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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!

{ Tips on Tuesday } DIY Birthday Banner

19 Apr

Ok . . . having just celebrated our 6 year olds birthday today ‘s tip is a fun idea for an easy birthday banner! I saw this over at ucreate and thought it was a good idea and one you could be creative with and add your special touch!

Check it out over here at u create

Have a great day! {{ smile }}

{ FREE Tutorial } Beaded Zipper Pull

15 Apr

Collect a few beads or buttons

For the zipper pull on this little pouch I used the old bead buttons from the sweater I  made the pouch out of, I love to upcycle and recycle all I can!

Next get some heavy thread.  I used a waxed thread

Thread the waxed thread through the zipper end and cut a nice size thread to work with

Tie a knot.  Do this twice

using a needle add a bead

tie a knot again

One bead on!

continue to add beads and knot until you are satisfied with how you zipper pull is taking shape.

Once you reach the end secure with two knots and trim the thread

Ta Da!  You’re done . . . It’s that easy

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{ FREE Printable } Corner bookmark

10 Apr

A FREEBIE for you today!

I made this little bookmark one year when we were homeschooling.

Originally I had different reading comprehension questions on the book marks to prompt deeper thinking when the girls were reading.

These come together nicely and are a fun way to keep your place.

Have your kids color them to make them special

Then you could have the bookmark laminated to make it last a bit longer.

  1. Click HERE for the image
  2. Right click on the image and select print or save to your hard drive
  3. Cut the image out on the outer lines
  4. Fold  to make the triangle shape
  5. Glue to make it secure

Optional

  • once your bookmark is completed laminate with contact paper or have it heat laminated, then carefully cut through the lamination at the opening edge where it will slip over the edge of the book page.

clipart courtesy of clipart etc

Enjoy!

{ My Projects } Tooth Fairy Pillow

3 Apr

So here is the Tooth Fairy Pillow I made in Speedy Gonzales fashion one late night when my little lady Kyndall lost her first tooth.  You can read about that escapade here!

I had to think quick if I wanted to get this crazy Mom project done . . . but then all my projects have to be fairly quick anyways being a Mom of 5  or they just don’t get done!

I remembered over at mmmcrafts,  that talented gal Larissa had a really cute pattern for a tooth fairy pillow.  Click here to visit her post for the pattern.

Of course, being as late as it was, and being my thrifty self, I dug into my stash to complete this quick project.

If I were to make another one ( I see four more in the future, as all  the girls were swooning over this one.  lol )  I would embroider some cute eyes or use googlie eyes and make a little skirt and maybe some ballerina shoes.  It would be fun to use organza for the wings.

As it was I just grabbed whatever color felt I had and made it work.  So this tooth fairy pillow ended up with green eyes and flowered paisley wings!  Not the cutest she could be, but hopefully she will inspire all you creative ladies none the less.  I just love how the mouth opens for a place for the tooth to hide!  So cute, Thanks Larissa

Send me a photo if you make one . . . I’d love to see {{ smile }}

{ My Projects } Felted Flower

31 Mar

A while back I knit some flowers and then felted them.  It was a Noni Design Pattern for the Camelila .

I used most of them on a handbag I made for one of the girls, but I had one left . . .

It has set around for a long time, the other day I hot glued a cute gem stone in the center and hair clip in the back . . . . “Ta Da”

What do you think?  Leave a comment below

~Lia

{ Decorating } A Welcoming Entry

26 Mar

I have a special friend . . .

She is so talented and is an absolute inspiration to me!  Effortlessly, she can take a room, old piece of furniture, thrift store find, you name it she can “beautify” it!!!

A while back my neighbor was throwing away an old white bench, it needed some paint, but really it was still pretty sturdy.  I just knew she could do something wonderful with it, and I was right!  The other day when I walked up to her front door, look what I saw . . .

Doesn’t that look relaxing . . . {{ sigh }}

What you don’t see, is the gorgeous view you can just get lost in as you sink down into those cushy pillows for a rest.

“ta, ta” for now! {{ wink }}

{ 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

 

This is a great idea! Ribbon organizing

19 Mar

This is such a  great idea I just had to share!

Over at Blue Cricket Design there is a wonderful idea for organizing your ribbon.

Look what they did with an old dresser drawer . . . isn’t this a fabulous idea.

I also saw a great idea once over at Sew Many Ways.  Karen is a talented lady and I love all her organizing tips.  Being her creative self, she used spring rods and hung ribbon on the rods, then placed them inside a bookcase.  Take a look over here.

Loved these ideas, so HAD to share {{wink}}  Do you have a good idea for organizing ribbon?  Let me know, I always love your comments.

Colonial Dress Up Fun

7 Mar

I had made these super simple dresses for the girls and they have been worth every moment I spent on them!!!  The girls just love to play with these dresses!  The dresses were just a simple A-line form with elastic in the neck and sleeves.  My girls dress them up with aprons and hats to play fancy tea time or something a little more rugged to play prairie girl . . . Look what they’ve been up to!

Do you think they noticed that no one ever smiled in old time photos??? lol

~Lia