A Personalized Stamp (A Tutorial)

Boo loves writing letters to family and friends. She needed a stamp for all those “hand delivered” love notes. I carved her a personalized “postage” stamp:

 

For this simple stamp I used a Speedy Cut block and a Speedball linoleum cutting tool:

 

I cut the Speedy-Cut block in half:

 

I sketched a simple postage stamp shape and added in Boo’s initials. Make sure to draw your image in reverse!

 

 

I used the tool to slowly start carving out my image:

 

 

Finished carving:

 

 

I tested my stamp to make sure there weren’t any areas that needed more carving:

 

Now Boo can add her “postage” stamp to all her letters and they look so much more official!

 

Want to see more? Visit this introduction to block printing I did last year….it includes a free Dala Horse graphic download:

 

Boo Style

Boo and Li’l Sally (Boo’s adored 10″ Apple Tree House Doll) got a surprise package in the mail from Aunt Perry today with matching 4th of July goodies! Love that Perfectly Perrywinkle makes matching hair accessories for girls and their dolls. Li’l Sally is STILL wearing her Easter dress from The Melamoose Co….it’s too adorable to limit to one day a year.

Girl and Doll Hair Accessories: Perfectly Perrywinkle
Doll: Apple Tree House
Doll Outfit: The Melamoose Co.

Vintage Camera Applique (Free Download)

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Since bringing out my dad’s old film Nikon last weekend I’ve been thinking about making Boo a new camera shirt.

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Here’s what I came up with! You can click the image below to download the PDF template to make one for yourself if you like:

 

Vintage camera applique download template via lilblueboo.com

I printed off my template:

Vintage camera applique download printed via lilblueboo.com

 

I ironed Pellon Wunder Under to the backside of several different fabrics…..

Applique Wunderunder via lilblueboo.com

 

…….and cut out my pieces:

 

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The pieces are numbered on the template…..that is the order that I placed them on a shirt. Then I fused the Wonder-Under to the shirt by ironing it:

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I used a zig zag stitch on every exposed raw edge of the applique:

 

Vintage Camera Applique Download Stitching via lilblueboo.com

 

A finished vintage camera tee!

 

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Here’s another post with a more complete tutorial on applique:

Vintage Label Appliques via lilblueboo.com

The Perfect Shorts ePattern

A few new patterns on the horizon! The first of which is the Lil Blue Boo Perfect Short ePattern! It is now available in the Lil Blue Boo Pattern Shop!

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A Mini Birdhouse Fairy Village (A Tutorial)

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This total cost of this project was approximately $10…..not counting trinkets and paint I had on hand already. An inexpensive and endless possibility project for a large range of ages. We purchased the mini birdhouses from Michael’s craft store for $1 each!

 

Update: The little fairies are from Disney. There are several different sets you can get from Amazon, Target, Toys R Us or Disney.

Boo and I had so much fun this weekend turning these inexpensive mini birdhouses……

 

How to make a mini Fairy Garden Village (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

….into a realistic neighborhood for her tiny fairy dolls:

 

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I couldn’t resist adding the tiniest of details like a  “welcome” sign:

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Potted plants:

 

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Copper accents:

 

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Vintage stamp bunting:

 

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A clock made from old watch parts and a tiny twig ladder:

 

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The first step was to cut open the birdhouse holes to make larger doors. I marked the opening with a pencil first:

 

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I used a small electric saw but you could also use a hand saw. Don’t have a saw? This wood is so lightweight you could cut through it with a serrated knife as well with a little more work……or just ask a neighbor!

 

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I carefully cut out my door opening:

 

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…..and the bottom of the door opening will pop right out:

 

How to make a mini Fairy Garden Village (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Use a file or sand paper to smooth the edges:

 

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The new houses:

 

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I spray painted the houses different colors:

 

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For the mushroom house, I painted the base color of off white first and then cut small circles out of adhesive shelf paper to block a coat of red spray paint:

 

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I had some small watch parts on hand from Silver Crow Creations and I used them to make a realistic clock:

 

How to make a mini Fairy Garden Village (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

Tiny letter stamps and part of a popsicle stick…..

Note: Micheal’s also has a ton of these tiny letter stamps in the dollar bin section! ($1 for 26 stamps….in many fonts!)

 

How to make a mini Fairy Garden Village (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

…..made a perfect sign for Tinkerbell’s new house:

 

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Boo helped me glue some silk plant leaves to the roof of one of the buildings:

 

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I used  a hot glue gun to add some bark to another roof:

 

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Copper adhesive tape (from the craft store) was added as an accent:

 

How to make a mini Fairy Garden Village (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

……as well as some copper hinges (from the scrapbook section of the craft store):

 

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Some small twigs and a some hemp twine made perfect ladder:

 

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Boo painted some small wooden pots (from the wood hobby section of the craft store):

 

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…..and we filled them with silk flowers. I filled the bottom with hot glue to keep the flowers in place:

 

How to make a mini Fairy Garden Village (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

A few vintage stamps and an airmail envelope……

 

How to make a mini Fairy Garden Village (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

…..made some mini bunting:

 

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Mr. LBB helped out by spray painting a plastic tub dark brown……

 

How to make a mini Fairy Garden Village (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

……and filling it with dirt, bark and plants. Our friends Walker and Amy sent us a beautiful pot of these mixed houseplants for my father’s memorial…..and they were the perfect little forest setting:

 

How to make a mini Fairy Garden Village (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

The fun part is you can add to it all summer long!  Use an existing garden to make a huge fairy village. Michael’s has a bunch of intricate birdhouses of the same scale in their clearance section right now….pirate ships, temples etc. It would be a great project for so many different ages. You could tailor it to a boys liking too for lego people!

 

Tinkerbell in her new house:

 

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Fawn in the town square:

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Silvermist at the clock tower:

 

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Hours of entertainment:

 

How to make a mini Fairy Garden Village (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com

I love miniature. I could go on forever. Try to visualize what you would reuse around the house if you were “fairy” sized:

Make a mini pond with a jar lid.
Paint mini wood plates and milk bottles.
Add in thimbles for buckets and trash cans.
Pennies or broken tile bits for stepping stones.
A small stamp for artwork or a poster.
Popsicle sticks and toothpicks for signs.
Wine corks cut in half for stools.
Small beads and trinkets hung from plants for wind chimes.

 

 

Boo Style

Keedy’s Fountain Grill founded in 1957
Keedy’s Biggest Fan (Boo) founded in 2007

 

Dress: Custom LBB Dress from T-Shirt
Leggings: Lil Blue Boo
Shoes: Unicorn Crocs
Hat: Smith
Necklace: DIY Donut necklace…..confiscated before I could give it to Silpada!

 

 

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A Donut Necklace (A Tutorial)

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I ate a glazed donut this morning. It just didn’t seem like the right pastry to make an “inspired” necklace out of…….so I chose a sprinkled donut for this project. I would love to have a donut themed party one day for Boo……and I thought a donut charm necklace or bracelet would make the cutest party favor.  This one is for Silpada…..the sweet girl that works at the Swiss Donut shop and fills my order cheerfully every morning:

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

The donut was made using these little pre-cut wood disks from the craft store:

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a standard household drill to add a hole in the center. I had to tightly hold the disk still with two fingers and drill very slowly to keep it from turning.

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a pipe cleaner to hold the disk as I painted it with a base “donut” color:

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a small paint brush to add a layer of pink icing:

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used basic acrylic craft paint in colors Almond Parfait and Baby Pink:

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a tiny brush (actually a brush I cut most of the bristles off of) to add several colors of sprinkles:

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used my tiniest drill bit to drill a tiny hole for a jump ring:

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Then using a pipe cleaner to hold the finished donut I sprayed it with a clear gloss varnish. I stuck the pipe cleaner upright in a jar to hold the disk until it dried.

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The last step was to add a silver jump ring:

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Finished donut charm!

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

With rainbow sprinkles!

 

Donut necklace accessory diy tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

*****

 

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A Love Story

It’s been two weeks since my father passed away.

It’s hard going through someone else’s possessions when they are gone…..it makes you think about your own life and what you value.  My dad was meticulous and left notes about everything. We found “get dance lessons with Shelley” (my mom) on his to-do list along with countless other things that touched our hearts. He truly valued what was important.

Today is my parent’s 38th wedding anniversary……we found these photos on my dad’s computer of their honeymoon and first years together. My brother, sister and I oohed and ahhed over each one. My sister and I would comment on my mother’s clothes and she would chime in every once in a while “oh, I made that!

 

My parents went to the Outer Banks in N.C. and Williamsburg for their honeymoon in 1973. They took us kids on a full honeymoon tour 18 years ago for their 20th anniversary and we visited each….and….every….place.

 

Air conditioning and color TV!


 

I’m wondering if they coordinated these outfits:

 

My parents truly loved each other unconditionally.

You can tell that my father adored my mother just by the photos he took of her….and you can tell my mother adored him too by they way she looked back into the camera :)

 

 

My parents have always been so playful and funny…..this series of photos made me realize they’ve always been that way :)

 

I can hear my dad now: “Shelley, take a picture of me feeding this Frito to a seagull. Then I’ll get a picture of you feeding a Frito to them.”

 

They are so cute I can’t even stand it:

 

And today is my sweetheart’s birthday too! We celebrated with dear friends last weekend…..a “stay-cation” at La Quinta Resort.

Happy Birthday Mr. LBB!

 

 

One last note: the camera used to take all those honeymoon photos? We still have it.  Here’s Boo using “Grandpa’s” camera to take some photos of Diesel this last weekend:

 

 

*****

 

photo source: quote book

Boo Style


Today I choose happiness.

 

 

Top: Gap Kids
Skirt: Lil Blue Boo
Capris: Calvin Klein Kids

 

And don’t forget the custom painted “fishy” toes:

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