If you love donuts as much as I do, you might like:
Because sometimes a photo could use a little something extra…..
……I’ve saved some of my recent “doodles” as .PSD files that you can use in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
All you have to do is download the file, open, copy and paste the overlay onto your photo.
I’ve been so inspired by Katrina over at Pugly Pixel and I’m slowly learning how to incorporate more of my artwork, journals and doodling into my digital Lil Blue Boo world. I’m excited to see where this new interest will take me.
Click below to download my full summertime doodle set. I’ve saved each graphic as a separate white and black version but if you have Photoshop skills you can easily change the color by clicking “colorize” and adjust the hue and saturation. Play with the opacity too…..just a hint of a graphic across a photo can be a great addition!
Feel free to use the graphics for whatever you like….just please don’t use them for any type of digital download, free or otherwise. Thank you!
We recently bought a new iPad 2 for work and I was floored at the prices of covers…..I just couldn’t bring myself to spend that much. My husband’s friend Walker jokes that his composition notebook is his “low-tech iPad” because it is exactly the same size…..so it gave me an idea. I would make a cover for our new iPad out of one of the old composition notebooks I had sitting around. Turns out it was pretty easy using the box my iPad came in, some hair elastics and a notebook with the pages removed.
Here is how I made an easy, inexpensive iPad cover:
Photo 1 & 2: I took a razor blade and cut out the pages…..this composition book was on its last leg so they basically fell out.
Photo 3 & 4: I removed the plastic insert from the box that the iPad came in and marked the height of the notebook for reference on the side.
Photo 5: I continued my height measurement all the way around the insert.
Photo 6 & 7: Using a razor blade I carefully cut out the top of the plastic insert.
Photo 8: I cut off one side of the remaining plastic.
Photo 9: I cut out the 2 corners on the plastic.
Photo 10: I scored the outside of the three edges using the height measurement that was marked (make sure not to cut all the way through).
Photo 11: I carefully turned the edges under at the scored line and trimmed the pieces so they wouldn’t overlap.
Photo 12: I place the plastic piece on the edge of the notebook and to make it fit perfectly I had to carefully rework one of the edges to the curve was a little bigger. (Note: the plastic is the exact size of the iPad so you have to make it about 5mm bigger this way so that it sits around the iPad edge).
Photo 13, 14, 15 & 16: I took 2 black elastic hair bands and sewed each onto one corner at two points using needle and thread. Make sure to sew through the elastic to keep the band in place and you’ll have to stretch the band enough so it is pretty taught over the edge as shown in photo 16.
Photo 17: I cut off the excess hair band once it was attached securely.
Photo 18 & 19: Using a black elastic headband I sewed one end near the inside of the spine and the other end opposite to it (you’ll have to stretch it tightly so it will keep the iPad in place when you insert it).
Photo 20: Lastly, I cut off the excess band.
An iPad cover for $2.99. Can’t beat that.
I’m slowly updating some older Lil Blue Boo patterns to make them easier to download. This is an updated version of the Stuffed Frog Prince Toy Pattern with both the frog toy/beanbag and frog prince crown pattern combined into one PDF. The very first frog I made was a VERY OBESE frog….but we still have him and he makes a great doorstop.
So many options….here’s just a few:
When I first found a used lazy susan at the thrift store, I envisioned making it into a piece of “spin-able” art….but the first one was way to large and heavy to hang safely onto the wall (so it was turned into the wine-barrel lazy susan). I bought a slightly smaller 18″ lazy susan, and made this fun piece of Sticks-inspired art. On the Lil Blue Boo Facebook page I asked people to fill in the blank “I am____” and got some great words and phrases to use (Boo’s contribution was “Iron Man”):
The lazy susan was painted to be a fun piece of wall art that Boo can turn every day and pick her mood:
Today I will be……awesome.
This was a fairly simple project that took about 3 hours in total. The carving was easier than I thought it would be with my new rotary tool and accessory kit:
I also had my expert painter Boo as my helper. The key to painting with a 4-year-old is letting them paint freely and then just fix any large mistakes after the fact….when they aren’t looking.
Here’s how the art piece was made:
Photos 1, 2 & 3: I used a pencil to sketch my design out.
Photo 4: With a rotary tool, I started carving. I found that it is easiest to carve a faint line to serve as a guide and then carve deeper on your second pass.
Photos 5, 6 and 7: I carved all the designs out. They don’t have to be perfect…..I like slightly imperfect!
Photo 8: I used a block sander to clean up any rough edges.
Photos 11 & 12: I blocked in the main colors using basic acrylic craft paint. I like to paint “imperfectly” for character. I let Boo paint the black and white border.
Photo 13: After all the colors were blocked in, I let the piece dry.
Photo 14: I used gloss varnish…..
Photo 15: …..and painted a light coat over the whole piece to protect the colors from the glazing step.
Photo 16: I carved out excess paint from the designs.
Photo 17 & 18: I made a glaze of black liquid acrylic and added some water. I worked it into the designs, quickly wiping off the excess with a damp cloth.
The finished painted piece!
Using my Silhouette machine, I cut out the words “Today I will be” and applied the quote to the wall above where the lazy susan would hang:
Some heavy hanging hardware was used to attach the lazy susan to the wall:
Today I will be……on cloud 9.
The Bobbie Socks & Bows donations are starting to come in! We wanted to clarify that we are accepting any kind of white bows, and they can be store bought or handmade. Maybe you have white ribbon you are not using, you can donate that too! Also, to encourage as many donations as we can, we are offering a 10% discount to the store to everyone that donates! Make sure to include your email address with the donation so we can send you your discount code. For more information and the donation address please go here. Thank you!
This is such a quick and easy project that anyone can do! I picked up this olive oil dispenser and thought that with a little glass etching it would be a much nicer soap dispenser than the generic plastic bottle version. You can pick up glass etching cream on Amazon.
Glass etching is the process where the glass is given a rough texture until it has a “frosted” look.
I placed the stencil onto the bottle and made sure all the areas were adhered:
Following the directions of the etching cream, I brushed a thick layer on top of the stencil and left it on for a few minutes:
After the cream had time to “etch” the glass, I washed it off in the sink and peeled off the stencil:
The finished etched glass:
Hubby filled the bottle with soap…..
Boo has a standing appointment every 2 weeks to get her nails done with her Mimi (my mother-in-law).
The most fun is seeing what she requests for them to add to her nails. Sometimes it takes Yvonne (her personal nail lady) multiple attempts.
(Now if I could only find someone to take ME to get my nails done every two weeks!)
Today I left the desert bright and early to drive into the Los Angeles Fabric District for some treasure hunting. I have a few favorite stops that I hit on almost every trip:
FIDM Scholarship Store – 919 S. Grand Ave
This place is one of my favorites by far. It sells new clothing and accessories donated by top fashion companies and all proceeds go to FIDM scholarships. This is the best place to stock up on $1 a yard fabric, $1 accessories and inexpensive grab bags of buttons and trim. It was named “Best Boutique/Store in L.A.” by the readers of Downtown News.
Angel Textiles – 846 S. Maple Avenue
I found this place by accident last year. It’s a little hole-in-the-wall place but the prices rock. They have some cool leather pieces too if you are making handbags, jewelry etc. Cash and large quantities will help you negotiate.
Michael Levine – 920 Maple Ave
I love stopping by Michael Levine because of the huge selection of woven fabrics and notions. It consists of three stores: the main store, the home decor store, and the Loft. They have a huge selection of designer wovens and fun Japanese imports. The Loft is a great place to find one-off finds and everything is priced by the pound (you can see photos from a trip last year to the Loft here). If you are buying in bulk you can ask to check out the warehouse for larger quantities:
Target Trim – 629 E. 9th Street
Trim heaven. Enough said. See more photos below.
So much embroidered trim it can be very overwhelming:
Buy by the yard or by the box…..but there’s a price difference:
This is just the selection of FOE elastic. I couldn’t even make up my mind so I told the guy to just pick out 10 rainbow colors and surprise me.