Friday, March 12, 2010

Blog It Forward: What inspires me?

Finally, the long-awaited day has arrived! I'm so excited that it is finally my turn to participate in the Blog It Forward Mash-Up. Welcome to those of you who hopped over from Making It Lovely--who posted yesterday--or from one of my fellow 3/12/2010 posters: Beauty Designed, Once Upon a Chai Tea Latte, Coeur de La, Red Bird Style, Every Little Wonder, Sparker!, JetKat Design, The Penny Has Dropped, and Whitney English.

I originally had this great idea to show you pictures of things that had inspired me to make something or do something specific, and the end results of those projects, kind of an "Inspiration: Start to Finish" kind of thing. But I haven't finished any of the projects! Woe is me!

So instead, I will do as those before me have done. Here are a few things that inspire me (in no particular order):


{I don't know where I got this! If you do, let me know!}

{from lovely little handmades}

{from the August 2009 issue of Teen Vogue}

{collage courtesy of Smitten--the blog; click here to see individual photo credits}


notably absent--either because I don't own a copy or because my copy is loaned out:
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (I read it when I was in junior high and will love it forever)
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (worlds better than Atlas Shrugged)
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (one of the few books I've read more than once)
Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

I don't often put pictures of family up here because I like to keep things private. But they inspire me in countless ways. If you're reading this Family, I love you!

{this was supposed to be our Christmas card picture}


{mississippi mud cake}

{red velvet cupcakes}

{lemon yogurt cake}

{cinnamon buns}

{caprese salad; the only one of these recipes I didn't make, but it was so lovely I had to include it}

{lemon blueberry cheesecake with cornmeal crumble crust}

{double dark chocolate cherry cookies}

{pina colada cake}

{honey beescotti}

{candied orange peel}

{sticky buns}

{chocolate cupcakes}

{all photos are my own unless otherwise noted}

Thanks again for stopping by, and please visit Megan Charland's amazing art blog tomorrow to see what inspires her. Goooooooooo Megan!

**And if you want to know what any of the recipes are for those foods, just click on the name!**


  1. Peace Like a River was one of the best books I've ever read- hands down. And I love the recipes for the Mud Pie, Red Velvet Cupcakes Cinnamon Buns and Sticky Buns. Drooling just thinking about it!

  2. All the food inspires me and makes my mouth water too! Happy weekend -

  3. Oh...your food photos are FABULOUS! I checked out your food blog and I am hooked. Can't wait to start trying your recipes!

  4. This is a great list. I'm glad you posted family pics. You look so truly happy. That's inspiring :) I'm writing this via my blogger account, but you stopped my my redbirdstyle blog earlier. Thanks for that!

  5. wow!! you are quite the cook, those food photos are mouth watering...and the baby on the pumpkin - too cute for words!

  6. Wonderful, beautiful and inspiring photos! I share many of your inspirations...especially the fries squeezed in there between all of those heavenly sweets :)...

    I was so happy to see The Killer Angels in your book list. It's one of my very favorite books of all times...I've read it 4 times.

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share a bit of yourself with us. You're blog is lovely and I'm so glad to have "met" you in this way...


  7. Oh the desserts...Melissa, you kill me with all those gorgeous dessert photos! I want them all!

    Thanks for dropping by my blog. I LOVE that you read Ramona and Beazus to your daughter!! I don't have them anymore, you make me wanna go online and order them right now!

    Lovely post!

  8. Absolutely wonderful post -- a great blog it forward inspiration. Love it. And that photo from Teen Vogue...I kinda want that outfit. It's so cute. All those photos of your family are so beautiful. I'm so glad I caught this post.