Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Another problem bites the dust...

Hi Everyone...I have a question for you...why is it when you have an idea in your head and you're looking for something in particular you can never find it. I've been searching local stores for storage baskets to sit on my countertop to hold the piles of stuff that seem to clutter up my happy space but everything was either NEON BRIGHT/FRILLY and FLOUNCY/TOO BIG or TOO SMALL.
And what do you know...the solution was right under my nose in the kitchen...if I could transform the cheap as chips but sturdy enough to cope with subzero temperatures in the freezer plastic storage containers with a bit of magic fairy decoupage wand waving...they would be ideal.
So armed with a Distress Collage Brush...a tub of Mod Podge that I found in the darkest depths of the cubbyhole whilst decluttering and the scraps from TWO...yes how did I land up with TWO pads of Tim's fabulous Correspondence papers I set to work ...not entirely sure if my latest hare-brained idea would work but hey ho...in for a penny...in for a pound.
I fixed down the larger torn pieces first...
followed by layers of smaller pieces and set aside to dry. I did cover the inside bottom of the boxes but because the papers are double sided...didn't bother with the sides...
I gave the lip of each box two coats of paint and then applied two coats of Mod Podge inside and out to seal...
and for the price of two cheap containers, half a pot of  Modge Podge and an hour of my time, I now have a container to keep "happy mail" new arrivals tidy until I get round to playing with them...
 and a container for card scraps, handy for stamping or die-cutting...
a killing two birds with one stone "another problem bites the dust" adventure which has made a little bit of a dent in that mountain of paper stash and solved the clutter problem at the same time but it's time to head back to the crafty production line today starting off with a red rubber inking session for a magazine commission...
I'm on a mission...determined to get up to speed with the crafty list so that I'll be ready for a much loved treat...my annual "anyone for tennis/strawberries and cream " Wimbledon couch potato fortnight.
Hugs Kath xxx


  1. Great idea Kath, don't you just love those 'light bulb' moments...Hope you have a good day...x

  2. Love the idea Kath with the fabulous papers I never thought of that one to use a plastic box I have a ton of them... and some of the lovely Tim's papers.. simply Brilliant light bulb moment... enjoy the rest of your day x

  3. fabulous idea and look amazing xx You are on a mission Kath xx Enjoy Wimbledon and here's hoping Andy is up to speed too xx

    Annie x

  4. Hi Kath,
    What a brilliant idea! I lust after your cubbyhole storage units but sadly can only afford a metal shelf unit with plastic boxes bought from Poundland. They are very neat and I've labelled them all...but for some reason I seem to always keep my scraps in a cardboard box, which bends and almost rips every time I pick it up. So, I think my next mission is to get another plastic container, decorate it, pop the scraps in and send the cardboard box off to the happy hunting grounds of the recycle box :). Thanks for a wonderful tip, Kath.
    Bejay xx

  5. What a brilliant idea, thanks for sharing and hope you get the commission sorted out too.
    Linda xxx

  6. What a super idea and the results are fabulous.
    Pretty and useful. What more could anyone want.
    Toni xx

  7. Such a clever idea Kath and they look amazing covered in the Correspondence papers and the painted tops!! I use a wire rack hanging under my desk but because I can't readily see it, I never think to look in there for bits of card. I may just have to 'borrow' your idea, I got some nice containers from the Swedish store that might just fill the bill! Brilliant idea!! Hugs, Anne xx

  8. Great job with the plastic containers? I spy lots of red rubber butterflies and trees waiting for your magazine commission! Look forward to seeing it

  9. You have the most creative ideas , Kath. Live how you've used Tim Holtz fabulious papers to cover your storage containers. I can imagine them all lined up together - so colorful .

  10. Great boxes and l just love the covering used too! x


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