Unfortunately, when I tried to remove the packing tape that the store had used to attach the lid and scoop (incredibly slowly and carefully), the paint came off. To say I was upset is a gross understatement! It wasn't the money, it was the destruction of my "perfect" little container that brought me near to tears. The perfectionist in me considered tossing the bucket, but I couldn't part with my new purchase! I was, after all, in LOVE with its little pink cuteness.
After calling the store to inform them how their "packaging" had ruined my purchase and suggesting they use painter's tape from now on, I perched my little bucket on the file cabinet while it waited to be filled.
Oh yes, it was still CUTE, but the missing paint glared at me every time I entered the room!
The paint was missing most drastically from the side where the scoop hung. I had intended to turn the scoop toward the back anyway, but the tiny mark on the front still caught my eye. After weeks of staring at the damage, an idea began to niggle at my brain. A few years ago, while surfing the net, I discovered a very talented lady named Lucy and her wonderful blog, "Attic 24". Lucy's love is crochet and her designs are always so bright and HAPPY! My cheeks hurt from smiling every time I visit her blog! Generously, Lucy shares numerous free tutorials. One of her tutorials was for "Teeny Tiny Flowers". She had combined these teeny, tiny crocheted flowers and buttons to make an adorable brooch to wear on her coat.
The wheels in my head began to turn. Hmmmm...if I glued a magnet to the back of her "brooch" maybe I could use the little posy flowers to cover the damage on my bucket!
It took me multiple days to crochet the tiny flowers and leaves, but I am "thrilled" with how they add a pop of color and cuteness to my container...while covering the missing paint!
Even though the "back" of the bucket is facing my cubbies, I made a second brooch to cover the missing paint on the back. Who knows? Someday I may choose to showcase the tiny scoop as the front of my container!
Now, every time I walk into the room my eyes are drawn to the happy flowers! Thankfully my "heart" kept me from throwing away a perfectly good container; and the craftiness of the lovely Lucy made it all seem brand new! Now to buy the walnut shells...