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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Houston Holocaust Museum Butterfly Project

Still haven't gotten around to posting my recent projects here but I was reading my email of Angi's blogpost and she had borrowed a post from someone that mentioned the Butterfly Project for the Houston Holocaust Museum. How cool is this:
The Butterfly Project

"Children were neither just the mute and traumatized witnesses to
this war, nor merely its innocent victims; the war invaded
their imaginations and the war raged inside them."

— Nicholas Stargardt in "Witnesses of War: Children's Lives Under the Nazis"

In an effort to remember them, Holocaust Museum Houston is collecting
1.5 million handmade butterflies

The butterflies will eventually comprise a breath-taking exhibition, currently scheduled for Spring 2012, for all to remember.

As of Summer 2008, we have already collected an estimated 400,000 butterflies.

Please facilitate the
I Never Saw Another Butterfly” activity and create as many handmade arts-and-crafts butterflies as possible. This project may be completed by all ages as individuals or groups.

  • Butterflies should be no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches.
  • Butterflies may be of any medium the artist chooses, but two-dimensional submissions are preferred.
  • Glitter should not be used.
  • Food products (cereal, macaroni, candy, marshmallows or other perishables) also should not be used.

If possible, e-mail a photograph of your butterflies, to

Please send or bring your butterflies to the Museum by June 30, 2011, with the following information included:

  • Your name,
  • Your organization or school,
  • Your address,
  • Your e-mail address, and
  • The total number of butterflies sent.

Mail or bring your butterflies to:

Holocaust Museum Houston
Butterfly Project
Education Department
5401 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004

For questions or additional information, please e-mail

this is such a wonderful idea... and surely, we all can make a few butterflies from the scraps in our stash... use your die cutter, paint some chipboard, make beaded ones, wire and ribbon... whatever it is you like to do... and drop them in the mail. (or if you happen to be in the Houston area, drop them off. ) So... here's what I'd like to know and see: how many of you will particpate in this project and what do your butterflies look like? Leave me a comment, and a link to your butterflies (they can be posted anywhere) and I'll post some here within the next week. I was so impressed with the bloggers and scrappers during the bloghop ... so many people participating, and so many talented paper crafters giving and sharing, that I sure think we might be able to generate some real involvement . C'mon y'all... make a butterfly.

Angi is a Stampin' Up demonstrator and serves in the armed forces. I "met" her on the cardsforheroes bloghop and was instantly taken with her style, both as a blogger and a crafter. she is honest about her work and her life, and she really loves to share what she knows. if you've never seen her site, go give her a visit (and if you love Stampin' Up and need a rep, now you have one!) her blog address again is

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