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Update: $1,395 in total raised! All donation receipts are always posted once the donation is made. While charitable amounts could probably remain anonymous I think that any website/individual who is asking you to “buy” something to raise funds should provide a paper trail.
Boo and I woke up inspired to make a big painting….so we’ve got a big project for this weekend! I’ll load the final photos here when it is done but you can follow our progress over the weekend in the photo album (click photo below):
I finally managed to get my Toddler Tie pattern I made for Boo’s “Annie Hall” look during Project Run and Play into digital format! It’s available through my Facebook Downloads for a limited time! 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!
My best memories growing up are of my horses and my friends I rode with. We spent every minute we could at the barn with our horses: riding, grooming, mucking and goofing off. I can categorize my younger years by which horse I had at the time: Blitz, Chocolate, Beowulf, Tweed, and Andy. Each one was perfectly unique in spirit and taught me something completely new about myself…..
Blitz was my first pony….he’d been hit by a motorcycle years before he and I met and lost much of the feeling in his face….he’s about to drag me across the street in this photo (I’m on the left with the sweet perm and pegged jeans):
Here I am with Harris Tweed (wow….20 years ago)…..he had the reputation for throwing his previous owners into jumps. He continued that tradition with me…..but only in the show ring when we had an audience. Out in the field, with no saddle and no fear, we’d stack up cinder blocks on top of oil drums and make the jumps higher and higher and it was like we were invincible…..
Andy didn’t make it as a racehorse….and that’s how he ended up with me. He was perfect…and just a little bit crazy. I took him fox hunting a few times and he would take off in a full run with the hounds as if he were back on the track……the type of fast where you can barely feel the horse anymore.
I ordered a bunch of Angelus leather paints from Dharma Trading recently and nothing made of leather in my house is safe now!
I found these little hair clips recently that my mother made for me when I was little…and loved the hand painted details she added.
Step 1: I took some scrap leather (you can find pieces at fabric stores and craft stores…or you can cut up an old purse/shoes/jacket etc to salvage pieces)……
Step 2: I took a small paint brush and cut off most of the bristles so it would paint small details easily:
Step 6: I allowed the paint to dry thoroughly. To darken and soften the leather I used a technique that I used to break in all my horse bridles and saddles and to keep them clean and supple. I took some olive oil…..
Now to find something else to paint
It’s been a week since Project Run and Play ended and I already miss it! I loved being challenged to make something new each week with a different theme. I didn’t win but I had so much fun and still can’t believe I made it to the finals with Katy and Kelly! Here was Katy’s winning look in the final challenge….amazing:
Li’l Ice Princess
Boo was my ultimate judge….she loved all the looks. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome! Thanks everyone for following the contest and helping to vote! Micalah put a ton of work into it and all the other designers really brought it each week! It rocked.
With this tutorial you can make bohemian-inspired accessories using ordinary leather shoelaces just like the headband Boo wore in the second week of Project Run and Play:
Here’s what I used to make mine…most supplies can be found at your local craft store in the jewelry section and the leather paints are available through Dharma Trading:
Angelus Leather Paints
Optional: Angelus Duller (if you want more of a matte finish to the paint)
Leather “latigo” laces (1/8″ wide)
Sueded laces (these come in a variety of colors….mine was turquoise)
3mm beads (I used 3mm silver plastic pearl beads)
Soft leather trim (you can purchase this at a craft store or upcycle from an old purse or jacket)
Waxed cotton cord (these come in a variety of colors….mine was lime)
Step 1: Paint the leather laces using the Angelus leather paint.
Note: I used a light coat so that some of the original leather color showed through to give it a distressed look.
Step 6: (Note….this might get a little confusing but once you see all the photos it will start to make sense.) With the flower in place, follow the flower with 2 more beads. Take the 2nd piece of waxed cord and wrap it around the back left of the 2 leather pieces.
The 2nd cord piece will go under the 1st cord piece with a single bead settling on either side as shown. The 2nd cord piece then wraps around to the back again and to the other side where it began, going under the 1st cord piece:
In case you missed it through Facebook….you can now download my beret pattern here! I renamed it The Blue Beret from the Adelaide pattern since it is a unisex hat...didn’t want the boys to feel left out!
Click image below to download the PDF pattern:
The whole pattern started with a hat I made for Boo for a collaboration with artist Stephanie Corfee. I silk screened Stephanie’s “When I Grow Up” print for a small limited edition for my shop a few months back. Boo’s hat has led to many, many more hats. Some are upcycled and recycled from t-shirts:
As featured in Sew Hip (click here for entire post):
One of my favorite upcycled hats photographed by Monika McSweeney on her daughter Grace:
It’s the final round! I can’t believe I’ve made it this far with all the amazing designs that have been submitted. This week’s theme was “wild card”….basically we were supposed to create a signature piece. I struggled more with this challenge than any of the others…part of me wanted to make some elaborate piece that would just WOW everyone but that just wouldn’t be true to my style. So I asked myself this question: if I could make anything I wanted this week, what would I make? The answer was: something comfortable (anything I make for my daughter must be soft, forgiving, tagless and easy to maintain) and something unexpected.
So here it is….
Li’l Mod Rockwell
For this look I created a dress, leggings and hair piece. I wanted to combine knit (a requirement for comfort), a vintage cut and several kinds of fabric/prints. I wanted Boo to look like she was straight out of a “modern” Norman Rockwell painting with a dash of Alice in Wonderland.
The top of the dress has cap sleeves and was made with comfortable floral 2×1 knit. The bottom of the dress features a full, billowy “bubble” style skirt made from two layers of a beautiful cotton voile. I made the black and cream lace print capri leggings from a soft, buttery modal knit. The large bow on the dress is made from a Japanese fabric featuring a cute folklore print.
It’s been so much fun creating these looks every week and thank you so much to everyone who has visited and voted! Katy and Kelly and the other women in Project Run and Play are such amazing talents and I’ve just been so honored to be included among them!
And what could be more signature than Boo’s graffiti shoes…..always a perfect addition to her style:
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!