Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Debbiedoo's Copycat Party

Hello Dear Ones,
I'm so thrilled to be joining Debbie at Debbiedoo's for her Copy Cat Party.
If you visit me much you're going to remember this from last week!
But it fits for the party so here goes...

I wanted to repost a craft I did a few years ago.
So many of us love our dishes and I just know you're going to love this.
Even though this issue of Romantic Home is no longer around, 
I still think you can go to town with my tutorial if you want to do it. 

I just love this magazine and drool over every page, don't you? 

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.
I was seeing the most gorgeous plate I'd ever seen?
I even dogeared the page so I would make sure I could find it again. I was so excited!!

Look at these! Aren't they so pretty?
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 on the back! 
Woo Hooness
I was about to go to town making fashion plates! :)

Popped in 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 these plates? 
Because I'm a Dishaholic and cannot help myself! :)

This is all you need to get started.
A clear plate, fabric, Mod Podge, Varnish and little spongy applicators.

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.
Let's get started:
You just set the plate down, right side up, 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, bum side down, on top of the glue smeared fabric. Flip the plate with the glued fabric over and place it food side down on a mixing bowl or something. I used an upside down plastic margarine tub and it worked very well. Now you just continue slapping on the glue 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 creamy 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's bum until you're fabric is looking smooth as a baby's bottom 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 good for my first time.

Let your glued up plate rest and dry over night. The next day carefully cut away the excess fabric from your plate round the rim.
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 work 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.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing my revisited tutorial.
If you make a dish or two like this, please let me know! :)

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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