2013 Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2013

Welcome To The 2013 Ultimate Blog Party

Thank you for joining Create With Joy for our third Ultimate Blog Party – an annual event hosted by Susan and Janice at 5 Minutes For Mom! Whether this is your first or 50th visit to my blog, I’m so delighted you stopped by! I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit more about myself – my blog – and how to connect with me after the party!

Welcome To Create With Joy

My name is Ramona and I am passionate about celebrating creativity and building community through blogging!

Each week, I invite kindred spirits from around the world to gather and encourage one another, connect with one another, and support one another through three fabulous gatherings:

Inspire Me Monday

Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy
Share your creative projects –
Sharpen your creative vision –
Showcase your creative talents!

Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday at Create With Joy
Share your cherished memories and photos!

Friendship Friday

Friendship Friday at Create With Joy

Foster friendships while growing your blog!

I Write About Things I Love:

Arts & Crafts

Altered Tin

I love sharing Paper Crafts of all types –
Artist Trading Cards, Handmade Cards, Scrapbooking,
Art Journals, Mixed Media, Altered Art and more!

When you explore my site, you’ll find treasures like this
Altered Tin that is perfect for housing Gift Cards!

Books & Reading Challenges
Enter The Life After Art Giveaway (Below)

Life After Art

Do you love to read?
So do I – and I am committed to sharing the most
Inspiring books I can find across a variety of genres
For readers of all ages!

I am also committed to encouraging you to read more by
Inviting you to participate in Reading Challenges and
Other book-related events!

Currently I’m hosting a Worldwide Giveaway for
Life After Art – a fabulous book about Creativity, Faith, and Life.
Be sure to enter before April 12, 2013 for a chance to win!

And – if you are a publisher, book tour company or independent author
Who would like to introduce yourself – please drop me a line!


Guinness Brownies - Side

Whether you love to cook
(Or merely love to eat) –

Whether you’re a seasoned home chef
(Or just learning your way around the kitchen) –

Whether you’re looking for something healthy
(Or a decadent splurge)

Whether you’re cooking for fun, survival
(Or looking for a challenge)

I invite you to check out my mouthwatering recipes –
There is something for every taste bud!

And So Much More!

Tsunami & Legend - A New Day

There are also plenty of
Faith and Spiritual Resources
Organizational Ideas
Blogging & Social Media Tips
And Heartwarming & Humorous Stories
About Tsunami & Legend
My Entertaining Maine Coons
Awaiting your discovery!

I invite you to explore my site!

Stay In Touch

Thank you for stopping by – I hope you enjoyed your visit and today marks the beginning of a beautiful new friendship!

Please take a moment to join my community and leave a comment so that I can welcome you and reciprocate!

I look forward to connecting with you through:

Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you at Inspire Me Monday, Wordless Wednesday, and Friendship Friday!

After The Party

The 2013 Ultimate Blog Party officially ends on Friday, April 12, 2013 and we’ve been asked to write about a few bloggers we’ve connected with throughout the party – but I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers and re-connected with so many old friends – how can I single out one or two?

For me, in many ways, the party really begins afterwards, when the clock stops ticking and connections really have a chance to bloom. The links remain open all year and I enjoy visiting throughout and really taking time to savor each visit to the fullest!

I DO want to single out Janice and Susan – our hostesses – for hosting this awesome event each year. Here’s to friendship and connections in the blogosphere!

116 Responses to “2013 Ultimate Blog Party”

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  1. Tiffany says:

    I love your blog!!! ♥
    I’m a new follower from Deezy Does it!

  2. Beverly says:

    I’ve been here before, and it is always nice to visit! You have such a nice place here on the web. I am partying with my business blog this year, and we’d love to have you stop by! Enjoy the party. 🙂

  3. Dawn
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    Yay- for the blog hop! Has it begun? I better go link! Hugs to those gorgeous boys of yours…purrs from Ashley and Aurora!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      So good to see you Dawn! Posting early to avoid the craziness – the links don’t open for a few hours – hugs to your girls – will look for your post in a bit!

  4. Lisa Nelson says:

    Tweet grid. Okay, checking that out now. Thanks!

    You have so much going on. I think I’m hooked up with you on just about everything (besides goodread) and I still can’t keep up. Some of your linky lists are so long – my head starts a spinnin’

    Thanks for the info!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Lisa, you are SO awesome – so glad you stopped by!
      Hope you enjoy your first Ultimate Blog Party!
      IF you have any questions, feel free to ask.
      I was SO lost my first year – but I made it through and survived through year three! 🙂

  5. Your blog looks lovely…. just popping in from UBP13!!

    Hugs!! ~Jenn

  6. It’s great to meet you, Ramona! I’m looking forward to following your posts.

  7. Gaelen says:

    Wow..getting hungry just looking at those recipes, if you read my blog you will see I don’t have your skills in the kitchen !

  8. I’m happy to party with you, looks like you have lots of fabulous things going on here each week.
    I hope you come by my party for some cake! http://www.mommymoment.ca/2013/04/ultimate-blog-party-2013.html

  9. Elisa says:

    I love your blog.. it has a great essenece of community..
    a new follower over at.. imust-acheyoumama.blogspot.com

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Elisa, thanks so much for following – can’t wait to get to know you!
      I”ll be over to your blog in a bit – in the meantime, party on! 🙂

  10. So nice to meet you, and I am popping in from the UBP! Hope you enjoy the week of partying.

  11. Hi Ramona

    Visiting from UBP13 It’s so nice to run across another crafty mixed media artist. I haven’t had a chance to make any art in a couple of years since I started my food blog. Your atc’s and tag’s make me want to pull out my craft supplies and get crafty!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Arlene, it was great meeting you tonight on Twitter – I hope you’ll join us for Inspire Me Monday (you will LOVE the community there!)
      I can’t wait to get to know you better.
      Have a fabulous UBP13 and I hope to chat with you more this week!

  12. Alyssa says:

    Beautiful blog you have here Ramona. STopping by from the UBP!

  13. Amy Patton says:

    What a beautiful place! I am not a super crafty person so I was hesitant about visiting. However, there are lots of reasons for me to stay and visit- now and later! I look forward to getting to know you. Hope you enjoy the UBP2013. Amy

  14. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories
    Twitter: momsvictories

    Hello again dear blogging friend! I just linked up my UPB13 post and first time participating. Great to see you!

  15. Juliana RW says:


    I come for the party ^___*. I enjoy reading your post. Lovely blog you have. Nice to “meet” you.

    Pls return to see my UBP blog post too in here: http://bit.ly/14IvDly See you at my blog 😉

  16. Kaye Swain says:

    What fun to run into online friends at the Ultimate Blog Party 2013. I always enjoy my visits here and with that delish dessert you have and those adorable kitties, this is no exception. Have a grand week and thanks for the fun visit.

  17. Kaye Swain says:

    What fun to run into online friends at the Ultimate Blog Party 2013. I always enjoy my visits here and with that delish dessert you have and those adorable kitties, this is no exception. Have a grand week and thanks for the lovely visit.

  18. I am popping over from UBP13. I enjoyed my visit.

    (link #59)

    ps. I love reading, too.

  19. Jen says:

    Hello, there! We’ve seen each other around, mainly through the Biannual Blogathon. It’s good to see you here, too! Enjoy the UBP!

  20. OneMommy says:

    Popping in to wish you a great time at the party! I always love stopping in your blog!

  21. Melissa~ says:

    Hi Ramona, popping in from the UBP!

    We are crafty, kindred spirits for sure! I subscribed so I won’t forget to come back and look at all your pretty crafts.

    So nice to “meet” you!


    PS I brought you a little hostess gift!

  22. Jenni says:

    I know that I will fall in love with your blog. See you soon!

  23. Linda Brewer says:

    Looks like a great place to hang out! Looking forward to seeing more of your “goodies.”

  24. Leah says:

    I’m stopping by with the UBP. I’m glad to find your blog. I don’t consider myself very creative, but I feel inspired just poking around here. 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Leah, we are all creative! 🙂 I am hosting a giveaway for a book called Life After Art. I hope you’ll enter – it is about that very topic!

      Look forward to getting to know you!

  25. Jen B says:

    I am stopping by from the UBP13. You have a beautiful blog. I am following you via Facebook.

    I look forward to getting to know you better. We seem to have a lot in common.

  26. Samantha @ KreativeKaring
    Twitter: kreativekaring

    Stopping by from the UBP! I love how organized the site looks. =) I’m always looking for organizational ideas so I’ll be sure to stop by again!

  27. Retha
    Twitter: rethatweet

    Ramona, your blog is alwasy such a joy and pleasure. I love it

  28. Janene says:

    Thank you so much for linking up with the Mixer again this week!

    It’s not my first time to your blog but this was such a nice summary of it! I hope you have a blast with the UBP!!!

  29. Angie @ Losing It and Loving It
    Twitter: angienewton

    Dropping by from UBP13. Love your cats! We have a zoo over here, 2 adopted cats, a Blue & Gold Macaw and turtle. Used to have a Basset Hound too.

    Great to meet you!

  30. Sandra says:

    Hi, I’m here through UBP2013 🙂

    Great blog you have and seems we have some things in common 🙂

    Hope you get a chance to come by and say hi.

  31. Paper Diva says:

    i love being artsy too! i bookmarked your page so that i can come back and check it out. i make Golden Book journals & Disney Autograph books. they can be found here: http://www.ouata.etsy.com . Use code OUATA10 for 10% off #UBP13

  32. Susan (5 Minutes for Mom)
    Twitter: 5minutesformom

    You’ve got so much great stuff going on here… it’s fantastic!

    Thank you for joining the party!

  33. Rona
    Twitter: berrymorin

    This is my 6th year with UBP. It’s great to visit new bloggers, as well as my old blog friends.
    I really enjoy reading the reason(s) that one starts blogging. Sounds like you have a busy and terrific life.
    What wonderful photos!
    I hope you’re having fun at the party!

  34. Lisa
    Twitter: chickensbunniesandhomeschool

    Just popped over from the UBP to say hi 🙂

  35. Claudia
    Twitter: Imagesbycw

    Just found out that I hadn’t ‘liked’ you yet on fb – done now! And everywhere else I have an account, too. Let’s party!!
    Claudia from ImagesByCW

  36. Debs at Focused on the Magic
    Twitter: debsdistwit

    Dropping by from UBP13. Love your site! Looking forward to joining your hops!!

  37. Mel {MamaBuzz}
    Twitter: MamaBuzz

    So nice to meet you through the UBP! Excited to party with you!

  38. aurie says:

    Nice to meet you 🙂 Popping in from the UBP13 hop! You have so much going on – those linky look like a lot of fun. I hope to join in on one or more of them soon!

  39. Anne
    Twitter: thesatevepot

    You are so multi-talented! I wish I had more of the creative in me but I just don’t! I would LOVE to learn mosaics someday though when there is more time. 🙂

    Have a fun week… so glad to have found your blog.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Anne, I’m SO glad you stopped by – I KNOW you’re creative – we just all express our creativity in different ways!
      Check out the Life After Art Giveaway I”m currently hosting – that books speaks to that very topic!

      I look forward to getting to know you better and connecting with you again soon!

  40. Coffee Lovin' Mom
    Twitter: coffeeluvinmom

    Hi Ramona! I found out I’m already following via twitter, I will have to stalk you elsewhere – enjoy the party.

  41. A Little R & R
    Twitter: alittlernr

    Great to “meet” you and join you as we party this week!!! I’m joining you on Goodreads. Your blog looks like a lot of fun and a wonderful resource! I hope you’ll stop by and visit me, too. Blessings from Croatia: Rosilind @ A Little R & R: http://www.littlerandr.org

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I’m SO delighted to connect with you on Goodreads!
      I’ve met some wonderful bloggers from Croatia over the years!
      Look forward to getting to know you Rosalind!

  42. Stopping by from UBP13. What a fun site. Nice to meet you!

  43. Christy says:

    Hi! I’m a new follower from Deezy’s Pimpin Showcase. 🙂 I’m loving your blog and can’t wait to explore it!

  44. Faigie
    Twitter: eduart4kids

    Hiya from the blog party. Great to see you encouraging creativity. I think its one of the most important concepts kids can develop and my blog is devoted to that. See you around.

  45. Elizabeth says:

    Hi, I’m a new follower of your blog! I found you on UBP13! Your blog is adorable and we definitely have alot in common! Please come by and follow me on my new blog http://mybutterflyhaus.blogspot.com/! Have a blessed day!

  46. Glenda Cates
    Twitter: MomsReviews

    Thanks for being in the hop I enjoyed looking around. Have a nice week.

  47. LaVonne says:

    Ramona, I have already been here before for Inspire Me Monday but glad to come back by in the UBP13 hop.

    Blessings for the new week. I will be back by tomorrow to link up a new post going live for Inspire Me Monday 🙂

  48. Laurie at Kottage Kreations on Etsy says:

    Hope I do this right. I’ve never done a boghop, errr bloghop!! Help!! 🙂

  49. Maggie says:

    I always love coming to your blog, due to there is always something new to see. It’s such a creative site.

  50. Michael @ adaddyblog.com
    Twitter: adaddyblog

    What a gorgeous blog, Ramona! I’m always in awe of super creative people like yourself. It’s helps the rest of us out that you share your fantastic creations. I’m following you about everywhere I could find (twitter, facebook, google+, rss…). Thanks so much for dropping by from UBP13!

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