September Tutorial Roundup

 

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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

Photo of the Day: Design on a Dime

Boo and I are redesigning the house and both studios. I already exhausted thinking about it…..but I’ve got a gazillion great projects planned.  The goal is to spend as little as possible but make it look incredible.  It will be a fun thing to document on the blog soon!

We measured all the existing furniture today to make floor plans:

Fall Pickings

We drove an hour to Riley’s Farm today.…in Oak Glen, CA. We left super early to get there when they opened:

 

 

The temperature is about 15 degrees cooler in Oak Glen than the desert so it was a nice change.

 

Gorgeous marigolds:

 

Boo found a small pumpkin she wanted to keep:

 

Mr. LBB helped her reach some pears at the top of a tree:


 

As close to Little House on the Prairie as we can get:

 

We didn’t pick much….just what we would eat this week:

 

I couldn’t resist an apple pie from the bakery too. I’m the only one that likes them in the house……so looks like it’s ALL mine:

 

I love fall.

Spice Markets

I love spice markets.
But my OCD wonders:
What if a strong wind comes along?
Or a toddler?
What if someone trips and falls?
Or sneezes?
Does it matter if they get mixed together?

 

Spices from GujaratPhoto via Flickr

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A Universal Shopping Cart and High Chair Cover (A Tutorial and Free Pattern Download)

A Universal Shopping Cart and High Chair Cover (A Tutorial and Free Pattern Download) via lilblueboo.com

 

I love these shopping cart covers…..and they also double as high chair covers! I never left home without mine when Boo was still riding in the front section of the cart. I just made one for my niece. You can download my free PDF pattern below…..it prints out onto twelve 8.5″ x 11 pages and you just have to tape them together at the guide points. It’s a large file so you’ll have to unzip it once downloaded.

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Boo Style: Save the Whales

Loving this little tote from Vineyard Vines.

 

To see more of Boo’s picks click here for the Boo Style series.

 

The “Good Job” Jar (A Tutorial and Template)

The Good Job Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

So……I’ve tried to do job charts and job lists but I’m just not organized enough right now….and Boo can’t read so she can’t fill them out herself! So I came up with the “good job” jar until she gets old enough to track her chores on My Job Chart or on a checklist!

 

The Good Job (Chore Chart) Jar via lilblueboo.com

Here’s why I love it and it works:

1. We use marbles and pretty rocks as rewards when Boo finishes a chore or has extra good behavior. Each one is a different size so a huge special job can outweigh an simple chore:

 

The Good Job (Marble Rewards) Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

2. It’s personalized in her favorite color purple (and if you have multiple kids they can each have their own special jar:

 

The Good Job (Personalized Job Chart) Jar via lilblueboo.com

3. Each week a small, reasonable “prize” is selected, written down, and attached to the jar so there is a tangible goal in mind. Once the jar is full, the goal is reached, and emptied out for a fresh start.

 

The Good Job (The Reward) Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

4. There is incremental measures of success etched on the various rings.  A piece of candy or extra “juice dollar” can be earned for each ring reached throughout the week.

 

The Good Job (The Reward) Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

There is more than one way you can make your own….for example, you could just add rubber bands to the outside of an old jar if you don’t have the time to make a more detailed jar like I did.

I set up a template on my Silhouette software (click here to download my template…..all you have to do is change the personalized name in the software). The template fits an area 3″ high by 9″ around (a small condiment or cherry jar).

 

The Good Job (Silhouette Template) Jar via lilblueboo.com

I had the Silhouette machine cut out the template onto adhesive shelf paper and applied the strips to the jar as shown:

 

The Good Job (Vinyl) Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

I applied Armour Etch glass etching cream (available at most craft stores) to the jar and followed the directions.

 

After the etching cream is washed off here’s what the lines and wording look like:

 

 

I spray painted the lid of the jar white and used the second part of the template as a stencil to spray paint a personalization on the top:

 

Chore Chart Jar (Good Job Jar) via lilblueboo.com

Boo is pretty close to earning that Secretariat DVD!

 

Chore Chart Jar via lilblueboo.com

 

Click here to check out other projects I’ve made with my Silhouette Machine!


Photo of the Day: Morning Walk

It’s exactly one mile to the donut shop from my house…..if I walk there and back each morning it’s a “diet donut.”

 

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