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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I have moved

Lilato laka has a new home now.
Please find me at tinydazzlesblog.com

I have been busy moving this blog from blogger to wordpress on my own and it has been a little challenging, but I have learned so much.

I am also setting up my new online store called Tiny Dazzles found at www.tinydazzles.com. I am so excited for this new adventure:)

Please take the time to go check out my new blog and store

Wish me luck, and thank you for stopping by

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The 2 Love Birds

We spent the 4th of July weekend with our friends the Fairbanks and our kids, Diana and Ian were inseparable. They held hands everywhere we went. In the end, it felt like it was their date and we were just chaperones:) It was really cute to watch them though. They were the 'main event' and they got several 'oohs, and aahs, and they are so cute.' We were down town Salt Lake City, saw Temple Square and City creek mall.

And yes, there was a kiss at the end of this date. It was hilarious, love these two:)
We had a lot of fun. We love the Fairbanks. I served my mission on Temple Square with Camila. She is one of the best people I know. She really has been like a sister to me; with my family many many miles away having these guys here makes me less home sick.. I can pick up the phone and call her anytime, she is the kind of friend every girl should have..


Monday, July 15, 2013

Necklaces at Tiny Dazzles

Hello, I was so excited to launch my store today but I had to get an SSL certificate. It's an encryption service that online stores are required to have. It is a way of securing sensitive information i.e credit card information during an online transaction. So, I am in the process of acquiring mine, hopefully it comes soon.

Here is a sneak peak of the jewelry selection at Tiny Dazzles. And a special thank you to these beautiful ladies for willing to help me model the necklaces; my neighbors from our previous apartment in Provo and a mission friend, 143!

Rachel, Ruiz, Rachelle and Heidi

Photos courtesy of:
Rachel Lark Photography
LaRee Photography
Heather Bliss Photography

Monday, July 08, 2013

Tiny Dazzles

I have been M.I.A here on the blog and these cute bow ties are part of the reason. A few weeks ago, I decided to start a new business and we named it TINY DAZZLES.

Tiny Dazzles is an online store specializing in mommy and baby accessories. I am wayyyyyyyyyyyyy excited for this new adventure. I am loving every minute of it and I am overwhelmed with gratitude because of the help and support I have received from family and friends. I am grateful to have people believe me, I feel really blessed.

The 'grand opening' is next week Monday, the 15th of July. So, come back Monday and see what we have in stock. Our goal is to make mommy and baby happy. Lets face it, when mommy is happy, everyone is happy! and when baby is happy everyone is happier:) at least that's the case in our home...

There is a cute story related to the naming of the business which involves no other than miss Diana:). One day, we were watching Bill Cosby (my old time favorite show) and Mrs Cosby was baby sitting a small baby. Diana was less than a foot away from the screen, very taken with the show. Then she turned around and said, 'mommy, I want a baby.' Her little brother Eli was about 10 months old then. So I relpied, 'we don't need another baby, we have Eli already' She looked at me again and said, 'no, I want a tiny baby I can hold in my hands like this (with her little hands very close together)' Eli was weighing 24 lbs at the time, so I guess he didn't qualify to be called a baby. I laughed my head off but the answer was still no! Anyway,that was the birth of Tiny Dazzles; dazzling accessories for mommy and tiny babies..

My husband also got accepted into the Finance Maters program at The U. We decided to move closer to downtown SLC. We plan to get out of here within a few weeks.So all my sewing and my kids projects, here and here have come to a halt. I won't commence until we find another place because I am certain the floor plan will be different and hopefully I won't have to make major adjustments.

See you soon!

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Stained T-Shirt refashion

A few months ago, I came across some colorful t-shirts for just $5 each. I grabbed 5 different colors, Diana looks awesome in anything but 'awesomer' in bright colors; or maybe mommy just loves color:)
My daughter has been very 'artistic lately', she has been writing and drawing and cutting whatever she can get her hands on, she was wearing this T-shirt on one of her missions. She is only 3 and I guess its a phase for her, hopefully it passes soon.

I like how this colorblock 'combo' turned out
So, this is how Diana refashioned her tee
We tried to watch off the stains but wasn't successful. So I cut off the stained part. Lucky the top was ok
Use the cut off tee to measure the replacement knit fabric. Sew on both sides as shown. After sewing along the sides both pieces should be of equal width. Then turn the striped fabric out, so the wrong sides are facing.
From the 'head side' insert the lower piece
Make sure the edges on both pieces are evenly aligned.
Use pins to attach the 2 pieces. Then sew around the shirt above the pins. Then sew the bottom of the shirt and you are done.
Isn't she the cutest thing EVER?! I just followed her around and got some cute poses.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Doll Crib

A doll crib was a perfect birthday present for my 3 year old daughter, Diana. She turned 3 on the 05/26/2013. Diana is the best daughter ever. She constantly cracks us up with her humor. She has a cute personality and is loved every where she goes. She is an awesome big sister to Eli and I love to watch them play together. I feel very blessed to have her in my life.
I had all the supplies I needed to make this doll crib. I spent only $6
Diana's favorite thing this past spring was picking up flowers. She picked every dandelion she could find around our home and gave them to me.

So, I came across this doll crib plan from Ana White and I knew that Diana would love a place for her baby to sleep in. Her baby's name is Cabbage. Cabbage was a present from her cousin Luke.

I tweaked the crib plan because I don't have a Kreg jig. I am noticing that almost every project calls for a Kreg Jig and its definitely on my Birthday/Christmas wishlist.
I added a changing table and a place for her to store her baby's blankets and accessories. I will do a post on how I made the crib bedding later.

Here are some pictures of the doll crib I made:

Instead of using the kreg jig, here is what I used:
1/4" Dowel pins
Drill driver with 1/4" speedbor flat bit 
Wood glue

My inspiration crib from Ana White
Using a drill driver with a flat bit, I made 1/4" holes in the rails and the base and top
Then I put together the 2 pieces (the rails and the bottom and top rails).
Then I stuck the dowel pins into the holes and added some glue.
The crib is very steady and am glad I didn't have to use the kreg jig

Below is a cute picture of a doll crib from Pottery Barn. The price is very reasonable, $78 and I would have purchased this particular one if I didn't have the supplies I needed to make one on my own. My doll crib cost $6, not too bad, right?

Pottery Barn doll crib

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