Saturday, September 11, 2010


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This post is the ARCHIVE for all butterflies received for The Butterfly Effect project from 2010-2012 - as at August 6th, 2012.

Entirely beyond my biggest hopes for this project, the final total of butterflies received was 604.

If you are new to my blog or to this project, here is a link to the original post and call for butterflies along with a link to The Holocaust Museum Houston, the final resting place for these butterflies as we remember the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust.  You can view all of the butterflies received here by double clicking on the butterfly to your right on the sidebar.  Please note, over the next few weeks numbers and images may change as I complete the final checks and balances.

AND, just in case you may be interested in creating your own butterfly, it is not too late.  The deadline for sending your butterfly to the museum is JUNE 30th, please considerate it.
The goal to collect 1.5 million butterflies is still a ways away as the most recent information posted on the museum website is an estimated 1,350,000 butterflies have been collected.  

Elizabeth St. H. Nelson

Terri Johnson
Orangevale, California USA

Terri Johnson
Orangevale, California USA

Rosie Kaplan
New Zealand

Martha Cole
Saskatchewan, Canada

 Cat Dodt-Ellis
Orfino, Idaho, USA

Beth Bynum

T. Dolby
Birmingham, England, UK

T. Dolby
Birmingham, England, UK

 Celestina Marie 
Flower Mound, Texas, USA

Anna Schuler's Class
Selm, Bork, Germany

 Anna Schuler's Class
 Selm, Bork, Germany

Below, I have uploaded 31 butterflies submitted to us by Lorna of Artymess (   


Please join me in a round of applause to Lorna and her students for gracing us with such a colorful display of butterflies!

Students of Lorna Jones (Artymess)
Eastleigh, Hants, England


Students of Lorna Jones (Artymess)
Eastleigh, Hants, England


Please join me in a round of applause to Lorna and her students for gracing us with such a colorful display of butterflies!

These 17 most recent butterflies come from Anna Schuler's art class in Bork, Germany!   Thank you!   I am hoping she'll send me a blog link, or Facebook address so I can hook her up to these!!

Lenna Andrews

Rory Te'Tigo 
Cornwall. UK

Sherry Ellison
Nevada City, California, USA

Daniella Hayes
 Montague,  New Jersey,  USA

Jean Carl

Jean Carl

Jean Carl

Jean Carl

Beatrice Gibson

San Antonio, Texas USA

Beatrice Gibson

San Antonio, Texas USA

Beatrice Gibson

San Antonio, Texas USA

Beatrice Gibson

San Antonio, Texas USA

Beatrice Gibson

San Antonio, Texas USA


Beatrice Gibson

San Antonio, Texas USA

Pam Yee

Beulah, Michigan USA

Andrea Thompson

Canisteo, New York, USA

Florence Maggio

Porto Vecchio, Corsica, France

Florence Maggio

Porto Vecchio, Corsica, France


 Debi Livsey

North Bay, Ontario, Canada

Jo Urbani 

Edenbridge, Kent,  UK

 Jo Urbani 

Edenbridge, Kent,  UK

Martina Brown

Brantford,  Ontario, Canada 

Elisa Choi

Paco, Manila, The Phillipines

The final 41 butterflies from Carstairs Elementary school plus the collection of all 227!

46 More Butterflies added September 30th, 2011 from the students at Carstairs Elementary School in Carstairs, Alberta, Canada

Fiona Randall
United Kingdom
and Fiona's Grandson below -

Ellis Powell
United Kingdom

"  The yellow butterfly does not fly alone."
Chris Parmentier
Crescent City, California, USA

Cary Scholes
Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA

D. Dianne Davies
Port Richey, Floria, USA

Samantha Todd
New South Wales, Australia

Raewyn Todd
New South Wales, Australia

Carol Abel

For more information on the specifics of this project, please click on the butterfly to the right of this blog post.

 This post will be updated every month (at most) to add the new butterflies received...there will also be a link on my blog sidebar (left hand side) for easy reference. Please ignore the date stamp above   Click on any photograph for a larger view

Angela Kennedy

July 23, 2011

A thank you to Christine for your amazing contributions to The Butterfly Effect -

all of the above butterflies created by 
Christine Cuthbert
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

June 16th, 2011 - 10 New Butterflies From
Carstairs Elementary School
Carstairs, Alberta, Canada

May 13th, 2011
41 New Butterflies From
Carstairs Elementary School
Carstairs, Alberta, Canada

May 8th, 2011

24 Butterflies - Carstairs Elementary School, Carstairs, Alberta, Canada

May 5th, 2011

Kara Monroe
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Kara Monroe

Kara Monroe
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Sherry Ellison
Nevada City, CA, USA

And, the first 12 of the  installment of 127 beautiful butterflies coming from the Grade 4B Class and other students at -

Carstairs Elementary School
Carstairs, Alberta, Canada

A big thank you again for these lovely tributes to the children of the Holocaust!

April 11th, 2011

Sherry Harmes
Eagle River, Arkansas, USA

- inspiration was a poem by Pavel Friedman. Though this is a yellow butterfly, it is not free as it is literally tied down to the background by its buttons. The body is meant to look as if it were wrapped in funery rags. Too many of the children of the Holocaust did not even have that.

Sherry Harmes
Eagle River, Arkansas, USA

- inspired by the death's head moth. Background paper for this butterfly is from the Wikipedia definition of Holocaust as well as words about crematoria and Joseph Mengele experiments and changed the font to Vivaldi and decreased it to 8 pts. The butterfly is struggling to leave the page as it is too painful for even death to contemplate. The body of this one too is wrapped in funery rags. The red's are for all of the blood shed.

Sherry Harmes
Eagle River, Arkansas, USA

made with 2nd page of the above described "Holocaust" paper.

Amber and Brock Wolsfeld
Winfield, Illinois, USA

Starting with Sharmon Davidson's butterfly, and followed by 15 others, Sharmon inspired the Art Club at Camp Ernst Middle School in Burlington, Kentucky! Thanks to everyone there!

Sharmon Davidson & Students
Camp Ernst Middle School Art Club
Burlington, Kentucky, USA

And last, but certainly not least, all of the way from Northern Ireland, Carrie sent her butterfly across the ocean....

Carrie Gault
Co-Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK

March 12th, 2011 - The following 28 butterflies arrived courtesy of Jennifer Rogers-Daniel's Grade Two Students! 

And from "Ms. Daniels" herself:

Jennifer (Jen) Rogers-Daniels
Santa Barbara, California, USA


March 3rd, 2011

 Group Photo - March 3, 2011

Irene Schreiber
 Unity, Wisconsin, USA

 Maria Cherry
High Point, North Carolina, USA

Renee Olson
Seven Springs, North Carolina, USA

Valerie Hayden
Powell, Ohio, USA

Maggie Tomei
Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA

Becky Bunn
Berthoud, Colorado, USA

J. Wanamaker
Duncan, BC, Canada

Josiah Coffey - age 3
Dubai, UAE

 Lilly Coffey - age 5
Dubai, UAE

Hanna Coffey (aunt to Lilly, Josiah and Micah)
Boise, Idaho, USA

Micah Coffey - age 2
Dubai, UAE

Nikole Miller
Boise, Idaho, USA

Sara B. Healy
Tallahasse, Florida, USA

Mr. Moen Junior - age 3.5
Stavenger, Norway

Nine Lise Moen
Stavanger, Norway

The next Butterfly Effect Update will be posted in mid February.

One Hundred Eleven

Linda Kunsman
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Marilyn Ritzau
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA

Raymond Ritzau
Gaithersburg, Pennsylvania, USA

William Charlebois
Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA

The first 100 - more 'group' photos to follow in Part Two

Emily Miller
Cottonwood, Arizona, USA

Belin Hegfield
Amherst, New Hampshire, USA

Rosewillow Hegfield (age 13)
Amherst, New Hampshire, USA

Laura Hegfield
Amherst, New Hampshire, USA

Marilyn Ritzau
Bethesda, Maryland,  USA

Payton Brooks (age 7)
Pleasant Lake, Michigan, USA

Vicki Holdwick (Payton's Grandmother)
Pleasant Lake, Michigan, USA

Lyn Griffiths
Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham UK

Previous to December 16th, 2010 -

 Joyce Van Der Lely
Christchurch, New Zealand

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Trail, British Columbia, Canada

Waterford, New York, USA

Virginia, USA

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, USA

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada


Previous weeks -

Camryn Zhi Yu McInnis,  age 5
Moorseville, North Carolina, USA

Jillian McInnis
Mooresville, North Carolina, USA

Sherri McInnis
Mooresville, North Carolina, USA

Lauren McInnis
Mooresville, North Carolina, USA

Marguerite's butterfly has particular personal and heartfelt significance to it that I thought I would share today.  Her grandfather researched the family's ancestors to find they had distance German Jewish family members in the concentration camps.   Marguerite has found inspiration in the Holocaust Museum Houston project and is planning to launch a year long project around it.  She will begin on her birthday, December 16th and make one butterfly everyday for a year.  She plans to hang each one from the ceiling as the year progresses.  Stay tuned for a link to her blog that will feature this ambitious project!

Marguerite Bryant
Eureka, California, USA

Morris Plains, New Jersey, USA


Snohomish, Washington, USA


For more information on the Holocaust Museum Houston, this project and  how you can become involved, or  to view the complete gallery of butterflies received to date  please click on the sidebar links.

Bloomington, Illinois, USA


EVANGELINE and her two sons - Liam and Elliot
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

** In Hebrew, the prayer  Cindy  added to  the above butterfly  is The Shema.
In English it is translated: "Here, Oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One."

Meraux, Louisiana

Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Essex, England, UK

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Northumberland, England UK

Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, UK

Calum's Mom
Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, UK

Port Colbourne, Ontario, Canada

The Netherlands

Nevada City, California, USA

Beecher Queensland, Australia

Pudsey West Yorksire, England UK

Up to October 11th, 2010

Jillian Richman and Trudi's daughter
Edmonton, Alberta  Canada

Seth Apter
New York, NY USA

Sharon Chapman
Northbend, Washington, USA

Kathy Semrick
Elburn, Illinois, USA


Abby Lazar
Jamesville, NY, USA

Jill Zaheer
Riverdale, New York City, NY, USA

Marilyn Rock
Schenectady, NY, USA


Fort Worth, Texas, USA


Victor Harbor, South Australia


Berlin, Germany


Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Lymington, Hants, UK


Phoenix, Arizona USA


Baltimore, Maryland


Roosevelt, Utah USA


Edmonton, Alberta Canada


Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


West Linton, Peebleshire, United Kingdom


Fairfax, Virginia USA


United Kingdom


Delta Junction, Alaska USA


~*~Patty S said...

ooo how lovely to see butterflies emerging ... it is so sweet to be a part of this Trudi ... thank you again for inspiring us!

Bea said...

Those are lovely. I guess I was waiting for you to say, Ready, Set Go and tell me where to mail mine.
Anytime, anytime you say. :)Bea

Lynn said...

This is so exciting, and such fun to see the butterflies, I can't believe you have 4 arrive already :)
Beautiful butterfly art everyone!!!!

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing...beautiful butterflies for such a meaningful project.. I'm going to work on mine today!

Caterina Giglio said...

just fabulous! xox

Seth said...

Thank you so much Trudi for bringing this to my attention and spreading the word to the blogging world! What a touching and important project.

Cynthia Schelzig said...

What lovely butterflies!!!

Joy Logan said...

Been missing ya!

Terri Kahrs said...

I'm so happy that you've posted these gorgeous butterflies, Trudi! So lovely, and each with its own, unique personality. Thanks again for spreading the word about this worthy project. Hugs, Terri xoxo

Healing Woman said...

All four butterflies are quite wonderful. It's exciting to see them "fly" to you from all over the world.

Lorraine said...

These are really lovely!

BadPenny said...

Oh so exciting to see them - mine went in the post yesterday.
This is wonderful Trudi - thank you for organising it for us - it's giving a lot of pleasure for us and is for such a worthy cause. I'm honoured to be part of it x

Taluula said...

Oh wow, it's lovely to see the first butterflies coming through AND they are gorgeous.

gerfiles said...

I made one... - mailing it to you soon - thanks for the inspiration...

Wildflowerhouse said...

Ah so many lovely butterflies. Such a thoughtful project.

Cynthia said...

These butterflies are beautiful and so unique. Mine are in progress and will mail soon. I'll also do another post on my blog for folks to come see and join in. Thanks for the excitement of doing this and for letting us know about the project.

Maggie said...

Each one of these is unique and truly beautiful! What a wonderful project! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

They are so beautiful. Mine will pale in comparison, but that's ok -- I want to be a part of it and together, all the butterflies will look amazing!

Gayle Price said...

Wow !!!! They ALL look amazing. Thank you so much for organising, inspiring, and putting this all together . The way you have displayed these little beauties is fabulous !

BadPenny said...

Stunning butterflies. I feel very humble to be involved thank you for highlighting the project & organising this collection. Thanks for the email update too.

Faith said...

Oh how wonderful to see these butterflies so magical,,,, ive got a butterfly on my blog and duh.... why dont I do some... I feel this is my calling... just need someone to explain to me how big to do the butterflies.

Faye said...

Such gorgeous butterflies that have safely landed, Trudi. Mine were mailed today. Hope they aren't too simplistic.

Anonymous said...

Oh my such beautiful works of art... I am so excited to have started on mine tonight with my kids...

Laura said...

every butterfly so unique and every child who amazing, this blaze of color and love in the face of the flames and ashes of hatred. many gifted, generous souls.

carylsrealm said...

I just took the grand tour of butterflies, and I just cannot imagine how beautiful they must all look in person. I loved scrolling thru them on your blog, Trudi! Thank you so much for organizing this event. You are truly a wonderful person!

Holee said...

I've added the butterfly to my side bar. Now to get creative!

Kim Carney said...

That was honestly the best post i have read/seen/enjoyed in a long time ... each one a treasure! Each made me smile and giggle! Thank you!