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!
Thank you so much for featuring my Oreo Mice Cookies.. It was a lovely surprised!
Love all the features!
Thanks so much! You’re awesome!
Angie from A little Inspiration
You’re so welcome Angie – those cookies were delightful!
I’m so glad you’ve linked up again – I look forward to visiting to see what you’ve shared!
This is really motivating me to try something new. Thank you!!
You’re so welcome – I’m so glad you’ve joined us and I can’t wait to read your post! 🙂
I LOVE the wreath!!
Stopping by from the Alexa Hop!!
Isn’t that wreath gorgeous? I would love to give that a try! I love wreaths – I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to them!
Good Morning Joy,
This is a great party, I am sharing my Menu with recipes and links. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!
So glad to see you’re back! I have a ton of recipes to share but just haven’t had the time to write them up. Look forward to sharing them on your site as soon as I start posting them again! 🙂
from the helicopter mom blog hop and joined your hop. Do You have a hop button code to ad your hop on my website?
Daddy Waddy Weeviews
Welcome Leroy! Just sent you an e-mail but answering here as well since I have gotten several inquiries re: blog hop button code. I am working on getting this made and hope to have this done in time for next week’s party. In the meantime, to post the button, feel free to right click and save the button (like a photo) then manually add the link back to my blog!
Thanks for joining and hope you have a fabulous day!
Once again I came from CED. Quite a nice eclectic group of posts you have assembled. You must be very busy visiting everyone who visits you. I know there are days I get overwhelmed and get nothing done except stay on the computer reading blog posts. Have a great Monday.
Thanks for the linky! I have a Valentine Craft linky open until February 14th, if you have any Valentine crafts you’d like to link up!
I love your blog. I am a follower. Thanks so much for hosting the hop.
Thanks so much for doing this hop. I especially love Monday hops and you’re right, they’re overlooked. Love the quote, by the way!
Hello! I’m joining you on the Alexa hop! I hope you enjoy The Secret Garden – it’s one of my favorites! 🙂 Have a great Monday!! -Layne @ Coupons with Q
Thank you so much for featuring my 20TWELVE Photos + Phrases Workshop in your *Inspire Me Monday* blog hop! Beautifully written … and very appreciated! I have been enjoying *hopping* around everyone’s blogs/links today. Very inspirational and motivating to see all the cute & creative projects everyone is doing! We are busy bees, aren’t we!?
Ooh! That wreath you shared is absolutely gorgeous. I linked up with my tids and bits for some inspiration this week. It pretty much is the same old stuff for me, but I’m still playing and have forward momentum and that’s always good for something. I was proud of myself for still getting cards made even though I’ve had company this week.
Love the quotes.
I followed you via GFC, email, RSS, twitter, and pinterest! LOL Can you visit my blog and follow me back? I’d appreciate it! Thanks so much!
Congratulations on your successful blog party! I’m happy to be part of it — thank you for inviting me. I hope you have a joyous day.
I am so glad that I found your website…I have downloaded all of your buttons so that I can easily refer back to check out the “linked” sites…as well as check out your content throughout the week! I am fairly “new” to blogging, so I appreciate finding sites such as yours that are encouraging and informative. Thank you so much.
Thank you so much for your kind comments, Erin – you really made my day! 🙂
I would love it if you would hop over to my blog and add your linky to my bloghops/linky page. Thanks!
Lots of inspiration there!
Lots of inspiration here. I especially love The Secret Garden. It was a favorite of mine as a child. Still is, actually.
Another cute idea! I don’t think I could inspire a paper bag right now. My creativity and imagination is definitely on hiatus!