If you love donuts as much as I do, you might like:
If you love donuts as much as I do, you might like:
I’m slowly updating some older Lil Blue Boo patterns to make them easier to download. This is an updated version of the Stuffed Frog Prince Toy Pattern with both the frog toy/beanbag and frog prince crown pattern combined into one PDF. The very first frog I made was a VERY OBESE frog….but we still have him and he makes a great doorstop.
So many options….here’s just a few:
It’s a baby boom in the Lil Blue Boo family. I have two brand new nieces…..one is only a week old. And of course there’s the recent announcement Boo helped me make. I love round diaper changing pads and wanted to make a few for gifts. I’d been stocking up on these pretty vinyl tablecloths from Marshall’s and TJ Maxx because they were all under $5. I had a few projects in mind for them and this was one of them.
A diaper changer pad in action:
I love the variety of color and how easy they are to make. The most tedious part is making the bias tape……but you could always use store bought trim and you could whip one of these out in 30 minutes.
I ate a glazed donut this morning. It just didn’t seem like the right pastry to make an “inspired” necklace out of…….so I chose a sprinkled donut for this project. I would love to have a donut themed party one day for Boo……and I thought a donut charm necklace or bracelet would make the cutest party favor. This one is for Silpada…..the sweet girl that works at the Swiss Donut shop and fills my order cheerfully every morning:
The donut was made using these little pre-cut wood disks from the craft store:
I used a standard household drill to add a hole in the center. I had to tightly hold the disk still with two fingers and drill very slowly to keep it from turning.
I used a pipe cleaner to hold the disk as I painted it with a base “donut” color:
I used a small paint brush to add a layer of pink icing:
I used basic acrylic craft paint in colors Almond Parfait and Baby Pink:
I used a tiny brush (actually a brush I cut most of the bristles off of) to add several colors of sprinkles:
I used my tiniest drill bit to drill a tiny hole for a jump ring:
Then using a pipe cleaner to hold the finished donut I sprayed it with a clear gloss varnish. I stuck the pipe cleaner upright in a jar to hold the disk until it dried.
The last step was to add a silver jump ring:
Finished donut charm!
With rainbow sprinkles!
A jar of soft gel medium and a few jumbo popsicle sticks = a photo puzzle! I made this one for Mr. Lil Blue Boo for Father’s Day:
With holes drilled in the top, all the pieces are kept together with a piece of hemp twine:
The three key materials to making this puzzle are:
Soft Gel Medium (you can purchase this at your craft store in the oil and acrylic paint section…..I use Golden brand but Liquitex also makes it)
Jumbo Popsicle Sticks (slightly wider and thicker than regular popsicle sticks)
A photocopy or laser jet-printed image
I picked up these “jumbo” mini sticks at a dollar/99 cent store:
Step 1: Print off your image in reverse using a laser printer or photo copy onto regular paper. It must be a dry toner ink….ink jet will not transfer correctly.
Step 2: Put double sided tape down onto a piece of paper and placed the sticks side-by-side onto the tape until they are wider than your image:
Step 3: Brush a thick coat of soft gel medium across the sticks covering them completely:
Step 4: Place the image face down onto the gel and smooth/burnish the paper to make sure there are no air bubbles:
Step 5: Once the gel has time to dry completely (about 20 minutes), wet the back of the paper with water:
Step 6: Use your fingers to peel off the paper:
Carefully rub the paper until it is all removed completely leaving the image behind:
Step 7: Use a razor or knife to carefully split the sticks apart…….
……and fine sand paper to remove any excess gel from the edges:
Step 8: Using a household drill, add holes to the end of each stick:
Step 9: Spray the front and back of the sticks with a few coats of clear varnish:
Use a thick twine or leather cord to tie the pieces of the puzzle together. You can add a small card for a special occasion!
I have jars of buttons all over my studio and I’m always brainstorming different unique ways to use them. I recently ordered some leather cuffs from Dharma Trading and thought the buttons would be a great way to embellish them.
These leather blank cuffs are a great base for a project since the hardware is already attached. The best part is they are really inexpensive and precut!
I used Angelus Leather Dye and Dye Reducer to dye the leather:
I mixed the leather dye and reducer in a small bowl:
Then I used a cloth to apply it to the the leather. Two coats worked perfectly:
I recommend using gloves when dyeing…..I’m always too impatient, but I don’t mind walking around town with discolored hands.
Once the leather was dry I took a sanding block to distress it. If you want it smooth and supple you can add wax or softener and buff it. I left mine plain because I wanted it slightly dry and distressed:
I sorted out a selection of buttons in a tan, brown and muted palette:
To apply the buttons I used an small 1/16″ scrapbook hole punch, a sharp needle type tool, an embroidery needle and DMC thread:
I placed my first button on the cuff and used the sharp tool to mark where I needed to punch holes:
Using a skinny scrapbook punch I punched the small holes using my marks:
It’s easiest to mark several buttons at once……
……and then move them off the cuff, but keeping them in the same order as you punch your holes:
It only took me about an hour to sew all of these buttons on and I love how eclectic and earthy the cuff turned out!
More leather cuff ideas to come soon!
I recently came across Debbie Smyth’s art on Pinterest…..and was floored. It is AMaZinG. She draws with thread. I would LOVE to own one of these pieces!
Photo source Debbie Smyth
Photo source Debbie Smyth
I have all this beautiful baker’s twine (from the Twinery) and decided to try some thread art myself:
I found this paper where Boo wrote her full name “Sienna” for the first time last year:
….and made it into artwork using twine:
These shadow boxes are on clearance at Michael’s right now for $5:
I used white spray paint to cover the brown frame:
I took out the foam back of the shadow box and replaced it with an 8″x10″ piece of hardboard:
I marked dots on Boo’s letters at every twist, curve and turn:
I taped the paper to the top of the hard board and nailed a 3/4″ brad nail into each dot:
Lots o’ nails:
Once all the nails were in place I carefully pulled off the paper:
Then I took baker’s twine, knotted it around one nail and then started to wind and loop the twine back and forth around the nails to form each letter:
I used different colors to make it more whimsical:
Boo is much better at writing her name now but still gets her “e” backwards every once in a while. This writing was from a year ago and it is forever sculpted in thread:
Father’s Day is coming up! How about some baker’s twine art made from one of your child’s drawings!
Each and every time I finish one of these little hardboard nursery paintings I laugh a little at how “accidental” they are. I don’t plan them ahead of time…..and I never quite know how they will turn out until I’m about 80% done with them.
I took photos as I painted this recent painting to show my design process. I always start with just a basic light color. It’s easy to paint over and allows me to use the broadest range of colors.
I usually print out a few different mixed fonts and sizes of each name letter and cut them out so I can visualize the layout.
I start with the first and last letter and then fill the center letters in.
I kind of have a theme in my head….like flowers, or animals, or geometric shapes. For this particular painting I was trying to match some floral bedding so I started by sketching what I thought would be the largest objects in the painting: flowers.
Before I even have the rest of the painting planned I’ll start blocking in large areas of color:
I even start outlining letters and detail:
The first thing I noticed about this painting was the large empty space at the top. It needed something large and sweeping…..so I added a bee spelling out “sweet girl.”
To unify the painting, and add some cohesion between the flowers and letters, I added some large circles. I grabbed a few random objects in different sizes to trace:
I then blocked in the circles with colors that would balance the painting. If an orange flower is on one side of the painting, I try to pull some orange to the other side of the painting by painting one of the circles. Light blue circles balance the blue “S” and pink and yellow pull the other colors around the painting:
I then started to add some more detail in the painting using my black paint pen….like the dotted line pattern in the large circles:
Tiny white dot flowers were a good way to subtly fill in some of the background area:
The letter “a” looked bare and a little too mustardy so I added some white polka dots. I added a few white polka dots throughout the background as well as some dark pink dot flowers. The last thing I added was a dotted line throughout the painting as if the bee had flown through almost every letter….an easy way to help unify the painting:
Once the painting portion is finished, I placed little butterfly buttons throughout and marked them once I was happy with their location:
The last thing I do is drill and sew the buttons and embellishments on:
This “accidental” painting is for my new niece Sloan!
I float frame every painting myself…..see my other tutorials to see how to easily frame your own with a professional look!
Don’t even know where to start? Take a look at these:
Mother’s Day is coming up and here’s an easy, inexpensive gift idea that can be personalized and special! To make these little charms, I took ordinary metal brads in different shapes…..
…..added different embellishment and then sealed them using embossing powder. All of the items I used can be found at your local craft or scrapbooking store.
Basic materials needed:
Metal jump ring
Step 1: Carefully break off the brad’s prongs by moving them back and forth until they fall off. You can use a nail file to smooth any sharp edges.
Step 2: Using a small nail or awl, punch a hole in the top where you will insert a jump ring.
Use nail clippers to cut off any sharp edges from where the hole was created.
Step 4: Decorate the inside of the brad. There are a gazillion possibilities here….
Paint a tiny design:
Apply a small sticker, rhinestone or other embellishment:
Or….paste an extra small photo or picture to the back (I used nail nippers to trim the edges):
Step 5: Add a jump ring to the charm.
Step 6: Flatten out a piece of tin foil to use as a tray that can be placed in the oven. You’ll need embossing powder for this step.
Cut a small strip of paper to use as a little “spoon” and fill the brad with powder:
Carefully place the tinfoil tray into a toaster oven or oven (350 degrees). Watch as the embossing powder slowly melts into a smooth clear covering. Take out of the oven to cool.
If the clear melted covering is a little uneven you can hold the charm carefully and reheat it with a heat gun or blowdryer until it levels out. Use a nail file to carefully smooth the edges if needed.
I love how they look when they are all bunched together as eclectic charms! What will you decorate yours with?
Super last minute. I almost forgot that Boo had to take Valentines to school tomorrow! So late afternoon we were printing and cutting and signing but I think they turned out pretty cute!
Thank goodness for the Valentine’s themed Project Run and Play photos I had for this week…..I set up one of the photos in Powerpoint (I just think Powerpoint is super easy for manipulating graphics and text to print):