Sunday, April 17, 2011

How to Decoupage a Light-Switch Plate with Fabric

My son's nursery needed a lightswitch plate, and me being me, I decided to decoupage it with scrap fabric leftover from the quilt I made him.  This is a super easy way to add some extra decor to any room, and it's very cheap.  You just need a plain flat switchplate and a piece of slightly larger fabric.

1. Coat the switchplate with glue.  I used Elmer's and I didn't dillute it with water or anything else.  I just squirted some on and used my finger to smear it all around covering the entire surface right up to the edges.

2. Apply fabric to the glue.  Don't worry about covering up the holes because you can cut those out later.  Fold the fabric around the edges.

 3. Apply more glue to the top of the fabric.  Once again I just squirted it on and used my finger to spread it everywhere.  Make sure you get the edges where your fabric folds around to the back!

4. Let it dry.  I put mine on the deck in the sunshine to speed up the process.  Once it is dry, you can punch the screws through the screw holes (the fabric will give easily now that it is hardened with glue). I poked a hole through the center with some scissors and trimmed the fabric back to make room for the lightswitch.

5. Now you can mount it on your wall!  I did mine so that the switch came through one of the skinny towers on the fabric.  This fabric matches a lot of the decor in my son's nursery.  Such a simple project!  

Friday, April 8, 2011

My First Quilt--Medieval Castle Peeps, and Matching Curtains


This is the first quilt I've ever made and it was a great learning expierience.  I made it for my soon-to-be-born son's nursery.  I used 8"x8" squares with 1/2" seam allowances.  The quilt is 8 squares by 8 squares making it approx. 56" across, which I suppose is a weird size but it was just a lot easier to work with a big square I decided.  I laid out my quilt simply with a paint program after finding some fabric online that I absolutetly adored.  Once I got the fabric I realized that it would be fun to add some orange and to make the top and bottom "border rows" out of quartered squares using some of my left over fabric.  This quilt is far from perfect and doesn't line up at every corner, but I love it anyways!
I decided to applique little windows on the castle and put the various medieval characters inside including kings and queens, peasants and lute players.  The back of the quilt uses this yellow fabric I found with orange fleur-de-lis's all over it and some larger sections of leftover fabric from the front.  I hand-sewed the binding down around the edges (which took forever but looks really nice) and tied the quilt using yellow yarn.  It may need more ties since I think 7" apart might be too far.
I then decided to make some matching curtains using our families crest as an accent.  I tried to make them replicate medieval banners with the scalloped top and quartered colors.  The crest is a circle with a griffin, and if I were to make it really accurate it would read "Grip Fast" on it.  I appliqued these pieces on and placed some opaque fabric behind them so that the griffins would show up better during the day since the fabric itself is pretty sheer.  My son's room is beginning to feel more and more like a knightly castle!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Screamland Available for Pre-Order!!

Hello lovelies! Today I want to plug the newest issue of Screamland. It's about all the funny, washed up lives of former film monsters who are all out of work thanks to CGI and green screens.

The book comes out on June 8th and is currently available for pre-order. After scouring the Internet we found the best deal out there. You can buy it here for only $1.94!!!

There are a couple interviews with the creators about the book available at Comicmonsters.com and Newsarama.com.

And yes, my husband, Lee Leslie, is the artist behind this project.  He is also the writer and creator of Rigby the Barbarian, so my love of comic book inspired projects and other nerdy things is a family affair.  The first volume of Screamland has already been published if you want to start from the beginning of the series, but the second volume definitely stands alone.  It's really funny!

You can also find Screamland on Facebook.  They'd love to have more "likes"!