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: Upcycling
January 15, 2014Posted by on
I believe in second chances, don’t you? Opportunities to shine better than you shined before, to correct a mistake made in haste or to try just one more time to reach the goal you fell short of last time. It takes grace on the giver, and persistence on the receiver, but this is the seasoning of life. People need second chances – why? because they have value and potential. No matter how tired, battered or worn out they might be.
Art imitates life, right?
: to give new life or freshness to : refresh
: to take recreation
In the early days (back when I was very young and very bored) my mom would give me old buttons, yarn and scraps of fabric to keep me busy on those long summer days. I can remember thumbing through magazines and pattern books dreaming of all the things that those buttons and scraps could become. This was my “recreation”.
Perhaps because of these memories, I have a very hard time walking past “items of great potential” – Beautiful stacks of cardboard, old pallets, holey jeans… they all sing with the tune of second chances.
So, what is a girl to do? ReCreate of course!
I have been cooking up several projects and will be keeping a journal of the process. Check out my new blog “CJ’s (re)Creations for how to’s, techniques and some items for sale
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February 12, 2012Posted by on
Most times, it’s the little things that count. The unexpected kiss on the cheek, the wink across the room, the help when unasked.
There is nothing nicer than leaving a little gift for someone anonymously, and this little heart wreath is a simple way to show those you love that you appreciate them. Leave them hanging on the door, from the car mirror or maybe even on the shower handle. Depending on the size made, it would take no time at all to whip up half a dozen. They use mostly scraps or repurposed materials and cost almost nothing.
Medium Gauge Wire – (recycle an old hanger!)
A pair of pliers and a wire cutter
Scraps of fabric (left overs from sewing projects, old pillowcases, bits of worn out clothing)
Bits of Ribbon to hang with
Step One: Bend a small heart from a piece of wire. Tip: start from the bottom of the heart and bend upward. Bend each side of the top of the heart by gently bending the curve around. Perfection is not needed.
Step Two: Twist the ends of the heart together. If too long, trim shorter. Tape ends with tape for safety. ( if the twisted section is too long, as it is above, trim with a pair of wire cutters. The tape will hold it together.
Step Three: Tear strips from a variety of types of cloth. The width required will depend on the size of wreath made. For a 7 inch wreath, I used approximately 1 inch wide strips. If using very thick material, make narrower strips.
Step four: Cut the strips into a length that will make an easy hitch knot. My sample was made with approximately 4 inch strips
Step five: Tie the strip onto the frame using a hitch knot. ( Fold the strip in half, forming a loop. Fold over the frame, insert the ends of the strips through the loop and pull tight.
Continue all the way around the frame pushing the knots close together and varying the colours and patterns.
Step Six: To finish the wreath, pull the ends of the knots apart from each other to give it a fluffed appearance.
Tie a longer length of ribbon in a loop and thread it around the wreath to form a hanger.
Ta Da! A cute little gift to brighten someones day!
* Options (I love options!)
Use a bigger frame and wider strips to make a really fluffy wreath
Use scraps of ribbon, or widely different textures of fabric for a beautifully diverse wreath
Hang a string of beads from the middle or the bottom – or a charm – or a bow – the possibilities are limitless!
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!
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