I like the idea of Inspiration Monday.
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!
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…
Tonya Ferguson – To Remember Love
Have you ever lost someone you loved?
Have you ever watched someone that you love suffer?
Have you ever lived in such a cloud
You wondered if the sun would ever shine again?
Singer, song-writer and author Tonya Ferguson has.
In her incredibly moving memoir, To Remember Love,
Tonya shares her journey through grief as she
Deals with the sudden loss of her dad to a heart attack
And the lingering loss of her mother to Alzheimers.
Her story is powerful.
As one who has grieved, I can attest that
Reading her book helped me move through my own losses.
Please take a moment to read my review
And share this book with those who need
A little sunshine in our lives!
Two Very Special 2012 Graduates
Art: Peggy Apl Seeds
Article: So You Think You Can’t Draw
In March 1986, Whitney Houston released
One of her greatest hits of all time,
The Greatest Love Of All.
I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier…
This week, I’d like to congratulate two very special 2012 graduates
Who represent our hopes and dreams for tomorrow…
And acknowledge their very proud moms.
Ladies, always wear your invisible crowns!
Peggy App Seed’s daughter, who just received her
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication, Magna cum Laude.
When she began her program, she didn’t think she could draw!
You can read her inspiring story here.
Michelle Weaver, daughter of author Nicole Weaver,
Who graduated from Pepperdine University with a
Bachelor of Arts in Theater and Television Production!
During her Freshman Year, she co-founded Women Of Color,
A campus group which unites women from all backgrounds
And raises funds for worthy causes!
You can read more about Michelle here.
Daria at Making Multicultural Music
Project: 14 World Music Instruments
That Can Be Made From Recycled Materials
Daria – the “ambassador of song” – travels around the world
Creating music that uplifts and empowers.
With three children’s music CDs to her credits, she is a
2007 “Parent’s Choice” winner as well as a recipient of the
2007 Pennsylvania Council On The Arts Arts Commentary Award.
I’m delighted that Daria is sharing her musical and crafting talents with us
As she shows us how to use recycled materials
To make 14 different musical instruments!
Parents and homeschoolers, don’t miss this tutorial!
Highlights From Week 16
Recipe: Vanilla Butternut Soup
When you feel under the weather –
As I have this week –
All you want is a soothing bowl of
Steaming hot soup!
Vanilla Butternut Soup –
Which the Bookcase Foodie made for her ailing husband –
Fits the bill.
Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow
Project: Washi Tape Tin Cans
Sometimes the best projects you can make are free.
If you have a few rolls of inexpensive Washi Tape
Lying around your craft room
And a few empty cans you’d like to dress up –
Let Rebecca inspire you into crafting some creating decor!
Rebecca at The Crafted Sparrow
Project: Felt Craft Tutorial
If flowers are more your style,
The talented Rebecca also shared 5 tutorials with us!
Talk about a crafty over-achiever!
Gail at Bible Love Notes
Project: My Story Books
I frequently think of life as story…
So I had to share Gail’s wonderful idea for creating books
Whose titles reflect Aspects Of Your Life!
It’s a fabulous creative and home decor project
For the artist and the writer in you!
Shelley: Sew & Dipity
Project: Wedding Decor Ideas
Have you ever wanted to learn how to decorate with
Sinamay – decorator’s mesh?
Are you looking for some decorating ideas
For an upcoming wedding or special event?
Shelley is creating some beautiful videos
Filled with wonderful ideas you won’t want to miss!
Laura at Beholding Glory
Devotional: Embarrassment For The Glory Of God
Have you ever been embarrassed for God?
What did you learn from the experience?
See what Laura has to say about her most recent moment!
Talent is timeless.
For more fabulous features,
Visit my creative friends at
Inspire Me Monday – Week 16!
Inspire Me Monday #17 – Week Of April 30, 2012
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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Thank you for sharing the book “To Remember Love”, I need to read it. My mother has Alzheimers and I so need help to move through this. I have finally learned sharing is a path to healing and my blogging about my mother has helped. I have another post I have not posted yet, I still cry when I read it but I need to share and let it go. So I am definitely getting this book. Thanks for sharing your inspirations and allowing us to post our creations each week.
Thank you for joining us each week. I am so very sorry that your mom has Alzheimer’s and you are going through that journey. I am going to drop you a private line but I know that you will find Tonya’s book a huge blessing and encouragement to you as you go through this difficult time.
Thanks for featuring my soup. I hope others will make it. It really is a treat. I linked up a new recipe for this week.
Awesome – look forward to checking it out! 🙂
Thank you for hosting again! Happy to be linking up! Have a great week!
What an incredible honor to be featured. Thank you so much!!! I am so grateful, thank you. I love being part of the community, thank you for hosting.
You’re welcome and I’m glad you’re part of our community too! 🙂
Thanks for inviting me to join you this week on Inspire Me Monday. Obviously it was an afterthought, but I appreciate being able to drop by and join in.
BTW, Mr. Naughty Pants is pretty wrapped up in his messes this week, isn’t he?
Thank you so much for featuring my “Story Books” and for the kind compliments. God bless you! Gail
You’re welcome Gail – you know, my mind is not going to rest again until I figure out my titles – lol!
Wishing you a lovely week. Thank you for hosting our party and for all the inspiration!
Thanks Donna – you too! 🙂
Thank you for sharing these selections! What great stuff.
Thanks Brianne – I am ALWAYS inspired by the people I meet through Inspire Me Monday! 🙂
Thank you so much for hosting. I am hosting my 2nd blog hop @ “The Gathering Spot” on Tuesday. I would love it if you would link up. Have a wondeful day Diane @ MamalDiane.com
Thanks Diane – I look forward to linking up with you! 🙂
Good morning, Ramona! Wonderful inspirations and features this week! Thank you (as always) for graciously hosting another Inspire Me Monday. I hope the coming week is awesomely blessed! ~Mary
Thank you Mary for always bringing such positive energy to the party! I hope you have an awesome week as well! 🙂
Thanks so much for hosting!
You’re welcome Debbie – always love your shares!
Thanks again for hosting Inspire Me Monday! This weeks I pinned two of your featured artisians. The first was the painting with the quote about always wearing your crown, and the second was the felt flower tutorial.
Have a great week 🙂
Thanks so much Paula – I’m sure that they will be thrilled to know! One of my goals for this party is to set up a dedicated Pinterest board under my account as soon as I can find the time! 🙂
Good morning Ramona – I linked up this morning and now I’m back to work finalizing the May issue of the Ruby magazine. May I share your book review with credit and links back her to Create with Joy? That sounds like an amazing, inspirational book that I would like to share with our readers, and of course, I would like to encourage all of our members and readers to stop by and link up to your weekly blog hops :o) I’ll be working here most of the day so I’ll check in later to see what you think about sharing the book review. Have a great day! Hugs, Nina @ mamas*little*treasures and Ruby for Wommen
You certainly may, Nina – you rock and I look forward to introducing you to my readers and sharing all that you do in an upcoming feature! 🙂
Thanks for hosting such a great hop every week! The Creative Corner Hop is open for the week. If you have something you would like to showcase, come by and link up.
Cherished Handmade Treasures
Thanks so much for stopping by and for the invite – I will try to stop by this week! 🙂
hello,Ramona, thank you very much for your greetings and for featuring my post this week. when i don’t have that much time to go visiting, i enjoy visiting the articles you have featured. thank you for hosting this wonderfully inspiring link party!
I appreciate the feedback on the features, Peggy, as well as the inspiration you bring to the party each week! 🙂
I’m so happy to find your blog through Ruby for Women and am following you. I added my blog to your list and look forward to visiting the others. Thank you for your Inspire Me Monday and your great post!
I’m so delighted to meet you Connie! Congratulations on the release of your latest poetry book and your upcoming book tour! Look forward to gettint to konw you! 🙂
What a great way to start the week, with so much wonderful inspiration! Thank you so much for hosting!
Hi Joy, I’m sharing my (Sour) Cream of Asparagus Soup and a Potato and Egg Scramble with Chive Flowers. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!
Fantastic pics this week! I love the felt flowers and the soup in particular.
Have a great week!
Thanks for the feedback, Donna – I really love hearing what speakd to everyone’s hearts (and I know the gals who are featured really love hearing what touches you as well!)
Have a wonderful week and as always, thanks for sharing! 🙂
What Inspires Me?
I am constantly Inspired by people reaching out to other people. THAT is what “Create With Joy” does on this WONDERFULLY BLESSED website, and THAT is what I have chosen to do by writing my book, “to remember love.” THAT is why God has brought the 2 of us together.
In the middle of my 13 year storm, the only raindrops I tried to focus on were the Blessings that God was raining down on me. He is EVER FAITHFUL!
I now know I wrote my book and I am here to carefully hold the aching hearts of others until they are able to beat with Joy once again. I always welcome new friends to contact me on my website. God Bless You!
“When all you have left are memories, don’t forget…”to remember love.”
I LOVE your quote/lyric, Tonya – thanks so much for stopping by! Your book is a HUGE inspiration and you are always welcome to share your weekly inspirations with us! 🙂
Thank you so much for your support!
God bless you for featuring my daughter Michele, you made my day. I just wrote a post about her because she is such a blessing to my life. The post can be read here:
Trilingual Children’s Author
It was my pleasure, Nicole – I was so inspired when I read about her on Wordless Wednesday this week! I think she is an amazing young woman! 🙂
Sorry my link is late but you know the saying better late than never.
No problem, Marcie – that’s why the party’s open all week! Have a good one! 🙂
What a great idea for Mondays. Monday definitely need inspiration. And there are so many great inspiring things to choose from in your post alone! I can’t wait to go explore the others linked here. Thank you for sharing and for linking up with NOBH! I always find something interesting and inspiring when I visit you! Smiles –