Saturday, November 28, 2009

Martha's Handmade Holidays: Then and Now

Some visual inspiration and ideas from Martha's Handmade Holidays from then and now {Martha Stewart Living Holidays 1993 and Martha Stewart Holiday 2008} to make the season merry and bright!






Black Friday Weekend Sale Event!



Hi! It's Black Friday Weekend Sale on ETSY and Artfire! There are great deals at the Sweet Tidings Shop too until Dec 1. Have a look!

Happy weekend!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas cookie baking at Wee Folk Art



Christmas is coming! Time to break out those cookie cutters, whisks and spatulas and your favorite holiday apron! It pays to prep and freeze cookie dough early for a stress free holiday baking! And oh, where is that Snowman cookie jar?

Christmas Cookie Roundup

Do you have a favorite holiday cookie recipe to share? Email them to Michelle or Kimara at Wee Folk Art! Starting next week, there's going to be some fun, holiday baking happening at the Wee Folk place. You are invited!

A mini shop update



Just updated my ETSY shop! Check out some great gift ideas for the foodie, tea drinker, home chef, cat fancier, journal lover and interior decorator in your life! Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thank You

Happy Thanksgiving to all my blog friends and readers in the States! Thank you to all my readers everywhere! I do what I do because of you.

Love & light,

Christy

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who arealso thankful for the setbacks.
GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.Find a way to be thankful for your troubles and they can become your blessings.
~Author unknown

Bonjour Mon Coussin





Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Sweet Tidings ETSY-Stocking stuffers and more!



I had a wonderful first month at ETSY! A few items from The Sweet Tidings Shop managed to get into the Front Page, ETSY Treasuries, gift guide and even in The Storque all in one month! I am ever so grateful for that experience. Not only that, stuff actually flew off the shelf bit by bit. Now if only I have a few extra tentacles and a gnome assistant, I can probably re-stock the shop with handmade goodies before the Christmas shipping deadline looms on Dec 1. But hey, a few uncommon finds will make their way to The Natural Home category of the shop tomorrow or Friday. These are sensibly priced, sweet eco friendly finds to love and treasure and even pass on to future generations. They are good for the soul, good for the home.

Also check out the Free Shipping section of the shop and the holiday shipping sked. Thank you so much for looking.

Meanwhile, see who just got a name change! It's Itti-bitty and Pretty (Formerly I Can't Sew Creations). To celebrate Rosie's newfound love with the sewing machine (she used to hate it) and her brand spanking new name, she's having a blog giveaway! Check out her other blog Agapanthas & Goldworthy to enter her cute giveaway. Tell the lovely Rosie I sent you.


Rosie's giveaway treats

If you live in the U.S./Canada, hope you have entered the Toys and Games Online Shop Guide and Giveaway. International readers are all welcome to enter this week's sponsor giveaway from ETSY shop Made for You by Mrs. Woo .

Sweet Tidings Sponsor Giveaway: Made for You by Mrs. Woo



Today's sponsor giveaway is from Made for You by Mrs. Woo, an ETSY shop based in the UK. The shop is a menagerie of sweet vintage treasures and eclectic creations made by Felicia or fondly referred to as Mrs.Woo. Felicia is an American lass married to an English gentleman and most of her days and nights are spent creating handmade lovelies made of recycled and upcycled materials, vintage beads, findings and haberdashery. Her fabric creations are also sewn on her vintage sewing machines!

Felicia is passionate about creating special handmade cards, brooches, as well as vintage button frames and personalized bespoke jewelry.



You can follow Felicia' crafty adventures on her blog Made for You by Mrs. Woo and friend her on Facebook!

For this giveaway, Made for You by Mrs. Woo is giving away this Vintage Amour necklace to one lucky Sweet Tidings reader:



















The shop is also offering free gift wrap for any occasion. Just leave a message in the message to seller box during checkout. Meanwhile, Sweet Tidings readers can avail of a 20% during the giveaway period. Just indicate "ST20" in message to seller section.

Giveaway Mechanics:

1. Visit Made for You by Mrs. Woo on ETSY and leave a comment here.

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

3.Please include your email in your comments or in your blog profile so there will be a way of contacting you in case you win. In case your name is drawn and you haven't provided an email address, a new name will be drawn.

4. This giveaway offer is open to all readers worldwide. Comments will be closed midnight of December 2, 2009 and the winner will be announced as soon as the giveaway sponsor has drawn the winner. Happy commenting and good luck!


Visit past and upcoming sponsors (see sidebar) for the best in handmade gifts, crafts and supplies.
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Update: Comments have been closed. Thank you for participating. I will be announcing the winner soon.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Rice Baby Sponsor Giveaway Winner



The giveaway sponsor has drawn a winner! This cute Where the Wild Things Are felt crown goes to.....


Congratulations Aik! Kellie has sent you an email and will send your giveaway prize soon. Thank you  all for joining the giveaway.  Check out The Rice Babies on ETSY for super cute stocking stuffers for kids! The free holiday shipping for U.S./Canada  and 10% discount on international shipping is still on-going.

I'll be back tomorrow with a new sponsor giveaway from Made for You by Mrs. Woo! Woohoo!

Christmas Craft Tutorial: Candy Shaker Ornaments


As promised, I'm back with a Christmas craft! This is a candy shaker ornament which you can easily make in a jiffy. You can use this as a place holder for your holiday dinner parties or hang on a Christmas favor tree. What's more, the container is re-usable too!

Materials:

  • Inexpensive salt and pepper shakers (clear glass variety)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Gold ribbon/twine
  • Thin ribbons holiday colors and motifs
  • Assorted tiny candies and non pareils in holiday shapes (cinnamon hots, sprinkles, M&Ms etc)
  • Handmade tags

Directions:

1.Empty tiny candies into a salt and pepper shaker. Seal off the top with cling wrap (measure the diameter of the top and cut to fit ). Attach gold ribbon/twine onto the lid of the shaker. You can easily insert a gold twine inside the holes of the lid.

2. Attach a ribbon around the shaker. You may embellish it some more if you like with tiny bells or ornaments.

3. Attach a handmade tag with the recipient's name.

Shake it! Happy crafty holidays!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Look who's back!


Image from iHanna Blog

My favorite Swedish crafter, writer, philosopher and all around inspirer is back! It's the lovely Hanna from iHanna Blog: Create & Live Happy. She's back from her six month long blog hiatus and we're all the better for it. Visit her blog if you're feeling low on inspiration. Her wise words and mindful craft projects will get your creative juices running in no time!

Here are some great reads (and re-reads) from her blog:


I'll be back tomorrow with a Christmas craft tutorial! Yippee!! It's just about time I did!

Mosaic Monday: Very Vanilla



1. vanilla cheesecake lollipops, 2. Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting, 3. Vanilla Cream Cakes with Pear, 4. Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée, 5. Krempita - vanilla slice, 6. Vanilla Caramel Teacakes, 7. 3 vanilla cupcakes with vanilla sea salt, 8. Vanilla Cherry Cupcakes, 9. Vanilla & Apricots

See more Mosaic Mondays here!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Handmade bird, Christmas wallpapers and final giveaway reminder



I can't wait to hold this handmade bird in my hand! I won this sweet, festive ornament from Minori Design's Thank You Giveaway. Thank you Theresia! I totally adore this little birdie and it will have a special place in my Christmas tree.

Theresia happens to be a talented artist! Check out her blog and her official website for her artful softies, designs and crafts. Her handiwork has been featured in a lot of US/UK craft magazines, blogs and publications and also in ETSY where she has a beautiful shop Strawberries and Cream. Be sure to bookmark her shop and grab one (or all) of her beautiful Christmas ornaments!



Meanwhile, add a sprinkle of holiday magic to your desktop with these enchanting holiday wallpapers from Wallcoo. They are superbly crystal clear in high resolution format and they fit any screen size. I love the White Christmas, Fancy Christmas Color and Sweet Home Christmas Baubles (so very zakka).



The Sponsor Giveaway from The Rice Babies ends in a few hours! Hurry and drop your name in the hat while there's still time! For U.S./Canadian readers, check out the special giveaway and shop offer from Toys and Games Online. Enjoy the weekend and whatever is left of it! Have a great week ahead.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Toys & Games Online Gift Guide & Giveaway



1. Learning Resources Smart Snacks Gingerbread Snap & Sort
2. KidKraft Birthday Cake Set
3. The Young Scientists Club Adventure Series: Chemistry Blast
4. KidKraft Cupcake Stand Set
5. Balitono Works of Ahhh... Nutcracker Soldier Wood Painting Kit
6. Alex Toys In My Kitchen Play Set
7. Sevi Wooden Push Bike


Get a head start on your Christmas holiday shopping with a little help from Toys and Games Online! Shopping for online toys has never been easier with Toys and Game Online's wide variety of toys, costumes, stuffed animals, baby toys and award winning educational games suited to any budget, preference and personality. Also enjoy the site's weekly pre-holiday sales with great offers such as free shipping and great discounts.

This holiday season, give the gift of learning with The Young Scientists Club Kits! Starting November 23, 2009, Toys and Games Online is offering 20% discount on this award winning product line.



About The Young Scientists Club Kits:
Started in 1999 by Esther Novis, a mother of five and a Harvard graduate with degrees in biology, The Young Scientists Club began as a summer science camp for her 5-year-old son. Friends from other parts of the country told Novis they felt cheated that their kids couldn’t go,so she packaged the experiments and sent them off. The idea for a science subscription service was born! Encouraged by the overwhelming response and approval by parents, educators and peers to her teaching style and philosophy, the summer science camps evolved into The Young Scientists Club. Novis uses the feedback and experiences that she has with the children in her summer camps to create all of The Young Scientists Club’s products. In early 2007, The Young Scientists Club introduced the The Magic School Bus Series science kits. The inventive series won multiple awards for the seven kits under this series,including recognition in 2009 from Creative Child Awards, Parents' Choice Foundation, National Parenting Center and a Museum Store Association Buyer's Choice award. The mission of The Young Scientists Club is simple - to offer children quality, science-related products that will fascinate them with the wonders of scientific discovery and spark their interest in future scientific endeavors. All products are designed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, educators, and parents with one purpose in mind: to combine fun and fascination with quality and learning in each and every product.


Toys and Games Online is giving away one (1) The Young Scientists Club The Magic School Bus: Going Green Kit to a lucky Sweet Tidings reader. Simply visit Toys and Games Online and leave a comment on this post. Additional points will be given to readers who follow this blog and tweet or blog about this shop guide and giveaway. Please include a valid email address in your comment or blog profile. I will keep the giveaway open until Friday, November 27 and I will draw the winner via random generator. Sorry international readers, this giveaway is open to U.S./Canadian residents as of the moment.


Meanwhile, Sweet Tidings readers who purchase any kit(s) from The Young Scientists Club product line can avail of a 20% discount. Simply enter this promo code at checkout: YSC20.

Happy online holiday shopping and good luck! Happy weekend!
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Comments have been closed. Thank you all for participating. The winner will be announced soon. Thank you Toys and Games Online.

Bloomize Handmade Fair + Giveaway Reminder



Bloomize-the journal of blooming ideas for home and living is going to have  Handmade Holiday Fair on November 24, 2009. Sunshine Fundraiser  Bracelets will be on sale on Bloom Blest on ETSY and a shop preview for Bloomize newsletter subscribers will be available on November 23. Also check out the Dec 2009/Jan 2010 Bloomize Newsletter for great holiday home ideas!  You can subscribe to the newsletter by visiting Bloomize. com.


















Original Sunshine Fundraiser Bracelets made of Japanese Zakka Beads

The Sponsor Giveaway from The Rice Babies ETSY is ending pretty soon!  Come visit the shop for cute stocking stuffers with free holiday shipping for U.S./ Canada customers. International customers get a 10% discount on the shipping rates too. Also check out the special Sweet Tidings promotion. Check out the giveaway post for more details.   

I will be back later with a special Holiday Weekend Shop Guide and Giveaway! Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Extremely Crafty Christmas Stockings


Looking for sweet and unique decor to sew and make? Try these cute stocking tutorials from Extremely Crafty:

A Drifting Afternoon & The Storque



Enjoy Drifting Afternoon, dreamy, kawaii-inspired game from Orisinal. Don't blame me if you can't unglue yourself from your seat. The games are too pretty! Check out The Crossing too. It's so charmingly autumnal!

I woke up wondering why my Raspberry Kiss Sweet Dreams Fairy had so many page views(and some hearts too) only to discover she has visited The Storque-Etsy's Handmade Blog! Thank you ETSY! Time to get the wishlist from the kiddies and start hearting your favorite shops and items!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Free Shipping Specials


A fairy for your bedpost

I have added a new section to the Sweet Tidings Shop-- Free Shipping Specials! I add things to the shop bit by bit since apparently I craft very slowly (making sure I pour much love and time to what I make) so check back often. Thank you for looking!

Christmas Craft Corner



Five weeks to go before Christmas! Time to set up that Christmas craft corner and get crackin' !

Some crafts to make:

Pinecone Elves and Gumdrop Pops from Martha Stewart
Country Style Stockings from All About You
Holiday Bags from Fiskars Crafts

Have you entered The Rice Babies sponsor giveaway yet? Check out the cute giveaway prize you can win for your kiddie! Also check out the shop's cute stocking stuffers and the free shipping for U.S./Canada (and 10% off on international shipping) offer.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ETSY Home Chef Gift Guide & Treasury




Thank you to ETSY for featuring my shop item in The Home Chef Gift Guide. I reckon it's a perfect gift coupled with this book, If I Could Eat Pasta Every Night Cookbook by Susan Kosoff. If you have a chef boyfriend, foodie girlfriend or family and friends who love to cook, check out the gift guide. From the gift guide, I love (no, I covet) these gorgeous items:


Cooking Utensils Journal from Disconsolator



Handmade Bowl from Chez Danisse



Cupcake stands from Catherine Reece

Also, thank you to  AMIDesigns for including my journal in her Paprika ETSY Treasury! Check out the treasury while it's still there.






For the holiday season,  check out the Free Shipping Specials section in my shop for pocket friendly handmade sweetness.  I'm still in the process of listing new items though  so check back often. Thank you for visiting!