5-Alarm Spicy String Beans

These spicy green beans are a wok favorite around the Lil Blue Boo house. I serve them with Trader Joe’s jasmine rice (cooks in 3 minutes in the microwave) and it’s a super fast dish to prepare for a vegetarian meal!

Ingredients:
2 to 3 cups of green beans
1 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp chili oil
1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
1 tbsp of any Asian sauce that has ginger and rice vinegar in it (I use a Gyoza dipping sauce from Trader Joe’s)

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A Tangled Party

How cute is this Tangled birthday party? Angela from Crumbs and Yums put together all the details for her daughter and even included a custom Lil Blue Boo dress. She made the amazing tower cake too!

 

 

 

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Limited Edition Birthday Dresses!

Tomorrow (10amPST) limited edition birthday dresses are coming to the Lil Blue Boo clothing shop! The dress is short sleeved so it can be layered over long sleeves and worn year round. Each dress is silk screened with the number of your choice on the front. Only offered for a limited time or until supplies run out.  Anyone have a birthday coming up?

 

Celebrate the number all year long!

Add Bling to Nursery Art using Puffy Paint! (A Tutorial)

I just finished this piece of nursery art for a baby girl named Chloe to match a butterfly/shabby chic nursery theme. I made it really girly but used puffy paint to add a bunch of bling so it will still be “cool” when she gets a little older!

 

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Plan the Ultimate Halloween Party

Are you planning a Halloween party this year? Check out this Ultimate Halloween Party Planning Guide I put together for Babble:

Next Li’L Designer Charity Dress

A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to our new series: The Next Li’l Designer. Our first designer was Addie, daughter of Annie from Paint the Moon, and she sketched this beautiful dress and leggings that we made a reality.  See more here. She named her design the Brand New Rainbow Party Play Dress. Today we are auctioning off a replica of her design in any size you would like. The net proceeds from the auction will go to the charity that Addie selected.
 

 

 

 

Our Li’l Designer Addie selected the charity  Return to Freedom, an American Wild Horse Sanctuary.

 

 

Mission: Return to Freedom is a wild horse sanctuary founded in 1997 by Neda DeMayo, and is the realization of her life-long dream: to protect the freedom and natural lifestyle of America’s free ranging wild horses. Return to Freedom aims to accomplish its mission through sanctuary, education and conservation, while enriching the human spirit through direct experience with the natural world. Return to Freedom provides a safe haven to nearly 200 wild horses and burros Recognizing that wild horses live in tightly bonded herd groups, Return to Freedom became the first sanctuary with a focus on rescuing entire family bands. Return to Freedom’s educational programs facilitate a direct experience with nature and animals through non-intrusive, sensitive observation.

 


 

Please head on over to eBay to bid on Addie’s fabulous design! You get to pick the size you want and the proceeds are going to an amazing cause that means a lot to Miss Addie. Thank you!

 

Stay tuned for our next Li’l Designer and charity auction soon!


Photos of the Day: L.A., MJ, Ikea, Oh My

I spent the day in L.A. today to pick up some fabric orders.

 

As soon as I got off the freeway I found myself in Michael Jackson media frenzy:

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September Tutorial Roundup

 

For previous tutorial roundups click here!

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Glittery Leather Cuff w/ Transfer (A Tutorial and Download)

Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via lilblueboo.com

 

I made this easy glittery leather cuff using Citra Solv and some glitter spray paint.  I’ve done a few other leather cuff tutorials and this one is my favorite so far!

 

Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via lilblueboo.com

 

One of my favorite sayings is: there’s only one of me in all time…..so I created a repeat graphic and printed it out using my laser printer. I buy my blank leather cuffs from Dharma Trading.

 

Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via lilblueboo.com

 

You can download my template below….and it’s already reversed for transferring!

Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via lilblueboo.com

I used Citra Solv to do the transfer (click here to check out my other Citra Solv tutorials for the full process):

This is really important: the image must be printed on a copy machine or laser printer because the transfer only works with dry toner (i.e. not inkjet ink). I’ve found that certain copy machines and laser printers work better than others. I have a Brother HL-5370DW laser printer and the Brother toner cartridges I use work perfectly. Make sure to test out a couple copy machines and laser printers before you make a ton of copies and do your final transfer. Home laser printers and older copy machines seem to work better than brand new ones.

 

Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via lilblueboo.com

The leather cuff with the transferred image…as the Citra Solv is evaporating:

 

Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via lilblueboo.com

I think the leather cuff looked super cool at this point and I could have stopped here but my glitter spray paint was calling out to me:

 

Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via lilblueboo.com

I like the look of this one….it would work for any unisex design:

 

Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via lilblueboo.com

Ohhh….to the good glittery part…my Krylon Glitter Blast spray paint! I lightly sprayed a coating of glitter on the leather cuff:

 

Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via lilblueboo.com

 

Once the paint was dry, I wiped away any excess glitter. An easy accessory for you or for a gift! So easy and inexpensive to make they could be great party favors or stocking stuffers!

 

Glittery Leather Cuff with Transfer DIY Tutorial and Download via lilblueboo.com

 

I’ve rounded up 7 of my favorite recent projects too! Click the image to view the gallery and view the tutorial links:

Leather Accessory DIY Tutorials via lilblueboo.com

 

10 Simple DIY Fall Wreaths

I’m not a wreath person….seriously, I’m lucky to get Christmas wreaths up once a year. I love this wreath (by Proverbs 31 Life) made from…..who would ever guess?! toilet paper rolls!

I’ve rounded up 10 simple fall wreaths that I might attempt because I love how simple and uncluttered they look!  Click to image to check out the gallery roundup with links to the tutorials:

10 Fall Wreaths (for the super picky) via lilblueboo.com

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