Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday weekend! I had a chance to try out my new camera lens tonight at a family barbeque. Below are a few photos using the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens. I can’t believe I went so long without this lens…..the image quality is amazing. I’m still learning about photography and I get so excited as my photos improve. Photos processed with Paint the Moon Photography Actions.
It’s hard swimming with so much hair!
Boo in her Patriotic Superhero romper
(made from the Lil Blue Boo Maliboo Romper Pattern)
My sweet niece Cari….I could just stare at her for hours!
Thinking about our soldiers tonight….especially Boo’s Uncle Gene who is in Baghdad. God bless our troops!
Want to learn more about photography? Check out our past series:
We had to share these beautiful images from Monika McSweeney Photography. Miss G looks too cute in her LBB Patriotic Tank Dress and Leggings. Check out her full post here for a few more adorable images from her Faking the Fourth photo shoot.
Also check out Little Miss Independent by Christina Anglum Photography.
We hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July weekend!
Boo and I bought some Fourth of July glow sticks and broke into them early. We cut off the ends and dumped the contents in, and shook the jar to coat the sides. (It’s non-toxic.)
An instant glow stick lantern:
We mixed the red, white and blue together and it made a pink/purple-y color. Monday night I think we’ll make separate lanterns for each color!
Update: I’ve heard from several readers that adding water to the jar helps to keep the glow! I’ll be doing that next time!
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I have multiple work areas for projects and I’ve decided I need an ironing board for each one for convenience. This small tabletop ironing board is perfect for my cutting table and other work tables because I can move it around easily and it doesn’t take up a lot of space. It took me about an hour to make but it will save me about 30 minutes every day not having to move from work table to ironing board anymore. I made it using an old wood shelf, felt, fabric and a staple gun:
Step 1: I covered the shelf with a layer of felt first:
Starting on one side I used the staple gun to attach the felt and then moved to the opposite side and worked my way around to the corners last.
Step 2: I trimmed the excess felt and then covered the felt layer with the layer of fabric….
…….and stapled opposite edges ending with the corners.
Step 3: This is optional, but I applied a smooth paper backing to the bottom of the board….it helps the board to slide across surfaces easier when I am reaching for it. To adhere the paper you’ll need spray adhesive…..
…..and apply it to the back of the board:
I sprayed brown contractors paper with a layer of adhesive as well….then placed it on to the back of the board. These two layers will increase the adhesion (just like rubber cement works).
I used a razor blade to carefully trim the edges of the paper (be careful not to cut your fabric):
A smooth backing to the board….nothing to snag on fabric:
Finished tabletop ironing board that can be made in almost any size! Note: if you plan on doing lots of industrial-type ironing you might want to invest in ironing board cover fabric that can withstand excessive heat. It can be found at most large fabric stores.
I recently asked Shannon Hoffman of Three Angels Children’s Relief what would be some good items to send to the little girl that we sponsor at the TAH school. Do you know what the most coveted items are among the young girls there?
What simple items….and yet they can make one child so happy and feel good about themselves at school. I immediately whipped up some frilly socks and bows for Laurina’s care package…but immediately thought of all the children I wasn’t sponsoring: would they get a care package? did their sponsors know they dream of lace-covered white socks and frilly white bows? what if only Laurina receives them….the others won’t understand.
So I kept coming back to this idea:
If you are crafty, you can make the items….and if you aren’t so crafty we would love ready-made items as well!
Even just a pair of socks and a roll of white ribbon would help! Any style bow or sock is appreciated and welcome!
Just a few details:
:: Please email me or comment on this post if you think you can help so that we know to expect your package of socks and bows!
:: Make sure to include your business card and/or contact info so that we can include you in our final list of participants!
:: Mail items by August 15th to:
Lil Blue Boo (Bobbie Socks and Bows)
P.O. Box 1375
Palm Desert, CA 92261
The last donation drive for Three Angels we did was on Facebook……for fabric. The school recently acquired some new sewing machines for sewing classes.
So many of you sent in fabric from your stash for the sewing classes at the school…..we were able to send a HUGE box of pattern, notions, fabric etc for the girls to work with. Here are some photos that Shannon sent of some items they’ve made!
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A quick tutorial on adding trim to socks!
1. Start with lace and bobbie socks.
2. Turn your sock inside out and place the trim on the sock to start sewing. Stretch the sock as you sew the trim on….otherwise it will be too tight to put on!
3. Keep sewing past your starting point to add a second layer. Make sure to backstitch as you finish to keep the stitches from unraveling.
4. Turn the sock right side out and fold the top down. Easy and finished!
Thank you so much for considering this cause! I’m so excited to help these kids get ready for the new school year. Such small items can make such a huge difference! Three Angel’s Children Relief is trying to raise money right now to expand their school as well. The need all the help they can get! Please visit their site and consider helping further if you can. Thank you!
Are you ready for the 4th yet? Here are some dessert ideas we just love!
1. Fourth of July Flag Cake from Glorious Treats
2. Brownie Bars from Munchkin Munchies
3. Decorated Ice Cream Cones from All You.
4. All American Chocolate Covered Strawberries from Grin & Bake It.
5. Red, White & Blue Ice Pops from My Recipes.
6. Red & Blue Velvet Cake Pops from Taste and Tell.
7. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels from Cupcakes and Cashmere.
I love this dress from Free People. I made a simplified version of it using some soft beige cotton lycra knit:
The dress pieces were so large it was hard to get a good photo of them so I’ve drawn several diagrams instead:
Step 1: First, I cut 2 large rectangles of knit fabric….
…..and then cut out the dotted lines to form the shape as shown below (the measurements are how I made mine):
Step 3: With the right sides of the main dress pieces places together, I sewed the seams shown below closed:
Step 4: I turned the dress right side out again and used a coverstitch to hem the top of the dress. You can also use a zigzag stitch or a straight stitch as long as you stretch the knit as you so as to not “pop” any stitches when you put the dress on.
Step 5: To gather the knit ruffle, I added elastic thread to my bobbin (regular thread on top) to my regular sewing machine…..the elastic thread gathers the knit:
Step 6: I attached the ruffles to the bottom of the dress by stitching along the gathering stitch:
Step 7: To make the straps I cut three 3/4″ strips of fabric for each one…..
A straight stitch keeps both ends of the braid secure:
Step 8: I tried the dress on to get the placement of the straps perfect and pinned them in place in the front.
A few stitches to keep the strap in place:
I attached the back straps and voila! A finished sundress! (or maternity dress?)
I’ll post more as I make them….my next one needs to be a tad shorter I think:
Another glimmer of light in the wake of my Father’s passing.
It’s still really early on, but since Boo has told everyone she knows, I wanted to share the exciting news too…..so you hear it from me first:
I guess this means some baby-related and maternity tutorials in the near future 🙂
P.S. My beautiful niece Courtney was born last night too!