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Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine 2017: January

My butterflies are the things that make me happy; my little family, knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidering, cooking, baking, exploring and trying to live each day to the very best. Butterflies may be nature’s adornment, but they serve a purpose too, pollinating the flowers that the bees can’t get into, and so it is with my pretties, they may not look essential, but they keep me sane, and frequently keep us all warm (we have more quilts than people in this house).

Space for the Butterflies - A Liberty Butterfly Quilt

This blog is a story of me and a story of motherhood, a full time working mum who needs creativity more than she needs sleep. I write about the family that John and I made, starting with Kitty in 2010, another daughter, Elma, who arrived in December 2012 and mischievous son Pip who was born in August 2014, the little adventures, and the ones that immerse the children in our combined wanderlust.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings, a photo project for 2017

I create, I write, I take pictures till my batteries die and I share most of it here.

Why ‘Space for the Butterflies’?

When I chose my wedding bouquet I asked my lovely florist to leave ‘space for the butterflies’.  Somehow the neat tightly packed posies of roses or lilies in some of her portfolio pictures just weren’t me; too minimalist, too crisp.  When the flowers arrived, ivory roses, white heather and trailing orchids were tucked into a loose teardrop; perfectly me, and perfect for any butterflies that might have braved a rather brisk April day.

So if you want to know what it’s really like throwing your camping kit and three small children in a car and winging it around Europe, just how big a quilt you can fit through a domestic sewing machine (and develop biceps of steel in the process), or whether I have ever ever finished the Christmas knitting on time (spoiler: yes, but you might have to go digging for it), make yourself at home, have a little explore through the menu bar, see what I’m up to in between blog posts over on Instagram, and if you want to know what I actually sound like, there’s always my YouTube channel.

13 Comments

  • Reply Claire 05/01/2014 at 8:09 pm

    Glad I stumbled across your blog today via Ordinary Moments! See,s right up my street and have added to my blog roll! Happy New Year!

    • Reply Carie 05/01/2014 at 9:04 pm

      Aww thank you, and Happy New Year to you too!

  • Reply Jen Scott 13/01/2014 at 11:36 am

    Just stumbled across you through mummy daddy me – loving your blog & your photos! My third daughter is a Kitty (10 months) and I’m delighted to see another little Kitty so beautiful and happy!! xxx

    • Reply Carie 14/01/2014 at 9:02 am

      Thank you so much, welcome to this little corner of the Internet!

  • Reply Maria Noell 10/04/2014 at 9:38 pm

    Helloooo,

    I have created my very first blog today (a huge deal to me) and when trying to figure out what I am actually doing, I stumbled across your beautiful blog and suddenly I feel a lot more calm about opening my heart up to the world… Thank you.
    x Maria x

  • Reply Adele 10/06/2014 at 1:44 pm

    Hi Carie, love the site! There are a couple of your images I’m interested in using (craft pictures, nothing with children featured), could you contact me please to let me know if you’d be open to this?
    Thank you!
    Adele x

  • Reply Sarah 31/12/2014 at 3:39 pm

    I absolutely love the reason for the name of your blog! x

    • Reply Carie 02/01/2015 at 10:11 am

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Reply Carolina 30/04/2015 at 2:39 pm

    Hi there:

    My name is Carolina Gómez and I work with http://funkygiraffebibs.co.uk, a leading online department store for top brand baby’s products. I’m really interested in being featured in http://spaceforthebutterflies.com, your blog is really what I’m looking for: honest and relatable. Usually we go for content, we can create an interesting and meaningful article for your readers or we can provide information so you can create an article.

    If none of this is possible please let me know the options you offer.

    Thank you.

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    • Reply Carie 30/04/2015 at 8:52 pm

      Hi Carolina, I’ve sent you an email – kind regards, Carie

  • Reply Bjarke Bekhøj 28/09/2015 at 11:25 pm

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  • Reply Linda 11/05/2016 at 8:53 am

    Hi~!!! Your kids are so lovely and your family look so happy!^^
    I’m am English education specialist in South Korea.
    Actually, I have a favor to ask of you. ^^
    I am also a show guest for selling Oxford picture books on a TV home-shopping.
    Then, I want to get permission to use some pictures which your kids are reading picture books of your blog post.

    If you are OK, E-mail me, please.^^

  • Reply Linda 11/05/2016 at 8:58 am

    Hi~!!! Your kids are so lovely and your family look so happy!^^
    I’m am English education specialist in South Korea.
    Actually, I have a favor to ask of you. ^^
    I am also a show guest for selling Oxford picture books on a TV home-shopping.
    Then, I want to get permission to use some pictures which your kids are reading picture books of your blog post.

    could you contact me please to let me know if you allow to this.
    If you are OK, E-mail me, please.^^

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