Let's Just Try It is a compilation of inspiration and creative endeavors of a mom and daughter duo featuring one heart, two styles and a whole heap of ideas that spill into a great collection of both successful and not so successful projects.
a compilation of inspiration and creative endeavors of a mom and daughter duo
Category Archives: Inspiration
February 21, 2012Posted by on
When I was a kid, we went camping often. Mom and Dad would seemingly just decided we were going and we would pack up our tiny little Toyota Corolla (with roof rack), wedge our bodies in, and head off. From my child eyes, my mom would just throw all kinds of things into the cooler box and away we went.
We loved being outdoors, we loved the sounds of nature, we loved the activity… but most of all we loved the treats. Camping meant treats – caramel corn, smores, trail mix and lots and lots of soda pop.
Now we have our own kids, and while we don’t camp nearly as much as I did when I was small, it is still a fun holiday… and a lot of work.
We are in process of bidding our fair summer goodbye, while all my northern hemisphere family and friends are just beginning to look forward to summer, we are packing for a weekend at the dam (lake for you northerners).
I am a huge list maker when it comes to camping, and I like to plan carefully my menus and snacks. And, of course, with our healthier perspective on life now I need to break out the creative juices and get cracking!
I’d love to hear your favorite camping take-a-longs and we will find ourselves with a great list of amazing yummy treats to add some flair to our next trips out-of-doors.
Potato Scramble – veggies, eggs and egg whites with a splash of salsa on top. Yum!
Yogurt and Papaya with a granola crunch topping and Health Muffins
Super Starter Oatmeal – oats cooked with chopped apple, peaches, raisins (or cranberries!) and cinnamon. Mmmmm!
Wraps made with homemade hummus, tomato, lettuce and a sprinkle of shredded white cheddar
Stuffed Baked Potatoes – broccoli, cauliflower, beans and a sprinkle of shredded white cheddar. Salsa and Plain Yogurt for a saucy topping
Grilled chicken with whole wheat pasta salad, pepperdew and feta cheese
Chicken Chili and corn muffins
Dried fruit trail mix pretzels, peanuts and purchased dried fruit with coconut
Fresh Veggies and Hummus
(just because camping isn’t camping unless you have them…)
Marshmallows, chocolates and Marie Biscuits (if we were in the States, it would be graham crackers!)
So while we try not to look like the Beverly Hillbillies heading out on our adventure at least we’ll know we’ve got “good eatin’s” in the food box!
October 25, 2011Posted by on
Taking risks is scary. Even little risks, like paint choices or whether to use the blue paper or pink, can scare the pants off of me. I get the heebie jeebies at the thought of having to make an impulsive irreversible choice.
What if it’s wrong?
What if I waste money on it?
What if I do it the way I wish and someone makes fun of it?
These questions echo quietly in my heart and in the hearts of my dear friends who gather every once in a while to create together.
Creating is deeply personal. And as a woman with a sensitve heart, I am crushed at the slightest hint of dissatisfaction. It’s as if I put all the icky parts, all the pretty parts, all the hidden parts of me out in the world to see. When I create something, I am confident that whomever sees it will see that I am a terrible measurer- and all my pieces are slightly off centre. They can see that I am not very tidy and somehow manage to get glue all over the place. They can see that I am not very trendy and my creations are all a little homespun. They can see that I have a particlular taste for blue and more blue and white.
They can see me.
But I am learning something. It’s okay to be living authentically! The perception of perfect trend appeal just isn’t who I am- and those I bring into my home or who see my crazy office desk know who I am and it’s okay to be Elizabeth when I create!
When these feelings of panic creep into my heart, I need to do something crazy.
Doing something crazy seems to scare the scary thoughts right out of me. Like making enormous outrageous posters. Or nailing 100 tacks into the wall and making a twine mural. Or even switching out something green for bright pink.
It’s okay to live authentically. It’s okay to allow your creations to echo your heart, not the magazines. It’s okay to be who you are in your creations.
Even if it is scary.
September 19, 2011Posted by on
I don’t know if it was the ceramic statues of gnomes, deer and squirrels in my Grandma Peterson’s garden (my brother and I would go on safari, hunting for them among the blooms and bush) or my mom’s creative flair in dressing up her flower beds with old shoes and teapots, but I have always wanted to add touches of something to my garden beds.
In our current home, we have a lot of well established green – and not too much colour. The bird life is great, and that has brought a special kind of colour, but I am ready for some fun.
At the moment I’m busy getting a container garden going, but once complete I am planning on getting a few fun things put together to add a bit of flair and maybe even fantasy to my garden (or yard, for my northern hemisphere friends and family).
Staked flowers from recycled soda cans
It’s a good thing that garden art has progressed beyond clever arrangements of gnomes and squirrels, and that there is so much great inspiration to be had!
Special thanks to meiphemera.blogspot.com and stitchanddestroy.blogspot.com for their great ideas!
September 10, 2011Posted by on
August 10, 2011Posted by on
My great-grandmother used to wear the most beautiful brooches. I remember as a little girl wondering over how pretty they were as I sat on her lap and smelled her perfume.
This flower could be used as an adornment on just about anything. I made one for Elizabeth’s birthday out of an old book – she’s a fantastic writer and is just about to finish her degree in English literature, so it seemed fitting – but any unique paper would look great. I have some beautiful scraps of pearlized and embossed paper that I will use one day and make a pin to wear. I’d love to make some out of old music sheets to put on my Christmas tree this year
Tools and Materials Needed:
For the pedals:
Tim Holtz Alterations BigZ Die
– Alternatively, hand cutting a similar shape would work great!
Die cutting machine
Coloured Tulle (fine netting as used on wedding veils)
Small coloured feathers
standard sized brad
Step One: Cut from your favorite paper 5 large flowers, plus one extra
Step Two: Cut from the coloured tulle netting – 4 large flowers
Step Three: Paint the front and back of the paper flowers with craft glue. This will stiffen the pedals and allow shaping and curling later
Step Four: When the glue coated flowers are dry, trim the flowers as follows:
Flower #1, #2 and #3 – Leave as is
Flower #4 – Trim away one pedal
Flower #5 – Trim away two pedals
Step Five: On Flower #4 and #5, with a touch of glue (hot glue or craft glue), fold over the trimmed side to form a slightly curled 4 and 3 pedaled flower
Step Six: With the tulle netting, trim only one flower of one pedal, and glue as in step five.
Step Seven: Layer as follows: Flower #1 at bottom; Tulle net flower; Flower#2, Tulle net flower; Flower #3; Tulle net flower; Flower #4 (trimmed to 4 pedals); Tulle net flower (trimmed and glued to 4 pedals); Flower #5 (trimmed and glued to 3 pedals). Rotate each layer slightly to offset the pedals
Step Eight: Insert metal brad through the center of each layer and flatten at the back. Trim brad ends if necessary
Step Nine: Glue feathers around the back of the bottom flower, bending where necessary (hot glue works well)
Step Ten: Glue extra flower over the back to cover the brad back and the feather stems and glue the button on top of the brad head.
Finishing: With the end of a pencil or paintbrush, curl the pedals slighty as desired to give a dimensional feel to your new creation