Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Try it on Tuesday - Alter it week

Over on Try it on Tuesday we are in the mood for giving as our alter it week is alter something as a present. My friend Pat was 65 last Saturday and is a keen gardener so I altered this little wooden basket to house some gardening supplies for her. Warning this is picture heavy!
I began this at Claxby earlier this month firstly adding a few light coats of gesso before using some blue emulsion to paint it applied with babywipes for a washed out look.
I then used Hero Arts flowers to stamp around the corners and coloured then with distress ink. I also went over the edges of the basket with dusty concord to soften the newly painted look. Buttons added for a little extra interest when I got home.
I also made a card using the stamps and same colours so it matched. The sentiment is also hero Arts.
and now to fill the basket - 2 pairs of gardening gloves
a cute little garden ornament
Some garden twine

and some plant markers tied with some gingham ribbon.

It took a bit of tweaking for it all to fit!

Mum to the rescue at this point as I used some net gauze left over from a bouquet Mum had been given to make the wrapping - this was the fiddliest job of all!

A matching tag tied with gingham ribbon

and the gift was ready to be given. I can say Pat loved it which meant every minute was worth it. I really enjoyed playing with it too so it felt like a gift to me!

Over on Try it on Tuesday there are some gorgeous gift ideas to inspire you. When Michelle and I began the challenge blog this one one of the ideas we hoped would be achievable as we both love gift making - Hope you are inspired to play along too!
Have a Fabulous and crafty Tuesday!


  1. Lovely. Your friend must have been over the moon at such a thoughtful gift. I have some Hero Arts flower stamps too and love using them whenever I can. Hugs Mrs A.

  2. What a fabulous gift Janet. I can see alot of thought went into this. I love the addition of the buttons. It's a lovely feeling when the recipient loves what you have made for them, as you say - it makes it all worth the effort!!

  3. Lovely idea beautifully done Hugs Bee

  4. Fab alteration Janet, I like the colours you used on the flowers, so bright and cheerful!

  5. Fabulous gift Janet - it looks beautiful.
    Hugs xx

  6. A gorgeous gift Janet, can imagine your friend being thrilled with it. Yvonne x

  7. Fabulous gift for a gardener. Caz

  8. A wonderful gift Janet. Love how you put it all together. I am sure your friend will love it. Have a great day and looking forward to Sat. Angela


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