Friday, July 31, 2009

Kathleen's Black Apple embroidery pattern giveaway!

Image from Just Charming

My good pal Kathleen over at Just Charming has a super cute giveaway for sweet stitchy witchy ladies like yourselves! She's giving away a Sublime Stitching Black Apple Embroidery pattern! The giveaway ends on July 31st so hurry, hurry and send Kathleen some crafty wishes! Tell her I sent ya, ok?

Also check out her beautiful stenciled throw pillowcase tutorial too. I can't wait to try it myself!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Reminder: Sew Fun Sewing Machine Giveaway from Simply Desk

Last call for entries to the Sew Fun Sewing Machine Giveaway sponsored by Simply Desk. I will draw the winner later tonight and will post the result tomorrow.

Go to this post to enter. This giveaway is good for U.S. residents only, please.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Guess who's blog birthday it is?

Happy 1st blog birthday to mom and daughter blogging duo Kimara and Michelle at Wee Folk Art! Wee Folk Art is simply one of the best kept secrets of the crafting world where you will find a mega database of free craft patterns and inspiration. Thank you Wee Folk Art for a great year of pure crafting inspiration and fun!

Hop over to their site to greet them a happy blog birthday and a chance to win a happy birthday giveaway!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Much Ado about Art Dolls

Image from Du Buh Du

See my my favorite doll artist Christine Alvarado's (Du Buh Du Designs) entry to ADO Art Doll Challenge. Brighid Doll garbed in that ethereal floaty, paper wedding gown is just so ravishing. See more of Christine's dolls in her flickr gallery.

My doll making skills are not up to par with these remarkably talented doll makers and artist so I am content just sitting here, admiring their works and being incredibly inspired! See the Art Dolls 4 Elements Challenge participants here.

And the winner is....

The winner of the Tilda fabric apples is... #2 --Clare Bower of Clare's Craftroom! Congrats Clare! The apples will be on their way to your craftroom soon! Thank you all for joining my Happy Christmas in July Raffle Draw!

I still have another sponsored giveaway on-going but this time limited to U.S. residents only--the Kiddie Sewing Machine from Simply Desk! Please drop your name to the hat if you still haven't. I will draw the winner on June 29.

Have a beautful Sunday!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Happy Christmas in July + Giveaway

From my craftroom to yours, Happy Christmas (in July)!

Welcome to the Lollishops Christmas in July Party organized by Lollishops founder Sadie Lou Who for Lollishop vendors, friends and frou frou fanatics, old and new alike! I'm quite a bit early but you know Christmas excites me!

Visit Lollishops and the Lollishop Blog on July 25 (that's today in my hemisphere and tomorrow in the other) to see pretty handmade cottage style, shabby chic Christmas items for sale and of course Christmas giveaways!

As a Lollishop Friend, I'm giving away a couple of Tilda Fabric Apples I made from Tone Finnanger's Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle craft book given to me by my friend Crafty Cathy. Just leave a comment on this blog post telling me about your favorite Christmas craft project or if you're lazy just say hi! I will draw a winner tomorrow afternoon.
P.S. My Christmas in July Shop Sale is ending soon (July 26)! Grab something sweet while the sale is still on-going!

Have a merry, happy weekend!
Update: Comments are now closed! Thanks for playing. :)

Friday, July 24, 2009

American Gothic Apple Cake

Take a bite out of the American heartland or better yet, dig in your pitchfork into this apple cake recipe straight from The American Gothic Cookbook, a compilation of American painter Grant Wood's family and friends heirloom recipes.

This is a deliciously satisfying afternoon coffee cake. I make this recipe with a pinch of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon mixed into the cake batter. So good with vanilla ice cream too.

Apple Cake


1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
2 cups peeled and diced apples
1/3 cup chopped nuts (optional)
Cinnamon sugar for topping

Cream butter and sugar. Mix in the remaining ingredients, except cinnamon sugar.Pour into a lightly buttered 8-inch square pan or loaf pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes until firm.

Yield: 6-9

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Kiddie sewing machine giveaway from Simply Desk!

Wouldn't you want your creative space looking utterly streamlined, organized, and impeccable like that? You may have found your perfect craft desk, creativity desk, laptop desk (so perfect for blogging and coffee), or craft mobile desk at Simply Desk, your destination for beautiful desks!

Simply Desk, is a part of CSN Stores and today they are giving away a gorgeous ALEX Toys 443 - Sew Fun Sewing Machine to one lucky Sweet Tidings reader. This sweet little sewing machine is just the perfect prize for crafty mamas/aunts/grandmas to win so they can share the love of sewing crafts with their young ones!

This giveaway offer is good for U.S. residents only.

The Sew Fun Sewing Machine has the following features:

"Discover the delights of sewing with this easy to operate sewing machine that’s just your size! Make your own clothes and accessories! Comes with everything you need to start sewing right away! Features include adjustable stitch lengths, easy drop-in bobbin and two speeds that allow a safe and easy introduction to young sewers. Presser foot is designed so that little hands can’t slip under. Lightweight and portable! Battery operated or use included AC adapter! Make your own wrap around skirt with the 2 yards of floral fabric and ribbon trim included!"


  • Special kids size
  • Adjustable stitch lengths
  • Easy drop-in bobbin
  • 2 Speeds
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Battery operated or use included AC adapter
  • 2 Yards of floral fabric and ribbon trim included
  • Carrying case included
  • Designed with safety in mind
  • Suitable for Ages: 8+
  • Machine dimensions: 7.75” W x 7.5” H x 3.5” D
  • Overall dimensions: 10.75” W x 9.5” H x 5.75” D.
If you're looking for a sewing machine, CSN Stores may also have the machine you're looking for.

If you're from a reader from the U.S., simply leave a comment on this post telling me what desk you like from Simply Desk! Easy as pie! Hurry, this giveaway ends on July 29! A winner from eligible entries will be drawn via random number generator. Good luck everybody!


UPDATE: Comments are now closed! Thank you for joining. I will announce the winner in a short while.

Velveteen roses, chocolate quilt & tree love stamps

Nostalgia Organics ultra pretty official website is now up! Ooohh and ahhh, drool and dream at the lovely yumminess of Elea's divine soap and toiletry creations like Velveteen Rose in recycled paper packaging, Butterflies Body Balm, or Sweet Orange in Soap Sack. Treat yourself to a little something Nostalgia Organic treat today!

And oh, I shout this from the treetops:

"littletjane is holding a love tree stamp giveaway, with the initials KL + GN and it’s packaged up in a little box with a note of thanks inside addressed to someone else!”

Hop over to Little t jane blog to join the giveaway!

Sweet Penny from Sewtakeahike is also having a quilt giveaway--a dreamy aqua, chocolate and orange quilt truly meant to inspire and bless you. Read about her giveaway story and join the quilt giveaway here.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Getting ready for Bug Doll Swap!

Image from Blinking Flights

I recently signed up for Rebecca's Bug Doll Swap on Twitter. It is my first ever doll swap and I am so excited make a cute and pretty bug for my Danish swap partner Isa. I am equally delighted and excited to receive something handmade as well. Nothing beats a handmade feeling!

Rebecca has worked hard on making a beautiful bug pattern and tutorial for the swap and I'm so delighted to share that the said pattern is also available for everybody to download and try! If you'd rather want a ready made bug you can check out her Beecah Blinking Flights shop on ETSY!

Thank you Rebecca for organizing this fun doll swap!

Breathe deeply

Image from Kind over Matter

I just added this beautiful, kindhearted blog to my daily blog reading list. I found it on Twitter and I just love its crafty, positive, glowing vibe! Amanda & Jenn are out to transform the world one crafty project at a time. C'mon and join them in the feel good, crafty caravan! Put them on your daily reading list too, will ya?

As of the moment, they have a Printable Affirmation Gift Set that you can download from their site. Give yourself and your friend this gift of affirmation and encouragement. You may want to share this gift on your blog too.


"Today may I breathe and let it pass."


All is well.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mary had a little lamb: A shop update

Think fragrant grassy meadows and visions of home and hearth. Don't these Victorian mother sheep and baby lamb evoke feelings of sweet, maternal love?

These sweet plushie creatures lovingly handmade and handsewn by me are now available in the Happy Handmades Shop. The Christmas in July Sale still going on and so like everything else, they are available for a special price until July 26th.

Thank you for visiting Happy Handmades!

PIFs and Thank You's!

Hello! I've been so terribly busy the past few days to post anything peculiarly interesting or crafty. There's a lot on my plate right now and next week and in the next month things are going to get even busier so forgive me for sporadic upcoming posts.

I received these lovely polka dot and Japanese fabric treats from my sweet, sweet pal Cathy! She sent me a Tone Finager book and zakka embroidery books. I'm looking forward to making some Hello Kitty stitcheries when I get some breathing room. Thank you so much sweet Cathy! Your generosity is truly unparalleled! Sending very best wishes your way!

And these goodies, oh my goodnesss they tickle my crafty bone away! Aren't they delightful? The super sweet Tracy of Little t Jane handmade these sweet tidings treats for me for Pay it Forward 2009. Boy, does Tracy know how to make a friend feel special! The magic of handmade, handcrafted things just warm my heart. Thank you so much sweet Tracy! I'm also so excited to use the "hello" and "thank you" stampers I purchased from her little ETSY shop during her Fourth of July sale. She also accepts custom made rubber stamps so check out Tracy's shop because it's the happiest shop on ETSY!

To the 5 lovely gals who signed up for my PIF please look forward to receiving something lovely and handmade from me sometime this year. To those who haven't emailed me their address yet, please drop me a note soon.

Wishing you all a happy weekend!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

12 Days of Christmas in July + Artfire Twitter Contest

Ho, ho, ho! It's Christmas in July! From July 15-26, it's 15% off on all items in the Happy Handmades Shop! Also check out the Christmas in July category for festive steals and deals. The Christmas in July items will be updated on a day to day basis.

Also, if you're on Twitter, join the 12 Days of Christmas Twitter Contest to get a chance to win $100 worth of shopping spree on Artfire. Read the contest rules here. Hurry, this contest ends before midnight of July 15. Check out Artfire on Twitter for more details.

Have the merriest Yule in July!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Pay it forward!

Paying it forward (from Little t Jane)

Woohoo! Time to spread some crafty love around! First 5 people who comment on this post will receive something special and handmade from me! It will be unique and special and heartfelt!

* In return, all you need to do is please post a Pay It Forward on your blog:

The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make.

2. What I create will be just for you, with love.

3. It’ll be done this year (2009).

4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something tangible.

5. I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

6. In return, all you need to do is post this text into a note of your own and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your note.

7. Send your mailing address if you don’t live close to me!

IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own note to pay this forward.

Happy, happy weekend!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Babushka sweeties and embroidery delights

I just discovered that these Babushka sweetie greeting cards from APAD's Matryoshka Sweetheart Kit also turn out to be cute standy paper dolls!

Today is embroidery download day! Check out Babalisme's delightful Tabby Cat embroidery download and A Print a Day's super dainty embroidery pattern download -- Little Girl Dresses. Also visit Yasmine's blog to see part 2 of my  Tiniest Garden craft project.

Have a crafty and inspiring weekend!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Christmas in July

Lollishops, the frou frou friendly marketplace is hosting a Christmas in July blog event on July 25! Visit the Lollishops blog on July 25 to win free Christmas goodies from participating Lollishop vedors as well as see unique Christmas creations on the front page of Lollishops. Grab the Christmas in July holiday button and spread the festive spirit!

Roar Vintage Giveaway Winner

The winner of Roar Store's first blog giveaway is entry # 14 and that is Kawaii Crafter! Congrats Kawaii Crafter! I will get in touch with you in a while and please email me your contact details so that the lovely Jade can post the beautiful 1950's vintage brooch to you soon!

Thank you all for participating and big thanks to Roar Vintage Clothing for hosting this fabulous giveaway in this blog. Roar is going to open an ETSY store so watch out for it!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Clare's Craftroom's Royal 100th post giveaway

I will be picking the name of the lucky fashionable winner of Roar Vintage Store's Giveaway via random number generator and will post the result soonest! Stay tuned.

While we're in the topic of giveaways, visit Clare's Craftroom and participate in her Royal 100th Post Giveaway! Clare is an accomplished pattern designer and her softie, embroidery and decorative patterns have graced Australian craft magazines. She also happens to be the designer of one of my all time favorite softie patterns--Toby Dog!

You will love what Clare is offering for her giveaway! Visit her craftroom and say hello. Tell her I sent ya!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Sewtakeahike Market Bag giveaway!

Hello crochet lovers! How beautiful is this market bag designed by the fabulous Penny of Sewtakeahike? Enjoy summer market and farm stand days with this beautiful bag you can make yourself!

To celebrate the Market Bag pattern that she just added to her ETSY shop, Penny is giving 5 PDF market bag patterns to 5 lucky winners and she's also giving away that cute mint green bag featured in the photo to a lucky winner. Now hop over to Sewtakeahike and say hello. While you're there check out her awesome PDF freebies and tutorials. They're amazing!

P.S. Don't forget to enter the Roar Vintage sponsor giveaway. It ends July 7.

Weekend Christmas shopping deals (hurry, hurry)!

Better do a bit of Christmas shopping on these fabulous shops this Fourth of July weekend! Grab these fabulous offers while you can!

Little t Jane-This fun little shop carries cute and super quirky rubber stamps, note cards and mini-art items! Free shipping on all items from Thursday, JULY 2nd - Monday, JULY 6th.Yippee!

Flirtbuttons- This cute shop has all the cute buttons, pocket mirrors and bottle openers you'd ever want! Buy one, get one on all pocket mirrors and bottle openers until from JULY 1st- 14th. Free shipping (U.S. & International) JULY 3-5. Hooray!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Crafts to make from The Tiniest Garden Kit

Image from A Print a Day

I really, really love making clipart crafts and I can't help sharing them with you!

Visit Yasmine's (A Print a Day) blog to see some crafts I've made for her latest and cutest digital kit release The Tiniest Garden. A gifted artist, illustrator, designer and now online magazine publisher, Yasmine has a unique style and flair in creating beautifully themed and designed digital kits that go beyond mere scrapbook application. The Tiniest Garden kit features a very charming gnome and mushroom theme that has all the digital elements you need to make fully customizable crafts at your fingertips. All you need is a little Photoshop savviness and a bit of imagination to create fun, playful and personal crafts to delight yourself , your family and friends ! There are more playful kits to enjoy in the shop such as matryoshka, kokeshi and cupcake bakery inspired kits, shabby and vintage style kits and even a artist collaborated kit featuring Samantha Hahn. Did I mention the kits are super affordable too?

Oh, it's a 4th of July weekend! Happy 4th of July to all my American readers! Here's a recipe from Simple Pleasures of the Home: Comforts and Crafts for Living Well to sweeten the weekend:

Rosey Apple Pie

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup red cinnamon candies (Red-Hots)
5 medium cooking apples
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
9-inch double pie crust

Preheat oven to 400 F. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, water and cinnamon candies; cook until candies dissolve. Pare, core, and slice apples. Add to sugar mixture and simmer until apples are red. Drain; save syrup. Blend flour into cooled syrup and add lemon juice. Spread apples in a pastry lined 9-inch pie plate and pour syrup over apples. Dot with butter. Cover with top crust, seal and flute edges. Cut slits for escape of steam. Bake about 30 minutes until desired brownness. Makes 1 pie.

Also, please visit this post if you haven't yet entered the Roar Vintage Giveaway!

Have a fun weekend!

Bella Bell'occhio

Isn't this shop simply divine? It's filled with rarefied, everyday objets d' art. It's also one of Martha Stewart's secret sources. See the antique style sewing notions! Too beautiful!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Zakka café

Here are some pretty online zakka magazines for your reading pleasure. Just click on the picture. You can even click and print the projects featured there!

I also just signed up for Clara's Bloomize Blooming Newsletter! It's filled with blooming ideas for home and living. Sign up today! Happy Friday!