• Butterfly Theme Room on a Budget

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    What little girl wouldn't want a butterfly themed bedroom or nursery that will inspire her to wonder about these magnificent creatures? Creating a butterfly themed bedroom can be costly, depending on how far you take it. However, there are many ways to create a butterfly garden bedroom on a budget.

    Before you begin your butterfly themed bedroom, decide on your color scheme. Most girls' rooms are pink, which is a beautiful place to start. You may also want to consider blue to reflect the sky, or green to give it a feel of a meadow. The color of the bedroom helps to determine the color of the rest of the room's accent pieces. As a rule of thumb, if you have a pink room, you would want your larger accent pieces to be a complementary color such as blue or green. Yellow rooms look good with purple accents.

    A great place to start would be hanging nylon butterflies. These butterflies have become very popular thanks to places like Pottery Barn. However, you don't have to spend a lot to have that classic catalog look. These butterfly decorations can be hung from the ceiling or placed directly on the walls. They come in different styles, shapes, sizes and color. The possibilities are endless with these butterflies and a hot glue gun.

    Butterfly Lamps: Instead of spending $25 on a butterfly lampshade, you can take smaller 3" nylon butterflies and hot glue them to a plain lampshade. Three butterflies for $6, plain white lampshade for $3 give a grand total of $9.

    Butterfly Curtains: Butterfly sheers are all the rave these days, but sell for an average of $50 a panel. Get a plain sheer for $7 a panel and decorate them with 2" mini nylon butterflies at 85 cents each. Depending on how big your curtain is, your cost is about $14.42.

    Butterfly Holdbacks: Now that you have your beautiful (but much less expensive) curtains, you may want something to hold your curtains back. Holdbacks can cost around $35 for a set of 2. Why spend so much when you can have something even more beautiful at a fraction of the cost? Buy some organza ribbon for $4 a roll. Take about a foot of ribbon and glue a 5" nylon butterfly at $4.95 to the center and tie them around your curtains to pull them back. Your cost? $13.95 plus extra organza with which to decorate.

    Other ideas are to use butterflies as accents on picture frames, growth charts, and mirrors. The possibilities are endless.

    Once you have hung all your butterflies, why not create a full butterfly garden with dragonflies, flowers, bumblebees and ladybugs?

    Let your imagination take over and inspire your child to wonder!

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  • What is a bug?

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    A child once answered the question, "What is a skeleton?" this way: "A skeleton is a person with the inside outside and the outside off." So maybe we can describe a bug like this: "It's an animal with the inside outside and the inside in." Bugs are all characterized as "exoskeletons" - their skeletons are on the outside. This exoskeleton is made of a hard substance called "chitin" which provides protection for the bug's inside and prevents the bug from drying out. This exoskeleton is divided into jointed segments, each of which has pairs of appendages like legs, wings, antennae, etc. In fact, bugs tend to be pretty flexible because they are full of joints. Scientists call the whole bunch of them "arthropods", because their legs, "pods", are jointed, "arthro". Bugs are pretty small so it's hard to get a refined picture just by looking at them, but you can get a better idea about their joints by looking at some of their cousins like crabs and lobsters. A lobster is jointed all over, not just the legs, but the whole body, as well as their antennae.

    Most bugs are jointed in their bodies too. And their bodies are divided into three parts: head, thorax, and abdomen. The majority of them have their thoraxes divided into three parts as well, each having a pair of legs and a pair of wings on the second and third parts of the thorax.

    Their heads sport a pair of antennae, jointed, of course, and two sets of eyes (at least), one set being a pair of bubbles made up of many eyes. And naturally a mouth, which has jaws moving sideways, not up and down.

    Complicated! Yet so small! And so old! Way more than six thousand years old. More like 350 million years! Man has been walking the earth only a small fraction of that time.

    And many! God must certainly love bugs because He made so many of them. There are about 900,000 species of them that are known and probably three or four times as many yet unknown. They make up about 80% of all living animals. But they aren't everywhere. Not in the deep oceans and hardly any in polar regions or in hot springs. But I think we all agree: there are enough.

    But where they are, they are everywhere! Being so small, they can exploit and often take over many nooks and crannies ("niches") in the forest, the jungle, the basement, the garage, the pantry, the bed, etc.

    That's the bug, overall. But there's a lot, lot more. And then many different kinds. And oh yes! The Butterfly!



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