A Beauty Salon Glam Birthday Party with Mini Doll Salon

Beauty Salon Party (with American Girl Salon too!) via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

 

I can’t believe Boo is six years old!!!  First off, I want to put a disclaimer on this post to admit that this party is just a little over the top.  I’m not really a party planner…..I don’t entertain a lot…..so Boo’s yearly birthday party is something I really love putting energy into.  Boo knows that while the party is centered around her…..it’s also about bringing our friends together, entertaining them and sending them home with some fun handmade swag.  She also knows that I reserve the right at any time to decide not to throw a party, serve $5 pizza and stick a candle in it!  I love coming up with cute ideas and sharing them with you…..and there are many ways to make a wonderful fun party with only a few elements from this post!

Boo wanted an American Girl themed party (shocker) so we talked about doing something interactive with lots of activities that her friends of all ages would enjoy and came up with the Beauty Salon theme….complete with American Girl-sized doll salon.  I always borrow, recycle and improvise for parties and all of that will come in the “behind the scenes” post to follow this one. I will say one thing about this party…..the doll salon was a TOTAL hit. I was actually surprised…..but the girls had so much fun putting capes on their dolls and primping and fixing their hair.  It was totally adorable and definitely something I’ll put together more often for playdates!

So here we go! I had a vision of what I wanted in my head for the graphics and Stephanie Corfee brought it all to life with her graphic design!  It turned out so amazingly cute that I convinced her to offer it to everyone as a printable in the shop complete with extra graphics to make it fully “do-it-yourself” customizable.

 

Just a note: we called it a “DOLL” salon party…..and invited Boo’s friends to bring any favorite doll for the salon…..because not everyone has an American Girl (Boo’s only had one for 2 months).  A few friends brought extra American Girl dolls too for those girls that didn’t have one.

 

Party Decor: Beauty Salon Party (with American Girl Salon too!) via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

 

Oh my….the day before the party the wind in the desert was over 30 miles an hour! I couldn’t set anything up until the morning of the party!

DIY Party Decor: Beauty Salon Party via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #party #diy

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Tooth Fairy Pillow | A FREE Printable

Tooth fairy pillow free printable download by Stephanie Corfee via lilblueboo.com

Here’s a super-simple square pillow project for your little ones losing their choppers. All straight-line sewing + use of either printable fabric for your inkjet or iron-on transfer paper. Adding a little patch pocket on the pillow back makes for the perfect hide-away space for each precious tooth left for the tooth fairy. This is a great project for you to make together with your little one.

Basic directions are included on page 3 of either PDF download you choose.

Just click on the DOWNLOAD graphic below for the right-reading PDF that you can print onto inkjet-compatible fabric. Or click HERE for the REVERSED PDF file that you can print onto iron-on transfer paper instead.

Two colors: tooth fairy pillow free printable download by Stephanie Corfee via lilblueboo.com

Sweet Dreams!

The Gift of Journaling (DIY Journal Kit and Artwork Download)

The Gift of Journaling (DIY Journal Kit and Artwork Download) via lilblueboo.com #gift #artjournal

 

I wanted to do a version of the DIY Art Kit but for a “journal” version so that it could be used for gifts.  My artist friend Stephanie Corfee was so helpful in making the free artwork download for it. She made the large labels and small labels for labeling all the contents! [Read more...]

3 Tips for Taking a Beautiful Portrait

Tips for taking beautiful portrait photography #photography by Gayle Vehar for lilblueboo.comPhotographing Beautiful Portraits

Fall is the time when we are taking and having our portraits taken. I just love a beautiful portrait—one that is beautiful to look at and shares something about the person and their personality.

Today I wanted to share 3 simple tips for creating a beautiful portrait that can be used over and over again no matter the season.

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The Gift of Art (DIY Art Box and Free Artwork Download)

 

The Gift of Art (DIY Art Box and Free Artwork Download by Stephanie Corfee) via lilblueboo.com #gift #christmas #diy #printable

So I was thinking about what I would have loved to get as a gift as a kid…..and this art box is definitely something I would have been overjoyed about.  Actually, I’m STILL overjoyed when I get art supplies! I have no self control when it comes to browsing the arts and crafts store…..sometimes I get lost in there for hours (as well as the hardware store). So here’s how I assembled these kits and where I purchased everything from. You can always buy the “ready made” art kits at the store….but the custom filled art box will always be 1000% more fun! Oh, and the awesome artwork? Stephanie Corfee created it….just for you…..because she’s awesome like that!

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DIY Halloween Trick or Treat Bags | a Free Printable

Make your own Halloween Treat bags with this free printable download by artist Stephanie Corfee via lilblueboo.com

Planning for Halloween at the last minute? These Halloween Trick or Treat graphics are great for trick or treat totes, favor bags and even t-shirts.  The free printable is available for download at the end of the post! So many ways to use them: [Read more...]

Composing a Better Photo: Rule of Thirds

Composing a Better Photo: Rule of Thirds #photography via lilblueboo.com

Rules. Really?

We had rules in school, we have rules in our homes, do we really need rules for our photography?

As you start to study tips for composing a nice photo, one of the first things you might hear mentioned is the rule of thirds. This rule of composition can be found and applied in almost any visual art—graphic design, interior design, painting, drawing, sculpture, or filmmaking.

What is the Rule of Thirds?

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Composing a Better Photo: Focal Point

Composing Better Photos: Focal Point via lilblueboo.com

All photos need a focal point.  Perhaps this goes without saying.  And, perhaps we all need an occasional reminder!

A focal point is the most important part of a photo.  This is what should grab the viewer’s eye.  There will obviously be other objects in some of your photos.  But the way you compose your photo should make it obvious what the focal point is. [Read more...]

Christmas Nativity Peg Dolls and Download

DIY Christmas Nativity Peg Dolls with Download via lilblueboo.com #pegdolls #christmas #handmade #tutorial #printable #gift

 

Boo’s Box o’ Princesses and BOYville dolls were such a big hit last Christmas that I decided to commission my friend Stephanie Corfee to make a Christmas Nativity version!  I spent the last few days painting Baby Jesus, Jo-Fess (as Boo calls him), Mary and the rest of the Christmas peeps: [Read more...]

The “OTHER” Automatic Exposure Modes

The Automatic Exposure Scene Modes by Gayle Vehar via lilblueboo.comThe Automatic Exposure Scene Modes
With all the little automatic buttons and icons on the millions of different cameras, sometimes it is hard to know what settings or buttons do what.

If you are feeling a little intimidated by the settings on your camera’s exposure dials, today’s post might be just what you need to easily make sense of all that mess.

First, this is what your exposure dial looks like. [Read more...]

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