Butterflies in a box

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So today, eldest son began his big adventure to China – alone! He’s never been abroad on his own before and has thrown himself in at the deep end with this one. Furthermore, because he booked quite late his fights include transfers – something that none of us have ever experienced. Mr Beez took him to Leeds airport at daft o’clock this morning. I decided not to go too as a) I had to work today and b) I knew I would cry! (I cried anyway, but after he had gone!) So far we’ve had texts to say he arrived safely in Amsterdam and was back at the airport ready for the next leg of his journey. Hopefully he departed for Bejiing about 20 minutes ago.

What with him departing early doors, Mr Beez returning home and youngest son leaving for work at 5am I have had very little sleep. Sleep deprivation, together with being a teensy bit anxious (well, alright, a lot anxious) has left me with a brain that’s turned to mush. Consequently I needed something nice and easy for today’s post.


I made this little matchbox right back in the early days of first starting my blog but never shared it. It seemed fitting to share it with you now during my blogiversary. I’ve reworked it a little from the original – it was a huge relief to find I had something already “in stock” that I could link up to my butterfly project in support of Amy and Friends.


I painted the inside of the matchbox and covered the exterior with matching paper. You’ll recognise the “butterfly” as my favourite vintage moth image from The Graphics Fairy. I’ve layered up two images, glittered the wings and added jewels to its body.



I’ve added some paper flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, as luck would have it my new supply arrived yesterday and included those adorable tiny little rosebuds, perfect for this project. There’s also some white crochet lace and pearls.


I popped a few pearls on the matchbox drawer too.


I love it when a little box has a surprise inside. This one is crammed full of butterfly confetti. I printed off a sheet of the butterfly images, reduced in size so they matched my Martha Stewart butterfly punch. I’ve used pink paper so that it doesn’t matter if they flip over. I sprayed the sheet with glue spray and then sprinkled on crystal clear glitter. Then it was just a question of punching them out which took a matter of moments.


P1050200P1050215 Wouldn’t these make lovely little table gifts for a wedding? Thanks for buzzing by 🙂


Butterflies in a box — 2 Comments

  1. My dream gift, a box full of glittery butterflies. I love this project.

    I know you will worry anyway, but I am sure eldest son is going to be fine!

    Dionne xx

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