Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Butterfly Circus

We all have moments when we feel like we are trapped in a cocoon. We feel like our issues or shortcomings consume us, and that we aren't able to go after the things that we dream for ourselves. We all want to be a beautiful butterfly.
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I have a friend who constantly inspires me. He shows me through his every day life that God has blessed me with so much. Looking at his life, I realize that I can't complain about anything. He shows me that I am a butterfly. His story inspires THOUSANDS, even hundreds of thousands of people across the world. He is now making his acting debut in an absolutely beautiful short film called The Butterfly Circus. I encourage you to check it out. You will know in the first 5 minutes who my friend is in the movie. Click on the picture below to find the movie.

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People who encourage beauty are my heroes. Whether it be through some big, grand statement, or small little gestures - everything we do has the potential to effect lives around us. A beautiful cause that not only encourages beauty, but shares it is Cards For Heroes. People can create lovely cards to send to our troops, and thank them for their beautiful selfless acts to protect us. A simple card can make a world of difference to someone that needs encouragement. Someone who totally understands that is Melissa Baldwin from the Stamping Studio.

Melissa loves to create cards and gifts for other people using rubber stamps, and while working for another company selling stamps, she was invited to be a guest on the Carol Duvall Show a few times. Shortly after this she really felt that God wanted her to start her own company - and then the Stamping Studio was born. Melissa's store has a huge array of lovely stamps to choose from, and included among the many collections are some of my own. Some of my illustrations are now available as rubber stamps!
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Friends, scrapbooking, papercrafts and cooking are some of the things that inspire Melissa on a daily basis. Her entire family is keen on cooking, even her three sons! Just from talking with Melissa, I can see that family is so important to her, she has such a big heart. Her encouragement and support even extends to me - she really makes me feel like a butterfly whenever we speak. And on top of all this, Melissa and I share the same heartbeat. The Chocolate Heartbeat, hehehehe. Chocolate along with her yummy Banana Pudding are her favorite desserts!

For your chance to win THREE stamp sets of my illustrations, please leave a comment here letting me know what makes you feel like a butterfly. I will announce the winner on Sunday.

57 comments:

Charles and Adrienne said...

My husband makes me feel like a butterfly! He's my been my best friend for the last 14 years. He's always encouraging and he has a beautiful, caring spirit.

Alicia said...

Knowing I am loved by family and friends.

I think I *need* that cupcake stamp!

dandelionmuse said...

when i allow myself to dream and to follow those dreams - flying high and proud.... i've been doing that a lot lately and i couldn't be happier!

Kaye Prince said...

I think that accomplishing things (especially those things that others think I can't) makes me feel like butterfly. Reaching my goals and doing the thins I love makes me very happy.

Gosh Dionne, you're just so talented; it's really neat to see your artwork in stamp form!

A Balancing Act said...

I truly feel like a butterfly when I am doing something I love for myself. As a mother and wife, I often get consumed in making sure everyone is well-taken care of...and I sometimes forget about my health and my sanity. So, when I make time for myself and I get a chance to be a little selfish, that's what I feel like a butterfly.

Elle D said...

definitely performing! it's when i feel most exhilarated (:

maggisaar said...

When I turn towards a light breeze, as it whips at my hair and cloths, and the sun is bright, golden and warm, I feel like I could spread my wings and fly away. That is when I wish I could be a butterfly.

Dina (XYYan) said...

When I feel like flying and chase my dream up high. I would love to see the world from high above.

Lindsey said...

Hi my friend. I have missed you and your blog. I think that reentry into the school year makes me feel like a fresh new thing with new ideas, new motivation, and a clean slate. I love you and keep up the spectacular bloggery.

Phoenix said...

Honestly, what makes me feel like a butterfly is the changing seasons...which is why I much prefer spring and autumn to summer and winter. I see change in the air, so then I start to feel it awaken inside myself...

Your illustrations (and those stamps!) are pure adorable-ness.

Simply Mel said...

Here's to all those who inspire and to our butterfly wings that make our souls soar~

Beautiful post!

Polished Sense said...

So loving the stamps. Did you color those in? Fabulous!

xX♡Xx,
Jessica

the Lost Earring said...

I watched The Butterfly Circus. What an amazing little piece of film. Your friend brought me to tears--the joyful kind I mentioned on my blog :)

That is so neat that your images have been made into stamps! Absolutely adorable :)

I feel like a butterfly each time I learn something new. I've been very curious about the world since I was a little girl, always asking questions, always wanting to know more about things large and small. My mom always said that my sister was more likely to excitedly climb a tree, and I'd be the one studying it and asking questions :) It can be something large in scope or something seemingly small as a pebble. It can be a new piece of practical knowledge or something as simple as finding out my neighbor's name is Betty and she has so many grandkids she can't remember their names. I love the way the world reveals itself, unravels its mysteries to us. Learning makes me feel alive.

Hilary Leister said...

I feel most like a butterfly when...

1) I'm dancing on a bar (haha)
2) Getting my nails done
3) Someone compliments me or tells me they love me :)

-Hilary

lyndsey | paper girl said...

your drawings have been turned into stamps -- that is SO cool! i also love the cards for heroes program; it's so admirable.

i guess i need to be entered to win -- i feel like a butterfly when i walk with my husband at sunset and the wind blows my hair; it's the best time of the day and i feel so free.

AMKreations said...

Loved the movie Dionne...thanks for sharing! =)

rachel said...

I feel most "like a butterfly" when I think of an idea, and that idea is one that comes from nowhere and somewhere at the same time, and I know I can accomplish it, and I just can't wait to do so. That sort of elation seems much like the spreading of butterfly wings. And if that idea is for someone else, whom it will make happy, well that is just all the better.

Lovely post, I like how you strung everything together so well. Those stamps look really neat.

Little Miss Tiara said...

I feel like a butterfly when... I can fly? lol. no, of course, knowing me it has to do with romance, yes, so when he asks me to go out, or when I got straight As, or when I just able to think really positively all day and sleep with a smile on my face.

and omo! Your illustration alone is GREAT, and now it appears in stamps? that's fabulous girl! :D

Carrie said...

I felt like a butterfly today when the crisp air, light wind, and late summer sun hit my face. It was such a beautiful day! I actually got teary eyed at how blessed I felt!

~Carrie (SweetPeaPaper on Etsy)

makinglemonadeblog at gmail dot com

Rhianne said...

Hi Dionne, I just saw your work on Oh Hello Friend and I realised that I wasn't following your blog. I couldn't believe it - I read it all the time and you always leave such lovely comments on mine that I honestly thought that I was... sorry that it's taken me so long.

I love that your work has been turned into stamps, they look great!

I feel like a butterfly everytime that I go back to my parents and I realise that I have done something a little bit more independent from them... I've lived away from home for years but there is always something that reminds me how much I have grown.

Sara said...

I feel like a butterfly when I am in the passenger seat, in a speeding car, windows down,loud music playing and the wind is blowing through my hair.

I feel like a butterfly when I am with my sisters and brother.

I feel like a butterfly when I am happy and my heart is so light.

I feel like a butterfly when the stars are shining and I am at the beach, looking up- enjoying them

(Hey thank you for sharing the butterfly circus link!!)

xx

Tender Branson said...

Thanks for the video link. Enjoyable stuff.

Lilly said...

I feel like a butterfly when I am with my two sisters, just talking and laughing ^^
Thanks a lot. Those stamps are so adorable!

Indie Craft Corner Editor said...

My husband, he always give me courage do to things I may be afraid of (fly).

lisa_at_rtl@hotmail.com

Lindsey said...

Dionne, what a lovely post. I can't wait to watch the video of Nick. Hopefully this afternoon I'll be able to. The butterfly analogy is so perfect. Reading this post made me feel a bit like one. Thanks for the inspiration!

insiya said...

My freedom, my independence makes me feel like a butterfly. I love the fact that I don't have to depend on someone. Just like how each and every butterfly is unique and different from each other, I too like to show my individuality and consider myself unique from others out there. It just totally boosts up my confidence level =)

Dot said...

I read Melissa's blog from The Stamping Studio and found your blog! I'm glad she posted it, I have enjoyed looking at it. As far as what makes me feel like a butterfly...that would be encouragement I get from my mom! She makes me feel like anything is possible.

Rachel Follett said...

Great post and your butterflies are so lovely! Thanks for the new blog read!

BTW: I am doing a giveaway on my Lovely Clusters blog and we are giving away a cami dress from Plum Pretty Sugar!
http://lovelyclusters.blogspot.com/2009/08/giveaway-from-plum-pretty-sugar.html

Suzanne Milam said...

Love to feel free to stamp and create .....Absolutely love your designs and the stamps from Melissa are fantastic....nothing like rubber stamps.

Kellyn Rowland Photography said...

my photography, it always makes me feel so free.

kellyn.rowland@yahoo.com

Pamela said...

Stamps of your illustrations?!?! What a BEAUTIFUL idea!! :)

What makes me feel like a butterfly? Walking through my parents orchard/garden. I first visit the corn, then flutter to the raspberries, then head over to the pears, plums, and grapes, and then to the tomatoes. Yes, this definitely makes me feel like a winged butterfly, taste-testing all the marvelous goods that are before me.

Thank you for the chance to win such a generous giveaway!

Tambria said...

My husband makes me feel like a butterfly, so free and liberated.

I feel in love with this man, 8 years ago when he washed my hair. Yes...my husband washed my hair in his mother's bathroom sink! That's when we fell in love and I've been a beautiful butterfly every since that day........................

(=''=)

iheartkiwi said...

what a beautiful film! i love the way they shot it... that vintage feel is just awesome.

i'm starting a new career and degree program this year... and i feel like when i finish school it will be my butterfly moment. finally i will get to fly!

Lily said...

the first day of spring makes me feel like a butterfly.
Lmhoot@flash.net

Kristin said...

My little man makes me feel like a butterfly. I don't think I truly broke out of my cocoon until I became his mom. : ) And that cupcake stamp is so precious!

Kara said...

when the wind blows really fast, makes me feel like a butterfly!

Tali Schiffer said...

It would sound like I am trying to suck up or something, but actually blogs like yours, and a few others, make me feel like a butterfly, and the bloggers behind them, writing their comments to the things I share on my blog, make me feel like a butterfly, like the trap I think I am in is only in my head, and I can fly much higher! Thank you so much for such a wonderful blog post!!

sweetwilliam said...

I love the way the film was a metaphor for Nick's own life and his journey of hope and restoration.

I get really inspired my others faith, courage, journey or whatever their story might be. For example, I do some craft work with some girls at a school for teenage mothers. When I spend time with them, hear their challenges, see their determination, feel their joy and sorrow - thats when I feel somewhat transformed - like a butterfly - because they are the butterflies. x Shelley

Mo said...

to prove u i speak some spanish ;-) a very old friend used to call me "Mariposa" which means butterfly in spanish... ;-)

Kellie Collis said...

Achieving things people dont expect i can!

justalittlepiece said...

I just was introduced to your blog via oh, happy friend which I was also just introduced through the wonders of blogging. I have to say that I am very happy to have visited!

Aik said...

Being praised makes me feel like a butterfly. I can even feel my heart leaping to the clouds!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

lizzie said...

OH EM GEE super grats with this!!! amazing girl!!!!

Soy Pea said...

My fiance makes me feel like a butterfly. He's so great to me. And I love him to death. :)

soypea@gmail.com

janil said...

I ffel like a butterfly when I see my two sons laughing... It's the best thing in the world!!!!

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Shrimp Salad Circus said...

Traveling the world makes me feel like a butterfly - unfettered by the troubles of everyday life and open to more possibilities than I can usually even imagine.

My cats also make me feel a little bit like a butterfly - like they're going to bat me out of the sky and attack at any given moment! ;)

- Lindsay
shrimpsaladcircus at gmail dot com

Salad for Breakfast said...

hmm...i feel like a butterfly when i get off work. you have no idea how much i look forward to going home at the end of a work day. i feel so freeeeeee!

Michelle said...

I feel like a butterfly when I try something new, something out of the ordinary. I tend to love my little comfort zones, but my proudest moment was getting up the courage to go to school on the other side of the U.S. Yes, I felt like I was as free as a butterfly from the suburbia I knew best.

Chelsey said...

Playing with my children makes me feel like a butterfly. The sense of freedom from responsibilities and worries (however momentary). I love laughing with them too. Thanks for the giveaway. mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

SUE said...

I am a butterfly in my dreams.
Being impaired with degenerative arthritis, I fly and run in all of my dreams.
I feel uplifted when I know that I have helped someone in some small way.
Sue
MYSAVIOR

Meninheira said...

My husband make feel like a butterfly :)

meninheira at gmail dot com

LBB said...

Dionne ~ How exciting to see your designs turned into rubber stamps! I love the cupcake one. :)

Hmm...drinking a good cup of coffee or white tea while spending time with a dear friend...always lifts my spirits and encourages me!

Happy Weekend to You! ~Lynn

Laure said...

What lovely stamps! I'm astamp addict!!! :)

What makes me feel like a butterfly is when I put on my bellydancing costume and prepare to go onstage, especially when I'm working with a company... I love my "cabaret" costumes, which are absolutely gorgeous, but I actually have one that I made myself and is embroidered with butterflies! You can see it here: http://labaleineaplumes.webou.net/?p=12

Thanks for the giveaway! I have free printable cards on my blog at the moment, and also I've got a new visual inspiration blog, if you want to drop by ;)

http://escapemonotony.webou.net

Cheryl KVD said...

Awesome designs!! Taking photos of my daughter running through a field of flowers makes me feel like a butterly!

Rachael said...

Three things, a great cafe mocha from Little Italy, a great pair of ballet flats, and getting to craft all day and at the end, having something to show for it in the form of a tiny cute piece of jewelry!

:)

Thanks for hosting this sweet giveaway!

XO
Rachael (aka Roscata on Etsy)
www.roscata.com

Monica said...

Oh, wow! Butterfly Circus was beautifully made. It was so touching. The actors did such a good job, and your friend did a good and brave thing by allowing himself to inspire this message of hope in this film. I am a longtime fan of old-time circus imagery. The scenery and the clothing -- perfect.

Dionne said...

Thanks for all your comments, this giveaway is now closed.