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Marie Claire Magazine
This is a project I did with Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate & Selma Blair for a cover story for Marie Claire Magazine's April 2002 issue. We had such a great time with this! Check-out the article, but this is what really happened. Marie Claire created a competition for the three actresses and their own team of school kids to turn a weed-infested unused area at an elementary school into a Butterfly Garden. So Marie Claire called me to design and "stage" the whole project with just a week's notice. Check out my personal behind-the-scenes photos arfter you scroll through the article.


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- Marie Claire Magazine, April 2002




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This is what the area looked like when I arrived. Pretty horrible!


I bought lots of butterfly-attracting plants and was sure they were bright and full for the camera!


The cashier at one of my "secret spots" thought I was crazy for buying every butterfly-related item they had in stock. Three shopping carts worth! Check-out these adorable butterfly bird-feeders!


The kids painted the ugly walls in the yard with bright colors I selected.

Cameron, Christina & some kids "pretending" to plant an Acacia tree!


The day before my crew weeded and amended the planting areas, built an arbor and planted vines that looked like they'd been growing there for a while, put up bamboo fencing - basically we did everything that was too grueling for the actresses and kids.


Shopping for props was a lot of fun. Except the perfectionist that I am found myself shopping at Ikea for kids' outdoor furniture I remembered them having - and putting those chairs together actually wasn't too fun!


I hired an artist to hand cut wooden butterflies for the kids to paint. No two were alike. The people I work with are also perfectionists!


The artwork was so great, but it didn't make the magazine.


"Avarie, are we planting these right?"


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