The Li’l List – Cranberry Pom et al

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:

Speaking of accessories….here’s my attempt at a handmade headband….love how it turned out. I think I’ll be putting together a tutorial soon!

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:

The Cranberry Pom Jumper and Ruffle Pants (pants available separate too):

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!

And this fabulous photo by Olivia Hooper of her daughter in a Lil Blue Boo “Cherry Chinese Dragon” dress…….love it. I love the look of toddler wonder on her face!

Gasp! A boy in Lil Blue Boo? Oh yes, I’m working on more…..promise. One-0f-a-kinds coming soon!

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:

Painting with Children – "Finer" Art

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…’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:

If I give her a LARGE amount of paint like this gallon of gesso….I’ll give her one large paint brush. She can dribble, drop, splatter just like Jackson Pollock:

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… 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:

She’ll mix and mix and mix…..but she’s usually mixing pink with purple, or red with pink….so she doesn’t cross the color wheel.

Once some of the paint has dried I’ll give her another bin to play with. The result is that the canvas is covered with layers and layers of rich colors!

She had fun today practicing her letters……she’s still writing many of them backwards but hey, it makes for interesting art, right?

This masterpiece will be going in Mr. Lil Blue Boo’s new office soon! He can tell clients it was painted by a very “established” local artist :)

Lil Blue Boo Photography Affiliates

Are you a professional photographer? We want to see your work!

Introducing the Lil Blue Boo Photography Affiliate Program! We are so excited about this new program and we know it will create some new amazing relationships. We are looking for photographers who have a passion for what they do and photography that stands above the rest. We want you to know….our selection process is tough…decisions will be primarily based on photography style and geographical area.

What is a Lil Blue Boo Photography Affiliate?

Our Photography Affiliates will essentially be “virtual” Lil Blue Boo stylists with many benefits including:

:: Discounts on clothing to be used in photo shoots as well as free rush orders to meet your deadlines.
:: Earn reward points based on your purchases as well as your client’s purchases to help you build a wardrobe any stylist would love.
:: Inclusion in a directory of Lil Blue Boo Photography Affiliates on our website which receives 60-70,000 visitors per month.
:: Your clients will have access to one-of-a-kind and limited edition clothing for their styled shoots as well as coordinated family outfits. We can do almost anything……from elaborate hair accessories to silk screened adult clothing….just because you don’t see it in our shop doesn’t mean it can’t be done….let us help you brainstorm!

What’s in it for Lil Blue Boo?

We LOVE seeing our clothing photographed by talented people!
We LOVE the creative process of each individual….so we want to see how you use Lil Blue Boo clothing in your shoots when given free reign!
We want your clients to feel amazing that clothing was made just for them and with their personality in mind.

We are interested in all different styles of photography. As part of the Lil Blue Boo/Photography Affiliate relationship it is not required that you send us photos of every outfit you style but it is always appreciated. We would love to share your photos with others and promote your work.

How to apply to become a Lil Blue Boo Photography Affiliate:

Please email the following information to

1. Name and Website. Please provide links.
2. What ages do you typically shoot?
3. What is your average number of client photo shoots per month?
4. Have you worked with any children’s clothing lines in the past? If yes, which ones?
5. How did you hear about Lil Blue Boo?
6. Please send us 1 or 2 of your best photos. We’d especially love to see ones that you think best represent the style of Lil Blue Boo!

We have worked with some extremely talented photographers in the past and we value our relationship with each and every one of them. We literally jump up and down with excitement when we get an email filled with proofs from an amazing photo shoot. Here are some beautiful examples of Lil Blue Boo styled shoots:

We wish we could work with everyone but keep in mind the selection process never stops….if it doesn’t work out the first time around please feel free to reapply!

Once accepted into the program you will receive all the details on ordering, sizing, customs and the incentives programs. Thank you for your interest!

Ashley & Lisa – Lil Blue Boo

A Guide to Painting with Children

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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).

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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.

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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!

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Tip #8: Give them a motivating speech before you start.
I like to start out really serious and outline my “rules” for them:
Be careful not to get any paint in your eyes.
2. Remember, you are a great artist…..Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Frida… 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 :)

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I love little hand prints on my clothes :)

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For more tips on painting with children go here.

The "T" Patchwork Dress Now Available!

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.

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!