Sunday, September 29, 2013

Star Wars in September - Star Wars Toy Box

Fender is lucky to have this great little nook in his room under his window.  I wish there were more little quirky corners in our house like this!  I've been dreaming of a toy box/reading nook and dC made it happen!  And yes that is Darth Vader playing the drums with light sabers on Fender's shirt.

Here's the area before...

And here it is after!

All that was needed was a little Star Wars of course so I bought a bunch of his favorite fabric and got out my glue gun.  Sandy Renfrow would be proud!  (I say this because as a child every dance costume she made, she hot glued together while I wore hot pads underneath!)  Instead of sewing on a zipper and getting all fancy, I just glued the fabric onto the foam like I would if I were wrapping a package. 

Using his other pillow case from his bedspread I appliqued "May the Force Be With You" using the same technique as the Boba Fett bag.  That way he can stretch out and get comfortable while reading!
dC scored this original copy of the Star Wars soundtrack on vinyl at the thrift shop for $1.  The inside has lots of great photos from the movie. 

We're not completely done with the transformation of his room - it's definitely a work in progress!  Thanks for spending this month of Star Wars with me!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Star Wars in September - Dath Vader Bedspread

When Fender told me he wanted a Star Wars room the first thing we did was look for a bedspread.  The bed is such a major focal point in a kid's room that it is the easiest thing to change.  As we shopped around for bedspreads we found a lot of ugly Star Wars ones out there.  They were also pretty pricey, so I bought Fender a plain bedspread and did my own Darth Vader version!

I used my new favorite technique for simple fabric applique just like I did on Fender's Boba Fett bag.

Besides the one on the pillow case, I also added one at the foot of his bed.  And since his bedspread is reversible, I can flip it over, fold it back and have it two different ways.
But Fender likes it all black.  He says he likes it on the "dark side." 
Click on the picture above to see how I made the Darth Vader mini-figure jar topper!
Who knew Darth Vader could be so snugly!
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Star Wars in September-Boba Fett Bag

This is one of the smaller projects I've done in Fender's room to make it more Star Warsy (that's a word I promise!).

Boba Fett is one of the more obscure characters in Star Wars and only has a few lines in the last two movies, but his bounty hunting armor is so recognizable - especially his helmet.  I wanted to jazz up Fender's room with his image so I put it on a toy bag!

When you buy a new set of sheets, they often come in a cloth drawstring bag.  Fender always steals them and fills them with whatever he's playing with that day, so I stole it back and put Boba Fett on it.

Here's how I did it:

I printed out an image of Boba Fett and traced it onto the paper side of some double-sided iron-on interfacing.

Iron the fabric onto the other side of the interfacing using a towel or pillow case as a barrier between the paper and the iron.

Then cut out the image and carefully peel off the interfacing paper.

Place the image on the bag with the interfacing side down.  Using your iron on the lowest steam setting and a wet barrier (I usually wet down a pillow case), hold the iron on the image for 15 seconds. I do it in sections until the whole image has been appliqued.

Let it cool and your Boba Fett bag is ready to rock!
Perfect for carrying your extra light saber!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Our New Headboard

dC made us a new headboard and nightstands (quite awhile ago now - I think April?) and it's taken me this long to pull our bedroom together enough to photograph his work!  He's a gem!  I think I'll keep him!

 I made this wreath from all of our many trips to the beach.  I get there with an empty bag and leave with a full one.  I love drift wood - I have many memories attached to the coast where I grew up.

More of my collection...

I love the driftwood stain he did on all of it! 
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Star Wars in September - At-At in the Snow Lamp

Here's another one of the projects I've been working on in Fender's room.  It's becoming a regular Star Wars haven in there!

Presenting the At-At in the Snow Lamp! 

I know, I know!  I'm mixing Hoth with Dagobah!  For me as long as it's classic Star Wars (no new episodes here!) we're ALL GOOD!

Here's how I did it:

dC had an old broken lamp that he was going to toss, and of course I kept it to re-purpose it!  He spray painted the drab old brown lamp silver.  I love Krylon's aluminum!  It makes anything look shiny and new!

I cut out an At-At and covered the back-back with Mod-Podge to make it tacky on the back.  When it was almost dry, (you don't want it to permanently stick just temporarily) I stuck the At-At to the side of the lamp, making sure to smooth out all of the edges and getting all of the small details to stick.

Then I spray painted white over the stencil.  When the white was dry, I removed the At-At.  I wanted it to look like it was walking through the snow-snow! 

Here are some of the other areas in his room that I've added:

I let Fender have my Yoda from when I was little.  Unfortunately he has lost his walking stick and cloak throughout the years.  But he's still an original!

I cannot wait to show you what else we've been up to in Fender's room!  I'll see you next week!

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Mason Jar Hanging Light

Well, if you know me at all, you know I love canning and thus LOVE mason jars!  From pickles and jam to storage and dispensing - I even use them to make corn dogs!  dC made us a new bedroom set, which I'll share next week, and I wanted to add a little something in the realm of new lighting to the room.  Here are the Mason Jar lights that I made!

At first I was just going to sit them on the bedside tables, but the unfiltered light through the glass is almost too much right next to your face.


So I simply hung the lights from the headboard so that they are shining down on each side of the bed.
Perfect for reading!
Here's how I made them:
I started with my favorite "Mason Star" jars, a $5 light switch cord, and small light bulbs. 
Here's the light switch cord - this can basically be used to turn anything into a light!
With tin snips I cut a small notch in the lid - just big enough for the cord to fit through when the lid was tightened.
With an awl and a hammer I punched holes around the top of the lid to let any warm air escape when the light is on.  Don't need any glass shattering!

Then I put the light bulb where I wanted it to be inside the jar and screwed the jar rim in place! 

Can't wait to show you the new headboard and night stands dC made for us!

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