ever give someone you love butterfly kisses when you were a child
or to a child when you were an adult? Eyelashes softly fluttering
on a loved ones cheek always made me smile. But did you know
that real butterflies can give you butterfly kisses as well?
I have been to
two butterfly conservatories in my lifetime, one at Calloway
Gardens in GA, on my own, and one in Key West, FL with my husband,
Mark. I had explained to Mark how wonderful it was to be surrounded
by so many butterflies, beautiful flowers and birds. At first,
Mark only went because I really wanted to go, but once inside,
I had the pleasure of watching him truly enjoy the experience.
Mark loves photography
so he was in his element. Apricot & pink plumed flamingo's
(Rhett & Scarlett), tons of brightly colored birds from around
the world, a pair of turtles and over 70 varieties of butterflies
make their home among a host of beautiful flowers and plants.
The saturated color of everything was intoxicating!
We spent over
two hours in the heat of the conservatory enjoying the vibrant
show of nature's diversity. When we left, Mark said that he felt
that the time spent was one of the best times he had ever had!
For me, the experience is always rejuvenating. As a designer,
I am always looking for inspiration for the next design. Those
couple of hours filled my head with color combinations and design
possibilities. While there, two huge electric blue butterflies
landed on my arm, so I got to see how awesome they were close
up. I like to think that they were butterfly kisses from butterflies!
has a double rope of pearl-filled netting ending with a pretty
clasp. The central flower has a three dimensional center that
is highly embellished with like spikes, pearl petals and peyote
stitch bottom petals. It is brightly colored and gave me the
impression of a breath of spring.