2.24.2009

I am feeling inspired.....
















I went to Palm Springs this last weekend, left Friday morning and returned just in time to catch the Oscars. I'm a movie fanatic. I love the red carpet. I love the drama.




*sigh*




Anyways, I was in Palm Springs to celebrate my Grandmothers 90th birthday. My whole family flew in, my parents , my brother and his wife, my cousins, aunts and uncles. It was wonderful. My Grandmother is a wonderful lady who is loved.




I took those photo's above of the flowers that are growing in her back yard, and I yearn for spring.


So, to celebrate the hopeful arrival of Spring and just because I'm feeling creative and inspired by where I'm heading, I have two $50 gift cards for your favorite restaurant. The best part is, you don't have to blog about it, you don't have to link about the giveaway {unless you want to, of course}, I just want to thank you for being a Lola B's reader.


How does that sound?


Two winners will be picked in a few days. The winners will be random and not what you comment about, but please do tell what inspires you......
xoxo


77 comments:

Leah C said...

The easy answer, but very true, is I am inspired by my family. But, I also find myself inspired by nature, particularly flowers, old books, & music.

the wild raspberry said...

how incredibly awesome that you guys could do that for your grandmother...that is very special.
the giveaway sounds fantastic....especially since i didn't win maisy's :) i'd love to go out and eat.
what is an inspiration to me at the moment is a person....it is jeanne from a bushel and a peck. she is so amazing! how does she do it all? and she is so cool!
have a great day and welcome home.
chasity

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

My sister is my best friend in the world...she lives in Palm Desert not far from Palm Springs (but I'm sure you know that!) I miss her sooooo much. We ONLY live about 3000 miles apart...so you can guess how often I see her. Not very. She is a constant source of inspiration to me. Thank heavens for telephones and blogs.

paige said...

what a great place to live!!!
what a legacy to have your 90 year old grandmother still alive. dan's daddy is 87 & just the most precious man alive. i wish i had spent more time with my grandparents when i was younger...wish i'd have soaked up some advice from them...sigh...

how fun on the giveaway!! you are the winner of "most generous blogger babe" for sure!
xo

traci said...

it's very special that you were all able to celebrate your grandmas birthday with her. i find inspiration everywhere: on blogs, magazines, looking around while driving, browsing in stores. i'm always looking.

Backyard Candle Co. said...

Oh, how fun! I bet your grandma was in heaven having you all there to celebrate with her! I find inspiration in lots of things, your blog and many others, decorating magazinesand my favorite store ever sisters garden just to name a few!

C Maisy said...

welcome home girl!

90..that's amazing.

since i know you personally i have to say i find you inspiring..

you are so creative and have such an eye for color style..you name it.

you are such a sweet mother. your kids have got to be some of the happiest, well mannered little people i know.

you have a very sweet marriage and you picked a man who is a wonderful husband and a great dad.

you have this amazing abiltiy to balance all this.

you have time to work out and spend time with your peeps.

Miss Kasey~ YOU INSPIRE ME!!!!

littlebyrd said...

Welcome home dear! I am happy you had a wonderful and inspiring trip - send some this way please? I am in need! There is so much surrounding me that is inspirational - just litle things like music and weather and random beauty but sometime you hit a point where you are stuck - that is where I am at. It will pass.

sprinklesbowtique said...

LOVING those flowers! I find inspiration in baby #2 that's growing inside of me! I can't stop cleaning and organizing and decorating... gotta love nesting:) Ohh and anything that smells like lime and coconut... how can you not be inspired!?

The Kramer Angle said...

Honestly, what's inspiring me this morning is watching a mother push her child in his wheel chair, trach tube in place into the neighborhood elementary school. Both mother and son smiling joyfully. Inspires me to feel a little more mindful of my many blessings.

Lissa said...

I am truly inspired by beautiful blogs-like yours! I love the sun which inspires me to clean and keep things sparkly! I am inspired by my parents and how hard they work! I am inspired by my talented friends who constantly surprise me with their creativity! Have a wonderful day! :)

lejardengirl said...

I so love those flowers, its all the little things... the simple elements of of daily lives...the fresh air, the cold on our cheeks, the silence at night, reading a blog like yours to say intune with women. thanks

Reese & Marie said...

How weird - I did a whole post but it didn't show up!

Well, I am inspired by so many things. I find life to be inspiring if you just open your heart to the wonder and excitement of it all, and look past the ordinary into the possibilities and the beauty. And my kids really have helped me to do that. But aside from that, I have such a long list {that I will save for 2 weeks from now} but here are 5 random things that inspire me:
- the Northern California coast
- old houses
- antique garden roses
- vintage lockets
- Paris

That is so amazing you got to spend such special time with your grandmother. Having a grandmother is such a blessing. I didn't realize that is why you were in Palm Springs! Thanks for being such a good friend and for your generosity! I never win anything but I loved this post so here I am... thanks again.

xoxo
Kari

Vana said...

Those two photographs make me want to fly to Cali. I am glad you enjoyed your time. Ok, what inspires me right now? Any little sign on spring...the morning smiles of my son, and of course my friends and family.

Shannon said...

the little hiccups in my belly right now inspire me to be a better person and live in the moment.

LuLu & Co. said...

What a special celebration for your family ... miss the flowers from California! My husband and children inspire me (making a home for them to Love to come home to is so much fun) the authors of blogs inspire me (so much talent out there), food inspires me, nature, music, color inspires, me...
LuLu

Tara said...

What a great celebration for your Grandmother, she is blessed to have all of you and to be able to live this life for so long! What inpires me, it changes all the time, but I think lately it is the idea of being content with where and who I am, it is the idea of being the best person I can be here on earth while I have the chance, it is being the best mother to my baby, even when I doubt what I am doing, the best friend, daughter, "wife" etc, finding the good in life inspires me!

Heather H said...

i am inspired by women who endure hardships and come out stronger in the end ... it doesn't break them, it molds them into a godly woman.

love your blog.
Heather (from Atlanta)

jen from windy ridge said...

awww spring! My kids inspire me. The rugged Pacific NW landscape inspires me. History inspires me.

BTW-the bean is well!

The Lind Family said...

I am inspired when I am alone and just look at all the beauty God has put in my path. The simple things like clouds and fog or raindrops on the window.

How awesome that you were able to celebrate your Grandma's 90th. I am looking forward to spending some time with my own Granny in California this May. She will be 94.

Jen Kershner said...

I'm inspired by blogs, books, magazines, life, my family, friends and my dreams.

And always inspired by you sweet Kasey. By the way my favorite restaurant is Anthropologie. Just kidding. Kind of.

Rene Schaller said...

like your blog, and the song! going grazy when someone is playing guitar and i hear his fingers making little scratches... that is so great!!!

best from berlin

58 Cherries said...

Let's see, things that inspire me...

Old books, bird's nests, the first flowers of spring, pretty fabric, an empty journal, a stranger's kindness and an inspirational blog post like this one. ;)

The other day I spied the first flower in my garden this season - a yellow crocus. I got such a thrill out of it!

E said...

I am inspired by the beautiful blogs I read everyday..they inspire me to go home from work and cook amazing meals I've read about, or to shop for amazing clothing..or to DIY and amazing accent for my home

Jeanneoli said...

So many different things and people inspire me. I think it really comes down to the person I want to be and being the best person I can. If it is my art...I always want to try new things. As a mother..I am constantly wanting to spend more time with them, be more paitent, slow down and REALLY notice them. As a wife...I want my husband to feel cherished and respected and deeply loved. Man life is hard....I am not always very good a juggling, but I hope everyone I love knows I am really trying:-)

Amber said...

You inspire me, Lola !!! Blogs that I love to read, and Grandparents inspire me. Especially those that have lived nearly a century. Please pray for my Grandmother, her name is Allie, she is struggling with congestive heart failure at 88. All of her sisters have lived well into thier 90's. We simply pray for God's will. Thanks for your inspiring blog.


Amber

Jamie said...

Kasey, I think you're amazing! Just wanted you to know that.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I'm inspired by looking at other blogs. Also, talking to others can be truly inspiring - you know, just looking at another view!

Mary June Miller said...

I am a new reader to your site - but subscribed right away - so I can honestly say - I am inspired by your blog. Fabrics, fashion, colors, and magazines are just a few other things that always inspire me.

Thanks for sharing.
Mary June Miller

sherndon@wavecable.com said...

I feel so inspired by the new buds growing on all my plants, I check my plants daily. I'm soo excited for Spring to arrive, and my plants tell me its coming soon. Love it. Cannot wait to play in the garden.

Rebecca Frame (soon to be a Clark-) said...

What a cute contest!! Truthfully...since I was a little Rebecca...I have always been inspired by paper. I love thinking of different uses for it other than the obvious...These days...there is so much variety to choose from and my inspiration has now turned me into a paper hoarder (sounds much worse than actually is)...so...you will most likely find me perusing through the paper section of any craft store or scrapbook shop!...with a cart full of paper and a mind endless with inspiration and ideas.

Kasey said...

Music, the outdoors, and my family inspire me.

andrea villarreal said...

I was actually in the desert too this weekend. La Quinta to be exact. I saw many of the same flowers blooming that you saw!! Some of those flower scapes just take my breath away:) Where we were there was a big fountain and all kinds of birds were just chirping and singing and bathing away in it. Just watching them made me feel so grateful and less pessimistic than I had felt in days. Maybe months! So I would have to say nature really inspires me.

Nancy said...

How sweet that you were able to celebrate your grandmothers 90th. It is so nice to be around family!

Lately I've been inspired by all of my new blogging friends. I've just purchased my first home and can't wait to use all of the decorating tips I've seen. I'm loving all of the birds, eggs and nests!

Bless you for your genrerous offer.

Anonymous said...

Inspiration for me comes from so many places - blogs, magazines, shops. . . the problem is I always have too many ideas and not enough time!

You're so blessed to have a grandmother to share memories with.

Thanks, Michelle
www.michellesdesignworks.com

Jen r. said...

What a great giveaway! :)

Honey Bend Vintage said...

What a wonderful birthday to celebrate and that y'all could spend it with her. Hope your having a great week.
Bristol

koralee said...

I am inspired everyday by my grade 4 and 5 students. Some of them with learning struggles work so hard...everything is a challenge for these students... reading, writing, math, listening ... just sitting still... yet they are always willing to give 110% with huge smiles and postive attitudes.I am so inspired by their spirits and so love my job!!!!

Sarah said...

My daughters inspire me! They are only 5 and 1. They inspire me in the only way a child can inspire a mother!
Enjoy reading you blog very much!
Sarah
Vintage Lily
www.vintagelily.typepad.com

Erin said...

I think lately it's bloggers like you that inspire me. So many creative women hooked into this amazing network of creativity! What a generous give away! Hugs, Erin

The Feathered Nest said...

Beautiful old things inspire me....antique images and fonts....sweet fat birds and speckled eggs in nests...images of bees and skeps....other artist's artwork....everything beautiful ~ xxoo, Dawn

Anonymous said...

I find inspiring...

When I go for my walk in the morning and smell the fresh scent of the ocean as I walk by...
The warmth of the sun on my face...
The first taste of a really good pinot noir...
When I first arrive at a flea market...that rush of finding the perfect treasure...
These are just a few. Thank you Kasey!

Brandie said...

Great photos Kasey! My list of things that inspire me is quite long, so I will condense it.

Stories
Far-off places
colors
music
french anything
Sheye Rosemeyer(for living through my worst nightmare with so much grace)
children(especially my children)
Sara Duckett
Alix(The Cherry Blossom Girl)
Denise Demarchis(Matilda Jane)
Jennifer Stenerson
Faith and people that have it

Okay the list goes on and on so I will end it there;)

Liz said...

I'm too late to enter this... but wanted to comment anyway. This was such a beautiful post! It really transported me out of my desk and away from the office for a few moments. Thank you!

LovingPrettyThings said...

love your blog - i have to say the change of seasons inspires me. california doesn't get enough season change, so i have to 'force' it. And right now - anything spring is inspiring me! I just did a link to your birdie cards on my site - as I just picked them up the other day, and was going to write about them. You did a much better job than I - so I just redirected all to go to your site!

Kelly Lunceford said...

I just found your blog the other day from a link my mom sent me! Can I just say how much I love visiting here?!! I really love your installments of fashion friday, which I guess aren't going to happen as often anymore? I am thrilled to check out your inspiration monday segments, too! Thanks for sharing!

Brunch at Saks said...

I love Palm Springs and these photos!

Tammy said...

So great your Grandma is around to enjoy. My Grandma lived to be 99. She's been gone for 15 years and I miss her terribly.
My inspiration comes from my two beautiful gifts from God, my boys. They're incredible. I'm also inspired by the beautiful blogs that are out there to enjoy. Paper, new and vintage. The color Orange. Music. The beautiful beads in the bead store I frequent. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said...

there is no link to your target card post...? so I will comment here...


So those cards are adorable!!! At the dollar spot??? Amazing! Gotta love Target. :)

And thanks for helping my following be over the top! lol! You are too sweet. I adore you and your blog so it is quite a compliment. :)

And by the way, your music on your blog is divine...I always love the tune of the little familiar lola song :)

What's next said...

oh, I am inspired by my girls, my family, all things vintage, beautiful blogs and magazines... but it all comes back to wanting to create a warm home for family.

Super Blogger Girl! said...

my son inspires me, he's a little baby at seven weeks old today and he just lights up my day. its amazing to watch his little body grow and to imagine that one day he will be a big person like us, its just amazing!

jennifer.lleras@gmail.com

Danielle said...

I just started my seeds for this years vegetable garden. I find this whole process inspiring from seed each spring to veggies this summer.

drellis500(at)gmail.com

Ashley @ Domestic Fashionista said...

okay...I read this post with more attention...um, yes, I would like to be in the giveaway! lol! How kind of you. :)

Those flowers are beautiful. I am excited for the beauty spring brings as well!

mstaken05 said...

My dear mother, was my inspiration. She lived life to the fullest, loved her children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters. Cancer took my best friend. My heart dropped when I picked up the phone to call her and my mind let me know, she was gone.

Vidia2Be said...

I am inspired by my children each and everyday. My oldest is a cancer survivor and my youngest has autism but everyday they overcome the odds and smile. how can you not be inspired and driven by the smile of not one but two lil angels

vwestermeyer said...

wow@ what a lovely post. So many things inspire me ... my hubby, my kids, just the fabulous life that God has given.

Valorie said...

I'm itching for spring to be here too. I just finished a very springy painting of my daughter that I'm excited about, it's posted on my blog if you're interested in giving it a peek.

She's sharing her birthday with her great grandmother in just two weeks! Grandparent birthdays are just as exciting as baby birthdays in my opinion :)

Nichole said...

My kiddos inspire me! Looking in those adorable eyes!

sleepingKelly said...

Happy birthday Granny!

Meg89 said...

I'm inspired by great writing--you know the kind that convinces you to sit down and try to write that book again, or say I'm sorry to someone you love, or try something new before it's too late. Great writing can convince me to do just about anything.

Me said...

My husbands inspires me! He's patient, creative, and loving!

www.fortheloveofcoupons.wordpress.com

Katie

auntrene said...

I am inspired by my mom. She is battling cancer, has been since 2005. She is manages to keep all of us kids going. She never stops. I am lucky to have her in my life. Also the generosity of bloggers inspires me. I am hosting a Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce giveaway on my blog but I have some ideas for giveaways to do later. Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of your grandmothers flowers. I am so ready for spring.
Have a good evening

Anya said...

I am inspired by my fellow quilters. Thanks for the chance.

StarMountainDreams said...

wow, what your enire family did for your grandmother is amazing!

I'm inspired by a variety of things;
Flowers
beautiful vistas-
esp mountian views
family
others who encourage me
and a variety other things

In my soapmaking I am inpired by different scents and moulds.

AmandaSue said...

My doggy inspires me because she is so full of life, and its amazing to watch her get so excited over the simpliest things! It makes me realize I need to really appreciate all the little things in life.

Katherine said...

i am inspired by my smart, fun little sister.

i am waleckak at gmail.com

jessicamae3 said...

I am inspired by the love and beauty all around me, my family, my baby boy, my two older children, my husband, my trials and tribulations I have overcome...I am inspired every day to make it better in every way!
Thanks for the opportunity to win some fun to share with my family in these tough times! How fun would that be to share this with them?
jessicamae3 at yahoo dot com

Angel said...

Trying to become the best i can beand fulfill God's plan for me inspires me, as well as being a great example to my children

DEBIJOT said...

My grandson inspires me. Being with him is like looking at things through new eyes. Everything is a wonder.

Melissa said...

Cool spring mornings always inspire me. When I walk out the front door and here birds chirping and see the sun shining, it just makes me feel good all over and so happy to be alive!

DG said...

What inspires me?

Keeping the faith. Future goals. :)

dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

shellydelight.etsy.com said...

People who are interested in the same goal inspire me. I feed off their energy and it makes me a better person.
Very generous giveaway thank you for hosting it!

Shelly

Shellydelight@gmail.com
http://shellydelight.etsy.com

paleseptember said...

great design inspires me. also the smell of yummy food!

caitlinhyla AT gmail DOT com

cdziuba said...

Looking at my son's face inspires me.

dctm said...

This is a wonderful giveaway. My husband inspires me everyday. He is the most patient and caring man I have ever known.

Rie's Diaglogs said...

What a beautiful blog you have. I've just come across it and purchased from your store. Hmmmm...what inspires me. Of course my family, dogs and music...but most of all my duaghter. She was adopted this past year and weighed 8lbs at four months of age. The short time she lived in her native country was a very traumatic time. Things we could not protect her from. Yet, she carries this weight from her past effortlessly. Her smile inspires me everyday. We are so blessed.

LaurenS said...

My kids inspire me to learn and to love learning.

pinkveganmiso(at)yahoo(dot)com