Scarves & "Lucky" Hoodies & Sewing Idol!

New fun stuff in the shop this week! An upcycled patchwork scarf:


New limited edition “lucky” twirl hoodies! I’ve finished the smaller sizes and put them up and larger sizes will be added tonight (7pmPST/10pmEST) and tomorrow morning (9amPST/12pmEST) to Big Cartel. I silk screened the Chinese symbol for luck on the front and backs of each dress using a distressed method to resemble calligraphy:




Two favorite one-of-a-kind dresses made this week:



I finally snapped a photo of Boo in her “Li’l Fashionista” dress. This is such a fun collaboration! If you order a custom illustration from Stephanie Corfee (click here for more information) I’ve added an option in my shop for a custom dress using the same print. Stephanie will work with you on a custom illustrated portrait of your kiddo and then send me the final high resolution version if you decide you want the clothing option too. The queue starts with Stephanie though, so please don’t purchase the dress until your artwork is finalized! I’ll be adding a shirt option this week as well.


Finally….some shameless self promotion :) I was nominated for Sewing Idol! I’m floored and overwhelmed by the time it took a certain “someone” to put such a thoughtful submission essay together. I’ve printed it out for extra motivation to continue sharing more and more sewing tips and tutorials. Please go and vote and leave a comment at the link below if you get time…..I’m several months behind on votes so I could use as many as I can get! The finalists are chosen by votes and comments!

Note: Lil Blue Boo is submission #51 (under the VOTE tab) and you have to register to vote!


More fun stuff hitting the shop next week hopefully if we are able to get a photo shoot finished this weekend! Stay tuned!

Time Off!

We just got back this last weekend from our annual trip to Lake Tahoe. My in-laws have a place on the north shore that they invite the whole family to every summer and we have an amazing time with everyone. Each family is assigned a night to cook dinner and it takes all the stress out of mealtime. Every night after dinner we play games and get super competitive. This years game of choice was Catch Phrase. I think we kept the neighbors awake a few nights!

Tahoe is so pristine and peaceful….

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Boats and boulders….

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We spend lots of time on the water….

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Boo can spend hours in her own little world playing in the sand…..

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I like to scavenge for stones and driftwood……

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Mr. LBB takes us out on the wave runner every once in a while….promising not to get us wet in the cold water:

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We always take a family photo on the beach…..

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We cut our Tahoe trip a little early this year and headed to Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks for 3 days. Driving through Yosemite it feels like you are at the tip top of the world:

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Boo loved the cool fresh air:


My favorite part was Yosemite Falls:

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We carefully climbed up all the huge rocks to the very bottom of the falls:

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Mr. LBB did most of the work on the climb….and still smiling!

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The large scale of the falls is amazing….can you see the tiny rock climbers?

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Driving out of the other side of the park you can see El Capitan (on the left), Half Dome (way in the back), and Bridalveil falls on the right:

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After Yosemite we drove to Sequoia….lots of scary, high roads! Thank goodness Mr. LBB is a great driver.

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Are you kidding me with these trees? I felt like I was in the movie Avatar:

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I couldn’t resist taking a photo of Boo resting her big belly on the General Sherman sign:

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As much as I cringe at graffiti in a national park, I couldn’t stop looking at the layers and layers of years and years of carved initials. It kind of makes me sad looking at names from long ago that are slowly disappearing into the weather-worn wood……

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I also couldn’t resist taking a photo of Boo’s tiny “Li’l Sally” (an AppleTreeHouse Waldorf doll) in a humongous Sequoia:

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It was an amazing trip! But I’m always glad to be home :)

Nursery Art – Layering with Collage

A nursery painting I recently finished for a little guy named Charlie:

 
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Trees filled with ribbons, buttons, and paper leaves:

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Plants with buttons and stitching layered over grass:

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A turtle with buttons adorning his shell:

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The entire painting with collage, ribbons, buttons etc:

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Most of the techniques for making a similar piece of art can be found in my nursery art tutorial below:

 

The only thing I did differently for this painting was add some extra collage layers and ribbons for texture. I cut strips of some green plaid scrapbook paper and applied them using matte medium for grass:

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I cut leaf shapes out of the paper as well.

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I used matte medium to glue them to the painting just like the grass strips:

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Let the leaves dry:

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I finished the rest of the painting and applied gloss varnish. Once it was dry, to add texture, I drilled tiny holes and used DMC thread to attach ribbon pieces along side the leaf shaped buttons:

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First I placed the ribbon on top of the string:

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Then I tied the ribbon tightly with a knot to cinch it in the center:

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And finally cut off the excess ribbon on each side:

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Finished and framed!

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Lil Blue Boo in Desert Magazine!

Lil Blue Boo was featured in the Desert Magazine today. That’s Boo and I on the cover! About a month ago photographer Taili came and took photos for the spread. My Lisa came and took behind the scenes shots!

(download full article here)

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Mr. and Miss Roboto

Looking through my photo archives last night I came across Mr. and Miss Roboto. I completely forgot about these! Last year I appliqued the robots to dresses and shirts and made interchangeable hair bows for Miss Roboto and ties and bowties for Mr. Roboto. I loved them…time to revisit!


If you missed them the last time around here is the template download for both the girl and boy robot! Enjoy!

mrandmrsroboto

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Li’l Fashionista Boo

Stephanie Corfee drew up this “lil fashionista” illustration of a slightly older Boo for my new business card! I love everything about it…..the hair, the Lil Blue Boo dress, the mismatched socks….she nailed it! But it gets better…..

…..I’m working out the details now for custom dresses from her illustrations….so if you order a “lil fashionista” portrait from her shop you will soon be able to place custom orders for a dress with your own original print like the one shown below that I made for Boo. So stay tuned for details!

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Our last collaboration was so much fun…..it is still running! Here are a few dresses I made this week with the “When I Grow Up Print” and mixing various knits and linens:

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That’s it for tonight! I’m trying to get over a cold and I’m of to bed early. Hope you all are working hard on your entries for the Great Ugly Knit Upcycle! I’ve received some great entries so far…but you still have time to enter!

Extreme Glitter Shoes

I made these awesome glitter shoes for Boo today using Extreme Glitter. The result was a rich, patent-leather-like, glittery pair of shoes!

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An easy, inexpensive project you can do in almost any glittery shade…for any age!

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I started with a pair of canvas shoes (these were from Target, but Walmart or Payless are other good places to find an inexpensive pair of shoes).

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And I used Plaid’s Extreme Glitter paint in Rose (click here for the color palette available):

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I applied a thick coat to all the exposed areas of the shoe:

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I used a smaller brush to get the paint right up to the edges of the rubber and metal parts:

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I applied a second coat after the first coat was dry and even applied a third and fourth coat in places:

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They dried really quick! Stay tuned for my pair….I’m looking for my old, dull flats to spruce up!

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Fabric Shopping in L.A.

Lisa and I spent all day yesterday shopping in L.A.’s garment district. We had a great time despite the 100 degree heat! Our first stop was Michael Levine’s Loft:


The Loft is located above the Micheal Levine home decor fabric store:

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And it is indeed a loft…..no air conditioning and VERY hot when it is 100 degrees outside!

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But it is my favorite kind of store….lots of hidden treasure and you pay by the pound.

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Be prepared to dig to the bottom of the boxes…..

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……that is where the good stuff is!

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The main Michael Levine store is across the street:


Huge selection:

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My Lil Blue Boo card!

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Here’s Jonathan…..he helped us cart bolts of fabric on multiple trips to the car….he was the best!

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There are blocks and blocks of fabric stores in the area…..and some great steals:


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After 6 hours of shopping we made it home with a huge stash of great inspiration I can’t wait to start digging into for some fall designs!

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P.S. A HUGE thanks to my bestest pal Lisa for taking the trip with me…..she was my friend, personal assistant, moral support, treasure finder, photographer, map reader, delivery coordinator, purse holder all wrapped up into one!!! You rock Lisa!!! Love you!!!

P.P.S A HUGE thanks to Dana for taking the time months ago to write out my itinerary for me :) She has a post now on her blog you should check out!

Saturday LBB Gallery Share

Short and sweet……a few beautiful photos taken by photographer Kristina of her daughter wearing Lil Blue Boo:

A limited edition fuchsia horse silk screen:
A “rockstar” dress from the Stephanie Corfee/Lil Blue Boo mini collection:
Have a wonderful Saturday! I’m on my way to L.A. today to do some knit shopping with my friend Lisa!

The Twirl Skirt – Now Available!

The Twirl Skirt is finally available! This is a 16-page PDF tutorial with 10 pattern pages and includes ALL of my tips and tricks for sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine as well as a serger.

(photo on the cover is by Lisa from Ellebows)

Some highlights of what you’ll get in my original PDF pattern & tutorial:
:: 16 pages of easy to follow step-by-step complete sewing instructions
:: 41 full color images, diagrams and drawings to demonstrate pattern specifics
:: 10 pattern pages which include separate patterns for each size
:: Options for adding maternity waistband or lengthening the skirt and an idea book

The sizes included in the pattern are:
12-18M, 24M/2T, 3T/4T, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12
Women’s XS to XL
Doll size patterns for 10″ and 15″ Waldorf dolls (Bamboletta, AppleTreeHouse, Dragonsfly Hollow etc), American Girl, Pottery Barn or other similarly sized dolls.


For those of you new to PDF patterns: The pattern pages print out directly from your computer onto regular 8.5″ x 11″ paper and there are guides for attaching them together.

Make sure to add photos of your finished skirts to the Lil Blue Boo Flickr Gallery!

Some fabulous photos from Olivia Hooper Photography (who also just happens to be a tester too!):


How fun that dolly can match….


….and mommy can match!



Don’t forget to join the Lil Blue Boo Patterns Facebook Page….set up specifically to share sewing tips and photos of what you’ve made!

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