Handmade Baby Gift Ideas

DIY Handmade Baby Gift Ideas via lilblueboo.com


Want to make something special for an upcoming baby shower gift?  Here are 10 handmade baby gift ideas that are sure to impress the parents to be.





Mother’s Day Gift Guide


Lil Blue Boo's 2013 Mother's Day Gift Guide via lilblueboo.com

1. Ring from The Vintage Pearl 2. Sunglasses from Ruche 3. Personalized Phone Cover from Tiny Prints 4. Mossimo Sandal from Target 5. Portrait Notepad from Pinhole Press 6. Dress from Ruche 7. Lace-Wrapped Rancher from Anthropologie 8. Portable iPhone Charger from Uncommon Goods 9. Makeup from Sephora 10. Monogram Mug from Anthropologie 11. Brag Book from Pinhole Press


How to Make Photo Pillows

how to make photo pillows via lilblueboo.com


These might look familiar. I’ve made them before….but I made a few more.  I love making photos into pillows, sachets, paperweights….they make perfect gifts….and I even use them as pattern weights. [Read more…]

How To Make Resin Pendants

How to Make DIY Resin Pendants via lilblueboo.com

Here’s a fun, easy way to make resin jewelry without the scary chemical mixing!  First I bought these silver plated bezels: [Read more…]

Carving Rocks with a Dremel

How to carve and drill holes through rocks with a Dremel via lilblueboo.com

There is something very gratifying about carving into a rock.  This project was kind of therapeutic. I was thinking I’d carve some words into rocks and maybe start leaving them around Palm Desert to see if people find them…. [Read more…]

A Handmade Christmas…..

…..a sample of items I made for friends and family:

A nursery painting for my little niece Cari due at the end of January…..

A Handmade Christmas nursery painting via lilblueboo.com
…..whose bedroom is decorated in two shades of pink and zebra print.

A Handmade Christmas nursery painting 2 via lilblueboo.com
My sister-in-law Carolyn loves zebra print….so this fabric was perfect for a little outfit too: [Read more…]

A Plump Matryoshka

Sienna had her little pajama Christmas party at her “pre” pre-school today. I made these t-shirts for her teachers. I made one for myself and I guess I didn’t realize that some screenprints look different on kiddos than they do adults. While the little matryoshka lady is still pretty cute….my chest makes her appear a little plumper than normal (and I don’t have much of a chest). I used t-shirts from Old Navy….and I love them because they are so soft and LONG (I’m 5’11” tall….so I’m always on the lookout for ANYTHING long).

A Plump Matryoshka via lilblueboo.com*I sure am glad the back of this photo is blurry…..so you can’t see the laundry bomb or the mess of a bathroom I have going on. I don’t even close my drawers anymore which drives Mr. Lil Blue Boo crazy (new year resolution).

I also delivered some Christmas presents. Do you have items in your shop that just won’t sell? I sure as heck do. But….clothing that the Etsy buyers have rejected is going to make some little girls and boys VERY happy. Shelter from the Storm is getting a a huge bag of samples and items I’ve taken down from my store…..they are all tagged and packaged to look good as new. It has been a rough year for a lot of people….just an idea if you are looking for alternative ways to give back.

A Plump Matryoshka 2 via lilblueboo.com
Well, back to sewing. Sienna is still napping from her big morning…STILL wearing her pajamas. I’m also working on a BIG idea for January with my sponsor Dharma Trading that I can’t wait to roll out to all of you! You are going to love it I know! I must keep a secret…I must keep a secret…..argghhhh

Wedding Part V: Preview

We are back from my sister and Justin’s wedding in Charlotte, NC. Every detail was perfect: the bagpipes, my dad rolling a golf ball as he walked my sister across the putting green, my dad and sister singing Rocky Top as a duet, Sienna dancing for 4 hours straight! I am not going to even post photos from the ceremony or reception until Ash Little’s are ready….mine won’t even do it justice. But I thought I’d post some photos from the days before right up to zipping the dress!

Here are all the gift bags and welcome baskets my sister and Justin made:

Wedding Part V: Preview gift bags via lilblueboo.com
A stack of flip-flops for the bridesmaids so we wouldn’t have to wear our heels at the reception:

Wedding Part V: Preview flip flops via lilblueboo.com
Justin’s sister Jenny made all of the jewelry for the bridesmaids….

Wedding Part V: Preview jewelry via lilblueboo.com
…..and this Swarovski Crystal and pearl bracelet for Perry on her wedding day. Isn’t it amazing?

Wedding Part V: Preview bracelet via lilblueboo.com
Thousands of golf tees for everyone…..

Wedding Part V: Preview golf tees via lilblueboo.com
Perry’s shoes and part of her veil:

Wedding Part V: Preview Perry's shoes via lilblueboo.com

Sienna playing “pool” with her soon-to-be Uncle Justin:

Wedding Part V: Preview playing pool via lilblueboo.com

Perry with the guys bowling at Strike City. We had the VIP room with 4 lanes and our own bar which made it SO much fun! My dad and Justin’s dad are on the bottom right.

Wedding Part V: Preview bowling via lilblueboo.com
I finally got a chance to meet my 4-month-old nephew Cameron (my brother’s son):

Wedding Part V: Preview nephew via lilblueboo.com
The rehearsal was COLD. Here are the ring bearers Ethan and Brady (Justin’s nephews) and Sienna practicing:

Wedding Part V: Preview rehersal via lilblueboo.com
Sienna and my matching dresses worked out great! Here we are with Brett and Perry at the rehearsal dinner at Duke Mansion. My sister made the most amazing video for us all to watch with video clips and photos from the years.

Wedding Part V: Preview matching dresses via lilblueboo.com
Perry and my brother Swen. Sienna kept trying to sneak up the stairs.

Wedding Part V: Preview Perry and Swen via lilblueboo.com
Judy, Justin’s mother, used flowers from her friend’s farm for the rehearsal dinner arrangements.

Wedding Part V: Preview flowers via lilblueboo.com
My mom and dad at the rehearsal. Justin was telling how he had to track my dad down at a golf tournament to ask for Perry’s hand in marriage…..and finally found him in China…..but my dad corrected him that it was actually Australia. Whatever….it was STILL far!!!

Wedding Part V: Preview mom and dad via lilblueboo.com
Sienna getting her hair curled on the day of the wedding:

Wedding Part V: Preview Sienna's hair via lilblueboo.com
I took a photo of the photographers Ash and Harrison. I’m sure they’ll cringe at the quality of the photo. Aren’t they handsome?! They did the most amazing job…..everywhere I turned the whole day they were right there.

Wedding Part V: Preview photographers via lilblueboo.com
A gift from my Aunt Sharon to the couple. The photo is of our great-grandmother Mabel (Marjorie’s mother) and the carving set is over a 100 years old and belonged to an woman named Marie Ammon that lived on Hermitage Court for years who had no children. My grandfather’s aunt used to own a large white mansion on Hermitage Court long ago….it is now a nursing home.

Wedding Part V: Preview gift via lilblueboo.com
Sienna gave Aunt Perry a little gift before she walked down the aisle. A necklace from Hip Mom Jewelry with Perry’s new initials on it. The tag had a little diamond inset. Thanks Ann! She loved it! I added the ring charm that I had bought for my wedding years ago.

Wedding Part V: Preview necklace via lilblueboo.com
Helping Perry zip up the dress (she’ll love that I posted a photo of her in mid-sentence):

Wedding Part V: Preview Perry's dress via lilblueboo.com
Sienna being SO patient with her cousin Cameron before the ceremony:

Wedding Part V: Preview Sienna's cousin via lilblueboo.com
Right before walking down the aisle….Perry loves Diet Coke as much as I do!

Wedding Part V: Preview Diet Coke via lilblueboo.com
More to come soon! I’ve only been gone a week but it feels like forever! I already miss my family in NC though….and the following fast food:

Chic-Fil-A: Ate there TWO times
Bojangles: Ate there THREE times
Jersey Mikes: Ate there TWO times

"One Faith"

New nursery painting finished for a little girl named Una Faith. She lives in Japan and her name means “one faith.” She loves animals.

"One Faith" via lilblueboo.com
There are buttons, stitching and rhinestones for embellishments. The trees have tiny leaf-shaped buttons.

"One Faith" 2 via lilblueboo.com
I decorated the mat with horizontal and vertical pink stripes and added an antique white oversized frame.

"One Faith" 3 via lilblueboo.com
My favorite part: the little ants in the “H.”

Li’l Birdies for a Li’l Boy

I just finished up this nursery painting order. It is for a little boy named Cameron to be born next week. My client received it as a baby gift from her aunt and uncle. I love doing these paintings because they are so personal. The little striped birdies on the “M” are the design on her bedding. Her grandmother recently passed away and loved birds so I included a few and added the crown on the sherbet colored bird in memory.

Li'l Birdies for a Li'l Boy via lilblueboo.com
I float frame them with a large frame and matt to match the nursery furniture. Measuring 18″ x 24″ they become a substantial piece of art for a baby nursery.
Li'l Birdies for a Li'l Boy 2 via lilblueboo.com
This one is embellished with stitching, buttons and hand-painted metal stars.
Li'l Birdies for a Li'l Boy 3 via lilblueboo.com
Welcome to the world baby Cameron!
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