Painting in Progress

The artist is hard at work this morning…..various stages of her painting. She’s mixed paints with aqua crayons for the effect:

Update: 4 hours later….she’s still at it. Channeling Pollock again and painting on the floor. I’ve entrusted her with a gallon of gesso in the true spirit of artistic freedom.

The beginnings of a masterpiece…..

I’m letting Boo paint over one of my old paintings. The canvas is a foot taller than she is! The plan is to work on it in stages and in multiple mediums, so stay tuned for the finished piece in a few weeks. This is serious art.

I love these pics from 2009: My Little Pollock

Pink Owls on Blue…..

….available starting today in my Big Cartel Shop!

P.S. I’ve had requests to silk screen some wovens in addition to knits so look for those soon!

Sun Printing – An Introduction

How to sunprint on fabric via




It’s been about 25 years since I’ve used sun printing paper but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while! Who knew there was sun printing fabric?! I made this easy little square pin cushion using 8.5″ cotton cyanotype fabric squares and buttons:


This applique shirt was so simple…

…and I love the extra button detail:



The squares I used are the Blueprints on Fabric(pink on blue) shown below:

In a nutshell, the 8.5″ fabric squares in the kit are pretreated with a chemical that makes them change color in sunlight. I took the squares and pinned them to cardboard backing to keep them in place and laid various objects on top to experiment:

I placed the board in the sun for about 10 minutes and let the sunlight do its thing. The fabric darkens slightly (not to its dark blue you would expect):

Once the fabric has been in the sun for about 10 to 15 minutes, it is washed with cold water and the dark blue color appears:

I’m pretty sure there are over million things you could do with this fabric…here was my first hour of playing with it:


I pinned buttons to the fabric in the shape of a heart:

I pinned one of my mother’s old necklaces in place:

I layered different types of lace:

I used a transparency with a superhero “POW” on it:

Stay tuned for more sun printing soon!



Frida Folk Art Tee (with download)

Frida was on this weekend….I can’t even count the number of times I’ve watched that movie. I made this easy tee for Boo using the Frida Folk Art I painted a while back (see painting tutorial here). I wanted the t-shirt image to resemble a Mexican retablo and I love how it turned out!

Below is my image that you are welcome to download and make something for yourself! If your browser has trouble loading it just click the link below:

The easiest way to transfer the image to fabric is to print it out onto transfer paper using your inkjet printer. I use Dharma Trading’s Super Soft Transfer Paper. I always get questions about what type of ink I use: regular everyday printer ink!

I ironed the transfer onto a plain white shirt:

The finished transfer:

Using this amazing Alexander Henry Mini Calaveras fabric…..

…I cut 3/4″ strips for a ruffle.

To create the ruffle I sewed straight down the middle of the fabric…..

….while gently holding my thread spool to create some tension. The strips ruffle right up.

The finished ruffle:

I pinned the ruffle around the Frida image and sewed it onto the shirt:

The finished image and ruffle:

Check out my other transfer tutorials for more details:
Pirate Matryoshka
Vintage Harvest Crate Labels/Patches
The Candy Dress

If you haven’t read the book Frida, I highly recommend it….or at least rent the movie. She’s one of my favorite artists. I was able to see many of her paintings in person in London at the Tate in June 2005. Among those included in the exhibition: The Bus, My Dress Hangs There, The Broken Column, and The Two Fridas. I spent 6 hours in the exhibition and didn’t want it to end.

Here are a few pages from my art journals:

Lyrics from the song Burn it Blue, sung by Lila Downs in the movie Frida. The words are stamped onto a collage I made from rice paper and a skeleton photo.

The above quote is from one of Frida’s journals: “I hope the exit is joyful and I hope never to return.”

Sneak Peek: Lil Blue Boo Accessories

Upcycled and silk screened hats to hit the Lil Blue Boo store starting tomorrow!

Introducing: Fabric by Lil Blue Boo

So excited to finally announce this: Fabric by Lil Blue Boo! I’m now offering hand-silk-screened knit yardage in my Big Cartel shop in limited edition prints. New prints, colors and quantities to be added every few days so if they are sold out please check back!

Right now there are Lil Blue Boo limited edition “Owls” available in 1-yard cuts:

*If you are interested in larger continuous cuts please contact me for a quote.

Owls range in size from 4.5″ to 6.5″ tall. Perfect for applique, dresses, jumpers, skirts etc.

Super busy this weekend working on a little “Bleu” line with Stephanie Corfee….here’s a sneak peek:

Back to School! Win A Custom Lil Blue Boo Dress!

Win a custom Lil Blue Boo dress with the t-shirt and style of your choice! Refer someone to the Lil Blue Boo Facebook page and you’ll be entered into the contest! Contest ends Friday 13th at midnight EST.

Rules: The “referred” fan needs to leave a comment saying you sent them and they will win a prize too if your name is randomly picked!

So go blog about the contest, post it on Facebook and Twitter so you get lots of entries! Have a great weekend!

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….

Boats and boulders….

We spend lots of time on the water….

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

I like to scavenge for stones and driftwood……

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

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

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:

Boo loved the cool fresh air:

My favorite part was Yosemite Falls:

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

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

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

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:

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

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

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

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……

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

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

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