Random Acts of Kindness and Free Printable 8×10 Artwork

Last year Boo and I set out to spread handmade gifts across town for Random Acts of Kindness Week:

(click here for direct link to video)

I wanted to do it again and I was excited when Michael’s asked me to come up with a project for their blog The Glue String. The full step-by-step post is featured today here.

random acts of kindness ideas via lilblueboo #roak #quote
We set out today to hand out the canvases….venturing to the cancer center, the hospital, the fire station, restaurants, bus stops etc. I’ll share the video one day soon when I have a chance to edit.

random acts of kindness for kids #raok #quote #gift

 

I love doing this each year…..not only is it a chance to spread kindness, it’s also a chance for Boo to learn to interact with people she doesn’t know and work on her shyness.

random acts of kindness stories #raok via lilblueboo.com

And we can share quotes we love for others to hopefully be inspired by:

 

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ― Aesop

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ― Aesop #quote

All the quotes in one place:

random acts of kindness quotes (our 2014 random act of kindness project) #raok  via lilblueboo Ashley Hackshaw

 

They were pretty simple to make:

Spray Paint.

Liquitex spray paint project #roak

Write with paint pen Sharpie.

Make mini canvases with quotes #quote #tutorial #diy #raok

And since we can’t give one to everyone….for you today…..free printable artwork. Download at the bottom of the post!Free Printable 8x10 Kindness Quote via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

 

 

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Art Prints

We made these cute prints for Valentine’s Day. Boo will be using them for her Valentine’s at school! Download them below:

Free 8x10 Valentines day free printable art prints via Ashley Hackshaw / lilblueboo.com

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Add a little pink and red to your home this February with these sweet printable 8×10 art prints. Print it, frame it, display it!

 

 

You can download the free printables by clicking the image below.

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January Photo Challenge

Happy New Year! A little creative photo challenge for this month to keep the holiday creativity going.  Each day take a photo using Instagram that you think best signifies the word of the day.  At the end of the month I’ll round up my favorite from each day into a photo collage.  Can’t wait to see what you snap! Make sure to tag me @lilblueboo on Instagram so that I get a notification that you posted a photo (I can only see them if you have a public account, so you can upload just a single photo on Twitter or the Lil Blue Boo Facebook page too if you have a private account).

If you miss a day or only want to participate in just a few days that’s awesome too.  I’m easy.

Instagram Photo Challenge Lil Blue Boo

 

 

You can download the challenge printable here:

 

LBB Photo A Day Challenge for January - Free Download! via lilblueboo.com

This isn’t my only post for the day either…still wrapping the next one up for this evening.

St. Patrick’s Day Free Printables

St. Patrick's Day Free Printables via lilblueboo.com

 

Some of our favorite free St. Patrick’s Day printables to make the holiday a little extra fun!

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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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Free 2013 Year at a Glance Calendars

Jody from Knapp Scraps is back again this year with the 2013 Year at a Glance Calendars using our Choose Joy and One of Me in All Time downloads! Resize to fit your needs, print on heavy cardstock and display all year long.

2013 Choose Joy Free Year at a Glance Printable Calendar via lilblueboo.com

 

 

2013 Only One of Me Free Year at a Glance Printable Calendar via lilblueboo.com

 

Click image below to download the 2013 year at a glance calendars:

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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!

A Valentine’s Printable

A Valentine's Printable Pillow by Stephanie Corfee via lilblueboo.com

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The Office Makeover: Craft Storage (Free Vintage Label Download)

Martha eat your heart out. I labeled 70 boxes yesterday with vintage-inspired labels.  It’s part of my big office makeover. I can’t show you the office yet because it’s a disaster. Anyway, it took almost all day to organize the boxes and create the labels but I feel really organized now:

Craft and Art Supply Storage (with free vintage label printable) via lilblueboo.com

The shelves were an early Christmas present from Mr. LBB.  This area is a hallway behind my office….technically it’s a “butler’s pantry” for serving food and storage but it’s the perfect area to store supplies right off my work area.  The wall space above the countertop was just empty space.  The area used to be a huge sunken living room before we remodeled a few years ago. We added a wall at the end of the room to create the storage space.

Here’s what it looked like two weeks ago:

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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…]

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