Monday, October 13, 2014

bewitching switches

As I always say, with simple substitutions all of my projects can be made to look very different. So to prepare for an upcoming book signing and Halloween tinkering event at a Barnes & Noble I thought, why re-invent the wheel? Let's make projects from my first book Tinkered Treasures but use a different palette.

I began by gathering favorite materials such as bakers twine, millinery forget-me-nots and paint chips, along with pretty papers of course, but in shades of orange, gray and black over my usual yellow, pink and aqua.

I decided to revisit a few projects that seemed especially suited to Halloween, like these pretty favor boxes tinkered from paint chips.

See! Not scary at all and ready to hold all kinds of small tricks or treats!

Use printed text to alter the pretty clothespins project...

into handy holders with holiday messages. Try a fun font at about 14 point, print-out and see how it lines up on the clothespin. You might need to do a few tests. Once you have the sizing you like, just affix with glue stick and trim to fit! Finish with a light coat of decoupage medium (or not) and let dry.

And add a little pumpkin spice to your October 31st with the cupcake flags and bunting project in the colors of Halloween.

Leave it to Lecien to have a pretty floral fabric with an orange background!

If you're in the area, stop on by to make the favor boxes with me. I may use this event as an excuse to buy that tutu I've always wanted!

{If your Barnes & Noble doesn't have my books on the shelf, just ask at the Information Desk and they can easily order them from the warehouse, or order online here or from your favorite bookseller.}

Happy October wishes!