I love it when the shops sell off the last of their Christmas decorations. I found these red butterflies marked down to just a few cents each as they had lost their hanging cords. They were just perfect for the mobile I had in mind to brighten up the room belonging to my two smallest girls. It has not been looking very attractive as we have been battling the dreaded mould (which seems to be a widespread problem in Brisbane this summer) and definitely needs some brightening up.
After tying the butterflies to a metal hoop with twine, I decorated the top with some strips of Japanese masking tape which I had bought to tuck in someone's Christmas present and then had forgotten all about. These beautiful patterned tapes have been widely available for a while now (I bought mine at Borders), and I have often read blogs and articles singing its praises, but had never actually used it. Well, I am now singing too! It has the perfect amount of stickiness and transparency, and cuts very easily - I am keen to experiment some more.