My Li’l List: The Buckkie Boot

I wear 2 types of shoes: flip flops….or boots. I love these Buckkie boots by Steve Madden so much……I want them in every color! I love the feel of the leather, the height, the rugged straps….and that they are really reasonably priced.

 

And yes I’m wearing my favorite leggings.

Recycled Paper DIY Advent Calendar – Part 3 (A Tutorial)

My DIY Advent Calendar is finally finished! You can click here to see Part I (Days 1 through 6) and click here to see Part II (Days 7 through 15) .

I used the customizable advent shadowbox from Silhouette. The 25 compartment shadow box comes with 25 different box templates and 25 different drawer templates that the Silhouette will cut out onto any paper of your choice. You can use them to make a new advent calendar theme each year.

 

Doesn’t it look all pretty now that it’s finished! I can’t wait until tomorrow until Boo gets to start opening them up!

 

Here are the rest of the days I just finished up and what I filled them with:

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Photo of the Day: Where there’s a will….

….there’s a way.

You know you are craft obsessed when you aren’t feeling so hot and you work on a project in 10 minute shifts just because you want to finish it.

Seriously, I WILL finish this advent calendar in the next few hours. It’s the only thing I have on my “to do” list today.  I’ve set up a little station on the coffee table with a little spray painting station right outside the door. Now I have to run……because I’m using precious energy resources typing this post when I could be folding and gluing : )

The toy coffee from Boo on the table will give me more energy!


 

I know I’ve mentioned it before…..but I really like to make stuff.

Christmas Tree Photography with your DSLR (A Tutorial)

Christmas Tree Photo Tips via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

how to take photos of your christmas tree at night via lilblueboo.com

There is nothing worse than a Christmas tree photo taken with your FLASH, yuck! I have been dreaming of this photo since last year. Elle and her dog Kai in front of the tree, as we see it in real life. After a a little practice, I finally achieved it! This photo make me so happy.

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Photos of the Day: Anthropologie

I recently discovered that each Anthropologie store is responsible for coming up with their own displays…that makes me appreciate the displays so much more! Each store gets inspiration to work off of….but each store display is built individually by that particular location.

I watched our local store work on some of their displays recently. How cool is this wall made of crushed cans and floral shapes from metallic HVAC tape:

 

 

These huge hangings are made of spray painted burlap, foil and paper layered:

 

 

This huge chandelier was in the process of being made…..out of saran wrap! So cool!

 

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This is random but I thought this list was hilarious…..it is a few of the one-off Google searches that have brought people to my website in the past month:

pig felt
sorry you are having a bad day
making love to ashley
what is blue boo
i peed my pants
yay for poop
truck names
stirrup leggings
sardine can
i’ll eat you up
pumpkins with hair on them
met a dolphin and it said megan i’m saving your life

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Babble.com had the nicest article up today about Lil Blue Boo. (Mom, I know you wanted to read it so I’m linking it to the image below so you can find it! Just click the mouse on the picture.) I thought it was funny that they linked up Boo’s laser dance video.

 

 

XOXO,

Ash

 

Hand Stamped Leggings (A Tutorial)

 

These hand stamped leggings are so easy to make and a great gift idea for the holidays. I made this pair for Boo using a lightning bolt shaped stamp. (Click here to see how to make the stamp)

 

 

Here are the products I used:
$5 leggings from Target
Jacquard Fabric Paint (it’s the perfect consistency to go through the paint roller)

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Recycled Puzzle Stamps (A Tutorial)

Missing a puzzle piece from one of those nice wood puzzles? My OCD won’t let me keep it after that so……

 

……..I recycle the pieces into stamps! They are the perfect size and super sturdy.

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120 Donuts

Never a dull moment at Lil Blue Boo. My last update I managed to fit the words “laxative, beer bong, Grecian and Team Edward” all into one post and it all made sense. This time it’s: maxi pad, maternity jeans, mathematical equation and donuts. Yes, my blog is random…..you never quite know what I’ll be in the mood to write.

I had my chemo this morning at 8:30 am. Just a half pound of weight lost….I thought for SURE I’d gain weight after Thanksgiving. My butt is so flat and sad looking saying “feed me, puhllleeeaseee!” I reply: “I’m trying! But they can’t fit donuts in IVs!”

 

 

Lisa is sick with a bad cold so we are wearing masks around here today. My mask is from the Lucy Curci Center and is lightweight and comfortable….Lisa’s mask is from an apocalyptic nuclear war emergency kit, seriously, that’s Lisa for ya. I kept laughing because her mask was so thick and she kept saying:

“I feel like I’m wearing a maxi pad on my face!!!”

 

I worked my little tushie off this morning because I had some energy and I knew the chemo would kick in by afternoon. It felt really good to work for a while. This weekend Mr. LBB and our friend Chris and his son carpeted the outdoor studio. I really, really wanted to dig in and organize some things but didn’t quite have the energy.

Holy smokes…..I can’t believe the response to the Choose Joy bracelets today. Seriously. Floored. Tears. Speechless. More tears. Giddy. I ordered 2,000 bracelets thinking that they would last a few months……and we already sold more than 1,400 in the first few hours. Mr. LBB and his assistant Bonnie had the bracelets at work today sorting and packaging. I’m going to have to get more help just to ship bracelets out! I feel like it’s my dad’s parting gift to me…..something I can really use to try and make a difference….all from a tiny piece of paper he left behind in his office. That gives me chills. Thank you so much for wanting to spread this message.

 

I’ve got this new project I wanted to start. I’ve gotten emails, unexpected packages and encouragement from so many of you….it just blew me away. In a way it’s made me feel guilty that I’m sucking up too much kindness and encouragement from the earth and that I need to find a way to deflect it to others that need it.  Every once in a while I consciously go out one day and before I come home I have to do something nice for someone….something.that is unexpected. I’ll pick a day soon and make it a day that we can all do something unexpected for someone else on the same day. Hopefully it will keep going on a daily basis! At night I brainstorm ideas and keep lists:

Take extra coupons to a store and hand them out to others who didn’t bring them.
Go out of the way to tell a manager about how great a waiter/waitress was.
Help someone who seems to be struggling with their groceries.
Bring in the neighbors trashcans.
Buy coffee or breakfast for the person behind you in line.
Write a short note to someone who has had a hard time recently.
Smile at the person ringing up your purchases and ask how their day is.
Drop off a new journal and a new pen to someone who could use some reflection.
Offer to organize a friend’s kitchen cabinets.

Every little thing that has been sent in the mail has been so appreciated. I hope many of you won’t mind if I share them with others who need some joy and encouragement. I don’t need one material thing. But the kindness and generosity you’ve shown me has given me the opportunity to share with others and I thank you for that from the bottom of my heart.

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I do want to share one delivery that will make you laugh. If you’ve followed me for a while you know my obsession for donuts (heck, I have an entire series devoted to donuts called The Donut Chronicles). After returning from Thanksgiving, we found 10 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts had been hand delivered to our front door…..personally delivered by CEO Jim Morgan. The king of donuts?!? At my front door?!? And I wasn’t here?!? (If you happen to read this Mr. Morgan, thank you so much…..I’m not sure The Donut Chronicles can ever top this. I think it might have to retire.) My dad knew so many wonderful people and Jim is one of them. My dad’s legacy pops up in some way every single day…..even through donuts. That’s something we’ll remember forever “remember when I was going through chemo and had 120 donuts delivered to the front door?” Minus the dozen we ate ourselves, we had fun hand delivering the rest of the donuts to friends and family and neighbors. If I wasn’t going through chemo though I can guarantee you I would have eaten an entire box myself.

 

 

Highlight of my day? Wearing jeans! The chemo makes my skin so sensitive that it makes it impossible to wear normal pants/jeans with my huge incision so I ordered a pair of Gap Maternity jeans (the only ones long enough for me!). The butt needs to be taken in just a bit but they rock. The huge elastic band covers my scar perfectly and I can tolerate it. So I might need a few more pairs to tide me over the next few months!

 

 

My levels continue to go down. I did a mathematical equation and the way the numbers have been it looks like I’ll be doing chemo into March. Maybe next week will be a huge drop and it will change my calculation : ) Angie was the closest with her guess last week in the pool with 1999! I need to find a little prize around here for her. Put in your guess for next week…..it’s my chemo pool….I’ll make chemo fun somehow!

 

Before I sign off tonight….I want to share someone special with you. I’m so moved and inspired by a woman named Jenny Swett. She found out in 2009 that she had breast cancer and then it spread to her liver, her brain and her bones. Jenny is undergoing additional radiation soon and once that is done she’ll start hospice. She is such a pillar of strength for me. I pray every night for a miracle for her and her family and hope you will too. We were introduced by her mother online and I know we were meant to be friends. You can read her and her mother Debby’s updates here.

“I have to say though, I’m not scared. I’m really, not. I feel like I was chosen to live this and I honestly look at it that I was given a gift to learn what most people learn in half the time, if at all. It was also a gift to be given this time to learn to live in the moment and accept life for what it is. The thing is, we make it so complicated. Life is simple, it really is.”

-Jenny Swett

 

Life IS simple, it really is. Thank you Jenny.

Love to you all.

Choose joy!

Ash

The Choose Joy Page

Please check out the new Choose Joy page today! I’m so excited about it and I’ll keep adding inspirational quotes and links as I go. Please share any quotes and inspirational sites you think might help others! Click the image below or the link in the menu bar up top:

 

 

Stenciled $1 Coaster Sets (A Tutorial)

I used  Martha Stewart holiday stencils and metallic paints to make some easy holiday coasters. The coasters came as a set of 6 from the dollar store! The metallic paints make the coasters festive and sophisticated.

 

The holiday kits are great because they cover a range of holidays….not just one:

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