Sock Mail!

Packages are starting to come in for our Bobbie Socks and Bows drive!  If you still need to mail your items we will be gladly accepting everything that comes in by August 15th for our first big shipment of white bows and socks to Three Angels Children’s Relief!  Thanks to everyone that has sent boxes so far! We are just starting to open them up and sort!  You are all so generous….the children will be so happy!

 

C-M-Y-Butterfly

It’s just us girls….so we took a walk tonight to pick up some dinner. Boo let me take a few photos of a new limited edition dress coming to the shop tomorrow:

She was so tired…..

 

….until she found the fountain at Ralph Lauren to play in:

 

 

I silk screened her dress in three different color butterflies….inspired by the CMYK color model. Look for this sweet little A-line tomorrow afternoon in the Lil Blue Boo clothing shop. It’s a 3/4 sleeve…..but the sample she’s wearing is a size larger than she usually wears:

 

 

Hope you are having a great Saturday!

 

DIY Lace Trim Shorts (A Tutorial)

How to add lace to shorts DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I saw these white lace shorts on Honestly WTF and loved them so much but wanted to make more of an everyday pair. To make mine I took a pair of white jean shorts I bought for our beach trip ($19 from Target) and some plain white crochet lace trim:

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Thrift Store Finds

Sometimes I’ll venture out in the morning for a donut and diet coke and 2 hours later I make it back with a few extra items….I can easily get side tracked into the small thrift stores nearby. Everyone thinks I often spend too much on some items….but I can’t pass some things up!

 

A flour sifter to hold pens and paintbrushes


 

An old globe to start teaching Boo geography. First lesson: Iraq where her Uncle Gene is stationed right now.

 

 

A vintage necklace that caught my eye:


 

 


Upcycling Broken China (A Tutorial)

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

 

Ever break a glass or dish you love? Happens here all the time…..and I can never bring myself to throw the pieces away. I always have big plans to one day make a big mosaic wall or table…..but in the meantime I’ve decided to use the pieces for some smaller projects. This jar holds every single piece of porcelain from a Tiffany vase I broke a few years ago:

 

How to make upcycled accessories from broken china via lilblueboo.com

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A Donut For Diesel

Our friend Bonnie dropped off a surprise present for Diesel today.

Now Diesel has everything he ever dreamed of….including a donut pet bed.

 

 

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Printed Scrap Ribbon Tag Toys (A Tutorial)

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

An easy toy for a baby, toddler or even a puppy! You could even make a large version for a throw pillow or “mini” versions for a baby mobile. You can use a freezer paper stencil, a screenprint, or even just a fabric stamp to make these. Just make sure to use non-toxic, ACMI AP approved water-based ink products that are made in the USA if it might go into a mouth!

Step 1: One you have a fabric print finished and ironed, place the fabric wrong sides together onto a piece of fabric for the back of the toy. Cut out the image with a 1-inch border surrounding it so that you have a front and a back:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: Cut various 3″ mismatching pieces of scrap ribbon.

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 3: On the front of the toy, fold each ribbon piece in half and pin in place as shown:

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 4: Add as many ribbon pieces as you prefer:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 5: Using a 1/4″ seam, sew all the way around the front of the toy to attach the ribbon.

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 6: Take out your pins and place the back of the toy face down onto the front. Sew all the way around using a 1/2″ seam and leaving a gap…..

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

….so that the toy can be turned right side out. (If you have curves in your design you will need to “notch” the seams before you turn it inside out so the edges look smooth)

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 7: Top stitch all the way around the toy using an 1/8″ seam and making sure not to close the gap yet….you’ll need to add stuffing:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 8: Add your choice of stuffing:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 9: Carefully fold under the open section of the toy and top stitch it closed:

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

To make a crinkle tag toy:

Cut a piece of cellophane or plastic packaging (like from a microwave popcorn package):

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Insert the cellophane or plastic flat up into the toy before closing:

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So many different designs and prints you can use!

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

And they look so cute!

 

Printed Scrap Ribbon Baby or Dog Tag Toys DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

 


Here are some other scrap ribbon tutorials to check out!

Scrap Ribbon Wallet or Clutch DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Scrap Ribbon Camera Strap DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

Last call for the Silhouette SD!

Silhouette is coming out with a new machine in the fall so they are having a special on the Silhouette SD! This machine will no longer be offered so it’s only available while supplies last! Use code: LILBLUEBOO to take advantage of this special!

Trip Treasures

We spent a wonderful week with family recently in Newport. I thought this post would be a great way to end the day today after the sad news. We have so many great memories from this trip last week:

 

 

Boo learned to make drip castles:

 

 

She walked with Daddy on the rocks:

 


Is anything more fun than watching kids play on the beach? Here is Boo with a few of her cousins and her Uncle Jason….and our big red tent in the background that Lisa let us borrow for the week:

 

 

On all of our past vacations it’s been tradition to bring home a rock:

 

 

But Boo now finds entire collections of things she wants to save…..shells, feathers, driftwood:

 

Now instead of a rock, she’ll have a jar of memories from each trip. I took a jar that I was going to recycle and spray painted the lid white……this way I can make all future jars match and coordinate.

 

A colored pencil and pen transforms a basic white label:

 

 

Boo filled her jar with all her treasures (after we aired them out for an entire day since I didn’t notice she collected a LIVE clam….rest in peace horribly-stinky-dead clam):

 

Trip treasures…..labeled and stored for years to come:

 

 

How do you store your treasures from vacations and trips?

 

 

 

Our Loss

Life can change in an instant. I always try to share both the good and the bad when I write, not because I want sympathy or attention, but because maybe my experience will help someone else out there.

 

 

There’s no easy way to say it…..we lost our baby.  It might seem strange to some of you, but I don’t have any questions about what happened.  I never think about what might have been.  As a family, we know everything happens for a reason and we are at peace with our loss.  Boo is comforted that our baby is with Grandpa in heaven now keeping him company.  We move forward and appreciate each other, our family, our health and many other blessings we have.

I’m feeling weaker than normal and it’s taking me longer than I thought to physically recuperate.  I’m trying to be good and rest but that’s the hardest thing for me to do….my instincts are to jump up and do something awesome and fun.

Yesterday, I opened up some mail from my mother and she had included a photocopy from a book based on scripture that was eerily perfect:

“Though many things feel random and wrong, remember that I am sovereign over everything. I can fit everything into a pattern for good, but only to the extent that you trust Me. Every problem can teach you something, transforming you little by little into the masterpiece I created you to be. The very same problem can become a stumbling block over which you fall, if you react with distrust and defiance. The choice is up to you, and you will have to choose many times each day whether to trust Me or defy Me.”

I don’t have much of a timeline for my life……if it’s God’s will we’ll have a sister or brother for Boo one day soon!

I remember what my Dad would want me to do….I choose joy.

 

 

 

 

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