The “Butterfly Effect”

[ TIP: for the full "Butterfly Effect" of this card, click on the photo....]

Isn’t this card A-M-A-Z-I-N-G?

On Monday, Rob made it for his sister Anne’s birthday. He covered card stock with “Pink Polka Dot” and then used a vinyl cutting machine to create this gorgeous winged creature out of “Sour Apple Linen.” He even called himself a “Butterfly Surgeon” since he had to carefully carve out the details wielding an X-acto knife!

It’s a perfect birthday card since butterflies stand for transformation and growth. Freedom and creativity. What a great way for Anne to kick off a new year!

[ Fun fact: butterflies are the only living being that can completely change their genetic structure! From egg to larva (caterpillar) to pupa (cocoon) to adult (fantastic four-winged insects). ]

The “Butterfly Effect” is relevant here too…Loosely, it’s the idea used in the chaos theory of physics that one very small difference that is made in this world can then effect change elsewhere. Like butterfly wings flapping in Brazil could alter the weather in Chicago. That all things – even the tiniest occurrences – are interrelated in our world and affect our lives + our fragile eco-system. Mind boggling, isn’t it?

Also, Anne is the artist behind Azuline paper goods. Her hand painted butterflies are shown at the top this post. She actually has four of them as wall art and others as cards. The foursome would look fantastic if framed as a grouping and hung uniformly on a wall. The colors are really saturated and “pop.” Someday I hope to have them adorning my own home. They are lovely just like Anne.

In so many ways, butterflies are beautiful + symbolically relevant…Some cultures even think they represent souls. And since they are only here on earth for a blink of an eye  (most only live a few days), they make me appreciate all the beauty + fragility found in life. That we should seek beauty, truth and love because we only live once….or at least as we know it today.

Happy birthday, Anne! I think we all need a little bit of her “Butterfly Effect” in our lives, don’t you?


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