Crackle definitely can tone bright colors down. I used to use black paint and water to antique (not thinking that I should be using burnt umber) If you look closely the it almost looks like leather. I love that.
It's snowing! Looks like winter is finally here. I am literally sitting here in my funny knitted hat that comes over my ears and has a ball on top. I found that when I have a headache, keeping a hat on helps. LOL What? I know, a bit weird...but whatever, right?