Here are a few tutorials of handmade items I’ve made over the last 2 years that might spark some ideas for your own gift list! More to come soon!
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!
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!
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:
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
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 🙂
It’s here! A challenge for the new year!
Brought to you by Lil Blue Boo and Dharma Trading Company
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!
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.
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.
:: $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)
:: $50 Gift Certificate from Dharma Trading Co.
:: $25 Gift Certificate from Above All Fabric
:: $25 Gift Certificate from Lil Blue Boo
:: $25 Gift Certificate from Dharma Trading Co.
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.
Annie from Paint the Moon
Corina from Corina Nielsen Photography
Ashley from Make It and Love It
Dana from Made
Kristin from Sew Mama Sew
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!
Grab this html code and paste it into your sidebar to display the Challenge badge to show you are participating!
We can’t wait to see what you create!
*A special thank you to Corina from Corina Nielsen Photography for designing the Challenge logo!
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!
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!
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.
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:
Fabri-Tac or other tacky fabric adhesive
Chenille Pipe Cleaners
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.
You can make ribbon “leaves” by twisting pieces of ribbon, secure with a pin, and add a dab of Fabri-Tac:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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!
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: