Inspire Me Monday – Week 132

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!

Where Bloggers Create 2014

7 - Flowers

This week I am sharing my Creative Play Space
As part of the Where Bloggers Create 2014 Blog Tour –
Please stop my “Creative Corner” for a visit!

Where Bloggers Create 2014

When you’re done, hop over to hostess Karen Valentines
For more incredible inspiration and then –
Take some photos and share your creative spaces as well!

The linky party is open all week!

Live Free Card

Live Free 2a

Photo & Design by Create With Joy

I am continuing to be inspired by all things patriotic as
I contemplate the freedoms we enjoy in this great land of ours!
I created my Live Free card as part of my Independence Day festivities.

7 Day Creativity Challenge Workshop

The 7 Day Creativity Challenge
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Builds creative muscle and shows you how to
Tap into your creative reservoir on demand!

You’ll learn how to solve any creative challenge by using a
Proven, easy-to-apply process that is outlined in the workshop!

The 7-day workshop officially begins on July 14th
But can be taken and completed at your convenience!

You’ll find more information at the website –
And, here’s a 50% Discount Coupon
To assist with your enrollment!

Note: I am not affiliated with this company.

Nancy’s Blackberry Scones

Blackberry Scones

Do we have any Scone lovers in the house?

A few years ago, I became hooked on
Trader Joe’s Mini Orange Cranberry Tea Scones
While attending a Bible Study.

I’d forgotten how seriously delicious a Scone could be
Until I saw these photos on Nancy’s blog.

I haven’t had a chance to bake these yet but seriously –
I bet Nancy gives Trader Joe’s a run for their money!

Creatively Sam’s Daisy Topiary Tutorial

Daisy Topiary

When you visit the beautiful tablescapes that our
Friends link up to Inspire Me Monday each week,
Do you wish that you could re-create that magic in your home?

Thanks to Creatively Sam, now you can!

This week, Creatively Sam shares the secrets of
How to create a beautiful Daisy Topiary that can
Easily be adapted to any décor you like!

To think it all began with a green and purple pot…

Parsnips and Parsimony’s Easy Butterfly Birthday Cake

If you’ve ever been around a two-year old,
You know they have strong opinions about what they want!

When P & P’s mom asked her two year old daughter
What she wanted for her 3rd birthday,
She emphatically said she wanted a birthday cake!

To see the beautiful cake up close, visit P & P’s post!

In the meantime – enjoy this delightful video of the cake-making process!

Mary’s Musings On Being Thankful Through Difficulties

Mary and her Father

There are always SO many moving stories to read at Inspire Me Monday.
This week, I was particularly touched by Mary’s reflections on
The life lessons she recently learned from her Dad.

Mary is currently grieving the loss of her Mom and
Her father is learning to live without the woman
He married 60 years ago, in May 2013.

How do you come to terms with that?

It all begins with gratitude.

Instead of focusing on what he has lost –
Mary’s Dad spends his time remembering the
Lifetime of blessings he has had.

Of course, there is sorrow –
But the sorrow of her passing does not outweigh
The 60 years of joyful memories they had together.

If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one –
Or want to encourage someone who has lost someone precious –
I invite you to visit Mary this week!

Kate’s Encouraging Words


If you are ever in need of encouraging words –
Pinterest is the place to be!
As Kate of Majestic Golden Rose notes –
You don’t even need an account to just browse!

This week, Kate rounded up some wonderful
Words of inspiration for us – stop by for a visit!

And – for MORE words of encouragement –
Follow these Pinterest Boards at Create With Joy!

Faith Quotes

Words To Live By

Music To Inspire You – The Dance

Welcome to Music Moves Me!
This week we have our choice of sharing either our
Favorite Male Rock or Favorite Male Country Artist!
So, I have picked the amazing Garth Brooks
In honor of his return to the music industry –
And my favorite song of his among many greats!

For more creative inspiration,
Join us for Wordless Wednesday and Friendship Friday!

Talent is timeless.
For more fabulous features,
Visit my creative friends at
Inspire Me Monday – Week 131!

Inspire Me Monday #132 – Week Of July 13, 2014

Inspire Me Monday

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

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 132”

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  1. Poppy says:

    Thanks for hosting, Ramona! Have a wonderful week!


  2. Erlene says:

    Always a fun party. Thanks so much for hosting it. Hope you can come over to Merry Monday tonight at 6pm PST too.

  3. NancyC says:

    Thanks so much for including my Blackberry Scones in your features! 🙂

  4. Thanks for hosting! Looking forward to seeing what everyone shares this week!

  5. Linda B says:

    Aw, I’m sorry for Mary and her dad’s loss. She’s got a great attitude.

    Love your selections.

    Thank you for hosting.

  6. Thanks for hosting another great party. Have a wonderful week.

  7. FABBY says:

    Thank you so much for hosting. Have a lovely week ahead.

  8. Thanks for the great features & for hosting & God bless!

  9. I LOVE your 4th of July card, Ramona. Blessings!

  10. Pamela says:

    Thank you, friend, for hosting! I’m addicted to scones am and happy to add a new recipe to my addiction.

  11. Rach D says:

    Thanks so much for hosting! You are one of my fav linky parties 🙂
    Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

  12. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    That truly is a beautiful song by Garth Brooks. I haven’t heard it in so very long. Thanks for sharing my friend. Have a wonderful week!!!

  13. momstheword
    Twitter: momsthewordfun

    Love the “live free” card! And Mary’s post about her mom was so very sweet. Thanks for hosting today!

  14. Debbie-Dabble says:

    Thanks so much for the party!!


  15. Mary Denman says:

    Ramona, I about cried when I saw my dad’s picture here. Thank you so much for sharing that post. I can only say I’m glad it touched you and others. My dad follows my blog and he has been blessed by knowing that God is using what we’re going through to bless others!

    Thank you again Ramona. 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Dear Mary,

      I’m SO glad I could be a blessing to the two of you!
      As I am slowly making my way through the comments, I see there are several others who were also moved by your post.
      I too am trying to focus on how blessed I was by my mom and not to dwell on the grief I feel by her loss.

      Have a wonderful week and give your dad a big hug for me! 🙂

  16. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    Thanks again for hosting, see ya tomorrow LOL

  17. Thanks for hosting, and enjoy your week!

  18. Beautiful song choice! I always find inspiration visiting you each week from music to food to what others are experiencing. This morning, I will be certain to check out the Blackberry Scones recipe and Growing in Grace: Encouraging Words. Thanks for always featuring interesting bloggers with us. What a joy you are, Joy! 😉 Have a tunetastic week!

  19. Crystelle says:

    Thank you for hosting and have a fabulous week!!! 🙂
    xo, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  20. Whitney says:

    Just found your blog from the Click and Chat link up! I’m excited to be following along now via Bloglovin!

  21. Paula J says:

    Thanks so much for hosting Ramona!!
    Have a terrific week 🙂

  22. Tea says:

    It’s always a pleasure to stop by.

  23. ruth says:

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful inspiring blogs with us. Thanks for this awesome linky party every week. I love love love the song.

  24. Marcie says:

    Happy Monday!

  25. Thank you for hosting!
    Hope you have an inspiring week! 🙂

  26. Rorybore says:

    classic Garth. lovely song still after so many years.

  27. Naila Moon says:

    Did I miss you last week? I think I may have. Anyway, I love coming to your blog and finding such wonderful things. Apparently you and I were on the same wavelength. I picked a Garth song too today.

    Happy week to you.

  28. Thank you for hosting this party. I hope my post this time will inspire.

  29. Wish I had time to do that creative space tour.

    Garth is such a good artiste. Thanks for sharing with us!

  30. becca says:

    wow The dance by Garth one of my all time favorite song. It is so beautiful gets me everytime.

  31. Tina says:

    Thank you for the party. Have a nice evening. Tina

  32. Galaxia says:

    The blueberry scones look good and I am practicing more gratitude lately, myself. xo


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