Pastel, pretty and totally shabby

Hello everyone,

How was your weekend? I took advantage of our very warm weather here to basecoat a huge basket full of thrifting treasures on Sunday. I have quite a few sewing caddies to get ready for the Vintage Market and Handmade Treasures pages this week and had planned to do that today. . . but as often happens, I got side tracked on this. . . . .

Any ideas what it is?

I had a hue response to my new Lace and Ribbon Boards pattern last week and have had many customers ask how they can store them. I’d worked on a few ideas over the weekend for making little storage crates, but when I popped down to a local craft store today I spied something else that I thought would fit the bill perfectly. . .

. . . this cute paper mache treasure chest.

I started by giving her a couple of coats of pale pink, then a wax resist layer, followed by antique white. I then distressed the box with fine sandpaper for that shabby look!

I used some beautiful French themed scrapbook papers and a collection of pretty pastel embellishments; flowers, tulle leaves, pearls and bling buttons to pretty her up even more.

So what’s inside my pretty shabby box. . . why my ribbon boards of course!

Almost made to order . . . 16 boards fit inside perfectly.

Sometimes you just have to think outside the box and find items you can repurpose to suit your needs.

I think this little box will add a touch of shabby perfection to my studio. . . the added bonus is the lid will keep it all dust free too.

What do you think?

Hugs ~ Kerryanne


    Kerryanne you have completely outdone yourself. This is the most beautiful, stunning little box of treasure I have ever seen.
    Are you selling the boxes at all?? SO I can make one??
    Please pretty please??

  2. Just gorgeous! Great storage idea!

  3. Stunning!

    Soooo pretty and really bewautiful.

    Toni xx

  4. This is really gorgeous, and great idea for your ribbons!!!

  5. Well done, beautiful box !!!!
    Mirevan from Chambéry

  6. LOVE IT!!!!

  7. Gorgeous!!!!

  8. absolutely, positively gorgeous! So delightfully shabby, so pretty, and so practical all at the same time.

  9. Nice post
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  10. Dear Kerryanne, the treasure chest is so lovely,
    and thank you for sharing this great idea.
    I will have to go down to the craft shops,
    to see what I can find.

  11. I am working on my creative space now and this is such a fantastic idea!! Definitely pinning this!

  12. OH Kerryanne!!!! My jaw just dropped on my desk… how PERFECT is that chest??? You make it look so utterly beautiful… I’m going to have to make me one of those!!!!! Drop dead gorgeous. Stunning. Love it!
    Vikki (who is now drooling!) xxxx

  13. So lovely!!! *_*

  14. I am in love with it!! I can see something like that in purple just sitting on my desk waiting to be used 🙂

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