Secrets of a Butterfly Blog

October 30, 2008

I have a very special blog in which I visit each day authored by Kathryn in England. Her blog, Secrets of a Butterfly, is not only a beautiful space, but one that fills me back up again whenever I’m feeling a bit tired or lonely because let’s face it, working from home nearly full-time can be a bit lonely! It’s easy to run low on fuel but I think if you’re also a small business owner working mostly alone you can relate. We really need our friends whether they are virtual or sitting across from us, and I think Kathryn nicely explains why on her blog and I’ll direct you to a post that I particularly enjoyed in just a moment…

Secrets of a Butterfly Blog

Kathryn is a caring soul, someone who may be young but is filled with wisdom, hope, strength. Her genuine spirit illuminates through her blog right into the reader. At least this reader: me. Kat recently wrote a beautiful post on Secrets of a Butterfly called What Blogging Means To Me that touched my heart. I hope that if you have time you will read it because I would like to see some of you commenting over there on her blog to tell her what blogging means to you if you’re interested… I think Kathryn, who has reached out with such honestly, deserves some in return so maybe you can visit her today and share your blogging experience there.

One quote she mentioned on her blog is one I’d not heard before, but so very nice, “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” — George Eliot, English novelist.

(image designed by secrets of a butterfly using flickr toys. To see who the owner is of each photo shown, click here please.)


  • Reply Diana October 30, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    What a lovely blog and a lovely post – thank you for sharing it. It does get lonely sometimes, working from home, and what great connections one finds through the internet. All these like-minded people, world wide, are able to connect. And that’s a beautiful thing.

    Dianas last blog post: Waiting in the Wings…

  • Reply Ez October 30, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    How lovely and thoughtful! I’m off to share what blogging means to me! Thanks Holly!

    Ezs last blog post: WANTED: Orchid Accents

  • Reply greenolive October 30, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    A beautiful quote! I’ll head over to her blog now…

    greenolives last blog post: overly optimistic

  • Reply alia October 30, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    What Kathryn posted really resonated with me. I come here every day (ok, several times a day) to bask in the warmth and positivity of your posts. When you work from home it is easy to feel disconnected. I think that visiting our favorite blogs certainly can be about much more than decorating, cuisine etc. We come for the inspiration but we come away with much more than that. I hadn’t thought before about how much more connected I feel to the world because of the blogs I frequent or the amazing people I’ve met on Etsy. Thanks for everything you share with us, and for bringing us all together!

    alias last blog post: BAY KERAMIK Vase

  • Reply Amy October 30, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Such a nice post. Lovely collage. And I really love that quote.

    Amys last blog post: snow vision

  • Reply Grace@PoeticHome October 30, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    So true Holly! Working from home can be lonely, and having friendships, both in person and virtually, is such a wonderful blessing. The quote by Eliot hits the nail on the head — helping everyone to life a happier, more beautiful and rewarding life perhaps is the point of life after all :)

    For me, blogging represents a wonderful generosity of spirit and ideas….there’s no such thing as “copying,” but rather the hopes that one’s ideas will help other people feel more inspired in their homes and daily lifes. Blogging also challenges and helps me to finally put into action all those ideas I have stored in my head! :)

    Thank you for sharing a post (and beautiful blog) that is thought and soul provoking!

    Grace@PoeticHomes last blog post: Secret Pumpkin Messages – No Carving Needed!

  • Reply Shanon October 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    What a sweetheart Kathryn is! I will be visiting her blog often. Thanks for sharing such a gem, Holly.

    Shanons last blog post: *Fire in the Sky

  • Reply Melissa de la Fuente October 30, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Oh goodness….Of course I will absolutely go over to her gorgeous blog and give some love! What an absolutely beautiful quote and I believe now my all time favorite.ever. I wholeheartedly agree….thank you sweet Holly.

  • Reply nichole October 30, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Blogging is my connection to daily inspiration and visual treats. I don’t know how I lived without them, honestly. I have so many blog crushes, and a day without a visit is tantamount to those days when your homeroom crush doesn’t show up for school.

    nicholes last blog post: My Hearts

  • Reply magikquilter October 31, 2008 at 1:37 am

    A great post and also inspirational flickr as well. I find when blogging that it is the glimpses into people’s lives that I love. I do love the photo type blogs too but it is the real person behind the camera that interests me or the motivation behind the design or thing they have made…what inspired the it came about rather than the …”it’s in my shop now” mentality

    magikquilters last blog post: Reborn Baby Blanket

  • Reply magikquilter October 31, 2008 at 1:43 am

    Here again! Blogging has given me the opportunity to share things with the world like the story behind my recent baby blanket…and there is another story I do not know behind that story. I cannot imagine anybody I know locally would appreciate that but I just know that bloggers would!

    magikquilters last blog post: Reborn Baby Blanket

  • Reply cindy k October 31, 2008 at 7:11 am

    we started our blog earlier this year and it means the world to me. i’ve met the loveliest ladies who enjoy the same things i do, which i don’t have in my offline life. my mom also shared these interests and when she passed away a few years ago there was such a void. although they couldn’t possibly fill it, my virtual friends have certainly made it better. thank you for the lovely post, i love kathryn’s blog. and, your mosiac is beautiful.

    cindy ks last blog post: life : vote

  • Reply wendy October 31, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I work from home all day and into the night and yes, it does feel a little hermetic at times – it is always then that I start hopping around to all the blogs I love to read. I always tell myself I am procrastinating, but perhaps I have been ignoring my need for interaction…thanks! (and thanks to the lovely Kathryn for connecting it all together).

  • Reply Amanda October 31, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Firstly, I just got a lil spun out because those are my converse chucks up there hehe, so thanks to Kathryn for the flickrlove…
    and secondly, yes, so true, I have been blogging for over 5 yrs now and probably reading them for longer. I say, do what you love, do it with passion and mean what you feel.
    Some days I would rant on on my personal blog and the wish I hadn’t. I recently had a creativity block, so I reinvented what I wanted out of blogging and its inspiring me to develop my photography further. the bloglove Ive been getting certainly helps too!

    Amandas last blog post: More Faves

  • Reply MsUnreliable October 31, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I first read the Eliot quote as saying ?What do we live for, if it is not to make life MORE difficult for each other?? and I was thinking how much that sounded like something Oscar Wilde would say.
    Then I re-read it and actually ‘aww’ed out loud.

    I’ll go visit Secrets of a Butterfly this very minute!

  • Reply Bess October 31, 2008 at 11:00 am

    that’s a great quote, i’ll be sure to pass it along! and what a nice post over at Secrets of a Butterfly. i’m new to the land of blogging, and at first wasn’t sure if i would like it, but now that i’ve started i’m loving it. it’s great to share whether face to face or over the interweb – and it keeps me connected to my friends and family back home… thanks for the post :)

  • Reply Kathryn October 31, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Hi its kathryn of secretsofabutterfly….gosh i am overwhelmed Holly, you inspire me daily and to have you do a post on my humble little blog,in amongst such superb others that you feature. i can only say you have reached right into my heart and made it smile,(and secretly the odd tear or two ran down my cheek too but don’t tell anyone)
    i only just discovered how to do those mosaics with and flickr and it is addictive,so its amazing seeing it up on your blog,i really love grey and pink together don’t you.
    *thankyou* for ‘making life today less difficult’, by being so generous in your words Holly and everyone here,i really love our blogging community,
    much love Kathryn xxx

    Kathryns last blog post: Forget me knot

  • Reply Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 31, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    very nice blog indeed, thanks!

    Tabitha (From Single to Married)s last blog post: A Little Friday Gratitude – The Right to Vote

  • Reply shelbi October 31, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    kat has been an amazing encourager and blessing in my own life for a while now. she is a true and beautiful soul. it is so nice to see such a caring post on your blog about her:)

    oh, and please never feel alone…we are all together in spirit…and your blog has been such an inspiration to me!


    shelbis last blog post: TAGGED!

  • Reply PandaBaby October 31, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    As a stay at home mum (until next June), blogs allow me to maintain a connection to the outside world. Being at home with the baby all day can be quite isolating, so I am thankful that others are so willing to share their creative spirits with the rest of us.

    My favourite friend lives in a different city and I miss her dearly. We used to gush over design on a daily basis. Blogs help me indulge in my interests and I feel as though the writers are my friends.

  • Reply Bonnie November 2, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    So wonderful of you to mention dear Kathryn of Secrets of a Butterfly. I “met” Kat even before she set up a blog through her lovely photo’s on Flickr and she is a wonderful soul. She really speaks from her heart and resonates such warmth and innocence that make it so refreshing in this world.

    Bonnies last blog post: Oh no!!!

  • Reply jja November 3, 2008 at 8:36 am

    “t, working from home nearly full-time can be a bit lonely! ”

    I do this too, so I really miss some company at work…

  • Reply Hazel November 4, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Dear Kathryn is an inspiration to us all, I have been following her blog for quite some time. She writes from the heart and always manages to fill her posts with interesting and varied words of wisdom kindness and fun. She is an amazing person and I am glad you featured her in this post.

    Hazels last blog post: Orange is not my favourite colour

  • Reply boliyou November 11, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    What a great post. Thanks very much for sharing this blog.

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