Thursday, March 19, 2009


Some of you who have been reading my blogs for a while, especially my Lavender Hill Studio blog, know that I place a butterfly on every one of my mosaic pieces. In the bottom two wings on the butterfly are my initials. You can see one in the picture below.

Why a butterfly? Well, my Mom absolutely loved butterflies. She loved real ones and she loved decorative ones. My Mom passed away a few years ago. And every time I see a butterfly, I think of her. So I place a butterfly on all of my mosaic pieces in memory of my Mom.

Beverly, from How Sweet The Sound posted this picture below of a beautiful butterfly box a few months ago. She had mentioned that her husband picked it up at Biltmore Estates for her. I left a comment on her post about my Mom and butterflies and said I would love a butterfly box, like this one. I live close to Biltmore and I was going to look for one the next time I was there.

I received an email from Beverly last week, telling me there was a little package coming in the mail for me. When I opened it, I couldn't believe what I saw! Look at this beautiful butterfly box!

It is stunning! And the wings lift up to reveal a space to place something special. I have two of my Mom's rings and they will be placed in this beautiful butterfly box. I know my Mom is smiling down on Beverly right now!

Beverly, I want to thank you again for this beautiful gift. I am so grateful that I have gotten to know you. You thoughtfulness means the world to me.
Welcome Home,


  1. Well, that is about the sweetest thing, ever. Beverly is a super sweet lady to send this to another super sweet lady. I am so impressed with the both of you...and I love you both!
    Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL butterfly box..
    xo bj

  2. That is so special. And she selected colors that you'd really enjoy, too. It's a day for happy memories!

  3. Absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful gesture too! It really touched my heart. We have angels here on earth too. :)
    I love your blog and have recently started following it. I'd like to start my own blog soon.
    I'm looking forward to reading more of your blogs. :)

  4. Hi Penny,

    WOW! this is beautiful and so unique. I have never seen such a lovely butterfly box as this.. And to receive it from such a loving and giving friend. Truly a treasure.
    Very heart warming.
    Have a wonderful day,

  5. How beautiful and how incredibly sweet of Beverly!

  6. That is so beautful Penny. Beverly is such a sweet person so I'm not surprised by her kindness.

  7. How generous a heart Beverly has..isn't this community of bloggers we've come to know simply the best!Always there putting smiles on our faces! Your butterfly is beautiful!hugs

  8. Penny, this is so beautiful and a beautiful gift as well. What a treasure you have been given.

  9. How sweet! What a wonderful gift!


  10. What a beautiful gift! Beverly is such a kind & thoughtful sweetheart! ♥ Diane

  11. Meravigliose farfalle!!
    A kiss

  12. How incredibly sweet of Beverly. It's a wonderful box. I love the colors.
    What wonderful thoughts you must be having of your mom right now.
    I too, have lost my mom and when I see "carnations" or "roses" I think of her. She loved flowers.

  13. What a sweet, sweet gift. I had no idea you had butterflies on your pieces. Now I know the wonderful story behind it. :)

  14. What a nice tribute to your mom Penny by using the butterfly in your signature! And Beverly is a thoughtful sweetie to send you that butterfly box!!

  15. That is such a genuinely heartfelt gift. And a tribute to your mother. What a wonderful thing: your memories of her.

  16. This butterfly box is lovely. Bev is one of the most thoughtful people that I have met. I love her. I didn't know that about your butterfly signature.

    I don't live in Newport, I live in Massachusetts, but it's only about an hour away. Worth the drive I would say. One Christmas my daughter Ashley took me to the Breakers and they had decorated it to the nine's and even had chorus singers staged on the grand stairs. I love those mansions.


  17. Penny, what a nice, thoughtful person Beverly is to do that for you. I love butterflies because my Grandma has always loved them. I always will think of her when I see a butterfly. Yesterday was her 95 birthday and I brought her butterfly things. As I was sitting in her little home, feeling grateful to be there with her a swallowtail butterfly flitted by the window she was sitting in front of. No one believed me as we still have snow on the ground and it was in the 30's. But I saw one! The butterfly box that Beverly gave you is abslolutely gorgeous. I will start looking for the perfect butterfly box to keep my Grandma's jewels that I have inherited in. Thank you for sharing.

  18. It is wonderful to read about there being such generous, thoughtful people in this world. The butterfly box is so unique and miniature (which I love). Enjoy!

  19. How beautiful the little box is and how sweet! Love your sweet butterflies on your mosaic designs! Just beautiful!

  20. i just love these stories about blogging generosity and kindness. that is so sweet. and penny, i never knew about your signature butterflies. how sweet!


  21. Penny,
    That was so sweet of her! Blogland is full to bursting with lovely people, it always amazes me how kind they are!
    Love your blog, I have been off for a few months taking care of my father in laws estate and I can now finally come up for air.
    Enjoyed my visit, nice to touch base with you again!
    Donna Lynn

  22. Penny,
    I'm back from a break. Your blog looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing that special story about your mom and the butterfly, it's so sweet. What a wonderful gift you received from a thoughtful friend! I am really enjoying Springtime in the South! Take care, Victoria Lynn

  23. Isn't Beverly the nicest person ever? What a thoughtful gift. Mimi

  24. How wonderful and special! Jen

  25. I wasn't aware of the butterfly story, and it means so much more now knowing that!


  26. Now that Miss Beverly is a sweet kind of her!

  27. Penny what a sweet and thoughtful gift! Butterflies are very special to me, my daughter and granddaughter as well. We don't usually miss anything butterfly including the real ones that visit our garden. There is just something very special about them. I think it is a very nice way to pay tribute to your Mom. Hope you have a wonderful weekend~Smiles~Tam!

  28. Very, very special Penny. Rachaelxo

  29. What a wonderful gift……
    And what a lovely tribute to your mom…


  30. Penny,

    I didn't know that about the butterflies you put on each project. What a great way to honor your mother.

    How sweet that Beverly got you that box too! I know you will treasure it.


  31. Enjoy that box Penny; aren't bloggers just the best?


  32. It's beautiful - I have never seen a box like that! I will always now think of you Penny, and your sweet Mom, when I see a butterfly. Thank you for sharing such a heartwarming story.

  33. Just lovely. The story is so sweet and sentimental, and butterflies are so full of whimsy.
    ♥, Susan

  34. What a lovely surprise and such a nice thing for Beverly to do for you!

    Thanks for stopping glad to hear you treat yourself to a little pampering every're worth it!

  35. This was such a sweet thing for her to's so nice to have friends so special!

  36. Hi Penny, The butterfly box is beautiful. What a special gift from such a sweet person. I'm sure your mother loves that her rings are in such a heartfelt gift.

    Oh' and Phil loves Junk'n almost as much as me.

    Have a happy day


  37. Penny...this is just beautiful! Beverly is such a sweetie...but then I already knew that! :-)
    P.S. I was just thinking when I was visiting your other blog, how great one of your gorgeous "before and after" creations with your beautiful mosiac art would be for a Metamorphosis Monday. :-)

  38. Penny,
    I loved reading the story of your Mother with butterflies. I didn't realize you put a butterfly on every one of your creations. How truly touching that is. And how wonderful and thoughful of Beverly to send you that lovely butterfly box! She is truly a gem.
    Love, Ann

  39. What a beautiful box and such a sweet and beautiful gift from Bev!

  40. Penny, I am so glad you like the butterfly box. Your post is lovely.

    That butterfly box flew right into my hand in the store. It wanted to go to live with you.

  41. What a lovely butterfly collection you have! :)

  42. Penny, I looked for a butterfly box at the Biltmore at Beverly's request. They didn't have a thing.She wanted to send one to you then. No luck then, but she did find tat cutie she sent you. I knew about it and I am just now getting over to see it. It is so pretty. My mom loved butterflies too.

    Looking forward to the Bistro.