Another Country: Costa Rica

A client of mine was generous – he flew the NY team members to Costa Rica for the holiday party and I even had an extra day for sight-seeing! Saw this pretty little creature at a reserve near the waterfall gardens we visited. Looking forward to going back someday and seeing more of the country for sure!

Blue Butterfly
Blue Butterfly, Costa Rica, December 2012

waterfall
Waterfall in Costa Rica, a damp gray morning but still lovely.

It was wet and rainy in the morning but the skies cleared up and were so lovely!

Costa Rican Sky
Costa Rican sky after a very rainy morning.

Flutterby Wings

flutterbys on corner of mirror
flutterbys on corner of mirror

Well, most people know them as butterflies but when I was small and cute with chubby knees, I called them flutterbys! Which, actually, makes more sense to me still since that’s really what they do is flutter by you not butter fly you. That would be messy. At any rate, I was in Marshall’s the other day roaming the housewares aisle (my favorite part of any chain discount store!) and one of the aisles was all discount stationery and scrapbooking stuff. I found this little box of flutterby cards that was really discounted because the box lid was long gone and decided the little guys had a mirror in their future. (I don’t know what my thing is with mirrors but this will be my fourth!)

flutterby scrapbook paper
flutterby scrapbook paper

Then I was in Michael’s a few days later and found this really pretty scrapbooking paper. One sheet is clear with brown flutterbys, one is brown with velevety flutterbys and one is all patterns of brown and pink. I think there may be another flutterby mirror in my future…

What was great was, after I brought the paper home, the mirror changed slightly from the sketches I had done. As I worked I could see that they would have been a little on the plain side but the clear-brown sheet and the velevety sheet were actually the same pattern and I didn’t notice until I was sitting down with them in front of me. I added a piece to the corner right above the mirror part itself and it became much more interesting than the way I was going to do it. I was also going to just put the flutterbys in a straight line but when I laid them out it actually felt too much like those boxes that bug people keep their specimens (in this case Lepidopterology) and I really didn’t want that so I am going for a more non-linear approach when I finish this particular mirror.

flutterby mirror sketch
flutterby mirror sketch

new mirror corner
new mirror corner