Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

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Monday, 10 June 2013

The Butterfly House


What on earth happened to the lovely weather we had last week, was that our summer?  I am back to putting on the layers today!

Still, we have a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges today and it makes me feel all summery just thinking about it!  The new theme, which was chosen by the lovely Emma T, is 'Pink Butterflies'.  Such an inspiring theme, I have had loads of ideas about the projects I could make and I struggled to decide which to make for my Design Team piece.

In the end the decision was not that hard because this one idea started to become something of an obsession.  In my minds eye I imaged a butterfly house, with lots of pretty flowers for the butterflies to flit around.

 I gave the wooden house a coat of Gesso and once it was dry I painted it with acrylic paints, white roof and walls, cream trim and green grass.

I left it overnight to make sure it was completely dry before adding grass and flower effects using Flower Soft.

I added some pretty cream lace along the edge of the roof,

and some pearls around the entrance.

The lilac and white roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Finally, I printed a host of bright pink butterflies from the internet and added them to the decor.

I had so much fun making my butterfly house.  I am sure I will be back later in the week posting some of the other ideas for pink butterfly projects I had, please check back to see what I have been up to.

The rest of the Design Team have made some fabulous projects, please find time to take a look on the Crafty Boots Challenges blog, and don't forget to enter your own projects into the Challenge.

Good luck.



  1. What a fabulous butterfly house!! I had fun with my entry too.

  2. Oh my you totally nailed it and I will be pinning to my little houses board. I love those butterflies and the lace trim and flower cluster are inspired. I will be too scared to take all my houses out of mothballs now!!!

  3. Wow this is stunning! Superb house I love it!! Take care Zo xx

  4. Oh my! WOW, you really amaze me, Dionne. Absolutely adoring your gorgeously decorated house!!! Stunning work!
    Hope you are well. The weather is making me angry! It soooooo cold!
    Michaela xx

  5. Fantastic house, it's simply gorgeous!

    Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog

    Happy Crafting!


  6. This is ridiculously beautiful! Best little house I have ever seen!!!! For some reason I'm quite taken with the fence! I've seen loads of decorated birdhouses on pinterest but never with a fence! LOVE IT! xxx


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