Photo of the Day: Monologues

It was pretty hot here this weekend.  The first big wave of hot. The air conditioning was broken at church today….everyone was using their bulletins as fans. I told Mr. LBB just to stay as still as possible so he wouldn’t exert any energy and therefore might remain cool.

We went out to eat last night and walked around the shops on El Paseo. Boo was the comic relief at Tommy Bahama’s.  She just cracks me up sometimes….I wish I had a recorder 24/7 to keep track of her little monologues.

“Cavemen had to wear really dirty clothes. Even at night! They weren’t scared of anything. I’m scared of some stuff…(pause)…like bees. Did you know all the dinosaurs are dead? There are some people under the ground that can find them though. Just their bones.” -Boo

 


The Racerback Tunic/Dress ePattern

A brand new knit sewing pattern just in time for the warmer months: the Racerback Tunic/Dress!

Some reviews from our testers!

There is only one person I’d ever imagine testing a pattern for at 10 PM at night. LBB patterns rock and they’re always a quick and easy sew! – Chrystyna J.

This pattern is simple, fast, and absolutely adorable. An instant favorite. – Megan H.

In true LBB fashion….this pattern is simple and precious! Pure AWESOMESAUCE! – Melanie B.

 

Photo credit Katherine Ewald of Bebe Gear

 

Photo credit Katherine Ewald of Bebe Gear

 

The Racerback Tunic/Dress ePattern & tutorial includes:
: 11 pages of easy to follow step-by-step complete sewing instructions
: 10 pattern pages which include separate patterns for sizes 12-18M, 18-24M, 2T/3T, 3T/4T, 5/6, 7/8, and 9/10

The pattern pages print out directly from your computer onto regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper and there are guides for attaching them together.

 

Click here to purchase the new Lil Blue Boo Racerback pattern!

 

Happy Sewing! I hope to add a tween/adult sized version of this pattern soon!

Photo of the Day: Stay in the Lines

Everyone has their quirks…..one of mine is not being able to just walk across a queue line. Even if there’s no one in it….I feel like I have to walk all the way through the maze….and I’ll try to direct everyone else through it correctly too.

What’s your pet peeve? besides being made to walk all the way through an empty queue……

Men Oh Paws Uhl

Well, I got the results of last week’s tests back.  I’d been hoping that my eggs would be okay to donate for a surrogate one day…..or that at least it would be an option…..but the doctor doesn’t think they are viable anymore. The chemotherapy has caused me to go into pre-menopause. It was all foreshadowed by insomnia and night sweats. Here’s what went through my head all day:

 

My poor eggs.  They were nuked. Maybe I should get some second opinions before I have a funeral for them?

I’ve been in denial about it…..just thinking the past few months that they’d be okay and surrogacy might be in the cards for us at some point.  There were some tears today…..but another part of me is at peace knowing that God obviously has another plan for us. I’m supposed to start estrogen patches this week but my mom wants me to look into natural progesterone too…..she’s read a lot of books on how synthetic hormone replacement can cause side effects and increase the risk of cancer. Great…..an increased risk of cancer….what would that mean for someone who already HAS cancer. The whole hormone thing makes my head hurt.

You know what I do when sh*t happens? I make something. I finished up a new pattern today and sent it out for final testing. Yay! It should be available in a few days once all the kinks are worked out. Then I drew an obstacle course with chalk in the driveway for Boo. Boo made us all laugh so hard tonight when she was walking down the hall with lotion all over her and turned to my mom and said “can you pull my shorts out of my bum please?”

Yes dear…..I can pull your shorts out of your bum.

 

Photos of the Day: Channeling Martha

My mom is still here visiting….if you remember she shaved her head before I cut all mine off in January….and she has a wig that she wears out sometimes. I put it on for fun today. I felt like I had a Martha Stewart haircut……or maybe Paula Dean? I think the only wig for me is the Leeloo blue wig…..maybe because it’s “un-sophisticated”?

 

Here’s my mom with it on…..so she’s obviously a lot tanner than I am! It looks GREAT on her!

So….I got my HCG levels back today. Still at 2. I guess hopefully I’ll be at 2 forever!  My new OBGYN said I should be at zero but I’m over that.

Oh my gosh…..I started crying at Costco today. I was all excited to finally get some prescriptions filled…..the ability to cross something off my to-do list……and as soon as I handed them over to the pharmacist she looked a little hesitant.

Me: What’s wrong?
Pharmacist: The doctor didn’t put the date on the prescription so we can’t fill this.
Me: Ugh….well can we call the doctor or have them fax something?
Pharmacist: That won’t work, we have to have it physically rewritten.
Me: Why don’t I just fill in the date…..
Pharmacist: Yeah, that won’t work either…..the handwriting has to match.
Me (in tears): So I have to drive across town pick up a new prescription and then come back to fill it?

Ok….across town is only 15 miles…but it was the principle of it. The pharmacist was as nice as could be. I felt bad for getting emotional because then she felt bad. I think I would have been okay if the nurse at the doctor’s office had been at least a little apologetic that they had made a mistake….but instead the nurse acted like I was inconveniencing her. I’m pretty sure that this prescription won’t get filled for another month or so……

From now on I’m carrying a pen that matches my doctor’s pen.

A T-Shirt Quilt (A Tutorial)

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I made my first memory quilt…out of Boo’s old dresses! I’m sure there are many of you out there that are quilting experts, and that there are certain ways of doing things the “quilting” way….but I wanted to take a fresh look at quilting and make it up as I went along.  I love that each square tells a story! Boo can point to each square and remember a special outfit she had and a memory associated with it!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 1 via lilblueboo.comm

 

I love the way the quilt turned out. It’s sturdy, double sided, and full of memories….it’s upcycled/recycled!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of actually t-shirts I took Boo’s dresses from the last few years…..all the ones that I’ve made for her. Most are pretty worn out and had some stains on them…..so they couldn’t have been sold or donated.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com

Each dress has special memories and instead of putting the all into storage I decided to cut them all up and make them into a big quilt that she can enjoy for years to come.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com

First I made a square template: 10″ x 10″

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 5 via lilblueboo.com

I used a rotary cutter to cut out as many squares from each dress as I could:

HowHow to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 6 via lilblueboo.com

Here’s my big stack of completed squares:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 7 via lilblueboo.com

 

Boo helped me to place all the squares in a pattern. It’s double sided so we had 7 squares by 7 squares for each side of the quilt. I then stacked them up in order so I could keep them straight.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 8 via lilblueboo.com

 

 

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 9 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of interfacing, I used spray starch to coat each square and I ironed out each piece. Then I rechecked my square template and trimmed any wonky edges so that each square was perfect.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 10 via lilblueboo.com

I began to sew each square together in rows. 7 squares made up each row.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 11 via lilblueboo.com

After each row was finished I ironed the seams flat.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 12 via lilblueboo.com

Here are all my rows finished:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 13 via lilblueboo.com

I laid out all the rows again just to double check my design.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 14 via lilblueboo.com

Then I began to sew all the rows together.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 15 via lilblueboo.com

After both sides of the quilt were completely assembled I ironed all the seams flat again. I used spray starch to make sure they stayed nice and flat.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 16 via lilblueboo.com

I laid one side of the quilt face down on a large table and then laid a large piece of batting on top of it. I used an iron to press the batting completely flat and smooth.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 17 via lilblueboo.com

I rolled back one side of the batting and used a spray adhesive (made especially for quilting and basting)  to coat the top of the batting. Then I carefully rolled the batting back into place making sure to smooth it into place.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 18 via lilblueboo.com

Then I rolled back the other side of the batting and repeated the adhesive spray.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 19 via lilblueboo.com

I finally laid the top of the quilt into place on top of the batting. Starting at the center of the quilt I carefully lined up the squares and seams to the other side of the quilt and used safety pins to pin it in place.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 20 via lilblueboo.com

I rolled back one side of the quilt top and sprayed enough adhesive to cover the area of one row of quilting squares.  Then I carefully rolled one row of the squares back in place and used safety pins to secure just that row in place by matching up the seams (mostly where each section of 4 squares meet together).

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 21 via lilblueboo.com

I slowly repeated this process for every row in the quilt until I reach the edges. Then I repeated for the other side of the quilt. By the end, my entire quilt was pin together with all the seams matching from front to back. If any of the squares look a little wonky or tilted I used a little bit of tugging back and forth to smooth out the entire quilt.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 22 via lilblueboo.com

I used embroidery thread to make little ties at each intersection of squares. This holds the entire quilt together and secures the pieces in place. On the entire quilt was secured I removed the safety pins.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 23 via lilblueboo.com

I made a little template to round out the corners of the quilt:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 24 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of binding the quilt, to keep with the exposed seams used in the dresses, I just used my serger to add color thread all the way around. You can add bias tape around the edges if you don’t have a serger.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 25 via lilblueboo.com

Here’s Diesel enjoying the blanket this morning out in the yard!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 26 via lilblueboo.com

I added a few extra appliques from t-shirts that weren’t able to be added as a square…..it made the quilt a little more interesting.  A t-shirt quilt (or dress quilt!) is a great way to preserve memories so that they’ll be enjoyed every day!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 27 via lilblueboo.com

 

Elevate

 

Ashley will be speaking at Elevate in Huntington Beach, CA on June 9th, 2012.  If you are in the area we would love to meet you! It will be a fun day of networking, crafting, blogging workshops, and more.

 

Speakers:

Nina Banks- Momma Go Round
Trina Harris- Trina Harris Photography
Becki Crosby- Whippy Cake
Holly Lefevre- 504 Main
Lindsay Lee- Lee La La

 

Swag and giveaway prizes from:

Miss Mommy, The Foley Fam, Pick Your Plum, Life Created, 3 Four and Under, Our Reflection, Brag About It Jewelry, Jenny’s Fabric, Yeung Mother Hubbard, The Twinery, Soleil Selene, JewelMint, The Shine Project, A Little Piece of Me, Modest Pillows, Whippy Cake, The Pleated Poppy, Brady Cakes, Rags to Stitches, VFish Clothing.

 

Schedule:

11:30-12:15 Registration and Introductions
12:15-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Speed Networking {Speed dating style}
2:00-2:30 Speaker: Nina Banks {Momma Go Round} “Learning to Find and Elevate Your Blogging Voice”
2:30-3:30 Craft: Stenciled Wood Sign
3:30-4:00 Service Project: Assembling school supply kits for The Shine Project
4:00-4:30 Speaker: Becki Crosby {Whippy Cake} “Elevate Your Brand”
4:30-5:30 Round Robin Business of Blogging Workshops
Trina Harris {Trina Harris Photography}
“Elevating Your Blog and Product Photos”
Holly Lefevre {504 Main}
“Organization Elevation: Get it together!”
– Lindsay Lee {Lee La La}
“Staying Elevated: Walking the Line of Professionalism”
5:30-6:15 Dinner
6:15-7:00 Ashley Hackshaw {Lil Blue Boo} “Finding Elevation in Trials”
7:00-8:00 Minute to Win it Game Show: Battle of the Bloggers
8:00-8:30 Raffle Drawing and Conclusion

 

We hope to see some of you there! Ticket prices go up after May 9th and seats are limited.

 

Pick Your Plum Giveaway!

We are excited to be hosting a giveaway from Pick Your Plum!

 

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SNAP 2012 Recap

Just got back from the SNAP Conference late last night. I can’t believe it’s already over. I was so excited to go and it exceeded my expectations on every level. Let me just say right off that I met so many amazing people and I can’t possible list them all….and I took very few photos because I was so busy socializing the whole time…..so this is just “glossing over” the conference. I don’t even feel like I can do SNAP justice with this post…..but I’ll try to paint a small portion of what I experienced. It was my first real trip away from home since my October surgery and it was the perfect getaway to mark recovery!

The location was amazing: Thanksgiving Point in Salt Lake City (they even had a dinosaur museum…..awesome)

The grounds were gorgeous with tulips everywhere…..

….and the smell of the cherry blossoms carried throughout the venue.

Everything was within walking distance:

This was a brilliant idea….a hole punch and ring was given out to every attendee to keep track of business cards (thanks to Xyron). Each card represents an amazing, creative person who I was able to meet and chat with:

 

I spoke on a panel called Happy Chaos: Turning Your Passion Into a Business. Moderator Heather of Just Love.ly, and panel mates: Lindsey of The Pleated Poppy, Me, Jessica of Allora Handmade, and Liz of Dear Lizzy, (Thank you to everyone that attended our panel!)

 

I look so serious…it was kind of a blur so I’m not sure what I said or if it was helpful or not! Reading back some of the tweets afterwards my one story about a potential employee I found on Craigslist stealing my bananas stood out I guess. Ha. Moral of the story: Don’t steal bananas from a potential employer on a job interview.

I know every panel was fantastic but I loved the ones that I went to. If I could clone myself I would have gone to all of them. I got a lot of great information out of the Blog to Book panel. The panel consisted of Courtney of Pizzazzerie, Marie of Makes and Takes, and Betty Wong editor from Potter Craft.

I thought one of the best parts about SNAP was the fact that everyone ate dinner together. It was a great way to meet more people and just hang out without everyone going their separate ways after the panels. It was “girl’s night out” every night!

The Queen Bee Market (organized by Mique of 30 Days) was there…..full of handmade goods. The first night the line to checkout was wrapped around the building! No one could resist any of the goodies….and we all love supporting handmade, right?!

 

Cinnamon Sticks:

Allora Handmade:

Creme de la Gems:

I can’t remember the name of this shop…..anyone?

It was so fun to meet up with other blogging friends that I only get to see in person about once a year! Jennifer of Tatertots and Jello, Me, Becki from Whippy Cake, and Amy of The Idea Room.

More often than not I was star struck….like at the Discovering and Defining Your Style panel. It was packed…..so I snuck in and sat in the front corner on the floor. I was able to get a pic of Ana White speaking when she turned my way. Panel: Ana White, Shelley of House of Smiths, Emily of Decor Chick, and Kate of Centsational Girl.

I got to meet so many people I’ve known forever online….but have yet to meet in person! I finally met my friend Amy of Mod Podge Rocks!

I had so much fun with my friends Amy (Evy’s Tree) and Shari. It was some quality girl time and we had a blast.

I loved every minute of SNAP and it went by way to quickly.  It’s so great to be home though. Here’s Boo before church this morning wearing some new things I brought her from the Queen Bee Market: a head wrap by Vintage Rose Wraps and a Cinderella necklace by Creme de la Gems.

I have to say…..I would encourage anyone who loves creativity and blogging to attend this conference next year if they hold it again. There is something brilliant that happens when so many creative-types come together in one place. Tauni and her team did the most amazing job putting together an organized and super fun conference. They did an amazing job encouraging attendees to meet and greet and no detail was overlooked. I was so impressed!  Great job SNAP! I can’t wait until next year!

 

 

Photo of the Day: Nametags

Playing Barbies is really hard work…..which is why I don’t play Barbies. My mom is here visiting….and she plays Barbies. Thank God.

Boo is ecstatic. The only thing is…..Boo names all the Barbies (all 20 of them) these really elaborate names…..and you’ll get reprimanded for being rude if you forget one of their names. My mom had to make nametags for every doll to make it easier to play.

Ken is “on vacation.” We can’t find him anywhere.

 

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