Personalized Name Art (and Animal Print Download)

How to Make Personalized Name Art (with Animal Print Download) via #silhouette #diy #tutorial #baby


I haven’t made one of these in a while!  I just finished this “Courtney” painting for my niece for Christmas:


Here is Boo’s original one I made with a Peter Rabbit inspired theme:


They aren’t very hard to make with a little patience because they are done in steps!  Here’s a gallery of ones that I’ve made for some ideas and links to other tutorials:

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Yearly Photo Book Ideas

Creative Yearly Photo Book Ideas via


In addition to our yearly family photo albums, I make a photo book for Boo stocked full of memories. I just finished 2011:

How to make a yearly photo book via

My method/thoughts on photo books:

1. I complete the books about 10 months after a year has ended. I like for them to be January 1st through December 31st. It’s an OCD thing. The delay also allows time for missing photos to show up.

2. I compile memories, quotes, etc by going through blog posts, Facebook posts, and even just browsing photos. I usually cut and paste snippets into a word document in order of date.

3. I organize my photos, artwork, etc by month before starting my project. I work on the book by month….sometimes skipping around to the easy months first and then coming back to the hard ones.

4. I never feel bad about going overboard on pages. The bigger the better and I don’t think there is a price I can put on family memories. My books (through iPhoto/ usually cost about $75 to $100 each. It seems like a lot (especially when ordering multiple copies) but I would rather have a photo book over a few trips to a restaurant!

5. I  save the photo book as a PDF (“Print” as a PDF in iPhoto) and back it up to a hard drive or CD and store in a safe place.


Here are a few things I added into this years book:

Boo’s Self Portraits:
Boo asked for a mini tripod a few years ago and she had so much fun taking self portraits. When I would look at the camera I would be surprised by hilarious snapshots she’d taken of herself. I made them into a collage (using and then loaded that collage as one photo into the book template:

Photo book ideas: Self Portraits via

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Boo’s Christmas Highlight Reel

I can’t believe Christmas has already come and gone! It flew by!

We spent a few days at my in-laws house here in town starting last Sunday so everyone would be together at the same time:


I wonder what Boo is whispering to my niece “Coco” in this photo:


Love this photo of my nephew Jordan:

The adults played the annual Christmas stocking game where you have to guess who bought your stocking stuffers:

I made outfits for all the wee ones. We actually got them all in one photo looking at the camera!

All the cousins (minus 2 who are in Seattle) for one photo:


My mom is here for a few weeks and Boo is always on cloud 9. She is so patient and will play Barbies and “library” with Boo for hours:

Boo was so excited that her two cousins Duncan and Cameron were staying at our house for Christmas. We played Xbox sports at night:

The day before Christmas Boo got her nails done:

And she helped me make cupcakes for Jesus’ birthday:

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Christmas Festivities

It’s already been a whirlwind of Christmas festivities for the Lil Blue Boo family.  We have a lot of east coast visitors: my mom and Mr. LBB’s sister, her husband and my two nephews. And of course the whole local and SoCal family! We had a blast tonight playing the Xbox sports games……only a few meltdowns when Boo’s Xbox character had trouble registering along side my nephew’s 6’4″ character during track and field. There’s a slight height difference!  Boo and all of my nieces wore their Lil Blue Boo Christmas dresses today for breakfast and Christmas game traditions at my in-laws house:

So much has happened this year. I was watching home movies from last Christmas and my hair was falling out and I was moving to a second line of chemotherapy! This Christmas is so very different.

I hope you all are having wonderful holiday family time!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Ashley and the whole extended LBB Family



P.S. Share any LBB dress photos on the Facebook page the next few days! I’d love to see them!


The Dollhouse

I was picking up some paint the other day and as I driving away I noticed a new secondhand store. There was a dollhouse in the window that caught my eye so I decided to take a peek. It reminded me a little of Tara from Gone with the Wind….I loved the fireplace mantel, the tin lattice shutters, the hanging porch light……and it was marked down to $50. Guess who left owning a new dollhouse? Yep, me.

The woman who owns the shop said that a local woman in her late 70’s had owned the house since she was Boo’s age and finally decided to part with it. All the dolls and furniture came with it. It needs some work but I thought it would be a fun project for Boo and I to work on over the years. I’m trying to get in contact with the original owner because I’d love to hear the story behind it and maybe get a photo of her when she was also Boo’s age and hang it over the dollhouse mantel:

1940's Dollhouse via

Funny how things just seem meant to be at times. I was randomly picking up some vacuum bags today for my older than old Electrolux and next door was this place: [Read more…]

Making Stuff

Just gluing some rhinestones tonight. They are so microscopic I think I probably ate a few…..

…’s a Christmas gift I’m working on… I can’t tell anyone what it is yet.

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