Oh the places they go!

Boo loves working on her wooden U.S. map puzzle every morning when she wakes up. She’s starting to associate the states with where family members live and what each state is known for. I think her geography skills are better than mine already. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t even know all of the state capitals. I thought it would be fun to start mapping out where my handmade upcycled dresses have ended up. I asked for locations on my Facebook page and for each new city I added a little miniature upcycled dress. So here it is….around the world with Lil Blue Boo:

One day when I get time maybe I’ll look through my old shipping data to see what I need to fill in. For now it gave me some new goals: New Mexico, South Dakota, South America, Italy etc. Most importantly, I’m finally learning my geography again.

Big Blue Boo

I’m close to 6 feet tall (5’11” and 3/4″ to be exact)….so I think this outfit qualifies as “Big” Blue Boo. I made this asymmetric tunic to wear over my grungy jean cutoffs that I live in everyday. (I need a tripod obviously so that I can take photos without using my master bath mirror!) I LOVE it and was tempted to wear it 2 days in a row….have I mentioned that my closet has been empty lately? This was an emergency outfit.


Upcycled from a variety of t-shirts and some stretchy yardage….it has a cute and funky pieced look! I’m working on a maxi dress length too. I think I’ll leave the bottoms unfinished when listing them in my store so that they can be customized for length. The tricky part is finding the right t-shirt combinations that don’t end up looking like Lil Blue Boo kiddo dresses!

Saturday LBB Gallery Share (A day late….)

Where have the last few weeks gone? I’ve been buried in my new studio sewing and silk screening like crazy. Just a few photos to sum up some recent projects:

Lots of seahorses….and beautiful photography by my friend Lisa from Ellebows:

A few blue marlins…..

Homemade silk screened plaid:


A doll sized LBB princess dress (inspired by Boo’s birthday dress)

….to match custom princess dresses:

I finished all the “Fuschia Filly” horse dresses I was working on as a limited edition offering in my Lil Blue Boo Big Cartel shop.


Each one came with a matching doll dress.

Finally got caught up on shipping:

A few days later I got some amazing photos back as kiddos received their packages….so many great photos. Check my Lil Blue Boo Facebook page for the rest.

 

I finished up a large batch of limited edition Father’s Day dresses which featured a silk screened tie and pocket protector image:


I made them in blue…..


….and pink. Making more this week since they all sold out.


A few customer appreciation photos:

Brinley in a “Gingham Gallop” Lil Blue Boo dress:

Photo courtesy of Carli Karluk

Lil Blue Boo doll dresses used for nursery decor! I think I’m going to have to borrow this idea for a studio shoot coming up!

Photo courtesy of Carli Karluk

Sophie in her Lil Blue Boo asymmetric dresses:

Photo courtesy of Mary Rodin

Non-LBB-centric photo alert: We got this amazing dress in the mail from one of my favorite upcyclers Dress Me. Liesbeth does amazing work. We are expecting another dress any day now!


And I think this would be called “Big” Blue Boo…..I made this tunic/dress to go and see Sex and the City last night with some girlfriends. Sorry for the bad photo….but iPhotoBooth is all I have available to photograph myself until my daughter learns photography. I’m working on S, M and L women’s sizes for my Big Cartel shop!


We did a 15 minute makeover of Boo’s room. No time to paint a mural as planned like the Fairy Forest mural I did for a client, but these peel and stick vinyl decals worked great from Wall Art Corner, one of my sponsors.

 

Oh, and a sneak peek of a tutorial to come this week! I’m making this for Mr. LBB’s birthday. We need some art for the hallway. Can you guess what it says?

And how about a giveaway?! I’m giving away 2 of these screen printed tees featuring a LBB starfish. All you have to do is refer someone to my Lil Blue Boo Facebook page, tell them to leave a comment saying that you sent them (leave the comment on the post announcing this giveaway). I’ll pick a random number on Tuesday night…..if someone you referred wins, you win a t-shirt too!

And don’t forget to start on your entry for the Lil Blue Boo and Dharma Trading Great Ugly Knit Upcycle! Great prizes!

 

 

New to Lil Blue Boo

New to Lil Blue Boo! Silk screened shorts! These were made out of necessity….Boo wears dresses 99% of the time but she also wears shorts underneath for the hot slide at school! No one wants a burnt bum! I couldn’t find a yoga style short I liked so I decided I needed to design my own:


I made her wear a tank top so I could get a photo of them (Graffiti shoes look familiar?)


I love mixing and matching them all!


I’ve also been working on perfecting a new sleeve style…..an extra large fluttery sleeve. Sienna thinks they look like elephant ears (maybe because we just a got an elephant shaped baby pool for her to play in)…..so that’s what we named them!


I turned 33 this week! Here I am at 3 years old….same age as Boo now….sporting vintage flutter sleeves.

Lil Blue Boo Horses! Upload tonight!

New limited edition horse printed dresses size 6M to size 10 to be uploaded tonight to my Lil Blue Boo Big Cartel shop! Upload is scheduled for 8pm EST.

Each dress comes with a matching doll dress that fits a 15″ Waldorf, AppleTreeHouse, Bamboletta or even a Pottery Barn doll as shown in the photo:


I’m trying something new ….making a dress or two in each size. It is crazy HARD work but I love that there are more to go around! Don’t be late!

Lisa from Ellebows will be uploading some gorgeous matching headbands to match! Here are the ones she recently made for my blue horse dresses:

A Little Bit of Everything…..(and a new member of the family!)

I feel like I’ve been all over the place these last two weeks!

I silk screened a limited edition set of silk screened dresses for my Big Cartel shop with matching doll dresses. I made them in every size which is my new plan going forward for limited edition screens….it was a ton of work but so happy with the dresses. I always try to make one for Boo and get some photos of her. My friend Lisa had just taken her daughter to this cool graffiti wall on El Paseo so after pancakes at Keedy’s this weekend we went by and snapped a few photos:

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Of course she didn’t want her photo taken….so I just had to snap as she sulked ;)

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I’ve been organizing my studio as I move in….it’s coming along. I’ll try to get some photos put up once everything is put away. I finally got around to organizing all my patterns that I use almost every day….I’ll have a separate post on this soon.

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Sienna’s been contributing by drawing spaceships on any pattern piece I happen to drop on the floor:

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I’ve moved over most of my knits onto the shelves that Mr. LBB built me for Mother’s Day:

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I made Sienna’s Butterfly dress…..she’s loving the purple. I had to bribe her with a bowl of Reese’s peanut butter chips to get a photo of her standing still. The quality of Dharma Trading’s spaghetti strap dresses are great. They are a heavier cotton rib so they aren’t see through at all. They run about $10.50 each.

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The highlight of the week was when Sienna’s new baby Li’l Sally arrived! For weeks Sienna has been stalking the mailbox: “Is Sally here yet Mommy?” Debra from AppleTreeHouse made the 10″ Waldorf doll for us and we are in LOVE with her.


Debra did an amazing job of matching the unruly curly hair to Sienna’s! I can’t even tell them apart!

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Li’l Sally needed some clothes so Sienna helped pick out some knits and we made her a cute little LBB dress:

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I sew so many things in a week that I run through a crazy amount of serger blades. I decided to attempt sharpening them myself…..big fail. The low of the week: now my machine has been down…..and my dresses are piling up! Hopefully the new blades come today…..

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….because boredom is setting in! We’ve been eyeing Diesel for some time wondering if he could fit into a doll LBB dress. Funny….he is the same size as a 10″ Waldorf doll! Please don’t tell any of your dogs….I don’t want him getting bullied.

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This doll dress was a sample and you can win it if you leave a comment on the post announcing the giveaway on the LBB Facebook page! Ends tonight at midnight! It will fit a 15″ doll or stuffed animal and features some of my Lil Blue Boo Citrus silk screen.

Off to check the P.O. box!

Mini Mini-Me

A few months ago a customer asked me to send some dress scraps to Debra at Apple Tree House so that her daughter’s doll could arrive with a matching outfit. Since then it’s been in the back of my mind to make some matching doll clothes to a few dresses. I’m wondering how much more work can I possibly create for myself: Boo has to match me, I have to match Boo, now we both have to match the doll?!

I remember begging my mother to buy me nightgowns at Richway when I was little that came with an identical doll-sized versions for my Cabbage Patch Kid doll…..it was a big deal. I LOVE the little perfect miniature creations that Melanie makes for her Melamoose Co Etsy store (they sell out immediately) and we’ve been talking about a collaboration. I decided to test it out with a twirl skirt and top. This is Abby….she’s a 15″ Pottery Barn doll:


It is a mini version of this larger twirl skirt:


Here is a photo of the new owner of the twirl skirt: Haven. She is a 15″ Bamboletta doll. SO cute! Thanks for the photo Carli!


I made a cute matching set featuring my ladybug silk screen…..and Boo confiscated it immediately. She could care less about dolls and doll clothes UNLESS they are perfect little clones….then she’ll spend all day with them! Here she is begging me not to sell it…..she rarely asks for anything, so of course I caved. She’s worn it everyday this week!


Abby is a great model. I just hold her by the hair and dangle her in front of the camera. Much easier than a human model.


We are waiting on our 10″ doll from Apple Tree House to size clothing for smaller dolls!


I couldn’t resist a Matryoshka silk screen with matching mini-me version:

Changing the subject….I finally started incorporating my new LBB Signature Print into some dresses. I’ve narrowed it down to three favorites for the name (to win the summer scarf)…..which do you like the best?

1. Easy as Pi
2. Q-T-Pi
3. Batik Geek

Flashback: Last summer I launched my Halter Dress Pattern. I was looking through my photos and just loved these. Had to share. Boo looks so young and her hair is so short! If you are looking for an easy beginner pattern for some summer dresses, this one is perfect.


One LAST announcement:

Do you have a Lil Blue Boo long sleeved dress from my shop that you want your little one to wear into the summer!? You still have a few days left to send them in to have the sleeves shortened for summer free of charge! (Must be postmarked by May 15th and include a postage paid return envelope) Contact me if you need my P.O. address.

10 Minute Knit Summer Cowl Scarf (A Tutorial)

How to make a 10 minute Cowl Scarf via lilblueboo.com

My desert wardrobe gets a little boring: tank top, jeans and flip flops….year round.

I made this easy cowl scarf out of some taupe tie dyed knit to spruce it up a bit.

First, I cut 2 long strips of knit, each measuring about 36″ x 8″:

 

How to make a 10 minute Cowl Scarf Step 1 via lilblueboo.com
I used my serger to sew the long sides together with contrasting bright thread:

 

How to make a 10 minute Cowl Scarf Step 2 via lilblueboo.com
Next, I twisted the scarf in the center, matched up the ends and sewed them together:

 

How to make a 10 minute Cowl Scarf Step 3 via lilblueboo.com

Lastly, I used my serger to finish all the way around the edge of the scarf:

How to make a 10 minute Cowl Scarf Step 4 via lilblueboo.com

Easy! Mix it up by using contrasting fabrics for each strip!
 

 

 

LBB Signature Fabric

I’ve been wanting to do an exclusive signature fabric for my Lil Blue Boo dresses for a while now. I finally got around to it!


The design is all hand drawn using a sharpie and then burned onto a silk screen frame (see my screenprinting 101 tutorial here). I wanted to work in some things I love so it includes the number Pi (as many decimal places I could fit), roman numerals, Chinese number characters and a few other surprises throughout. I was a math major and studied the Chinese language in China so I’ve got some random “loves”.

Note: I wanted to add in some trigonometry, prime numbers etc…..but then I thought the dresses might be banned as “cheat sheets” from school.

Speaking of Pi: I love this link which is a catchy recitation of it. I think I could memorize at least the first 100 decimal places of Pi if I listened to it enough ;) I am a little obsessed with all things geeky. Geek is the new chic right?


I love busy, intricate prints and have a hard time finding the perfect prints for the dresses I make…..so why not make my own? Stay tuned as I begin to incorporate the new prints into Lil Blue Boo clothing!

10,000 years ago…..

…there was probably a lake or ocean here. Thank you ancient lake for leaving all this sand behind in the desert and giving me a sandy back drop for a “beachy” photo shoot. I found this sea shell (slightly cheesy) printed knit to make some dresses out of…..so I lugged my camera along to the park for some photos this morning.

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Let me make one thing clear: I am not a photographer. I pretty much take 400 photos, on every possible setting, and hope for one or two to turn out.

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Our photo shoots are kind of hysterical….it is mostly myself trying to get Boo to copy something I do. She refuses to look at the camera. Today I resorted to throwing rocks into bushes to get her to look another direction.

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Here I was preparing to take the perfect photo…..and she fell backwards out of the picture:

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We play for a while and then I realize I’ve overstayed my welcome……and we’ve missed the beginning of nap-time:

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