The Casita Office Makeover

DIY office makeover ideas via lilblueboo.com #decor #office #diy #homedecor #organization #thrifting

I’d never heard of a “casita” before I moved to California. It’s a little detached guest room off the house.  Nice because if you don’t use it you can leave the air conditioning off and save money!  We turned ours into a sewing studio a few years ago but then we outgrew it and now it’s the official Lil Blue Boo office.

Here’s the before:

Office Makeover Re-decorating BEFORE via lilblueboo.com #decor #office #diy #homedecor #organization #thrifting

Office Makeover Re-decorating AFTER via lilblueboo.com #decor #office #diy #homedecor #organization #thrifting

 

I love how the neutral palette turned out.  I am still trying to figure out what kind of chairs I want to use….but they have to be comfortable!  This is my side of the office. It doesn’t get used a lot right now because I have my “dining room” office too: CONTINUE READING

How to Make Altered Thrift Store Pop Art

How to Make Altered Thrift Store Pop Art via lilblueboo.com

 

There’s nothing I love more than scooping up something that someone else doesn’t want anymore….and making it my own.  My friend was selling this HUGE dinosaur at her yard sale and I couldn’t resist.  I knew I’d either paint over it to reuse the canvas….or maybe change it up a bit.  Mr. LBB loved the dino but Boo thought it was too scary.  So I changed him up a bit to be more of a pop art dino!

Here’s the before:

thrift store painting BEFORE via lilblueboo.com #upcycled

 

The first thing I did was use a pencil and some acrylic paint to add polka dots….or pixelate the dino: CONTINUE READING

Recycled Tie Photo Album

 

How to make mini memory albums using upcycled ties (from my Dad's ties!) via lilblueboo.com #diy #tutorial #ties

It’s been almost two years since my dad passed away and I’ve been saving all of his ties to make something from.  I wanted to make something for my mom, sister and brother.  My dad’s ties represented so many different parts of his life….from special events to all of his favorite golf clubs and important tournaments he played in.   I came up with the idea of making a photo album using bits and pieces of each tie so that everyone would have a patch:

 

How to recycle old ties via liblueboo.com

 

I added a little tag into the front of each album: Made from the neckties of Norman Virgil Swenson Jr., 1947 – 2011, “Golf’s Ultimate Gentleman”:

Alternative to memory bear via lilblueboo.com

 

Every tie reminds me of some part of my dad’s life….like the pretty blue tie he wore in my sister’s wedding:

Upcycle old ties to remember loved ones via lilblueboo.com

 

To make the albums I purchased simple 4″x6″ albums from the craft store:

Mini Photo Album via lilblueboo.com

Other supplies you may need: sew-on snaps, fusible interfacing, etc.

Here are the ties I used:

I even took the ribbon off of this belt to work the DeBordieu design into it. We used to own a house at DeBordieu beach when we were little….it’s where most of my childhood summers were spent:

Here’s how I made the albums…..they only took me a few hours with an assembly line:

Step 1: Cut apart the ties and press them flat with an iron. Add fusible (iron-on) interfacing to the back of each tie.  Begin cutting pieces of the ties into random angles and piece them together until you have a large enough piece to cut for the main piece of the album (approx. 11″ x 7.25″ for my album).  Iron all your seams open and flat. Apply fusible interfacing to the back of the finished patchwork.

how to make a kindle cover or photo album out of fabric via lilblueboo.com

Step 2: Cut the front of the album (approx. 11″ x 7.25″ for my album).  Cut two pieces (with fusible interfacing) for the front and back inside cover (approximately 5.5″ x 7.25″). If you would like a personalized tag in the front, create text and print onto iron-on transfer paper.

upcycled necktie photo album via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: Turn over the inside edge of each of the inside covers, iron flat and sew with a 1/4″ seam. For a tab closure, cut the end of a tie off and sew it to one side of the front to keep it in place as you assemble the rest of your album cover.  Finish the top and bottom edge of the front cover with a serger or zig zag stitch.

how to make a fabric covered photo album using ties via lilblueboo.com

Step 4: Lay the two inside cover pieces onto the top of the outside cover piece and sew the seams using a 1/4″ seam.  Your album covers should look like the ones in the 2nd photo below.  Use some fusible web or a few pins to secure your “tag” to the inside front cover and stitch it into place.

how to make a photo album from ties via lilblueboo.com

Step 5:  Stitch the top and bottom seams of the cover as shown in the first photo with a 1/4″ seam.  Carefully trim your corners and turn the cover right side out using a small pencil or stick to push out the corners.  Sew your snaps into place on the “tab” and the cover”.

how to make a photo album cover via lilblueboo.com

 

Your finished album! Use an iron to carefully press the piece flat.

how to make a handmade photo album via lilblueboo.com

Everyone that opens these albums will know where the ties came from….it makes a nice family hierloom.

tie wallet diy or photo album diy via lilblueboo.com

They all look so pretty together:

how to make a tie wallet or photo album via lilblueboo.com

I know that Boo will love keeping ours forever and probably pass it down to her children:

upcycled clothing via lilblueboo.com

I love the idea of “memory” bears….but this is a great way to make something for the whole family:

repurposing mens ties via lilblueboo.com

CONTINUE READING

Turning Old Books and Papers into Doilies

 

Turning Old Books and Papers into Doilies (the Circle Edge Punch) via lilblueboo.com #diy #doily #marthastewart

 

I recently had the chance to try out a new product that Martha Stewart Crafts is introducing…..the Circle Edge Punch! Martha Stewart will be on HSN on Nov. 13 to launch the Circle Edge Punch.  You can’t buy it in stores so make sure to check out the information after the tutorial on where to purchase!  I think it’s a great product if you want to make your own custom doilies and with little effort! CONTINUE READING

DIY Suede Fringe Handbag

DIY Upcycled Suede Fringe Handbag Tutorial and Template via lilblueboo.com

I see so much suede at the thrift store….I have a few jackets, a skirt, a few pairs of pants….it’s all outdated and just waiting to be cut up and made into something amazing. Here’s my first suede remake project……an old pair of suede pants and a thrift store belt into a fringe handbag. It was actually a fairly easy project. The key is to not cut the fringe until the handbag is finished. If you can’t find suede at the store you can also check Etsy and Ebay for remnants. You can also use leather or microfiber. Here are the original pants:

Original Suede Pants via lilblueboo.com

And here is the finished bag: CONTINUE READING

Speaking of Clowns

I did a little thrift store shopping today. I came across a stack of old road signs…..and bought these two. Maybe they’ll go in Boo’s playroom…..

Thrift store finds via lilblueboo.com

There’s more:

CONTINUE READING

A T-Shirt Quilt (A Tutorial)

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I made my first memory quilt…out of Boo’s old dresses! I’m sure there are many of you out there that are quilting experts, and that there are certain ways of doing things the “quilting” way….but I wanted to take a fresh look at quilting and make it up as I went along.  I love that each square tells a story! Boo can point to each square and remember a special outfit she had and a memory associated with it!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 1 via lilblueboo.comm

 

I love the way the quilt turned out. It’s sturdy, double sided, and full of memories….it’s upcycled/recycled!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of actually t-shirts I took Boo’s dresses from the last few years…..all the ones that I’ve made for her. Most are pretty worn out and had some stains on them…..so they couldn’t have been sold or donated.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 3 via lilblueboo.com

Each dress has special memories and instead of putting the all into storage I decided to cut them all up and make them into a big quilt that she can enjoy for years to come.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 4 via lilblueboo.com

First I made a square template: 10″ x 10″

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 5 via lilblueboo.com

I used a rotary cutter to cut out as many squares from each dress as I could:

HowHow to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 6 via lilblueboo.com

Here’s my big stack of completed squares:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 7 via lilblueboo.com

 

Boo helped me to place all the squares in a pattern. It’s double sided so we had 7 squares by 7 squares for each side of the quilt. I then stacked them up in order so I could keep them straight.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 8 via lilblueboo.com

 

 

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 9 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of interfacing, I used spray starch to coat each square and I ironed out each piece. Then I rechecked my square template and trimmed any wonky edges so that each square was perfect.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 10 via lilblueboo.com

I began to sew each square together in rows. 7 squares made up each row.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 11 via lilblueboo.com

After each row was finished I ironed the seams flat.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 12 via lilblueboo.com

Here are all my rows finished:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 13 via lilblueboo.com

I laid out all the rows again just to double check my design.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 14 via lilblueboo.com

Then I began to sew all the rows together.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 15 via lilblueboo.com

After both sides of the quilt were completely assembled I ironed all the seams flat again. I used spray starch to make sure they stayed nice and flat.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 16 via lilblueboo.com

I laid one side of the quilt face down on a large table and then laid a large piece of batting on top of it. I used an iron to press the batting completely flat and smooth.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 17 via lilblueboo.com

I rolled back one side of the batting and used a spray adhesive (made especially for quilting and basting)  to coat the top of the batting. Then I carefully rolled the batting back into place making sure to smooth it into place.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 18 via lilblueboo.com

Then I rolled back the other side of the batting and repeated the adhesive spray.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 19 via lilblueboo.com

I finally laid the top of the quilt into place on top of the batting. Starting at the center of the quilt I carefully lined up the squares and seams to the other side of the quilt and used safety pins to pin it in place.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 20 via lilblueboo.com

I rolled back one side of the quilt top and sprayed enough adhesive to cover the area of one row of quilting squares.  Then I carefully rolled one row of the squares back in place and used safety pins to secure just that row in place by matching up the seams (mostly where each section of 4 squares meet together).

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 21 via lilblueboo.com

I slowly repeated this process for every row in the quilt until I reach the edges. Then I repeated for the other side of the quilt. By the end, my entire quilt was pin together with all the seams matching from front to back. If any of the squares look a little wonky or tilted I used a little bit of tugging back and forth to smooth out the entire quilt.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 22 via lilblueboo.com

I used embroidery thread to make little ties at each intersection of squares. This holds the entire quilt together and secures the pieces in place. On the entire quilt was secured I removed the safety pins.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 23 via lilblueboo.com

I made a little template to round out the corners of the quilt:

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 24 via lilblueboo.com

Instead of binding the quilt, to keep with the exposed seams used in the dresses, I just used my serger to add color thread all the way around. You can add bias tape around the edges if you don’t have a serger.

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 25 via lilblueboo.com

Here’s Diesel enjoying the blanket this morning out in the yard!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 26 via lilblueboo.com

I added a few extra appliques from t-shirts that weren’t able to be added as a square…..it made the quilt a little more interesting.  A t-shirt quilt (or dress quilt!) is a great way to preserve memories so that they’ll be enjoyed every day!

How to make a memory quilt from baby blankets, clothes and t-shirts. DIY tutorial 27 via lilblueboo.com

 

Photo of the Day: Graffiti

Boo and I spent all day watching movies. I had Mr. LBB move my thrift store desk find to right by the back patio and every once in a while I’d walk out and graffiti it with a few words. Layers and layers and layers of spray painting later it looks just right! It’s going in Boo’s playroom so I can work there and she can use it as a homework desk one day. I’ll show more photos of the process when I can get photos of it in its final place! It would make a cool photo prop right?!

 

Boo’s Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party

Disclaimer: This post may cause cravings and/or obsessive doughnut thoughts.

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Today was Boo’s big doughnut party! I put it together in about a week….only with the help of my friends and family and Krispy Kreme. We had about 4o kids and adults and the day was all about Boo!  She’s been such a trooper the last 6 months with my surgery and chemotherapy…..I wanted to do something big for her.

 

Donut Party Theme:  Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

I grew up on Krispy Kreme donuts so when Boo said she wanted a donut party for her birthday I immediately envisioned the red and green theme!

If you’ve never had a Krispy Kreme donut…..you. are. missing. out. They melt in your mouth!

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Here’s Boo in her “donut shop”……with her donut hat and a hand silk screened apron. I bought the apron at Michael’s and added the “Bestest Everest” artwork specially designed by Stephanie Corfee:

 

Donut Party Theme:  Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

I even enlarged the neon “HOT NOW” Krispy Kreme sign to make it authentic. I printed it at Staples and used spray adhesive to attach it to foam board:

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

Lisa helped me with all the little Krispy Kreme themed tent cards for all the food:

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

The doughnut table….complete with little vintage-themed mini milk bottles! I found them at Sav-on-Crafts for about $15 for a dozen!

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

“To-Go” bags for the guests to take a doughnut home!

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

The coffee station:

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Krispy Kreme hats for everyone!

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

The food table:

 

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Boo and Mr. LBB….I had white aprons for about 6 adults so that we would have some donut servers:

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

No cake….just donuts!

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

A few of Boo’s friends….all wearing LBB!

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

For some of the entertainment I spray-painted doughnuts and games onto our yard:

 

outdoor party ideas via lilblueboo.com

 

Hopscotch:

 

outdoor party and activity ideas via lilblueboo.com

My little niece Sawyer playing in the doughnuts:

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

I was SO excited for everyone to get their favors!  Gicela helped me silk screen doughnut t-shirts for all the kids and Lisa made the cute little tags:

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

Little favor bags with stickers and pencils…..easily made with plastic bags and stapling printed paper over the opening:

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

Boo’s Choose Joy tee was made by Cristy of Paperlili! Isn’t it adorable?

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

I love this photo of my in-laws and Boo’s cousins. Boo’s mouth is full of doughnut! My father-in-law was in doughnut shop character:

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

Look at all the Choose Joy bracelets at the party!

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

A few behind the scenes notes for planning your own party:

The awesome tower of doughnuts? I found it at the thrift store and repainted it! The platters were found at the 99 cent store and fit it perfectly!

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

I spray painted various frames and added chalkboards to them for table decor…..easy and inexpensive!

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

I made large stencils to spray paint the doughnuts and games on the grass. Hours of entertainment was added for the cost of 2 cans of paint!

 

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

 

A special thanks to Lisa, Gicela, Gale, and Jenn for helping me put all this together in such a short time!  A VERY special thanks to our family friend Jim Morgan of Krispy Kreme for all the little details that made the party possible!!! Every little detail was just perfect….including the fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts that we had brought in from Ontario more than an hour away. Thank you Jenn and John for picking them up for us!!!

It was a great day of hanging out with friends and family that we haven’t been able to spend time with in quite a while!

This is the best party I’ve ever had.
-Boo

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party via lilblueboo.com

Project Playroom: The Scale and the Shelves

Well, I was supposed to be working on the last minute details for Boo’s birthday party today…..but Boo was still home sick….so I shifted gears and we worked on her playroom a little to entertain ourselves.

I finished the market awning in the last installment of Project Playroom. I thought I’d be done with the playroom by now but it’s taking me a bit longer to get my projects finished. I found this great old dairy scale on ebay for $20 and thought it would look so cute in the market:

 

 

I bought a $3.00 wrought iron garden bracket from Home Depot to hang the scale from:

 

 

Boo and I found these shelves at the thrift store this morning for $14.00 on the way to grab a burrito from El Pollo Loco:

 

With a little spray paint….the shelves match the awning!

 

Boo worked on organizing her veggies and fruits into bins (we found the bins at a local store called The Alley). The fruits and veggies are from Ikea.

 

We still have a lot more to add to make the market as realistic as possible! Looking for a cute wooden cash register is the next step…..along with some mini canvas shopping bags to hang from the scale.

 

Click here to check out Project Playroom for all of our related projects!

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...