A Real Butterfly (A Ruse)

A Real Butterfly

I was getting so carried away sewing my butterflies that I overdid it yesterday, and needed to give my arm a rest tonight. So here is a real butterfly to enjoy. Now you may think that this is one of those cheesy happy photos that come with your computer as wall paper, but no – you need to be very impressed. This is a photo that I took last year in the gardens of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA – Enjoy! However this photo has no relevance to the rest of the post – I just can’t bear to write anything and dish it up without a photo.

So instead of sewing, here is a great, new sew, fabric decorating idea that I found on ohdeedoh (Apartment Therapy’s Kid and Baby Site) – Fabric Wall silhouettes (using liquid starch). This is a great idea, another one to add to the giant list of stuff I want to try.

While I was there I also followed a link to this great mini article about how to raise kids with an attitude of gratitude. This is something I think about quite a lot. The generation of kids that my generation is raising has a lot of challenges. I particularly liked this line: “The piece that seems to be missing in the gratitude story is the longing. Children don’t long for things anymore. And longing is tremendously powerful stuff. It motivates.”

Food for thought.

2 thoughts on “A Real Butterfly (A Ruse)

  1. that attitude of gratitude is wonderful! thank you 🙂 I teach in a k-12 school (small town!) – I want to try to get that mini-article referenced in our newsletter! (not sure how that will go down, though.)

    and those silhouettes are a great idea, too. My mum glued plastic shapes (a hippo, and a big green stripe, plus maybe something else) when I was a tot, and, though my wall’s been repainted a couple of times over the past 28 years or so, it still hasn’t fully recovered in places!!

  2. Claire – that last comment about longing is sooooooooo true! Longing is almost pleasurable and when you have what you have longed for, there’s a bit of a void. I know almost every generation of parents has said this for centuries, but I do feel a bit sad for the current generation of young people – there are so many things that I think they are missing because of the modernity and drama of their fast paced lives. I wonder what they’ll think of their children?

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