Baker’s Twine Art

Baker's Twine Art (great for recording first signatures) #mothersday via lilblueboo.com

 

I recently came across Debbie Smyth’s art on Pinterest…..and was floored. It is AMaZinG. She draws with thread. I would LOVE to own one of these pieces!

 

Photo source Debbie Smyth

Photo source Debbie Smyth

 

I have all this beautiful baker’s twine (from the Twinery) and decided to try some thread art myself:

 

I found this paper where Boo wrote her full name “Sienna” for the first time last year:

 

….and made it into artwork using twine:

These shadow boxes are on clearance at Michael’s right now for $5:

I used white spray paint to cover the brown frame:

 

 

I took out the foam back of the shadow box and replaced it with an 8″x10″ piece of hardboard:

 

I marked dots on Boo’s letters at every twist, curve and turn:

I taped the paper to the top of the hard board and nailed a 3/4″ brad nail into each dot:

 

Lots o’ nails:

 

Once all the nails were in place I carefully pulled off the paper:

 

 

Then I took baker’s twine, knotted it around one nail and then started to wind and loop the twine back and forth around the nails to form each letter:

 

I used different colors to make it more whimsical:

Boo is much better at writing her name now but still gets her “e” backwards every once in a while. This writing was from a year ago and it is forever sculpted in thread:

 

Father’s Day is coming up! How about some baker’s twine art made from one of your child’s drawings!

 

The Ruffle Bustle Skirt

I’m a guest over at Grosgrain today for Free Pattern Month Day 14! Make sure to visit to see all the great patterns…..there’s a new free pattern every single day this month! Look at all these goodies so far (click to image to visit Grosgrain):

 

My contribution is the Ruffle Bustle Skirt (you might remember this design from WAY back….. SYTYC Contest November 2009. This is a fun, flirty knit skirt with a yoga style “fold over”  waistband. The ruffled bustle is perfect for using up those small knit scraps you might have laying around.

 

 

Download the complete PDF pattern and tutorial by clicking the cover below:

The Maliboo Romper

Introducing….a new Lil Blue Boo sewing pattern just in time for summer…..The Maliboo Romper!  Approved by Boo herself:

The MaliBoo Romper DIY Sewing ePattern via lilblueboo.com

I love the proportions of this cute little romper and the pattern is so easy you can sew one of these knit rompers in under an hour….using a serger or regular single needle sewing machine. I’ve included step-by-step photos to help beginners and an idea book for the more advanced! 12 pattern pages that print out on regular 8.5″x11″ paper and tape together for sizes 6-12M, 12-18M, 18-24M, 2T/3T, 3T/4T, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12.

 

The MaliBoo Romper DIY Sewing ePattern via lilblueboo.com

Love the spin that Katherine, one of my pattern testers, put on it by adding ruffles:

The MaliBoo Romper DIY Sewing ePattern via lilblueboo.com

 

The MaliBoo Romper DIY Sewing ePattern via lilblueboo.com

Adorable as a play romper or as a bathing suit coverup for the beach! It is just so darn comfortable too. And if you don’t sew? Good news….I’m making them for the shop too (and listing one-of-a-kinds on Blue Label).

The MaliBoo Romper DIY Sewing ePattern via lilblueboo.com

 

 

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED ON THE GIVEAWAY PAGE!


 

 

Kindred Spirits

So many of you commented on “Boo’s Heartache” that I couldn’t wait to give an update…..we found Ava! Recently, Ava invited Boo to a little Easter party at her grandparents after the school contacted them on my behalf. The day of the party Boo told ANYONE that would listen that she was going to see her best friend Ava and that it was “the best day ever.”

 

 

It pretty much WAS the best day ever.

 

 

Boo was giddy for days.

 

 

As we left, the following conversation took place:

Boo: “Ava, I love you with all my heart.”

Ava: “I love you with all my heart too.”

 

I’m not exaggerating….that’s exactly what they said. I teared up a little and asked myself “are these kids really only 4 years old?”  It’s like they are old souls. Their friendship reminds me of Anne of Green Gables and her friend Diana Barry……kindred spirits, and a little mischievous too:

 

Accidental Painting (A Tutorial)

Each and every time I finish one of these little hardboard nursery paintings I laugh a little at how “accidental” they are. I don’t plan them ahead of time…..and I never quite know how they will turn out until I’m about 80% done with them.

 

I took photos as I painted this recent painting to show my design process. I always start with just a basic light color. It’s easy to paint over and allows me to use the broadest range of colors.

 

 

I usually print out a few different mixed fonts and sizes of each name letter and cut them out so I can visualize the layout.

 

 

I start with the first and last letter and then fill the center letters in.

 

 

I kind of have a theme in my head….like flowers, or animals, or geometric shapes. For this particular painting I was trying to match some floral bedding so I started by sketching what I thought would be the largest objects in the painting: flowers.

 

 

Before I even have the rest of the painting planned I’ll start blocking in large areas of color:

 

 

I even start outlining letters and detail:

 

 

The first thing I noticed about this painting was the large empty space at the top. It needed something large and sweeping…..so I added a bee  spelling out “sweet girl.”

 


 

To unify the painting, and add some cohesion between the flowers and letters, I added some large circles. I grabbed a few random objects in different sizes to trace:

I then blocked in the circles with colors that would balance the painting. If an orange flower is on one side of the painting, I try to pull some orange to the other side of the painting by painting one of the circles. Light blue circles balance the blue “S” and pink and yellow pull the other colors around the painting:

 

 

I then started to add some more detail in the painting using my black paint pen….like the dotted line pattern in the large circles:

 

 

Tiny white dot flowers were a good way to subtly fill in some of the background area:

 

 

More detail:

 

 

The letter “a” looked bare and a little too mustardy so I added some white polka dots. I added a few white polka dots throughout the background as well as some dark pink dot flowers. The last thing I added was a dotted line throughout the painting as if the bee had flown through almost every letter….an easy way to help unify the painting:

 

 

Once the painting portion is finished, I placed little butterfly buttons throughout and marked them once I was happy with their location:

 

 

The last thing I do is drill and sew the buttons and embellishments on:

 

 

This “accidental” painting is for my new niece Sloan!

 


I float frame every painting myself…..see my other tutorials to see how to easily frame your own with a professional look!

 

 

Don’t even know where to start? Take a look at these:

 

Limited Editions and Blue Label

We are back to doing limited editions and one-of-a-kind uploads! There’s a new tab at the top of the page called “Blue Label” where all one-of-a-kind clothing will be listed as well as upload announcements. So excited to get back to what I love doing the most: creating.

There are new limited edition designs….a few a month along with our other collections. Each is available for about a week and each design is made to order once the listing has ended. The ballerina dress is available through tomorrow at midnight and the “Daddy’s Girl” dress will be available for another week and is guaranteed in time for Father’s Day! (Click photo for more information)

Mr. LBB

10 years ago today I married the most awesome guy in the whole world: Mr. LBB

 

He’s an amazing husband, a doting daddy and a loyal friend. He’s caring, loving, honest, hard working, loyal, respectful and fun. Boo says she is going to marry him when she gets older (I go along with it now or she gets too upset that he’s already married to me….).

Boo helped me pick out photos to represent every year we’ve been together:

He’s my best friend and Boo’s hero.


He does most of the housework. He wakes up early with Boo. He takes a Dora lunchbox to work if he has to. He brings me donuts and Dr. Pepper. He always drives. He takes out the trash and feeds the dog. He does just about everything and never complains. Oh, and I think he’s totally hot.

He never gets enough thanks or praise….and he doesn’t care. I forget his birthday or how old he is (only because I can’t remember how old I am either)…..and he’s forgiving. I’m really bad at gift giving or surprise parties (he’s thrown me two….I’ve never surprised him with anything).  He always mentions in passing that he wishes that he had learned to play the guitar when he was younger…..so I went and bought him his first musical instrument and lessons to go along with it. Boo’s going to be so excited…..he’ll have to share it until we can get her one of her own. It’s so cool and Johnny Cash-like…


Happy 10th anniversary Mr. LBB! I love you!