Everyone at Lil Blue Boo was up bright and early this morning to create a painting in honor of our veterans! Thank you to all the men and women who serve and have served our country to ensure our liberty. We thank you and your families for your tremendous sacrifice!
I can’t believe that December is almost here! Here’s a sweet and easy Christmas outfit…..
….the result of a fun collaboration with Keren from Free Pretty Things for You! Keren has the sweetest vintage artwork and images on her website as well as some fun DIY tutorials! I love seeing what other people have done with the images she has offered as downloads too…so many ideas!
This outfit is super easy to make because you can take an existing t-shirt and a pair of pants and embellish them with minimal sewing! A great way to make coordinated, inexpensive outfits for Christmas card photos!
To make the shirt:
I trimmed around the image as in my other transfer tutorials and ironed it onto the t-shirt. If you are using a dark colored shirt you can transfer the image to a light colored piece of fabric and applique it to the shirt instead:
First, I started with a plain pair of pants that would coordinate with the top and reindeer images. I made this particular pair for Boo but any store bought pair of knit pants, jeans or even a skirt will do!
I cut the reindeer repeat into small strips and cut the white knit (you could use regular white woven fabric as well) into long strips slightly wider than the images and long enough to wrap around a pant leg. Then I ironed the images onto the fabric:
My finished strips of reindeer:
Is it too early to put up my Christmas tree? I put it up pretty early last year!
Amateur Winner: Misha
Congrats Misha! You have won a custom designed Lil Blue Boo Outfit!
Congrats Misty! You have also won a custom Lil Blue Boo outfit AND a month of advertising on the blog!
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Sew Hip is my favorite sewing magazine. I mean….I LOVE LOVE it. I have almost every issue and I read them cover to cover…..over and over again. My Adelaide Beret pattern is featured in their December 2010 issue (Issue 23)! I’m so excited but at the same time I feel faint, a little nauseous and giddy all at once…I just keep looking at it wondering if it is really true! That’s a hat I made on the model in the lower right hand corner….on the cover!
It isn’t available quite yet in the U.S. so Laura, who is also featured in the magazine, sent me a few photos! So sweet of her to take the time to do that so I could see the layout! Thank you Laura! She has the most amazing site called Bugs and Fishes by Lupin….make sure to visit and read about her feature in Sew Hip as well!
The Adelaide Beret pattern is included as a pullout template in the magazine and there are a few pages of instructions, diagrams and photos. I don’t think that was an actual quote of mine below….but who cares haha! The hat pictured was silk screened with a Chinese symbol for “Luck”….and of course the inks were from Dharma Trading.
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:
By the way….these photo collages are super easy to make in Photobucket if you haven’t tried them yet
One of my favorite upcycled hats photographed by Monika McSweeney on her daughter Grace:
I hope the magazine gets to the U.S. soon! It is carried at Joann’s and large bookstores such as Borders and Barnes & Noble…..or you can always buy it straight from Sew Hip! There is much more in the issue by some amazing artists!
It’s true….I’ve been photographing on manual after 2 Weeks of Photography. I’m so much happier with my photos! AND I’ve been using Annie’s (Paint the Moon) actions to spruce up all my photos. It’s addicting! Actions I’ve been using most? Passion Fruit Tea, Paint on Color, Twinkle Eyes and Skin Smoother.
Boo’s been a little more willing to pose too. I’m trying to make photos more fun. She’s wearing a new dress I made out of her school t-shirt. She accessorized with Lil Blue Boo Li’l Mei shoes, some Hello Kitty socks and a bunch of new scrapes on her knees.
I’m so excited about this new set showing up in my shop tomorrow! But it needs a name! It’s a mix of vintage-inspired print, silk screened knit, color washed leggings and some ultra soft navy/white jersey.
I’ve got a running list of names on the Lil Blue Boo Facebook Page! Leave your suggestion and if I pick yours (the first suggestion), you’ll get 15% off your next purchase!
We started with this Setacolor transparent fabric paint starter kit:
I did some painting of my own inspired by this landscape painting I did last year using an old t-shirt:
After closing the custom dress book for several months, it’s finally back open…and with a faster turnaround! The listing has been up for a short while, but we are just now getting around to blogging about it. The response has been amazing, and we are having so much fun making these special dresses.
We recently designed a custom dress for this adorable little equestrian. We knew she wanted an asymmetrical skirt and that she loved horses. We also knew she could handle the wild print! This dress is so her.
Images by the Paint the Moon Photography.
Do you need the perfect gift, birthday dress or just a special one-of-a-kind dress for everyday wear? Send in a special t-shirt, design a specific dress or let us make you a surprise creation! We can handle most requests!
You can find more information about the order process in the custom dress listings in the shop. Please read all of the details. There’s an “a la carte menu” as well! The fully custom dress listing can be found HERE or you can create a dress by sending in your own special tee HERE.
As soon as you order you will be sent a link to the downloadable Lil Blue Boo Custom Order Form to fill out with every detail of your dress. Take as long as you need to fill it out…..once we receive your completed form you can expect a 3-4 week turnaround. We try to finish your custom much sooner but this allows us ample time to find the perfect coordinating knits for your order.
If you are thinking about Christmas gifts we encourage you to place your order by November 25th to ensure that your item arrives in time. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us!
A Li’l List of things we think are just great!
1. Free Clip Art from Pugly Pixel
2. Free Actions from My 4 Hens Photography
3. Free Small Marketing Tools from EW Couture
4. Free Actions from the Pioneer Woman
5. Free Stoyboard Templates and Actions from CoffeeShop
6. Free Heart Overlay from Eye Candy
7. Freebies from Willette
8. Free Actions & Textures from Isabella Lafrance Photography
9. Pop & Sharpen Action from Marisa Hugonnett
Tons of awesome freebies at Paint the Moon!!
Photography Prop Ideas
1. Knit hats from HeartSmiles
2. Photo booth props from Maro Designs
3. Hanging newborn sling for photos from Keri Meyers Photography
4. Tutus from Tootsie Tutu Shop
5. Barnwood flooring from The Savvy Photographer
6. Hair Accessories from Dolce Vita Mia
7. Vintage camera from The Fancy Lamb
8. Chalkboard Speech Bubble from Photojojo
9. Pettiskirts from AdoraBelle
Fave Free Photo Editing Programs
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It wouldn’t be Two Weeks of Photography in true Lil Blue Boo fashion without some clothing involved! I knew I wanted to do an outline of an vintage camera and I left the artwork up to my talented artist friend Stephanie Corfee. As usual she came up with something fabulous! I added a little bit of Andy Warhol inspiration for color/multiple print and I ended up with this fun little number!
The best part? Stephanie has a surprise for all of you…..she created some awesome camera graphics that you can download to make something of your own!
Every photographer needs a stylish camera bag. The designer camera bags are all so darn expensive, and well they resemble so many bags I already have up on the top shelf of my closet. I’ve got so many large handbags that would be awesome camera bags that I created an insert that to convert them! This way I can change my camera bag easily to keep up with latest bag trends! The insert has adjustable and removable dividers as well so that I can store different lenses or even carry a camera and a camcorder all at once.
This Marc Jacobs handbag is easily transformed…….
You can make camera bag insert out of your favorite fabric or just plain black nylon like I did. I’m often putting juice boxes in my bag for Boo too and I wanted one that was water resistant. The materials for this project cost me around $5.
1.5 yards of Fabric or Woven Nylon
Heavy poster board or thin cardboard
There were so many steps to this tutorial that I thought it would be better to create a downloadable PDF that could easily be printed off. Just click, download and print this 9-page tutorial off and make your own!