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:
It’s obvious that Boo loves to paint….it’s one of the first things she’ll ask to do each morning. What’s different about the paintings below from the painting in my last post about painting is the TYPE of paint. In the large painting last week we used washable paint…..it’s is easy to clean up but the color isn’t as vibrant and the paint is easily washed off of the canvas. I’ll often let her use acrylic craft paints to make large paintings that we will hang up in the house because the paint is more permanent…..we jokingly call this her “fine art” painting. I’ve got a few tips to help your child paint something you could hang on your living room wall!
When the weather isn’t nice enough to paint outside, I’ll lay all my drop cloths down in our foyer because it is such an open area. I lay the canvas flat so she can sit on the floor and draw on it with her water crayons or splatter and dribble large amounts of paint around:
The key is to keep the painting an interesting activity. When she starts to get a little bored, I’ll remove the canvas from the floor and set it upright. I’ll use boxes or a postal crate to set her paint on so she doesn’t step in it when she’s deep in thought:
I rotate the canvas often…..so she sees her painting differently. It’s amazing how turning a painting 90 degrees will allow her to see a big blank space she never noticed before…..or couldn’t reach. This is how I paint too…..when I get bored I just turn the painting upside down!
I think most of the enjoyment of the painting for her is mixing and dripping large amount of paint…..I guess it could be comparable to making mudpies. I’ll admit, this is why I love painting so much….I love the mixing and the spreading and the pushing of pigment around the surface to see what happens.
One of the most frequent questions I get is: how do you keep her from mixing the colors together and getting that muddy brown result? Simple, I give her a huge selection of paints to choose from, but from only one color palette at a time. I love the 99 cent craft paints because they come in so many colors….and I’ll give her one bin at a time:
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Ashley & Lisa – Lil Blue Boo
No, we didn’t use them as the paint brushes….although it might look that way. Yesterday, Lisa and I planned for Boo and Elle to do a tribute to our veterans and then we just let them create until their sweet hearts were content.
I love letting Boo and her friends create with very few boundaries. I learned this from my parents. My mother was never concerned about us making a mess….it was always fixable. My dad would take us to get our portraits taken as kids and give us ice cream to eat for the shot….letting it melt down onto our clothes and smear onto our face and hands. It made for some great photos!
Tip #1: Control the environment without them knowing it is controlled.
Cover more area than you could possibly need. I invest in thick, sturdy canvas drop cloths from the hardware store that can be used over and over again. I lay them out under, behind, and around the painting area. Sometimes we paint in the garage, sometimes the house, sometimes outside…..and there is never any fear of paint getting where it isn’t supposed to.
Tip #2: Start with an extra large blank slate.
Canvases are expensive! But I always like to use extra large one because it doesn’t confine the kids into an 8.5″ x 11″ workspace. Their creativity runs wild on a such a large area. This canvas we used was 7 feet by 5 feet…..our friend who is an interior designer gave it to us from a house redesign. I painted over it with white gesso and it was good as new.
Search your thrift stores for large old paintings to paint over!
Tip #3: Use washable paint for the little ones.….and a TON of it.
It’s cheap, non toxic and you’ll be able to wash it off of their hair, hands, and your floor easier. It won’t be an archival painting that will last for generations….but you can reuse the canvas until they get old enough to use non-washable paint!
Tip #4: Dilute your paint with water and put large amounts into plastic buckets.
I never skimp on paint. When a bucket is filled with large amounts of soupy paint it’s easier to paint in large sweeping strokes across a canvas. I can’t stand seeing a child frustrated with trying to fill in a block of color with a tiny amount of paint. Why should they waste precious time running back to the paint bucket every 2 seconds?
Tip #5: Use extra large and extra long paint brushes.
You can buy these in packs of three at most craft stores. Buy enough so there are a few brushes per paint color so the paint doesn’t get mixed together. Large paint brushes allow them to make large strokes of color and long paint brushes will let them paint up high and down low easily. (It also keeps them at a little bit of a distance so paint won’t drop in their hair and face).
Tip #6: Let them wear clothes that can be covered in paint.
Better yet…..let them wear all white. Who wants to worry about getting paint on their clothes? I’ve never seen an artist or a house painter wear their nice clothes when creating.
Tip #7: Don’t nag.
Let them have fun. Play some music. Let them know they aren’t going to get in trouble for covering themselves in paint. Coach them to try different painting techniques. Make sure to have the camera and video camera ready!
Tip #8: Give them a motivating speech before you start.
I like to start out really serious and outline my “rules” for them:
1. Be careful not to get any paint in your eyes.
2. Remember, you are a great artist…..Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Frida…..you are just as talented as all of the “greats” combined.
3. Get as much paint on yourself as possible.
4. Get as much paint on the canvas as possible.
5. Try to use as many colors as possible.
6. Please don’t leave me extra paint that I have to put away.
7. Try not to get a ton of paint on Mommy. Please
I love little hand prints on my clothes
For more tips on painting with children go here.
The Lil Blue Boo “T” Patchwork Dress is now available in the shop! Make any t-shirt or tank top into a patchwork dress! No guess work involved….it has measurements for exactly where to cut your t-shirt and individual pattern pieces for every size 12M to 12 years. You can recycle an old tee or use a new one! It also includes an option for adding a ruffle flower!
The instant download ePattern includes separate patterns for sizes 12-18M, 18-24M, 2T/3T, 3T/4T, 4T/5, 5/6, 6/7, 7/8, 9/10, and 11/12.
Doll size pattern included for 10″ and 15″ Waldorf-style dolls, American Girl, Bitty Baby, Pottery Barn or other similarly sized dolls.
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
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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!