“Sittin’ here sorting some butterflies for a bargain box. Looks like a bug got a little piece of this one, but he’s still pretty cute. We all get bug bites now and then," Gramma Kakie
Woodland Butterfly Collection – Bargain Box (Plant Material)
30 Preserved Mexican Butterfly Vine Pod Butterflies, various sizes, colors, movement; (max 3 inches)
We all love Butterflies. They represent new beginnings, transformation and joy. Although these delicate woodland beauties in this collection are organic and natural, they are not real Butterflies. They are plant material – the seed pod from the Mexican Butterfly Vine. The vine produces yellow flowers in the Spring and Butterfly-shaped seed pods in the fall.
In Spring 2016 severe storms and flooding damaged my area and I thought I had lost my Butterfly Vine. Not only did it survive, but the vine produced the largest and most beautiful Butterfly pod crop ever! With this new beginning I am offering collections of preserved Butterflies to use in your projects. Since they are plant material, they add another organic quality to your rustic, woodland and botanical creations.
Nature created the shapes, veins, and colors. They have not been manipulated other than a preservative coating to transform the fragile, paper-like surfaces to a pliable surface. The colors are determined by when they were harvested. The green Butterflies are harvested “green” while rich brown Butterflies dried on the vine.
I included some photos of the vine loaded with Butterflies and a few finished projects featuring the Butterflies. Project examples and photo props not included. Your collection will include Butterflies of similar quality and sizes as the collection pictured.
I grade the collections based on size; quality of product, including shape, movement, blemishes; and color. Some Butterflies may have imperfections that Mother Nature gave them. Collections include: Premium Assorted Collection which represents the best appearance and quality; Quality Assorted Collection, which includes Butterflies with slight blemishes or non-uniform shape; Premium Large/Medium Green Collection; Quality Large/Medium Green Collection; Bargain Box, which includes Butterflies with Nature’s imperfections, and shapes. This collection may include single wings that can be attached to another single wing.
I can also put together special orders for bulk purchases for weddings, special events or projects while quantities last. Some of the many uses for these Butterflies include: woodland wreaths and flower arrangements; woodland weddings, wedding bouquets, table scatter, kissing balls; fairy gardens; decorated baskets; woodland crowns and hair accessories; jewelry; wall art; assemblage and collage art; terrariums; mobiles; garlands; and anything else you can think of to decorate with butterflies!
Like all preserved plant material, for longevity keep out of direct sunlight, wind and moisture. Like real Butterflies, when they are gone you have to wait till next year for a new crop.