Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"By Invitation Only" Welcomes You...

an idea which began many months ago, just a little thought 
about how much fun it would be to invite some of my favorite blogging friends,
all creative women, to participate in this once-a-month "link party."

our debut is today
& I am so very proud to have these women participate, they all said yes
having no idea what I had in mind.

for our 1st post a quotation was suggested for inspiration, and then we
were free to launch our posts in any way we liked.

you will find everyone who is participating today in the clickable link-up below

to me, this beautiful photograph of President & Mrs. Kennedy 
epitomizes the essence of the quotation:

   "To live content with small means; 
to seek elegance rather than luxury, 
and refinement rather than fashion, 
to be worthy, not respectable, 
and wealthy, not rich; 
to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly,
 to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, 
to bear all cheerfully, 
to all bravely await occasions, 
hurry never. 
In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious 
grow up through the common. 
This is to be my symphony." 

so, this

rather than this

It will be a surprise to me too when I see what everyone has composed.

I do hope all participants, my lovely friends, enjoyed doing this & had a bit of fun.

And, I hope all our readers enjoy and leave the ladies tons of

Now that our 1st post has debuted each member may choose someone else
to invite into the group if they like.

The original members will have input 
for the subjects of each forthcoming post too.  
So one will never know what's happening until we post.
Isn't that fun?

This will always keep things fresh, interesting, vibrant & exciting.



  1. You are so smart...one word Jackie. I can't wait to see all the different interpretations. Hope you are having a wonderful trip. Mona

  2. Wow...great post, Marsha!!! Happy Tuesday!

    Love, Kristin

  3. Marsha, Thank you so much for including me in your wonderful group! The poem really made me think! I agree with you that it is all about living out our own lives in real and authentic ways. Your images speak that to me! You are a darling!
    I am very humbled to be a part of your linky party!Thank you, dear!
    xo Yvonne

  4. Lovely post Marsha...and such a fabulous idea...thank you for having your 'little thought' and turning it into such a wonderful idea...great fun :)
    Looking forward to reading all the others...have a great day!
    With love

  5. Hi Dear Marsha. What a great idea!I adore your poem and post. Will have a peek at the others.
    Hugs and xxx


  6. Beautifully done Marsha. I just hope that mine lives up to it !!
    Hope your having fun ! XXXX

  7. Good idea!Several bloggers talking about interesting things.
    I agree with Channing words!

  8. I hope you are having a marvellous trip Marsha....thank you for inviting us all to be a part of your 'inspiration'....xv

  9. I do love that photo, just relaxing, enjoying the world glide by.

  10. Dear Marsha
    What a wonderful idea and an equally wonderful choice of poems!
    It has been interesting reading the responses from the members and their take of the thoughtful words from this great man.

    It will be a real treat every month to read each new subject!

  11. What a great shot of the young Kennedy's - and always love Tonne Goodman's style!!

  12. What a wonderful idea!

    Thank you!
    ♥ Franka

  13. Hope you are having a marvellous time dear Marsh!

    This is a lovely idea.... off to visit some of the others.

  14. Hello,my dear friend,Marsha!

    Such fantastic idea of you and HOW great work you done!!!

    I hope to make some nice post...

    Hugs and XXX,

  15. Marsha - Thank you very much for inviting me. I'm afraid I've been very much a curmudgeon on this one, but character will out:).

  16. Dear Marsha,
    Your post with this most beautiful image and your words are just wonderful and perfect!

    All my best wishes for a very restful and enjoyable holiday and looking very much forward to your return!


  17. Marsha your post is lovely (of course). THANK YOU again for the initiative to this wonderful blog series. I am hopping form one member's post to the next and loving it.

    Big hugs from Sweden.

    xx Charlotta

  18. Marsha...great idea, everyone seems to have really enjoyed this first post for the great series you dreamed up! Well done and kudos to you!! Thanks so very much for including me with this talented group of bloggers.

  19. Dear Marsha,
    How successful has this been ?!! I loved being part of it and, I'm so pleased that everyone has put their heart and soul into it and, isn't it great how everyone's post is SO different ?
    I know that you have worked so hard to get everyone on board and I'm sure that it will go from strength to strength.
    Good job, Marsha and, I look forward to next month's subject. Just don't ask me to think of something !!!!!! I will just go along with whatever anyone suggests ! Hope that you are having a wonderful cruise. XXXX

  20. Marsh, first of all thank you for including us in this group and working hard to organize the event. We are honored! We image of the Kennedy's is a perfect example of simple elegance.
    XO Angela and Renee

  21. What a wonderful concept! I've had such fun exploring a few posts, great inspiration, and will keep exploring the others. Thanks for this memorable quote and all the ideas.

  22. What fun; hope my connection will allow me to visit everyone. What with the storm, we've lost i-net and telephone.

  23. Well, young lady, you should be proud!

    I am so enjoying my visits to all of the participants, many of whom I've never visited before.

    Hope you're having a ball!

  24. I just left Jaclie's post it was beautiful. Congratulations on this,
    I love Jackie Kennedy and photo.


  25. What a wonderful idea and I am enjoying going to the participants and seeing their interpretatins! XO, pinky

  26. Hi gorgeous,
    Thank you for including me in your new party with all these AMAZING women.
    I did have to stop and think hard about what it was that I was going to post and I thank you for that.
    It was the most perfect quote to start off with. Clever you!!
    I actually had a pyjama day on Monday to put the post together. I decided stay at home, in my pj's and write, it was a great day.

    I missed visiting everyone yesterday as it got so late here in Australia so I have some catching up to do today to visit everyone.
    I can't wait to hear from you, and I do hope you're having a wonderful relaxing and beautiful holiday.
    xxxxxxxxxx Coty

  27. Dear Marsha what a lovely way to make a change in your life, a wonderful trip, a new outlook, and new inspiration for your own jewelry designs. I am VERY proud of you!


    Art by Karena

  28. What a lovely idea and the quote really got me thinking about what is really important in life. Thanks

  29. What a lovely idea and I found the quote very inspiring. thanks

  30. Marsha - inspiring - pure magic - thank you -

  31. Hi Marsha,
    Thank you so much for stopping by with that amazing comment on my blog. I'm so happy to discover your gorgeous blog. I entered my link now do I do a post on your inspiration or do I wait to be invited? Can't wait to be friends!


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