Thank You Veterans!

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!

A Christmas Outfit (Tutorial and Download)


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!

Keren sent me this adorable Christmas reindeer to use in a tutorial and you can download it from her site by clicking the small image below! Thank you Keren!

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:

First I printed off a large image of the reindeer onto Dharma Trading’s Super Soft Inkjet Transfer Paper (see tutorials on transferring the images here).

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:

To make the pants:

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!

Using Adobe Photoshop Elements I made a small repeat of the reindeer image to transfer to some plain white fabric:

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:

I sprayed fabric spray adhesive to the back of the strips……

….and laid them across a large piece of red knit:

With the strips secure, I cut the red fabric so it formed a 1/2″ border around the white knit:

Starting at the b0ttom inside of one leg of the pants, I stitched along the bottom of the white knit to attach it:

Then I carefully stitched the other side:

Finished reindeer trim!

Love how the reindeer on the top and bottom pull the whole outfit together…..the colors remind me of a little elf too.

Is it too early to put up my Christmas tree? I put it up pretty early last year!

Winners of the "Nix the Auto" Photo Contest!

I don’t think you could have made the decision any more difficult for Gayle from Mom & Camera! We had 116 entries for the “Nix the Auto” Photo Contest. Each and every photo was fantastic. We were so impressed with the amateurs who took on the challenge of shooting in manual mode, and we felt very inspired by the professionals!

The entries in each category were narrowed down to 15 and Gayle chose one winner from each. The winners of the “Nix the Auto” Photo Contest are…

Amateur Winner: Misha


Congrats Misha! You have won a custom designed Lil Blue Boo Outfit!

Professional Winner: Photography by Misty Smith


Congrats Misty! You have also won a custom Lil Blue Boo outfit AND a month of advertising on the blog!

Thank you to everyone that participated! We have another contest in the works, but for kids! So stay tuned, and keep saying NO to Auto Mode! You have proved that you can do it, just keep practicing. Follow along with Mom & Camera for more invaluable photography advice.

You can view all of the amazing entries on the Lil Blue Boo Facebook page under the Photos tab.

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Lil Blue Boo Adelaide Pattern in Sew Hip!

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:

Boo’s hat has led to many, many more hats. Some are upcycled and recycled from t-shirts:

By the way….these photo collages are super easy to make in Photobucket if you haven’t tried them yet :)

Some are dyed and silk screened:

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!

I’m Off Auto!

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!

Painting on Fabric (A Tutorial)

Boo and I did some fabric painting this weekend! She made a cute rainbow applique top and I transformed a stained t-shirt into a bright, fun top!

We started with this Setacolor transparent fabric paint starter kit:

Other materials we used:
Freezer Paper
Light colored knit or woven fabric (or an old t-shirt)
Disappearing ink pen

First, I cut out freezer paper and ironed it to the back of my white knit to stabilize it for Boo to paint on (waxy side to wrong side of fabric).

I used a disappearing ink pen to sketch out a rainbow shape for a guide:

I mixed each paint color with a bit of water and spritzed the fabric a little to dampen it so the color would flow onto the fabric easier:

The artist at work:

After the entire rainbow was painted…..

…..we sprinkled it with a little table salt and spritzed it with a light mist of water again to get a “crystal” look….

…..and then laid it in the sun to dry (with a guard dog):

The artist added some light blue paint to some more fabric for clouds:

Once the fabric was dry I removed the freezer paper from the back and ironed both sides of the fabric for 2-3 minutes to set the paint:

To make the rainbow applique I ironed paper-backed fusible adhesive to the back of the painted fabric and then sketched out the rainbow and clouds on the paper:

I cut out shapes and ironed them to activate the fusible adhesive paper:

I used my sewing machine to secure the appliques and add decorative stitching:

The artist happy with her work:

I did some painting of my own inspired by this landscape painting I did last year using an old t-shirt:

I dampened the entire t-shirt and painted in horizontal lines across the entire shirt:

I just kept adding color until I was happy with the look. Then I sprinkled it with salt and left it to dry in the sun.

Turned out totally cool and unique!

Custom Dresses are Back!

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.

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!

Here are some recent custom orders that are on their way to some very lucky little girls.

Camera Art (and free download!)

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!

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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!

Click through the graphic below:

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You could silk screen them, iron-on transfer them, or make some cute stationary! I’ve linked up a few of my tutorials on silk screening and iron on transfers in case you are new to Lil Blue Boo!

Screen Printing 101
Screen Printing with Contact Paper
Pirate Matryoshka Transfer (with Download)
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp/Label Patches

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Camera Bag Insert (A Tutorial and Free Download)

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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…….


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……into the perfect camera bag!


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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.

Materials needed:
32″ Velcro
1.5 yards of Fabric or Woven Nylon
1/2″ foam
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!



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Point & Shoot Tips with Under the Sycamore

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We feel pretty cool that Ashley from Under the Sycamore is guest blogging today! Not only is she a very talented photographer, but this gal can craft like you would not believe. Her blog is filled with unique DIY projects, beautiful photos, lots of tips and ideas, and really sweet stories and adventures from her life as a mom to 4 little ones. She seriously rocks!I asked Ashley to do a guest post dedicated to those that don’t have Digital SLR cameras. She takes awesome photos with her Point and Shoot camera and is going to share some of those tips here with us today. Please welcome Ashley from Under the Sycamore to Lil Blue Boo! 



How to Make the Most of your Point & Shoot Camera



by Ashley Campbell 


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It is an honor to be posting here today – as long as it is on photography and not sewing! My best sewing tip would be to buy lots of extra fabric to cover your mistakes! So I’ll stick with a camera related topic. I admit I LOVE my dslr. It is actually hard for me to imagine life without it. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t pick it up to capture some part of my everyday life with 4 kids. However, there are times that it just isn’t practical to lug a dslr with me. It also isn’t always possible for every mom to even own a dslr, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle in regards to your photographs. Today I want to share with a few tips on how to make the most of your point & shoot (p&s) camera – even without much photography knowledge. So here are a few tips...all with my p&s and primarily on the fully automatic mode with the flash off.

1. Look for unexpected angles


By looking for new angles you are able to take something very ordinary and give it some bang. In the photo below I laid on the ground and shot into the afternoon sun as my son swung above me.


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2. Change your angle often


This is probably my favorite tip. Every angle you shoot from tells a different story. Lay on the ground, stand on chairs, get eye level with your kids…just keep moving. I wrote a post on my blog on this topic in regards to using a p&s camera, if you want to see more examples go HERE.



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3. A p&s camera works best in bright daylight

For most p&s cameras you will get the brightest and sharpest pictures when you are shooting in bright daylight. This type of lighting isn’t always great for a portrait sessions, but for everyday action shots it works nicely. If you are wanting to capture action, plan to do it when you have a lot of light.


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4. Take advantage of the camera’s small size


Since most p&s cameras are fairly small, you can attempt shots that would be a lot harder (if not impossible) with a dslr. In the photo below my son & I are swinging together. I put my camera on the self-timer mode and held it between my collar bone and chin. It took a few attempts, but I got a shot that is unexpected and fun. Please ignore my son’s feet…he has an disdain for shoes.


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5. Learn how your ISO function works


Without getting very technical…let me explain a bit about ISO. When you have tons of light (bright sunny day) you can use a low ISO number. When you don’t have much light you will have to increase the ISO number. The higher the ISO number gets, the more digital noise (fuzziness, grain) you will see. Increasing your ISO is a way to take a photo without using your flash. In the photo below my flash was off, but my ISO was very high. You can tell the photo is grainy, but I prefer the grain over what this image would have looked like using a flash. If you are curious that is one of my sons at an indoor waterpark.


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6. Pay attention to where you focus


In the two photos below you will see a huge contrast in lighting. I wanted a pic of my daughter so I just focused on her (pressed shutter button halfway down) and took the picture (pressed it all the way down). The camera took into consideration all the bright light in the background and set the exposure according to that light. When I saw how dark it was I re-shot the picture. On the second photo, I focused on the stroller wheel – pointing my camera down so the sky wasn’t in the screen. After I focused on the wheel I moved the camera up without releasing my finger. Once I had her in the frame I fully pressed the shutter button down. This time the camera set the exposure for the area the stroller was in, leaving the sky overexposed. You can’t see the blue sky in the 2nd photo, but you can see my cutie. I decided the cutie was more important than the sky, the camera had chosen the sky. I did not change any settings on the camera between the 2 photos.


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Photography, capturing the moments that make up your days, should be fun. If you don’t own a dslr…don’t let it get you down. Practice with your p&s and learn ways to ‘trick’ your camera into getting the shots you want. Have fun with it!

Ashley & Lisa, thanks for having me! You two are amazing!




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