Michaels Dream Tree Challenge 2013 | The Reveal

Here’s my 2013 reveal for the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge!

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Green, white, champagne, silver:

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I love the glow of the lights behind the flowers:

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The inspiration for the tree came from these silver pine cone ornaments.  They reminded me of the seed bombs that my brother used to launch from our Magnolia tree when my sister and I were little. Funny memory.


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Each ornament was tied onto the tree with a bow:

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A lot of twinkling:

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Silver berries:

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I love the natural look of the whole tree: [Read more…]

Handmade Gift Ideas

handmade gift ideas for kids and adults from lilblueboo.comPhoto by Olivia’s Ultimate.

Still searching for a handmade gift idea to give this holiday season? We have rounded up some Lil Blue Boo tutorials and free downloads along with several awesome products from our digital contributors that would make great gifts for kids and adults!

Click “read more” below to see the gallery and links:
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Holiday Items at Lil Blue Boo Digital

Tomorrow is December 1st! Do you have your advent calendar ready? We have a couple of printable options in the shop that are easy to put together, inexpensive and cute!

Count down the days to Christmas with this fun present advent calendar from Wants & Wishes! Your children will be giddy with delight as they open a present each day. You can place a sweet for each day and or a Christmas activity for your family to do together during this happy season!

printable christmas countdown advent calendar by wants and wishes via lilblueboo.com

Printable Christmas Countdown Calendar by Pen & Paint! Print, cut and count down to Christmas. Every day has a different activity! Hang the cards as a garland or wrap in individual bag with a treat. You can see what we did with the printable here.


printable christmas countdown advent calendar with an activity each day by pen and paint via lilblueboo.com

Ho! Ho! Ho! These holiday themed overlays by Dutch Studio are a great way to add some fun to your photos.  You can also use them as graphics for holiday cards, scrapbooking, clothing and crafting.

christmas holiday photo overlays by dutch studio for lilblueboo.com

Spread a little holiday cheer with these exclusive card templates by Knappscraps!


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Elf for President

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“With malice towards none, with charity for all…..”

Maybe the elf isn’t so bad…..

I’m thinking I may need to retire him….I don’t want to be associated with Elf on the Shelf my whole life.

The really sad part? I’m hoping Boo doesn’t remember about the Elf this year.

CLICK HERE to visit all the Elf on the Shelf posts THAT EVER WERE. 

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:



A top view of the finished tree! [Read more…]

Michaels Dream Tree Challenge – The Sneak Peek

Aren’t these little guys cute? They are the inspiration behind my tree for the Michaels Dream Tree Challenge.  (click here to see my inspiration board here!)


Michaels Stores sent me one of their pre-lit trees and I had one week to decorate it using supplies and decorations from their store.  You know I love a challenge, so after I stocked up on the little woodland critters above I started browsing the store for more inspiration.   A few things I’ve incorporated into my tree:

Holiday Potpourri:


Wood craft pieces:


Metallic garland:


Burlap and tiny wreaths:



Click here to see the final tree and the time lapse movie Boo and I made of the tree!



Michaels Dream Tree Challenge - Rustic Tree via lilblueboo.com (click through for the time lapse video of the DIY ornaments!)



A Santa Nesting Doll (Free Download)

I made this Santa Matryoshka doll image last Christmas for a free download through Facebook and completely forgot about it until I was cleaning up some files on my computer tonight! Click below to download this image to make a few last minute gifts, holiday outfits or thank you notes! I used it last year for a few t-shirts by printing it out on iron-on transfer paper.

How long are you allowed…..

….to wear Christmas dresses after the holidays? I hope for a while….because she refuses to take this one off!

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I should probably take it as a compliment that she likes the clothes I make for her…..but eventually I guess I’ll have to hide it so the neighbors don’t start talking.

Don’t even get me started on the sippy cup…..or the refusal to let me brush her hair…..