Archive / December, 2012

new year goals

Happy New Years Eve! It’s the last day of 2012. Where did it go!?

I have to say, I’m extremely excited about 2013.

happy new year, 2013

I’ve made a long list of goals for Create Like Crazy. A few of those goals are: rebranding, building a portfolio site for my design work ( it’s about time, right!? ), new columns, focusing my efforts, not working 24/7… it goes on for a while.

While a long list of goals or resolutions is great, it can be very overwhelming. Last year Chris and I did something with our church group that I loved – we picked one word for 2012. This word represented the coming year, whether it be a goal we wanted to reach, a quality we wanted to work on or a overall theme.

This year my word is encourage.

I really appreciate people that are continuously uplifting. This year, I want to work on being that friend for others! I want this to effect all of my relationships, including my relationship with you, the CLC readers!

happy new year, 2013

For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

What are your goals for 2013?
If you come up with a word of your own, please share it! Let’s keep each other accountable this year. 


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est. 2012

I’m slowly catching up on all of my responsibilities that were put on hold for Christmas break. I’m totally still jamming to Taylor’s holiday playlist though! Dreaming of plans + goals for 2013 is definitely happening, ( and will be shared soon! ) but I’m really enjoying taking the time to remember 2012. CLC was launched in August of this year. ( crazy to think that was really only a few months ago! ) Let’s recap some of the highlights of 2012, shall we?

It started with a brunch to celebrate the launch of Create Like Crazy + an atypical about me post so you could get to know the real me. ( I’ve absolutely loved reading all of your lists as well! You guys are just awesome. )

create like crazy, clc, bright decorated outdoor brunch

That brunch was the perfect way to kick off CLC. It made me even more excited to collaborate with each of the wonderful girls. They have amazed me with their creativity!

CLC Contributor Columns:

Calli blows me away with her delicious recipes. Her brown butter pumpkin mac + cheese is still my favorite!

Courtney’s music column, I’m All Ears, has completely rocked. I still don’t know how she finds all of these talented people! If I had to pick a favorite so far, I’d have to go with Jamey Dee!

Taylor kills it every time with her interiors column. She’s also quite the DIY genius. I still squeal about that beaded wheat DIY decor project! It’s just sooooooo cuuuuuute! ;)

I’ve learned so much from Sarah’s photography column. Even the simplest tip can make a huge difference in the way you capture life! She really nailed it in her post on photographing for a blog.

Gosh, I can’t even tell you how much Ashley’s Lessons in Inspiration column has helped me get through those creative funks when they sneak in + keep me fresh with new ideas. Keeping an inspiration notebook has really made a huge difference.

I am so blessed with such amazing contributors and I am so glad I can call them all close friends as well.

CLC Featured Columns:

The Keepin’ It Real column, as random as it is, is definitely one of my favorites. I’m hoping to really go crazy with this one in 2013. Not just updates on my life outside of the blog, but a taste of what real life is actually like outside of the photoshopped frame. Scary, right!?

The How-To column has been so much fun! I never considered myself a DIY blogger, but I do really enjoy sharing my process with you when I do a project like the birthday crown! ( My Print It collaboration with Brittni of Papernstitch has been super fun too – especially since I do the design and she tackles the styling! Find them here + here )

The Behind The Blog interview series has quickly become a favorite of mine. I love getting to know other bloggers! Hopefully you’ve learned as much as I have from them. ( the inter[view] series has also been awesome for getting to know creatives in a different way! )

We just started the Behind The Business series with an interview with Claire of Claire Sommers Buck Jewelry!

Sharing my design work with you has also been exciting. ( and a little scary! ) I have a lot of new work to show you in 2013. And hey, maybe I’ll even make a website for myself! Haha!

jordan brantley of create like crazy

There are so many other things I could share with you – but most importantly, I just want to say thank you.

Without your love and support, CLC would not be possible! All of the comments, emails and encouragement mean more than I can explain. This community just continues to amaze me!

So, from all of the girls here at CLC, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.


> take the official “blog tour”

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we have a winner!

The Christmas giveaways came to an end last night at CLC and I’m excited to announce the winner of the $50 gift certificate to Wit & Whistle!

There are still five 24 Merry Days giveaways open for entry on Down and Out Chic, Lottie Loves, The Proper Pinwheel, Dust Jacket and Oh, Hello Friend! They are all giving away killer prizes so don’t miss out! :)


> go to the 24 merry days site

> check out the wit & whistle shop

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lessons in inspiration / 11

December is a busy month. Even though some things in my life are winding down, many are picking up at rapid rates. My to-do list is filled with great things, my calendar is full of places to be and people to see, and my list of goals for the coming year is building every day. Though I spend more time away from my computer during the holidays, I don’t automatically spend more time resting.

Your assignment is very simple, but completely necessary: be still.  
Take time to be. Be yourself. Be quiet. Be retrospective. Be aware. Listen to the stillness. Allow yourself to enjoy whatever season of life you’re in right now.

When I’m being still I like to knit. I’m not the greatest knitter ( hey, I’ve actually never finished anything ). But I love sitting on my couch and knitting for hours, unaware of the time, simply engaging in a task carried out completely by my own two hands.

lessons in inspiration: be still

I guarantee that putting away your computer, cell phone, to-do list, calendar, blogroll, turning off the TV and even getting away by yourself will do you more good than you might expect. So pick up a pair of knitting needles, grab your notebook to write down your thoughts/observations/goals, or go into a room by yourself and just be. Think of it as a Christmas present to yourself!

Until next year, class is dismissed!

- Ashley


read more lessons in inspiration posts by ashley here

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happy friday + ashley’s wish list

Home sweet home! We had a wonderful time visiting family but it’s always nice to be home.

I have a few more of the CLC girl’s wish lists to squeeze in before Christmas! Here is Ashley’s!

ashley's christmas wish list

  1. bracelet
  2. capri blue mercury glass candle
  3. biennial briefcase
  4. sewing machine
  5. ballet flats
  6. tartine bread cook book
  7. big words flashcards

That bag!! I might have to add that to my list! ;)


check out the other wish lists!

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