Saturday, December 15, 2007

Spotlight Saturday

Today is Spotlight Saturday. Normally, I try to highlight blogs that are new to me. With that selection comes the thinking that possibly this is a new blog to you as well. It's a way to showcase new bloggers to more readers. Starting out in blog land is a little intimidating. When I started I was convinced that no one would read what I had to say. And on the off chance that you stumbled by my place you wouldn't come back. But I have quite a few friends now and I am thrilled to know each and every one of you. My segue into blogging was smooth and quite enjoyable. So it was always my intention to find new bloggers and help them in their transition.

However today, I chose to spotlight an old friend. I know most of you are already long time readers and friends of this wonderful woman. Melissa at The Inspired Room is my choice for Community Blogger of the Week. She is a fantastic woman, wife and mother. She is a fabulous decorator and a cheerer of souls. She has a multitude of ideas that work equally as well in not only your everyday homes but for the homes we would buy after winning the lottery. She proves that decorating doesn't have to include a large wallet. True, it doesn't hurt to have one. But it's not a necessity. Just this past week she showcased different designers in a weblog satellite sort of party. Ideas for you to take and make your own were the subject of discussion. And what a week it was! On Fridays she offers a Sweet Escape. Who knows where we'll be traveling to each week? And who cares? It's always beautiful and it's always relaxing. This week's Sweet Escape was to our bedrooms. In our dreams, maybe. But nonetheless, our beds were calling out to us. Melissa has a unique way of encouraging us to enjoy and marvel in our own homes. Don't just long for the home you think you want. Enjoy the home you have and make it special with good friends and family. She's like your childhood girlfriend and you always know you're welcome. And she makes me laugh. Together we're are Paying It Forward. And pity the souls who joined up with us. Neither Melissa nor I hide the fact that we are no crafting geniuses.

Like I said, she is not a new blogger. And I'm sure that most of you, if not all, are already acquainted with this wonderful woman. But if you're not, won't you pop on over to The Inspired Room and take a peek? I guarantee you won't be sorry!

#69 ~ Before going to bed each night of the Christmas season, ask yourself, "Whose life did I make brighter today?"

23 comments:

bj said...

Great posting, friend. I drop by most every morning to the inspired room....she is a really nice lady and has a fabulous blog.
Have a good Saturday...
bj

Kari & Kijsa said...

We agree...she has the best taste and we loved this week's sweet escape! Great post!

Merry Christmas blessings,

kari and kijsa

NEEREANDEAR said...

I agree Julie... Melissa is fun... creative... takes us on wonderful journeys and inpsires us to keep the home fires burning...

A beautiful person she is

HUGS

JO

PAT said...

Hello dear Julie! You made a great choice with Melissa. I love her blog, too!

I've tagged you for the Holiday Hoopla Tag. Please stop by the back porch for details!

Pat

Cece Marie said...

Julie, Thank you for being such a real, and caring individual. I so very much appreciate your excellent advice! I really do! I just visited your friends blog and it is lovely. I mean this in absolutely the most positive way...you are like the Welcome Wagon of blog land! You greet everyone (including moi!) with warmth and kindness! Thank you!

Back Through Time said...

You are so kind to link us all up with such great bloggers!! Thank you for your lovely inspirations.
Have a wonderful weekend:-)
Michelle

Esther Sunday said...

Melissa is such an inspiration. She is a lovely, lovely person and gives soooo much to the blogging community. Julie, so do you. How sweet of you to write such a loving tribute for her. Love, Esther

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy! Julie, you are the dearest of blogging friends! So sweet of you, so unnecessary of you!, to pay me such a sweet tribute! I have no words to express how touched I am. Thank you.

I had no idea how many friends I would make in blogland, it is wonderful! I have blessed beyond measure by sweet people like yourself. Genuine, caring and thoughtful people. You are a GEM! Glad to count you among my "old friends".

xo,
Melissa

Sling said...

It's getting harder to find good bloggers theses days by clicking "next blog"..Seems like half the time,you end up on some ridiculous porn site.
Thanks for bringing us real bloggers!

Our Red House said...

Melissa's blog is definitely eye-candy! You are so generous in the way you encourage other bloggers. I was so pleased when you did that for me.

I love the little Christmas tips you are putting at the end of each post. It's such a great idea.

Kate

http://petticoatjunction.typepad.com/ said...

Julie I have seen Inspired Room a lot of places but never been there so off I go!
xoxo
Diane

FarmHouse Style said...

Oh, yes I agree, a visit to Melissa's is always a treat:)

Have a great weekend.

Rhonda

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

I love The Inspired Room, although I don't have her on my blogroll for some strange reason. I really should fix that, shouldn't I?

And as for whose life did I make brighter today? Uuuuuuuhhhh, hang on, I'm thinking. I know there's somebody. Well, maybe not. No. Actually, I don't think I brightened ANYBODY's life today. Besides Sydney the Wonder Dog...he always acts like I've made him happy - does that count? lol

chocolate girl said...

my dear Julie! come by my blog and see a special surprise in your honor :)

soooo thrilled!

hugs....
shelbi

Cottage Contessa said...

I'm another who agrees that Melissa is a lovely, friendly lady with a fantastic blog! Julie you are a real sweetheart for showcasing bloggers in this way. What a wonderful thing to do!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

I agree, she offers a lovely respite to all.
Alexandra

Mary said...

Melissa is the best! She's really sweet, and always inspiring!
xoxo,
Mary

Anita said...

I will have to check it out! :)

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Very nice! Great choice you've made, I do enjoy dropping by her blog.
Holiday Hugs to you, DebraK

joan said...

Hi Julie,

Just catching up with my blog reading. Love that you do this every Saturday. It's a really nice thing to do. I've been to Melissa's before and I'll check it out again. Hope you have a good week!

Sandi said...

Thanks for the link, Julie. I'll check it out. :)

Mary Isabella said...

Great post dear friend. Blessings

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Couldn't possibly agree with you more! :)