How to Make Personalized Burlap Bags

Gift Idea for Bridesmaids, Wedding Party, Graduation Etc: How to Make Personalized Burlap Bags via Ashley Hackshaw / #burlap #diy #tutorial #wedding #rustic #diywedding


Love burlap…and I love these burlap bags from Dharma Trading. I thought they’d make great gifts or even stylish reusable grocery bags:

Use Blank Burlap or Jute Bags via Ashley Hackshaw /


Burlap or Jute Bags
Supersoft Transfer Paper
Ink Jet Printer


There are several ways you can personalize the bags:

1. Silk screening or freezer paper stencils. (see my Beach Bag Tote tutorial here)
2. Spray paint with stencils
3. Fabric applique
4. Transfer Paper

I chose transfer paper for these particular bags because I wante pretty detailed graphics and it takes way too much patience to hand cut a stencil for something like that.

First, I created this little “Groceries” graphic in Photoshop. If I’m making a graphic that prints out onto multiple pages I usually use Powerpoint to size and print it because it turns out easier to visualize and match up. I printed out the graphic onto Super Soft Transfer paper:

Use special iron on paper to transfer image via Ashley Hackshaw /

Transfer paper from Dharma Trading.


I carefully cut out my graphic and made sure the two sides matched up, placing them face down onto the burlap bag.  Pressing a hot iron for a few minutes (careful not to burn the paper or bag!) transfers the image to the bag: CONTINUE READING

Instant Photo Booth Printer Hack

Instant Photo Booth Printer Hack via


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

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


Photo booth app via


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: CONTINUE READING

Make A Wine Barrel Inspired Tray

DIY Wine Barrel Inspired Tray or Table via #wedding #gift #crafts #diy

I wanted to make something handmade and personal for my friends’ wedding recently and I decided on an oversized wine barrel inspired tray.  I used a precut wood table top from the hardward store. They actually come in several sizes. This was the medium size: CONTINUE READING

I Am the Night

It was a whirlwind weekend here at the Lil Blue Boo house. Our good friends George and Jodi got married this weekend so the last few days have been full of fun activities. We had the rehearsal dinner on Friday. And as usual I couldn’t even go a few days without making something…..I didn’t have anything to wear so I made some dresses on Friday….this is the one that made the cut for that evening. It’s just a variation on the Pieced Tunic Dress pattern:

The wedding was…  I can’t even put it into words.  Mr. LBB was in the wedding….it’s a pretty amazing thing that all of these groomsmen have known each other since elementary school and high school. I am really lucky to have married into such a close group of friends: CONTINUE READING

The Wedding…..

Did you watch the royal wedding today? I was up early…’s the first thing I thought about when I woke up this morning. I think I might have had more anxiety than the bride and groom….I wanted everything to just be perfect for them!

For a week now I’ve watched every show on the royal family, royal weddings etc. I’m fascinated by the tradition, the lifestyle, the outfits….and I’m so glad I get to watch from the outside.

I thought her dress was just perfect… know I am a huge Alexander McQueen fan. (Remember Boo’s inspired outfit? her headpiece looks just like some of those hats worn today)

Some cool facts about the dress via Daily Mail:
:: The lacework for the dress was carried out at the studios at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace. The embroiderers were not told which bride would be receiving their painstaking work.
:: The lace applique, which featured the four floral emblems of the UK – rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock – was made using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s.
:: The process is so time-consuming that it takes even experienced stitchers about an hour to sew an inch.
:: Each motif, some as small as a five-pence piece, was then crafted with minute stitches every two to three millimetres.
:: The workforce, estimated to be at least 12 strong, included students from Britain, Japan, China, the U.S., Thailand and Germany — aged between 19 and 70.
:: All were required to wash their hands every 30 minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and to renew needles every three hours to maintain optimum sharpness.
The dress was stitched in separate sections and put together only at the last possible moment, within the confines of Buckingham Palace where a special workroom was set up.


The Official Royal Wedding photographsPhoto source

I’m just in awe of all the wedding details:

The Royal Wedding CakePhoto source

The official Royal Wedding Commemorative China Photo source


I think Will and Kate are just adorable…and so happy.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leaving Westminster AbbeyPhoto source


I can’t wait for the royal baby now!


My family (and many others) think my younger brother Swen  looks JUST like Prince William….can you see a resemblance? I have to do a double take when I see a photo of Prince William on a magazine stand!

Wedding Part VI: The Final Post

Remember all those posts leading up to my sister’s wedding?

Wedding Part I:
Making the ring pillow, starting the flower girl dress
Wedding Part II: My grandfather’s book, my wedding, heirlooms, THE phone call
Wedding Part III: Sewing the rehearsal dresses, engagement photo shoot preview
Wedding Part IV: Finishing the flower girl dress, more engagement photos
Wedding Part V: Handmade jewelry, gift and favor bags, flip-flops and golf tees, fast food

Well, I finally have the photos from my sister’s wedding! Ash Little did an amazing job (check out his commentary on his blog here). The ceremony and reception took place at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC where we grew up playing golf, swimming and celebrating every holiday and birthday. My favorite photo from the wedding……Perry swinging Boo around on the dance floor:

Before the Ceremony

Boo getting her hair done at Carmen Carmen. See the ballet dancers from the Nutcracker in the background? They entertained her the whole time!

She won’t even let me brush her hair….but she sat perfectly still to get her “flower girl” look!

Perry’s dress was SO beautiful…..and tiny……I probably could have fit ONE leg in it:

Attaching the veil:

Justin’s sister Jenny clasping the bracelet she made Perry:

Putting on Sienna’s jewelry that Jenny made:

Hide and seek:

Watching all the guests arrive:

Almost time to walk down the aisle!

Meanwhile the guys were getting ready:

Here is Justin’s dad entertaining the groomsmen with one of his card tricks:

Justin and the guys playing pool before the wedding:

The Ceremony

Sienna walked with me down the aisle….carrying pretzels in her basket:

One of my favorite photos:

Instead of walking up the aisle… dad brought Perry from the front and over the putting green (where my sister started golfing at the age of 3). Here he is reaching into his pocket for a golf ball which he rolled across the green… almost went in:

My dad is a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews…..and one day wants his ashes walked over the Swilcan Bridge and thrown into the Road Hole Bunker…..bagpipes were required:

The vows:

The Reception

Mr. Lil Blue Boo and Boo sharing a father/daughter dance:

Boo danced the entire night as the center of attention:

Perry and Justin sharing a moment:

If you’ve never met us all….then you might not know that everyone in our family is a ham:

My sister and I are the loudest and craziest:

….and we like to drag everyone into our fun:

My dad started the train:

Perry and my dad surprised everyone by singing Rocky Top:

My brother doing the robot to Rocky Top….he’s quite the comedian:

The Details

Perry, Justin, my mother and Tim Bagwell (the family interior designer) did an amazing job putting everything together. They did everything themselves…..from putting together the centerpieces and flowers, to printing all the paper goods etc.

All the tall centerpieces were made using branches spray painted gold. Tea lights and flowers were added.

The “sweet” table: Perry spray painted different hat boxes she picked up at discount stores a robin’s egg blue and collected jars and bowls of different heights and styles.

Favor bags for the cookies and candy….decorated with the wedding logo (Emily Ley Paper designed the wedding monogram and my sister used it to print up all her labels, programs, etc):

The End of the Night

Telling my sister what to expect on her wedding night….LOL!!!

And they live happily ever after!

Wedding Part V: Preview

We are back from my sister and Justin’s wedding in Charlotte, NC. Every detail was perfect: the bagpipes, my dad rolling a golf ball as he walked my sister across the putting green, my dad and sister singing Rocky Top as a duet, Sienna dancing for 4 hours straight! I am not going to even post photos from the ceremony or reception until Ash Little’s are ready….mine won’t even do it justice. But I thought I’d post some photos from the days before right up to zipping the dress!

Here are all the gift bags and welcome baskets my sister and Justin made:

Wedding Part V: Preview gift bags via
A stack of flip-flops for the bridesmaids so we wouldn’t have to wear our heels at the reception:

Wedding Part V: Preview flip flops via
Justin’s sister Jenny made all of the jewelry for the bridesmaids….

Wedding Part V: Preview jewelry via
…..and this Swarovski Crystal and pearl bracelet for Perry on her wedding day. Isn’t it amazing?

Wedding Part V: Preview bracelet via
Thousands of golf tees for everyone…..

Wedding Part V: Preview golf tees via
Perry’s shoes and part of her veil:

Wedding Part V: Preview Perry's shoes via

Sienna playing “pool” with her soon-to-be Uncle Justin:

Wedding Part V: Preview playing pool via

Perry with the guys bowling at Strike City. We had the VIP room with 4 lanes and our own bar which made it SO much fun! My dad and Justin’s dad are on the bottom right.

Wedding Part V: Preview bowling via
I finally got a chance to meet my 4-month-old nephew Cameron (my brother’s son):

Wedding Part V: Preview nephew via
The rehearsal was COLD. Here are the ring bearers Ethan and Brady (Justin’s nephews) and Sienna practicing:

Wedding Part V: Preview rehersal via
Sienna and my matching dresses worked out great! Here we are with Brett and Perry at the rehearsal dinner at Duke Mansion. My sister made the most amazing video for us all to watch with video clips and photos from the years.

Wedding Part V: Preview matching dresses via
Perry and my brother Swen. Sienna kept trying to sneak up the stairs.

Wedding Part V: Preview Perry and Swen via
Judy, Justin’s mother, used flowers from her friend’s farm for the rehearsal dinner arrangements.

Wedding Part V: Preview flowers via
My mom and dad at the rehearsal. Justin was telling how he had to track my dad down at a golf tournament to ask for Perry’s hand in marriage…..and finally found him in China…..but my dad corrected him that it was actually Australia. Whatever….it was STILL far!!!

Wedding Part V: Preview mom and dad via
Sienna getting her hair curled on the day of the wedding:

Wedding Part V: Preview Sienna's hair via
I took a photo of the photographers Ash and Harrison. I’m sure they’ll cringe at the quality of the photo. Aren’t they handsome?! They did the most amazing job…..everywhere I turned the whole day they were right there.

Wedding Part V: Preview photographers via
A gift from my Aunt Sharon to the couple. The photo is of our great-grandmother Mabel (Marjorie’s mother) and the carving set is over a 100 years old and belonged to an woman named Marie Ammon that lived on Hermitage Court for years who had no children. My grandfather’s aunt used to own a large white mansion on Hermitage Court long ago….it is now a nursing home.

Wedding Part V: Preview gift via
Sienna gave Aunt Perry a little gift before she walked down the aisle. A necklace from Hip Mom Jewelry with Perry’s new initials on it. The tag had a little diamond inset. Thanks Ann! She loved it! I added the ring charm that I had bought for my wedding years ago.

Wedding Part V: Preview necklace via
Helping Perry zip up the dress (she’ll love that I posted a photo of her in mid-sentence):

Wedding Part V: Preview Perry's dress via
Sienna being SO patient with her cousin Cameron before the ceremony:

Wedding Part V: Preview Sienna's cousin via
Right before walking down the aisle….Perry loves Diet Coke as much as I do!

Wedding Part V: Preview Diet Coke via
More to come soon! I’ve only been gone a week but it feels like forever! I already miss my family in NC though….and the following fast food:

Chic-Fil-A: Ate there TWO times
Bojangles: Ate there THREE times
Jersey Mikes: Ate there TWO times

Wedding Part IV: Countdown!

We leave in a few days! I’m so excited I can barely stand it. I’m almost ready to leave…..just checking stuff off my list.
I finished “Boo’s” flower girl dress today. I used Simplicity Pattern 4647….but seriously, who writes these things. Once I trashed the instructions and just tried to figure it out on my own… got a lot easier. Why do these patterns OVER-explain how to sew a piece of fabric together and then don’t show any detail for a zipper or slip? Who decided that was a good idea? I also can think of a million ways they could have made the pattern easier! No wonder so many people think sewing is hard……
Here she is after her bath….checking her reflection out. She said “I’m like Ariel!”….I think that means she thinks she’s like a princess. I was thinking of adding a flower or bow to the back….but her hair will be down so you probably won’t even see it.
Wedding Part IV: Countdown via
I had to add some “help” into MY dress: a little “help” in the chest so I’d fill it out!
Wedding Part IV: Countdown little help via
I started to pack…..which included picking out some of Mr. Lil Blue Boo’s ties to coordinate with our dresses.
Wedding Part IV: Countdown ties via
I’m totally allowed to be jealous of my sister’s engagement photos. I didn’t even HAVE an engagement photo. Ok….so I’m not that into being photographed…..but still. Ash Little just posted these new photos (click to see the rest) and I had to give him some link love. He is photographing the wedding too……can’t wait for those…..only one week left! My sister made almost EVERYTHING for the wedding so I can’t wait to share that as well (she’s uber-creative). Don’t you think Mr. Lil Blue Boo and I should renew our vows on our 10th anniversary so Ash Little can redo our photos?!
Wedding Part IV: Countdown happy couple 2 via

I also did some “loofah-ing” and applying of self tanner today! I’m so excited to not be prego in this wedding! Here I was 2 years ago in my brother Swen’s wedding. The dresses were an orange/ rust color….very pretty….but I felt like a HUGE pumpkin since I was about 7 months pregnant and swollen to the max!
Wedding Part IV: Countdown family via
I think my husband and my sister’s fiance could almost be brothers! They look a lot alike. It is funny because that is sort of how Perry and Justin met. We both were down at the LPGA Merchandise show a few years ago. Justin was a vendor and Perry was there modeling for Lilly Pulitzer (they were one of her sponsors). I was just there hanging out. We randomly met Justin one night hanging out with some friends and I told Perry “he’s SO cute! You have to get his number!” We tracked him down the next day at the show and the rest is history! They’ve been together ever since! We are all so excited for him to be part of the family….and a little worried that he’ll have to put up with all of us….although he’s done pretty well so far. Sienna is the MOST excited….she calls him “MY uncle Justin.”

Wedding Part III: Dresses and a Rad Engagement Photo

I made these matching dresses last night for my sister’s rehearsal dinner….both are versions of the Sienna dress. Mine is just an adult version I cut last night. Really simple and fitted….maybe a little too fitted….might need to invest in some Spanx LOL! We don’t have any full length mirrors in our house….so this little mirror in the guest room was the best I could do….

Wedding Part III: Dresses and a Rad Engagement Photo via
Sienna is a little grumpy today….allergies and a cold….but she likes the dress.

Wedding Part III: Dresses and a Rad Engagement Photo 2 via

Check out this amazing preview of my sister and her fiance’s engagement photo shoot. It was taken in downtown Charlotte, NC by Ash Little Photography. So crazy amazing.

Wedding Part II: My Grandfather’s Book

I was flipping through this scrapbook I made and it brought back lots of memories of my own wedding. I made the scrapbook in 2003 when my grandfather passed away. For his wake before the funeral I enlarged my favorite photos and afterwards I put them in the book with the words from his eulogy throughout. I used a Canson spiral bound scrapbook, spray adhesive and a silver gel pen.
Here is my grandfather and my little sister at my wedding:


Wedding Part II: My Grandfather's Book via
My grandfather loved his rose garden. It was huge. For my wedding flowers he cut EVERY rose bud and flower from his garden. When he passed away, I went and dug up every rose bush and moved them to our NC house.


Wedding Part II: My Grandfather's Book rose garden via
I opened another one of my shadow boxes to snap a photo……this is my great-great-grandmother’s garter belt! My Aunt Sharon gave it to me for my “old and blue” when I was married. My great-great-grandmother must have been a toothpick….I couldn’t even get it over my foot!



Wedding Part II: My Grandfather's Book grandmas garter belt via
Mr. and Mrs. Lil Blue Boo…..married May 5, 2001 in the backyard of my childhood home:


Wedding Part II: My Grandfather's Book Ashley's wedding via
Ok….I know I’ve been on the grandparents kick lately, but I miss them. I just wish they had lived long enough to meet my daughter and to see my brother and sister get married.
My grandfather was awesome. Seriously awesome.


If you get freaked out easily don’t read any further….but I have a quick story to tell:

My grandfather (“Paw-Paw”) fell walking his dog in 2003 and broke his hip. I was able to see him before he went into surgery and he assured me he would be fine and everything would be okay. After surgery he had complications and went downhill quickly. He was in intensive care for a while….he would drift in and out of consciousness and ask us “who is the young man at the end of the bed?” I don’t know maybe he was hallucinating….or was there someone waiting for him at the end of the bed…..
My grandfather passed away one night soon after that.
A few months later my step-grandmother Brownie passed away suddenly from a fall. The entire family packed up Paw-Paw and Brownie’s house and sold it. Soon after my sister called me:

Perry: Ash, Paw-Paw just called my phone.

Me: Shut the eff up. What are you talking about?

Perry: My cell phone rang….it said “PAW PAW Calling” and I didn’t answer it.


Me: Well….did……he……. leave a message?

Perry: Um, yes……it was……..just static.

Me: Call the number back.

Perry: I did. The number is disconnected. It doesn’t exist.

When I saw the movie White Noise I had to walk out of the room. If you’ve seen it you know why.


Some other favorite photos from the book:

Wedding Part II: My Grandfather's Book Berlin Wall via

Chipping away at the Berlin Wall in 1989

Wedding Part II: My Grandfather's Book Farm via

Paw-Paw as a young man on the farm in Kansas.

Paw-paw was incredibly detailed and meticulous. He was mathematical and methodical. He was fanatical about documenting his family history (you can see some of that here in “Paid in flour and potatoes”). I’m the same way. We both majored in math. So did my dad. Funny how things happen.





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