Thursday 9 June 2016

My Love for Mangoes!

Hello crafty friends..
Welcome to my page today. I am still enjoying the lovely weather from my studio and  its been a pleasure working with the sun up during the day and evening showers just cooling it off!
So, I have a very cool altered project for today. If you are a mango lover, you will recognize this little fella that I am going to alter!
 Yes, it’s a mini wooden crate...I got it long, long ago, so long ago, god knows how long ago...BUT even then, I did not throw that crate away, lol! I knew it had a future and so yes...I remember it must be more than 13 yrs back that I received a mango sample in this and I am NOT a mango lover but definitely the packaging caught my eye!
So let’s start....
Step1- It was a very simple crate with some ordinary packaging wood but then it was sturdy; stayed up my attic for so many years, lol! I don’t remember, but looks like I had I had done some texture work with a ceramic cone on it and left it at that. So to cover up that, I painted the whole crate with gesso but the texture was still seen and I was not happy. I knew another coat was not going to make it any better and I dint have the patience to sand down the whole thing.
So I thought and finally decided to stick strips of paper from a magazine. Just plain white and black print and I decoupaged it all around with modge podge. I then inked the edges with lavender acrylic paint and gave a coat of varnish and let it dry.
Step2- This lovely floral napkin caught my eye and I thought was perfect for this project. I went about cutting 2 ovals from an old wedding invite, a thick one mind you. I then gave a coat of lavender acrylic paint and once that was dry, gave a coat of crackle medium, an Indian brand which was in my stash. Sadly, it is no longer manufactured! I love not so big cracks that I can achieve with this.
I tried applying it in 2 different directions on the base and when it was tacky, gave a top coat of white acrylic paint. Voila...the lovely cracks appear and I get to see the lavender color beneath. This is such a beauty and I managed them in different directions too!
Step3- I tore the napkin to fit the oval panel and stuck them using modge podge. I liked the fact that the cracks can still be seen through the napkin...a crafters delight! You agree??? I then worked on the edges with acrylic paint and then sealed the panel with Deco art Triple glaze. It took time to dry but I liked the final look.
Step4- I then fixed the panel to both the front and back of the crate and embellished them with tiny lavender pearls. 
A small tag with “hello” stamped and tied with the same lavender paper twine gives warm touch to the crate. A bunch of white roses when placed inside, gives life to the entire project!

I JUST LOVE IT! This is probably the simplest project that I have done till date, just 2 tones and nothing too fancy...a CAS altered project, lol and NOT Vintage!
Here is the back good as the front, lol!
Let me know what you think.
 I wish to say “hello” to following challenges with this...
Simon Monday Challenge- Summer garden
Country View Challenges- Crackle (love them)
Alphabet ch- G for girlie
Eclectic Ellapu- mid summer
All sorts Ch- Great outdoors
The Crazy ch- Bingo(twine, pearls, flowers)
More mixed Media- Ag with the optional twist of purple
Until my next Creative journey,
Happy crafting and recycling.



  1. I loved your CAS altered project Rupa,lavender just happens to be my favourite colour, love the magazine decoupage as well !!

  2. Looks Beautiful ! Simplest for you..cant imagine how much effort n time must have gone in cutting magazine strips n decoupaging it !

  3. a fabulous and awesome idea!
    Thank you so much for playing along with us at Alphabet Challenges!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  4. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  5. A stunning make over, it now looks to be useful for many things, CAS with a shabby chic style to it.

  6. So beautiful Rupa, i hardly use purple / violet shades so inspired seeing your project. love the delicate shading.

  7. wow! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge. Good luck.
    Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  8. Gorgeous project.
    Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Outdoors' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

  9. This is such a fun and fabulous creation! So creative! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  10. I just love the effect of the napkins over the crackle, and the whole piece is a lovely bit of upcycling. Sorry to have missed so much, but I'm off to have a wander round and catch up a bit!
    Alison x

  11. beautiful beautiful work Rupa and I am stunned and very excited that the crackle can be seen through the napkin - you've given me an idea my friend - thankyou! Thanks for joining in with our crackle challenge at CVC and good luck! Hugs rachel x