jeans in Butterfly Print

Vintage Cut-out Butterfly Top

...Suddenly the sun broke through the clouds and in that miraculous moment the sky exploded in a burst of orange glitter...
from the book The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe
Top Left: Yellow Butterfly Scarf
Bottom Left: Peach Butterfly Fringe Scarf
Right: Brown Multicolored Butterfly Pattern Scarf

...Cascades of monarchs took to the wing dancing and swirling across the brilliant blue sky like orange snow...
The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe

My guy took these butterfly photos
 in November of 2012 and March of 2013.

...She opened her arms to embrace the moment, filled with happiness, laughing outloud. The sound of a million wings filled the valley echoing like wind...
from the book The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe

My art journal page from April 2013
inspired by Wilna Furstenberg's art class
The butterflies are migrating back.
I noticed them over a week ago.
It's always a sign of spring time in Texas.

In college I actually wrote a paper about monarchs and their migration. 


  1. I did a paper on monarch butterflies in high school too.. such a mature creatures no?.. I always associate them with change, with evolving, with metamorphosis... I think I've turned into 20 different butterflies all my life..I'm constantly re-inventing myself... (could that be the subject of my next illustration? I think it will!)...
    "What are butterflies if not flying flowers?"...that's a lovely quote.. is it a good book, I've never read anything from her.... thanks for sharing!

  2. Once in middle school I felt something on my head, and I thought it was a butterfly. We were standing in line and I decided to let it be. Thought it might even look kinda cool. When we went through the door it had flew away just a few seconds beforehand.

    As soon as we got inside someone said to me "Adam, did you know there was a bee on your head?"

  3. That peach scarf! And the butterfly pants! Oh, this is just such a pretty post. I love seeing themes like this!


  4. butterfly jeans?! So pretty. Love the scarves too, and these cute quotes :) I love butterflies!

  5. Wow those jeans are super quirky! I love the words, have to read this book now!

  6. Those butterfly jeans are amazing!! Love the theme!

  7. Thank you Teddi. Why? Because I have been calling them 'bat-wing tops' and your term 'butterfly wings' is so much more beautifully evocative. I didn't truly appreciate the wonder that is the monarchs' migration until I was an adult, but it's one of those things that shows the power of the natural world.

  8. Loving your butterfly blouses and as always your post is very creative and original ! I love the fact you seem to have your pics all well organized, Teddi. I wish I was like you ! Please, come to my computer and put some order in my folders ?? :-) Kisses my friend

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  9. Your butterfly belt collection is beautiful Teddi! And the butterfly skinny jeans are a must-have! ^◡^


  10. As always I love your is your strongest point, you are a great artist. I like the butterfly skinnies, and the poem.

  11. Wow, some many pretty butterfly inspired thing! I love butterfly wings, the patterns, textures and colors are just endlessly fascinating. I do have to comment on your stocking in the first photo, those striped ones are amazing!


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