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“Your baby looks like a piece of tree bark.”
“Oh, yeah? Well, yours looks like a bird dropping!”

A conversation overheard in Anger Management class? No, just two swallowtail butterfly moms complimenting each other on their respective offspring's good looks.

Tiger Swallowtails lay one egg at a time to the underside of a protective leaf, but they do that about a hundred times on a hundred different leaves! Each green egg morphs into something that is rather, shall we say, organic-looking; then next it’s a bright green caterpillar with eyespots. After four more molts, voila: A pupa! And a week or so later, a beautiful butterfly.

The tiger swallowtail was the subject of the first known drawing of a North American butterfly, created in 1567 by one John White, a member of Sir Walter Raleigh’s expedition to Virginia. (I dare say this world would have been better off with more insect drawings and less tobacco, Sir Raleigh!)

This hand-painted pillow measures 20”x20”x5” thick, rendered in nontoxic textile paint on indoor-outdoor fabric. This would look fab-yoo-lous on a garden bench, porch swing, hammock or patio furniture. Don’t worry about the weather; this pillow can take it. If soiled, just hose it off, spot clean it, or machine wash it gently and air dry (polyester fiberfill insert is removable).

Designed, painted, sewn, stuffed, signed and copyrighted on a beautiful island north of Seattle where we love the sight of the Western Tiger Swallowtail. I have heard that just when the caterpillar’s world is coming to an end, he emerges as a butterfly. Thank you for looking.

© Copyrighted 2011 by C. Chennault. All rights reserved.

Frequently asked questions about crabbychris

Crabby Chris™ is pleased to render almost any of her designs in almost any color on almost any shape of pillow. If you would like to discuss your ideas or request adding a name or text to your order, please convo the artist.
Pillows can usually be made smaller or larger to fit your needs. Please feel free to inquire of the artist to work out the details.
Every handcrafted Crabby Chris™ textile item has a sewn-in care label for easy reference.
All items are enclosed in a sealed cello bag and shipped in a sturdy recylable polypropylene mailing bag. A matching wide grosgrain ribbon and bow can be added to your purchase at your request. If you would like a short personal message hand-lettered in a greeting card, make your request in "Note from Buyer".
Please feel free to inquire through Etsy convos as to whether your order can be customized to your specifications. Once details are worked out, Chris can create a custom listing, the purchase of which starts the project. Customized and personalized items are non-returnable and non-refundable as they are not marketable to others.
All designs, photographs, descriptions, images and other contents of this shop are protected by copyrights of the designer/shop owner under U.S. and international law. For licensing information please contact the artist.
Your information will not be shared with anyone, or used for any purpose other than to complete your Etsy transaction. Crabby Chris is a confirmed anti-Spamite.
No; the nickname started as a joke. Like many things, it simply got out of hand.

All content © copyrighted 2008-2016 by C. Chennault. All rights reserved.

Tiger Swallowtail butterfly pillow 20" painted papillion chrysalis pupa caterpillar spring migration entomology garden Crabby Chris Original

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: commercial all weather upholstery fabric, nontoxic textile paint, polyester fiberfill in polypropylene casing, tender loving care
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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