my obsession with butterflies predates this blog, as they were my absolute favorite thing to draw & paint as a little girl, and i was always chasing them around in the flower garden. butterflies are beautiful, inspiring, & whimsical, and ever since i spotted justine smith’s butterfly artwork in last month’s issue of Living Etc (pictured below), i have been inspired to add butterflies to all aspects of my life: my home, wardrobe, and of course on all outgoing correspondence.

my inspiration from justine smith:

left image via living etc, right close up of ‘Pleiad (3)’ , that is sold exclusively through Conran Shop;

below are more butterfly art works from justine smith:

left: “i will always remember you”, paper butterflies 2003; right: ‘My Fluttering Heart (2)’ cut paper butterflies;

unfortunately, i was unable to locate any similar works of justine smith here in the u.s., but i was able to see some gorgeous tropical butterflies at the museum of natural history.
f you get the chance this spring, please check out the butterfly conservatory at the american museum of natural history (it will be open through may 28, 2007). my first time visiting a butterfly conservatory was in houston, texas, about 6 years ago, and i was simply in awe of the gorgeous tropical butterflies, so if you’ve never been i highly recommend checking it out! i would go every weekend if i could.

in the meantime, check out the fabulous finds that will surely make your heart flutter.

butterfly printed apparel & bags:

top: Karen Zambos Vintage Couture Deep V Ruffle Dress $484 @ shopbop; butterfly pouch $10 by social studies on etsy; butterfly printed tank @ delias;
middle: St. Barth bag in printed canvas $58.00 @ jcrew; flutter-by scoopneck tee $68 @ anthropologie; Doe Rainbow Butterflies Tee Online Only! $24.00 @ urban outfitters;
bottom: monarch & vine tee $58.00 @ anthropologie; Paul & Joe Marisol Butterfly Dress @ shopbop; Butterfly Warhol Tee $26 @ delias;


top: Juicy Couture Butterfly Pendant Necklace $72 @ shopbop; butterfly medallion $228.00 @ anthropologie; Shell Butterfly Charm Necklace $18.00 @ urban outfitters; bottom: Gorjana Butterfly Cuff $45.50 @ shopbop; ROCK CANDY ACCESSORIES Butterflly Pendant Necklace $400.00 @ ron herman; Karina Matias: Butterfly Wings Necklace $38 @ stars & infinite darkness;

for your home:

top: 3 Butterflies – 5×7 print by modern art everyday $10.00 on etsy; Gold Butterfly block print by amanda kindregan $12 on etsy; Papilio ulysses ulysses with “Macassar Ebony” $150 @ phyllidae; butterfly letterpress coaster set $12 @ elsewares;
bottom: You’ll Like living in the heat lamp print by kendra binney $20.00 on etsy; butterfly pillow by fortes design; Fluttering Butterflies print by amanda kindregan $20.00 on etsy; butterfly study mugs $40.00 @ anthropologie;

karin erickson’s butterfly ceramic tealights $28 @ weego home

top: Double Butterfly block print by amanda kindregan $20.00 on etsy; Avas Lilac Butterfly print by milly molly mandy $20.00 on etsy; Yummy Foliage Graphic Print by
gavin wilson cumbria $15.00 on etsy; Butterfly Print Pink by atoz $12 on etsy;

bottom: butterfly pulls by e.r. butler; butterfly crewelwork rug $68.00 – $248.00 @ anthropologie; Contact – 8×10 Fine Art Print by irene suchocki $25.00 @ etsy; Butterfly Tea Light Holder $18 @ not neutral;


top: Bird and Butterfly card by two hand design $5.95 on etsy; Correspondence Card Set by weird pair $12.00 on etsy; Butterflies Card $4.50 @ pier 1; egg press bon voyage greeting card $5 @ luxe paperie;
bottom: butterfly1 notecard by black tea cafe $3 on etsy; Still Giving Me Butterflies note card by juniper berry $2.50 on etsy; deluce design butterfly thank you boxed notes $14 @ luxe paperie; smudge ink plum butterfly thank you boxed notes $12 @ luxe paperie;
write more:

top: smudge ink plum butterfly thank you boxed notes $12 @ luxe paperie; New Baby Note Cards by pink bath tub $7.00 @ etsy; Butterflies letterpress notecard by palindromepress $3.00 @ etsy; Butterfly Notecard set by Square Business Design $14.00 on etsy;

bottom: Bitty Gift Enclosure Cards by Bitty Blooms $4.50 on etsy; Stationary set (3 cards) Off white with golden branche and butterfly by Suuskeramiek $8.90 on etsy; Lisa Jones: Butterfly $5 @ stars & infinite darkness; butterfly3 notecard by black tea cafe $3.00 on etsy;

have a great weekend, let’s hope spring gets here for real this time!

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