Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Natural eco handmades

I have a confession to make. My personal default color palette is cream and peaceful neutrals. You'd probably say, how boring! It is only after I started this blog that I started to explore a spectrum of colors like pastels and bold & gentle colors. Having lived in the tropics all my life, I have a profound appreciation for natural color schemes, fabrics and materials and an even deeper connection to all their quiet, simple attributes. Organically, natural materials are very cool and calm to the touch in the perennially sweltering heat! I grew up having natural woven mats as my bedsheets.

Given this philosophy, I will be breaking some of the pretty and sweet pattern of this blog by creating simple, eco conscious crafts using locally sourced materials --just like the burlap desk caddy pictured above. I originally created it for the natural eco handmades category of the shop but I ended up liking it so much I'm keeping it for myself, LOL! It's created wabi-sabi style--both handmade and handsewn in its simplicity. I've also vowed to contribute to Artfire's Green Products movement.

I'll probably make a few one-of-a kind natural eco items for shop before I go on my 2 week lent and easter blog vacation on Friday, April 3. I hope you all support and create green handmade!

Country cupcakes and Lollishop goodness

These mouthwatering faux country cupcakes (is it me or they really have an intriguing vanilla scent) are giveaway goodies I received from the gorgeous Kylie of A Bite of Country Cupcakes! I've been secretly coveting these lovely creations of hers for a long time and I was so thrilled when she offered them for her 100th post giveaway. I'm so lucky for having won these yummy treats! I can stare at these and not worry about a calorie expenditure. Thank you so much Kylie! You've made my cupcake dreams come true!

If you fancy some of these lovely cupcakes for your kitchen corner, you may email Kylie at countrycupcakes@live.com.au. I'm sure these crafty cupcake, cookie and pastry creations are available for sale!

Another sweet giveaway win that arrived in the mail is this lovable, vintage style whimsy creation called Joyland Toyland from Stella Hannigan's Lollishop-- Sugarpress Studios!

It was one of the amazing prizes from the All Dolled Up Event hosted by Sadie Lou of Lollishops and Chelsea of Itty Bitty Birdy. Thank you so much Lollishops and Sugarpress Studios! Also, visit Stella's artful blog at Stella & Sugar, her Sugarpress Etsy shop and her main website Vintage Musings. Don't forget to visit Lollishops for one-of-a kind, super sweet Easter gifts.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Easter craft project #1

I love craft punchers and stampers. There's so many crafts and ideas you can create from them like this doily fringed cake stand!

To showcase Easter eggs in style, decorate plain, white cake stands with dainty paper fringes. You can use purchased paper doily lace or you can create scalloped paper garlands. Alternately, you can use a paper edge punch like this Martha Stewart floral edge lace punch which I used for this project.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Colette the Coffee Cat

Another 100% handsewn, handstitched sweetie--Colette the Coffee Cat! I've placed her in the shop in case some coffee drinking, softie lover would like to adopt her. I think Colette makes a sweet handmade companion, cafe time or anytime!

I'll be back this weekend with handmade Easter projects. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Celebrating summer with a few good crafts

Today I'm loving thrifted aprons in shimmery, floaty aqua and cottony gingham orange! Ahh, the colors of summer! I can wear these all day!

No crafty makes today but just a few great summer craft links to share with those living in the eastern hemisphere (like I do):

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

An easter freebie for you

An easter freebie for you to download and enjoy! Just click on the file to enlarge and save to your hard drive. Feel free to do whatever you want--make note cards, cards, gift embellishments, heck you can even sell it you are able! Check out Babalisme's very cute easter printable too!

Have a great day everyone!

Oh, the Calamity!

The uber fabulous Calamity Kim, apron goddess, doll maker extraordinaire and Jill of all crafty trades is having an apron celebration giveaway to celebrate the publication of her apron creation on Apronology magazine. Kim is one of the first people I've met on blogland when I first started this blog and I can say she is the sweetest! I love visiting her blog to see all the magical things she makes inside her studio--beautiful artdolls, eclectic quilts and collages, artful aprons, etc. There is nothing, absolutely nothing this gal can't do. Kim is also a fantastic storyteller. All her crafts have a beautiful story to behind them. You can explore more of Kim's craft world here.

Leave a comment on her giveaway post and join in the calamity! Tell her I sent ya!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Click here for artist designed spring desktop wallpapers! I'm loving the Fifi Lapin wallpaper.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Fine print

I love prints and patterns and I get my daily fix of inspiration from the super talented Yasmine of A Print a Day. She offers the sweetest downloads on her blog and her notepad sets just brighten up my desk space. Her sweet and very artistic tags and labels also make my handmade gifts more special!

I'm so thrilled that Yasmine offers her super gorgeous, eye candy art as digital kits on her shop at such fantastic prices! I'm so happy to have purchased some of her little matryoshcha kit products such as the paper set, kit and elements. To Yasmine, thank you so much for making your art so affordable! My Little Matryoscha kits are so adorable they make me so happy! I can't wait to make a ton of bookmarks, gift boxes and scrapbook projects with her them. Visit Yasmine's shop and see her beautiful offerings. Her exquisite springtime themed kits-- Hello Doily and her latest collaborative kits with artists Samantha Hahn and Jessica Gonacha are just to die for.

Mosaic Monday: Birds of a feather

1. Lavender Scented Blue Bird, 2. Birdie on a vintage clothes line, 3. teeny wool birds, 4. bird with flower pillow, 5. bird cage, 6. Blue bird button, 7. birdie jar, 8. Handmade tote with bird, 9. Tori (means bird) pin cushion

Friday, March 20, 2009

Easter crafting

My hand-sewn country hunnybunny

Easter crafting is officially open! Here's a sampler of the cutest Easter themed crafts to make and do:

Also, visit Happy Handmades for chic springtime craft goodies!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Artfire and giveaway winner

Thank you all so much for your good thoughts and sweet wishes about my Happy Handmades Craft Shop! I've chosen Artfire (although it is still in Beta) as a platform because of its sweet, personal online storefront interface and its simple but superb features. It also has a lower subscription rate compared to the leading handmade marketplace portal. Because of that I would be able to offer great craft supplies and handmade goodies at a much lower price!

Click here if you're interested in becoming one of its first 5000 founding members. There are only 399 accounts left as of this writing. Better hurry because it's going, going, gone.

And now for the most important part-- the giveaway winner announcement!

The winner of my shop opening giveaway is Jojoebi of A Bit of This and a Bit of That! Congrats! I will be contacting you soon! Thank you, thank you all so much for participating!

Giveaway reminder

My Happy Handmades Shop opening giveaway ends tonight! Don't forget to enter if you still haven't. I'll announce the lucky winner tonight!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shibori mail love

Another lovely mail goodie today! A piece of handmade fabric memento from shibori artist Glennis of Shibori Girl. I was so lucky to have won one of her hand-sewn shibori silk ribbons during the One World One Heart Giveaway event. Learn more about this beautiful fabric tradition here.

Thank you so much Glennis for this inspiring, giveaway gift!

P.S. A little shop update tonight! I will be adding one of a kind, fun, kawaii novelty items. Be sure to check back. Thank you and have a lovely Tuesday!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Oh Lucky Day!

Today is a lucky day. Yes indeed. After all it's St. Patrick's Day (tomorrow). I'm munching on a shamrock shaped sugar cookie as a write this. Want some?

Look what arrived in the mail! Three lovely giveaway goodies!

These lovely whimsy goodies were all handmade by the elegant and very lovely Chelsea of Itty Bitty Birdy! She is a real life dolly! You have to go to her website to see!

I won these Sweet Treats party favors from her Valentine's Day All Dolled Up Party, a truly splendid and successful affair she hosted for all lollishop gals and friends of Lollishop. If you're into bright pastels, sweet, whimsical and vintage, Lollishop is the market place to indulge all your creative, vintage whimsy dreams. Visit Chelsea's Keepsake Cakes and Ittybittybirdy on Lollishop. There are lots of sweet treats to take a fancy on!

Thank you, Chelsea! I love these sweet treats!

Oh, a cuddly creature also arrived in the mail! It's cute bunny that arrived inside a lovely handmade lavender box! It's from Diana of Bunnykissd! I won in her One World One Heart (OWOH) Giveaway last February. Diana makes miniature handmade treasures in her shop Faerie Garden Fancies. Thank you so much, Diana! I adore your lovely bunny creation! Truly springtime has arrived!

What could be a luckier day than receiving vintage treasures in the mail? This beautiful, fabulous vintage copper charm bracelet adorned with vintage baubles is from Beka of Secondhand Bek. I was so lucky to win in her One Heart, One World giveaway too! Thank you Beka, I'm so charmed!

Thank you all for your sweet words about my new shop. It means a lot! Don't forget to drop your names in the hat too! Have a great week!

Giveaway time!

Hmm, wouldn't you love to doodle and write with this cute wooden pen and mark your favorite page with this fun mousey bookmark? Then join my little craft shoppe opening giveaway! Simply leave a comment and take a peek at my little shop here.

This giveaway is open until Thursday, March 19, 2009. Don't forget to leave your contact details with your comment. Thank you and Happy St. Paddy's Day everyone!

Update: Comments are now closed. Thank you so much for participating!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Coming soon! Happy Handmades Shop!

I'm happy to announce that my little craft shop on artfire is opening soon! I'm sharing my love for crafts and inspiration by offering very affordable, one-of-a-kind craft supplies like zakka books, notions, wee softies and other handmade fancies to inspire and stir creativity!

I will also be doing a shop opening giveaway soon, so watch this space!

Weekend delight

Hop over to the cool and talented  Babalisme to grab this cute Chubby Shroom and son gift tag and label! Have a great week ahead!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Feed your soul with beauty

It is a fact. The human soul thrives on beauty and inspiration as much as the body needs food and water for its sustenance. This week, add some beauty to your space and to your life by downloading free, soul nurturing, inspiring art from Indiefixx's Feed Your Soul: The Free Art Project. Spread the word!

May beauty follow you wherever you go. Happy weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

My Toby Dog

"Dogs leave pawprints on your heart."

Craft of the day is a super adorable Toby dog made from Clare Bower's exclusive pattern on Handmade magazine (Vol. 25 no. 11). Isn't Toby so sweet? He's my new best friend!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Saturday morning scones

My favourite weekend treats are scones with orange marmalade! This is a basic scone recipe from Country Tea Parties cookbook:

Basic Scones


2 cups flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup milk


Sift dry ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly Add milk and blend well; dough will be sticky. Flour a flur surface and knead the dough for bout half a minute. Roll out 1/2 inch thick and cut into whatever shape you like (triangles are traditional). Bale at 400 F for about 15 minutes.

Yield: 12 scones

* For slight sweetness, add 1/4 cup sugar. For richness, use cream instead of milk You ca also add one egg (decrease milk to 1/2 cup) or increase the amount of butter for richer texture. For variation, you may add raisins, dried currants, nuts, orange or lemon zest, berries, banana, cheese, herbs, spices molasses and even chocolate chips.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sewing nostalgia

I finally finished my Crafty Slacker Get Er Done project! Of course, it is quite a milestone since I sewed it using my  99 year old grandma's antique Singer treadle machine. Suddenly I am in a time warp and I imagine grandma's sunlight filled house and the noisy clang of the pedal as she sewed the afternoon away. 

I'm a hand sewer/slow sewer by tradition and this is the first time I've ever machine sewed. I'm glad I'm moving up to the next level, LOL!  It is quite fun and I think I'll churn out more sewing crafts this way. In parallel, this is the closest thing to writing correspondences in fountain pen. What do you think?  I'd still continue to meticulously hand sew precious little crafts though...

Excuse the wonky lines! I need more practice!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Stylish invites from pingg

Make free and pretty holiday and celebration invitation cards designed by Martha Stewart, Jessica Gonacha and others from pingg.com.