Hello! This is week 3 of Social Stamping. I started this blog host when COVID-19 made social distancing a term in everyone’s regular vocabulary and our opportunities for face-to-face contact with family, friends and colleagues became limited. Wanting to continue to share and inspire after so many of use had to cancel classes and events, I brought together some amazing friends from my Stampin’ Up! network. You’ll find the full list of bloggers for this week’s hop by clicking here.
Today’s theme is rainbows. One of the lovely positives to come out of COVID-19 is the way communities – both local and through technology – have connected. In the face of the chaos that is this virus, I am choosing to seek as much of the positives as possible. Finding joy in the storm is definitely a silver lining!
I’ve had several friends share the Rainbow Trail with me on Facebook (click here to see it too). The Rainbow Trail encourages people to add a rainbow of colour to the world in publicly visible artwork projets. The most popular has been chalk drawings on footpaths & driveways, but I’ve also seen painted fences, covered lamp posts, canvas & poster paintings and baked goods.
So, with the help of the Miss Papercrafts, our project this week was to contribute to the Rainbow Trail and make a butterfly rainbow.
This is the front of our house. We live on a bush block in the suburb of Dalyellup, part of the greater Bunbury region, about 2 hours south of Perth in Western Australia.
The window is actually my craft room, so when I sit at my desk now and look out, I can see a beautiful array of butterflies.
To create some texture on the rainbow, I used two different colours for each layer of the rainbow (14 colours in all).
- Violet – Gorgeous Grape & Highland Heather
- Indigo – Pacific Point & Blueberry Bushel
- Blue – Coastal Cabana & Bermuda Bay
- Green – Granny Apple Green & Call Me Clover
- Yellow – Daffodil Delight & Mango Melody
- Orange – Pumpkin Pie & Calypso Coral
- Red – Real Red & Lovely Lipstick
We also used 2 different butterfly products – the joined butterfly from Butterfly Beauty Dies and the large & small butterflies from the Butterfly Duet Punch. In total, the rainbow has over 600 butterflies!!! The Little Miss Papercrafts helped with everything showing great teamwork for this art project. Little Master Papercraft even got in on the action, adding some texture of his own to our pile of butterflies when he kept walking over them while we were cutting & poking out all the middle bits!!!
Here’s a video of the rainbow…
We took some time to work out what saying we wanted to add to our butterfly mural. We are of course all in this together, as we make conscious choices to “flatten the curve”, protect each other, hero our essential workers and pull together to keep each other safe – both physically & mentally. But in the end, we decided to choose a quote that reflects the enormity of this situation – “the greater the storm, the brighter the rainbow”.
Although this virus has caused great adversity, I know on the other side of it (and perhaps even from within our days of acute corona-ness), we’ll see so many shining lights that arise from the global lockdown we’re currently in. Already, there are reports of brighter skies & clearer water. We’re seeing acts of kindness on a regular basis as we look after the most vulnerable members of society. And, we are adapting to the ‘new normal’ like never before, showing tremendous creativity & resilience.
We are choosing to embrace the positives and hope you do too!
Next up on this blog host is Angela Meiriz-Reid, who is one of the most beautiful people I know, with absolute sunshine radiating from her soul.
Stay strong, stay safe and stay connected. We’re all in this together!