Friday, July 24, 2015

Francfranc finds

Beautiful decor items spotted on Japanese lifestyle retailer Francfranc.   

Monday, July 13, 2015

Blippo Kawaii

More than a month ago, Laura from Blue Eyed Night Owl informed me that I won in her Blippo Blog Giveaway. I haven't won a giveaway in ages and so I was especially thrilled with the news. I was excited for the fact that Blippo is a kawaii shop that offers lots of cute and quality  Japanese  novelty items for people who love and live the kawaii lifestyle. From plushies and stationery to bags and Japanese fashion magazines, Blippo has something  for everyone. Blippo also has a Japanese candy and kawaii -in-a-box subscription service at a very reasonable price and with free worldwide shipping too.

Friday, May 15, 2015

DIY paper doll face and speech bubble from Bloomize

Image from Bloomize

More origami crafts! This time it's a DIY paper doll face and speech bubble tutorial from Clara of   Bloomize. So many crafting possibilities for this clever tutorial. I can actually imagine myself making these cute origami doll faces for cards, scrap books, journals and handmade gift wrapping.

The weekend is here too. Have a good one!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Printable Origami Kokeshi Doll from Zakka Life

Image from Zakka Life

Aww, how could I have missed this lovely printable origami kokeshi doll from Zakka Life? It's so cute! All you need to do is print, fold and play. And oh, Jessica has a  new book Fun with Washi! Visit Amazon to score a copy of her book.

Happy new week sweetlings!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Recipe: Baked Vanilla Lemon Sour Cream Donuts

I love this baked donut recipe from The Semisweet Sisters. The addition of sour cream and lemon flavor gives it a lovely, cake-y texture. Dipped in vanilla glaze and sprinkled with candy confetti, it becomes a wonderful snack time treat.



  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp lemon extract


  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp lemon extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease  a donut pan with oil. 
  2. In a bowl, whisk together sour cream, egg, vanilla, oil, & sugar. 
  3. Add flour, soda, salt, & nutmeg (optional) & stir together until well combined.
  4. Fill donut pan with batter & bake for 12-16 minutes or until the top is springy to the touch & the sides are turning golden brown. Remove from oven & let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.
  5. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar & milk together. Glaze should be thin so donuts can easily be dipped. Add milk or powered sugar to get the right consistency.
  6. Dip cooled donuts have cooled down a bit dip the donuts into the glaze, flipping them over so both sides get covered. Add sprinkles. Set on a cooling rack to dry. 

Recipe adapted The Semisweet Sisters  

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sharpie away!

I think industrial super permanent Sharpie markers work really well for personalized ceramic projects. Unlike the permanent Sharpie variety, the industrial variant  remains permanent under most chemical washes and extreme heat and steam up to 500 F. Of course, to make everything foolproof, pop your ceramic ware into the oven  at 400 F for 30 minutes after the ink dries.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Instant Comfort in a Box

Images from Kim's Little Monsters on ETSY

Feeling a little blue? These sweet little matchboxes filled with whimsical illustration and uplifting words are just what you need to shoo away those clouds of doom and gloom. Visit Kim's Little Monsters on ETSY and order one for yourself or a friend who needs some cheering up. 

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Bikini Girl Matryoshka

Image from Spoon & Tamago

How cute is this matryoshka nesting doll with a surprise bikini girl inside? This clever, conversation piece doll was designed by Mato Ryoko  to spread awareness on the need to focus on a person's inner essence rather than outer, physical appearance. For more amazing Japanese designs and innovations visit Spoon & Tamago.
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