Michaels Dream Tree Challenge – The Finished Tree

A few weeks ago Michaels asked me to be a part of their Holiday Dream Tree Challenge…..of course I jumped at the chance because I love Michaels and I love a challenge!   I finished up my Dream Christmas Tree for Michaels Dream Tree Challenge…..and made a little HD “process” movie to accompany it!  Here’s a peek at the ornaments I made that you’ll see in the movie:

(Update: I had a few questions on equipment and software I use to film and edit HD videos…..click here for my list and FAQ!)

Handmade ornament ideas via lilblueboo.com


Here’s a fun little video I made of all the decor being made and the final tree:



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WWYM II: Challenge Fabric Giveaway


Round II of WWYM (What would YOU make?) has come to an end. We have enjoyed working with these amazing bloggers: Under the Sycamore, Make It and Love It, Joy’s Hope, and Homemade by Jill. The four women behind these blogs are super creative, funny, kind, and inspirational,  We love how they took such different approaches with the same exact fabric. Lets take another look at what they made with the WWYM challenge fabric:



Lovely fabric coasters from Under the Sycamore.




A super sweet girl’s romper from Make It and Love it.






A Travel Art Tray from Joy’s Hope.







Matching pajama pants for Mommy and Me from Homemade by Jill.



More WWYM creative challenges to come!

Will you be next?







You can win 2 yards of the  WWYM II challenge fabric! All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What would YOU make?


::For Extra Entries::
Leave a comment for each one

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-Follow Joy’s Hope on facebook
-Follow Homemade by Jill on facebook



-International entries are welcome!
-Please provide your email address so that we can contact you if you win. Winner has 48 hours to respond.
-Giveaway ends August 24th, 2011 at midnight PST.
-Winner will be announced on this post on August 25th, 2011.


WWYM II: Jill of Homemade by Jill

Today we showcase the final WWYM II project, and who better to end it then Jill of Homemade by Jill!?  Jill has some of the best tutorials around along with an incredible collection of free templates! Jill is so creative and boy can she sew! You can tell how much love she puts into her projects – just check out this incredible felt playhouse she made. Jill has definitely mastered the use of felt. A must see is the felt boombox she made to go with her daughter’s Halloween costume. You will flip when you see these cute photos. Oh, and do you ever wonder what you could do with all of your serger scraps!? Jill has the answer here – genius!



Please welcome Jill of Homemade by Jill


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Mommy & Me Pajama Pants

Does your fabric ever speak to you?  When I opened Ashley’s lovely package, the pretty print told me it wanted to become pajama pants … a pair for me, and a pair for my baby, Ruby.

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WWYM II: Julie of Joy’s Hope

Today we are thrilled to have Julie of Joy’s Hope participating in Round II of WWYM! Julie is super crafty, hilarious, incredibly generous, loves the color turquoise (just check out her kitchen – amazing!) and always full of JOY. She has some of the best recipes, and we especially love her Insta-Friday posts!  What we love most about Julie is her huge heart! Her blog will make you laugh, cry, and feel inspired. Head on over to Joy’s Hope, we know you will be hooked. First, lets see what Julie made!


Please welcome Julie of Joy’s Hope!


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When you get asked to participate in something so fun as What would YOU make?  Hosted by Lil Blue Boo, you don’t say no.

You just don’t.

You get a little scared.  A little intimidated.  Then you dig through your brain to come up with a project worthy of the gorgeous fabric that landed on your doorstep.

I hope that this little project quailfies.  It sure makes me happy, but most importantly, it makes my girlies happy.

We are on the go a lot.

A lot a lot a lot.

The girls color a lot.

A lot a lot a lot.

We have been using cookie sheets as little lap desks in the car forever.  Useful?  Yes.  Cute?  Not so much.  Plus the pens and crayons fly off and fall under the seats.  All the time.  If I have to mediate another THE PINK MARKER FELL BETWEEN THE SEATS MOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!! meltdown, I just might have a meltdown of my own.


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WWYM II: Ashley of Make It and Love It

We are so happy to have Ashley from Make It & Love It participating in Round II of WWYM! No matter your skill level in sewing or crafting, Ashley has a project for you. Her blog is full of amazing tutorials including accessories, re-purposing, clothing, yummy recipes and so much more! There is even a No Sew section for those that haven’t yet taken up the hobby, although after seeing the incredible sewing projects Make It & Love It has to offer, you just might! Ashley has mastered the art of tutorial photography and her projects are so clear and easy to follow. Once you head on over to Make It & Love It plan on staying there a while, but first lets see what Ashley made with the challenge fabric!



Please welcome Ashley of Make it & Love it!



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Once I got my first peek of this great fabric print that arrived in the mail (thanks Ashley!), I kept thinking summery outfit. I don’t know, something about the color, the tone, the print. (Who’s with me?) However, I couldn’t decide between dress and romper, dress and romper……and finally chose romper. And am so glad I did. I love the sturdiness of the fabric and of course, my gosh, that print.




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Change to the LBB / Dharma Trading Design Challenge

I’ve decided to change the “give back” portion of the LBB / Dharma Trading Design Challenge. Instead of donating dresses to the local charity I mentioned, I’ve decided to sell a few of them on Etsy (as well as some existing stock I have) with 100% of the proceeds to be donated to Three Angels Haiti Orphanage. I’ll be listing some over the weekend. I know I had mentioned donating the dresses directly to Three Angels Haiti, but I think the money is crucial for medical supplies and other basic necessities. I created a section on my Etsy store named “Three Angels Haiti.” As usual I’ll be posting the listings on my Facebook page so keep a look out. I know everyone’s budgets are tight but if your little girl needs clothes….you can help out at the same time!

Update: 100% of all pattern sales today go to Three Angels Haiti. As of this update $322 raised!
Update 2: $460 raised as of 3:28 Pacific time!

Another quick note: The leggings pattern is almost done. It was a success with my testers and I’m adding some additional options to the pattern like ruffles, length options etc. I will announce all the winners of the giveaway tomorrow so you can keep entering until I draw…I just have to figure out the easiest way to pick 15 winners from 800 fans on Facebook! Thank you all so much for the amazing response….so overwhelmed!

If you’ve convo’d me or emailed in the last day I’m sorry that I haven’t had a chance to get back to you! I promise I am going to be sewing like crazy this weekend and next week to accommodate your requests!

Lastly….make sure to enter the challenge and force me to sew more dresses for a good cause!


Final Two!!!

I am still a little in shock that I won the last challenge….I really thought that Vanessa and Dana would be the final two! It is bitter sweet because I’ve become such great friends with the two of them over the past few months….I hate to lose anyone in the competition!
My tutorial for making the resolutions “subway” art is over at SYTYC today. It will be up on Lil Blue Boo next week. I had a lot of fun making it and it really completes our kitchen/breakfast room.
Final Two via lilblueboo.com
This week Dana and I have a week off…which I HAVE to use to come up with my final project! I have some ideas but haven’t figured out how to do them yet. Anyways, go over to SYTYC today and vote on the submissions for the next round of crafters! I can’t wait to just be an observer next time!
Final Two 2 via lilblueboo.com
Two other things:
Make sure to enter my legging giveaway! I’m giving away over 10 patterns now!
Final Two 3 via lilblueboo.com
If you haven’t checked out the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge, you are missing out on the chance to win some great prizes! I’m already receiving some great submissions! Even if you are just beginning to sew you should challenge yourself! You could take home the win!
Final Two 4 via lilblueboo.com

Second to Last Challenge!

This week will decide the remaining two competitors for the final challenge! I can’t believe I’ve even made it this far! I have yet to win a challenge week….but each week I’ve received enough votes to make it through! Last week I barely squeaked by. Check the bottom of the post to see if you guessed which project was mine!

Here is a look back so a far at what I’ve made:

Week 1 “Harvest” Theme:
Vintage Harvest/Crate Label Patches (tutorial here)

Second to Last Challenge week 1 Crate Label via lilblueboo.com

Week 2 “Leaves” Theme:
Teeny Tiny Shrinky Dink Necklace
(tutorial here)

Second to Last Challenge week 2 Leaves via lilblueboo.com

Week 3 “Green” Theme:
Scrap Ribbon Wallet/Clutch (tutorial here)

Second to Last Challenge week 3 scrap ribbon wallet via lilblueboo.com

Week 4 “Turkey” Theme:
Turkey-inspired Ruffle Bustle Skirt (No tutorial yet)

Second to Last Challenge week 4 Turkey theme via lilblueboo.com

Week 5 “Snow” Theme:
Princess Snow Globe Shirt (Tutorial here)

Second to Last Challenge week 4 snow theme via lilblueboo.com

Week 6 “Mittens” Theme:
Mitten Cork Stamps (Tutorial here)

Second to Last Challenge week 4 mittens theme via lilblueboo.com

Week 7 “Gifts” Theme:
Wooden Pendant Accessories (Tutorial to be out soon)

Second to Last Challenge week 4 gifts theme via lilblueboo.com
And can you guess which is mine this week? Go over and vote on your favorite “New Years” themed project! Thanks!

Second to Last Challenge week 4 New Years theme via lilblueboo.com

LBB & Dharma Trading Design Challenge

LBB & Dharma Trading Design Challenge via lilblueboo.com
I’m so glad I don’t have to keep this a secret any longer…… a New Year’s challenge for you! And one that gives back! Announcing the Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge complete with fabulous prizes and donations for a good cause! Think of it as a “Project Runway” for kiddos!
LBB & Dharma Trading Design Challenge 2 via lilblueboo.com
1. Create a unique outfit for a girl or boy using a Lil Blue Boo pattern. Alterations to the patterns ARE allowed as well as additional coordinating clothing items and accessories! I want you to have as much creative room as you think you need!
2. Use at LEAST one of the following techniques in your creation: fabric dyeing, fabric painting, stenciling, fabric transfers, screen printing or other embellishments (including applique).
3. Multiple entries are allowed! So submit as many as you like! There will be a gallery spotlighting all of the entries.
4. After all the entries are received, a very distinguished, diverse panel of judges will narrow the entries down to 10 final designs and there will be a week long public vote on Lil Blue Boo! And then the winner will be announced!
Throughout the month of January I’ll be highlighting new techniques you can use in the process!
LBB & Dharma Trading Design Challenge Prizes via lilblueboo.com

First Prize:
:: Choice of one of the following: 50 Person Tie-Dye Party Kit, Screenprinting Kit, or $50 Dharma Trading Gift Certificate.
:: $25 Lil Blue Boo Etsy Store Gift Certificate.
:: Choice of boy or girl nursery painting from my fine art website.
:: “Challenge Winner” badge to display on blog or website.

Second Prize:

:: $25 Dharma Trading Gift Certificate
:: $25 Lil Blue Boo Etsy Store Gift Certificate

Third Prize
:: $15 Lil Blue Boo Etsy Store Gift Certificate
LBB & Dharma Trading Design Challenge Judges via lilblueboo.com
Each judge brings a unique perspective to the Challenge so that no design style or color combination will be overlooked! Judges will be looking for creativity, wear-ability, uniqueness, personality, etc.
Dana from Made
Dana’s passion revolves around sewing children’s clothes and using photography to showcase the clothing in a beautiful and fresh way. I love her modern style and how seamlessly all her designs flow through her site. A little known fact: Dana also has a film background. She’d never tell you this herself but I think it is awesome….she has her own imdb page.

Disney from Ruffles & Stuff

Disney has been sewing since she was a little girl. She made her first quilt she was only 6 years old! She is a stay-at-home preacher’s wife who loves to sew for her daughter, herself and her home. She is inspired by historical fashion, femininity and nature. I happen to think some of her impromptu fashion shoots could be mistaken for vintage Chanel ads! Fun fact: Her lineage is full of talented sewers dating back to her great-great grandfather who came to the U.S from Sweden as a gifted tailor.
Candace from Sparkle Power
Candace is a self taught seamstress that loves vintage fabric and doilies. Her only wish is that there were more time in the day to make & create. I just love browsing the beautiful things she has made for her daughters and reading her honest and heartfelt posts. She currently runs the Sparkle Power etsy shop with her husband. Little known fact: The popular La La Love You prints in her shop were created last minute to fill in her first craft booth….and they have since become her top selling item!

Shari from Happy Chickadee
Shari is an artist who ran several successful art galleries in Canada before moving to Palm Desert to run yet another art gallery. Shari now co-owns the successful online boutique Happy Chickadee which specializes in unique girl’s clothing and loves sewing for her daughter in her spare time. Fun fact: she personally installed the massive sculptures at our local Palm Springs airport and once had martinis with Robert Rauschenberg.

Rae from Made by Rae
Rae refers to herself a professional home executive which is probably an understatement. With her sewing patterns and other craftiness she has made quite a name for herself in the blog world. Fun fact: She is formerly a high school physics teacher.

LBB & Dharma Trading Design Challenge How to Enter via lilblueboo.com
1. Post photos of your finished outfit/outfits on your personal blog or website. Make sure to include what pattern and techniques you used for inspiration and a little about your creative process! Make sure to include the words “Lil Blue Boo / Dharma Trading Design Challenge” in your post and link back to the Lil Blue Boo blog.
2. Email me a link to your post along with your best photo of your creation for the Design Challenge Gallery. Feel free to add your blog watermark to that photo, especially if any children are in the photograph.
3. All entries due by February 15th at midnight (Pacific time). All entries welcome!*
*International winners may have shipping restrictions on certain prizes.
LBB & Dharma Trading Design Challenge Giving Back via lilblueboo.com
For every 10 entries received, I am donating a Lil Blue Boo dress to a child in need. I’ll be sewing them as entries come in or taking dresses out of my Etsy store to keep up! I’ll keep a running update of dresses donated! So spread the word and keep ME busy too! Shelter from the Storm received a large donation of dresses at Christmas time so for this contest I am going to reach out to Martha’s Village & Kitchen. There were a lot of needy children there at Christmas time!
LBB & Dharma Trading Design Challenge Share via lilblueboo.com
Grab this html code and paste it into your sidebar to display the Challenge badge to help spread the word and/or to show you are participating. The html will display the graphic shown below and will link back to all posts associated with the challenge.
LBB & Dharma Trading Design Challenge 3 via lilblueboo.com
Dharma Trading has a great page for ideas and techniques that you can find here. Stay tuned for the additional tutorials I will be adding over the next few weeks as well!
We can’t wait to see what you create!