Checking In With MMM #13 – It Just Keeps Getting Bigger And Better!

August 9th, 2010 - filed under: Furthermore » Monday Monthly Mission

butterfly2Butterfly on the bus!

When I first announced our 13th monthly mission, I didn’t imagine it would be met with such enthusiasm – but I should have known better. You guys never cease to amaze me! It was pounced upon by all you awesome readers, and you being the industrious ingenious people that you are, have taken this little idea and RUN with it. From the stories shared in the first wrap-up, to the unanimous call to keep it going another month, to the partnership with illuminationPositive, it’s all of YOU who have really driven this project forward.

And now it continues to grow! All the way from down in the Yucatán (one of my very favorite places on Earth), Bonzai reader Ero San has been spreading all sorts of love. This is so delightfully creative, when he shared it with me I just couldn’t wait to get it out to all of you. I know you’ll be as inspired as I am!



Origami butterflies. But not just any origami butterflies! These guys are made out of Post-It Notes, so they’re stickable! Quick to assemble and simple to spread, Ero San’s been sprinkling them all over Merida. Each one has a little love message written inside, too, for whoever is lucky enough to find and unfold it. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?

I just love this idea and I can’t wait to start making butterflies of my own. If you want to join in the fun, Ero San made an instructional video to teach us all the technique :

Thank you SO MUCH to Ero San for sharing your endeavors with us. It’s truly inspiring! And to all of you out there, please share your stories too! We want to hear about all the ways you’ve been spreading the love. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate at all, so no need to be shy.

Can’t wait to hear from you all!

*** all images by Ero San

  • michelle

    ooh! I’m going to share these with my art honor society when school starts. I can just envision little colorful butterflies everywhere, just don’t tell the custodians it was me…

  • Kate in SB

    Argh. I couldn’t follow that tutorial. He lost me around the 5:00 mark.

  • erosan

    Hi Kate,

    Sorry if you got lost… It was already dark when I recorded the tutorial.

    Think I should re-record it?

    Also, on what step did you get stuck? when folding the head of the butterfly? Let me know and I’ll help you. Believe me, it is not a difficult model. You can do it ^_^

  • Sayward

    @ michelle – Ooh, that sounds promising! =D

    @ Kate in SB – Did you watch it a few times? It always takes me a couple of watches to get stuff like this. You should have seen my with your origami birthday boxes . . . let’s just say I almost threw my computer while watching that tutorial video . . .

  • Tenise Rae

    @Erosan! You are the bomb diggity brothah! You had me at post-it note but little messages too? Holy crap man….pure genius!

  • Heather

    Just found this in my newsletter from Daily Good. It’s right in line with the mission!

  • Ginger Baker

    I haven’t been following this MMM as such, but I’ve long had a practice of trying to do nice things for strangers. I made a decision years ago that whenever I see something to compliment, I would, stranger or no. It leaves us both with a smile! (It’s also, fyi, great practice in getting over fear of approaching people…)

    Today I started what will be a series of thank-you letters. I started with one for my ex-husband (it’s his birthday, you can read it here: but I plan to write them to people I don’t know nearly as well, too. I’ve been blessed with so many great influences in my life! (In fact, you’ll likely be getting on soon too Sayward ;-) )

    On a really fun note, my kids just cornered me last night to brainstorm (their own idea) fun surprise “helpful” things they can do – like washing my grandmother’s dishes, helping my mom weed in the garden, etc. They’re very excited!

  • catherine

    love, love, love this! Na love the video instructions too!

  • Minna

    SO CUTE!

  • akeeyu

    Yeah, I got lost at 5:00, too. I couldn’t see which direction the head was going in–it seemed to go off screen a little?

    After that I was just sitting there with my head cocked like the RCA dog.

  • Tenise Rae

    I’d watch the video several times guys. I didn’t get lost on the second time around. :D

  • Morgan

    I just made my first butterfly! I’m really excited to start putting these up… but what will I do when I go back to Japan? I guess I should learn how to write some positive sayings in Japanese! lol

  • erosan

    @Morgan: got you covered… here are a lot of pics for the kanji ‘ai’ which means ‘love’ ;)

    ganbatte! (try your best!)

  • Sayward

    @ Heather – Awesome, thanks for the link.

    @ Ginger Baker – Aww, I love the thank-you letter idea. I may just do that as well. Also, what sweet kids!

    @ catherine – Yay! spread the butterfly love!

    @ Minna – I know, right??

    @ akeeyu – Hey! We’ve been doing your overnight diaper technique and it TOTALLY works! Thank you!!!

    @ Morgan – That would be so cool if you took the butterflies to Japan!

  • akeeyu

    Yay for the overnight diaper sandwich!

    I’m so glad to hear it’s working out for you!

  • Ginger Baker

    @Sayward It’s really fun! I wrote my second one today. I am really enjoying it because I have pretty mmuch not been blogging lately, and this gives me a bit of structure without being overly ambitious – since I can write a thank you to at least a dozen people at any given moment, I have such wonderful people in my life :-).

  • Sayward

    @ akeeyu – Yes, it’s so great! Thanks!

    @ Ginger Baker – That’s so awesome, really inspiring. It’s so important to pause and recognize the great people around us – and to let them know! I’m going to try to write a few of my own. =)

  • Morgan

    @ erosan- Thanks! I’ll practice writing that.

    @Sayward- I’ll send pics. :)

  • Kelly H.

    BRILLIANT! But I can’t see the video. Is it still there and my work computer is just blocking it?

  • Sayward

    @ Kelly H. – It still shows up for me!