Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog . . .


. . . it's another par-tay!

{A big shout out to Vicki at 2 Bags Full for once again hosting the Grow Your Blog party!}

Welcome to my little space in the universe.

My name is Kim,
light seeker and finder of things,
of ordinary and beautiful.
I record moments through a box with a hole,
and thoughts through a pen.

I am a mom of two, a girl and a boy. One in college and the other soon to follow. A wife of 23 years this year, photographer, dreamer, mess maker. I love little adventures and exploring even if it's 5 feet from my front door. And, you could say I have a little nature nerd extraordinaire tucked into my soul.

Ever since I can remember I have loved creating in some form or fashion, and the need to express myself has appeared through the years in many forms. For me, creating, whether it be in photographs or jewelry or something else, allows me to express myself about the world around me, in ways that aren't always possible any other way. It's my way of working through life, its ups and downs . . . trying to find the beauty in the process through my lens and on paper, and moving from moment to moment.




And, this is me, looking through my milkweed at caterpillars, monarch babies. No, I don't normally take photos of myself, in fact I avoid it at all cost, but this was for "a quirky selfie" prompt (full blog post here).

I guess it was only fitting since I started raising monarch butterflies 2 years ago this coming March. Yep, my family has graciously they had no choice in the matter let me take over the dining room table, and sometimes parts of the kitchen, with caterpillar tents and related items. So far to date, I've raised and released over 1000 monarch butterflies. 

I started a blog series about my journey with the monarchs, and unfortunately got a little derailed this summer. But I'm working on finishing the rest to be ready for spring. You can find the first of three so far here, and each one directs you to the next post.





And when I'm not knee deep in caterpillar poo, I'm at the beach exploring . . . our 30 minutes away from an hour vacation.




Or watching the sunrise . . . one of my very favorite things to do in the world.








You can also find me every other Tuesday, sharing about life and photography on my collaborative blog called Focusing on Life, with 9 other women. I'm looking forward to connecting with other creatives in sharing this journey thing we call life.

Have a wonderful day, and thank you for stopping in!

Love, Kim



25 comments:

Barbara Lilian said...

Hi Kim
What a lovely post. If i wasn't already a follower of your blog i would certainly become one from this introduction. I always enjoy reading your posts, I don't leave a comment very often but I'm there.
Love seeing all the beautiful butterflies Enjoy the Grow your Blog Party. and maybe you can pop over to see me.

Tamar SB said...

LOVE your images and love what I have learned about monarchs from you!!

Linda R said...

A Beauiful post! I LOVE you photos!

Hugs~

Jeanne said...

Love your post and your photos and would definitely join up with you except that I already have. That is my favorite shot of you ever!

Ashleigh Memarzadeh said...

Your photography is breath taking. Thank you for sharing! Just became a follower and hope to see a lot more of your beautiful pictures in the future :) Ash xo

Stephanie Faris said...

You only live 30 minutes away from the beach? Did I read that correctly? If so, I'm SO jealous. We're 8 hours from the nearest beach, so we only go every few years.

Hettienne Grobler said...

You have an awesome blog! I have joined up and am looking forward to reading more about your fascinating journey with the Monarchs and those inspiring photographs! I found you through the blog hop, blessings Hettienne

deborah lyn said...

Hi Kim, I'm on the GYB tour and I absolutely love you work and your blog. I am your new follower!! You can find me at: http://deborahstanleyinspirations.blogspot.com/ - thank you so much for sharing your creative life!! deborah

Rebecca said...

Following from Grow Your Blog. Rebecca

Dotti said...

Hi, Kim!!! Love seeing your photos along with the narrative of who you are. I missed this event again this year ...

Deborah Weber said...

Such a lovely post and delightful photos. Visiting your blog is always a treat.

Nicki said...

I am glad the family is agreeable to your raising monarchs because I enjoy reading and seeing pictures of them. You should also do some posts on your jewelry (do you sell on Etsy? - I feel like I should know this, but haven't visited Etsy in it seems forever).

Loni Townsend said...

Wow! Gorgeous photos. And creating things from jewelry to something else... you sound like a woman I aspire to imitate. :)

Nice meeting you!

My Painted Garden said...

Hi Kim - so nice to meet you and visit your beautiful blog. Your photos are fabulous and the one of you with the Monarch butterflies reflected is stunning. I am looking forward to following your blog.
Have a wonderful day.
Erin

Maggie said...

Your images are stunning, including the selphie! Visiting from Normandy, France as one of Vicki's GYB party volunteers.
If you get the chance to come over the Pond I'll show you around.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hi Kim, it's so nice to meet your through the GYB party. I love your blog and photos. I am following via google friend connect. I love meeting new blog friends and hope you will stop by my blog Julie's Lifestyle. I have a giveaway too. Thanks.
Julie's Lifestyle

Sue Kosec said...

You throw a great party. Thank you for inviting me! Great photographs, too!

So that you know, I've become a Follower and when time permits, I'll be back to see what other beautiful things were made by your hands!

What this party is all about is to GROW your blog and I'm hoping to do the same. When you get to Section One, check out A Country Chic Retreat and SuZeQ Creations, my personal blog, in Section Fifteen I'd love for you to follow and subscribe to.

I see that you're from Houston, which isn't all that far from my neck of the woods, in all reality. When you check out A Country Chic Retreat blog, you might want to consider retreating. My personal retreat for June 11-14 is already on the books and 20-some friends have already been invited. There's space only for 18, but it's a first-come, first-served opportunity. I'd love to meet with you and play the weekend away. Consider it. If you're on the fence (and why wouldn't you be - EVERYBODY is when they try something new!) ... you an send me a message and we can chat on the phone if you'd like.

Happy crafting!
SuZeQ

Threads of Inspiration said...

Kim your blog is really beautiful. I think raising monarch butterflies is a very cool. I am a new follower!

~ Dixie said...

Lovely to meet you, Kim. What a great blog! O, and I love the monarchs; they have always been a facourite of mine.
I will be following along.

Linda H said...

Hi Kim, I'm popping by on tehGYB hop. I'm already a happy follower, but if I wasn't I'd be scrambling to sign up. Love your blog and enjoy your posts so much, whether it's butterflies, or all your other gorgeous photography travels/pursuits. Thank you for sharing your beautiful world with us. Hope you are having fun with GYB!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

HI, I'm a textile artist, visiting, via GYB, from St. John's, NL Canada. Enjoyed my visit to your blog . Wonderful photos!! Thanks for sharing.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Oh how wonderful! What you're doing for the butterflies is amazing, as are your photos of them. I'm SO glad you invited us to visit so we could see them!!

Diana said...

Monarch butterflies are wonderful and I toyed with getting a 'butterfly bush' and planting it this year but just didn't get around to it.
Enjoyed browsing and have decided to follow.

Diana

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Wow, I am so impressed with your butterfly passion! Lovely pictures and great blog!

Karin G said...

Hi Kim, I loved touring your blog, your photos are amazing and I'm looking forward to seeing more!

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