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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Wine Barrel Lazy Susan (A Tutorial)


Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I recently found this old wood lazy susan at a thrift store for $2.99…….

 

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……and painted it to look like an old wine barrel lid using a wood aging technique I used back in my college studio art days:

 

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I love the look of reclaimed wine barrels used in home decor…..they are just so expensive. With a few simple household products and some spray paint I was able to recreate the wine-inspired look for under $5.

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Materials needed:
Wood lazy susan, tray or plaque
White distilled vinegar
Steel wool
Spray paint
Adhesive vinyl shelf paper or paper stencils

Step 1: I used my Silhouette machine to cut a stencil out of vinyl adhesive shelf paper. If you have a Silhouette machine you can click on the image below to save my .studio file for your own machine. If you don’t have a Silhouette machine you can use basic stencils from the craft store and paint each letter or you can save the image below and enlarge it to cut it out as a stencil by hand:

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 2: Place the stencil on the wood and mask off any other areas you don’t want to get paint on:

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 3: Spray a layer of paint onto the stencil and let it dry thoroughly. Once dry, carefully peel off the stencil.

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Step 4: Mix white distilled vinegar into a bowl and submerge a steel wool pad (just like the one you wash dishes with) into it.

 

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The steel wool reacts with the vinegar to create an “aging” wash.  Let the steel wool soak in the vinegar for about  20 minutes…….the steel wool pad will begin to disintegrate a little.

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Use a paper towel or gloves to grab the steel wool pad and some of the liquid and “paint” across the wood. Let dry and apply a second coat. As the liquid becomes discolored in the bowl you can also use a paint brush to apply the vinegar.

 

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Step 5: If the color is a little too gray for your liking you can steep some basic tea bags in hot water……

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

…..and use a paint brush to add a few coats of concentrated tea. It will add a slight natural brownish tinge to the wood:

 

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Once the wood is dry you are finished! Use a rag to clean off any bits of steel wool left behind. Spray with varnish or add a layer of polyurethane if you like to protect the color:

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Looks just like the real thing:

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Behind the scenes: Boo and I taking photos for this tutorial…..Lisa snapped this photo from the office as she worked:

Make a lazy susan look like a vintage wine barrel, DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Let me know if you make one for yourself! Would love to see it!


A Tiny Fairy Forest

I loved playing with my mother’s houseplants when I was little. I would pretend they were tiny forests and I would make little hammocks, furniture, dishes etc out of paper, tin foil and tape for my imaginary Thumbelina-sized friends who lived in them. I gave Boo a large pot today with a variety of plants and told her it was a forest for her little fairies……she played with it for hours:


 

Don’t even get me started on these itty bitty miniature landscapes by Wee Green Spot…I think I have to have one:

 

photo source: wee green spot

 

photo source: wee green spot

Inspiration

Pinterest is officially addicting. I kind of wish I’d never discovered it. I find myself browsing and pinning into the wee hours of the night……just because it’s there. (Click here or image below to view my Pinterest boards)

But as fun as Pinterest is to browse, I’ll never give up my inspiration books:

I use large computation notebooks (I get them at the office supply store) because they have extra large cardstock weight pages:

 

I fill the pages of these books with colors, designs, products, words etc. Anything that catches my eye……bits of fabric, a design pattern, a shop to visit, a website to browse…..it all goes in my “inspiration” books.

 

I love browsing the pages of these books and looking at pretty things.  It’s a constant source of inspiration when I need it. I get rid of magazines as quickly as they come in…..I cut out things I love and get rid of the rest.

 

 

Boo Style

 

Diesel has a new friend.


 

My mother-in-law buys a “Patrick” for all or her grandchildren. It is the biggest stuffed dog I’ve ever seen. You’ll need a large SUV to transport it. It’s a great TV chair and beanbag chair.

Diesel has claimed it now as his favorite place to sleep. He just looks so darn tiny.

Stuffed Dog: FAO Schwarz

 

“Boo Style” highlights things we just love.
Browse all of Boo’s recent picks here.
We are always looking for fun, unique clothing, toys and accessories.

If you have suggestions or favorite brands let us know!
All items posted in Boo Style are “Boo Approved”…..nothing itchy, fitted or formal. Tagless preferred.
Contact us at boostyle at lilblueboo dot com

The Donut Chronicles

It’s National Donut Day.

If you follow Lil Blue Boo at all on Facebook, you might know that I am slightly obsessed with donuts. I eat one almost every morning. So today I’m starting a new ongoing series: the donut chronicles…..all things related to donuts. This first installment is just a collection of donut-related photos that I had on my iPhone……there were a LOT of them.

 

Neither Boo or I like donuts with sprinkles….but they look pretty.

 

 

Fresh out of the oven.

 

 

Boo’s pick? basic glazed long john.

 

 

My birthday cake.

 

 

Diesel and a donut.

 

 

The pretty pink pastry box from Swiss Donut.

 

 

My favorite: the jelly filled donut.

 

Gel Transfer Popsicle Stick Puzzle (A Tutorial)

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A jar of soft gel medium and a few jumbo popsicle sticks = a photo puzzle! I made this one for Mr. Lil Blue Boo for Father’s Day:

Valentine Photo Puzzle - popsicle sticks

With holes drilled in the top, all the pieces are kept together with a piece of hemp twine:

Valentine Photo Puzzle - popsicle sticks

The three key materials to making this puzzle are:
Soft Gel Medium (you can purchase this at your craft store in the oil and acrylic paint section…..I use Golden brand but Liquitex also makes it)
Jumbo Popsicle Sticks (slightly wider and thicker than regular popsicle sticks)
A photocopy or laser jet-printed image

I picked up these “jumbo” mini sticks at a dollar/99 cent store:

Easy photo project: Gel Transfer Puzzle via lilblueboo.com

Step 1: Print off your image in reverse using a laser printer or photo copy onto regular paper. It must be a dry toner ink….ink jet will not transfer correctly.

Easy photo project: Gel Transfer Puzzle via lilblueboo.com

Step 2: Put double sided tape down onto a piece of paper and placed the sticks side-by-side onto the tape until they are wider than your image:

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Step 3: Brush a thick coat of soft gel medium across the sticks covering them completely:

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Step 4: Place the image face down onto the gel and smooth/burnish the paper to make sure there are no air bubbles:

 

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Step 5: Once the gel has time to dry completely (about 20 minutes), wet the back of the paper with water:

 

Easy photo project: Gel Transfer Puzzle via lilblueboo.com

 

Step 6: Use your fingers to peel off the paper:

Easy photo project: Gel Transfer Puzzle via lilblueboo.com

Carefully rub the paper until it is all removed completely leaving the image behind:

Easy photo project: Gel Transfer Puzzle via lilblueboo.com

Step 7: Use a razor or knife to carefully split the sticks apart…….

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……and fine sand paper to remove any excess gel from the edges:

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Step 8: Using a household drill, add holes to the end of each stick:

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Step 9: Spray the front and back of the sticks with  a few coats of clear varnish:

 

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Use a thick twine or leather cord to tie the pieces of the puzzle together. You can add a small card for a special occasion!

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The Toddler Tie Pattern (Tutorial and Download)

In case you missed it on Facebook, here is my Toddler Tie Pattern I made for Boo’s “Annie Hall” look during Project Run and Play! Just click the image below to download the 10 page PDF pattern and tutorial. There are options for an easy elastic option and a regular necktie option!

 

Free Toddle Tie DIY Tutorial and Pattern Download via lilblueboo.com

 

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Dollar Doily Hair Clip (A Tutorial)

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I picked up a pack of lace doilies from the dollar store (99 cent store) and made this gardenia-inspire hair clip for Boo.

 

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

These doilies came in a pack of three:

 

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I took each doily and folded it in half:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Then created a fan shape by scrunching up the bottom:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Then I sewed the bottom part of the “fan” shape to a small piece of felt:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I took the other 2 doilies and repeated the same steps but placed them on the felt in opposite directions:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

After each doily was sewn to the felt, I trimmed any excess felt off:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I took scissors and cut into the doily to help it fan out more and trimmed pieces that I thought were too large:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I used a needle and thread to add a few stitches in areas I thought needed to be tacked down a little:

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Finally I used a glue gun to attach my doily flower to a clip. You could attach it to a head band if you prefer too!

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

So dainty and pretty. You could add a vintage pearl button if you want in the middle but I wanted it plain and pretty:

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A happy Boo!

Make a vintage inspired hair clip using a dollar doily. DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com