Holiday Prep

This past week I’ve been working on the annual Christmas Tree I do for Michaels each year.  Most everything was handmade in some form.  I love how it turned out. Will share all the photos in just a few days. Here’s what I’ve been working on:

supplies

Rustic Scandinavian Christmas Decor - Dala Horse Print

Rustic Handmade Christmas Decor

It’s way too early to put up a Christmas tree though. I put the tree up last night, photographed it, and then took it back down.  It will be donated to a good cause.  We don’t really have room for a full sized tree anyways so we’ll have a miniature tree this year.  The Hemlock Inn puts up their own huge tree after Thanksgiving. Boo is so excited to help decorate that. She’s told every guest that asks about Christmas that “Mr. Mort (the innkeeper) has to take down the dining room’s ceiling fan for the big Christmas tree!”

Turn Children’s Artwork into Gifts

 

Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas: Turn Children's Artwork into meaningful handmade gifts with these ideas via lilblueboo.com #gifts #diy #tutorial

Looking for some special gift ideas for the holidays?  I’ve come up with a few ways to turn your child’s artwork into amazing gifts this year.  Boo has a new “how to draw cats” book that she’s so excited about. I asked her to draw me a cat that we could make into some handmade gifts:

Gifts from kid artwork via lilblueboo.com

So impressed by her cute little cat:

turn children's artwork into gifts via lilblueboo.com

Here’s what we made with that one simple drawing:

1. Printed Paper

screen print paper bags and paper via lilblueboo.com

 

2. Printed Pillow

turn kids artwork into stuffies and stuffed animals via lilblueboo.com

3. A Rustic Piece of Artwork

preserve children's artwork making meaningful gifts via lilblueboo.com

4. T-shirts with Matching Packaging

how to make your own t-shirts and print your own boxes via lilblueboo.com

Materials Needed: (click for source info)
Adhesive Shelf Paper or Contact Paper
Double Sided Tape or Glue Stick
Razor blade or Exacto Knife
Speedball Screen (reusable)
Screen Printing Ink for Fabric and Paper
Small Squeegee or use an old credit card

Things to Print:
T-shirt
Wood Cradled Panel Canvas
(use Minwax Driftwood Stain to make rustic)
Kraft Paper

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Four Projects For a Pinterest Party

I had a Pinterest party recently for a few close friends I hadn’t seen in a while. 4 projects from Pinterest….in 2.5 hours.

How to throw a Pinterest party and 4 projects to get you started. Includes free instruction downloads! via lilblueboo.com #mpinterestparty

I thought it would be fun to carve out a morning for them to try something new:

How to throw a Pinterest Craft Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Here’s what we made, along with four PDF downloads if you want to have your own party:

4 Pinterest Party Craft Projects: Sharpie Marker Art Ornament via lilblueboo.com #sharpie


Here’s the Sharpie station:

Sharpie Marker Ornament Station Set Up for your Pinterest Craft Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Ceramic ornament from Michaels Craft Store ready to decorate:

Ornaments ready to decorate! Sharpie Marker Ornament Station Set Up for your Pinterest Craft Party via lilblueboo.com

A snowflake ornament:

Make a snowflake! Sharpie Ornament Project for your Pinterest Craft Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Download the PDF:

Free Sharpie Marker Ornament Tutorial PDF Instructions for a Pinterest Craft Party via lilblueboo.com

SHARPIE ORNAMENT
1. Materials: Industrial Sharpie, Ceramic ornaments
2. Hand write lettering.
3. Use initial stencils as a guide for calligraphy.
4. Let dry.
5. Hang from tree!
6. Not a step really. Just admire my nice “H”.

 

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Michaels Dream Tree Challenge 2013 | The Reveal

Here’s my 2013 reveal for the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge!

Michaels Dream Tree Challenge 2013 Reveal #christmas #JustAddMichaels via lilblueboo.com

 

Green, white, champagne, silver:

Michaels Dream Tree Challenge #christmas #JustAddMichaels via lilblueboo.com

 

I love the glow of the lights behind the flowers:

Christmas Tree Decor: Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Reveal #christmas #JustAddMichaels via lilblueboo.com

The inspiration for the tree came from these silver pine cone ornaments.  They reminded me of the seed bombs that my brother used to launch from our Magnolia tree when my sister and I were little. Funny memory.

“Incoming!

Pine Cones and Gold Bows - Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Reveal #christmas #JustAddMichaels via lilblueboo.com

Each ornament was tied onto the tree with a bow:

Gold, Greens and Cream Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Reveal #christmas #JustAddMichaels via lilblueboo.com

 

A lot of twinkling:

DIY Christmas Tree - Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Reveal #christmas #JustAddMichaels #dreamtreechallenge via lilblueboo.com

 

Silver berries:

Christmas Tree Ideas - Michaels Dream Tree Challenge Reveal #christmas #JustAddMichaels #dreamtreechallenge via lilblueboo.com

 

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The Rustic Christmas Tree

The Lil Blue Boo Christmas Tree for Michaels Dream Tree Challenge via lilblueboo.com (click through for the time lapse video of the DIY ornaments!)

Last year I participated in the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge and I’m looking forward to doing it again this year! I just got my new tree so stay tuned for the big reveal! Be sure to stop by your local Michaels store between November 3rd and 9th for their special tree event!

Here’s a short time lapse/process video of my Rustic Christmas Tree from last year:

 

 

Yearly Photo Book Ideas

Creative Yearly Photo Book Ideas via lilblueboo.com

 

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 lilblueboo.com

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/apple.com) 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 PicMonkey.com) and then loaded that collage as one photo into the book template:

Photo book ideas: Self Portraits via lilblueboo.com

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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 Eve Traditions

Christmas Eve is right around the corner so we have rounded up some traditions that are easy and fun! Would love to hear about YOUR Christmas Eve traditions in the comments!

Click “read more” below to see the gallery and links:

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Got Elf? The Great Elf on the Shelf Link Up

So, now you’ve seen all of my Elf on the Shelf posts, I want to see yours! I thought this would be a great place for everyone to link up their Elf creativity and share ideas.  How has your elf been surprising the kiddos this December?  Humorous adult elf posts also welcomed just keep it classy!

 

The Great Elf Link Up via lilblueboo.com

 

Got Elf? Here’s what to do:

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Handmade Gift Ideas

handmade gift ideas for kids and adults from lilblueboo.comPhoto by Olivia’s Ultimate.

Still searching for a handmade gift idea to give this holiday season? We have rounded up some Lil Blue Boo tutorials and free downloads along with several awesome products from our digital contributors that would make great gifts for kids and adults!

Click “read more” below to see the gallery and links:
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