Inspire Me Monday – Creative Blog Hop

Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy

What My Readers Are Saying
I like the idea of Inspiration Monday.
Monday’s often get the short end of the stick
But they are fraught with potential!
Judy Palmer, Blog This!

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday – a place to share your creative inspirations, sharpen your creative vision, and showcase your creative talents!

Each week, you’re invited to stop by and join the fun! You can participate in several ways:

1) Share “What’s Inspiring You” in 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! You’re welcome to link up your Arts & Crafts projects – your Recipes – your DIY, Home Décor and Organizational Ideas – your original Writing and Musical Compositions – you get the idea!

3) Visit the other participants – discover new insprations – share some comment love – nurture their creative spirits!

After the party, please stay in touch! Keep the inspiration flowing by subscribing to my E-Mail Updates or RSS Feed, or joining me on Twitter or Pinterest!

This Week, I’m Inspired By . . .
Leah Piken Kolida at

Creative Every Day 2012

And The January Theme “New”

It’s a new year…a time for fresh starts, new beginnings, and unlimited possibilities. Embrace the energy, vibrancy, and excitement that the early days of January hold. Carry those feelings with you into the remainder of the year.

Need ideas on how to do this? Join Leah Piken Kolida as she celebrates the theme of “New” this January at Creative Every Day! If you want to live more creatively – surround yourself with fabulously creative people – and receive ongoing inspiration, tips, and prompts to feed your creative spirit – this is the place to be!

Devin Alexander’s Philosophy:
Don’t Resolve…Dream!

Devin Alexander

Devin Alexander, Author of the Biggest Loser Cookbook, says:

Years ago, I switched from Resolutions to Dreams! Sometime just before the New Year, I always write my dreams for the year then I commit to reading them every morning all year…

I like “dreams” more than “resolutions” because they never make you feel bad (if you “blow” a resolution, you’re more likely to beat yourself up or just quit). With dreams, if you set them and read them every morning, I’ve found that it keeps your focus. So if your dream is to weigh 125 pounds and you read that every morning, it reminds you to take actions.

When I gave up dieting, I lost weight. When I gave up resolutions, my dreams started coming true…hhm.

Fran at Crafty Me

I Plan To Use It Up Challenge

Fran at Crafty Me is hosting the I Pledge To Use It Up In 2012 Challenge for all of the die-hard hoarders like yours truly! She has provided some wonderful tips to get you started – if you are surrounded by a room full of unused crafting supplies, I encourage you to pay Fran a visit!

Inspire Me Monday #1 – Week Of January 9, 2012

Now it’s your turn to link up! Remember – both your Inspire Me Monday posts and your Creative Projects are welcome!

When you link, be sure to include the blog hop button and a 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  so that we can easily find your posts!

The party will remain open all week so have fun sharing – let me know your thoughts – and please, help spread the word about the party!

37 Responses to “Inspire Me Monday – Creative Blog Hop”

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  1. Hey, visiting you through the Alexa hop. I loved the idea of calling new years resolutions dreams instead. And reading them every morning can hurt either! Might actually do them!

    Here’s my blog. Please leave a comment when you visit letting me know you were there My Baby Sleep Guide

    If you leave me an alexa review, I would be happy to leave one for you. Just leave a comment on my site letting me know.


  2. Fran says:

    WOW thank you so much, I am truly honored!

  3. MiaB says:

    I linked up 🙂 Following you now through GFC… thank you so much for hosting.


    • MiaB says:

      Hello, I used the hot glue gun. I got the monogram at Hobby Lobby, it was actually one that I already had. As far as the size goes, I’m not quite sure… 8″ by 5″? maybe? Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful… thanks for stopping by my blog and for your nice comments 🙂


  4. Kelly says:

    I’ve been an email subscriber of yours for a while now. I enjoy reading your posts.

    Coupons, Crafts and Causes
    Indiana Inker

  5. Looks like you are the first person in every blog hop I visit! I’m so impressed. I’m here from Leah’s blog, just trying to start the new year out right. Hope you’ll drop by sometime. Bleubeard gets lonely for Tsunami and Legend, too (grin).

  6. Jenn says:

    Yes, Mondays are the best days. I always feel bright eyed and bushy tailed on Monday. THere’s just too many on Friday, lol. THanks for hosting.

  7. Ugghhh I wish I could inspire. I am more like a two left handed person. I am so not crafty or handy…


    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      That’s the beauty of this blog hop – even if you’re not crafty or handy – you can always share what inspires you! I hope you’ll join, Mary – you’re a very inspirational person! 🙂

  8. Natalie says:

    I love this. Dreams are so much better than resolutions! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. DogsMom says:

    Thank you for sharing this new hop with me. I am off to edit my post to link back to you.

  10. Anna-Marie says:

    Great hop idea Thanks for linking up to the NOBH

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      You’re welcome – NOBH rocks! (If you’re a comment reader and wondering what NOBH is, it stands for Not Your Ordinary Blog Hop – the button and link is on my sidebar – it’s another fabulous place to visit!)

  11. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Ramona,
    Thanks for inviting me to your new Linky party, it looks like a lot of fun. I am sharing my weekly menu with links and recipes. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!
    Miz Helen

  12. Kathleen says:

    Hi! I just linked over from Creative Every Day. I am feeling very inspired today, though sometimes Monday’s can be tough! I just started experimenting with a new project this weekend so stop by for a peek at it if you have the chance. I will be “hopping” around to see what you others are up to and maybe I’ll get even more good ideas!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks so much for coming – I am totally inspired by everyone’s shares! There are some beautiful projects, some awesome quotes – and much much more! I cannot wait to see what this year holds – please help spread the word! 🙂

  13. I can’t wait to check out everyone’s inspiration but right now duty calls. I try to vacuum once a week otherwise the carpet turns into a 4th cat. *sigh* My inspiration for that is I can’t watch this week’s episode of Hoarder’s until I pick up! 😉

  14. Leah says:

    Thank you SO much, Ramona! I’m so touched to be an inspiration to you!

  15. Thank you for inviting me to join Inspiring Me Monday!
    What a great idea!

    All the best,
    Mixed-Media Map Art

  16. momto8blog says:

    wow..what a hop! really great ideas!

  17. Erinn Sluka says:

    Visiting from the Alexa Hop-hope you HOP back. Thank you:

  18. Leovi says:

    Thanks poe their invitation to participate in this friendly site.

  19. Dani says:

    Thank you for the invite! Your site is so cute!!

  20. Sandra Roberts says:

    Stopping by from the Drop Hop! 🙂

  21. Nina @ mamas*little*treasures
    Twitter: mamastreasures

    Good morning Ramona! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and inviting me to link up here for Inspire Me Monday ;o) I’m working on several new projects that I finally decided I had to make time for . . . . . ME! I’ve been so busy with all of the writing and editing projects (working on other people’s writing) that I decided that I will follow my own dreams, too! Thanks for the inspiration –

    I’ll link up here as soon as I post my most recent project and hopefully even those who feel they are not particularly “creative” will be inspired to give it a try. I have found that taking time to create something helps with so many of the things that fly around in my brain and seem to get “stuck” in there. When I’m painting, or crafting, or sewing, or writing poetry it just makes it possible for me to breathe deeply and feel at peace. Perhaps I should write all of that into a blog post! OK I’m off for the time being, but will definitely be back, my friend!

    Looking forward to hanging out with you this year and getting to know you better. And whenever you have a book you would like review and share with me, I’ll get it posted in the Ruby for Women magazine. I’m currently working on the February issue, so be sure to let me know if you have something for me.
    BIG Hugs, Nina

    PS the girls are doing great, they are excited to be back in school, we just celebrated Gracie’s 11th birthday and they are both very creative, too, so we are having great fun these winter days – the paints are on the dining room table along with lots of glitter, glue, and scissors! It’s a good day ;o)

  22. Nina @ mamas*little*treasures
    Twitter: mamastreasures

    Hi! Me again ;o) I linked up my post about tackling clutter because that always helps me be more creative . . . . but will also link up my new post shortly about my art journal projects. Have a great Tuesday, Nina

  23. April @ The 21st Century Housewife
    Twitter: apriljharris

    Thank you for the invitation to your wonderful new blog hop. I’ve shared my Marble Cake, and I look forward to visiting some of the other links!

  24. Hi there! Visiting from Blessed Beyond Word’s Alexa Mania Monday. I love this idea for a blog hop – I don’t have any recent creative things to share but I will certainly bookmark your site to come back and join in very soon!

  25. Betty says:

    It’s a good way to share and be inspired by different artists. I have subscribed to this channel… Here’s my little playground:

    Betty aka betzzz


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