Inspire Me Monday – Week 134

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!

Happy Blogaversary Arnoldo Romero!

Arnoldo - Anniversary Art

Starting a blog is easy.
Maintaining a blog is not.
It takes a lot of ingenuity and creativity along with
Perseverance, determination, motivation and
Just plain hard work to run one year after year!

That’s why blogaversaries are such a big deal!

With that said – congratulations to Arnoldo –
One of our resident artists and writers –
For achieving the three year mark!

We wish you many more years of blogging success!

Bernadette E. Kazmarski – A Bend In The Road

Bend In The Road

I have always been fascinated by what inspires people to create.
Have you?

If so, you’ll enjoy reading about the inspiration behind this
Lovely painting by Bernadette!

Ramona – Friendship Blooms Card

Friendship Blooms Card

Speaking of the creative process –
What happens when you’re in a rut?
Sometimes, you just have to set things aside,
Sit it out, and wait until you can see things
From a fresh perspective!

It took several months to create this card.
To learn more about my creative process, click on the card!

Candace – DIY Burlap Marriage Verse Sign

DIY Burlap Sign

Are you looking for a project that enables you to
Incorporate your favorite inspirational quotes or
Bible verses into your home?

If so, Candace’s DIY sign-making tutorial fits the bill!

Her Marriage Verse would be a particularly lovely gift
For newlyweds or couples celebrating an anniversary!

Love Happy Notes – Thank You

Love Happy Notes

When was the last time your received a
Thank you note from your pet?

Bo Betsy – Rustic Apple Tart

Rustic Apple Tart

A family favorite described as
“Irresistibly delicious”!

NIV God’s Word For Gardener’s Bible

NIV God's Word For Gardeners Bible

If you are inspired by gardens, plants and flowers and are
Looking for a wonderful devotional Bible to inspire you,
Check out the NIV God’s Word For Gardener’s Bible!

You don’t have to be a gardener to appreciate this book.
I am not a gardener and it’s one of my favorite Bibles of the year!

Music To Inspire You – Lights by Journey

Welcome to Music Moves Me!
This week’s theme is hometown bands, artists and songs.
Share where you’re from and come join the fun!

This week’s song is Lights by Journey,
Featuring the incomparable Steve Perry.

Lights was one of the first songs that Steve recorded
When he joined Journey and although
The ballad is about San Francisco –
Journey’s city of origin and my place of birth –
It was written in and originally intended to be about
Los Angeles – my current home town.

One of the original lines in the song was:
When the lights go down in the city, and the sun shines on LA…

Steve rewrote the lyrics when he received the life-changing
Invitation to join Journey.
When the lights go down in the city, and the sun shines on the bay…

I hope you enjoy today’s song as much as I do!

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

Talent is timeless.
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Inspire Me Monday – Week 133!

Inspire Me Monday #134 – Week Of July 27, 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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  1. Thanks for hosting. Looking forward to some inspiration for the coming week !:)

  2. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Ramona,
    Hope you are enjoying your summer and thanks so much for the awesome party!
    Miz Helen

  3. That rustic apple tart looks amazing!!! As always, thank you for hosting Ramona. 🙂

  4. Tina says:

    Thank you for hosting. Have a happy week. Tina

  5. Debbie @ says:

    Thank you for hosting!

  6. Thank you again for allowing us to visit your party. It is inspiring and appreciated. I love visiting all the blogs and try to visit every one

  7. Candace says:

    I’m so honored you are featuring my burlap sign. Thank you! I don’t have anything new this week, but I’m looking forward to visiting some party goers- starting with that adorable puppy and his thank you note… It looks exactly like my little dog!

  8. Susie says:

    It’s great to start the week off here with you ladies! 🙂

  9. Rach D says:

    Thanks for hosting!! Love this party 🙂

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

  11. Mary Denman says:

    Thanks for hosting Ramona! I hope you’re feeling better!

  12. Naila Moon says:

    Beautiful song. I have always like Journey!

  13. Poppy says:

    What a beautifully intriguing painting, so full of inspiration and dreams. Thank you for hosting and for all your lovely words of inspiration and featured links. Have a wonderful week!


  14. I am thrilled to be featured with so many other creative people. I especially love your card, Ramona. Blessings!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks Arnoldo and congratulations again for three years of blogging success!
      I not only love your blog and your artwork, but your heart and your beautiful spirit! 🙂

  15. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    I didn’t know that about that song. What cool trivia! I love Steve Perry. I heard he wants to come back, but he’s having a really hard time. It’s so sad because he has such a great voice. He did put on some weight, and he just doesn’t look the teen idol anymore. This is a great song. Thanks for sharing and have a rockin’ week my friend! HUGS

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      So happy to hear there’s another Steve Perry fan in the house!
      Steve truly is one of the vocal greats in my book.
      I heard he recently brought the house down a few months back when he made a surprise guest appearance at a club.
      I love researching the story behind the songs and was surprised when I learned the history behind this one too!

  16. Helen Fern @ Pleasures of the NW says:

    Love your blog hops!! I’ve posted your button on all three of my blogs!

  17. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    Nice post and tune 😉

    Have a tunetastic day 😉

  18. Paula J says:

    Happy Monday Ramona!!
    Thanks a bunch for hosting 🙂

  19. Love the tidbit behind the song! And I LOVE Journey – I was bummed to find out they had a concert here locally a couple of weekends ago but I missed it…my brother and his wife went, though! 🙂 Have a great week!

    The Rhythm Of My Heart says You Give Love A Bad Name, but I’m Crazy On You because The Story is Sweeter Than Fiction.

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      So sorry you missed the concert Stacy – I had a similar experience when I learned I missed Barry Gibb’s concert!
      Hope your brother and sister in law enjoyed the event!

  20. Emilie says:

    Thanks for hosting! Also, what great features. That apple tart has my mouth watering.

  21. Theresa @DearCreatives
    Twitter: dearcreatives

    Thanks for hosting the party! Hope your having a great summer.

  22. Crystelle says:

    Thanks for the awesome party. Hope your weeks is just as awesome!! 🙂
    xox, Crystelle

  23. Thanks for hosting! Love this link up, I’ve been feeling inspired by a lot of things lately, mostly food and family!

  24. Lisa Isabella Russo
    Twitter: artbylr

    What wonderful inspirations! Congrats to Arnoldo and the apple dessert looks delicious!

  25. Jill says:

    Thanks for hosting. Hope you have a fabulous week!

  26. FABBY says:

    Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful party.
    Have a great week.

  27. BeBetsy says:

    Thank you for the feature! Really appreciate that and the follow!
    all the best – Denise, Aubrie and Sharon

  28. becca says:

    Love your Monday posts they always make me smile and make my day bright.

  29. Maureen says:

    Thanks for the weekly inspiration!

  30. BeBetsy says:

    Love your blog! Thanks for hosting a great party and keep up the great work.

    Best Wishes,
    Denise & Aubrie

  31. Michelle says:

    I never really listened to Journey, but I like this song.


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