Thursday, January 3, 2013

Aspire, Alter & Create

Happy New Year
Altered Artworks followers! 
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season.  After a busy month of [not so wild] parties, sleeping late, and indulging in [too many] sweets, I'm so glad it's now January.  Time for calm, reflection...and CRAFTING. 

To set the year in motion, seems like everyone is choosing a word or phrase that will help bring meaning and direction for the year.  I've chosen the word "aspire."  

[uh-spahyuh r]   
verb (used without object), as·pired, as·pir·ing.
1. to long, aim, or seek ambitiously; be eagerly desirous, especially for something great or of high value (usually followed by to, after, or an infinitive
2. Archaic. to rise up; soar; mount; tower.

1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French aspirer ) < Latin aspīrāre to breathe upon, pant after, equivalent to a + spīrāre to breathe.

In 2013, I aspire to carve out more time for creativity.  I have a tendency to spend too much time thinking about being creative, and not enough time in the actual creative process.  I also aspire to learn how to use my new Silhouette Cameo.  However, I'm afraid that once I open the box, nothing else will get done! 

Last year, I was so excited to be chosen as a Crafty Contributor for The Ivy Cottage Blog.  You'll find me there twice a month sharing my love for altered artworks.  My first post for 2013 is a tutorial for re-purposing an old cutting board.  I altered it into a kitschy calendar and note holder.  I've even included the word "aspire" at the top of the board to help keep me on track! 

Come on over to The Ivy Cottage Blog to see the full tutorial and photos of my altered cutting board.  Let Amanda know I sent you!
Sharing this project at many of these parties
as well as
Between Naps on the Porch
Cozy Little House



  1. Love it. Happy New Year to you and congrats on being a crafty contributor at the Ivy Cottage which I'm off to visit now.

  2. Such a cute craft!
    I found you on the blog hop and I am your newest follower. I hope you get the chance to pop over to my blog and check it out: BWG2SM

  3. What a wonderful word for the year! Sadly, I too spend more time thinking about what I want to create than actually creating it. Personally, I blame Pinterest! haha

    New follower and can't wait to see what you create in 2013!

  4. Great choice for a word. I just can't pick

  5. Hope you enjoy your creative aspirations in the new year!

  6. I'm just getting into altered art because I can't sew. Broke both sides of my ankle 6 months ago today, and today the doctor says I have a new injury and I'm back in the steel boot. I am trying to learn all I can, because I love to create. I love what you've done here and will come back.

  7. Altered books and art journals are truly labors of love. Kudos to you for aspiring to acheive your goals. I'm visiting from Salt Tree's open tues. This is my first time here and I'm so impressed and inspired! Thanks for sharing all your tips and projects. Congrats on your new gig at the Ivy Cottage as well.
    your newest follower,

  8. I hope all your aspirations come true! Enjoy your new Silhouette.

  9. Great to see you back on Craft Schooling Sunday, thanks so much for sharing!

  10. This is a good one! I ASPIRE to do the same.

  11. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  12. I love it! Your blog and your journals are so awesome! I want to thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent last week. I am thrilled to have you share. I am so sorry I am just now visiting. Last week was just one of those weeks.
    I'm so happy to be your newest follower. :) I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

  13. congrats, love it! Thank you for sharing st the hop xo

  14. Just love it! Thanx for joining THT.


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