Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Grandma Project: Lamp Shade

This will not be "pretty" but why lie to you all and make you think everything I do is all shiny and happy? It's still functional and that's pretty much all Grandma seems to care about :) Which takes the pressure off of me, thats for sure. 

Grandma's lamp shade had crumbled to bits, literally. 

And it was pretty much blinding anyone who sat nearby. 

I couldn't find a way to buy JUST the plastic shade at any nearby stores. 
So someone suggested I make one. Having never made one before, the result was something functional but kinda...janky...
I found a dish that was a similar shape of the original shade and used it for a support.

I then worked on cutting a piece of cloth the size that I wanted for the main section. I didn't care too much about the circle not being perfect because it was going to get covered anyway.

Realizing I needed more height on it, I put the whole set up on top of a vase and then a plate beneath that because the starch will drip, I imagine. 

Dipped the fabric in REALLY thick starch...probably too thick, don't think it should have chunks like that...I've never mixed starch before so how should I know. 

Drape, form and let dry

Next I took this pretty granny square (I wanted to incorporate my Grandma's talent for crochet)

I removed the flower

Dunked and draped. Had to use safety pins to get it to stay, it was pretty saturated.

I think it took at least a day and a half to dry. I also added some glue but that was a mistake, I never should have added it. It didn't make a difference and it just added a nasty whiteness to the shade. 

Then the REALLY fun part, as in not at all fun. When I went to reattach the shade, the plastic beneath began to crumble at the slightest touch. I couldn't actually screw the thing back in! So I had to bust out the duct tape. If I had forseen the issue maybe I could have gotten a color less...purple...but at least it looks good with red. 

This angle makes Grandma look like she has a lamp on her head :P which I actually didn't realize until I loaded it. Yay for tunnel vision! She likes it, it does the job. And honestly she was far more amazed that they have purple duct tape now. TA DA!

Friday, February 17, 2012

A Pretty Yellow Wreath

FINALLY! I made this. Simple, sweet and a lovely mustard yellow. I've got a lot going on so this is just a big of a braggy ISN'T MY WREATH CUTE?!?! I JUST LOVE IT! post. hahaha! Have a great weekend everyone!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Upcycled Toss Pillow

One of our toss pillows got a stain (oops!) 

But why toss the toss pillow (har har) when you can just upcycle it and cover the stain? Besides, Grandma's guest bedroom needs a toss pillow on the bed. So I measured out a strip of fabric...

Got my handy fabric mod podge

Coated one side and stuck it right over the stain.

Now for some cute factor! My Grandma does crochet, so I have been using random little elements of it throughout the room. I grabbed three granny squares and coated the back with the mod podge...

Stuck it right on top. Notice I gooped a lot on there because it's yarn and has lots of nooks and crannies. So to get it to really stick i put enough on there that it would seep in. 

Some corners gave me a little trouble so I used Liquid Stitch to tackle them. 

I layered like so...

And let it dry over night


It works out perfect and I quite happy with it. It has the main colors of the room (pink, maroon and gold) all in one, snazzy!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cheater Pants Gluten Free Banana Fosters Muffins

Jeez could that name get any longer? ha! :) This is why it's "cheater pants"

I added oatmeal and banana (not pictured here...obviously). 

I also substituted the rum flavor for the vanilla and added some cinnamon. 

My hubby is amazing and wrote it all down for me as I did it. Why can't he cook with me more often?! So much easier than wiping my hands off a billion times while i wing it...

Pop 'em into the oven for 10 min at 350 degrees


  • 1 box Gluten Free Cake Mix (Betty Crocker)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 tsp rum flavor
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • Follow instructions on box for baking in muffin tin :) 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Making Over: The "Kitchen"

Ok so we technically don't HAVE a kitchen, but we miss having one so we are making one. A mini one. It's very european of us! That's it, lets make this sound super classy...

Anyway, since I don't have counters yet, I decided to make over this metal...wall...thingy... what's this thing even called? seriously. I dunno but it's cute, i like the industrial look.  It used to hold a junk drawer assortment of crap. Now, it's life will be more meaningful as a container for silverware. 

To make the labels a little more fun, I decorated them. It's nothing that takes a tutorial, it's pieces of card stock paper cut to dimensions that will fit the slot. Then decorated in the colors I am using for the "kitchen."

I put the napkins in with the knives because the kitten would shred them if they are lower. 
So now they are knapkins (HA! because of the "k" label on the box, get it??oh I chuckle to myself...)

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