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Designed by Berni

30 Jul

A very good friend of mine keeps telling me to take credit where its due and to shout from the roof tops that I design stained glass windows.  She tells me now is the time because this latest design of mine was recently officially unveiled by HRH Prince Charles and its a blooming masterpiece!

Community Stained glass Project – Welsh Legends themed window at Myddfai Hall

HRH Prince Charles unveiling our window on 9th July 2017


stained glass window, mabinopion, welsh legends, physicians of myddfai

the finalised design for the 3 panels making up the window

She is right of course. (because she is very wise).  This window is the culmination of six months work, created through a most wonderful community project in Myddfai Hall, Brecon Beacons.  I had the honour of designing it.  Pulling together the ideas from those engaging in the project and translating those ideas into this image and then scaling it up and selecting the appropriate glass to make their imaginings a reality.

It’s hard to put into words the joy, pride and sense of achievement this project brough not only to me and the co-teacher, Lesley Griffiths (if you ever need a bespoke table or lamp, she’s your woman) but also to every one of the 30 members of the community who took part.  I think I should leave it to them to articulate our joint achievement


If you are looking for a bespoke stained glass panel, window or sun catcher then get in touch, I am happy to do design and scaling up only; design, and make; or design and teach you to make it!!  No obligation quotes.  Pricing depends on size and complexity of design.  If you have a budget in mind I will happily let you know if your dream piece is possible within it!

I work from my home studio in our B&B in the Heart of Wales  Berni Benton, Pink Butterfly Art and Glass at Cerdyn Villa

email: pinkbutterfly@cerdynvilla.co.uk



Lesley and I with the panel we gifted designed, made and gifted to The Prince of Wales




 “Good morning from Cerdyn Villa” 

4 May

We’re situated in this delightfully tranquil, rural location, on the edge of Llanwrtyd Wells, in the very heart of Wales. It’s like a huge welcoming cwtch ( that’s the best word in the Welsh language… A cuddle with a cherry on top)… And here’s a little Cerdyn Villa morning catch for you… Perhaps you might visit sometime…..

It’s lovely when people tell us they’ve had a good time …

7 Sep

We had a good trading weekend in Builth Wells at the Antique Fair. We sold steadily and made a nice profit, which doesn’t always happen but it must have been our turn, Some of the Traders took very little and we find that is how the Fairs are at the moment, very un-predictable and patchy. And we […]

via LLANWRTYD WELLS! — Boxofmisc

Red Kites over Myddfai

3 Aug


The inspiration afforded to us by our exquisite local landscapes is unmeasurable.

My latest project was a commissioned piece for a couple who live in the beautiful village of Myddfai, just fifteen miles from my own home and guesthouse .  The village is tiny but is an attraction for many walkers, herbalists, homeopaths and general tourists; with is quaint and welcoming visitor centre  / cafe / craft shop / wedding venue…

Its success is based on several things other than the obvious, genuine and warm welcome visitors receive

  • its ancient (14th Century) tales based around Lyn-y-Fan Fach about The lady of The Lake
  • its provenance regarding a dynasty of herbalists , the Physicians of Myddfai (11th & 12th century)
  • its royal connections to the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles and Camilla have a home there)
  • its proximity to a fabulous Red Kite Feeding Centre

It was this landscape around Lyn-y-Fan Fach and the red kites that inspired this panel.


(if you are interested in a commissioned panel or window you can contact me without obligation to discuss….you may be pleasantly surprised at the cost of owning your own bespoke and unique piece of glass art)


The Wierd and Wonderful World of Llanwrtyd Wells

12 Jul

I often blog about how wonderful, unique, magical, proactive, eccentric, picturesque, tranquil, exciting, special; this little nook on our planet is.

Here is a wonderful article that really shows are more unusual side…  Thank you to Chris Kitching, TravelMail for giving it a go and then writing about it; and all those in our community that make this place what it is.

Bog Snorkelling, Man v Horse and other adventures


Julia in Action

Julia Galvin “bog chick”


Mountain bike Chariot Racing

Mountain bike Chariot Racing


Red Kite Statue

Red Kite Statue, Llanwrtyd Wells “Spirit In The Sky”


Cerdyn Villa - abergwesyn valley

Abergwesn Valley in Autumn


Gordon Green

The wonderful Green Events founder , Gordon Green MBE with me dressed a s the “Bog Frog”


man v horse

man v horse – the horse parade before the start


www.llanwrtyd.com Home of Bog Snorkelling Event-led tourism

llanwrtyd Wells, where anything can happen. and Monster Raving Loony Party H/Q, in Neuadd Arms Hotel http://www.llanwrtyd.com

Neuadd Arms Hotel


There’s no Place Like (Our) Home

23 Jun


When you live in your special getaway retreat you never need a getaway!!

Cerdyn Villa, our home, your retreat, our bit of ‘heaven on earth’, in the middle of the Heart of Wales, in the quirkiest town in the UK, Llanwrtyd Wells

There are weekends of insanity and partying in the town if you want it- Man v Horse, Real Ale Wobble, World Bog Snorkelling, World Alternative Games, Welsh Open Stone Skimming, Mountain Bike Chariot Racing.

There is open space, picturesque expansive vistas, tranquility and natural beauty in abundance for walking, cycling, driving, bird watching, relaxing, sitting, meditating and being at one with nature.

There is our home.  A home away from home.  A place to relax, potter, sleep, laugh, chat. A place to simply BE.

We found our home by luck.  We wallow in the good fortune of living here daily.  Come rain or shine.  Our own space.  The surrounding space.  The community.  The Friday nights with friends .  The reality of this magical spot in the the heart of The Heart of Wales.




How do you chose where to stay on a weekend break?

1 Aug

Well? what are your criteria?

“.. anyway,” said one of our very lovely B&B guests over breakfast this morning.

Cerdyn Vill
Cerdyn Vill ” full” breakfast

“I won’t penalise you for not having a Corby Trouser Press in the room”,

Pause. Mischievous grin…

“..although I did use one once to warm up a pizza…”

Maybe we should invest in some in case our  future guests get peckish.

This is a

This is a “Trouser Press Free Zone”      Cerdyn Villa Guest House, Llanwrtyd Wells

Anything for Gordon….

26 Jul

Last week this man….

Gordon Green - amazing man, Green Events Founder, Bog Snorkelling and Man v Horse inventor, reponsible for the World Alternative Games

Gordon Green – amazing man, Green Events Founder, Bog Snorkelling and Man v Horse inventor, responsible for the World Alternative Games

Persuaded me to spend Royal Welsh Show dressed like this…

Bog Snorkelling mascot #BogFrog

Bog Snorkelling mascot #BogFrog

To promote this….

World Bog Snorkelling Championships

Julia Galvin #BogChick Ireland

World Bog Snorkelling Championships

World Bog Snorkelling Championships




And this……

THe Lord's Drummer's Daughter supporting the World Alternative Games

THe Lord’s Drummer’s Daughter supporting the World Alternative Games

World Alternative Games, Llanwrtyd Wells

World Alternative Games, Llanwrtyd Wells











For the benefit of this…..

www.llanwrtyd.com Home of Bog Snorkelling Event-led tourism

Home of Bog Snorkelling
Event-led tourism

And all the business community based in our wonderful town

Llanwrtyd Wells