Inspire Me Monday – Week 16

Inspire Me Monday

Meme Theme
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

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday –
A place to share your creative inspirations,
Sharpen your creative vision, and
Showcase your creative talents!

I invite you to inspire others and
Nurture your creative spirit by
Joining our Creative Blog Hop!
To participate, simply join my creative community and
Follow the guidelines at the end of this post!

What’s Inspiring You This Week?
Here’s What’s Inspiring Me…

Butterfly Pool - Author Unknown

Butterflies –
Those beautiful creatures which signify the arrival of spring –
Are cherished across cultures for the things they symbolize.
Long life –
Transformation – and
Profound changes to the soul
Are a few of the things that butterflies represent.

This week, butterflies and the things that they symbolize
Must have been collectively on our minds
Because these themes and symbols showed up in abundance
In our Week 15 projects!

Mary C. Nasser
Project: Butterfly Journey

Butterfly Journey - Mary C Nasser

Artist Mary C. Nasser always inspires me
But this week, she raised the bar as she shared about
Journey – her Wings In The City Butterfly –
That was part of an auction that raised 1.3 million dollars
For the Expressive Therapy Program of Wings –
The Barnes Jewish Hospital’s pediatric hospice program.
Visit Mary to learn more about this amazing project!

Create With Joy
Book Review: What’s Next? by H. Norman Wright

What's Next? by H. Norman Wright

What’s Next? defines life as a series of transitions
And helps people plan for the second half of their lives
And learn the skills needed to thrive in the midst of change.
If you’re nearing – or in – this stage of your life
Consider it a must-read book from one of
America’s most trusted counselors!

Highlights From Week 15
Culinary delights abounded during Week 15!
Here’s a few contributions from our talented crew…
How many butterflies can you count?

Adrienne at Happy Hour Projects
Recipe: Butterfly Cupcakes

Butterfly Cupcakes - Happy Hour Projects

Adrienne had the pleasure of visiting a live butterfly exhibit last week.
To celebrate, she teased our taste buds with Butterfly Cupcakes!
I love how one can look at pretzels and see butterflies.
Be sure to check out Adrienne’s sweet treats!

Ashley at Ashley’s Dandelion Wishes
Project: Beautiful Butterflies Wreath

Butterfly Wreath - Ahsleys Dandelion Wishes

Ashley is delighting visitors to her home with her
Beautiful Butterflies Wreath, which she
Created from Hangers and Cardstock!
To see how you can make one for your home,
Check out Ashley’s tutorial!

Erika at My Road To Savings
Recipe: Egg Roll Stir Fry

Egg Roll Stir Fry - My Road To Savings

Do you ever have a hankering for Chinese food
But don’t feel like leaving the house?
Time to head to Erika’s for this tasty treat!

Mary at Go Ahead, Take A Bite
Recipe: Oven Baked Blueberry French Toast

Oven Baked Blueberry French Toast - Go Ahead Take A Bite

Have you ever visited a blog and gained weight
Just by looking at the photos?
Meet Mary – the Queen of Delicious!
If ever there were a “must make” recipe –
She shared it this week!
Blueberry lovers, don’t miss this one!

Heather at New House, New Home, New Life
Essay: The Fence

Heather - The Fence - New House New Home New Life

Have you ever watched something
You once thought deemed unsightworthy
Change before your very eyes?
Heather shares her eye-opening experience
In her beautiful story, The Fence.

Shanda Oakley, A Pause On The Path
Devotional: Don’t Fall Off Your Big Girl Shoes

Shanda Oakley - A Pause On The Path

Have you ever fallen off of your big girl shoes?
I have!
It’s dangerous.
It’s embarrasing.
It’s humbling.
Shanda recently fell off of her big girl shoes.
See what she learned in her devotional!

If you love these features –
There are plenty more fabulous inspirations waiting to be unveiled!
Talent is timeless.
Be sure to visit my creative friends and
Delight in their contributions at Inspire Me Monday – Week 15!

Inspire Me Monday #16 – Week Of April 22, 2012

Inspire Me Monday

Now it’s time to share your inspirations! You can participate in Inspire Me Monday 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 inspire us too!

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 a link back to this post on all of your entries so that your readers can join the fun! The blog code is on the side bar if you need it!

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 – inspire me with your comments – and please, use the social media buttons below the post to spread the word!


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59 Responses to “Inspire Me Monday – Week 16”

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  1. faith hope & cherrytea
    Twitter: _eHope

    great inspiration Ramona! TY !…

  2. Meryl says:

    Great links and ideas – always! Have a great week.

  3. Thanks for such a wonderful post. Have a lovely week and enjoy the beauty of Spring!

  4. Melody says:

    Hi Ramona! Thanks for once again inviting me to join your party. I have finally been able to get here on time!! Love the inspirations from last week and paaaaleeease I traded my big girl shoes for the more down to earth flats years ago!!! You find it easier to beat those girls to the finds at the thrift and antique malls..LOL
    I’m off to see this weeks inspirations8o)

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Love your sense of humor, Melody – isn’t it fun to arrive on the early side and get the best seat in the house?
      I won a pair of beautiful big girl shoes this week and had to trade them in for a purse – seriously –
      not only would I end up in traction if I wore them – but unfortunately they were made for gals with Cinderealla feet!
      So, comfort it is – but trust me, I even fall off of my big girl flip flops! 🙂

  5. Ashley says:

    Thanks so much for featuring my wreath! I hope that you have a lovely Monday!

  6. Gail says:

    Thanks for hosting this hop. Bless you. Gail

  7. Theresa
    Twitter: dearcreatives

    Thanks for hosting! Butterflies have been inspiring me too! For Earth Day I have done quite a few posts about them. The one I linked up has a how to create a feeder & house to attract more of them to your garden! Have a great week! Love all the ideas! & I have spring fever too! It felt good to get into the garden yesterday! 😉

  8. Diane says:

    I shared my recipes for Asparagus over Whole Wheat Pasta. I am hosting my 1st Linky Party tomorrow Tuesday May 1. Please stop by!!! Diane @

  9. Mary says:

    Good Monday Morning Ramona! You are the sweetest thing ever! I’m turning all kinds of red from the new “title” you’ve bestowed upon me. I can’t wait to ask my hubby if he realizes that he’s married to royalty! LOL Thank you so much for your constant support and lovely comments each week. They truly mean the world to me! I’ve brought another sugary treat this week. No blueberries, but there IS chocolate. ;~)

    I just love the inspiration that you’re sharing today. Butterflies have a very special meaning in my life as well. Thanks for hosting another fabulous week of Inspire Me Monday and thanks again for the feature! I can’t wait to see all of the amazing things that everyone’s brought to the party today. My very best wishes to you and your family for a truly awesome week! Blessings, Mary

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Mary,

      Mother’s Day is just around the corner… perhaps your family will crown you with a tiarra to go with your title! 🙂

      Have an awesome week… there are some fabulous inspirations already by all of the early birds! 🙂

  10. Donna Brown says:

    So many beautiful things this week! What a great way to start a spring week!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I know! I had wanted to do a few Earth Day shares, but as you can see I already exceeded my usual limit! 🙂
      Have a fabulous week and I look forward to this week’s visit! 🙂

  11. Ramona,
    Thank you so much for hosting Inspire Me Monday!
    And thank you from the bottom of my heart for featuring my butterfly sculpture above, too!
    Have a wonderful week,

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      You’re welcome Mary – your scultpure was beautiful and I LOVE the project you supported –
      Thanks for inspiring us all every week with your beautiful art and spirit! 🙂

  12. I love all the butterfly projects! 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  13. Hi Ramona – thanks for featuring my fence story. As I write this, I’m sitting looking out my kitchen window as the same said fence and am grateful that I saw the beauty in time. It’s been a week of gardening, nothing creative to share this time. But I’ll be back to enjoy what other’s have created. Thanks.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Have a fabulous week, Heather, and if inspiration strikes mid-week, come back and link up (the party is open all week, so the inspiration never stops!)

  14. Carol says:

    Linking up with you today ~ have recently begun my blog hop Magical Monday Meme ~ hope you will consider linking up ~ thanks, namaste, ^_^

  15. Paula J says:

    Love all the featured butterfly projects!! Can’t wait until we see them flying around our yard again 🙂

    Thanks for hosting and have a great week 🙂


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

    This week I have shared a recipe that means you are never more than 15 minutes away from hot, fresh cookies 🙂 Thank you for hosting – there are always so many interesting posts shared here at Inspire Me Monday. Have a lovely week!

  17. McGuffyAnn@McGuffy's Reader says:

    Transformation inspires me lately. I love the inspiring feel of your blog. Thank you.

  18. Hi Ramona,

    How I have missed you and your great site. I made sure to take the time away from my busy schedule to post .

    Hope you do not mind me asking for your prayers. I have been absent from here because I have been very busy looking for a new teaching position. I have two interviews: One on Wednesday 1:30 PM-MST and one on Thursday 3PM-MST
    Thank you so much. I look forward to becoming active again once my summer vacation starts on May 25th.

    Nicole Weaver
    Trilingual Children’s Author

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Dear Nicole,

      You’ve been missed and I am SO happy to see that you are joining us this week! Your book signing sounds SO exciting!

      I ask that all of our praying friends uphold Nicole in prayer as she is a very gifted teacher who is now seeking a new job.

  19. Marcie says:

    Love the butterfly’s! Can’t wait to get my garden going so the butterfly’s stop by for a visit!

  20. Thanks for hosting Ramona! I found you through Google+, now I’m a linky follower and have added your party button to my Linky Love page…I look forward to visiting Mondays:)

  21. Jodi Aman says:

    Great idea to do the blog hop! this is my first time here and glad I did! Maybe I can join sometime!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Welcome Jodi – I’m so glad you found us – I do hope that you will join us – the party is open all week, then a new one posts, so come inspire us – or be inspired – ANY time! 🙂

  22. Verena says:

    Thanks for letting me know about your linky! I´m excited to check out all of these great blogs!

  23. Jill says:

    I love all of these projects — especially the butterfly cupcakes. I wish I had an occasion to try them. Somehow I think my boys wouldn’t really appreciate them. 😉
    Your post does inspire me to needle felt some more butterflies.
    Thanks for sharing!

  24. Chaya says:

    Thanks for inviting me to share in the fun. You have some wonderful links here and I can imagine spending a lot of time, checking these out.


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