Friday, December 9, 2011

My Butterfly Soars in Memory and Honor!

Greetings Blog Friends and Welcome to my studio.
I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season. Creating is slowing down for the moment in my studio, but before I close the door to enjoy some holiday time, I had to complete and send my Butterfly for the Butterfly project to honor the 1.5 million children who lost their precious lives in the Holocaust.

To read all about this project you can click HERE or the button to the right on the sidebar. A museum is being planned in honor of these children in Houston, Texas and the Butterfly creations designed by so many in blogland around the country will grace that museum. The deadline is Dec. 31st and I finally got mine sent in time which first goes to Trudi of Two Dresses Studio blog. From Trudi the Butterflies will make their way to Houston. A wonderful project and so meaningful. We will never forget and in honor, this wonderful museum will give voice to those little ones lost, set to open in the spring of 2013.

Here is my humble Butterfly made from papers and 3 layers. I used hearts and lace to represent the heart of the children. Vintage tea stained handmade lace to represent
a time long ago and ink winged designs with a bit of color to surround the vintage children in the center representing the young lives gone too soon.

Thank you to the Holocaust Museum in Houston and to Trudi of Two Dresses Studio for the opportunity to participate in this important event.

The Butterfly theme was chosen based on this poem.

I Never Saw Another Butterfly
The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone....

Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly way up high.
It went away I’m sure
because it wished
to kiss the world good-bye.

For seven weeks I’ve lived in here
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.

Written by Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942



Julie Marie said...

Dear Celeste... my heart is aching reading your post... I honestly cannot come up with the words to express how I feel, other than to say God Bless you and all of those precious little souls... your butterfly you are sending them is beautiful... I am sure you already know that in Native American, butterflies mean "everlasting life"... xoxo Julie Marie

Unknown said...

Oh Celeste, that poem touched my heart so much and made me cry! What a beautiful beautiful project and idea. Butterflies represent such freedom. Every since I can remember, when I see a butterfly, that is what comes to my mind. So delicate and beautiful. Your butterfly is absolutely stunning and you could not have put more thought and love into the items you chose to create it!
Thank you so much for visiting me. It has been a rough week in many ways here and hearing from you always lifts me up!
Much love,

Anonymous said...

Having read several books about the Holocaust I can hardly bring myself to think about it. There are so many other places in the world that has done "ethnic cleansing".... How can one human think another one has no right to life??!!??
It makes me cry.... Just think how God feels.
Love, Marilyn

Red Rose Alley said...

This is a wonderful project you ar participating in, and your butterfly is beautiful. When the girls traveled to Europe, they went to see the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. It was a sad thing to view, but they recommend that everyone go see it. Have a nice holiday weekend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Anonymous said...

What a great way to spend your creative time and talent!
It's beautiful! Well done.

Have yourself a great night.

Ciao Bella

Patti said...

I think you know that I homeschooled my kids. By doing that, I tailored my curriculum to our interests; therefore, we "camped out" in the 1930's and 1940's for a couple of school years. We read dozens of books about the Holocaust. It is something that has horrified me for years, but because I never wanted to forget the hideous acts committed against precious human beings, I forced myself to devour books about those times. So, a museum dedicated to remembering too is something very near and dear to my heart. And your contribution to the museum is beautiful. And Pavel's poem is incredibly touching.

Wishing you a blessed weekend.


Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

Such a wonderful project Celestina and for anyone interested in participating you can submit butterflies I believe until December 2012 directly to the museum also, which gives some of us slowpokes extra time. Yours is just so beautiful and special Celestina!
It is hard to believe anyone would ever hurt a child and I pray each day that in my lifetime no child will suffer such atrocities again!
Tina xo

Anonymous said...

Celeste, it's beautiful and for such an important remembrance. We can't even begin to comprehend what those people (especially the children and the parents who had to suffer their terrible loss) went through. The story of Anne Frank will always stay with me, and the irony of her death by illness so short a time before the liberation.....

I have been busy too! I've only blogged a little bit and haven't had much time for visiting. I hope all is well with you and that you've received some RAIN as a Christmas gift!

Blessings to you, my friend,

Janeth said...

wow celestina, what a nice designs you have! keep up the good work! Godbless!

Jill said...

Absolutely beautiful and what a wonderful thing to do! I love that poem thank you for sharing it. Have a wonderful week.


Cindy Adkins said...

I love this and I love Trudi...I made 3 last year and I feel so blessed to be part of this amazing event...I adore your butterfly!

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

What a touching post you wrote here and your butterfly is so beautiful!
Got way behind as our daughter Liz from Rotterdam, The Netherlands was visiting. She flew back on Friday evening and I did a post about her yesterday.
Love to you,


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

What an absolutely gentle and beautiful post, Celestina. This event that took place so long ago will always be a reminder of how we need to stop and LOVE all...and my best friend is Jewish, so to remember the victims and the survivors is dear to me. Your wares are just splendid; isn't paper a wonderful medium? I just finished a new creation today that will be featured in my Etsy after the holidays. I want to take time to rest and enjoy the fun!!! THANK YOU FOR COMING TO COMMENT! Blessings, Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

PS...I LOVE YOUR DOG! Teeheeee Anita

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

What a very beautiful project you have worked on and I love your sweet butterfly creation, with the gorgeous vintage children and made with so much love.
The poem is very moving too, thank you for sharing this.
Sending hugs and wishing you a wonderful week as we count down the days until Christmas.


Rebecca Nelson said...

Hey sweet friend...

Just had to come by and peek at your butterfly I've heard so much about. God has blessed you and given you a heart of goodness. Your work is so lovely and your spirit shines through in all you do.

Blessings to you for a wonderful Christmas with your family. You are a treasure to us all here in blogland and beyond~

xoLove to you~Rebecca

Anonymous said...

Oh that butterfly is so so pretty!! Gorgeous, i love it!


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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..