"No Sew" Bunting and More Spring Peeks!

 

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Lisa and I planned a quick little photo shoot in the backyard on Tuesday and invited a few friends over. Lisa couldn’t find her fabric banner/bunting she’d stashed away so we had to make a quick version because we wanted it to hang in the background. It turned out so cute and added just the right amount of color:

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I know many of you don’t sew and this is an easy way to make a birthday banner or some pretty bunting for a boy or girls room!

Materials needed:
Spray adhesive (acid free)
Liquid Stitch
Variety of fabric for flags
Pinking shears (or regular scissors if you don’t mind a straight edge)
3 yards of 2″ grosgrain ribbon

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Here is a template you can use……just resize it depending on the size of banner you want.

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com

For each individual flag, spray a layer of adhesive to the wrong sides of 2 pieces of fabric:

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Press the two pieces together flat and trace out your triangle:

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Use pinking shears or regular scissors to cut out each flag. Pinking shears will give you the zig zag edge:

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Iron your the grosgain ribbon it in half along the entire length:

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Using Liquid Stitch, attach each triangle to the bottom half of the ribbon…..

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
…..alternating colors:

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Lastly, apply liquid stitch to the top of the triangles…

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…and press the top half of the ribbon closed:

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You can easily personalize or spell out a message using spraypaint too! Just cut out your shapes or letters to make a stencil using contac paper or adhesive shelf paper:

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Stick the stencil directly onto your triangle flag and spray a thin layer of paint across the top:

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Easy and no sewing involved!

No Sew Bunting DIY Tutorial and Free Template Download via lilblueboo.com
Here’s a behind the scenes shot of Lisa photographing Boo. We strung the bunting between 2 ladders in the corner of my backyard:

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I was so happy with how both the banner and mini photo shoot turned out! We invited a few friend with older girls over to model some outfits for the spring line.

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It’s amazing how much easier it is to shoot a willing model than a toddler! These girls were naturals!

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Boo was sulking at first because she didn’t get to wear the purple headband….she informed me that purple is her FAVORITE color:

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Once she saw the older girls having fun she changed her mind:

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So cute!

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Even Diesel was thrown into the mix!

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I’ve had so much fun designing a full spring line! More to come this week! Spring line should be in the store on January 24th!

Speaking of designing…are you working on your next big design?

 

 

A Handmade Sign

…literally. Here’s a small distressed Lil Blue Boo sign I made using a small canvas and spray paint. So easy to do….and endless possibilities: an old sign for your kitchen, a large piece of artwork, a sign for a booth at a boutique, or even a personalized “shabby chic” name plate for a kids room.


I used the same technique as I used for this sign (click on the image to see the full tutorial):


I use just a basic collage layering process of newspaper or old phone books (a good way to recycle too!) so you have something to flake and distress on top of the canvas. This layer I painted white once it was dry:


I use a razor blade, Cricut or Silhouette cutter you can cut ordinary Contac paper or adhesive shelf paper to make a stencil. First, I spray painted the “Lil Blue Boo”:


Next, I spray painted the “handmade”:


Here is the sign in use at our Christmas boutique!

Spring Preview!

My first collection is finally coming together! Lisa and I have been working day and night for the past few weeks searching for rare fabrics and designing silk screens to put together a full collection of handmade spring outfits that will be available to order in all sizes from 6M to 12 years of age….even a few outfits for adults. Here is a teeny tiny sneak peek :)


I’ll always stick to my knits…but this collection will have quite a few wovens as well….many silk screened with signature Lil Blue Boo prints and a few designed by my favorite graphic artist Stephanie Corfee.


Diesel invaded our mini photo shoot:


I picked the winner of the quote contest! Thank you for all the entries! My favorite was from Bonnie Brewster….here is a tank silk screened it:


We are trying to finish up all the pieces and send them off for final photo shoots this week so we can have a naming contest for the collection! Stay tuned!

Boo’s Photo Project "Let’s Do 52"

I was all set to participate in Paint the Moon’s “Let’s Do 52” Project….but then I thought it would be SO much more fun to help Boo participate. After all, she DID ask Santa for a “camera with legs, but no feet”….and I personally think a 3-year-old could have a lot to say through photography 😉

Boo got a hand-me-down camera from her Mimi and Papa and Mommy and Daddy bought her a mini tripod:

Annie of Paint the Moon just rocks….I love her photography, her style, how down-to-earth she is and especially her photography actions. Here’s the link to her “Let’s do 52” photo-a-week project…much less daunting than a 365 project I think:


Week 1’s theme is New Beginnings…..so last night I taught Boo how to use the timer on her little camera. She took this photo of the two of us….I think she did a pretty good job!


You should think about starting the project! It’s week 2 now, but you can still do a week 1…Annie’s cool like that.

Robots & Daddy’s Girl

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These photos from Linda Pelk Photography will surely put a smile on your face! Full blog post can be found here. Thank you Linda for these adorable photos!

 

 

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Our last Valentine’s Day addition is a Daddy’s Girl Dress for a Cause! We wanted to give back to a single dad with this dress design and the overwhelming majority of you asked that the proceeds go to The Liz Logelin Foundation!

 

 

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So, 10% of net proceeds from each dress sale will go to the Liz Logelin Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2009 by Matthew Logelin, who lost his wife Elizabeth in 2008. If you have not read Matt’s blog before, please go and read it now! He is amazing and his little girl is precious beyond words!

 

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If you would prefer to donate directly to the foundation you can follow this link HERE. Thank you for your support!

 

Update: $200 raised! All donation receipts are always posted once the donation is made. While charitable amounts could remain anonymous I think that any website/individual who is asking you to “buy” something to raise funds should provide a paper trail.

Scottsdale


Just got back from a 4 day trip to Scottsdale, AZ for a family wedding. I took along my camera to capture some family moments and some inspiration!

I spent one full day walking around old town Scottsdale with my mother-in-law and my husband’s aunt. I bought this new “Indiana Jones” hat:


Here’s what else caught my eye:


















Last night Mr. LBB’s step-brother got married at Montelucia. I used to babysit him when he was younger so I’m starting to feel old! It was a gorgeous setting:


It was a 4:00 wedding….the sunlight was breathtaking coming in through these windows and hitting the chandeliers:


Family photo:


I caught Boo with her finger in the wedding cake:


Happy New Year!

P.S. I edited all these photos using Paint the Moon’s new “Jubilee” action! So quick and easy! Annie is offering it as a free download for a limited time! Click HERE to check it out!

Happy New Year!

Lil Blue Boo wants to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!

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There are so many exciting things happening in 2011! We can’t wait to share them all with our amazing Lil Blue Boo community. Thank you for your constant support, we could not do it without all of you.

*Happy New Year graphics courtesy of Picnik*

Boo’s Directorial Debut

Busy packing for a family wedding so I thought I’d share this little dance video directed by Boo. Please, no comments on my lack of dance skills.

Now go dance with your kiddos :)

This one is my favorite though:

The Lil Blue Boo Valentine’s Day Collection!

Introducing the Lil Blue Boo Valentine’s Day Collection!
Available for a limited time only or until supplies run out!

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The Li’l Miss Valentine Hoodie with hand silk screened applique and heart print:

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The LOVE BUG silk screened t-shirt and matching twirl skirt:

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The Valentines Beret:

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The Lil Blue Boo Valentine’s Day collection would not be complete without a matching dress for Li’l Sally (comes in 10″ and 15″ doll sizes):

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Entire collection can be purchased in the store HERE this week!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

We hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas and happy holiday! This Christmas was just amazing…it makes it so much more fun now that Boo is old enough to really understand what is going on.


Last night, Boo counted out 8 carrots and a few cookies for Santa and we put her to bed. I really THOUGHT she was sound asleep and I started filling some stockings and then out of nowhere she pops into the den “oh my gosh MOMMY, ……I thought you were SANTA!” She scared me half to death….I threw the stocking behind me and pretended to be checking the cookies. She begged to sleep in the den because she said she needed to talk to Santa about something. Instead I convinced her to leave a note…something about a helicopter she wanted to add to her list.


Early this morning I heard her run out to the den and do a huge gasp…..then she ran back to our bedroom to tell us that Santa had come and she had forgotten to wake up and catch him! She was so teary and shaking the whole time she opened her presents…..I was worried she was going to faint from excitement!

Boo got most everything from her list: the bike, the telescope, a little helicopter, Li’l Sally’s sister……but somehow there was a miscommunication and the #1 most requested item, the watercooler, wasn’t purchased. She’s been telling people ALL day that “Santa GOTFOR (forgot) my watercooler!” We think he might stop by on his way back to the North Pole tonight or tomorrow and drop it off (whenever Target opens back up). She had also written Santa a few letters and stashed them under the tree, and I guess he didn’t pick them up and she was pretty sad (wish I’d known they were there….this is only going to get harder next year!)

Mr. Lil Blue Boo gave me a new ski helmet, a gift certificate for a new ski jacket, a ton of candy, and a new hair dryer….he also washed my car. I didn’t need a THING so my presents were perfect. I gave him hand sanitizer (he never has any in his car when I need it), eye drops, a shirt Boo and I picked out in red which makes him look even MORE handsome than we already think he is, and about 10 pounds of chocolate covered peanuts. We are really easy to shop for :)

Even Li’l Sally, Boo’s Apple Tree House doll, had presents this year:

We are so lucky to have some amazing friends who all cater to Boo’s wild imagination….”Uncle” Walker wrapped up his space shuttle gift in engineering plans and labeled it just how Boo would have imagined it:


Tuckered out (with her new doll Li’l Laurina from Apple Tree House). Li’l Sally is wearing her new Melamoose PJs:


Right now I’m taking a break to write this post while I cook….every year I make these balsalmic brussel sprouts for my mother-in-law (only she and I will eat them, and my whole house smells like cabbage now) and squash casserole. In a bit we will head over to my in-laws again for dinner and games and family time….it doesn’t get better than that.


I hope you all are having a wonderful day….whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, or any other holiday….I hope everyone is spending it with their loved ones and in a warm place, in good health and with full tummies.

Lots of Love from Lil Blue Boo :)