Paper Altars. a how to, recipe for tipsy cherries and giveaway.

April 2, 2014

I had a beautiful evening. Watching these women create and dream and leave with pieces of themselves captured on paper reminded why these gatherings are vital for our souls. The making, the circling, the giggles, the moment when someone discovers their ability to create something beautiful; it is change and joy and magic. And I got to see some of my Magic Making Circle members in person and they are stunning.
I knew the event would be called Paper Altars as I looked around and saw how much of my altars included secret messages, textures, fortunes, cards, vision pages. I just had no idea exactly what we would do. Enter Bernadette (pictured next to me above) and her creative ways. Bernadette made these paper altars that held three sections for us to work in.
Our prompts were around our past self, she was (but only about 6 months back) and our I am and our becoming, the self who is guiding us and shaping us. I asked everyone to bring a picture of themselves that they loved, that felt a bit like the spirit guide of self. The creation of the altars felt like prayer mixed with girls night. Bliss really.
Here is how you can create your own paper altar ::
Photo #1- We used an 11” x 14” sheet of poster board.

Photo #2-Fold the poster board in half 11” to 11” side.

Photo #3- Rub the folded edge to create a crease.

Photo #4- Using a ruler, draw  2 lines: 2.5 “ from each side edge, 3.25” long from folded edge.

Photo #5- Using scissors or a ruler with an X-Acto knife, cut along these two lines. Be sure to cut through both layers of poster board.

Photo #6- Open poster board and pull center cut piece towards you, reversing the existing crease on itself.

Photo #7- Keeping center piece on the inside, refold poster board on its original crease.

Photo #8- Rub on new fold to create new center crease.


Using words, images and textures we played with color story and where we were being guided. There were flowers and glitter and messages from past self to present. The altars are gorgeous.

There were also tipsy cherries. I found a jar of maraschino cherries with no food dye in them and drained the liquid from the jar. I replaced it with bourbon and let them sit for about 12 hours. Then I took the cherries and placed them on parchment paper. I drizzled melted dark chocolate over each one and then placed in refrigerator until we gathered. It made the perfect one bite treat as we circled at the end of the night with story, laughs and maybe a couple of tears.


Bernadette and I have a special surprise for 2 people. Your own paper altar form and a bag stuffed with fun fabric and texture and paper to start to create your own paper altar. I will include the prompts to play with also.

To enter the giveaway here is what you can do ::

Leave a comment on the blog, down below. Tell us three words or phrases of who you are becoming. Let your self that is in the future be a guide, spend time with her, listen and dream together.

I will choose the winners on Sunday, April 6th. xo



{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracie April 2, 2014 at 1:14 pm

I am becoming candlelight. Acceptance of sporadic chaos as well as serenity- depending on how the winds blow. I am warm, but also a warning to everyone not to get too close as I start protecting myself for perhaps the first time in my life. I am shadowing myself from others, while illuminating the corners of myself that are dusty and ignored… finally deserving of my own attention and love.


Xandra April 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm

I am becoming…
An intuitive guide
My own goddess
Trust in physical form

(and, on April 6th, mama to a 4 year old!)


jen lashua April 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

I am becoming….
Brave, trusting, following my heart and honoring my calling!


anna wingfield April 2, 2014 at 11:20 pm

I am becoming….
comfortable in the present moment
fierce in the face of fear
soft in the right places
faith-filled for the future


playcrane April 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

I am becoming…
Comfortable with me
Seeker of dreams
The one who lets go

Paper altars–so clever!



Rozanne Henry April 3, 2014 at 1:01 am

I am becoming…
comfortable to receive
the one who finally sees herself


Rozanne Henry April 3, 2014 at 1:05 am

I am becoming…
comfortable to receive
the one who finally sees herself
a woman with so many choices


Stephanie April 3, 2014 at 7:13 am

I am becoming….
The catalyst for my own dreams
Deliciously comfortable in this skin of mine
A creative force ready to chart a new path


Michelle Tanner Gruntz April 3, 2014 at 9:35 am

I am becoming…
comfortable in my shapeshifting,
trusting that the forms I take guide others to their origins,
while remaining rooted in the fertile soil of my own truth.


Susan S. April 3, 2014 at 9:43 am

I am becoming…
A bloom, planted in this new garden.
A creator, outlining my boundaries, my choices, my Self.
A wordsmith…


Dana April 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

I am becoming


kara April 3, 2014 at 11:14 am

I am becoming
at peace,
floating calm on the surface of eternity


Anna April 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I am becoming whole, self-guided, creator. Rerooted, reimagined, in flux, in tune out of tune and in tune again. Easy, flowy, self trusting, self validating. Patient, faithful, unstuck. Earth-City balanced. Guided. Purposeful. Framework. The carpenter of my life, the painter of my dreams, the writer of my truth. Opinionated, a space holding creature and a space taking creature. I am taking up space. I am becoming the next truths of myself.


Mindy April 3, 2014 at 1:11 pm

I am becoming…

Comfortable in the unknowing.
Raw, unfiltered truth.
Open to possibility.


Jessica April 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I am becoming…

Who I have always been, behind the fear.
One who trusts, smiles and shares.


Stacy April 3, 2014 at 1:40 pm

I am becoming whole, broken and real.


Michele April 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm

As the scattered jigsaw pieces slowly shift into place I am becoming calm, peaceful, intuitive and WHOLE….


elizn April 3, 2014 at 3:27 pm

I am becoming
my own magic beanstalk
hatched from a buried pod


Shila April 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I am dancing into fullness, vibrancy, and luscious acceptance of what is


Natanya April 3, 2014 at 4:41 pm

I am (re)becoming…
The fearless explorer of my 4-year-old Self
The passionate leaper of my 17-year-old Self
The wise creative of my future Self.
I am becoming Me.

Thank you, Hannah, for this prompt, and always for your beautiful words and Spirit.


Jannine Puglia Gaudet April 3, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I am becoming..
a chance taker in the kitchen, a poacher of eggs.
magical in both my daughter’s eye
a whimsical whisperer of manifested kitties.


Jessi Eads April 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

I am becoming a fighter. A fighter for love, passion and honesty.
I am be becoming a searcher, the seeker of unanswered questions and the debunker of bullshit.
I am becoming the vessel, the true vessel which mirrors my inner light. The vessel which honors this journey and the vessel that understands that a small amount of immediate pain will rid my inner light of a future that is filled with agony.


Jen* April 3, 2014 at 9:18 pm

I am becoming…
A storyteller for my own awakening
Enamored with the parts of me i have long called dark and shameful
A dancer


Brandi April 5, 2014 at 1:36 am

I am becoming…
…soft, yet strong
…older and wiser
…my own muse


Amanda St.Clair April 5, 2014 at 9:26 am

I am becoming…softer, trusting, and aware. XO


Nancy Lennon April 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

I am becoming…
silver reflections of light
pearls of wisdom
a woman who twirls scarves by the ocean


Alma April 5, 2014 at 1:35 pm

I am becoming…
A voice for my own truth.
A fierce guardian of my dreams.
A loyal companion to the whispers of my soul.


Kathryn April 5, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I am Becoming

love you Hannah xo


PaulaJ April 5, 2014 at 5:06 pm

I am becoming . . .
Fully in my body


Jen April 5, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I am becoming…
open to receive, in a way I’ve never knew possible
fluid, soft, outspoken possibility

Where does this stuff come from? I read your words Hannah and a deeper part of me opens up and reveals herself. Beautiful. xo


Retta April 5, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I am becoming…


nikkiana April 5, 2014 at 5:56 pm

I am becoming…


Sue Jorgenson April 5, 2014 at 6:09 pm

I am becoming…
One with Spirit


Dee April 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

I am becoming
Comfortable in my own skin
A miracle maker


Debbi Jackson April 5, 2014 at 6:13 pm

I am becoming…..


Ashley April 5, 2014 at 8:27 pm

I am becoming a magical moon celebrator. I am becoming relaxed in my ease and grace. I am becoming joyful in my everyday journey.


Kyra April 6, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I am becoming one with the earth, vulnerable and flexible. I am becoming softened by years.


Kit Blaker July 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm

I am becoming…


Kit Blaker July 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

I am becoming….
And more present.


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