Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sugar, Sugar

A Spoonful of Sugar

Mary Poppins:
In ev'ry job that must be done
There is an element of fun
You find the fun and snap!
The job's a game

And ev'ry task you undertake
Becomes a piece of cake
A lark! A spree! It's very clear to see that

A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way

A robin feathering his nest
Has very little time to rest
While gathering his bits of twine and twig
Though quite intent in his pursuit
He has a merry tune to toot
He knows a song will move the job along - for

A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way


The honey bee that fetch the nectar
From the flowers to the comb
Never tire of ever buzzing to and fro
Because they take a little nip
From ev'ry flower that they sip
And hence (And hence),
They find (They find)
Their task is not a grind.

Ah-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h ah!

A Spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
The medicine go down-wown
The medicine go down
Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
In a most delightful way

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

Crafting & Shopping for Valentines

Try these stylish and oh so pretty clipart projects this weekend. They are sure to please even the most discriminating recipient!
1. Homemade Pie Favor Tags from Style Me Pretty
2. DIY Vintage Apothecary Style Labels  from  iDIY
3. Pretty Punch Packages from Lily BonBon
4. DIY Valentine's Day Goodie Bags from Twig & Thistle

Have you picked a Valentine gift yet? Pick something pretty from Flirtbuttons ETSY for a special friend or  loved one! Write "valentine20" in the message to seller section and receive a 20% refund after your paypal payment. This offer is good from today until February 14 only.

Meanwhile, the sponsor giveaway from The Poison Apple Apothecary is still ongoing! Enter the giveaway to be in the drawing for a 5-vial fragrance sampler pack (you get to choose your own bewitching poison). Do visit The Apothecary for some truly luscious, come-hither scents! Readers who mention the giveaway sponsor blog post in the message to seller section upon checkout will be able to add one vial of their choice to their order no matter the size. Hurry and take advantage of these shop specials while you can!

P.S. The Enchanted Owl on ETSY is having a valentine giveaway! Convo or email enoreelapo(at) to enter the Valentine Giveaway. The winner will be announced on Feb. 7 and will receive one free ornament of his/her choice!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Romantic Zakka

Valentine breakfast mugs, Chocolat Fraises 

Moroccan Slippers, Fiorito 

Posy Flower Pot, Lis Lis

Love Bird Rubber Stamp, Torinoha

Antique Rose Ring, Lovebird

Antique Letter Set, Acorn-Style 

Create your Own Happily Ever After

Images from ABCCreativity/Andrea Schroeder

Let ABCCreativity inspire you to create your own happily ever after! Artist Andrea Schroeder's  site is filled with tips, encouragement, support and tools for your creative journey. Enjoy the free guided meditations  to add a jolt of healing and positivity to your day! 

All is well.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Small Ways to Get Organized

 Images from The Small Object Steno Pad

Get organized The Small Object way! I'm off to make some little lined stamped notes for myself too. Get all the cute printable goodies under Happy Fun Free Downloads. Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings


 ....these are a few of my favorite things!

Get your yummy baker's twine fix from Swann and Merlin ETSY  as well as other goodies to make and create with such as fabric labels, clear cello bags and even sweet lunch cards. Check out Odette's lovely blog too. Have a happy handmade day!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sweet Valentine Sponsor Giveaway--5 Vial Fragrance Sampler Set from The Poison Apple Apothecary

I'm pleased to introduce Sweet Tidings' newest sweet valentine giveaway sponsor The Poison Apple Apothecary on ETSY. Purveyor of mysterious yet wearable, luxurious yet affordable, tempting yet addicting handmade perfume oils, The Poison Apple Apothecary creates scents that  are molded around fairytales and mythology to create a unique, playful, multi-sensory experience for the wearer.

The shop's name is inspired by that famous fairytale and as the name suggests, there is a a hint of temptation.. so beware. You might just find yourself going back to The Poison Apple Apothecary over and over again. I, for one  have been strangely drawn and spellbound by this poison. Oh,  I love  the bit of timber, the swig of rum, the dash of patchouli, and  the soft vanilla dry down that goes to this blend.

Aphrodite's Love Elixir 
A libation of love, lust, beauty, and desire. This brew was blended using the same components woven together to create the goddess- essences of sea salt, chilly ocean mist, and soft watery blooms. Wear this irresistible perfume oil and seize what you desire most.

A Valentine Scent: Scorned

With each passing Valentine's Day, not much changes. At three in the morning she sits alone in the dead silence of the desolate room. She tightly clutches her cup of steaming tea, the only fuel keeping her going at this hour. A browning apple sits abandoned at one end of the table, long forgotten as all else but him has been. She scribbles furiously in her old leather journal, cursing him until the end of time. Time, after all, is the only thing she has.

Notes of black tea, red apple, leather, and aged paper.

Death by Sugar 
A gluttonous mountain of sugary sweets. Sugar cookies piled high, drizzled with syrup, dotted with sprinkles, slathered with frosting, and dusted with powdered sugar. Beware the dreaded sugar shock!

According to Angela, mistress of The Apothecary:

The Poison Apple Apothecary is a journey to the dark side of fragrance. We try to create out of the box scent combinations, and furthermore to create an experience. Each of our scents should evoke a certain feeling through the story that it tells with it's notes. One of the things that inspired me to start the apothecary was, besides the love of perfume, the goal of creating a scent that is multi-sensual in nature. That is, the perfumes from the apothecary were created not only to sniff; I want you to be able to hear the wind rippling through the field guarded by the Scarecrow, see the images of the story book heroine Rhodopis, feel the goosebumps on your arms when you smell the grave dirt in Garden of Graves, and taste the bitter tossed aside apple in Scorned. I wanted to create a truly unique experience for myself and others. One customer put it best when she said, “I like your shop because your scents are eerie and they all have a story behind them.
Angela is lucky to have turned her passion for perfumery into a hobby with the apothecary. Having studied fragrance for years and having a degree in psychology and classical civilization have all helped Angela apply her knowledge of history and  human condition into creating wonderfully complex scents that you won't be able to find on department store perfume counters.

For the sweet valentine giveaway, one lucky reader will receive a  Custom Five (5) Vial Sampler Set where you get to go to the apothecary and choose your own poison. You can find the perfume oil master list here.  This fragrance sampler pack is currently The Poison Apple Apothecary's best selling item. It is a great way to wet your toes with The Apothecary!

Meanwhile 1 ml sample vials are available for those who want to try any of the apothecary's perfume oils ranging from the saccharine  to the limited editions. Readers who mention this blog post in the message to seller section upon checkout will be able to add one vial of their choice to their order no matter the size.

To enter this valentine giveaway, simply head over to The Poison Apple Apothecary on ETSY and leave a comment of this post telling me which scent you would love to try. You can increase your chances of winning by "hearting" the shop on ETSY, twitting or blogging about this giveaway. Please leave your links in a separate comment. This giveaway is open until midnight of Feb 1, 2010. International readers are welcome to enter this giveaway!

Important: Please include your email address in your comment or blog profile so there will be a way to contact you in case you win. A new winner will be picked in case you win and there is no way of contacting you. Have fun! Happy Monday!
Update: The giveaway has ended. Thank you so much for participating. The winner will be announced as soon as the giveaway sponsor has picked a winner.


Congratulations to Heather for winning The Poison Apple  Apothecary sponsor giveaway.  

Mosaic Monday: Valentine Cupcakes

1. Happy Valentine's Day, 2. I ♥ YOU, 3. Happy Valentines Day, 4. Valentine Cupcakes, 5. valentines day cupcakes, 6. Happy Valentines Day to all of my wonderful friends here in Flickrland!, 7. Sweet Valentine's Day Cupcakes, 8. I shot an arrow into the air, ...., 9. Valentine's Day Chocolate Cupcakes

See more Mosaic Mondays here!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tiny weekend valentine projects

The Sweet Valentines Sponsor Giveaway from Flirtbuttons ETSY has expired. Thank you to all who joined in the fun! Thank you Flirtbuttons ETSY. The lucky recipient of the one dozen valentine pocket mirror assortment will be announced as soon as the sponsor has drawn a name. Visit Flirtbuttons on ETSY for the sweetest party and wedding favor ideas.
Stay tuned for a  fun, sexy giveaway from new sponsor The Poison Apple Apothecary soon.  Happy weekend everyone!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Oh, the colors of spring!


Bath in the awakened beauty of  nature! Tilda's Spring 2010 color palettes are a marriage of the most delicate pinks and the freshest  greens. Check out  Tilda's beautiful spring/summer ideas too.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ask the shrink: What's your font type personality?

I saw this fun quiz over at Jessica at How About Orange and I can't resist to share. A psychiatrist in dapper suit will ask you four questions and then gives a diagnosis of your font type personality.  I have been diagnosed to have a dot matrix font personality. I like the sound of it. Soooo me. 

Take the quiz here and enter the password "character." Try it and have fun!

Heart-shaped potholders and more Martha ideas

Make and enjoy these pretty Valentine's Day projects from Martha. Don't forget to enter this week's sweet valentine sponsor giveaway too. It's ending soon!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Totally Sweet Ideas

Image from Forty-Sixth at Grace 

Image from Make Something 
 Image from Eat Drink Chic
Prettify your homemade jams with Eat Drink Chic

Image from Sewtakeahike  
The Sweet Valentine Sponsor Giveaway from Flirtbuttons  is ending soon. A dozen, pretty valentine pocket mirrors are up for grabs.Enter the giveaway while you can. Happy Wednesday!

Gnome Party!

Calling gnomekins and gnome fanatics! Paula Clare is having a gnome party! Pictured above is Milo, a sweet woodland gnome given to me by my dear friend last Christmas.  I think he is lost on his way to the party teehee!

While you are at Paula Clare's site, don't forget to enter her gnome garland giveaway. Also check out the cute gnome party happening at Creative Breathing and Elizabeth's lovely gnome penny rug pattern.  

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Creative Everyday Challenge: Spool & Peg Doll Parade

Hooray! I just signed up for Leah Piken Kolidas' Creative Everyday Challenge! Just like what I've said in my earlier post, I am trying to align with the abundant, creative energies available this year. I hope you tap in too and join me in making 2010 our most creative year ever.
These  peg and spool dolls are my first creative everyday challenge project. I created these wee dolls using my favorite colors, patterns and prints. Hope you like them. Happy Tuesday!

Wonderland Collection from Forget-me-not



 Wonderland Collection from Forget-me-not
Forget Me Not unveils  Wonderland, a Summer 10 collection inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll and John  Tenniel is now available for sale in 10 countries around the world from selected fashion and luxury stores including Barney's, Colette, Tsum, HP France Harvey Nichols and more.
"Forget me not" is a series of Art mode digital prints on scarves and turbans. It's an extension of Coco's work as a fashion illustrator focusing on big square (120*120) sizes.   All designs are based on her personal compositions and illustrations. Coco's work has been published in numerous books and magazines, such as Vogue, Elle and Nylon.