Boo Style: A Digital Short

I took Boo to Old Navy yesterday.  She never gets to shop for anything “store bought” and I thought it would be fun to let her get a few outfits for the fall. She calls the mannequins her “other family” and has a slight obsession with the doggy….so I lugged my T1i camera along to test the HD video out.  I love how the video turned out and I love the outfits Boo picked.  We ended up spending $150 and ended up with the most fabulous faux leather riding boots and 7 amazing outfits….some of which Boo pulled from the Boys section!



Here is her $150 wardrobe… a pair of Joe’s Skinny Jeans (which are from her grandparents because I don’t even own Joe’s Jeans):

Old Navy Camo-inspired via

Old Navy Tee and Camo Pants (from the boys section)


Organizing Electronics

Tips for Organizing Electronics via


This is what my electronics box used to look like. I could never find anything and had no idea which cords went to what. During my organization spree last month I empties out the box, gathered every electronic manual, accessory, software CD and box from around the house and set to work on creating an organized system.


Tips for Organizing Electronics (Before pic) via

First I created envelopes for items that are rarely used or need to probably be donated or sold:

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Ask Lil Blue Boo: A Typical Day

As part of my ongoing small business series I’ve been compiling questions from readers. One of the most often asked questions is: What is a typical day like… to you fit it all in? Sometimes I never fit it all in! Couldn’t we all use another 10 hours a day?


What’s a typical day like for you? Do you work weekends, too? – Amy

I don’t know if I have a typical day….I’m usually all over the place never focusing on just one project. I start working at 8:30am and work up until 5pm. I have 2 full time employees that show up at 9am sharp every morning and a few part time helpers that come and go throughout the week. Lil Blue Boo would be a disaster without them.  I’ll work late at night for an hour or two on the computer once Boo goes to bed.

If I work on the weekends it’s only on creative fun projects that the whole family is involved in. For example, we might build something fun or start some artwork. It’s not work to me though….it’s more of a lifestyle. I just like to make stuff and so does the rest of the family. I don’t watch sports and I don’t enjoy shopping so that frees up a lot of time!

One day last week I took photos of everything I did to try and document what a “typical day” might look like:


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Vintage Barbie – Handmade Style

When I was at my mom’s house this summer I was helping her clean out some closets and I found a huge box of old Barbies….a mixture of mine and my mother’s from when she was little.

My grandmother Beauty handmade the tiniest little fashions for my mother’s Barbies.  I remember this outfit was one of my favorites growing up. I loved the drop waist ball gown and the matching reversible coat:


I love the vintage prints of these house dresses:

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Photo of the Day: Another 2,000 Buttons

It stormed all day here today and most of the day our Internet was out. So I spent the day finishing up this button art of the Mona Lisa. It’s REALLY hard to get detailed features to look right with buttons! But I think I got close enough so people will recognize her….and now Frida has a friend. I’ve got 2 more pieces in mind…so stay tuned! Not sure what I’m going to do with these yet…..


I videotaped the process for this one as well and I’m just looking for the perfect song to accompany it.  Click here to view the Frida video if you want to see the entire button art process!


Coming Soon: Boom Town 2

While we are finishing up all of the first release orders of our Fall Boom Town Collection (to ship at the end of the week) we are working like busy bees to get Boom Town 2 in the shop! We hope to release it in a week or so if all goes well so stay tuned. Here’s a sneak peek….many items coordinate with the 1st release but we’ve added in some new colors and prints!




Creating Faux Rhinestones and Studs with Puffy Paint (A Tutorial)

I made this cute Halloween shirt for Boo this weekend using 3-dimensional paint to create a faux rhinestone look. It took about 10 minutes and without the hassle of adhering teeny tiny rhinestones! There are so many great shiny puffy/3-dimensional fabric paints available now that you can get the rhinestone effect easily. Use metallic paint to get a metal stud effect!

There are two ways you can create your pattern to guide your application of the puffy paint: 1. Use a rhinestone stencil or a regular stencil and a disappearing ink fabric marker to mark your dots:

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Today I spent most of the day watching September 11th footage and memorials. It all still just seems unimaginable to me…..the horror, scale and sadness of it all is too much. I remember taking this photo of my parents and grandparents on top of the World Trade Center in 1997. No one is really smiling because I was being a horrible brat refusing to be in the photo….but I just didn’t want to get near that railing. I’m deathly afraid of heights.


Not a day goes by that I don’t think about 9/11. Every day when I glance at either the oven clock or bedroom clock or even the car clock, without fail, I catch them right when they read 9:11. It’s eerie but it’s my reminder: that life is short, precious and fleeting. The death of my father is the only thing I have to relate to something like 9/11…..he died so unexpectedly, but he died so peacefully……and I’m thankful I have that. My heart goes out to all the families who lost someone on 9/11…..I can’t imagine their pain and I pray for their strength. I think about a prayer by Pita in Man on Fire: Dear God, I do not ask for health or wealth. People ask you so often that you can’t have any left. Give me, God, what else you have. Give me what no-one else asks for. Amen. I’ve written about that prayer before….I know it’s from a movie but it struck a chord. It reminds me never to ask for more than I need.


After the stressful few weeks I had in July, I made myself drop everything and travel with Boo for a much needed visit to NC to stay with my mom and see my family.  It was the first time I’d been back to NC since my father’s funeral.

If you’ve never been to the North Carolina Mountains you are missing out….they are just gorgeous in the spring, summer and fall! My parent’s place in at Linville Ridge which I think is one of the most beautiful places on earth. When I’m there I feel like everything is in technicolor, I’m breathing the clearest air on the planet, and Boo is happy and content just playing with acorns and wading in a cool brook.

We visited the original Mast General Store in Valle Crucis (built in 1882 a few miles from Linville) and Boo and my mom played checkers:



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Photo of the Day: Windmills

There are over 3,000 windmills here in the desert. Boo and I took an adventurous detour today and got up close:

Southern Style Vinegar-Based Pork BBQ (Slow Cooked)

If I made it….it’s easy.

Slow Cooked Southern Style Vinegar Based Pork BBQ Recipe via

This is a combination of about 5 different recipes plus a few of my own additions based on how I remember my favorite Spoon’s BBQ in North Carolina! Make sure to set aside a long period of time for the slow cooker….it takes about 9 hours total.


4 lbs of pork roast (or I use 2 2lb pork roasts)
2 white or yellow onions
2 cups of apple cider vinegar
2 cups of apple juice
1 tsp of liquid smoke
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 a bottle of regular/classic BBQ sauce (about 9 oz)


Slow Cooked Southern Style Vinegar Based Pork BBQ Recipe via

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