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blove: joy creation

As you can imagine, I read a lot of blogs. A LOT.

It is pretty much impossible to keep up with the number of sites – both new and old – that come across my screen each week, and it can feel overwhelming much of the time. There is SO MUCH good stuff out there!

Yet there are certain blogs that keep me coming back time and time again.

Joy Creation is one of those blogs. 


photo courtesy of Lisa Sperling

Joy Creation truly captures the voice and personality of the blogger.  Lisa Sperling has a love for “design, photography, handmade art and all the pretty things that make life beautiful.” And Joy Creation is a place to turn to for all of those things.

The site design is clean and spare, yet warm and inviting too. And Lisa’s “voice” comes through in just the same way. She clearly has a discerning and tasteful eye for design, but delivers each post with an open and friendly vibe that just makes you feel good.

I’ve written before about the challenge of writing in your true voice – one of the seemingly easiest, yet truly most challenging tasks as a blogger. When someone tells me that reading my blog makes her feel as if I’m sitting there chatting with her, that’s a bigger compliment than on my baking, photography or gardening tips.

And that’s one of my favorite things about Joy Creation. Lisa really engages, and makes you feel as though your presence and participation are truly meaningful to her.

I rarely miss a post of Lisa’s, but here are three great places to start:

Her curated post on unique hotels – “Extraordinary Escapes” – from around the world.

A post about focusing that, although written about the blogging process, could apply to almost any pursuit (I actually printed this post out, I found it so helpful).

Lisa’s impeccable taste and gift for scouting out gems are evident in this piece about artist Laurie Poast.

Lisa also does several great features – Madison Stroll, Featured Artist and my favorite, Weekly Joy Feed.

Time spent at Joy Creation is time well-spent – it’s a thoughtful, pretty and warm place and I promise you will love Lisa as much as I do!

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  1. Lisa on June 28, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Sheri, I can’t even put in words how much this means to me! Thank you from the bottom of my heart – I’m humbled and so very honored! When I went to FB this morning (just minutes after waking up), your post was the very first thing I saw, and Dave could hear me shout: “OH.MY.GOD!…OHMYGOD!!!!!! Come here! Quick!” 🙂 I don’t think I’ll need coffee this morning – I’m awake now (and Dave is, too) :))) Thank you – you’ve made my day!!

    • sherisilver on June 28, 2012 at 8:46 am

      Yay (and apologies to Dave!) – so glad you liked it – I hope EVERYONE discovers your lovely site (and the lovely YOU!) xoxo

  2. Caroline on June 28, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Lisa is the real deal (just like you, Sheri)!! She is not only super talented, but she’s a lovely person as well! This is a great feature!

    • sherisilver on June 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks so much Caroline! xo

  3. Jill V. on June 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Love this and thanks for sharing Lisa with all of us!

    • sherisilver on June 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks so much Jill! xo

  4. Hotly Spiced on June 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks Sheri for letting me know about a blog I haven’t yet discovered. I’ll hop on over and check it out xx

    • sherisilver on June 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      You will LOVE her! 🙂

  5. Laurie Poast on June 28, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Joy Creation has been a wealth of design and lifestyle inspiration for me since its inception, and Lisa Sperling is a joy to know. It’s wonderful to find a mention of Lisa’s artist interview with me here! Thank you, Sheri! 🙂

    • sherisilver on June 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks Laurie! I loved discovering your beautiful work on Lisa’s blog – I was definitely going to include it here! 🙂

  6. Shoko on June 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I LOVE Lisa’s blog. It’s one of my favorites. You got it right when you said it’s a “thoughtful, pretty, and warm place” – exactly!!

    • sherisilver on June 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Thanks Shoko! And oh my – I just now discovered YOUR beautiful blog – can’t wait to read more!! 🙂

  7. Weekly Joy Feed | {joycreation} on June 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

    […] thank you again for featuring me on your lovely blog this […]

  8. Lisa on July 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Thanks to all you lovely ladies for your kind words – I feel so very lucky to have met you (hopefully we get to meet in person some day!). Sheri, thank you again for all your support and for writing this special feature. You’re wonderful!

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