Monday’s often get the short end of the stick
But they are fraught with potential!
Welcome to Inspire Me Monday – a place to share your creative inspirations, sharpen your creative vision, and showcase your creative talents!
Each week, I invite you to inspire others and nurture your creative spirit by joining our Creative Blog Hop! The details and links are provided at the end of this post.
What’s Inspiring You This Week?
Here’s What’s Inspiring Me
Kelly from Coupons, Crafts And Causes
Launching a new meme – or any project – is a lot like giving birth. You plan for it. You set your sights high. You eagerly anticipate its arrival. You have a vision in your mind’s eye of what you want its future to hold. Then, the big day arrives, and you find yourself awash with emotion. You realize that, in many ways, it is now out of your hands. You can care for it – feed it – tend to it – grow it – but for all practical purposes, the creation you have birthed has begun a life of its very own.
I want to personally thank each person who contributed to Inspire Me Monday – Week 1! I had the privilege of visiting every single post and was blown away by your creative energies, projects, and the things you shared! It only seems fitting that this week, I share some of the creations that particularly touched my heart. I wish I had space to share them all – they all inspired me in different ways – but I encourage you to stop by and visit our talented Inaugural Contributors!
Arts & Crafts
Valentine’s Day Heart Wreath
Renee at Where The Grass Is Greener
I love Valentine’s Day. It is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This year, I’ll be celebrating 14 years of marriage to a man who inspires and supports me daily. So, as you might imagine, I fell head-over-heels in love with Renee’s gorgeous Valentine’s Day Heart Wreath. Check out her instructions. If you want to create a beautiful gift for yourself or a loved one – this is my project highlight of the week!
20 Twelve – Photos + Phrases
Julie at Papier Creatif
Do you aspire to learn or deepen your Photoshop skills in 2012? If you love digital scrapbooking and are inspired by beautiful vintage creations as much as I am, then visit Julie and check out her 20 Twelve project. She’s inspiring others with her Photoshop tutorials, free digital kits and embellishments, and a link for participants to share their creations!
Books – Childhood Classics
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Cheere at Mohaus
I have never read The Secret Garden. But Cheere – a co-participant in one of my reading challenges – has. In fact, she’s read it so many times that her copy is dog-eared and she recites complete passages from memory!
Here are a few quotes she shared from the book that I fell in love with. After reading her post, I am inspired to add this classic to my 2012 reading list!
Two things cannot be in one place.
Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.
At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done,
Then they begin to hope it can be done,
Then they see it can be done —
Then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.
Oreo Mice Cookies No Bake Tutorial
Angie at A Little Inspiration
Want to delight your children – or your inner child? Whip up a batch of these No Bake Oreo Mice Cookies for your next party! They’re whimsical – delightful – a whole lot of fun! Thank you Angie for sharing this tutorial with us!
This is just a sampling of the inspiring posts that my Kindred Spirits were treated to last week! If you love Art, Crafts & Mixed Media Projects – Recipes & Tips For Healthy Living and DIY, Home Decor & Organizational Tips, be sure to visit the fabulous Week 1 Inspirations!
Inspire Me Monday #2 – Week Of January 16, 2012
Now it’s time for your inspirations! You can participate in our Creative Blog Hop in the following ways:
1) Share “What’s Inspiring You” by creating your own Inspire Me Monday post! You can include any creative challenges you’ve discovered – any books or quotes you love – any bloggers who have inspired you – anything that has inspired you and will help to get our creative juices flowing!
2) Share your creative projects with us! You’re welcome to link up your Arts & Crafts projects – your Recipes – your DIY, Home Décor and Organizational Ideas – your original Writing, Music & Photography – you get the idea!
3) Visit the participants – share some comment love – let them know what’s inspired you!
When you link up, be sure to include the Inspire Me Monday button and link back to this post on all of your entries so that your readers can join the fun! Also, be sure to link directly to your Inspire Me Monday Posts and Creations using the permalink to the individual posts – not your blog’s home page URL – so that participants can easily find and comment on your creations!
The party will remain open all week so have fun sharing, inspiring me with your comments and spreading the word! And, keep the inspiration flowing by subscribing to my Email Updates, RSS Feed, and joining me on Twitter and Pinterest!