Butterfly Blue

by Anita Velazquez.

My mother recently moved into a new senior apartment. She is seventy nine years young. She has always collected butterfly figures. She put her butterflies all around her new place. It looks lovely. When I made this set I thought of her love of butterflies, and the color blue.

Butterfly Blue

She inspired me. She has always been a woman with a different look at life. She is a physic, and in her day, danced the jitterbug, and sang opera. Sadly, a few days ago, she had a stroke and is in the hospital.

I know she will pull through, I believe in God, and miracles. She has taught me so much, about the beauty of life, and the miracles of faith. I wrote this about her.

Butterflly Blue
In her years of being young
She danced all night
And operas sung

She had a grace
Of attitude
To those left out
She would include

She looked beyond
The costumes wrought
The use her mind
Above the taught

And all this she passed on to me
And I in turn to mine
For what is learned from love to life
Endures beyond our time

This piece is inspired by her. There is so much symbolism albiet person in this piece.
Butterflies and flowers a natural mix. Blue is a rare color in garden flowers so capturing it’s essence in glass beads is a pleasing variation. Coin shaped beads of turquoise magnesite, and crystallized violet rainbow beads, make up the neclace which suspends an antique brass tone butterfly charm.

Petite golden butterfly charms as strung throughout. I choose the bead by which the butterfly is suspended for it’s brown coloration. It reminded me of the “eye” markings that many butterflies have on their wings for protection. I thought it fit well.

Anita Velazquez
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  1. Anita, this is simply beautiful. The antiqued metal is gorgeous amid the tranquil blues. And I love the smaller butterflies scattered throughout.

    Your lovely poem brought tears to my eyes. Your mother sounds like an inspiring lady who has lived a remarkable life. My thoughts are with both of you as you go through this difficult time.

    Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful mother, your poetry, and your butterfly jewelry set with us! 🙂

  2. Okay, I’m in tears as well. That set is so beautiful just like your mother. Thank you so much for sharing!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful mother, your poetry, and your butterfly jewelry set. I hope your mother will be alright and be able to share many more wonderful years with you.

  4. Kathie L says:

    Beautiful, inspiring and thought provoking – both your pieces and your words about your Mom…. All of us mothers love to see our children prosper, evolve and share some of our passions….. Your mother is a woman who is rich in the biggest sense…. Your evolution in her passion…. A thought, a prayer and many blessings to you both! With love and prayers….

  5. Wow! I share you and your mother’s love of butterflies, as well as the color Blue. Your pieces are lovely! I use butterflies a lot in the jewelry I make too, symbolizing change which seems to be the only constant in life, but the combinations you used in your pieces are striking.

    Best wishes to you and your mother in this trying time!

  6. Thank you all for your kind words, you have touched my heart. My mother passed away in October, and I miss her dearly. Thank you all again. xo

  7. OK, sitting here with a cup of coffee in the am. I read this and it mirrors so much of my life in last year. Absolutely stunning set, truly heart squeezing inspiration. The poem so beautiful, I know she loved it when she was better. Blessed be Anita.

  8. Oh my gosh this is absolutely stunning!

  9. Linda Alfano says:

    What a magnificent piece! The poem brought tears to my eyes.
    I too, had an aunt whom I lost last year that taught me the insights from a different world.
    She was taught by my grandmother who did not teach her own daughters (my mother or her sisters). My Auntie Ruth was a daughter-in-law to my grandmother. I saw a psychic recently and asked about my Auntie Ruth because I hadn’t made it to the funeral. He told me that said,”Oh Dear” as she referred to me, “I’m too busy dancing to stop and talk” “no worry my love”.
    I see my Auntie Ruth in your piece! She also had blue flowers and butterflies surrounding her home with birds and geese.
    She also advised me to surround myself with irises which would bring me strength and creativity!
    Thank you for bringing her memory back to me…. the tears I could do without and they are flowing at this moment in time.

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