Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!



Another fresh new year is here . . .
Another year to live!
To banish worry, doubt, and fear,
To love and laugh and give!

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest . . .
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best!

I have the opportunity
Once more to right some wrongs,
To pray for peace, to plant a tree,
And sing more joyful songs!

-William Arthur Ward

Happy new year my friends!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Fresh ways to start 2010



This coming new year, why not...

1. Express your self through a  creative collage
2. Control chaos one babystep at a time
3. Try the 10 healthiest resolutions
4. Embrace change
5. Nurture your creative life in 26 ways
6. Print and utilize this Resolutions Planner  from Martha

Monday, December 28, 2009

Fabric shopping made easy with More Cloth



Your don't need to spend light years on ETSY combing through all the fabric shops for  that perfect swatch of fabric. Make fabric shopping a breeze with More Cloth, a third party ETSY app.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sweet Tidings 2nd blog birthday!




It's been two sweet years of handmade fun! Thank you for the inspiration and friendship! The best is yet to come!

P.S. Due to the holiday frenzy and apparent lack of blog reading time, I've extended The Crafting Bug sponsor giveaway until Dec 30. Last chance to add your name to the hat! Good luck!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!



May all your Christmas dreams and wishes come true! Merry Christmas my friends!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas wishes



God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
the warmth of Christmas, which is love;
the radiance of Christmas, which is purity;
the righteousness of Christmas, which is justice;
the belief in Christmas, which is truth;
the all of Christmas, which is Christ.
        --Wilda English

From my home to yours--wishing you all a blessed Christmas filled with love, hope and light!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Cupcake tags + blog giveaway sponsor finale reminder


Image from Bake it Pretty Blog

Head over to Bake it Pretty Blog and grab these super sweet cupcake print-out tags. I know I'll be hanging these on every handmade gift I make.

It takes less than a minute to add your name to The Crafting Bug sponsor giveaway!  This is the last sponsor giveaway of the year so better join in the fun. It would take a long while before I orchestrate another slew of giveaways! ;)  

See you guys on Christmas Day! Happy holidays from Sweet Tidings!

Mosaic Monday: Season's Greetings



1.Oh christmas tree...., 2. Flamboyant*, 3. { 24 days of christmas } 3/24: let it snow..., 4. Couple of lights, 5. Star of Wonder, 6. Green & Gold for Christmas, 7. Christmas Magic, 8. alive and warm, 9. christmas morning

See more Mosaic Mondays here!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

'Twas the Night Before Christmas





Cozy Memories Sponsor Giveaway Winner

Our giveaway sponsor has drawn a winner! The winner of this gorgeous rose and linen patchwork pincushion is.....



Congratulations Sarah! Please email me your shipping address so Sonia can post  your lovely giveaway prize to you soon. Thank you to all who participated. Thank  you Cozy Memories!  

Please don't forget to enter this week's sponsor giveaway from The Crafting Bug!  It's the last sponsor giveaway of the year. Ok, I'm off to do some Christmas baking now. Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sweet Tidings Sponsor Giveaway from The Crafting Bug



 




The last sponsor giveaway of the year is from ETSY shop The Crafting Bug.  A veritable treasure trove of wonderful craft supplies, findings, fabrics and packaging materials, The Crafting Bug is  brainchild of three crafty friends who love and enjoy sharing handcrafting tips and sourcing materials from all over the world.
During their spare time, they love to create small crafts for family and friends. Over time, they came across high quality and unique crafting supplies from Asia which they believed would be a good fit with the international community's crafting needs. It is their wish that you catch the crafting bug just like they did!

The bulk of the shop's items are comprised of high quality commercial crafting products sourced from Korea, Japan, Taiwan and China. The shop's  best sellers and most requested items include deco tapes designed in Japan and Korea, origami paper packs, paper gift bags, Kodomo No Kao rubber stamps from Japan, quality but highly affordable fabric ink pads range from Lemon Co. Japan and exquisite Japanese cotton fabrics designed by Lecien, Yuwa and Cosmo Japan.

The shop is also  running a Pre-Christmas Sale with 20% to 50% discount on selected items. Take advantage of sale items for a great 2010 crafting year!

Sweet Tidings readers can avail of a  10% discount on shipping.    Just leave the promotion  code "I caught the CraftingBug" under the 'notes to seller' during checkout.

The shop can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.

The Crafting Bug is giving away this super cute  little poodle stamp by Kodomo No Kao, under the Petit Stamp Collection. It's just the perfect little stamp to embellish handmade cards, scrapbooks and gift tags!



Giveaway mechanics:

1. Visit The Crafting Bug on ETSY and tell me what your favorite item is from the shop. Come back here to post your comment.

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. A new winner will be picked in case you win and there is no way of contacting you.

4. This giveaway offer is open to all readers worldwide. Comments will be closed midnight of December 25, 2009 December 30, 2009 and the winner will be announced as soon as the giveaway sponsor has drawn the winner.

Please visit 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!

Update: Comments have been closed. Thank you so much for participating. The winner will be announced soon. 

Make a Winter Spool Gnome Doll

 

 

Have a teeny weeny gnome companion (and guardian of your baker's twine) while you wrap your Christmas cookies and gifts.  Simply add a felt hat to a natural, unpainted wooden ball using the gnome hat pattern from Wee Folk Art's felt gnome tutorial. Hot glue to the wooden head to a baker's twine wooden spool. Add a tiny scarf. Voila! You now have a woodland spool doll to enjoy  through all  the seasons!

The Cozy Memories sponsor giveaway is ending soon. Hurry and add your name while there's still time. I will be closing the comments midnight tonight. Also take advantage  of the shop's WORLDWIDE FREE SHIPPING offer from December 7 to Dec 24th. There are sweet items in Sonia's shop that are perfect for Valentine's (hint, hint). Get them while they're on free shipping.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

More sparkling holiday hints + giveaway reminder



Image from Susan Branch


 
Image from Lang Lang Creations 

 Last minute handmade sewing tutorials from Everything Your Mama Made

 
Image from Real Simple Magazine


 21 easy gift wrapping ideas from Real Simple Magazine 



 Image from Martha Stewart


Holiday clip-art crafts from Martha Stewart



Image from Paper Crave


Don't forget to enter your name to win this gorgeous French pincushion from Sonia's beautiful ETSY shop Cozy Memories. The giveaway ends tomorrow so hurry, hurry! Enter the giveaway here.



Sunday, December 13, 2009

Silent Night, Holy Night


 
 

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth 

Natural Christmas Creche

Materials: Wooden peg dolls, Gemmilou on ETSY 
                Raffia fiber and abaca twine, Sweet Tidings on ETSY
                Light hessian fibers
                Acorn cap
                Empty matchbox
                Glue gun and glue stick

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gingham Christmas Crafts + Tea and Ceremony Winner

There's nothing like gingham to give a homespun touch to Christmas gifts and presents. Whip up this cute gingham bear from the book Country Living's Handmade Christmas.





Meanwhile, here's a clever way to package baked goods like homemade fruitcake and homestyle bread loaves and quick breads. This idea is from the book Christmas Gifts of Good Taste. Simply sew a gingham cloth napkin or tea towel into a pouch and applique with holiday patterns. Easy peasy!

Our recent giveaway sponsor has drawn a winner! The lucky winner of the papercut winter card set is......

REBECCA OF BLINKING FLIGHTS

Hooray and congratulations Rebecca! I will be getting in touch with you shortly. Thank you to all who participated. Please check out the current sponsor giveaway from ETSY shop Cozy Memories.

My friend Clara of Bloomize is also having a yuletide giveaway ! Enter her giveaway for a chance to win a goodie set like this:



Happy crafty, merry weekend everyone!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lollishop Christmas + Tea & Ceremony Giveaway Reminder

How about a dusting of sugar? Lollishops is a treasure trove of a sugar kissed, sugarplum Christmas! 














Don't  forget to enter the sponsor giveaway from Tea and Ceremony which ends tonight! Check out the shop's free shipping offer to the UK too.  Have a wonderful Friday!

Sweet Tidings Sponsor Giveaway from Cozy Memories





This week's sponsor giveaway is from ETSY shop Cozy Memories run by the charming and effervescent Sonia of Cozy Homemaking blog. Sonia runs her sweet little craft atelier in Montpellier, France where is a devoted wife and a creative and inspiring mom to two little boys. In between the cooking, baking and daily domestic rituals, Sonia carves a special time for herself to craft for family, friends and for her ETSY shop. Sonia narrates how her shop came to being:

The shop opened its door in January 2008 and at that time, I was making and selling felt food or other items made with felt. Then I started sewing a bit, especially when I bought a new machine in February 2009. I discovered the pleasure and joy of free-hand embroidery in the autumn of 2008 and I made one of my favorite embroidery projects, an embroidered cushion cover.
On the shelves of Cozy Memories shop, you will find a lovely collection of gifts and treasures made with Sonia's love, care and attention. There are fragrant lavender filled strawberry sachets the lavender of which is handpicked and dried by Sonia herself. For those who love making kitchen gifts, the shop offers special French country handmade jam and honey jar covers. Meanwhile, crafters would adore Sonia's beautiful French pincushions made of natural linen, Liberty of London fabrics, crocheted trims and vintage buttons. Sonia also regularly re-stocks her shop with other handmade lovelies such as embellished Moleskine cahier journals, linen bookmarks, wrist cuffs and door hangers. After the holiday season, the shop will resume accepting custom orders.





For the holiday season, the shop offers limited edition Christmas items such as Hand Embroidered Spice Biscuit Garlands and felt gingerbread biscuit ornaments.





Read more about Sonia's adventures on crafting and domestic bliss on the Cozy Homemaking blog and her crafty explorations via Naturally Dyeing, a journal documenting her experiments with natural, plant based dyes. You can see more of Sonia's beautiful crafts on her Flickrstream. You can also follow Cozy Memories on Twitter!

From December 7 to December 24, 2009 Cozy Memories is offering free shipping worldwide on all orders.


For this giveaway, Cozy Memories is giving away this beautiful handmade French pincushion made of natural linen and patchwork rose fabric, lace, solitary blue button and light blue gingham.



How to enter the giveaway:

1. Visit Cozy Memories on ETSY and tell me what your favorite item is from the shop. Come back here to post your comment.

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. A new winner will be picked in case you win and there is no way of contacting you.

4. This giveaway offer is open to all readers worldwide. Comments will be closed midnight of December 17, 2009 and the winner will be announced as soon as the giveaway sponsor has drawn the winner. Happy commenting and Joyeux Noël from Cozy Memories!

Please visit past and upcoming sponsors (see sidebar) for the best in handmade gifts, crafts and supplies. Also check out the sponsor shop guides.
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Update: The giveaway has ended and comments have been closed. Thank you to all who participated! The winner will be announced soon.