Busy Bees

The blog has been a little quiet the last two weeks have been super busy getting ready for our yearly Christmas boutique here in Palm Desert. If you are in the area, we will be at Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa tomorrow from 9am to 2pm! A few behind the scenes photos from the last week:


Hangers and tags:


Silk screened ladies:


Rainbow trim:


A finished combo:


Upcycled hair poms:


Assorted trims:


Colorful string:


All dressed up:


A few favorite pieces:


Display cards for accessories:


A handmade sign made from recycled phone book pages:


It’s been a crazy 2 weeks but we have a lot of new stock for the show….


….and for the shop! We will be uploading most of this starting on Monday and over the next few weeks. A ton of new spring items and one-of-a-kind cuteness to look forward to!


It’s beginning to feel like Christmas around here!


Mini Screens and Clothing Labels (A Tutorial)

I’m so excited to launch a small trunk show line this coming spring for my tiny clothing line….but phew, SO much work. My biggest concern with branching out from my online store was that I had to come up with a way to better label my clothing so it meets FTC requirements. I don’t like putting any type of tag in Lil Blue Boo clothing for comfort reasons (Boo is pretty sensitive to anything with tags)…..so I came up with an easy way to silk screen all the information using little handmade “mini” screens:

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
I found these little $1.00 wood photo frames at my local craft store and knew right away that they would make the perfect little screens. I purchased about 20 frames and I ordered a pack screen printing fabric sheets.

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
Step 1: I cut the screen printing fabric large enough that it would wrap just around the edges of the frame.

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: I used binder clips to stretch the fabric as tight as I could across two sides of the screen.

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
Then added 2 more clips on the other sides. It is important to work across and around the frame to get the fabric as tight as possible.

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
I stretched the opposite corner last to pull out every last bit of slack.

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: Using waterproof wood glue……

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
……I used a brush to apply a thick layer of glue all the way around the wood screen, using pressure to work the glue through the fabric.

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
After the glue was COMPLETELY dry, I removed the clips and applied glue to the spaces where the clips had been and then once the glue was dry I trimmed all the excess fabric off using a razorblade.

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: I applied emulsion to each frame using a tiny squeegee (the one I am using is from the Yudu line).

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
…and stuck push pins into the bottom for the screen to rest on as it dried in the dark.

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
NOTE: You can find my entire photo emulsion silk screening tutorial here for all the details of this process because I am kind of glossing over a few details:

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
Step 5: I set up my registered trademark, sizes, and clothing information for each label and printed it onto transparency film:

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
Each label was exposed onto a screen. I made one screen for every clothing size that I regularly produce:

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
Washing out the emulsion after exposure:

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com

Now with a little ink and a tiny squeegee I can easily add my logo, size, Made in USA and all the care instructions to every piece of clothing!

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
Very professional looking!

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
It might seem daunting to make so many screens, but if you do it in an assembly line manner it isn’t as much work as you think. It took me one Nanny McPhee movie with Boo to stretch and glue all of these screens!

How to make mini silk screens (to make your own clothing labels or small silk screens) via lilblueboo.com
Total cost for 20 screens? $47

Spray Painted Leggings (A Tutorial)

I helped Boo make some spray painted leggings this weekend….she was so excited to be the designer of her own clothes!

Materials needed:
2 bottles of Simply Spray
A pair of white or light colored leggings
A stencil
or doily

Note: The stencil is actually a “glimmer screen” from Tattered Angels. We have a bunch of these screens….the designs are great. But you could easily use a doily or some lace.


The process is easy, lay out the stencil and mist the fabric paint over top of it. Move them around as you go.


If you don’t blot your stencil in between layers you’ll get the big splotches like you see on ours as the paint drips off….but we happen to like messy happy mistakes. Let the front dry and then flip the leggings over to repeat on the back side. Simply Spray paint doesn’t need setting, just wait a few days before washing!


The proud designer:

My Li’l (Christmas) List

We mostly focus on the kids in the family for Christmas, but if we did exchange gifts among the adults here is what would be on MY list….a few things that made me go “I WANT that!!” :)

Recycled Kimono Shoelaces
I wear my sneakers all day long. I love that these laces are made from recycled kimonos!

Random Sky Lyrics Sundress by LWangsLife
I love layering….this would be so cute over shorts or jeans!

A T-Shirt Subscription to Tee-Cycle
A hand picked vintage t-shirt shows up in my mailbox every month? Sign me up!




Red Leather Wristlet from Eight Seasons
Just perfection.


Uncle Milton’s Ant Farm

I’ve always wanted one of these, ever since I was a little kid…..I think it’s finally time :)


Mohawk Hat by Leaf Lee
I would need 2 of these so Boo and I can wear them on our ski trip in January. We wear helmets when skiing, but these would keep our ears toasty when we were out on the town :)

A Few Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

Here are a few tutorials of handmade items I’ve made over the last 2 years that might spark some ideas for your own gift list! More to come soon!

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Puppy Wrangler

A beautiful photo shoot by Monika McSweeney Photography. Model Grace is wearing a recent limited edition Lil Blue Boo knit dress and ruffle pant set…..and trying to wrangle her adorable puppy for photos :)






The new year will bring many more small limited edition sets! Make sure to join the Lil Blue Boo Facebook page to be notified of upload times. We will also be introducing a small trunk show line in February so stay tuned!

Cabochon Accessories (A Tutorial)

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Little resin cabochons are so cute as little earring studs…..and so easy to make. Perfect for little Christmas gifts, present toppers, even party favors! 

I’m making these little gifts to pair with gift certificates for Boo’s teachers at school. I bought all of the materials from Snapcrafty’s store on Etsy….I’ll warn you, these little resin cabochons are addicting!

Earing Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Materials needed:
Resin cabochons (I used 10mm vintage roses for the example)
Silver plated earring posts and earnuts
Permanent adhesive like (E-6000)

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Supplies via lilblueboo.com

For each earring, put a small dab of glue on the back of a cabochon.

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

Add the earring post to the back and let sit until the glue sets.

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process  2 via lilblueboo.com

To make a simple display card for the earrings, you need thick pressed watercolor paper or cardstock, some stencils and spray paint.

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Gift Idea via lilblueboo.com

Lay the stencils across the paper and spray a light layer of paint across the top of them:

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Gift Card via lilblueboo.com

Let the paint dry.

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Cut the paper into smaller pieces:

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process 3 via lilblueboo.com

On a plain piece of cardstock, print off any text you would like to add:

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process 4 via lilblueboo.com

Cut out the test from the cardstock and glue or sew these pieces to the decorative background:

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Gift Tag via lilblueboo.com

Use a tiny hole punch to add a hole for each earring:

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Earing Card via lilblueboo.com

Add the earrings to the card and secure from behind with the earnuts:

Teacher Gift Idea: Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

Place the card and earrings into a clear plastic gift bag (I only had large bags so I cut them in half and sewed one end shut). A finished gift or favor!

Packaging of Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

You could also add a larger cabochon to your card or a small box for decoration:

 

Pretty Packaging of Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com
I used this card to hold an array of colored hair pins:

Hair Clip Packaging of Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

Cabochons come in such variety that you can make all kinds of easy accessories with them!

Where to buy Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

I bought a variety pack of these hair pins……

Where to buy bobbie pins and a Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

……to make a variety of cute floral hair accessories (I used 12mm mini rose cabochons for these):

Pretty bobbie pins and a Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

Endless possibilities! Rings, pendants, barrettes etc!

 

 

The Yummiest Squash Casserole Ever

Happy Thanksgiving! There is so much to be thankful for!

Growing up we ate weekly with my grandparents at Barclay’s cafeteria at Southpark Mall in Charlotte, NC. I would order 2 plates of squash casserole and pinto beans for my lunch (I know, I have weird eating habits). They closed down about 10 years ago….but the demand for their squash casserole recipe was so great that it was published in the Charlotte Observer! I don’t think this is the exact recipe anymore because I’ve made it a bigger batch….but every bite gets eaten every year….you’ll LOVE it:

(I haven’t made it yet today so I had to borrow a photo from a similar recipe at The South in My Mouth)

Barclay’s Cafeteria Squash Casserole

4 pounds of yellow squash, sliced
1 white onion, chopped
16 oz (16 slices) of american processed cheese (i.e. Kraft Singles)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp of sugar (I use 2 packets of Splenda)
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups of milk
1 tsp salt and a dash of pepper
Panko bread crumbs or Ritz Crackers for the topping

Directions:
Fill a large pot with water and boil the squash and onion until they are tender. Drain pot and mash.
Quickly, while the squash and onion are still hot, add the cheese slices and butter and stir until melted.
Add flour, sugar/Splenda, salt and pepper and stir well.
Add eggs and mix well.
Add milk and mix well.
Pour mixture into a large casserole dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for an hour until the middle is firm.
Mix panko bread crumbs or crushed Ritz crackers with a teaspoon of butter and sprinkle across the top of the casserole….put under the oven broiler for a few minutes to brown!

Serves about 15-20 people….or just me for about 3 days :)

Lil Blue Boo & Dharma Trading Design Challenge for 2011

It’s here! A challenge for the new year!
Brought to you by Lil Blue Boo and Dharma Trading Company

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1. Design something. Design anything.
We are giving you free reign in this challenge. Design a piece of clothing, a unique accessory, a handbag, a pair of shoes, a piece of jewelry, an apron…..anything you feel moved to create. We just want to see fun, unique and challenging designs!

2. Use at LEAST one of the listed techniques in your creation:
Tie-Dye, Dyeing, Silk Painting, Fabric Painting, Batik, Marbling, Stamping, Transfers, Screen Printing, Felting or Embellishments

3. Submit your entry or entries by March 30th, 2011.
Multiple entries are allowed! Submit as many entries as you like but each entry needs to be submitted separately and must have a unique blog post (see how to enter at the bottom of the post). If you don’t have a blog or website make sure we have all of your contact information and a complete description of your entry! There will be a gallery spotlighting all of the entries at the end of the contest!

4. After all the entries are received, a very distinguished, diverse panel of judges will narrow the entries down to 10 finalists and then will have a final week to narrow down the finalists to first, second and third place winners.

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This challenge would not be possible without the generous prize donations from these amazing sponsors:

Dharma Trading Co.: Online store carries a range of products from Dyes, Paints, and Chemicals to Fabrics, Clothing Blanks, and Tools and has been supplying artists for over 41 years!

Paint the Moon: Professional Photoshop actions and fine art textures to make your photos shine.

Sew Hip Magazine: The UK’s number one sewing magazine packed full of sewing patterns, techniques, tips and tricks, and fabulous features.

Above all Fabric: Online store carries designer fabric, notions, supplies, trims, ribbon and sewing patterns available for instant download.

Stephanie Corfee: Freelance artist and graphic designer, her work includes logos, print ads, web promotions and large format printing. Her artwork and illustrations can be described as bohemian, whimsical, and full of vibrant colors.

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First Prize:
:: $100 Gift Certificate from Dharma Trading Co.
:: Sew Hip Magazine: 1 International Yearly Subscription ($120 Value)
:: Paint the Moon Photography Actions Set for Photoshop or Elements ($50 Value)
:: $50 Gift Certificate from Above All Fabric
:: $50 Gift Certificate from Lil Blue Boo
:: Art print from artist Stephanie Corfee ($30 Value)


Second Prize:

:: $50 Gift Certificate from Dharma Trading Co.
:: $25 Gift Certificate from Above All Fabric
:: $25 Gift Certificate from Lil Blue Boo

Third Prize
:: $25 Gift Certificate from Dharma Trading Co.

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Each judge brings a unique perspective to the Challenge so that no design style or color combination will be overlooked! Judges will be looking for creativity, uniqueness, personality, etc.


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1. Design and create your entry. Post photos of your finished outfit/outfits on your personal blog or website. Make sure to include a little bit about your inspiration and techniques you used in the creative process! Make sure to include the words “Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge” in your post and link back to www.lilblueboo.com.

2. Email a link to your blog post along with ONE photo or ONE photo collage of your creation for the Design Challenge Gallery to my sidekick Lisa (lisa @ lilblueboo dot com). Please keep in mind that this might be all the judges will see of your design in the initial judges stages so make it a good photo!

3. All entries due by March 30th, 2011 at midnight (Pacific time).

4. International entries and domestic entries are welcome, however certain prizes are only available for domestic entries.

Please feel free to email if you have questions about the contest! Thank you!

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Grab this html code and paste it into your sidebar to display the Challenge badge to show you are participating!




Dharma Trading has a great page for ideas and techniques that you can find here and is also your one stop shop for challenge supplies! Stay tuned for guest posts, tutorials and related challenge posts that will be added over the next few months!

We can’t wait to see what you create!

*A special thank you to Corina from Corina Nielsen Photography for designing the Challenge logo!

Happy Holidays! Stephanie Corfee/Lil Blue Boo Paper Dolls

We know this is early…..but we thought we’d give you these before you start your travel for Thanksgiving so you can take them along! A gift for you from Stephanie Corfee and Lil Blue Boo! Stephanie drew the adorable fashionistas to go with my Lil Blue Boo dress prints and the result is fun activity for your little designer!

Free paper doll download printable via lilblueboo.com

Just print these off onto regular letter sized paper or cardstock and let your kiddos be the fashion designers! Or print off multiple copies and create an entire army of fashion dolls!

 

Free paper doll download printable via lilblueboo.com

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