Inspire Me Monday – Week 136

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!

Bernadette’s Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

When you think of landscaping your home or
Planning a garden, have you ever thought of
Turning your backyard into a wildlife habitat?

Neither did I until I read Bernadette’s amazing article
That describes how to turn your backyard into a Butterfly Garden!

This is part of a fascinating educational series Bernadette has written
On Backyard Wildlife Habitats that you won’t want to miss!

By the way, Bernadette’s Wildlife Habitat has been certified
Through the National Wildlife Federation, so she knows her stuff!

Pat’s She Loves Collage

She Loves Collage

If you love Collage and Mixed Media Art,
Then you simply must visit The Artful Diva
And explore the stunning work of Pat Kumicich!

Her She Loves Collage simply took my breath away.

Nancy’s Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake

I’m going to share a little secret with you:
I have a weakness for Coconut Cake
So I went a little weak in the knees
When I saw Nancy’s mouth-watering creation!

If you share my weakness,
Go check out the recipe and more delectable photos!

Heather’s Stars Of Clay

Stars Of Clay

Heather’s Stars Of Clay are candy for the eye!
Her crafty stars are one of the most beautifully
Photographed DIY projects I’ve seen in a long time!

Jenn’s Maple Glazed Banana Pecan Waffles

Maple Glazed Banana Pecan Waffles

If you want to start your day with something delicious –
Jenn’s Maple Glazed Banana Pecan Waffles fit the bill!

Shari’s Homemade Blackberry Syrup

Homemade Blackberry Syrup

Have you ever created your own homemade syrup?
Are you interested in learning the art of canning and preservation?
If so, Shari’s Homemade Blackberry Syrup Recipe is a
Great place to start!

Sara – Helping Without Hurting

Helping Without Hurting

Are you looking for food for thought as you start your week?
Sara’s wonderful article, Helping Without Hurting,
Is a great place to start!

Music To Inspire You – Cool Change

Welcome to Music Moves Me!
This week’s theme is #1 Hits On The Billboard Top 40
From The Rock Era – 1955 To Present!

To celebrate August,
I chose Sailing by Christopher Cross for this week’s song!
Sailing was a soft rock song from
Christopher Cross’s self-titled debut album
Which was released in January 1980.
His first single from the album –
Ride Like The Wind –
Rose to #2 on the pop charts and Sailing –
The follow up single –
Hit #1 on Billboard on August 30, 1980.

These songs transformed Christopher
From a completely unknown artist into
One of the biggest stars of the year!

In 1981, Sailing won the Grammy Award for
The Best Record and Best Song;
Christopher Cross won Best Album, and
Christopher himself won Best New Artist.

In 1982, Christopher had his final #1 hit with
Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do),
Which won the 1082 Oscar for Best Song.

Enjoy the video!

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Inspire Me Monday – Week 135!

Inspire Me Monday #136 – Week Of August 10, 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!

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  1. Poppy says:

    Hi Ramona,

    Like you, I cannot resist the temptation of a delicious and creamy coconut cake, or pie, the latter, I have mastered, if I do say so myself, and which appears on the blog. Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful features. Have a splendid week!


    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Poppy,

      You’ll have to share your coconut pie recipe with us one of these days (coconut custard pie is another favorite of mine!)
      Glad you enjoyed this week’s features! 🙂

  2. “Sailing” is a good song. Thanks for hosting the party, Ramona. Have a great week. ~ Nancy

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      These songs bring back such wonderful memories (or are wonderful introductions to great classics, depending on your musical history!)
      Have a wonderful week Nancy!

  3. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Ramona,
    Hope you are having a fun summer day and thanks so much for the awesome party! Sure wish I had a slice of that coconut cake, it looks so good!
    Miz Helen

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I especially love the beautiful way Nancy decorated that cake!
      Have a wonderful week Miz Helen – look forward to seeing what’s cooking in your kitchen this week!

  4. Hi, Ramona!
    All linked up once again! Thank you so much for hosting all the parties & providing us all with such great Inspiration! I really do appreciate all your hard work. I hope you are enjoying what’s left of the weekend!! 🙂
    Many Blessing, Sweet Lady,

  5. Candace says:

    I love that mixed media art in your features. I’m definitely going to check that out. I’ve always wanted to try one. Thanks so much for your always inspiring and fun party :)!

  6. Karren Haller
    Twitter: Myllls

    To funny, we went out to dinner just yesterday but on the way home we had to stop at Marie Calendars, I had to have Coconut Cream Pie, I can only imagine what the coconut cake would be like.

    Thanks for hosting, have a great week.

  7. I love Christopher Cross’s music, and Sailing is one of my all time favorite songs. Blessings!

  8. Trish says:

    Thanks so much for the lovely party. Have a lovely week.

  9. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    Oooh! I used to like Christopher Cross, Thanks again for hosting

    Have an inspiringlytastic day 😉

  10. momstheword
    Twitter: momsthewordfun

    I remember Sailing when it first came out. I loved it then and I love it now! Thanks for hosting today.

  11. Joanne Viola says:

    Oh my gosh, I have not heard that song in YEARS! It was such a favorite of mine at one time, the words all written out in the back of an old Bible. It was such a blessing to hear it this morning! Always a joy to link with you!

  12. Christopher Cross was a favorite 80s artists of mine. I haven’t heard anything new by him in ages. I wonder, if he still performs. I loved his style. Great Monday’s Music Moves Me to selection to rock the week off! Have a tunetastic week, Joy!

  13. Thank you for the feature of my blackberry syrup. What a wonderful surprise. I appreciate you hosting the party. Always a pleasure.

  14. Cynthia L says:

    Thanks for another great party! I hope you have a wonderful week.

  15. LorB says:

    I love the way you present the mix of blogs… I hope to create something soon…

  16. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    Oh yes, this song is very inspiring. I can almost imagine laying on the deck of a Sail Boat (although I never been on one), the wind blowing through my hair… Oh boy, what I wouldn’t give to be doing that right now! It’s so hot and muggy in our house this morning. Another week has gone by, and the beginning of another week has started. Time sure does fly by. I don’t remember time going by soooo fast before. Soon summer will be over and winter will have returned. 🙁 Well, at least we’ll be together! HUGS and thanks for joining us too! Great choice… very inspiring!

  17. pam says:

    Lots of inspiration, thanks for sharing!

  18. becca says:

    One of my all time favorite songs. Just beautiful.

  19. Lisa Isabella Russo
    Twitter: artbylr

    What a great post on butterfly gardens! I’ve bookmarked it to read more closely lately! Wonderful inspirations all around, thank you for hosting!

  20. Mike Golch says:

    It has been a while since I listened to sailing.Thanks for sharing it.

  21. Dawn Paoletta (@breathoffaith)
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    That collage art looks luscious! Happy Shark Week, Ramona- Hope you are feeling good and enjoying good health and Summer…it’s so fleeting. 😉 hugs to those boys- purrrr. 😉

  22. You brought tears to my eyes with your kind words about my photos of the clay stars! 😀 Thank you dear! Thank you for a lovely party too!

  23. Ooh I want to try that coconut cake!


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