If you can read this…..

An adorable photo taken by Lisa over at Ellebows of her daughter. Dress by Lil Blue Boo, Hat by ElleBows. What is the secret to getting children to stand still for a camera? If you know it, please share it with me!

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She has more photos posted over on her blog today…I just wanted to share one.

Now back to work….I’ve got a bunch of projects to finish!

Lil Blue Boo on TV!

Lil Blue Boo was on the local KPSP news this morning! I woke up at 4am to head down to the news studio to talk about my blog and how moms and families can save money by being creative! I’m so glad McDonald’s was open….I was worried I wouldn’t be able to get my biscuit and diet coke beforehand. Waiting for my 6:23 am slot was slightly comical at times…I’ve never been in a news studio…at one point I was admonished for standing in the background while they were filming a segment and then I went to the restroom and got stuck on the other side of the camera not knowing where to go.

Here is Stella (the morning news anchor) telling the audience about the 99 cent placemat clutch. …..it was a hit among the staff:

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Showing how t-shirts can be made into simple “t-shirt pants” and “t-shirt skirts“:

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Showing some of my Lil Blue Boo dresses made from recycled knits:

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It was a short segment and afterwards I couldn’t even tell you what I said. As soon as I got in my car I had calls and texts from all my supportive friends and family who had woken up WAY early just to watch! My husband said that Sienna cried when she saw me on TV…..my sentimental child. I came home and watched the whole segment with my hands covering my eyes…..I wasn’t as bad as I thought I’d be!

Thanks Stella, Ria and KPSP for featuring me!

East Coast Cutie

This is a portrait commission I finished in early December for a family living in North Carolina. It was a Christmas gift from the boy’s grandparents.

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It’s a tough job painting such a beautiful child but someone has to do it….

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Closeup of vintage handwriting:

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I remembered to take a few photos of the process this time. I am a very messy painter. I paint the image, then paint layers over it. Then sand it down….

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…..repaint the image in different shades of dark and light, then paint more layers on top….and repeat about 30 times.

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To see more of my commission work click here for recent work or visit my painting website here.

Wear Gloves

Just a little reminder to myself: I always make a mess. I’m not sure why I thought it would be different this time.

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So tonight I have to go out with pink and purple fingers…..

A Handmade Christmas…..

…..a sample of items I made for friends and family:

A nursery painting for my little niece Cari due at the end of January…..

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…..whose bedroom is decorated in two shades of pink and zebra print.

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My sister-in-law Carolyn loves zebra print….so this fabric was perfect for a little outfit too: [Read more…]

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

I’m just finishing up a few last minute gifts today and we are getting ready for church and then a family dinner tonight! My parents flew in from Florida. They just recently returned from China so they are all decked out in silk pajamas and fake LV. What do you want to bet that I’m probably getting fake LV for Christmas? LOL! My husband’s family is coming over at 7am tomorrow morning to open some gifts and then they are heading to Orange County where my sister-in-law is on bed rest (due in January).

Here is our Christmas photo from our card this year….taken at my sister’s wedding in November! Remember the matching purple dresses?

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We are having a mostly handmade Christmas. Hubby and I headed out to Target and Toys R Us last night for a few gifts and stocking stuffers. There was barely anything left on the shelves! Don’t tell Mr. Lil Blue Boo…..but he is getting underwear, shaving cream and some chocolate covered peanuts from Santa! He’ll be thrilled!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Mr. and Mrs. Lil Blue Boo and Boo.

Wine Cork Stamps

How to make mini stamps from wine corks via lilblueboo.com

The SYTYC Contest is on hiatus this week. I still have to come up with a project by tomorrow for next week! Here was my submission last week for the “mitten” theme: little matching mitten cork stamps. It didn’t get the most votes but I am still in the game! I used them to create some stationary for a Santa letter….


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….and a simple piece of artwork for our guest room night table.


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Wine corks are the perfect size for making miniature stamps. (click here to see some others I have made.) I start by slicing off one end of the cork so that I start with a perfectly flat surface:


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And cut straight down around the edges of the shape:


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And then carefully cut and chip off the pieces from the sides:


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Then just dip them in some paint and stamp away!

Snowglobe Shirt – Tutorial

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When I was little I had such a fascination with snow globes…….I imagined a tiny enclosed living world inside.

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This was my submission for the “snow” theme in the SYTYC contest a few weeks back. I personalized it for a friend’s daughter which I think makes it a special gift idea. I used some remnants of the snow white fabric I had for it but you can use this tutorial to make a shirt in any theme you want.

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To make something similar you will use the following techniques: freezer paper stenciling, fabric paint, fabric pens, applique and iron on transfers. The key is layering all the different techniques in the same order!

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Step 1: I traced a round globe shape…..

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……and sketched a base.

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Step 2: I sketched out the location of the globe on a t-shirt using a disappearing ink pen.

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Step 3: For the clouds, I sketched the cloud shape on a small piece of freezer paper and cut them out. (I use a razor blade for this but I recommend using an exacto knife for safety).

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Step 4: I placed the cloud stencil on the the globe and ironed to adhere it to the fabric. (Click here for more details on freezer paper stenciling).

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Step 5: Paint your clouds using fabric paint (I prefer Jacquard brand, it washes well and is soft) and let dry.

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Step 6: I took a scrap of themed linen fabric…..

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….and applied fusible web to the back of the castle and to part of the linen with no print on it for the snowglobe base.

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Step 7: I cut out the castle and base shapes (with fusible web now on the back) and treat the edges with fray check or thread glue.

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Step 8: I placed the snow globe base and castle onto the shirt (after peeling off the back paper from the Wonder Under….

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…..and ironed them on according to instructions.

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Step 9: I used a ready-made ornate iron-on transfer…..

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… to decorate the base of the snowglobe.

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Step 10: I stitched all the fabric shapes to the shirt to secure them.

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Step 11: I used a black Fabric Mate pen to draw in some snowflake shapes and to add an initial to the flag (also a fabric applique) flying above the castle.

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Step 11: I applied safe rhinestones as the last embellishments.

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Step 12: I cute a “globe” from clear vinyl PVC (you can find this is the table cloth cover section of your fabric store) and stitched it on top of my snowglobe.

Note: Vinyl is VERY hard to sew because it grips the foot and the machine. Try placing a piece of tracing paper in between the machine and the vinyl when sewing. It will rip cleanly off when you are finished and you can see through the tracing paper as well so you can see what you are sewing!

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Step 13: I printed out the personalized message on iron-on transfer paper. Make sure to print your image in reverse! I always come up with something generic to print on the rest of the paper so I don’t waste any like clothing labels or size labels.

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Step 14: Cut out your image to transfer and iron onto twill ribbon. Treat the edges of the ribbon with fray check or thread glue. (I also like to print several different sizes just to make sure one of them is the perfect fit!) Stitch your personalized label to the front of the globe base!

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One finished snowglobe! Just make sure to wash on gentle cold and lay flat or hang to dry!

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Please feel free to email me if you have questions!

How To Prepare for The Princess and The Frog

Wear your frog prince dress……

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…..and crown your frog.

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Sienna and I played outside in the beautiful weather this morning (letting Mr. Lil Blue Boo sleep in).

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Her grandparents are picking her up to take her to the movie this morning. The dress is a hit and so are all the frogs we made. Nothing makes me more happy than to see her excitement about handmade things.

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Sienna caught some flies and brought them to the photographer to eat.

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I’m only going to be screening a few more frogs so I think I’ll just do some custom orders for dresses if anyone is interested so I don’t end up making random sizes (just convo me through Etsy).

If you want to make a frog prince and crown check out my two tutorials! Great gifts for Christmas!
The Beanbag Frog Prince Tutorial (with Download)
A Crown for the Prince Tutorial

The frog is actually a font by Pixel Farms. I love all their little creatures. I redrew the frog to make his mouth smaller and added toes and a crown.

You can make the frog prince yourself if you want. I use the screenprinting kit from Dharma Trading. See my screenprinting 101 tutorial here. I’ve attached the edited graphic from my previous post below. Just make sure to link back if you use it. Thanks!

How To Prepare for The Princess and The Frog screenprint tutorial via lilblueboo.com