Friday, January 18, 2013

Grow Your Blog Party!

Welcome to Natures Walk Studio! This post is part of the Grow Your Blog Event, hosted by Vicki at 2 Bags Full. 
Admiring the view at Artist Point near Mt. Baker, Washington.
For new visitors, I'd like to share a bit about myself. My name is Helen, and I am a nature loving mixed media artist and photographer living in the beautiful northwest corner of Washington State, in the United States of America
Enjoying nature in our little motor home
I was blessed to find the love of my life 20-ish years ago; a true soul mate. We are both are nature lovers, and quite serious about reducing, reusing, recycling, up-cycling, AND growing our gardens. Native plants have taken over our "decorative garden” efforts, and we are expanding our raised vegetable beds again this year. We’re quite fond of fresh home grown organic veggies!  Our yard has been certified as a wildlife sanctuary by both the National Wildlife Federation and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. We are both Habitat Stewards with the National Wildlife Federation. (Yes, we're nature freaks!)
Red Tailed Hawk, Perched
I should mention that I LOVE to read. Bookworm! Yep that's me. Remember real books with pages that make a swish noise as you turn them? Those are my favorites. *wink* 
There is just nothing quite like the feel of a good book in your hands. We get most of our reading material from our favorite public library, or the friends of the library book sales. And not to be sacrilegious ... I like to alter old worn out beat up books too. 
Spread done recently for friends altered book.
I've been blogging since March of 2008, slowly finding my style. During this time I've participated in several different weekly blog challenges along the way. One of my favorite artists, Carla Sonheim, hosted the"Art of Silliness" online classes a couple of years ago and as part of it we did Hump Day Haiku. I got hooked on haiku, and now host a HuMp DaY Haiku Challenge every Wednesday, here at my blog. If you like to write haiku, you may want to check it out. 
'Solstice Snow' Allied Arts of Whatcom County Members Show Jan 2013
This year I was honored to be one of the artists with a booth at the annual Allied Arts Holiday Festival of the Arts, and I am in their current Members Art Show, showing Jan 4 - 26. I also sell on Etsy, which you can find in my side bar if interested. 
Coopers Hawk, viewing his domain
As part of this fun get-to-know-fellow-bloggers event, I'm hosting a give away! Yay for giveaways!  All you need to do to enter is make a comment and be sure to leave a contact email address or your blog link so I can contact you. 
Winner of the giveaway will be announced Feb 1st. 
Oh yes... the giveaway prize is two matted 8 x 10 prints: "Cooper's Hawk, viewing his domain", and "Red Tailed Hawk, Perched." These photographs were taken late December 2012 on one of our raptor watching expeditions. Both are shown in this blog post. Your prints will not include the watermark. 

Footnote 1.18.13: I spent the last two days at the hospital with my son, who had an emergency hip surgery. After today's surgery, he is doing well! However, I won't have as much time as planned to visit you all for a couple of days. But I will come visit! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thank you, Vicki, for hosting us for  "Grow Your Blog".


Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, I hope your son heals quickly, its been lovely getting to know you a bit better, take care, best wishes on a fast healing for your son,

froebelsternchen Susi said...

wonderful impressions and artwork! Best wishes to your son! I hope he gets well soon!

Gill said...

Best wishes to your son for a speedy recovery! and thank you for a fabulous giveaway!

The Sage Butterfly said...

I am so sorry to hear of your son...wishing him a speedy recovery. It is so nice to meet another nature lover. Nature is a respite for me, and I can't get enough of it. I found you through the Grow Your Blog party. Best wishes...

Noel Bressler said...

Swinging by from the hop! Check out my blog and follow if you'd like!

Happy Saturday!!

EvalinaMaria said...

You have a very lovely blog. I'm a new follower and a 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

Evalina, This and that...

Sherrie {Bird Lady} said...

Hey Helen, I'm a fellow bird lover from Washington, the eastside. I'll be following your blog.

- Sherrie (Bird Lady) from

Would love to receive one of your hawk photos. I love counting Red-tailed hawks along the highway!

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Wonderful to meet a nature lover and native plant gardener who also loves books and poetry...I have subscribed to your blog...sorry to hear about your son and sending good wishes for a speedy recovery..

Buttons said...

Thinking good thoughts for your son.
I love your work and your view is inspiring indeed. What a wonderful gift nature is. I love it too. Take care B

Bernadett Rauski said...


Nice to meet you in this party.:)

There is a giveaway on my blog,too.

All the best.:)

Laurie said...

Lovely photos of hawks! I am an avid reader, as well. I keep Shelfari on my blog so everyone can always see what I'm reading/have read/want to read!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Helen,

It is so nice to meet you. Your blog is lovely and you are very crafty. I'm still making my way through visiting everyone from Vicki's Grow Your Blog party. I hope you will stop by to say hello.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

prayers on your son healing quickly and well. visiting via Vicki's GYB Party and enjoying your photography. I'm having giveaways as well.
btw, your map heart is really cute.

mybearsnme said...

Hope your son is better soon! Love your name by the way ;)

I found you through the blog party - if you need a giggle - come and visit me at
Helen 2

Maureen said...

I am a nature lover as well - I love that many little critters call my large backyard a home! During our very cold long winters, I make sure the bunnies, birds and even the squirrels get many treats I leave out for them.

Beautiful photos and artwork! So glad to have found you through Vicki's party! I will be sure to add myself to your Followers!

Maureen said...

Oh and I wanted to add, I do hope your son is okay and doing better!

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