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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 }}

{ Tips on Tuesday } Alternative to backstitching to secure a stitch

5 Apr

The quaint little town, a mile high chalk FULL of American History with snow like glitter and warm and friendly folks was my favorite place we ever lived.  Coming home to our log house was like living in a vacation home!  This is where I learn this trick . . . even though Custer, SD is a  small town of about 4000 people, there is a cute little quilt shop and a friendly owner.  This gal and I were visiting and she shared this trick . . .

When you begin to stitch, were you would go forward and then backstitch before you continue to sew your seam, do this instead:

  1. decrease your stitch length to a very small stitch and begin to sew
  2. sew 1/4 inch – 1/2 inch with a very tight, small stitch length, this will secure your seam where you begin
  3. increase stitch length to normal setting and continue sewing your seam
  4. as you near the end of your seam, decrease your stitch length again to secure the end of your seam

(I have an electronic Elna so this is how I adjust my stitch lengths, whether you are sewing on an electronic machine or manual one the idea is to adjust the stitch length)

This is how my machine looks when I begin with the normal settings for a straight stitch

Now I decrease my stitch length quite a bit to secure before I begin to sew my seam

Once I have sewn a bit, then I return my machine to the normal settings finish my seam and do this process again before I reach the very end of my seam.

Ta Da!  An easy quick way to secure your stiches at the beginning and end without backstitching!

{ 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

{ Tips on Tuesday } Gathering

29 Mar

I don’t know about you, but I find it very annoying when I have to do a lot of gathering.

Pattern instructions often say to stitch two rows of a loose stitch and then pull the bobbin thread to make a nice bit of gathering.

You know me, I am always looking for a way to cut corners so I never stitch TWO rows of loose stitches and then inevitably as I’m gathering I break the thread . . . AAHH!

Here is a wonderful tip that was passed on to me and it works beautifully every time!!

Set your machine to a loose zig zag stitch and then zig zag over embroidery floss, or light cording, even a heavy thread would work.

Then the zig zag stitch will easily gather as you pull the heavy thread beneath.

Beautifully gathered with no broken stitches and even saved time because you only had to stitch once . . . I love it!

Try it and let me know what you think . . . I’d love to hear from you.

Tips on Tuesday

12 Mar

As I was working on my latest tutorial I was thinking . . . of all the little things I do to cut corners, save money, save TIME!, keep me sane 😉 and make things work in this busy household of mine!  I decided to begin

So . . . Every Tuesday I will share a life altering (just kidding) tip that I have learned through trial and error, blood sweat and tears (I like to be dramatic it’s fitting for a house full of GIRLS!) It may be sewing, crafting, cleaning, organizing, cooking, baking or just plain surviving from day to day in this roller coaster life as a MOM . . . chaufer, referee, cheerleader, queen bee, money saver . . . oh my the list goes on!!!! I love every minuite of it even though I am often exhausted at bedtime.  🙂

Someone once told me of raising children . . .

The days are LONG, but the years are FAST!

I can tell you for sure this is true.  There is a lot to get done in a day, but these lovely ladies are growing FAST.  I try to treasure every moment ( and then there’s those other times; when we just pull the car over and cool off before we continue 😉 lol )

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Every little bit helps! 🙂

~Lia