Inspire Me Monday – Week 23

Inspire Me Monday

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…

My One Thousand Gifts Gratitude Journal

Recently I shared that author Ann Voskamp
Inspired me to start a Gratitude Journal
In which I write about one thousand things
That I am thankful for.

The outpouring of love and encouragement
I have received in response has been beyond belief!

As a result, I will journal both privately and online –
Using certain entries in my private books as
Springboards for my public posts.

My first entry?
The Dedication Page.

Do you journal?
If so, what type of journals do you keep?
Please let us know!

Create With Joy On Pinterest
Beautiful Books & Journals Board

Pinterest - Beautiful Books & Journals Board - CreateWithJoy1

If creating art journals, scrapbooks
And altered books and projects interest you
Join me on these two special Pinterest boards
Which I’ve dedicated to creative journaling!

Art Journals, Calendars & Planners Board

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Highlights From Week 22

Mel – The Yorkshire Fox
Card: Red, White & Blue

Card by Mel - The Yorkshire Fox

This week, I’d like to welcome Mel from
The Yorkshire Fox to Inspire Me Monday!
Mel wowed us from across the pond with
Her version of red, white and blue!

Beautiful job on that card, Mel –
I love your attention to details!

Speaking of details…
Have you met:

The Redhead Riter
Essay: The Devil Is In The Details Of Your Life Shoe

The Redhead Writer - Shoes

I love The Redhead Riter.
She never ceases to amaze me.
She reminds me you must never judge a post
By the amount of shoe ads that are
Plastered in a single post!

Contrary to first impressions…
She isn’t a shoe salesperson.
She isn’t married to one.
She isn’t Imelda Marcos writing under a pseudonym.
Hey, wait a minute…
Wasn’t Peg Bundy a Redhead?

In spite of her obvious shoe obsession…
And the fact that she will leave us wondering
What our lives would be like if we were  shoes…
I encourage you to read her post!

The Hemingway quote alone is
Worth the price of admission!
(And the rest is pretty darn good too!)

Debbie – Easy Natural Food
Recipe: Tangy Carrot-Apple Salad

Tangy Carrot-Apple Salad - Debbie - Easy Natural Food

If you are looking for a healthy salad
To rejuvenate you on a hot summer day,
Look no further than this fabulous salad
Debbie re-created from a Vegetarian Times recipe!
It looks divine and I can’t wait to try it!

Nina – Mama’s Little Treasure
Project: Father’s Day Banner Card

Nina - Mamas LIttle Treasures - Father's Day

Father’s Day is coming!
If you’d like to make a special project for Dad,
Look no further than Nina’s beautiful banner card!
She’s provided an easy-to-follow tutorial and
Her project is easily adaptable for any occasion!
Beautiful job Nina – thanks for the inspiration!

Donna – Tuesdays With Jesus
Devotional: Relax Your Grip

Tuesdays With Jesus

There are days when we feel depressed….
Times when we face situations
Where the outcome seems hopeless.

On these days, God does not give us permission to mope.
Instead, he says, “Do not be discouraged!”

In Relax Your Grip, Donna writes about how we can
Move past discouragement and hopelessness.

Thank you Donna for offering us hope and encouragement!

Tiffany – Don’t Waste The Crumbs
Recipe: Vanishing Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies - Dont Waste The Crumbs

Time for a sweet treat!
Tiffany discovered her husband was a magician
When she made these delicious cookies.
“Mr. Crumbs” made the entire pan of cookies
Disappear shortly after she made them!
If that isn’t an endorsement for delicious –
I’m not sure what is!

Talent is timeless.
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Visit my creative friends at
Inspire Me Monday – Week 22!

Inspire Me Monday #23 – Week Of June 11, 2012

Inspire Me Monday

Monday’s often get the short end of the stick
But they are fraught with potential!
Judy Palmer

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!


37 Responses to “Inspire Me Monday – Week 23”

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  1. Lovely assortment of featured blogs! Thanks so much for hosting the linkup, and have a blessed week in Him!

  2. You’re such a sweetie. Thank you for including me on your “Inspire Me Monday” post. I’m so glad that the life shoes inspired you. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as you did. Thanks again! {{{{hugsssss}}}

  3. Tulip says:

    Always a joy linking up. Thanks for sending me a reminder.

  4. Thanks for featuring my Tangy Carrot-Apple Salad! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Wishing you a wonderful week 🙂

  5. Winnie says:

    Thank you for hosting!
    Wishing you a wonderful week

  6. Michelle says:

    Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful week 🙂

  7. Tat says:

    I had a daily gratitude journal until I got hit by bad morning sickness, then it became too much effort. I haven’t gotten back into the daily gratitude routine,but I do weekly grateful posts on my blog and they work wonders for me. It’s amazing where gratitude can take you, isn’t it?

  8. Dawn
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    Oh my goodness! Love your inspiration for the week!Can’t wait to check out the Journal Links…although I don’t do Pinterest…I’m scared! lol. I made Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Friday! ANd I found this great Journal Link for ideas I was going to share on Thursday after I peruse it a bit! I actually have two craft projects I did not complete (they are both 3/4 done) I wanted to share for the link today. A pet frame and a scrapbook lay out! Oh well…there’s next week and at least I started. Thanks for the inspiration, See you Wednesday! God willing.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Dawn,

      The party is open all week so I look forward to seeing your projects whenever you’re done! And I sent you an e-mail – I’d be happy to answer any questions about Pinterest that you have and to send you an invite to join if you are interested. That goes for anyone here. 🙂

  9. Blond Duck says:

    Popped in from SITS! This week, I’m inspired by gardens. It’s 100 degrees here but I just love summer!

  10. Meryl says:

    Those recipes look great – and so do the shoes but sadly I just can’t walk in them… Have a great week and thanks for hosting.

  11. Paula J says:

    Thanks so much for hosting! So many creative ideas as usual 🙂


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

    Good morning my friend! I linked up today but was sad to miss out on Friendship Friday last week ;o( We stared our VBS program last night and guess who is in charge ;o) so the past several days have been really crazy with all the preparations. Now that we’ve got that sorted out, I’m back to work this morning. Didn’t want to miss Inspire Me Monday so I’ve posted my link and am on my way to promote in the Ruby community and on our FB page.

    Today I have posted pictures of the Grandpa version of the banner card, and will soon be working on a patriotic themed banner / wall hanging for July. Will be back on Wednesday! {{{BIG Hugs!}}} Nina

  13. amy says:

    Ooooh I love to see your inspirations! And I’m tickled you’ve started a gratitude journal. It’s one of the single best things I’ve ever done. I can’t wait to look in more detail at the inspirational tidbits you’ve shared here (especially the carrot-apple salad). Thank you for sharing and for linking up with NOBH! Smiles –

  14. It’s such an honor to be featured! I’m looking forward to sharing the magician discovery with my husband too!!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Tiffany, those cookies look SO good – I know from experience that when your husband eats them ALL, you have a winner on your hands!

      Thanks for the share! 🙂

  15. Lisa Isabella Russo
    Twitter: artbylr

    A gratitude journal is a great idea! I am so tempted by the cookie recipe… I should be looking at the salad recipe, which looks fantastic, but I’m tempted by the cookies…

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Aren’t we all, Lisa, aren’t we all? And you should have seen the Oreo Pops that I also wanted to highlight but I ran out of time and space…!!!

      P.S. The way I see it, if you eat that healthy salad all day, you should feel no guilt enjoying the pleasure of those cookies – at least, that’s what I tell myself – tee hee! 🙂

  16. Deb @ Raising Figure Skaters
    Twitter: RaisingSkaters

    Like you, I keep a gratitude journal … and have found so much inspiration from Ann Voskamp. And I love The Readhead Riter, too! Thanks so much for hosting! 🙂

  17. Stopping by from the Alexa hop and I linked up my favorite banana bread recipe 🙂

  18. Joy says:

    Couldn’t get your google + link to work.. love that fathers day banner and the cookies look great.

  19. Diane says:

    Wow! Amazing list. Amazing spirit. Thank you for providing the encouragement and inspiration. And for sharing on NOHB!


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