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Category Archives: CREATIVITY

Setting creativity goals… My desire is to teach YOU that creativity is within each of us. To find your creative dream, and nurture it.

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January photo a day [2016]

January 2016 was an interesting month… If it wasn’t for the heat of summer I would probably say January is my favourite month. To have Liana home from school for 5-6 weeks and to spend time creating and exploring and relaxing and dreaming is so so fabulous!! A perfect way to start the new year!…

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rainbow circus party

Liana’s 7th birthday party.. The theme was rainbow circus party – loads of tips and inspiration for planning your own party here!

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mandala birthday cake

How divine is this mandala cake that Cake Style created for Liana’s birthday this week. Peach + orange cake filled with peach jam + wild orange buttercream. With video tutorial.

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  • […] Via littlegirlswithgreatbigdreams […]ReplyCancel

  • […] about this fabulous mandala cake from Liana’s 11th birthday here (incl a video on how to make […]ReplyCancel

  • […] mandala birthday cake […]ReplyCancel

  • […] and photograph to show off your masterpiece when it is ready to be eaten! More about this fabulous mandala cake from Liana’s birthday last year here (incl a video on how to make […]ReplyCancel

  • Diane KindigMarch 24, 2016 - 12:09 pm

    I don’t see the recipe for the fillings peach jam and wild orange buttercream. Could you please send these to me…

    Thank you
    Diane
    Ps I love your videos!!ReplyCancel

    • littlegirls_greatbigdreamsApril 5, 2016 - 6:10 pm

      Dianne – I emailed you, but the post has now been updated with the recipe. thanks, ReneeReplyCancel

  • […] Blog post ~ http://littlegirlswithgreatbigdreams.com/mandala-cake/ For details on the Wild Orange Oil I used in this recipe, email […]ReplyCancel

  • THE HUNGRY MUMAugust 25, 2015 - 6:24 pm

    that cake is crazy beautiful. Can;t imagine how much work went into this. Stunning.ReplyCancel

    • littlegirls_greatbigdreamsApril 5, 2016 - 6:10 pm

      Thank you!!! It was just gorgeous and tasted amazing too 🙂ReplyCancel

  • LisaAugust 5, 2015 - 9:29 pm

    Wow this cake is truly beautiful and the video is great! A very belated Happy Birthday Liana xxReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsAugust 5, 2015 - 10:17 pm

      Thank you Lisa!!! We loved the cake too!ReplyCancel

  • BecomingnessJuly 29, 2015 - 3:14 am

    so pretty ReneeReplyCancel

  • EricaJuly 27, 2015 - 8:47 pm

    Seriously!! So amazing, best looking cake ever! I bet it tastes just as good ?ReplyCancel

  • liana kathrynJuly 27, 2015 - 3:43 pm

    The cake tasted AMAZING!!! I LOVE the orange butter cream and peach jam filling. It was my favorite (other than the top!) You did an awesome job Vanessa! Thank you 🙂 🙂 🙂ReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsJuly 27, 2015 - 6:29 pm

      So happy you loved it Liana 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Naomi ArnoldJuly 27, 2015 - 3:19 pm

    Best. Cake. Ever.

    That’s all.

    PS. Happy birthday Liana!!! xReplyCancel

    • liana kathrynJuly 27, 2015 - 9:57 pm

      Thank you Naomi 🙂ReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsJuly 27, 2015 - 9:56 pm

      Agree completely Naomi!!!
      Thanks for the lovely wishes xxReplyCancel

  • Alice NichollsJuly 27, 2015 - 10:56 am

    Ah-MAZING! This is trult a ‘piece’ of artwork. Liana must have been so chuffed. Were the guests left waiting wondering what in the heck you were doing taking pictures when there was cake to be eaten, or do all 11 year olds understand that food has to be photographed before being eaten now? 😉ReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsAugust 4, 2015 - 12:44 pm

      Haha Alice Nicholls – I had activities planned for the girls – they were sitting on the grass in the gorgeous sunshine we were lucky enough to have colouring mandalas and chatting. It was amazing how happy and well behaved they all were (12 girls).
      I cut and photographed the cake while they were outside and after they had already seen it on the table. When we did candles and singing, I actually left the portion I had cut inside – the girls didn’t even question why a whole chunk was missing, they just thought it was cool to see the inside…ReplyCancel

      • littlegirlsbigdreamsAugust 4, 2015 - 12:44 pm

        and Liana, of course, would have known it had been cut and plated to be photographed, lolReplyCancel

mandala colouring

Colouring in is increasing in popularity with adults, and in this post I share some gorgeous mandala colouring options via 111: Mandala Meditation Magick.

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  • […] Next, after some inspiration on Instagram, I discovered mandalas – so we spent a small fortune at local art supply stores (Christmas presents!) and we both started drawing and colouring mandalas. […]ReplyCancel

  • KerryJuly 24, 2015 - 4:53 pm

    Beautiful! I haven’t bought a mandala colouring book yet but have been meaning to! Sarah’s looks so gorgeous! <3ReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsJuly 25, 2015 - 8:44 am

      Thanks Kerry. I think you will love the book! Hope to see some of your pics shared one day soon 🙂ReplyCancel

  • AlessiaJuly 22, 2015 - 11:16 pm

    I love the idea of mandala coloring as a form of meditation and it’s so relaxing and a great way to wake up creativity! Beautiful article and meditation 🙂 xxReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsJuly 25, 2015 - 8:45 am

      Oh it is fabulous Alessia!!! Thanks for the love xxReplyCancel

Summer Holiday photo a day [Jan 2015]

In a way I kinda love that I forgot to share these end of January. So cool to look back over our summer holidays again! FMS photo a day – Jan 2015.

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  • […] Follow along on Facebook Also – if using your iPhone and instagram is more your style (and less writing) then check out this post on this second summer holiday photo a day version we did in 2015 using prompts from Fat Mum Slim #fmsphotoaday. This one was in colour and is super bright and colourful, but I love both versions equally so I generally try to do both each summer. All the details here. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] you all!  I may do it just like last year – images and words, but also I may print all of our summer holiday adventure iPhone pics in the same book too! So exciting – cant wait to have it in my hands […]ReplyCancel

January photo a day 2015 ~ Days 17-31

Celebrating the Aussie summer holidays, easy mornings, and fabulous adventures… One black and white image per day, with words about each image.   I wrote about January photo a day project a few times recently [view days 1-16 of the 2015 project here] |  [view the full 2014 project here] | [see how I presented 2014…

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January photo a day 2015 ~ Days 1-16

Our summer photo a day for January 2015 – see the first 16 days here!

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A photography project for the summer holidays…

Summer photography project – one black and white photo a day celebrating the Aussie summer holidays, easy mornings + fabulous adventures. Find out how…

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  • […] then unfortunately the heat of summer always knocks me around a bit (as per usual). In terms of our annual summer photography project, the month started out well. I took all the photos and I edited them as I went and I am sure I […]ReplyCancel

  • […] I wrote about January photo a day project a few times recently [view days 1-16 of the 2015 project here] |  [view the full 2014 project here] | [see how I presented 2014 project in a printed book here] […]ReplyCancel

  • April Love | Photo a dayApril 1, 2015 - 10:05 am

    […] Use what ever camera you like. iPhone, android, SLR.  Any which way will work. Experiment with different editing apps, or keep your images consistently similar style. Again, your rules. Try REALLY hard to make the time to print your photos at the end!  Dont let them get lost on your hard drive for all of eternity!  (Note to self – need to do a print order!)  If you want to print them in a book, take a peek at this post of our printed book for January 2014 photo a day […]ReplyCancel

  • […] little slideshow of the first 16 images from our summer photography project below, and you can see the full series from 2014 January photo a day […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Are you think of starting your own photo a day project? How about just committing to January to start with…. Some tips here – January photo a day project. […]ReplyCancel

Colouring for Grown Ups – Indulge your inner child and get creative!!

Colouring isn’t just for children any more! Check out the gorgeous collection of patterns in this colouring book + tips on what pens/pencils to use.

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  • […] first thing I did was find a fabulous colouring in book for grown ups (details here), borrowed some of Liana’s textas and got to colouring. There is something so […]ReplyCancel

  • Renee BellAugust 1, 2015 - 1:20 am

    Hey Hope Copeland – so awesoem that you brought some colouring books!!! Exciting 🙂
    Re the poscas, they are def something you need to get used to. They are paint markers – so they take quite a while to dry, and you need to be careful not to smudge. Also be sure you are using nice thick paper so they dont go through. Also, get the technique right so you dont end up with puddles of paint/ ink from pressing too hard.

    We have a range of sizes here. The very smallest are metal tip, so they are good for very small areas of detail and then the sizes up from that are like textas. The colour and coverage are amazing though, and they dont smell of chemicals like sharpies. Good luck xx

    Also new page for colouring in fun here https://www.facebook.com/fortheloveofcolour.reneebell if you are interested…ReplyCancel

  • Hope CopelandJuly 26, 2015 - 2:52 pm

    Thanks Renee. I posted on FB a few months ago about what colouring books everyone had got and never ended up purchasing one. I just purchased this one and the 111MMM printables. Cannot wait to start. Which size POSCA’s do you have?ReplyCancel

  • […] first spoke about colouring in for grown ups in this post about 6mths ago and since then, I must say, things have really stepped up. It seems, […]ReplyCancel

  • Dont be forever incompleteApril 13, 2015 - 7:23 pm

    […] attention.  I spent a month honoring my creativity over the January school holidays. I discovered colouring in for adults and mandala drawing. I took lots of photos of Liana. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen cooking. […]ReplyCancel

  • Naomi ArnoldDecember 30, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Oh Renee, I’ve been eyeing this off for ages and have also added it to my list of awesome gifts to buy clients. You have almost tempted me to buy it this instant!!!ReplyCancel

    • littlegirlsbigdreamsDecember 30, 2014 - 8:15 pm

      Totally do it Naomi 🙂ReplyCancel

January Photo a Day 2014

One black and white photo a day for the month of January 2014. Celebrating summer holidays, easy mornings, and fabulous adventures…

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