Saturday, October 31, 2009

Cath Kidston Magazine Inspiration + Giveaway Reminder

A Cath Kidston Magazine (Autumn Edition) just arrived in the mail and it's so full of glorious, colorful inspiration! The new CK book SEW! also looks positively lovely with a sneak peek of all its pretty sewing crafts. You can browse the Winter Edition of CK Magazine here or you can request for a copy.

The Holland Fabric House sponsor giveaway ends tonight! Please click on the shop's button to enter (see top right corner). Happy Halloween weekend everybody!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween Sale!

It's all treats, no tricks at Sweet Tidings ETSY! Enjoy the last sale of the quarter with 20% off on all items. Woohoo!

Happy Halloween!

Gnome at home

Hush! My wee folk harvest gnome is sleeping and dreaming of pumpkin pies and chocolate caramel apples!

Explore a world of seasonal crafts with Wee Folk Art's collection of gnome loving tutorials:
Create sweet, natural felt toys, crafts and things with Kimara and Michelle. Check out their free applique and free open patterns on their naturally creative site Wee Folk Art .

Also, please don't forget to enter the Holland Fabric House Sponsor Giveaway to win pretty Dutch fabrics and ribbons for your holiday gift crafting. The giveaway ends tomorrow. Happy Friday!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tilda Autumn 2009

Autumn Berry

Frosted Forest

Sweet Country Christmas

Visit Tilda's World, the official website of Tone Finnanger's Tilda brand to get a glimpse of the season's sweetest holiday palettes-Autumn Berry, Frosted Forest and Sweet Country Christmas. Autumn Berry is a vision of the hushest palest purples, harvest angels, muted pinks and frosted berries. Frosted Forest is a teal inspired medley of browns and greens evoking a winter forest. Sweet Country Christmas is the classic Tilda Christmas palette--reds, pinks, teals and candlelight. Also, add a touch of Nordic inspiration to your holidays with sweet ideas from Tilda.

Sponsor Shop Guide: Sweet Dreams are made of...

1. Red Riding Hood Crown, The Ricebabies
2. Zakka Kitty Couture- Chloe, Sweet Tidings
3. Pocket Mirror Paris Stamp, Flirtbuttons
4. Goodies Yum Bag, Lilla Lotta
5. Skinny Plastic Card Cases, The Crafting Bug
6. There's No Place Like Home Brooch, Made for You by Mrs. Woo

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween sparkle

Add some halloween sparkle and magic to your home with sweet halloween clip-art crafts from Martha Stewart. I printed this Creature Candy Dish, my favorite from all the halloween printables.

For more great halloween ideas visit:

Martha Stewart Halloween Central

Halloween Party Ideas from

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Heavenleigh Art

While traipsing through A-faierietale-of-Inspiration, I stumbled upon Heavenleigh Art by Julie-Ann. I found the most marvelous, inspiring, heart and soul stirring paintings that I just have to share with you all. Julie-Ann's paintings make my heart leap especially her angel and bible art! Come and enjoy Julia-Ann's art on her Flickrstream.

Sweet Children of God
Image by Heavenleigh Art

Earth Angel
Image by Heavenleigh Art

Harvest Angel
Image by Heavenleigh Art

Inspiring printable giftables from e.m. papers

I believe inspiration is one of the best gifts we can give this holiday season. It doesn't have to be expensive. All you need is good quality, elegant board paper and a printer!

Browse e.m. paper's gorgeous selection of printables so perfect for holiday and all year gift-giving. Also check out the printable holiday cards available on ETSY. I adore the Happiness Printable Bookmarks and the Creative Inspiration Quote Calendar 2010. They are instant, unique and reusable!

e.m. papers etsy
e.m. papers portfolio on flickr

Caramel Brownie Bites

I can never have too many brownie recipes! This particular recipe is wonderful and of course tastes even better when frosted with something as yummy as caramel. I look forward to making another batch smoothered with Dulce de Leche, using Jojoebi's recipe and method. Also try my favorite brownie recipe .


2 (1 oz.) squares unsweetened chocolate
1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. sifted flour
1/2 c. chopped nuts, optional

Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and beat well. Blend in melted chocolate, vanilla, and flour. Mix in nuts if desired and pour batter into a greased, 8 x 8 inch pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Do not overbake!

Caramel Frosting

2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter, and mix in 3 tablespoons milk and brown sugar. Boil vigorously for 1 minute.

Remove from heat, and beat in 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Cool slightly, and beat in the vanilla and remaining 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick.

Make it a sweet Tuesday!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Cooking (and eating) with love

So goes the power of intention. It gives meaning to our actions, even the most mundane ones such as cooking or eating.

Why not experience mindful eating with a pair of organic handmade cutlery made of bamboo and coconut, considered the tree of life in the tropics. Everytime you eat with such natural cutlery, visualize giving back love to Mother Earth. I've tried this and it makes eating such a grateful experience. Not to mention that food tastes better too!

There are only 3 pairs left in my ETSY shop! For sure, it's perfect for earth-loving, eco-conscious friends and loved ones on your Christmas list.

Raggedy Sandy Doll Giveaway

{Vintage Raggedy Ann Video via Much Ado About Art Dolls

Hop, skip and jump over to Raggedy Sandy's happy place for a Raggedy Ann Doll Giveaway! Sandy is giving away a super sweet Carnelian haired dolly! The giveaway closes on Halloween, October 31st. Tell the fabulous Sandy I sent you!

Also, don't forget to enter the Holland Fabric House Sponsor Giveaway for a chance to win some super cute Dutch fabric and ribbon treats. The giveaway also closes on Halloween eve.

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

YellowGoat- Design & all things beautiful

I won these beautiful leafy earrings from a YellowGoat Blog Special Giveaway last September. They arrived in the mail yesterday and I'm so delighted that they are not only light and airy but also nickel-free! Finally, earrings that I can wear everyday! Thank you YellowGoat!

I am allergic to nickel and for the most part, I can only wear earrings that are pure silver or gold. I took a photo of the leafy earrings to show you how beautiful they are in detail. You can find a stunning collection of YellowGoat Handmade Jewelry at Hong Kong based YellowGoat Etsy. I love the Feel Good Series--very unique, stylish and adds to your soul-esteem! The Christmas Collection is also very festive especially the Gingerbread Man necklace. Consider faving the shop for some serious gift giving this Christmas!

I stumbled on YellowGoat Blog on Twitter and I've been a reader ever since. It's one of the most impeccable designed and exquisitely color coordinated blog I've come across. I love its regular features like New and Noted Thursdays and Friday Finds and of course the Weekly Giveaways!

Follow YellowGoat on Twitter if you don't want to miss getting your daily or weekly dose of design and all things beautiful. Happy weekend!

Sweet Tidings Sponsor Giveaway: Holland Fabric House


This week's inspiring sponsor giveaway is from Holland Fabric House, a top selling European ETSY shop based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands that offers a fine selection of bright and bold European fabrics, the cutest children's accessories and sweet handmade items with a trademark Dutch flair. The shop is a proud member of the ETSY European Street Team.

According to Noor, the charming shop owner and keeper, Holland Fabric House was borne out of her passion for creating handmade items out of fabric. An archaelogist by profession (who recently just finished her Ph.D degree in classical archaeology), she loves working with fabrics, buttons, ribbons and whatever embellishments she can get her hands on. To create her colorful and vibrant handmade products , she uses a wide selection of various fabrics such as fabrics with Dutch floral tradition inspired by Oilily .

Noor also creates handmade items for children and grown-ups from her fabric and notions collection that hopefully will brighten rooms and bring smiles to faces. All of Holland Fabric House's fabrics are 100% cotton and soft to the touch. As such, they are perfectly ideal for making clothes, quilts, accessories and interior decorating. Noor loves it when customers send her pictures of the gorgeous things they have made with Holland Fabric House products. See more of Holland Fabric House's beautiful assortment of handmade items, patterns, inspiration and more at their official website.

Giveaway prize: The winner of this sponsor giveaway is very welcome to select two (2) fat quarters of fabric and two (2) meters of ribbons of his/her choice from Holland Fabric House .

Giveaway mechanics:

1. Visit Holland Fabric House and bookmark it as a favorite. Select your favorite items from the shop then come back here to post your comment.

2. Readers who twitter, blog or retweet about this sponsor giveaway will receive additional entries. Please leave your twitter or blog giveaway links in a separate comment.

3. Please include your complete contact details (i.e. email address) so there will be a way to contact you in case you win. Commenters who do not provide email addresses will be disqualified.

4. This giveaway offer is open to all readers worldwide. Comments will be closed midnight of October 31, 2009 and the winner will be announced as soon as the giveaway sponsor has drawn the winner.

Visit our past and upcoming sponsors (see sidebar) for the best in handmade gifts, crafts and supplies. Also check out the sponsor shop guides. Happy commenting and good luck! Thank you Holland Fabric House for this fabulous sponsor giveaway!
Update: Comments have been closed! Thank you for participating. Giveaway result will be announced as soon as the giveaway sponsor has drawn the winner.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Miss Matatabi sponsor giveaway winners!

Miss Matatabi has drawn the names of the four (4) winners of the recently concluded sponsor giveaway and here they are:

1) Winner of the Nani Iro gauze set -

jkziel said...
Marked as a fave. Hmmmm...any of the newer Nani Iro Muji fabrics really caught my eye.

2) Winner of the Kyoyasai set -

simply geometric said...
I love "Fat Quarter Kyoyasai Dots Japanese Fabric - light blue" and "Fat Quarter Color Basic Plus Dots Small - chocolate brown on bright pink"
Thanks so much for the opportunity!

3) Winner of the Kokka Kawaii set -

Jeff said...
I like the Have a Good Day Japanese Fabric - green and blue too. :) Thank you
saddleoneup at att dot net

4) Winner of the Lecien Mrs March set -

Kim said...
Please enter me - my favorite is Echino Tiger on Flower Japanese Fabric - black, so pretty! Thanks,

Congratulations Jkziel, Simply Geometric, Jeff and Kim! Kindly email me your shipping details so these japanese fabric goodness can be posted to you soon by Miss Matatabi! Thank you to all who particpated. More chances to win in our next giveaway sponsored by ETSY shop Holland Fabric House.

Thank you so much Miss Matatabi for this amazing sponsor giveaway!

It's a Tilda Christmas!

Cookie the Kitchen Pixie

Here's another project from the Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle book. This is a kitchen pixie I made for my friend who loves to bake cookie treats every Christmas. This doll is 99% handsewn so she is a special doll indeed! I hope my friend will love Cookie Pixie!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Throw a Day of the Dead party!

Hola! In time for Dia de los Muertos, I've made a free printable party invite! Click on the image to enlarge and save to your hard drive.

Likewise, throw a fun Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead party with these craft recipes and ideas:

Sugar Skulls from These Foolish Things
Day of the Dead/Halloween Roundup from Crafty Chica
Maya's Day of the Dead Cookie Recipe from 101 Cookbooks
Day of the Dead Recipes from Gourmet Sleuth
Pink Sugar Skull party favors from Flirtbuttons
Mexican food and drink recipes from Texas Cooking
Make Day of the Dead treats from Fancy Flours Blog

Darla and the Raggedies

Image from Raggedy Sandy

I'm so thrilled Miss Darla is looking all happy and comfy in Raggedy Sandy's home! Doesn't she look so pretty sitting on Sandy's pink wicker chair? I'm so glad Sandy adopted her. She will be in good company with Sandy's stunning, charming Raggedy Doll creations!

There are other, one-of-a kind Zakka Kitty Couture Kitties available in my new ETSY shop. They're all looking for a warm home this holiday season!

Entries for Miss Matatabi's sponsor giveaway have been closed. Thank you so much to all who participated! I'll be posting the names of the four lucky winners soon. Also, watch out for the Holland Fabric House Sponsor Giveaway happening this weekend.

Have a happy Thursday everyone!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Miss Matatabi Giveaway Reminder

The Miss Matatabi Sponsor Giveaway ends tomorrow! Enter while you can for a chance to win one of the four japanese fabric sets to be given away. Also take advantage of the special Miss Matatabi promo for Sweet Tidings readers. What an opportunity to grow your precious japanese fabric stash!

Any Sweet Tidings reader who purchases fabric from Miss Matabi ETSY shop between October 14th - October 21st will receive a free fat quarter fabric surprise! Please enter the code "I love catnip" in the "message to seller."
Happy Tuesday!

You can help stop climate change

Have you seen the climate change campaign docu-movie The Age of Stupid ? If you have, it has probably inspired you to take affirmative action to stop climate change while we still have the chance.


Fly less, holiday more
Swap plane for train, holiday nearer to home and take fewer but longer trips-same tanning time, dramatically less climate change emissions. Never fly or only one return flight a year?

Save on cooling
Turn off your a/c one hour before you leave the room or put it on timer when you use it overnight. Open your windows to encourage natural air flow. Use your bill to see whether you cut 10% in 2010. Don't use gas or oil?

Save 10% on electricity
Save big cash by changing lightbulbs, replacing old fridges and freezers and always turnign stuff off. use your bill to compare 2009 usage to 2010. Produce your own electricity from solar or wind?

Drive less
Leave your car at home one day a week. Walk, cycle or take public transport. Join a carpool rather than owning your own and share your ride to work with a colleague or two. No car?

Eat better
More delicious in-season fruit and vegetables, less over- processed over-packaged tasteless cardboard. Have one meat-free day per week-but don't replace with just-as-bad cheese. Don't eat meat or dairy?

Buy good stuff
Less stuff made=less emissions=less climate change. So buy high quality things that last, repair broken stuff rather than throwing them away, buy and sell second-hand. Never buy new? Really?

Dump less
Avoid excess packaging and buying pointless stuff that goes straight to teh waste basket recycle everything possible and compost your food waste. No garden or scared of worms? Let you off the composting.

Don't waste food
Don't buy or cook more than you need and eat up those tasty leftovers. With a smile on you face. Never waste a drop or morsel?

Don't waste water
Pumping and distilling water uses lots of energy-as does heating it at your home-so take showers rather than baths, be careful when watering plants and only run full dishwashers & washing machines. Don't use water? What, you're an alien?

Feel happier
It's December 2010.. you're healthier from walking and cycling, you've made new friends from swapping stuff and carpooling, you've saved a big chunk of cash...and you know that you're part of the global effort to prevent catastrophic climate change...

(Tips taken from

Monday, October 19, 2009

Craftgossip at the Craft Café

Images from Craftgossip

If you have been been hanging out at The Craft Café (see lower sidebar of this blog) you may have come across a cozy spot called Craftgossip.

It's the most comprehensively organized craft site with specialized sub-blogs for every hobby and craft category. I especially love the sewing, edible crafts, recycled crafts and bath and body categories. If you have tutorials or crafty news to share, feel free to email the editors of each respective sub-blog category. We can never get enough of craft gossip!

Here are some of my favorite tutorials and links from the site:

1.Cinnamon Rosemary Soap Recipe
2. Jack o' Lantern Fruit Cup
3. Free Needlework Patterns: Christmas
4. Spooky Patchwork Treat Bag Tutorial
5. Recycle an Old Mouse Pad
6. Free Happy Flower Pincushion Pattern
7. Free Digital Stamps Halloween Labels
8. Free Felt Food Pattern Roundup

And oh, two more days before the Miss Matatabi Sponsor Giveaway ends. Be sure to enter because there will be four (4) winners this time! Check out the special Miss Matatabi promo for Sweet Tidings readers and the sponsor shop guides for your early holiday shopping.

Mosaic Monday: Halloween Cookies

1. Halloween spider cookies, 2. Jack Skellington cookie lollies, 3. pumpkin sugar cookie, 4. Halloween Oreo's, 5. RECIPE: Halloween Party Pops, 6. Halloween Cookies, 7. halloween cookies, 8. Halloween cookies, 9. Happy Hallow-Xmas Cookies

See more Mosaic Mondays here!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sugar n' Spice

Just added to the shop - freshly baked gingerbread men felt cookie ornaments in sweet reusable drawstring bag! Read about the history of the lovable gingerbread man character here.

Don't forget to enter the Miss Matatabi sponsor giveaway and the accompanying special promo exclusive for Sweet Tidings readers. Any Sweet Tidings reader who purchases fabric from Miss Matatabi ETSY shop between October 14th - October 21st will receive a free fat quarter fabric. Please enter the code "I love catnip" in the "message to seller" box.

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sweet Tidings Sponsor Giveaway: Miss Matatabi

This week's giveaway sponsor is Miss Matatabi, a little ETSY fabric shop based in Tokyo, Japan that has happily been sending fabrics all over the world since June 2007. Matatabi is "catnip" in Japanese and as it playful name suggests, the shop specializes in kawaii contemporary Japanese fabric and gorgeous sewing trims and notions. It also offers a large selection of beautiful Nani Iro fabrics.

The shop is run by Frances, a lovely Australian who came to Tokyo six years ago to study Japanese. She planned to stay in Japan only for a year but everything changed when she met a charming Tokyo boy who is now her husband and doting father to their two cats.

As Frances singlehandedly runs the shop but she also gets some help from Mr. Matatabi. Frances who is very much pregnant with Mini Matatabi at the moment is preparing for her wee one's arrival in November. She is excited and looks forward to having her sweet baby girl as her shop assistant. As shop owner of Miss Matatabi, Frances is very convo-friendly and sweetly packages her customers' orders with lots of love, care and attention.

The shop also has some of the most talented, creative and loyal customers! You can see the lovely handmade creations made from Miss Matatabi's fabrics and trims on the Matatabi & Me Flickr Pool. Feel free to submit your handmade lovelies made with Miss Matatabi fabrics to this very friendly Flickr group.

Miss Matabibi has an ongoing Autumn Sale with everything at 40% off! If you're planning to create something handmade and heartfelt for your loved ones this holiday season, there's no better place to visit than Miss Matatabi. There are lots of gorgeous fabrics to choose from for any handmade project. As Frances will prepare for Mini Matatabi's arrival, the shop will go on a break sometime in November but will be back soon with something special for December. Fans of Japanese fabrics will have to check on Miss Matatabi very so often because the new Nani Iro Antique collection produced by Naomi Ito for Kokka is coming to the shop soon!

The shop also has a very special promotion for Sweet Tidings readers! Any Sweet Tidings reader who purchases fabric from Miss Matabi ETSY shop between October 14th - October 21st will receive a free fat quarter fabric surprise! Please enter the code "I love catnip" in the "message to seller."

For this giveaway, Miss Matatabi is giving away these special fabric sets to four lucky readers!

1. Nani Iro double gauze set. 1/2 yard of Nani Iro fuwari in purple and 1/2 yard of Nani Iro fuwari in pink and green.

2. Lecien Kyoyasai set. 1/2 yard of Kyoyasai spring onion fabric and 1/2 yard of Kyoyasai dark blue dots. (Kyoyasai is a Lecien collection featuring vegetables typically found in Kyoto).

3. Kokka kawaii canvas set. 1 x fat quarter of Kokka solid yellow canvas and 1 x fat quarter of Kokka kawaii flying fabric.

4. Lecien Mrs. March set. 1 x fat quarter of Mrs. March flowers in pink and 1 x fat quarter of Mrs March flowers in blue.

Giveaway Mechanics:

1. This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide! All new and old Sweet Tidings readers, lurkers, delurkers, readers with with blog or no blog are warmly invited to join.

2. Visit Miss Matatabi on ETSY and bookmark the shop as a favorite. Select your favorite items from the shop then come back here to post your comment.

2. Readers who twitter, blog or retweet about this sponsor giveaway will receive additional entries. Please leave your twitter or blog giveaway links in a separate comment.

3. Please include your complete contact details (i.e. email address) so there will be a way to contact you in case you win. Comments will be closed midnight of October 21, 2009 and the winner will be announced as soon as the giveaway sponsor has drawn the winner. Winners will be selected by the giveaway sponsor in any manner he/she chooses.

Happy commenting and good luck! Big, big thanks to Frances of Miss Matatabi for this generous giveaway! Visit our sponsors (see sidebar) for the best in handmade craft supplies, gifts and more!