Make A Wine Barrel Inspired Tray

DIY Wine Barrel Inspired Tray or Table via lilblueboo.com #wedding #gift #crafts #diy

I wanted to make something handmade and personal for my friends’ wedding recently and I decided on an oversized wine barrel inspired tray.  I used a precut wood table top from the hardward store. They actually come in several sizes. This was the medium size: [Read more…]

Thrift Store Finds

Sometimes I’ll venture out in the morning for a donut and diet coke and 2 hours later I make it back with a few extra items….I can easily get side tracked into the small thrift stores nearby. Everyone thinks I often spend too much on some items….but I can’t pass some things up!

 

A flour sifter to hold pens and paintbrushes


 

An old globe to start teaching Boo geography. First lesson: Iraq where her Uncle Gene is stationed right now.

 

 

A vintage necklace that caught my eye:


 

 


A Handmade Sign

…literally. Here’s a small distressed Lil Blue Boo sign I made using a small canvas and spray paint. So easy to do….and endless possibilities: an old sign for your kitchen, a large piece of artwork, a sign for a booth at a boutique, or even a personalized “shabby chic” name plate for a kids room.


I used the same technique as I used for this sign (click on the image to see the full tutorial):


I use just a basic collage layering process of newspaper or old phone books (a good way to recycle too!) so you have something to flake and distress on top of the canvas. This layer I painted white once it was dry:


I use a razor blade, Cricut or Silhouette cutter you can cut ordinary Contac paper or adhesive shelf paper to make a stencil. First, I spray painted the “Lil Blue Boo”:


Next, I spray painted the “handmade”:


Here is the sign in use at our Christmas boutique!

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
Finished!
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

What is the most random thing…..

…you’ve ever decorated with? The item that other people just don’t seem to understand…..but you just love it? Mine is this old framed vintage framed portrait I found in an antique store for $30 (Brett thinks I paid to much). It hangs in our master bathroom.

What is the most random thing you've decorated with? via lilblueboo.com
My husband thinks it is a little creepy. I’ll admit that sometimes late at night I think the children’s eyes move….
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The molding on the frame is falling off and cracking, but I think it adds character. I think I bought it mostly because I was sad that a family portrait was “lost” and for sale in an antique shop.
What is the most random thing you've decorated with? 3 via lilblueboo.com
I like to imagine the grand house this family portrait once hung in!
What is the most random thing you've decorated with? 4 via lilblueboo.com
Well, that is all for today. My house looks like a craft tornado came through. And I’ve got to come up with something to cook for dinner….

Vintage Charms and Trinkets – Charm Giveaway II


Someone Else’s Story

Charm bracelets often tell a story and represent different events and interests in a person’s life. I’ve come across a few vintage charm bracelets in antique or jewelry stores that I just couldn’t pass up. It just hurts my heart a little bit when I see “orphan” charm bracelets or even “orphan” photos (see my 2003 artist statement). Who did this bracelet belong to? Was someone looking for it somewhere?

The bracelet shown below was put together by someone I never met, each charm was picked out for a reason I’ll never know (a trip, a hobby, an event?), and for some reason they had to part with it (money, death, a relative who didn’t value it as much?). I love this bracelet because it spans many decades. It has very vintage charms on it from the 1940’s and 30’s, lots of detailed moveable charms, and more modern ones including buildings and mementos.
Vintage Charms and Trinkets - Charm Giveaway II via lilblueboo.com
Here are some closeups of some of my favorite charms on this bracelet:
Vintage Charms and Trinkets 2 - Charm Giveaway II via lilblueboo.com
1930/1940 Vintage Charms
Sewing machine, manual movie camera, spinning wheel
Vintage Charms and Trinkets 3 - Charm Giveaway II via lilblueboo.com
A great little lantern with red glass
Vintage Charms and Trinkets 4 - Charm Giveaway II via lilblueboo.com
Amazing little camera with leather around the outside (keep in mind this is the size of a fingernail!)
Vintage Charms and Trinkets 5 - Charm Giveaway II via lilblueboo.com
How cute is the ice cream cart? It opens to show 2 colors of ice cream (although I’ve never seen dark green and dark red ice cream before!)
Vintage Charms and Trinkets 6 - Charm Giveaway II via lilblueboo.com
Piano man that moves back and forth along the keys, typewriter with a roller that moves back and forth on a spring, rotary phone with moving dial
Vintage Charms and Trinkets 7 - Charm Giveaway II via lilblueboo.com
Was the previous bracelet owner a twin or have twins?
Vintage Charms and Trinkets 8 - Charm Giveaway II via lilblueboo.com
Can you guess what the above charm is?

Leave me a comment with your guess!
If you are the first to guess correctly I’ll put 10 extra entries in for you for the drawing.
Extra entry for all followers….just leave a comment letting me know!

Enter before this Monday, May 25th at midnight (eastern time). I’ll announce the randomly generated winner on Tuesday. US and Canada shipping only.

The winner gets the cute little charms shown below!
Vintage Charms and Trinkets 9 - Charm Giveaway II via lilblueboo.com
airstream trailer, high heeled shoe, cowboy hat

Collecting Vintage Charms and Trinkets

I collect trinkets. Lots of them. I collect religious medals, vintage charms, old necklace charms and just about anything that can hang from a bracelet or necklace. Sometimes I combine them on necklaces, some make great little gift toppers (I gave my sister-in-law a vintage church charm that opened up to reveal a bride and groom when she got married), and many just sit in a box waiting to be sifted through. I’ve decided to pull a few adorable charms out for some giveaways over the next few weeks. See the end of this post on how to enter!
Collecting Vintage Charms and Trinkets - Charm Giveaway I via lilblueboo.com
Below are some of my favorite vintage charms. It is hard to find charms like these now with the moving parts. They just don’t make things like they used to!
Collecting Vintage Charms and Trinkets - Charm Giveaway I 2 via lilblueboo.com
Little gas tank with moving heart gauge
Collecting Vintage Charms and Trinkets - Charm Giveaway I 3 via lilblueboo.com
Slot machine with colorful moving wheel inside
Collecting Vintage Charms and Trinkets - Charm Giveaway I 4 via lilblueboo.com
Camera that opens with film image inside
The next three charms are from my grandmother’s bracelet from the 40’s:
Collecting Vintage Charms and Trinkets - Charm Giveaway I 5 via lilblueboo.com
Baby carriage with moving canopy
Collecting Vintage Charms and Trinkets - Charm Giveaway I 6 via lilblueboo.com
Cigarette lighter with moving top
Collecting Vintage Charms and Trinkets - Charm Giveaway I 7 via lilblueboo.com
Can you guess what the above charm is?
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