Travel Gift Ideas

 

Fun travel gift ideas from Fab via lilblueboo.com

 

Doing any traveling this summer? Here are some awesome items you might want to take on your next trip!

 

1. Feel comfortable and look cute during your travels with the Travel More Tee.

2. Stick anything to the front like sand from the beach and mail away with these Sticky Postcards.

3. Nothing beats a photo taken with a Polaroid Camera.

4. The Floral Travel Pouch is roomy and will look cute in your carry on.

5. Hate finding sand in your beach bag? This Canvas Backpack has a sifting mesh bottom. Genius!

6. Protect your phone with the Mail iPhone Cover.

7. With the Gold Foil Map you can scratch off the gold top foil layer on each new destination you travel to. So cool!

8. You can’t travel without a pair of Headphones. How cute are these bike and milk and cookie ear buds?

9. This stylish Blue Camera Bag is roomy enough for all your camera needs.

10. A Journal is a must have travel item.

11. Kids and adults too, will love receiving an Airplane Postcard in the mail!

 

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DIY Subway Art Pillows

Subway Art Pillows: DIY Subway Sign inspired pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

I’ve been doing some redecorating recently.  I’m taking photos as I go so I can share the before and after with you.  I’m going from beige/beige/beige to grey/white/black…..crazy right? Ha.  My friend Paul came over to give me some ideas and his first suggestion was to carry over the subway art sign I made a few years ago.  Here’s the sign in our breakfast area:

DIY Subway Art Canvas via lilblueboo.com

 

When I first made this I was inspired by the black and white vintage subway signs from Restoration Hardware (original tutorial here):

Make Your Own Subway Art via lilblueboo.com

 

I loved Paul’s idea of taking it to a pillow as a similar accent.  I picked a few street names that were important to Mr. LBB and I and here’s the result:

Make Your Own Subway Art Pillows via lilblueboo.com

Diesel uses them as a ramp to get up to his perch:

how to make subway art pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

I found a pillow cover with a nice thick upholstery fabric from Ikea….and added the white canvas letters.  They are just slightly frayed on the edges giving kind of a vintage feel:

subway art pillow tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

You could use freezer paper to paint your letters onto a pillow or cut out fabric letters to make your own.  I have a Silhouette machine so it was so much easier to use that to design and cut out the letters….but cutting by hand would work too.  First, I ironed fabric interfacing/fusible web to the back of my white canvas. Any fusible web should work….but if you are using the Silhouette make sure to use the kind that has the shiny clear look to it so it sticks to your cutting mat well:

 

Designing my pillow on the Silhouette machine software (see fonts at the bottom of this post!):

The cutting machine:

 

My canvas was so thick the machine didn’t cut all the way through in places but it was easy to trim:

Silhouette Fabric project via lilblueboo.com

If you don’t have a cutting machine just trace your letters onto the fabric with a disappearing fabric marker and cut them out:

Here my letters are placed onto the pillow cover:

I ironed the letters to adhere them into place (the fusible web on the back is what does this):

Then I carefully stitched each letter with a straight stitch:

 

It’s easiest to sew the letters all at once and then trim the thread in between as the last step:

 

Subway Art Pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

Material & Sources:

Ikea Karlstad pillows in Dark Gray

Silhouette Cutting Machine

Fusible Web

White Cotton Canvas by the Yard


 

 

Looking for vintage subway fonts?  Here’s a list of a few I love!  Links are at the bottom of the image:

 

Subway Art Sign Fonts via lilblueboo.com (links in post) #fonts #subwayart #diy #tutorial #typography

 

amble / underground nf / helvetica / franchise / lane – narrow / copperplate / bebas neue

Handmade Baby Gift Ideas

DIY Handmade Baby Gift Ideas via lilblueboo.com

 

Want to make something special for an upcoming baby shower gift?  Here are 10 handmade baby gift ideas that are sure to impress the parents to be.

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Lil Blue Box for the Photographer Mom

The Lil Blue Boxes are filled with my favorite things!

Lil Blue Box for the Photographer Mom via lilblueboo.com

I’ve assembled this set especially for the photographer mom…..ships in time for Mother’s Day!

Lil Blue Box for the Photographer Mom: Includes Vintage Appliques via lilblueboo.com

The box includes these Hand Printed Vintage Camera Appliques that are ready to iron on. I’ve illustrated each one with love.

Lil Blue Box for the Photographer Mom: Attach Applique to a Tee or Tote via lilblueboo.com

Just trim, iron and attach to a t-shirt, tote bag, etc.  No sewing required unless the item is going to be washed.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 

Lil Blue Boo's 2013 Mother's Day Gift Guide via lilblueboo.com

1. Ring from The Vintage Pearl 2. Sunglasses from Ruche 3. Personalized Phone Cover from Tiny Prints 4. Mossimo Sandal from Target 5. Portrait Notepad from Pinhole Press 6. Dress from Ruche 7. Lace-Wrapped Rancher from Anthropologie 8. Portable iPhone Charger from Uncommon Goods 9. Makeup from Sephora 10. Monogram Mug from Anthropologie 11. Brag Book from Pinhole Press

 

How to Make Photo Pillows

how to make photo pillows via lilblueboo.com

 

These might look familiar. I’ve made them before….but I made a few more.  I love making photos into pillows, sachets, paperweights….they make perfect gifts….and I even use them as pattern weights. [Read more…]

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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How to Make a Doll Sized Salon Cape

How to make a salon cape for an American Girl doll or 18" doll via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #tutorial

 

This morning was Boo’s 6th birthday party!  Before I do the big reveal, I’ll be posting about a few of the things I made for the party. Here’s the first…..salon capes to fit American Girl or other similar sized 18″ dolls! We have two of the 18″ doll salon chairs….and borrowed one from a friend…..so I made three salon cutting capes to accompany them.

To make your own, you’ll need the following for each cape:

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How to Make Simple DVD Labels and Case Covers (with free templates)

 

Home Movies 101: How to Make Simple DVD Labels and Case Covers (with free templates)

 

A follow up to my last home movie post….this is how I label all my home movie DVDs.  I print them all in black and white so that they all look the same and use the same template over and over:

Home Movie Library via lilblueboo.com

Every disk is labeled and not at risk of being thrown away or misplaced:

how to make a CD or DVD label on a Mac via lilblueboo.com

 

I attached my templates at the bottom of the post so you can download them. Here’s the steps I go through when making my labels and covers plus a few extra tips and ideas:

 

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Chalkboard Necklaces (With Chalkboard Download)

How to Make Chalkboard Necklaces (with Chalkboard Download) via lilblueboo.com

 

These little chalkboard necklaces are easy to make. There are a few different ways to make them depending on what kind of bezel or pendant you decide to use:

Supplies Needed: How to Make Chalkboard Necklaces (with Chalkboard Download) via lilblueboo.com

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