Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pins and tacks...

A stroll down memory lane today with projects from books gone by..........
Sequin Candles 

 There's just something about a T-pin, push pin, ball point pin or thumbtack that just makes me want to create.  I dig ball point pins because of the the colors and they just make sewing more fun.  I like thumbtacks because they're shiny and you can get 250 for 99c AND they come in gold and silver.  Mostly I like them because they are perfect in their design.  These projects are to inspire and all come from my book Dollar Store Decor.  This was one of the first books I wrote and as I've grown as a designer I've used these techniques as starting points for many other projects.  I  hope they spark your creativity.

Thumbtack cabinet door desi
CABINET DOORS IN MY NEW YORK CITY APARTMENT. Since I couldn't leave the white cabinets alone and I didn't have a lot of cash,  I painted all the cabinets this dark green and went to town with the thumbtacks.  I got the brass handles at the 99c store, too by the way.  It was a project which cost in total about 12 dollars.  The neighbors weren't too happy with me since I do my best work at night.  

Thumbtack Table
THUMBTACK TABLE:  This table was left over from a shoot from Cosmo Girl! Magazine when I was an editor there so I used the silver thumbtacks to spruce it up a bit.  I would be much more adventurous now though.  I might even paint a pattern on it and then surround it with the tacks?  Who knows?  I'm curious to know what you would do?

Padded Headboard with Thumbtack design
 THUMBTACK HEADBOARD:  This project couldn't be any easier.  You can either embellish an existing headboard with a design of your choosing OR you could cover a piece of plywood with batting and fabric and then go nuts with the thumbtacks.  Either way, they add a little sparkle to a room, don't you think?

Picture 4
Why not try really clustering them together in a shape?  I think that could be really fun!  Just make sure to use some needle nose pliers to hold them in place first.  This way you won't get a sore thumb. 

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