Inspire Me Monday – Week 174

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!

What’s Inspiring Me This Week?
Here’s A Few Highlights I’d Like To Share!

Children’s Book Week – May 4-10, 2015

Childrens Book Week 2015 Poster

This week is the 96th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week –
The longest-running national literacy initiative in the country.

Create With Joy fully supports the work of this organization –
Which is to help young readers and books connect –
And looks forward to sharing some fabulous children’s books
(Including a few fun giveaways) this week!

Card Of The Week – Cute As A Button

Cute As A Button Card

Card-making doesn’t have to be complicated.
When time is fleeting, use what’s on hand to create a
Clean and Simple card!

The Original Keyboard Cat

Tsunami - Keyboard Tray 3

Does your pet have a favorite place to hang out –
No matter how inconvenient it may be to you?

That question – inspired by photos of
Tsunami, the Original Keyboard Cat –
Struck a nerve with readers this week as stories of the
Places pets love to hang out –
And the unexpected results of their choices –
Are still pouring in!

If you have a story to share, we’d love to hear it!

Two Books You Simply Must Read

This week, I read two books I believe have a place
On everybody’s reading list:

Tox-Sick From Toxic To Not Sick

Tox-Sick contains cutting-edge medical information
From six leading medical specialists on how to protect ourselves
From the onslaught of environmental toxins that
Make us ill and threaten our lives.
Read my review and watch the video for more information
On this very important book!

The Heart Of The Amish

The Heart Of The Amish provides insights and lessons
On how we can forgive and bless those who have hurt us deeply
Based on insights learned from the Amish –
A people who forgive under the most impossible of circumstances!
Again – for your spiritual and emotional well-being –
I encourage you to take a look at this wonderful book!

What Inspired You This Week?
Here’s A Few Of Our Favorite Featured Selections!

Mary – Documented Life Project

Ride The Energy

If you are a participant in the Documented Life Project –
Are looking for prompts for your art journal –
Or enjoy reading about how artists create –
Visit Mary Nasser this week as she shares how this
Wonderful quote from Gabrielle Roth inspired her to
Create this energetic piece of artwork!

Jo – 101 Ways To Find More Contentment And Joy

Small Joys

One of my favorite posts of the week was
Jo’s list of simple ways to create more joy in our lives.
I encourage you to share her post – to print out the list –
And to strive to incorporate as many of these items
Into each day as possible!

Arnoldo – A Truly Rich Man

A Rich Man - Art by Arnoldo Romero

Another artist who inspired me this week was Arnoldo Romero.
I love the illustration he created to bring this wonderful quote to life.
Visit his post to see more of his spectacular creations –
And a rare peek at his sweet and very happy cat!

Theresa – DIY Vintage Floral Cone

Vintage Floral Cone - Shoestring Elegance

If you want to learn how to make beautiful decorations for your home,
Look no further than Shoestring Elegance!
This week, Teresa shows us how to create a stunning
Vintage Floral Cone from floral and scrapbooking supplies!

Sheila – Reconnect, Don’t Rush, Through Your Marriage

Helping Marriages Grow

Life is demanding – especially on relationships.
Sheila reminds us to make marriage a daily priority –
To remember that our spouses are precious gifts from above.

Miz Helen – Chicken Tortilla Skillet

Chicken Tortilla Skillet

When time is short and you have a hungry family to feed,
Miz Helen recommends this easy-to-make Chicken Tortilla Skillet.
I like it because it makes such a colorful addition to our menu!

Miz Helen – Old-Fashioned Mac And Pea Salad

Old Fashioned Mac And Pea Salad

Another irresistible dish from Miz Helen –
Her family’s Old-Fashioned Mac And Pea Salad!
She says it’s great for picnics, family get-togethers and covered-dish dinners.
I think it’s great any time!

Krista – Why I’m Honest With My Kids About Addiction

Why Im Honest With My Kids About Addiction

Do you come from a family that has dealt with addiction?
If so, have you struggled with how much to share
Of your family’s history with your children?

If so, you will want to read Krista’s article
About how she shared her father’s past with her children – and why.
It’s a unique perspective from an insightful mom!

Music To Inspire You
Welcome To
Music Moves Me!
This Week’s Theme – Your Choice

If you’re a fan of The Voice, you know that the competition is heating up as we move into the Top 6 this week. With several strong contenders fighting for the title, the competition is wide open. Do you have a favorite? Here’s a sampling of the talent, based on a few of my favorite recent performances:

Sawyer Fredericks – Iris

I’ve been a fan of super-talented Sawyer’s of Team Pharrell from the start. Can he carry it to the finish line? This youngster might just have my vote…

Kimberly Nichole – Creep

This week, Team Christina’s Kimberly Nichole had a breakthrough moment with her emotionally wrought rendition of Radiohead’s Creep. If she continues to show her vulnerable side, could she bring home Christina’s first win?

Meghan Linsey – Something

Another power-house vocalist is Team Blake’s remaining singer, Meghan Linsey, who continues to up her ante each week. Will Blake work his magic this year and pull out another win?

Hope you enjoyed the music. Have a joy-filled week!

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Inspire Me Monday – Week 173!

Inspire Me Monday #174 – Week Of May 3, 2015

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. Wow! You have so much information in your posts, I need a full cup of coffee to get the most out of it. Thank you for hosting, as always. The Cute as a Button Card is precious and I am hopping over to Jo’s blog now. 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Christina – Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Pour yourself a cup of coffee and savor the posts – and then visit throughout the week to see what’s new! 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    Thanks for hosting! Have a lovely week!

  3. Many, many thanks for sharing my DLP journal pages this week!
    Have a wonderful and inspiring week! And thank you for hosting Inspire Me Monday! 🙂

  4. Miz Helen says:

    Hi Ramona,
    I just got home from a Women’s Retreat this weekend and found this wonderful surprise waiting for me. Thank you so much for this awesome double feature, I appreciate it so much!
    Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks so much for the awesome party every week!
    Miz Helen

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I hope you had a wonderful time at your retreat – it sounds awesome!
      So glad to share this wonderful surprise with you.
      I appreciate your party and recipe each week and hope to be able to contribute something new soon!:-)

  5. Sharon @ Faith Hope & Cherrytea
    Twitter: _eHope

    Still looking for more bloggers willing to participate in the CHILDEN’S BOOK WEEK GIVEAWAY HOP May 4-10th
    Signups OPEN HERE
    Can giveaway baby to YA books or GCs 5$ +

    Thanks for considering and joining to make this a success 🙂

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Thanks for sharing Sharon – be sure to have the hostess share the link at The Book Nook –
      I will be hosting Children’s Book Giveaways this week so be sure to stop by (but regrettably, they won’t be a part of that event because I want to provide my author’s with more than 1 week of exposure on my blog).

  6. Thanks for the party! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  7. Lisa Isabella Russo
    Twitter: artbylr

    What wonderful inspirations! How sweet your kitty is!

  8. Lisa Isabella Russo
    Twitter: artbylr

    What wonderful inspirations and how sweet your kitty is!

  9. Debbie says:

    Thanks for hosting another lovely party! I loved Jo’s post. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.

  10. I feel so honored to have my humble artwork featured in your popular blog. Blessings!

  11. Thanks for the great features and for hosting & God bless!

  12. June says:

    Great line up, Ramona! Thanks for sharing all your favorites!

  13. Mary Denman says:


    My post this week is about dreams versus to do lists. One of my dreams? To get on your front page on Monday or Friday!! 🙂 Here’s to optimism!

    Have a wonderful day!

    Heading over to Mary’s and I just LOVE Sawyer. He has such an old soul!

  14. MB says:

    My pastor’s sermon yesterday afternoon has inspired me to think about my relationship with Jesus 🙂 We were looking at giving, in the context of 2 Corinthians 8, and how the church was generous in trials and poverty because they had joy.

    This joy existed despite their circumstances and stemmed from their relationship with Jesus. Our pastor encouraged us that when we consider our giving not to get out our budgets and check our bank balances but to think about our relationship with Jesus.

    “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My JOY may be in you, and that your JOY may be made full.” (John 15: 10-11)

  15. I love the card and the cat. Joy is becoming more important to me as I delve further into my business and why I create jewelry and headcoverings.


  16. Poppy says:

    Love the quote, Ramona! So true!

    Thanks for the party, and have a wonderful week!


  17. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    I like those versions of the songs had to laugh at Tsunami, the Original Keyboard Cat brilliant heheh!

    Have a tunetastic day 😉

  18. We haven’t watched The Voice regularly this season. Listening to your choices this morning, I preferred Sawyer’s performance over either of the ladies this go-around. Now, to to dash off to check out some of your featured bloggers this morning. Thanks for sharing your musical selections with me. Have a tunetastic day, Ramona!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Woo hoo, another Sawyer fan in the house! He is so talented – there is something magical in his performances for me – he has that spark. Thanks for stopping by Cathy – have fun visiting everyone!

  19. Karren Haller
    Twitter: Myllls

    Such great inspiration and we love the Voice, will be watching tonight!
    Thanks for hosting, Karren

  20. Astrid says:

    Children’s Book Week sounds so good. Your mentioning it made me want to buy a good children’s book to read (and review).

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Hi Astrid,

      It’s so nice to see you today – I hope that you are doing well!
      I hope you have a chance to pick up some fabulous children’s books – they always put me in such a wonderful mood! 🙂

  21. Hello Gorgeous! Thank you for hosting such a fabulous party. It would be amazing if you would stop by our party that starts on tonight at 7. We Pin and Tweet Everything! Lou Lou Girls

  22. DIANA L. says:

    Thanks for another linky you rock– Come by my blog and check out my winner- winner winner- winner -winner post!!! just sayin’

  23. ReelCarina says:

    Inspire Me Monday is such an amazing idea, I’m glad I’ve discovered it! Had to make a contribution right away. Thanks for this lovely post!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Welcome – I’m so glad you found us! Love your Inspire Me Monday post. Hope you will join us again (and check out our other events too!) 🙂

  24. Ashleigh says:

    Happy Monday and thank you for hosting this great link up! Have a wonderful day!! xx Ashleigh @SimplyWright

  25. Diana @ Soulful Necessities says:

    Thanks for hosting! I did not know Suzanne Somers had a new book out. Her books are so informational. This is on my “buy” list for the month.

  26. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    So sorry I’m so late because I haven’t been feeling well & had a doctor’s appointment. Just too many downs today instead of a few ups. Thanks for joining us today. I love that show “The Voice”, but I haven’t watched it in ages. I love the two picks you have posted. They are fantastic.

  27. Hello Ramona! Thank you for hosting Inspire Me Monday! Have a great week. 🙂

  28. Those books look like very good reads.
    I need to catch up on the voice too!


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