Monday, May 14, 2012

Inspired By is getting a Makeover plus the inspiration photo

At AJE, we are willing to "evolve". We can tell when a format isn't working. That's cool. We want this to be a fun place for everyone to interact. To that end, we are changing the format of the Inspired By posts. I admit I thought it was a cool idea, but clearly no one else did ;-)

Here's the new format (feel free to leave suggestions in the comment section if you think this format is still not so great)

-Every other Monday one of us will post an inspiration photo.

-Two weeks later we will post a link up for you to join the blog hop with the handmade component or art jewelry that you created based on the inspiration photo.

-On your blog, you can post the inspiration photo (or not, it's up to you) and a photo or photos of what you created based on the photo. Write how you were inspired by the photo.

-Add you blog post URL to the linky tools at the bottom of the AJE reveal post (instructions on how to do it are super easy and self explanatory once you click on the link for linky tools).

-we are working on a button for you to grab for your blog. Please be patient. I can only tolerate sitting at a computer for a few minutes at a time.

-Have people visit your blog

-This is meant to be a way to help everyone's creativity to expand and for self improvement and to get new visitors to your blog

-This is not a high stress situation.

Our first inspiration photo was one I took of an orchid that my husband managed to coax into blooming again.

Orchids photo taken by jennifer cameron Glass Addictions

I have a secret. I hate houseplants. So when the orchid blooms wilt and fall off, I throw the plants out. Hubs rescued this from the garbage and kept this stick-in-a-pot looking thing all winter. It re-bloomed in March (when I took the photo) and is STILL in bloom now in mid May. It's absolutely gorgeous and I'm glad he rescued it. In fact, we love it so much, we were inspired to paint the walls of the living room of our lake house one of the deep raspberry pink colors you see in the flower. The ceiling will be gray similar to the background in this photo.

Because 2 weeks from today is a US holiday (Memorial Day), the blog hop will be Tuesday May 29th. Get creating!

Questions? Leave them in the comments below.


  1. So do we need to join in when the photo is posted? Or we can simply add to the link-up if we managed to make something inspired by the photo?

    1. We'll post again with a linkytool included for you to add your blog posts on May 29th. :)

  2. I love this idea! It's a great way to keep our muses from getting bored.

    By the way, I don't like houseplants either. They never last at my house. It's a wonder I even managed to keep three kids alive.

  3. I would like to get in on this blog hop!!

  4. Ok, one more question...if I make jewelry, does it have to be made from handmade components? Asking because I don't have any of those yet...still pretty new to this and building up my stash.

    1. Some handmade components would be ideal. You can make some yourself out of wire or whatever you have on hand.

  5. Oh, this is a lovely idea! Something to create every week - yay!

    1. We will post the inspiration photo every other week so you have at least 14 days to create something to show us. Then make sure you come back to link you creation.


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