Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fabric Covered Lamp- Tutorial

Ahhhh- our first official tutorial! So I'm officially obsessed with Mod Podge- it's a wonderful creation and I've been mod podging everything- my husband is a little scared- I can see it in his eyes. Anywho- the other day, I was organizing The Beasties playroom (for about the 50th time this year) and I noticed the sad little lamp sitting on their book case. It's from Ikea and the base is black and the shade is white. If you know me at all- that's so BORING!! So I decided to introduce the lamp shade to my new love- Mod Podge! The result? A super cute, girly lamp shade that looks awesome in their playroom. Check it out below!

Tape 4 pieces of scrap paper together (recycle baby!)

Set the shade to the edge of the paper and using a pencil, along the outside edge of the shade, trace the path of the shade as you roll it.

like this...
(like my posed hand? I'm not left handed...but I needed to be for the picture...)

It should look like this when you're done...

Cut out the pattern and lay it on your material (isn't this material super cute??)
(make sure the pattern is going the right way- I cut out two that were upside down...scrap pile!)

Cut it out leaving about 1/4 inch clearance on all sides...

Get your Mod Podge...hello love!

Using a nasty foam brush leftover from another craft (and apparently not washed in time...) smear the Mod Podge on your shade- one row at a time (so it doesn't dry on you) and adhere the fabric- rubbing it to get any air bubbles out.

Run some Mod Podge along the lip of the shade and fold the material over the edge.
(on a side note- I've realized I'll never be a hand model...)

Set the shade right side up and admire your work.

Attach to the lamp base and show all your friends- viola! You're done -go you!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

CrAfT rOoM!!

So the time has come- I finally have enough craft stuff to warrant my own space- yippee!! Right now it the youngest beasties room but she'll be 3 years old in 2 days (SOOOOOOOB!!) and will be moving in with her older sister. I'm a little scared of that- but I can cover that in another post (and therapy.) SO, I'll be using her room as my new craft space. I'm feeling a little guilty that I'm taking over the little ladies room, but I've been told that it's important for me to have my own space...especially a space where I can close the door. I'm SO excited- especially seeing that the space I have now looks like an episode of Hoarders- it's a scary, scary place and does not produce any creative juices what-so-ever...it's scary...really, really scary (have I said it's scary? Ask Kaitlin- she'll tell you- I could see her twitching last time I took her up there- she was itching to start organizing- that's how she rolls...) Anywho- the time has come and I'll be taking pictures along the way. Sarah over at create studio (one of my new favorite blogs, www.createstudio.blogspot.com) has a great craft room so I'm getting inspiration from her and a few other sources (like The Polka Dot Chair.) Stay tuned to see what will be created- it'll be a process, but I'm sure it'll be a fun one! Project #1- paint what is supposed to be a buffet but we used as a changing table. It's a light wood color now but I'm painting it white. Pictures to come soon!

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