How To Organize And Backup Your Home Movies (with Checklist Download)

Tips for how to organize, burn, and backup home movies via


This might be one of the most overwhelming posts I’ve ever started because there’s too much information to share! I decided to break it up into a series of posts to make it easier to follow. I thought I’d start with a few overall tips and then add additional posts with templates for covers, details on importing VHS tapes and other types of media into iMovie, etc. Most of the technical parts of the series will be from a Apple/iPhoto/iMovie point of view since that’s what I prefer to use.

I recently started catching up on burning our home movies to DVD. Every so often I will take an old VHS tape and import the videos, edit and re-burn them to DVDs.  I’ve found that the trick is to do it gradually. It’s not something that can be done in a day!

Updating the Home Movie Library via


The most important thing I’ve learned (to stay SANE through home movie editing) is to walk away when the computer is doing its thing. There is a lot of down time where you will sit staring at the computer while it thinks and formats and spins its little insides over and over and over.


Tip #1: Start with the easiest movies first. via

I call this the “Home Movie Snowball”….just like the debt snowball theory. Chip away at the easiest ones first to get them out of the way and off your hard drive. Plus you’ll get more satisfaction at seeing your shelf fill up quickly with movies…..

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Please Leave My Tooth

Boo lost her first tooth today at school.  If she had lost her tooth at home I was fully prepared to glue it back into place and send her off to school…….the kids get a free homework pass if they lose a tooth in class.

Me: So you cried when you lost it? Did it hurt?
I cried because I was happy. I was waiting and waiting and waiting for it to get out.
We’ll tape it in your baby book.
You can’t….the tooth fairy takes it.
He’ll leave it behind if you leave a note.
Why do you keep saying “HE”?!


I searched online and found that last year the average was $3.00 a tooth. That’s crazy.  I used to get 25 cents. Boo is getting 25 cents. I told her that if any of her friends tell her that they got more than 25 cents it’s because their parents subsidized the tooth fairy payment.

(Update: Mr. LBB thinks we should give her a dollar because of inflation…..if we can find a dollar.)


Boo: Hushpuppy would only get 25 cents…..*
…..and some catfood.
Do you think she ever had to eat her pets?
I don’t think so.
Would we ever eat Diesel?
No….it wouldn’t be worth the effort.

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Movies I Watched in 2012 (but not necessarily from 2012)

Because I love lists… are all ninety-three movies I watched in 2012 (that I can remember)…..even though they all weren’t released in 2012. Most are on Netflix. Keep in mind I spent a lot of time in chemo.

My favorites:

The Lifetime Movie classics that never get old:


Overall Favorites:

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
The Artist (2011)
Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
The Help (2011)


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Cyanotype Blueprints

How to sun print on fabric (cyanotype) via

When Boo and I were making our pinhole camera I wanted to teach her how 35mm film worked.  I gave her this pack of cyanotype fabric and let her decide what to use from around the house to make her prints. Cyanotype is what they used to reproduce blueprints and diagrams a hundred years ago or more……those pretty architectural type drawings you wish you’d find in a thrift store one day (or at least I’m always looking for them!)? Cyanotype is basically a photographic printing process that results in a blue or “cyan” print.

Blueprints on Fabric via


I gave Boo a clipboard to lay the fabric on as she took each piece one at a time out of the “light proof” bag (it took a few reminders that she had to make sure to close it back up carefully):

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Hornet’s Nest Council Troop 4 c. 1985

Boo is finally old enough to be a Daisy and I’m so excited I can’t stand it. I dug up this old photo the other day for Boo to see and pulled out my old Brownie outfit (yes, I keep everything…..)

I have so many great memories of Troop 4 in River Hills, SC. Our leader was Helen Price (far right).  My mom (far left) and Mrs. Erwin (middle) helped out. I super love their green and white printed Girl Scout shirts. I think the best thing about Facebook is that it’s helped me reconnect with so many of these girls:

Troop 4 Hornet's Nest Council c. 1985 via lilblueboo.comThat’s me… row, second from the right…..mid sentence…..

I spent 5 hours in Girl Scout Leadership Training last night. A lot has changed but so much of what I remember is still there.  As a volunteer I’m expected to:

….be excited about everything….

Well…..that won’t be hard.


And then I relearned the Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law…….which can all be summed up in 3 words, like I tell Boo every morning:

make good choices

I’d love to know if there is still a Troop 4 in the Hornet’s Nest Council….anyone?

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Asymmetrical Leggings Pattern and American Girl Pattern

New pattern in the shop! A favorite from the clothing line so I’ve added it to the pattern line: The Asymmetrical Leggings…..and even added a miniature pattern for the American Girl style dolls.

Pattern can be sewn with regular sewing machine or a serger.  Any stretchy cotton/lycra/spandex blend works great as well as stretchy ribbed cotton like the kind used in tank tops.

Asymmetrical Leggings PDF Pattern (American Girl Sized Pattern Also Available)  via

With Boo’s new American Girl obsession a few of you saw this coming…..yep, that’s Pf-1221 doll or “Grace” as we now call her:


American Girl Sized Asymmetrical Leggings PDF Pattern (Girl Sized Pattern Also Available)  via

The leggings are easy to make and are for almost every season! Make them capri length or full length:

Asymmetrical Leggings Sewing Pattern via


These are Boo’s favorite leggings and I love how she looks like a little elf in them:

Asymmetrical Hankerchief Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern via


A few of my friends, Katherine, Olivia, and Melanie tested them out for me. I love their fabric choices:

Asymmetrical Hankerchief Leggings PDF Sewing Pattern via


Both patterns are available in the shop now!  More in the pipeline……for girls and dolls…..stay tuned!

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