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Are you a Dragonfly or Butterfly?

Every gardener knows insects come with the territory, and every decorator knows these little critters also provide some fabulous designs for interior or exterior decorating.

Through the years, certain bugs rise in stature. Remember the dragonfly days when the funny little flier was prevelant throughout garden and home decor? Dragonflies are still a popular choice and since they are such a positive symbol, I'm thankful for that fact. The dragonfly is symbolic of many wonderful things including renewal, positive force and the power of life in general. Dragonflies can also be a symbol of the sense of self that comes with maturity. As a creature of the wind, the dragonfly frequently represents change. And as a dragonfly lives a short life, it knows it must live its life to the fullest with the short time it has – which is a lesson for all of us. As you can see, the dragonfly is a beautiful insect, adorable design in home decor as well as a positive reminder to live life to the fullest!

Although the dragonfly is still quite popular, the current trend is beginning to favor the butterfly. A perennial favorite, the butterfly, with its fabulous colors, will be seen on a variety of products in 2010. Butterflies are also a very symbolic creature of... change, joy, and color. Their flight appears as dancing, and a reminder not to take life so seriously. The butterfly is a powerful symbol for transformation so their image is excellent for anyone contemplating, or in the midst of a major change. There is a Native American legend that says, "If you have a secret wish, capture a butterfly and whisper your wish to it. Since butterflies cannot speak, your secret is ever safe in their keeping. Release the butterfly, and it will carry your wish to the Great Spirit, who alone knows the thoughts of butterflies. By setting the butterfly free, you are helping to restore the balance of nature, and your wish will surely be granted." It's easy to see why butterflies are a very popular decorating accent for the home - they are colorful and encapsulate a feeling of joy.

Are you a Dragonfly or Butterfly? or a bit of both?


  1. I really enjoyed this. I was all prepared to go with butterfly, thinking of the metamorphis they go through and their beauty. You really surprised me with the dragon fly. Now I am unsure. I'll have to do more research on this one. Thanks for the spark!

  2. Loved the post! I guess I am totally a butterfly person :)

  3. I'm so glad that all of you enjoyed this post and got you thinking. I'm currently a dragonfly!

  4. Lovely article as always!
    I have the mind of a butterfly but I'd want to be a dragonfly, the iridescent colours shimmering above sun sparkling water is so magical.
    Apologies to all butterflies.. :)

  5. I'm a butterfly. My kitchen and downstairs bathroom is full of those beautiful little creatures of God. Beautiful writeup on the two. Thank you.


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