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:

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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:

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Press the two pieces together flat and trace out your triangle:

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Use pinking shears or regular scissors to cut out each flag. Pinking shears will give you the zig zag edge:

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Iron your the grosgain ribbon it in half along the entire length:

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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:

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Lastly, apply liquid stitch to the top of the triangles…

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…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:

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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!

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Here’s a behind the scenes shot of Lisa photographing Boo. We strung the bunting between 2 ladders in the corner of my backyard:

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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.

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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:

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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!

Boo’s Photo Project "Let’s Do 52"

I was all set to participate in Paint the Moon’s “Let’s Do 52″ Project….but then I thought it would be SO much more fun to help Boo participate. After all, she DID ask Santa for a “camera with legs, but no feet”….and I personally think a 3-year-old could have a lot to say through photography ;)

Boo got a hand-me-down camera from her Mimi and Papa and Mommy and Daddy bought her a mini tripod:

Annie of Paint the Moon just rocks….I love her photography, her style, how down-to-earth she is and especially her photography actions. Here’s the link to her “Let’s do 52″ photo-a-week project…much less daunting than a 365 project I think:


Week 1′s theme is New Beginnings…..so last night I taught Boo how to use the timer on her little camera. She took this photo of the two of us….I think she did a pretty good job!


You should think about starting the project! It’s week 2 now, but you can still do a week 1…Annie’s cool like that.

Robots & Daddy’s Girl

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These photos from Linda Pelk Photography will surely put a smile on your face! Full blog post can be found here. Thank you Linda for these adorable photos!

 

 

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Our last Valentine’s Day addition is a Daddy’s Girl Dress for a Cause! We wanted to give back to a single dad with this dress design and the overwhelming majority of you asked that the proceeds go to The Liz Logelin Foundation!

 

 

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So, 10% of net proceeds from each dress sale will go to the Liz Logelin Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2009 by Matthew Logelin, who lost his wife Elizabeth in 2008. If you have not read Matt’s blog before, please go and read it now! He is amazing and his little girl is precious beyond words!

 

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If you would prefer to donate directly to the foundation you can follow this link HERE. Thank you for your support!

 

Update: $200 raised! All donation receipts are always posted once the donation is made. While charitable amounts could remain anonymous I think that any website/individual who is asking you to “buy” something to raise funds should provide a paper trail.

Scottsdale


Just got back from a 4 day trip to Scottsdale, AZ for a family wedding. I took along my camera to capture some family moments and some inspiration!

I spent one full day walking around old town Scottsdale with my mother-in-law and my husband’s aunt. I bought this new “Indiana Jones” hat:


Here’s what else caught my eye:


















Last night Mr. LBB’s step-brother got married at Montelucia. I used to babysit him when he was younger so I’m starting to feel old! It was a gorgeous setting:


It was a 4:00 wedding….the sunlight was breathtaking coming in through these windows and hitting the chandeliers:


Family photo:


I caught Boo with her finger in the wedding cake:


Happy New Year!

P.S. I edited all these photos using Paint the Moon’s new “Jubilee” action! So quick and easy! Annie is offering it as a free download for a limited time! Click HERE to check it out!

Happy New Year!

Lil Blue Boo wants to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

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There are so many exciting things happening in 2011! We can’t wait to share them all with our amazing Lil Blue Boo community. Thank you for your constant support, we could not do it without all of you.

*Happy New Year graphics courtesy of Picnik*

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