Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Take time to deeply appreciate and celebrate your 5 (or 6) senses! In her voluptuous book A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman bestselling author of Cultivating Delight and Deep Play invites you to revel in the gorgeousness of sense, touch, smell, hearing and vision and all the vivid delights of this sense-luscious world.
The Round Walls of Home
Picture this: Everyone you've ever known, everyone you've ever loved, your whole experience of life floating in one place, on a single planet underneath you. On that dazzling oasis, swirling with blues and whites, the weather systems form and travel. You watch the clouds tingle and swell above the Amazon, and know that the weather that develops there will affect the crop yield half a planet away in Russian and China. Volcanic eruptions make tiny spangles below. The rain forests are disappearing in Australia, Hawaii, and South America. You see dust bowls developing in Africa and the Near East. Remote sensing devices, judging the humidity in the desert, have already warned you there will be plagues of locusts this year. To your amazement, you identify the lights of Denver and Cairo. And though you were taught about them them one by one, as separate parts of a jigsaw puzzle, now you can see that the oceans, the atmosphere and the land were not separate at all, but part of an intricate,recombining web of nature. Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, you want to click your magic shoes together and say three times: "There's no place like home."
Ackerman, Diane. "Vision." A Natural History of the Senses.New York:Vintage Books, 1990. p 283-284.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Liven up your desktop with fresh, colorful and happy desktop wallpapers from eco-friendly Canadian paper products company Ecojot. Also check out Designer Jots and Ecojotter Blog for eco-friendly design inspiration.
Here's a sampling of Ecojot goodies for eco-friendly doodling:
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I'll be closing the Sweet Valentine sponsor giveaway from Yozo Craft in just a few hours so hurry and enter while it is still open. Have fabulous Thursday!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Fashion design students or any fashion design enthusiast would adore this Fashion Sketch Pad from M&J Trimming. The Fashion Flat Sketchpad features an industry standard front and back female croquis on every page. You can draw your design and concepts right onto the page of your pad and then photocopy or scan your design, the croquis will not scan or copy eliminating the need for a light box or tracing paper. Brilliant isn't it?
Today is the last day of the Sweet Valentine sponsor giveaway from Yozo Craft. Don't forget to enter as there are five (5) wooden Decole antique style wooden envelope templates to be given away. Today is also the last day to take advantage of Yozo Craft's free gift offer!
I scored one of Yozo Craft's newest additions a couple of days ago. It's a Japanese Antique Style Scissor to add to my sewing notion shadow box. Isn't it gorgeous? I've been looking for something like that for a long, long time! So glad I found it at Yozo Craft.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
- 200 grams all-purpose flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 100 ml olive oil
- 100 ml milk
- 3 1/2 oz cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped bacon
- large handful of resh basil, torn into small pieces or snipped with scissor
- salt and black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a loaf tin and slightly dust with flour.
2. In a large bowl, mix the flour and baking powder. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and milk. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and fold mixture and fold in gently until there are no more lumps. Stir in the grated cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon bits and basil. Mix well.
4. Pour the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for about 45 minutes, until the tip of the knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin before turning out.
Monday, February 22, 2010
I love discovering new artists and sharing them on this journal! I'd like to introduce Char & Tam from We Blog Artist. Their blog is an avenue of creative collaboration and connection and it is inspiring in every way.
Char has a very delightful ETSY store called Blueshine Baby offering fairytale inspired wall art. Better check out the shop as Char is offering free shipping for the whole month of February. How can you not resist these prints? As for me I am totally smitten!
You'd be thrilled to know that she has a fabulous giveaway! But hurry as it is ending very soon!
Visit the We Blog Artist Blog and tell Char which animal,bird or insect you would like painted with the number of children/adults on the back, 3 colour preference and whether it is a night or day scene. As for me, I would like to be painted sleeping soundly on the back of a big, cuddly dog on a starry night.
On that note, sweet dreams beckon. Goodnight!
I was feeling inspired to add some new stuff to my ETSY gift shop! Hope you like them. As usual fantastic, low(est) shipping rates apply and everything is handmade with lots of love.
Rebecca of Blinking Flights just added a very sweet and free pattern to her blog! It's a super cute Babushka Doll pattern! Check out other free patterns of her delightful and cuddly bugs and critters! She has PDF patterns of other doll designs available on her shop too. Her patterns are delightfully illustrated and very colorful to boot.
Make it a great week!
1. HAVE A SWEET VALENTINE'S DAY, 2. SABRINA Pink Valentines day Vintage Dress, 3. Breakfast at Tiffany's Valentine's set, 4. Pink Valentine's Day Birdhouse, 5. so pink...., 6. A bowl filled with love, 7. pink heart, 8. Big Valentine Heart Cookies, 9. pink lemon cupcake
See more Mosaic Mondays here!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Ready to try MT (masking tape) crafts? Get your colorful MT stash at Yozo Craft. The shop offers various delivery methods such as SAL (surface air lifted) which makes shipping even more affordable. Alternately you can buy single japanese masking tapes from their 3point5dollars shop on ETSY. Yozo Crafts' special promo for Sweet Tidings readers is still ongoing! Readers who leave the message "Valentine" in the "Remarks" field before shop checkout will receive a cute gift. The free gift offer is good until the end of the sponsor giveaway on Feb 24, 2010.
Image from Style Me Pretty
Image from A Spoonful of Sugar
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Garden Mama is hosting a 2-part giveaway from Pipodoll, a very whimsical shop on ETSY that sells the cutest art prints, hand drawn plushies and gnomes--handmade gnomes! As you know I am crazy over anything gnome or gnomish. Pipodoll is one of the first shops I've discovered on ETSY and Samantha has so many happy, inspiring creations to fall in love with. Have a gander around the shop.
Enter Garden Mama's giveaway for a chance to win the handmade gnome and art print featured above. I'm keeping my fingers crossed too. Good luck!
My friend visited New York recently and got me this cute Pinocchio Tape Measure from MOMA. It makes sewing so much fun!
Don't forget to enter the Sweet Valentine Sponsor giveaway from Yozo Craft. Five of these Decole Antique Style Wooden Envelope Templates will be given away. They are perfect for making handmade stationery!
Make it a fun and crafty weekend!
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The spring issue of Cath Kidston Magazine has also arrived! I hope you have ordered your free copy too. If not, you can browse the online version of the magazine here. I love all the visual inspiration in this issue.
I have also updated my ETSY gift shop. It's been light years since I've added anything to the shop. I'll be adding more spring-y gift items in the days to come.
Check out the Yozo Craft Valentine Sponsor Giveaway too. There will be 5 winners to be drawn. Have a happy Wednesday!