Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Cottage Craft Caddy

 This is a long overdue thank you post for a giveaway I won over at The Cottage Market.  If you are one of the few people who have not visited there, you don't know what you are missing.  First there is the Friday Junkin' Joe Link Party (See last week's here!) which is tremendous fun.  It is unlike other link parties.  Also, Andrea features these Take Five posts during the week with inspirational photographs.  (Visit The Cottage Market here!)

All this loot and more were included in the giveaway.  I must admit when I received the giant package, I dove right in and started using bits and pieces before taking a photo.  Sorry, Andrea, but I just loved everything in there and could not wait.  And, folks, there were MILLINERY FLOWERS!!!

This weekend I was experimenting with this goopy mixture and loved it.  No furniture was involved, just smalls.  I will experiment next time with a side table to see how it works out.

Goopy Mixture:
*A big spoonful of nonsanded grout
*Three big spoonfuls of gesso
*A glob of burnt sienna acrylic
*Three globs of pale yellow craft paint

Mix, mix, mix. mix, mix

It is the consistency of oatmeal.

Super thick - applied with a small foam brush.

Kept sealed in a bag when not being used.  Stored in the refrigerator overnight.  That was about the shelf life - 24 hours.

 I chose several victims, er, test subjects for this technique.

First a tool caddy with a terrible fake wood grain paint job crying for a makeover.

I did clean the dust off before painting.

Two coats plain gesso.  Then two coats of the goopy mixture.

This is how it looked.

I loved the creamy color and the coverage I got.

 I know, why fool with coverage if you are just going to sand the heck out of it?

Believe it or not, it makes for a more finished look!

The tool caddy was the perfect size for eight aluminum molds.

I see craft supplies in here. 

 I loaded it down with the supplies from Andrea.

It looked very pretty sitting there.


I loved the cottage craft caddy more when turned on its side - it will look wonderful hanging on the wall.

And I might be able to cram even more supplies in it.

There is no end to craft supplies around here.

I experimented with several other items with the goopy mixture.  Stay tuned for the results.

See y'all!


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  1. Oh I love this Donna, I have got to find me some treasures for my new room I will be putting together, thank you for sharing

  2. I think this is one of my favorite projects! It turned out so nice and I love it turned on its' side like a shelf! The molds look so sweet on it filled with all the awesome bits you won...:)Love it ALL!

    Blessings, Vicky

  3. This turned out great! Love it with all your goodies you won-congrats! :)

  4. Super cute! I love it on it's side too. Soooo jealous of your new loot~

  5. I love it too and I would not have thought of hanging it on a wall on it's side! Brilliant!

  6. Your goopy mixture seems quite interesting! Love how it turned out on the tool caddy. Looks like a new creative method for painting objects. Can't wait to see the results on a larger item. So cool!

  7. Found via tuesday treasures. Looks great! Can't wait to try my own :)

  8. Love it turned on its side as well as on its bottom. You needed that caddy for sure for all those cute things you won, but they'll be gone in no time at the rate you're creating new embellished treasures. Amazing what you can do even with a bum hand and shoulder. Craft on!

  9. I love this tray, especially turned on its side. Love all the great materials that you won.
    Have a wonderful week,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  10. Love how you turned the tray on it's side and filled with those molds! Is the goopy mixture a rough texture? Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays!

  11. I'm a new follower! So cute how the tray works so well turned on it's side! Come on over for a visit!

  12. Thats beautiful, but totally genius idea to turn it into a shelf, hmm my brain is ticking over on the look out for double sided trays! Nice score on the loot congrats.

  13. I Love it! : ) you are so sweet and special : ) hugs...


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