Sunday, March 8, 2009

Blue Monday and Met Monday(update on finishing)

Hello Dear Ones and welcome to another Blue and
Met Monday! Blue Monday is hosted by our Sally at
Smiling Sally and Met Monday is hosted by our Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

Today I'm combining the two. Please go visit both of
these Sweet Ones to see much Blueness and more

I just love this magazine and drool over every page, don't you? See the Blueness, Sally? :)
While flipping through the articles I saw this...Fashion Plates! Plates? Did I just read the word PLATES? Well, Dear Ones, I was going to have to look more closely at this little article. Isn't that the most gorgeous plate you've ever seen? I had dogeared the page so I would make sure I could find it again. I was so excited!!

Look at these! Well, let me tell you, I was about to put on my craftiness. These plates are just clear glass plates that have been decoupaged with fabric! Woo Hooness! I was about to go to town making fashion plates! :)
Went to WalMart and bought a set of these clear dishes for around $15! Do I need more plates? No! Then why am I about to decoupage more plates? Because I'm a Dishaholic and can not help myself! :)
This is all you need to get started.
Now I sew, so I have lots of fabric. But I needed to decide which pattern I would use.
Okay, I picked this pretty flowery fabric (see the Blueness, Sally?) You just lay the plate down on top of the fabric with the right side of the fabric facing up and draw around it adding about 1 1/2 - 2 ". I probably added more since this was my first time.
By the way, I'm using a large clear platter I already had for this Fashion Plate.
Oh, this was so much fun. I felt like a little kid playing in the glue. You just take the little sponge brush and start applying the decoupage glue. The instructions said to apply it liberally. I think I got a little too liberal with it. :) Then you place the plate down on top of the glue smeared fabric with it's bottom to the glue. Flip the plate with the glued fabric over and place it plate side down on a mixing bowl or something. I used an upside down plastic margarine bowl and it worked very well. Now you just continue slapping on the glue now to the wrong side of the fabric until you've covered the entire bottom of the plate. Here's the fun part - you use your dainty fingers and starting in the middle of the plate's bottom, rub your fingers across the plate all the way to the end of the fabric. You're getting out the air bubbles and smoothing out the fabric. You do this over the entire plate until you're fabric is looking smooth and you don't see any more air bubbles. I did pretty well, but by putting on so much glue there were places that lumped up a bit. But it turned out pretty well for my first time.

UPDATE! I'm so silly and forgot to tell you how to finish these puppies! Let your glued up plate rest and dry over night. The next day carefully cut away the excess fabric from your plate. Like I said, I haven't put the varnish on the back, but I'm sure this would seal any loose edges of the fabric!
Lookee!! Isn't it beautiful! I just love it! You're supposed to paint on the liquid varnish to the backside of the plate. Well, I haven't done that yet! But you can actually use this platter, just wipe off the surface. You surely wouldn't put it into your sudsy sink or your dishwasher. No no Nannette!
Forgive me, you can see the plastic tablecloth I used! I had to protect my table!! :)
Now I'm on to the four dinner plates and the salad plates. Again it was hard choosing the right fabric - but I'm thinking 'spring' so I went with this sweet little yellow rosey print!
Isn't it just the sweetest dinner plate you've ever seen? By this time, honey, I was getting really good at this! I'm so creative! :)

Now I was on a roll...time to play in the glue and fashion my little salad plates! Ta Dah!!

Oh, be still my heart! Is this not the cutest little plate you've ever seen? You can even see my crocheted runner through it. This little plate is so very light and fluffy!! :)

See how they look together? Oh, I am truly loving this! I've made Fashion Plates and you can to!!
I am just so amazing, don't you think? :) You know I'm kidding! This was so much fun and I'm sure I'm going to do it again.

Now make sure you go and visit our Blue Sally and our Transformation Susan!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

The Great Pretender

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender
Pretending that I'm doing well
My need is such; I pretend too much
I'm lonely but no one can tell.

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender
A drift in a world of my own
I play the game; but to my real shame
You've let me to dream all alone.

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal.

Oh yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I'm not; you see
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around.

Too real is this feeling of make believe
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal

Yes I'm the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown
I seem to be what I'm not you see
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around
~ sung by The Platters