Our little Diesel…. back from the vet and groomer. He is our 8-year-old grump. He has “CAUTION” stickers all over his file at the vet. Yesterday they made him wear a muzzle….a tiny, itsy-bitsy, 1 inch wide muzzle.

He is an inch taller than a diet coke can.

Ferocious via lilblueboo.com

Is there anything more pathetic looking…..

…..than our 8-year old, balding, 2.5 pound, grumpy yorkie Diesel after a bath? Poor little guy.

Is there anything more pathetic looking Diesel Bath via lilblueboo.com

Okay, maybe the bee costume is more pathetic. Sienna kept telling him to “fly, fly Diesel” and I got worried that she would toss him off the counter…..

Is there anything more pathetic looking Diesel Bee via lilblueboo.com

You might remember whenĀ I was asking for prayers back in April because we thought we were going to lose him? Diesel has been doing much better so thank you! He is still getting his teeth cleaned monthly (I, of course, haven’t been to a dentist in years), eating a homeopathic diet (with ketchup) and fighting with his sister Sienna (Diesel is winning). He’s starting to lose all his hair so he could probably use some more prayers šŸ˜‰

Please Pray for Lil Diesel

This post has nothing to do with crafting or painting…..it is about my little doggie who is more precious than any of those to me. We have a little 2 lb Yorkie named Diesel. He will be 8 years old this year. He is so small sometimes I think he could be the smallest dog in the world.
Please Pray for Lil Diesel via lilblueboo.com
We didn’t buy him this small on purpose….both his parents were around 4 lbs….Diesel just never grew. We’ve had to protect him from hawks and owls who stalk him from outside. He has special stairs around to help him get on furniture. He gets his teeth cleaned monthly (he has very bad teeth). He has been a very high maintenance dog, and we love him dearly.
Please Pray for Lil Diesel 2 via lilblueboo.com
Last year, he was diagnosed with liver disease and has been doing well since I put him on a strictĀ homeopathicĀ diet. The veterinarian wanted to send him to LA to have part of his liver removed (which if you look at his x-ray it is literally the size of a grape) but we didn’t think such a small dog could live through that. Lately he has been getting more and more lethargic. Today he wouldn’t even get up to go on a walk (but he did eat a little and drink a little). I’m very sad and very worried. Please pray for our sweet lil Diesel!

About Me

Hi there, I’m Ashley of Lil Blue Boo.

Amazing Ashley via lilblueboo.com


Lil Blue Boo is all about encouraging others to find their creative streak. I love writing, sewing, silk screening, painting, photography, journaling, and power tools. I have a serious obsession for color, fabric and trinkets. Lil Blue Boo sewing patterns grew out of a love of new and reclaimed knits. Lil Blue Boo clothing is an eclectic mix of original hand cut silk screens, vintage finds, recycled fabrics, and comfortable style. I love coming up with unique one-of-a-kind and limited edition knit clothing for adults and children and I love sharing the process with others. I write daily for Babble.com’s The New Home Ec on a variety of DIY projects.


A few of my favorite projects to check out:
Frida Kahlo in Buttons and the Mona Lisa in Buttons
Getting Organized
A Vintage Sign Using Canvas
Spin-spiration Folk Art


I recently have had some crazy curveballs thrown at me that have made me consciously decide to “choose joy” as a way of life. I’ve chosen to write publicly about loss, and the nitty gritty of unexpected surgery and chemotherapy in hopes that my experiences will help others. I was diagnosed with Choriocarcinoma in October 2011. Starting in the uterus, it spread to my lungs, liver and regrew in my pelvis area after an emergency hysterectomy. You can read more about all of this in The Cancer Chronicles. I recently shaved off my long, long hair too.….it was a great experience.


Fighter Ashley via lilblueboo.com


I am married to the most wonderfully supportive hard-working husband who just happens to be my best friend. We met in college in 1997 and dated until 2001 when we were married. He also happens to be the best father in the world. My husband, daughter and I have lived in Palm Desert, CA since 2006. We moved here from Charlotte, NC to pursue a more balanced lifestyle. I found out I was pregnant the day we moved!



Ashley and family via lilblueboo.com



I’ve always loved creating things. I grew up with a very crafty, creative mother and I have two very crafty, creative grandmothers that I was fortunate enough to spend a little time with at a young age before they passed away. I love creating with my daughter.

I learned to sew at an early age. It was the best “crafty” skill my mother taught me. I learned to paint in college at Wake Forest University from an amazing art teacher Page Laughlin. I was a mathematics major and ended up going into the financial industry, sometimes working 100 hours a week. Don’t ask me how…..but I ended up in Leveraged Finance structuring and underwriting financing for oil companies.


After 6 busy years in investment banking (and somewhere in there getting my MBA), I started accepting painting commissions for colleagues in the little spare time I had. One day I just quit my job (well, actually I asked for a leave of absence to go and caddy for my little sister Perry). I was tired of never coming home the same day I went to work. I never ended up caddying for her….I ended up painting, sewing, drilling, journaling, mitre-sawing…..full time!


How could I forget Diesel! Diesel is our 2.5 pound Yorkshire Terrier. He will be 9 years old this year. He is so small sometimes I think he could be the smallest dog in the world. You can read more about him here.

Diesel the terrorific via lilblueboo.com




A couple things that people are surprised to learn about me:

:: I used to fly airplanes…I was so close to getting my pilotā€™s licenseā€¦.solo flight and everythingā€¦..but decided I just didnā€™t ā€œget itā€ and having to take Dramamine before flying was not a good sign. (I can’t even drive a stick shift, should I really be flying a plane?!) My dad flew as a hobby and wanted us kids to be able to land it if something happened to him. You can read about him here, talk about someone with an abundance of energy…..

:: I love reading memoirsā€¦.of anyone, famous or not.

:: I once met Johnny Cash in a dream. I swear to God it was really him.

:: I used to show horses competitively and regret selling my thoroughbred Andy when I went off to school because I would probably still be riding.

:: I love being a mother but never had any desire to breastfeed or experience labor and I could not stand being pregnant. Iā€™m a little scared my daughter will inherit my OCD, ADHD, stubbornness etc and be impossible to control.

:: I love being a wife and taking care of my husband. Sometime amazed that he puts up with my OCD, ADHD and stubbornness.

:: I eat 1 of two things every morning for breakfast along with a diet cokeā€¦..cheddar goldfish or McDonaldā€™s bacon, egg and cheese biscuit. My mother made us eat a lot of organic, barley, super-green algae, aloe juice etc growing up….and I think it backfired.

:: I studied abroad in China during college to learn Mandarin Chinese.

:: I can recite all the old testament books of the bible in under 14 seconds.

:: I canā€™t stand to drink water. I drink about 5 diet cokes a day and only drink water when I run. Iā€™m trying to change this. (Update: I haven’t had a soda since October 21st!)

:: I have thought about opening a gun range. I am a really good shot….even with a heavy M-4 (similar to an M-16).

:: I love watching movies while I paint and as a result I have seen thousands (once I had Blockbuster print off movies I had rented from themā€¦..it was a roll of paper about 10 feet long…I’ve switched to Netflix now to save money). I love movies that are based on true events.

:: I love donuts, mustard, bacon, broccoli, brussel sprouts, vinegar, deviled eggs, onions, chips and salsa, pancakes, peanut butter, chicken tenders, movie popcorn, nachosā€¦ā€¦but not together.

:: I hate asking for helpā€¦..for anything. I also donā€™t like feeling indebted. But I love helping people and giving things away.

:: My daughter and I LOVE to make dance videos:


Lil Blue Boo clothing is an eclectic mix of original hand cut silk screens, vintage finds, recycled fabrics, and comfortable style. I have an amazing team of local women that I employ who all share the same passion I do for handmade, quality clothing that is made in the USA. We make everything “in-house” from the original patterns to the silk screened size labels!


(photos by Paint the Moon and Bloom)



Visit my workspace and behind the scenes!
I have a serious obsession for color, fabric and trinkets and I’ve pretty much taken over every available work space in the house and we are working on expanding a larger workspace. I love peeking into other people’s work areas. You can see the evolution of my painting and sewing studios here. My workspace changes almost daily as my business changes and grows and I have to find more room!