The blog has been a little quiet the last two weeks have been super busy getting ready for our yearly Christmas boutique here in Palm Desert. If you are in the area, we will be at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa tomorrow from 9am to 2pm! A few behind the scenes photos from the last week:
I’m so excited to launch a small trunk show line this coming spring for my tiny clothing line….but phew, SO much work. My biggest concern with branching out from my online store was that I had to come up with a way to better label my clothing so it meets FTC requirements. I don’t like putting any type of tag in Lil Blue Boo clothing for comfort reasons (Boo is pretty sensitive to anything with tags)…..so I came up with an easy way to silk screen all the information using little handmade “mini” screens:
I found these little $1.00 wood photo frames at my local craft store and knew right away that they would make the perfect little screens. I purchased about 20 frames and I ordered a pack screen printing fabric sheets.
Step 4: I applied emulsion to each frame using a tiny squeegee (the one I am using is from the Yudu line).
NOTE: You can find my entire photo emulsion silk screening tutorial here for all the details of this process because I am kind of glossing over a few details:
Now with a little ink and a tiny squeegee I can easily add my logo, size, Made in USA and all the care instructions to every piece of clothing!
It might seem daunting to make so many screens, but if you do it in an assembly line manner it isn’t as much work as you think. It took me one Nanny McPhee movie with Boo to stretch and glue all of these screens!
I helped Boo make some spray painted leggings this weekend….she was so excited to be the designer of her own clothes!
2 bottles of Simply Spray
A pair of white or light colored leggings
A stencil or doily
Note: The stencil is actually a “glimmer screen” from Tattered Angels. We have a bunch of these screens….the designs are great. But you could easily use a doily or some lace.
If you don’t blot your stencil in between layers you’ll get the big splotches like you see on ours as the paint drips off….but we happen to like messy happy mistakes. Let the front dry and then flip the leggings over to repeat on the back side. Simply Spray paint doesn’t need setting, just wait a few days before washing!
We mostly focus on the kids in the family for Christmas, but if we did exchange gifts among the adults here is what would be on MY list….a few things that made me go “I WANT that!!”
Recycled Kimono Shoelaces
I wear my sneakers all day long. I love that these laces are made from recycled kimonos!
Random Sky Lyrics Sundress by LWangsLife
I love layering….this would be so cute over shorts or jeans!
A T-Shirt Subscription to Tee-Cycle
A hand picked vintage t-shirt shows up in my mailbox every month? Sign me up!
Red Leather Wristlet from Eight Seasons
Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm
I’ve always wanted one of these, ever since I was a little kid…..I think it’s finally time
A beautiful photo shoot by Monika McSweeney Photography. Model Grace is wearing a recent limited edition Lil Blue Boo knit dress and ruffle pant set…..and trying to wrangle her adorable puppy for photos
The new year will bring many more small limited edition sets! Make sure to join the Lil Blue Boo Facebook page to be notified of upload times. We will also be introducing a small trunk show line in February so stay tuned!