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

One Super Huge Ironing Board

It’s done! My sweet hubby made me my super huge silk screening table / ironing board I’ve been dreaming about! I know most people wouldn’t have a use for such a large table but it could definitely be done on a much smaller scale too.

How to make a silk screening / ironing table via lilblueboo.com
First, he took an old conference table from his office and added 2 sheets of plywood to the top to make it extra wide:

How to make a silk screening / ironing table via lilblueboo.com CONTINUE READING

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband (A Tutorial)

I love the fabric flower headbands that you see popping up now….but I am super picky about the way the flowers are rolled. I was determined to find a way to make them in a shabby chic style but with minimal sewing! Here’s my tutorial on how I make mine:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Materials Needed:
Fabri-Tac or other tacky fabric adhesive
Chenille Pipe Cleaners
Felt
Head Band
Glue Gun
Fabric Scraps

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Materials via lilblueboo.com
To make a flower, first I start by connecting two chenille pipe cleaners together. I’ve found that two make the perfect size flower:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 1 via lilblueboo.com
For each flower you need a 20″ x 2″ fabric scrap. Start by putting a long bead of Fabri-Tac along the strip:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 2 via lilblueboo.com
Starting at one end start rolling the fabric around the pipe cleaner. The key is not to roll to tight or too perfect….just kind of haphazardly roll your fabric up:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 3 via lilblueboo.com
If you run out of fabric before you get the pipe cleaners covered just add another piece in as you go:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 4 via lilblueboo.com
Once the pipe cleaner is covered with fabric, start at one end and begin rolling the flower into a spiral shape, adding in a small bead of Fabri-Tac every few inches as you go:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 5 via lilblueboo.com
You’ll develop your own technique for rolling as you go….I have kind of a roll, roll, then twist technique to make mine look a little fuller and shabby:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Rolling via lilblueboo.com
As you get to the end of your flower, tuck the “tail” under the flower with a dab of Fabri-Tac and use a small clothespin to secure. Let the Fabri-Tac set for about 30 minutes.

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 6 via lilblueboo.com
I like to mix all different textures of fabrics….one of these flowers was a cotton gauze, one part of a upcycled golf shirt and another was some floral knit.
No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Finished Rolls via lilblueboo.com
You can make ribbon “leaves” by twisting pieces of ribbon, secure with a pin, and add a dab of Fabri-Tac:
No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Ribbon Leaves via lilblueboo.com
Once all of your flowers have had time to set, add a large amount of Fabri-Tac to the bottom of each flower but keeping about 1/4″ to 1/2″ away from the edge of the flower:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 7 via lilblueboo.com
Place your flowers down onto a piece of felt in the shape that you prefer:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 8 via lilblueboo.com
Add in your ribbon leaves between the flowers and felt before the glue has a chance to set, adding more Fabri-Tac if needed:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 9 via lilblueboo.com
My favorite part? I like to “mash” all the flowers together for about a minute so that they don’t look too perfectly round and so that they form into one another. With the pipe cleaners inside and the Fabri-Tac they will retain some of this “mashed” shape once you let go:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 10 via lilblueboo.com
One your glue has set, carefully trim the felt around the flowers so it isn’t visible when the flowers are right side up:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Trim Felt via lilblueboo.com
Take your headband and determine where you want it placed and using a disappearing ink pen, mark either side:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Attach Accessory via lilblueboo.com
Add hot glue along the entire length of felt……

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Hot Glue via lilblueboo.com
….and press your headband into place:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Step 12 via lilblueboo.com
Your finished no-sew fabric flower headband! It might take some practice until you get it just right but you’ve got to start somewhere!

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Photo via lilblueboo.com
A perfect addition to any outfit:

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Photo Dress via lilblueboo.com
A fun way to experiment with different knits, fabrics and textures!

No-Sew Fabric Flower Headband Photo Final via lilblueboo.com

Two Weeks of Photography – Summary

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Two Weeks of Photography with Lil Blue Boo was such a wonderful success! Thank you so much to all of our amazing guest bloggers who helped make it so successful. We appreciated all of the positive feedback, and we will definitely be back with more photography related posts! Here is a summary of the two weeks! Click on the buttons to be taken to that post.

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The Li’l List – Cranberry Pom et al

My new favorite accessory? This rock and roll belt by My Baby Belts! I think I have to have them all…..and I hope they start making matching “mommy” sized belts too. I have the zebra print and the rock and roll one…..these would make great stocking stuffers (plus the owner Abby is super sweet and I love supporting moms in business)! Miss Elle rocked it during a game of Simon Says:


Speaking of accessories….here’s my attempt at a handmade headband….love how it turned out. I think I’ll be putting together a tutorial soon!

New in the shop for this week only (or until we run out of our botanical print)! The Cranberry Pom Collection….mix and match!

The Cranberry Pom Silk Screened Tee (short or long sleeved) and the Cranberry Pom Twirl Skirt:


The Cranberry Pom Jumper and Ruffle Pants (pants available separate too):


Amie sent me these fabulous photos of her daughter in a custom Lil Blue Boo dress featuring art by Stephanie Corfee. I’ve been looking for some boots like that for me!



And this fabulous photo by Olivia Hooper of her daughter in a Lil Blue Boo “Cherry Chinese Dragon” dress…….love it. I love the look of toddler wonder on her face!


Gasp! A boy in Lil Blue Boo? Oh yes, I’m working on more…..promise. One-0f-a-kinds coming soon!

Hope your weekend has been wonderful! I should have added a caution to my previous post on painting….if you give your child large canvases to paint on….they might start to expect them….this could be a VERY expensive hobby once my thrift store painting finds run dry:

Painting with Children – "Finer" Art

It’s obvious that Boo loves to paint….it’s one of the first things she’ll ask to do each morning. What’s different about the paintings below from the painting in my last post about painting is the TYPE of paint. In the large painting last week we used washable paint…..it’s is easy to clean up but the color isn’t as vibrant and the paint is easily washed off of the canvas. I’ll often let her use acrylic craft paints to make large paintings that we will hang up in the house because the paint is more permanent…..we jokingly call this her “fine art” painting. I’ve got a few tips to help your child paint something you could hang on your living room wall!

When the weather isn’t nice enough to paint outside, I’ll lay all my drop cloths down in our foyer because it is such an open area. I lay the canvas flat so she can sit on the floor and draw on it with her water crayons or splatter and dribble large amounts of paint around:


If I give her a LARGE amount of paint like this gallon of gesso….I’ll give her one large paint brush. She can dribble, drop, splatter just like Jackson Pollock:


The key is to keep the painting an interesting activity. When she starts to get a little bored, I’ll remove the canvas from the floor and set it upright. I’ll use boxes or a postal crate to set her paint on so she doesn’t step in it when she’s deep in thought:


I rotate the canvas often…..so she sees her painting differently. It’s amazing how turning a painting 90 degrees will allow her to see a big blank space she never noticed before…..or couldn’t reach. This is how I paint too…..when I get bored I just turn the painting upside down!


I think most of the enjoyment of the painting for her is mixing and dripping large amount of paint…..I guess it could be comparable to making mudpies. I’ll admit, this is why I love painting so much….I love the mixing and the spreading and the pushing of pigment around the surface to see what happens.


One of the most frequent questions I get is: how do you keep her from mixing the colors together and getting that muddy brown result? Simple, I give her a huge selection of paints to choose from, but from only one color palette at a time. I love the 99 cent craft paints because they come in so many colors….and I’ll give her one bin at a time:


She’ll mix and mix and mix…..but she’s usually mixing pink with purple, or red with pink….so she doesn’t cross the color wheel.


Once some of the paint has dried I’ll give her another bin to play with. The result is that the canvas is covered with layers and layers of rich colors!


She had fun today practicing her letters……she’s still writing many of them backwards but hey, it makes for interesting art, right?


This masterpiece will be going in Mr. Lil Blue Boo’s new office soon! He can tell clients it was painted by a very “established” local artist :)

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