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Drum Roll Please . . . Five Little Ladies has MOVED!

7 Jun

Well . . . after a month of working every spare moment ( and all the ones in between too)  I am finally ready to introduce you all to my new home on the world wide web!            (and do loads and loads and loads of laundry, something has to wait when I’m bloggin’!)

www.fivelittleladies.com

Oh, yeah . . . the address didn’t change much did it {wink} just a little bit shorter. There is still a lot of work to do, but I couldn’t wait any longer to introduce it to you.  I’m so anxious ( I can never wait to open a present either, I always try to peak!)

Please go over to the new site and take a look around.  Let me know what you think!

If you are a subscriber here I won’t be posting here any more . . . so don’t miss out on all the great things I have in store for you, subscribe over there.  You can join my newsletter for an occasional update and free gift or if you would rather, you can subscribe to my rss feed and get emails when I add new posts!  It’s up to you, but I’m sure you will want to choose one or the other, because I have so many fun things to share with you.

Here are some highlights of what’s over there

  • My Notebook.  This is like my personal diary or journal, where I have my virtual to do list of the great inspiration and ideas I find out there.  Memoirs of hilarious events that keep me rolling on the floor still wondering if it was for real.  Even a guest post from the girls every once in a while.
  • In the Kitchen Oh I was so excited when I added a recipe print feature!  Now when I find a “can’t live without” recipe you and I can print it in recipe card format!  { squeal in delight }
  • Free Tutorials Of course I still have a page with all the links to my free tutorials and I have so many more to add!!!
  • Home & Garden This section is bubbling over . . . scrapbooking, crocheting patterns and tutorials, FREE printables! Party planning ideas, decorating,  hmmm you’ll just have to see for yourself 🙂
  • Homeschooling  Some of you may know I have dabbled in homeschooling!  I have learned a thing or two and definitely have some tips for you here and a free lapbook or other fun printable you can use
  • Photography I love photography!  Sadly, I don’t know much about it, so here I will post as I learn.  You may like to learn along with me!  I do know some about Photoshop and so I will post tutorials for photoshop here.  One of my girls is really interested in photography also and she has some great photos there already
  • A Love Story  I added a new page for a wonderful Love Story set in the World War 2 era, inspired by real letters sent from my Grandfather to my Grandmother.  If you are a history buff, you may like this section.
So there you have it . . . an invitation to my work in progress.  I hope you will love it and leave me lots of great comments, ideas and don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter! I have some really great gifts for you to download instantly after you sign up. Free circus party printables, Father’s Day party tags, and even a fun save the date Play Date card!
     
See you over there { wink}
xoxo
ps.  Lia was a stage name one of the girls gave me  . . .  I decided to just be Me!

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{ Cake Decorating } Vintage Inspired Santa Barbra Wedding Cake

23 Mar

It was a hot July two years ago when I created these cakes.  The bride and I collaborated on the wedding cake for months!  The vintage wedding dress she found and fell in love with was the inspiration for the cake and many other details of this Santa Barbra wedding.   Vintage white, you know that creamy yellowish tone vintage fabric gets was the goal for the color of the cake, then in bright white I freestyled the lace pattern from the dress on the cake and added a few dragees where the dress lace had pearls . . . it was fabulous!  I had a lot of fun.

 

The same couple had a large reception here in San Diego county and the reception cake was a much larger cake than the wedding cake.  It was a very HOT day, you can see the cake was not holding up as well as the one above in a climate controlled room!  I kept the same theme here but decided to make it a little different by changing the shape.  The dahlia flowers were a fun change for an afternoon occasion instead of the peonies for the quaint evening wedding.  Since all the details were done freehand, you can see a slight difference between the two cakes.

I’d love to hear from you, let me know what you think . . . . leave me a comment below  {{ wink }}

~Lia

 

{ Tips on Tuesday } Trick to a Moist Chocolate Cake

22 Mar

My trick to a moist chocolate cake that doesn’t become crumbly . . .

Some of you may know I spent a few years as a cake decorator and have a few tricks up my sleeve!  One thing I have noticed and heard people talk about, is how difficult it is to get a really moist chocolate cake.  For some reason chocolate cake often tends to be a tad dry and develops a crumbly texture.  Well, I’ve heard all kinds of things, but what I have found is just a simple solution that works well for me every time . . .

Ready???

{{Drum roll}}

Slightly under-bake it!  I always try to take my chocolate cake out of the oven a few minutes earlier than the time called for in the recipe.  As it cools it always sets up nicely and is never dry.

Try it.  Let me know what you think . . . I love your comments {{ wink }}