Pumpkin French Toast Recipe


pumpkin french toast recipe via lilblueboo.com

Pumpkin is hands-down the most popular trend in food this season. It is our favorite fall flavor. This is why I have for you one stunning plate of Pumpkin French Toast. Spiced, orange-scented pumpkin custard meets thick slices of bread, topped with butter and pure maple syrup. A little bit of pumpkin heaven for breakfast. Hey, why not brew up a pot of coffee and invite some company over?

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Boom Town – Lil Blue Boo Fall 2011

A few more photos before tomorrow’s Boom Town debut (9am PST Friday, August 26)! Previews are up in the store now! Check out the collages at the bottom for an idea of coordinates! Order before midnight tomorrow night for 10% off your entire order (code: FALLPREORDER)


We are so excited about this collection! We make everything ourselves in house using local, handpicked seamstresses. All of our items are made from the highest quality fabrics and we keep our clothing “tagless” for comfort. All the cutting, silk screening “tagless” tags, printing images, sewing, packaging and shipping is done by a small, amazing team of women out of two small studios and an office in Palm Desert, CA. Handmade in the USA!


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Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp/Label Patches (A Tutorial)

This was my first submission to the SYTYC contest for the theme “harvest.” Here is the tutorial in case you are interested! Thanks all of you who voted!
I love John Steinbeck….I own every book he wrote, including Grapes of Wrath. I love the wooden crates used for harvesting fruit way back before plastic was available. My friend George and his family have owned a grape farm since the 1940’s and I asked him for some of his old wooden crates with the ranch’s stamped logo. I used the wooden crates and some vintage fruit crate labels to create knit patches for girl and boy t-shirts. My two favorites: the “Brother’s Pride” crate label because of the wood grain, and the “American Beauty” fruit label because of the distressing technique I used.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com
Below is a photo I took at George’s farm. I think it is amazing how much agriculture is grown out here in the desert…..it is all irrigated by canals! You’ll be driving along surrounded by only sand and tumbleweeds and then all the sudden:
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial 2 via lilblueboo.com
Step 1: I took these wooden crate slats and scanned them directly into my computer. I also had a few paper labels I scanned in. You can actually buy an entire CD of copyright free images here if you have trouble tracking down physical labels.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 1 via lilblueboo.com
Step 2: Reverse the images on your computer, resize them and the print them onto t-shirt transfer paper.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 2 via lilblueboo.com
Optional: If you wish to apply a distressed look (similar to the “American Beauty” label shown at the bottom of the page), lightly scratch off portions of the printout before transferring.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 2 optional via lilblueboo.com
Step 3: Cut out the transfer and place face down onto the t-shirt knit. The trick is NOT to use an ironing board…..you should a hard surface like a table or the floor and place protective brown paper or an old t-shirt on your surface to protect it. Follow the directions of the specific transfer paper you are using.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 3 via lilblueboo.com
Step 4: Peel off the transfer backing…..
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 4 via lilblueboo.com
……and cut out your transfer leaving about 1/8″ of plaint white knit around the edge.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 4 optional via lilblueboo.com
Step 5: Cut out a piece of Wonder Under or other fusible web product slightly smaller than your patch. Note: Do NOT use the fusible web that needs to be steamed in a second step (usually has backing on it)….the steam will affect the ink in your transfer.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 5 via lilblueboo.com
Step 6: Position your knit patch onto your t-shirt with the Wonder Under sandwiched in between.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 6 via lilblueboo.com

Step 7: Place a cloth over the transfer, press and apply enough heat from the iron around the edges to fuse the patch enough to keep it in place. The transfer will block much of the heat so you will have to continue fusing with the next step.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 7 via lilblueboo.com
Step 8: Turn the shirt inside out and place over the narrow edge of the ironing board and press the patch area with the iron to finish fusing the patch to the shirt.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 8 via lilblueboo.com
Step 9: Zigzag stitch or use an embroidery stitch around your patch to secure it permanently.
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial step 9 via lilblueboo.com
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial finished via lilblueboo.com
There are so many designs out there you are destined to find the perfect ones for your little girl or little boy! You can also use the patches for jeans, coin purses….so many possibilities!
Vintage Harvest Crate Stamp / Label Patches DIY Tutorial finished 2 via lilblueboo.com

Number two reason I LOVE the fall…..

….feeding the giraffes. Number one reason: it cools off. It was finally cool enough this morning (80 degrees) to come out of heat hibernation and go to our favorite place….the Living Desert. It is a mile down the road and when it is cool I take Sienna almost twice a week. I get exercise and Sienna gets worn out.
Number two reason I LOVE the fall via lilblueboo.com
Sienna is afraid of the adult giraffes….but not the cute little baby.
Number two reason I LOVE the fall giraffe via lilblueboo.com
We usually only stay about an hour and visit different things each time after the giraffe feeding. Today we visited the animal hospital. Below is “Hootie” the screech owl….he has a neurological disorder and his neck twitches. He’s also missing a wing. What a mess.
Number two reason I LOVE the fall gscreech owl via lilblueboo.com
We always visit the huge train system. Sienna runs around looking for trains and I am amused looking at all the details:
Number two reason I LOVE the fall trains via lilblueboo.com“the wreckage”
Number two reason I LOVE the fall floozies  via lilblueboo.com“floozies”

Number two reason I LOVE the fall dirty police car via lilblueboo.com“please wash”
On a random note, I think I just found a one-woman-factory for the Sienna t-shirt dress. Seriously, Davida JUST bought the pattern and look how many dresses she has cranked out….I need to learn to sew a little faster 😉

A Dress for October (Updated)

Another dress for the fall using 5 different t-shirts.
A Dress for October (Updated) via lilblueboo.com
I bought Sienna (yes, storebought) the perfect black and white striped leggings to wear underneath. Now it just needs to cool off! It was only 101 degrees here today.
A Dress for October (Updated) 2 via lilblueboo.com
I’m sewing an identical one for my Etsy store except that the purple is at the top and orange is at the bottom….I’ll finish it tonight. The plan was to offer someone their pick and Sienna would get the leftovers, but my iron was too hot and I smeared some of the text at the top of the dress! She’ll never notice.
A Dress for October (Updated) 3 via lilblueboo.com
Halloween tees are SO much better than when we were growing up, right? I wouldn’t have been caught dead in one until recent years…..
A Dress for October (Updated) 4 via lilblueboo.com
Pattern used: The Sienna Dress
A Dress for October (Updated) 5 via lilblueboo.com
Update: Here is the 2nd one I made. I LOVE the little owl tag that is on the bottom ruffle! This dress is in my etsy shop now…..there will only be one.
A Dress for October (Updated) 6 via lilblueboo.com
A Dress for October (Updated) 7 via lilblueboo.com

In the desert we "fall" clean….

……because we are cooped up all summer in the 115 degree heat and are ready to spend all winter outside!
Mr. Lil Blue Boo spent the morning up on the roof cleaning skylights.
In the desert we "fall" clean skylights via lilblueboo.com

Boo pouted because she wasn’t allowed on the roof with Daddy. She also wasn’t feeling so hot…..horrible allergies this time of year. Her dress is made from the t-shirt dye mess…..and actually turned out cuter with the colors that ran. It is part of a new pattern set that went out the past few days for final testing. Stay tuned for the release and giveaway in the next week or so.
In the desert we "fall" clean Boo via lilblueboo.com
But she did get to go swimming. It is so refreshing when the pool water temperature starts to feel less like a hot bath.
In the desert we "fall" clean Boo swimming via lilblueboo.com
Check out the creepy sunset last night…….I think some of it was smoke from the LA fires. There were two layers of clouds.
In the desert we "fall" clean creepy sunset via lilblueboo.com
Hope you all are having a great holiday weekend!