Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sponsor Giveaway: Roar Vintage Clothing

All images from Roar Vintage Clothing

Roar Vintage Clothing, a UK based clothing and accessories shop that specializes in unique, beautiful handpicked vintage pieces is giving away an exquisite, one-of-a kind flower brooch to celebrate its Summer 09 Dresses Collection.

Roar's fashion philosophy is all about embracing vintage, recycled wearables that translate to one fashionable objective: being green is stylishly enduring.

According to Jade who runs the Roar Blog, buying vintage clothing is akin to sharing a part of history. She quips, "If some of my pieces could talk I'm sure they would have wonderful stories to tell!"

To complete a chic vintage ensemble, Roar also carries a jewelry collection featuring sweet, dainty, one-of-a-kind whimsical pieces that one can treasure for years to come.

To win this gorgeous vintage flower brooch, simply visit Roar Vintage, come back and tell me what your favorite item from the shop is. Leave your comment on this post with your contact details. This giveaway runs until Tuesday, July 7, 2009.

Good luck! Thank you Roar Vintage!

Comments are now closed. Thank you all for participating. I will announce the winner first thing tomorrow!

Mail surprises

Our postman is beginning to resemble Mr. Santa. He always delivers the sweetest surprises!

Sweetest thanks to the lovely Vicki of Turkey Feathers/Patternbee Shop for this very charming and cute japanese embroidery book that I won in her blog giveaway sometime ago. What a sweet book filled with embroidery happiness!

If you love vintage embroidery patterns, you'd love Vicki's Patternbee Shop. She also offers freebie vintage patterns that you can use for holiday craft projects. Check her blog for some Sweet Surprises too. Lastly, you might just want to add her very cute craft book Blanket Statement to your holiday wishlist!

A sweet thank you to Angelique of No Life without Wife for this very pretty La Petite Chouette brooch that I won during the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! I just love the pink and yellow green color motif. Can't wait to adorn my rainy day sweater with it!

Angelique has just filled her La Petite Chouette shop with the cutest French owls. Check out her softies, they're too cute! You gotta see her smartly dressed Blythe dolls too!

I'll be back with a sponsored giveaway soon! Have a great week!

The Nostalgia of Joyful Living

All images from Nostalgia

Discover Nostalgia Organic's Joyful Living Blog, a brightly cheery and oh-so-pretty online journal run by Elea, the designer and creator of Nostalgia, an organic bath and giftware company that specializes in organic artisan soaps and toiletries packaged in exquisitely sweet vintage style. Elea's eye candy blog offers a sprinkling of nostalgic musings from the washroom, gifts from nature, heirloom treasures, recipes and of course Nostalgia Organic's truly unique organic toiletry products and gifts.

Beauty meets crafty

Nostalgia soaps are not only natural and skin nurturing, they are sew inspiring too! The soaps are wrapped in earth friendly labels that contain a reusable craft or sewing pattern! What's more, each soap is tucked inside a vintage inspired reusable fabric sack that can be re-purposed and recycled.

Nostalgia Organic soaps are available on ETSY for a limited time only until the official shop website launches in early July.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mad Tea Party 2009

Please join me for a mad tea picnic! Take off your shoes and let's sit on soft grass. The afternoon is bright and sunny and so perfect for mad company and chat!

You can't be late for pink sugar cookies!

What would you like madam? We have all kinds of tea, iced or hot! Oh yes, there are fairy cakes too!

Tea Time in Bumblebee Garden

More mad tea parties happening in Vanessa's blog. Don't be late! Happy mad tea partying!

Mad Tea Picnic is a few hours away

Friday, June 26, 2009

Win a Red Helvetica Moleskine Notebook!

Love Helvetica? Love Moleskine?

Notebookco. gives you the chance to win a Red Helvetica Moleskine Notebook, a limited edition Moleskine notebook celebrating Helvetica's 50th anniversary. Visit Notebookco. blog to join!

Also, try your hand on making doodles and drawings on a virtual Moleskine!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Celebrations.com: Fabulous parties made easy!

Summertime and the craftin' is easy!

It's Summer Crafts for Kids Week on Celebrations.com and the site is featuring yours truly for the member spotlight of the day! Life of the Party, the celebrations blog is also featuring this blog as well as the summer crafts I have exclusively contributed for the summer parties category.

Hope you can find time to try my summer craft ideas as well as explore the rich and comprehensive party planning resources that Celebrations has to offer! Make Celebrations your one stop resource for all your everyday and all season soirées.

Have a happy summer!

Good friends

.....are good for your health.

-Irwin Sarason

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Gnomes & sprinkles of magical thinking

How about some fun crafts sprinkled with magical thinking?

It's no secret I like magical things like gnomes, toadstool mushrooms, pixies and fairies. Here's a little round-up featuring one of my favorite enchanted characters--gnomes! There are gnome inspired crafts to make and cute gnome-y stuff to buy.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

You are invited to a mad tea party!

Don't be late for the Mad Tea Party happening on June 27, hosted by the enchanting Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist. Now I'm off to do some party preps. See you!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Mug Monday

Today is Mug Monday! This is my favorite everyday ware, comfy mug that holds all of my beverages--coffee, tea, milk, cola and even ice cream. Visit Acornmoon to see more of Mug Monday participants. There so many exquisite, unique mugs to see and admire!

Have a great week!

Mosaic Monday: Shabby Cottage Style

1. White Shabby Rose Crate, 2. frenchcrystalchandelier1, 3. pink and white buttons, 4. feathers and roses, 5. Pink roses, 6. aqua toss A, 7. Vintage Shabby White Rose Pattern Chic Chenille Bedspread, 8. Pink Spools of Joy!, 9. cake ~ for "you're my cuppa tea party"

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pretty Little Lovelies & Mug Monday

Here's my first handmade purchase from ETSY--a handmade crochet cosie from Nadine's lovely shop Handmade Little Lovelies. It arrived from the UK so quickly and I love, lurve it so much! I look forward to many mocha days with it! Nadine's got many more items in her shop such as these pretty floral bracelets so perfect for warm, carefree summer days. There are also sweet zakka style pincushions for those front porch summer sewing sessions.

Nadine's blog Handmade Little Lovelies also features crafter interviews and sweet giveaways! Also visit her tumblr site that's filled with the prettiest visual and textual inspiration. If you've got a handmade shop, her blog is the perfect place to place an ad! Email her for inquiries about ad rates.I know it's a sweet deal!

It's also Mug Monday on June 22 UK time (your timezone). This show- off- your- fave- mug event is hosted by the lovely illustrator, textile designer and surface pattern designer Valerie of Acornmoon blog. Do make plans to join in!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

P.S. Check out these super quick japanese beauty tips! They're a blast!

Beauty tips#1
Beauty tips #2

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Vintage fun summer recipes

Some fun bonfire recipes to try on a warm summer evening. Happy summer!

From Betty Crocker's New Boys and Girls Cookbook

French pincushions & shop delights

I peered into the shop windows of friends and discovered these lovely summer delights!

Charming French pincushions from Cozy Memories

Wonderland Dove Brooch from Roar Vintage Clothing

Cherry Rag Doll from La Petite Chouette

Herb Garden Artist's Book from Valerie Greeley Shop

Summer picnic bag from Sewtakeahike Shop

Let's Picnic-Happy Hungry Ants from Little t Jane Shop

Parasol Party Kit from Gumball Vintage

Super Bake Girl Cupcake Postcard Set from A Fanciful Twist Shop

Sugar Belly Prints from Itty Bitty Print Shop

Fabulous food blogs

I love food blogs and I have several favorites bookmarked for sumptuous, indulgent reading. Hope you enjoy these delicious reads.

Image from Cake Journal

  1. Cake Journal
  2. Veronica's Test Kitchen
  3. Kitchen Dough Dough
  4. Pinch My Salt
  5. Dessert Comes First
  6. The Decorated Cookie
  7. Good Life {Eats}

Friday, June 19, 2009

Going organic

Check out my new earth friendly and totally stylish silverware. It's made of organic materials (bamboo and coconut shell) untouched by any pesticide spray. Best of all it's made by a nomadic indigenous tribe in one of the sunny isles in my archipelago. Using this unusual cutlery makes me feel so grounded to Mother Earth and mindful of my meals. I think it's quite impossible to shove huge mouthfuls of food into my gut with this cutlery set. Small, dainty, mindful bites would be more appropriate. Hmm, this could make me lose a few pounds too I reckon.

Let me know if you're interested in acquiring such inspired cutlery so I can list a few sets in my shop for a very nominal price.

It's hello summer on the other side of the hemisphere and hello rainy, monsoon season where I am. Do check out my craft contributions on Celebrations.com as well as other cool summer party ideas. Also explore more great ideas on their blog Life of the Party!