Unplugged: Type Ins and Letter Writing

“Your family is bound closer together by something each can use. Even those in far away places will be nearer because you’ll write more often.”
-Remington Typewriter Ad c. 1940


I went to a type-in at the Rancho Mirage Library over the weekend.  I love and collect typewriters so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at a type-in…except I knew there would be typewriters there.

What is a type in? via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

Artist L.A. Marler brought her collection of typewriters for visitors to try out.  My favorite was the Corona No. 4.  I think I’m going to track one down. The Corona No.4 is from around 1927.  Why is it call the No. 4? Because it has 4 rows of keys.  Because of it’s compact and portable body it was said to be the typewriter that “launched a thousand typists.” Hemingway typed on a Corona No. 3. (read that story here) Guess how many rows of keys it had.

Vintage Corona No. 4 via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

Ohhh…..love this old Underwood.

Vintage Underwood Typewriter via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

I think this one is a 1940 Royal Aristocrat or a Royal Arrow? Love the “Shift Freedom” button:

Free the Shift!

1940 Royal Aristocrat or a Royal Arrow via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo


A 1965 Royal Safari:

1956 Royal Safari typewriter via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo


This is Louise (L.A.) Marler typing at one of her machines:

L.A. Marler Type In Rancho Mirage Library Typewriter collection via Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

She had stamps available with her artwork on them so that you could mail a letter from the type-in: [Read more…]

Instant Photo Booth Printer Hack

Instant Photo Booth Printer Hack via lilblueboo.com


I thought this would be a fun  idea for a holiday party or birthday party….an instant photo booth set up to print the photos immediately.  I use the photo booth app Pocketbooth for my 4-photo snaps.


Pocketbooth app via lilblueboo.com

First I take the 4 photos. Anyone else get unnecessary anxiety in photo booths?


Photo booth app via lilblueboo.com


To maximize paper I cut 2.5″ wide pieces of cardstock.  I used popsicle sticks as the new tray guides because most printer trays do not shrink small enough.  The strips of paper slide right in to their new tray: [Read more…]

How To Organize And Backup Your Home Movies (with Checklist Download)

Tips for how to organize, burn, and backup home movies via lilblueboo.com


This might be one of the most overwhelming posts I’ve ever started because there’s too much information to share! I decided to break it up into a series of posts to make it easier to follow. I thought I’d start with a few overall tips and then add additional posts with templates for covers, details on importing VHS tapes and other types of media into iMovie, etc. Most of the technical parts of the series will be from a Apple/iPhoto/iMovie point of view since that’s what I prefer to use.

I recently started catching up on burning our home movies to DVD. Every so often I will take an old VHS tape and import the videos, edit and re-burn them to DVDs.  I’ve found that the trick is to do it gradually. It’s not something that can be done in a day!

Updating the Home Movie Library via lilblueboo.com


The most important thing I’ve learned (to stay SANE through home movie editing) is to walk away when the computer is doing its thing. There is a lot of down time where you will sit staring at the computer while it thinks and formats and spins its little insides over and over and over.


Tip #1: Start with the easiest movies first. via lilblueboo.com

I call this the “Home Movie Snowball”….just like the debt snowball theory. Chip away at the easiest ones first to get them out of the way and off your hard drive. Plus you’ll get more satisfaction at seeing your shelf fill up quickly with movies…..

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How To Add Effects To Instagram Photos

Lil Blue Boo is on Instagram now! Find me at @lilblueboo. Here are some of my favorite apps for adding effects to photos like bokeh, text and collages. Enjoy!

How to add effects to instagram photos #photography #instagram via lilblueboo.com iDarkroom for iPhone
(couldn’t find one for Android but let me know!)

Click read more to see the rest of the effects!

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Easy File and Photo Backup Organization

Easy File and Photo Backup Organization tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I’m a little obsessive about photo and file backup…especially since I’m really bad at sending photos to be printed in a timely manner. I use Mozy to back up my computer, but once I’m done printing photos I remove the photos for storage. I also like to backup old files that don’t necessarily need to be on my computer anymore and that I might want again down the road.

I have a quick system that makes it easy to find files again:

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Needle Felted iPad/iPhone Cover (A Tutorial)

Needle Felted iPad / iPhone Cover. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com


I was so excited to do my first needle felting project. I wanted to start out as basic as possible……so I did some applique felting. Needle felting is basically where you use a barbed set of needles to attach 2 pieces of felt. The barbed needles drag the fibers of one piece through the fibers of the second piece and the fibers tangle together to attach the two. It’s a super easy project if you use felt pieces from the fabric store….you can layer felt shapes to make any applique:


Needle Felted iPad / iPhone Cover. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com


I used layered felt pieces to create a thick padded iPad cover….using the needle felting process to attach the layered pieces and to add a simple heart applique to the front:

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DIY iPad/iPhone Gloves (A Tutorial)

DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Note: these gloves were tested on my hubby’s Android too and work great.

So it’s a little annoying that iPad and iPhones don’t work with gloves on! I did some research around how the iPad/iPhone works and you need the conductive property of the human finger…..so that sent my investigative nature into overdrive and after a bunch of experiments I came up with something that worked! These would be a fun stocking stuffer or holiday gift!

I bought a $1 pair of gloves…..


DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and some metallic thread. I wasn’t sure if metallic thread was actually “metal” but turns out it is!

DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The metallic thread that worked for me was silver DMC thread. You might have to experiment with a few different kinds but mine was just the basic silver DMC thread that I bought from Michael’s Craft Store:


DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I put the glove on my left hand and stitched rows of stitches on the top of the finger to cover it:

DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

You need two fingers for the majority of iPad and iPhone functions so here’s how they looked when I was finished:


DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com


I added a pretty tag and added “Handmade Just For You….iPad/iPhone Gloves”:

DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Anyone with an iPhone or IPad will be so excited to get them! Now I have to make a pair for Boo so she can play games on my iPhone when we are out and about!


DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com


I don’t always show the ideas that didn’t make the cut……but these are kind of funny. I seriously felt like Mr. (or Mrs.) Wizard…..remember that show? I knew I needed some kind of conductive material so I tried everything that I thought might have conductive metallic properties. All of these failed the test:


DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

My initial idea was to paint the end of the gloves with some type of metallic paint so it would soak through to the other side….I could make my own paint mixture with metallic powder and it would do the trick. My friend Walker educated me on aluminum powder and gave me the idea to make my own. I filed aluminum off the end of a level and mixed it with fabric glue to apply to the end of the gloves. IT WORKED! BUT…..the aluminum filings were too scratchy and I was afraid they would scratch the iPad/iPhone surface. Aluminum powder would be perfect but it’s too expensive to make this a budget project (unless you are making a few hundred pairs of gloves!)


DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

These worked too! Aluminum eyelets! The only problem with this one was I was afraid they would get too cold on the end of the gloves. But if you don’t sew at all….this is an easy alternative option. Just make sure to add glue or fray check so your gloves don’t unravel.


DIY iPad / iPhone Gloves DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com


So the metallic thread was the best solution!  Enjoy!