Spring Additions

We are excited to share some of the new spring items that have been added to the collection! Annie of Paint the Moon Photography did us the honor of photographing some of these new pieces and once again, she blew us away.

 


“Le Cirque” Ruffle Capris



 

A few additional pieces that you can now find in the store

 

 

 

You can view the entire Spring line here.











A Cupcake Party – Handmade

Last weekend we went to my niece’s first birthday party….cupcake themed! My sister-in-law Jenn did an amazing job and made everything herself…..including 50 cupcakes and tissue pom-poms that I helped hang from the ceiling :)


Homemade cookies:


Homemade cupcakes:


The banners:


Cookie decorating station:


A “candy” bar:


My niece Sawyer did some damage to her cake:


Isn’t she precious? Her mom made her outfit and headband too!


Boo had a blast at the party with all the activities: pinata, coloring station, cookie decorating and playing with her cousin Jordan. Don’t they look like they are up to something here?


I had TWO nieces turn one over the weekend. A day apart! I made both these little outfit sets for their gifts:


I silk screened t-shirts using my contact paper method:


Paired with my new favorite cuffed leggings from Target:


Made a few matching knit hair poms (see pom tutorial here):


And wrapped them all together into a cute little matching package:

Do you crochet? (Updated)

I taught myself to crochet last night from an online video (see video here) as I caught up on some reality TV. It wasn’t as hard as I thought! I had to rewind the video a few times and I kind of made it up as I went:


I made this little snow hat for Boo’s doll. Doesn’t it look great with the silver halter prom dress?


I’d love some recommendations for a few easy patterns. Boo’s larger dolls could use some little shoes and cardigans! I think I could turn the hat upside down and add a strap for some shoes if I thought through it enough. I think I’d need some major help for an item of clothing…..

It was 76 degrees here today….but there was snow! Boo’s school had snow made for snow day….it was the first time she’s actually ever seen snow.


So what do you make when crocheting? Do you use a pattern? I’d love to know!

Updated: Thank you all so much for the amazing links! I already bought a new pattern yesterday and started making Boo’s doll some shoes (pattern from Turtlekeeper)! Next up maybe a doll dress or cardigan?

There’s a couple things I’d love to try from LBG Studio’s post too! Click below:

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Project Run and Play: Week 2

I made it through to the second week of Project Run and Play! There is some tough competition! (click here to see last week’s challenge) This week’s challenge was to take the Leila and Ben Sweet Dress pattern and reinterpret it. I love the simple, basic lines of the Sweet Dress pattern….it’s always been one of my favorites. Using some vintage trim and a braided leather headband as my inspiration, I made a bohemian peasant dress: The Li’l Boho


The Li’l Boho Dress is a two-layer dress with the bottom layer peeking out from underneath. The color palette is muted using 2 tones of ecofriendly, organic cotton. I altered and recut the sleeves to be a delicate double flutter.


I added a slightly frayed, embroidered vintage trim to the front that double wraps to tie in the back, creating an empire waist.


Our desert setting was a perfect location for a carefree, barefoot photo shoot.


The Li’l Boho dress represents a free, independent, and spiritual little girl:


I love this photo….it looks like she’s getting ready to cast a spell :)


Please go over and support the contest this weekend and vote for your favorite design! Thank you!

Also, have you started your design for the Lil Blue Boo/Dharma Trading Design Challenge? It can be anything: hair accessories, clothing, shoes etc! Awesome prizes! A challenge for the new year!

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Spring has Sprung!

Pre-orders for the Spring 2011 collection have officially begun. Orders are expected to ship mid February, and there will be a few additional pieces added throughout this week. Looks like the most popular items right now are the Lily Belle and Holland Days. There is still a good selection of sizes for these pieces although they are now limited. We are thrilled you love them as much as we do!
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We had a fun little contest on facebook over the weekend where YOU named some of the spring line! There were some great names, but unfortunately we could only pick one. Here are the winners! If you are one of them, please email us at lisa @ lilblueboo dot com with your mailing address. We will send you a Lil Blue Boo beret!


Grace’s Dress

named by Kyle Montalbo

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Very Plaid to Meet You
named by Becca Robinson

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Save the Trees Please
named by Priscilla Bockelman

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The Lily Belle
named by Jessica Barnes

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Holland Days
named by Tiffany Lewis

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Swiss Miss
named by Monika McSweeney

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Mint Julips
named by Jane Perillo

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Thank you to everyone that participated in the naming contest! If you have questions about pre-orders please feel free to contact us and keep an eye out for additional pieces to be added soon!

More Spring LBB (by Monika McSweeney Photography)

Monika McSweeney takes the most beautiful natural light photos. She recently took photos of a few pieces from my spring collection…..and I just can’t stop looking at them! Her daughter Grace and her BFF Mary Rose are naturals….here they are modeling “Grace’s Dress” and the “Swiss Miss” Drop Waist Knit Dress:


Artwork on both dresses was designed by artist Stephanie Corfee especially for Lil Blue Boo and each piece is hand silk screened:








Thank you Monika! I had to share them all :) couldn’t narrow it down!

Tomorrow part of my Spring 2011 Lil Blue Boo collection will be available for pre-order (click here to view)! I jokingly named it “What the Folk?” since there is a folk art them throughout the pieces…and the name stuck. Check it out if you get a chance!

XOXO,

Ashley

Project Run & Play: Week 1

Project Run and Play is finally here! Six designers….only five will move onto the next challenge! Here is my interpretation of Winter Wonderland….click the photo to go and vote on your favorite!

"No Sew" Bunting and More Spring Peeks!

 

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Lisa and I planned a quick little photo shoot in the backyard on Tuesday and invited a few friends over. Lisa couldn’t find her fabric banner/bunting she’d stashed away so we had to make a quick version because we wanted it to hang in the background. It turned out so cute and added just the right amount of color:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
I know many of you don’t sew and this is an easy way to make a birthday banner or some pretty bunting for a boy or girls room!

Materials needed:
Spray adhesive (acid free)
Liquid Stitch
Variety of fabric for flags
Pinking shears (or regular scissors if you don’t mind a straight edge)
3 yards of 2″ grosgrain ribbon

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Here is a template you can use……just resize it depending on the size of banner you want.

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com

For each individual flag, spray a layer of adhesive to the wrong sides of 2 pieces of fabric:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Press the two pieces together flat and trace out your triangle:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Use pinking shears or regular scissors to cut out each flag. Pinking shears will give you the zig zag edge:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Iron your the grosgain ribbon it in half along the entire length:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Using Liquid Stitch, attach each triangle to the bottom half of the ribbon…..

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
…..alternating colors:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Lastly, apply liquid stitch to the top of the triangles…

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
…and press the top half of the ribbon closed:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
You can easily personalize or spell out a message using spraypaint too! Just cut out your shapes or letters to make a stencil using contac paper or adhesive shelf paper:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Stick the stencil directly onto your triangle flag and spray a thin layer of paint across the top:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Easy and no sewing involved!

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Here’s a behind the scenes shot of Lisa photographing Boo. We strung the bunting between 2 ladders in the corner of my backyard:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
I was so happy with how both the banner and mini photo shoot turned out! We invited a few friend with older girls over to model some outfits for the spring line.

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
It’s amazing how much easier it is to shoot a willing model than a toddler! These girls were naturals!

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Boo was sulking at first because she didn’t get to wear the purple headband….she informed me that purple is her FAVORITE color:

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Once she saw the older girls having fun she changed her mind:

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So cute!

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Even Diesel was thrown into the mix!

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I’ve had so much fun designing a full spring line! More to come this week! Spring line should be in the store on January 24th!

Speaking of designing…are you working on your next big design?

 

 

A Handmade Sign

…literally. Here’s a small distressed Lil Blue Boo sign I made using a small canvas and spray paint. So easy to do….and endless possibilities: an old sign for your kitchen, a large piece of artwork, a sign for a booth at a boutique, or even a personalized “shabby chic” name plate for a kids room.


I used the same technique as I used for this sign (click on the image to see the full tutorial):


I use just a basic collage layering process of newspaper or old phone books (a good way to recycle too!) so you have something to flake and distress on top of the canvas. This layer I painted white once it was dry:


I use a razor blade, Cricut or Silhouette cutter you can cut ordinary Contac paper or adhesive shelf paper to make a stencil. First, I spray painted the “Lil Blue Boo”:


Next, I spray painted the “handmade”:


Here is the sign in use at our Christmas boutique!

Spring Preview!

My first collection is finally coming together! Lisa and I have been working day and night for the past few weeks searching for rare fabrics and designing silk screens to put together a full collection of handmade spring outfits that will be available to order in all sizes from 6M to 12 years of age….even a few outfits for adults. Here is a teeny tiny sneak peek :)


I’ll always stick to my knits…but this collection will have quite a few wovens as well….many silk screened with signature Lil Blue Boo prints and a few designed by my favorite graphic artist Stephanie Corfee.


Diesel invaded our mini photo shoot:


I picked the winner of the quote contest! Thank you for all the entries! My favorite was from Bonnie Brewster….here is a tank silk screened it:


We are trying to finish up all the pieces and send them off for final photo shoots this week so we can have a naming contest for the collection! Stay tuned!

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