Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tea rose doll quilt for sweet dreams

I've been having a lot on my plate lately and so I haven't been so productive save for this tea rose quilt that I completed only tonight. As always, it's hand sewn with love!

Have a gorgeous week everyone!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Fanciful Twist's Halloween Party!

Pop over to Vanessa's fanciful blog for some sparkly spooky halloween preview! She is hosting a halloween party on the 18th of October and of course anybody who is up for some good halloween crafting, baking, making and merrymaking  is invited to join in!   


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Cotton Friend's French style projects

On my desk is a Cotton Friend Japanese sewing magazine. Lots of zakka inspiration to add to my surroundings.

I enjoyed a slow Tuesday evening making these French inspired projects out of the free craft materials included in the summer 2007 edition of Cotton Friend, a Japanese sewing magazine. I pieced together the magazine's free antique embroidery box and I also fashioned a pair of printable linen pincushions adorned with lovely old world images from The Graphics Fairy. Aren't these pincushions sew romantic?

Have a wonderful week filled with surprises and good times!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Little houses, tiny stitches

Cozy times in the Sweet Tidings house...

Handmade Christmas Coundown Week 6: Nordic House Ornaments

Pattern and instructions from Orangeflower

From me to you

Here's a little birdie notepad I created just for you. Just click on the picture to enlarge and save to your hard drive. Print on letter size specialty paper.

Have a tweet day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sewing wristlets for fun

I made a couple of wristlets using Splityarn's easy to follow zippered wristlet tutorial. Finally, I made something that has practical, everyday function! This wristlet is roomy enough for a mobile phone, coin purse, keys and cosmetic essentials. Great to bring along for those quick shopping errands. Thanks to Splityarn for sharing her easy to follow tutorial. There are also some more practical projects to try like the ones featured here and here.

And oh, check out Matthew Mead's fabulous halloween/fall template page. Lots of cute stuff in there. Have a great Tuesday!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Handmade fabric pears

Happy Saturday! I made some fresh fabric pears to decorate the table. I want to make a basket of juicy fabric apples too. Maybe next month if I have the energy to spare.

Pattern and instructions are available here:
Miss UK Lass also has a gorgeous fabric doll house tutorial. I want to try that project too. Okay, I have to check if I still have space in my kilometric craft t0-do list!

It's a really nice, warm afternoon and I can really feel the September-ness of it all. The "ber" months are really my favourite times of the year. So many fun holidays coming up!

Also, I would like to thank the very sweet and lovely Suzanne of Create Fun and Mess for giving me this cute award:

Thank you Suzanne! I love your blog too!

Patchwork balls

Christmas Ornament Countdown Week 5: Patchwork Balls

This easy scrap ornament idea is from Melissss' photostream via Sew Mama Sew's Fabric Ornament feature. I love its country cabin feel.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Wake up and smell the gardenias

I love waking up to the light of dawn. It is said that God's blessings come with the morning sun.

I woke up to find a single gardenia (Gardenia Jasminoides) flower blooming amidst the frangipani trees, its heady and rich romantic fragrance perfuming the warm morning air. The gardenia flower softly whispers, " I love you in secret."

Dwarf hibiscus flower swaying in the morning breeze

Frangipani flower and buds peeking out in the morning sun

Visit One Crabapple's blog about Art, Tea and Life and read about the Winged Messenger on Mission. If you like tea, why not take a tea leaf reading as well?

My tea leaf reading to contemplate on for today says:

Answers, without first embarking upon the journey, will have no resonance
Powerful creatures should try to be good.
Not everyone, however, is called to climb mountains and deliver commandments.
Be fruitful and be at peace.

Happy Friday, everyone!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Recycled tin can project from Hallmark Mag

Hallmark Magazine
has lots of great quick craft projects for the home. One of these is the recycled tin can vase project. Simply save some 400 grams milk cans and download five gorgeous tin can labels from here. Cut the labels to size and paste to the tin cans using double sided tape. Voila, you've got pretty recycled vases to spruce up your home office! You're giving Mother Earth some good lovin' too.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Miss Calico Kitty

I love Cherryskin's homespun calico kitty pattern. It's a very easy sewing project and even beginner sewers can whip one up at a moment's notice.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Inspiration from Elsita

I've always adored Elsa Mora's artistic genius. Her art, creativity and view of life definitely comes from a rarefied, higher plane of existence and it is pure joy to see her share so much of her world in her very inspiring blog Elsita.

This needlework project which I titled "Gift of the Cherry Tree" is Elsita's free embroidery pattern from her blog. Visit Elsita blog today and be very, very inspired.

I know, it's not very easy to be inspired everyday and to create a bit of handiwork magic on a day to day basis. Heck, there's lots of chores to do, bread and butter to be made and plain fatigue can just set in. However doing what you really enjoy is a balm to the stress of everyday living. I've also learned that inspiration is not something that falls from the sky. Rather it is something that is actively sought.

For inspiration, daily Notes from the Universe have always recharged me. I receive a note in my inbox every night! I'm sharing one of my favourite notes with you:
If you just whistle every now and then, christy; skip every thousandth step or so; skim the odd stone across the odd pond; go dancing on the occasional blue moon, if only alone in the dark; dress up sometimes, even with nowhere to go... for simply stirring up some little bit of hope, no matter how silly or disconnected your actions seem to be with the rest of the world, magic flashes in the unseen, friends are summoned, connections are timed, stars are aligned, opportunities are crystallized and serendipities are calculated, creating possibilities for new realities that cannot now even be imagined from where you presently stand.

Shazaam -
The Universe

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Holiday Hoot Owls

Christmas Ornament Countdown Week 4: Holiday Hoot Owls

This was a hoot to make! The Holiday Hoot Owl ornament pattern is from fabric designer Anna Maria Horner. Pattern and instructions can be found here.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The weekend is here

Happy, sweet Saturday everyone! Enjoy each wonderful, delicious moment.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Monday, September 1, 2008