Q – T – REX Applique

Sienna is all about dinosaurs right now (since seeing Ice Age). Not much out there for girls though….so we had to improvise. I drew the T-Rex skull from a photo of a skeleton…..it probably isn’t very anatomically correct but Sienna yelled “DINOSAUR…….RAWR” when she saw it and that is good enough for me! I was putting “Cutie-Rex” on the shorts but Brett came up with “Q T Rex”….. love it!
The great part is this can be an applique for a girl OR boy!
Free T Rex Dinosaur Template for Sewing Applique via lilblueboo.com
The tank top is reverse applique and the shorts are regular applique (click on the links for the tutorials).  I’ve uploaded my applique sketch at the bottom of the post if you want to make one for your little boy or girl too.
Free T Rex Dinosaur Template for Sewing Applique 2 via lilblueboo.com
Sienna in her outfit:
Free T Rex Dinosaur Template for Sewing Applique 3 via lilblueboo.com
Cutie Rex*

*Copyright © 2009 by Ashley Hackshaw. All rights reserved. This applique is for personal and home use only.
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Today requires…..

…..some organization.

Today requires some organization via lilblueboo.com

Sewing on Paper II

I love how easy Dana’s quilted notecard tutorial is. Yesterday I needed a card for a belated wedding present and used a bunch of white fabric scraps to sew this one up really quick:
Sewing on Paper II via lilblueboo.com
Here are some other cards I’ve made by sewing on paper (click here to go to the original post):
Sewing on Paper II cards via lilblueboo.com
Sewing on Paper II gift tags via lilblueboo.com

A Big Frumpy Mess…….

I really wish I was just a LITTLE more patient. I was working on this top….. the idea was sort of an “inside-out” top. Wow….. it was SO cute until I thought it was just a little too flowy….. then I was a rotary-cutter-happy refusing-to-measure-anything-out-stubborn crazy person…. and then it just turned into a disaster. A huge frumpy-lopsided-wonky-frustrating mess. Maybe it can be salvaged into a dress for Sienna……but I am SO OVER this project for now.

A Big Frumpy Mess via lilblueboo.com

It is past midnight now….. I did finish sewing up some samples for a new pattern I am working on. At least something turned out today. Oh, and I just ate some Toll House pie that I brought home from a party tonight. And maybe Sienna will sleep in past 5:30 am tomorrow morning…..could I be so lucky?

Sienna’s Art Journal

Sometimes is it pretty darn difficult to get projects done with a little one running around. Usually I give Sienna her own “miniature” version of whatever I am working on….. and make it slightly less messy (I make big enough messes on my own). A few months ago I gave Sienna her own “art journal.” I change up the supplies each time to keep it interesting and I give her lots of choices on what to use.
Last night Sienna worked on her book with a huge pile of sticker pages (I was catching up on Project Runway):
Sienna's Art Journal via lilblueboo.com
Inspecting a “googly” eye:
Sienna's Art Journal 2 via lilblueboo.com
Her finished page, and I’m still sane!
Sienna's Art Journal 3 via lilblueboo.com
P.S. I wanted Ari to stay on Project Runway! I agree with Micheal Kors….. maybe I’m just not smart enough to “get” her work?

Little Sister, Big Sister

I made these pillowcases dresses a while back….. and was so surprised to to receive baby Sydney’s birth announcement with both sisters (Samantha is the big sister) wearing them! I had to share these photos….I rarely get to see gifts on the children I actually made them for.

Little Sister, Big Sister via lilblueboo.com

Little Sister, Big Sister 2 via lilblueboo.com
Our friends Mike and Jen found out during pregnancy that Sydney had a congenital heart defect that would need surgery or several surgeries right after she was born. Sydney was born on June 19th and a few days after being born, Sydney’s parents and the cardiologist decided to do a small procedure to add an artery band to control a condition that sometimes causes too much oxygenated blood to the lungs. It is a temporary fix and the band will allow Sydney to be able to grow a little more so that when she is between 4 months and a year old she can have her ventricle defect repaired. Sydney was released from the ICU and was home with her family on July 4th! She is doing so well! She is a healthy little miracle baby ;) Thanks for the cute photos Jen!  XOXO

Journaling: Transferring Images with Con-Tact Paper

Transfer an Image using Contact Paper via lilblueboo.com


You can make journal pages much more interesting by layering multiple images and text. There are many ways to transfer an image onto a page….so I’ll be doing several posts with different techniques. Below I’ll show you how to use clear Con-Tact paper (the stuff used for drawer liners and textbook covers). Many people use packing tape for this same technique, but I think it is too limiting because it’s size.
Below are three journal pages where I used Con-Tact paper to place an image or text as a layer.
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper via lilblueboo.com
Materials needed:
Clear Con-Tact paper
A photocopied image (inkjet will not work)
My photocopy is a quote written by Sabrina Ward Harrison in one of her books. I love her handwriting!
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 2 via lilblueboo.com
Cut out your Con-Tact paper to cover the portion of the photocopy that you want to transfer.
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 3 via lilblueboo.com
Peel the backing off the Con-Tact paper…..
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 4 via lilblueboo.com
……and place on your photocopy.
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 5 via lilblueboo.com
Use your fingernail or another object (I’m using a bone folder in the photo) to burnish the top of the Con-Tact paper to make sure it adheres well.
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 6 via lilblueboo.com
Cut off the excess paper surround the image.
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 7 via lilblueboo.com
Place the photocopy/Con-Tact paper into a bowl of warm water……
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 8 via lilblueboo.com
…and gently begin rubbing the wet paper off of the Con-Tact paper.
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 9 via lilblueboo.com
The photocopied image will be left behind.
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 10 via lilblueboo.com
To adhere it to your page or canvas you can use matte medium, clear glue or modge podge. I use matte medium in my journals because it doesn’t cause the pages to stick together over time. I put some matte medium directly on the page and then spread it out using a paint brush.
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 11 via lilblueboo.com
Then I placed the transferred image on the page……
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 12 via lilblueboo.com
….and brushed the excess matte medium over the top and made sure to push out any air bubbles.
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 13 via lilblueboo.com
Finished! An easy and foolproof way to make those pages more interesting.
(My mother is going to LOVE that I have this photo of her in a swimsuit when she was younger on my blog…..but she was Miss Teenage Maryland, I think she should show it off!)
How to Transfer Images with Con-Tact Paper 14 via lilblueboo.com

Other image transfer tutorials to check out:


Transfer Image using Gel Medium to Wood or Canvas via lilblueboo.com


Curb Appeal

This morning Sienna and I worked on the cardboard house. We focused on minimizing the exterior features we didn’t like (the lack of window trim and texture) and enhancing the parts we liked (lots of window cutouts, the angle of the roof, front and rear entry doors). Our goal: increase value, add personality and make this house “the envy of the neighborhood.”

Our color palette was “sherbet/beachy/princess/romper room.”

Curb Appeal via lilblueboo.com
New shingles aren’t in our budget so we spent mucho time on the roof……
Curb Appeal 2 via lilblueboo.com
….and decided that “trompe l’oeil” was the most economical choice.
Curb Appeal 3 via lilblueboo.com
Sienna had to spend considerable time “un-doing” my marker drawings from the night before…… especially the spider webs. It is very important to her that the house look well-maintained.
Curb Appeal 4 via lilblueboo.com
Sienna’s favorite part? Mixing up the paint and cleaning the brushes.
Curb Appeal 5 via lilblueboo.com
Next time we’ll tackle the landscaping, window coverings and door hardware……
Curb Appeal 6 via lilblueboo.com
Update: Purchased at Costco for those who wanted to know. I might buy a few more and just make a big neighborhood!
A few tips for painting with children:
:: Lots of floor coverings (make sure to get the kind with a plastic liner so paint doesn’t pass through). You’ll enjoy yourself more if you don’t have to worry.
:: Add enough water to the paint cups so the paint is easily “spread” with a brush. Make sure to use “fluffy” brushes that hold lots of paint….much more gratifying when you can cover large areas.
:: Designate “painting” clothes so you don’t have to worry. Aprons are great, but they don’t cover everything! Even I have my own designated painting jeans!

Diesel the Homemaker

If you look closely through the bottom gap you can see little paws…… poor Diesel held captive in Sienna’s cardboard playhouse.
Sienna: Diesel, ANSWER the door when I ring the bell, OKAY?
Diesel: Seriously? It’s been 2.5 years…….when are you sending this kid back where she came from already?!

Diesel the Homemaker via lilblueboo.com

This $19 cardboard house occupied Sienna and her friends for hours today. Best Costco purchase yet.

Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial)

Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) via lilblueboo.com
I have so many ribbon scraps that are under 2″ and I’ve contemplated throwing them out many times. This is what I came up with to use them all up….a ribbon belt. But you could use this technique for tons of other things….a headband, a purse strap, a drink coaster…..I had to narrow it down eventually!
Update: Project time is about 2 hours. Sewing the belt in small increments actually makes it go faster than you think…..

Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) 2 via lilblueboo.com
The belt pictured is reversible to the pink and green jacquard backing.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) 3 via lilblueboo.com
I used every ribbon combination imaginable. The more colors, the more interesting. Making the belt I worked in small 6 inch sections and tried to limit the repeat of ribbon throughout.
Grab your scraps and let’s get started!
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) ribbon combination via lilblueboo.com
Before starting you’ll need the following materials:
:: Ribbon Scraps
:: 1.5″ cotton webbing
:: Dritz Fray Check or thread glue
:: 1.5″ D Rings
:: Coordinating thread
Tools needed: sewing machine and scissors
Before starting you’ll also have to measure your waist or hip area….(where you like for your belt to sit) and add 8″ to that measurement.
Step 1: Cut your cotton webbing for your belt length based on the measurement above.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 1 via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Take scrap pieces of ribbon and line up next to each other on your cotton webbing. You can pin the ribbon……
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 2 via lilblueboo.com
…..but it is easiest just to put each ribbon on one at a time as you sew down the side of the cotton webbing (about 1/8″ from the edge of the belt). Just make sure to leave your needle down when you lift the foot up to place the next ribbon. Stop once you get 6 or 7 inches of ribbons added (I refer to these as your “short” ribbons). This 6 to 7 inch length is about all that is manageable to weave at one time.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 3 via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: Place 2 to 3 ribbons perpendicular to the ribbons you just sewed on (I refer to these as your “long” ribbons). Sew these ribbons onto the cotton webbing.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 4 via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Weave the long ribbons over and under the short ribbons.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 5 via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Making sure all the ribbons fit tightly together, sew the other end of the long ribbon pieces to secure them to the belt.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 6 via lilblueboo.com
Step 5: Carefully sew the short ribbons securely to the belt (about 1/8″ from the edge of the belt).
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 7 via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Trim your shorter ribbons on each side so that they are flush with the cotton webbing….
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 8 via lilblueboo.com
…..and trim your longer ribbons leaving about 1/4″.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 9 via lilblueboo.com
Step 7: Repeat all of the previous steps starting with laying a piece of short ribbon over the 1/4″ ends that were just trimmed. Continue until you have another 6 to 7 inch length of short ribbons sewn on to the belt.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 10 via lilblueboo.com
Step 8: Add your 2 to 3 longer ribbons by sewing directly over the stitch that secured the previous long ribbons. Then trim these ends to about 1/8″.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 11 via lilblueboo.com
Note: In between steps you might want to add Fray Check to your ribbon edges if they start to unravel.

Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 12 via lilblueboo.com
My assistant was a huge help in picking out each sequence of ribbons.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 13 via lilblueboo.com
Step 9: Use a zigzag stitch to sew all the edges of the belt.
Optional: I cut a long piece of ribbon jacquard (1″ shorter than my belt length to leave room for the D rings) to sew onto the back of the belt for decoration and attached it with the zigzag stitch.

Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 14 via lilblueboo.com
Step 10: Place your D rings on one end of the belt…..
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 15 via lilblueboo.com
……and fold your belt end back, and sew the fold closed. You may have to use a zipper foot here if your D rings get in the way (I had enough room and was able to use the regular foot).
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step 16 via lilblueboo.com
Step 11: Trim any frayed edges or threads and add thread glue or Fray check where needed.
Scrap Ribbon Belt (A Tutorial) step finished via lilblueboo.com
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