Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Weekend Reading: A Natural History of the Senses

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

Ecojot Desktop Wallpapers and Eco-Friendly Fun Finds

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:

All images from Ecojot

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Hello Muffinpies!

muffinpie doll
muffinpie doll

muffinpie doll

Have a stroll at Blueberry Fields on ETSY to see sweet handmade treats and bright eyed muffinpie dolls! See more of Monique's handmade goodies and projects on her blog Blueberries in the Fields

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 Flat Sketchpad

fashion flat sketchpad

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? 

Check out the  DIY video tutorial on the M&J Blog on how this fashion sketch pad works.

Cute Stuff from Simply Pretty Prints + Yozo Craft Final Giveaway Reminder

I won this charming set of  Lovemobile cards during Sarah's Valentine Giveaway. Since Valentine's has passed, these would come very handy next year. Thanks Sarah! 

Check out Sarah's ETSY shop Simply Pretty Prints for some seriously cute handmade goods  such as custom message coffee cups, mini flower pots and beautiful thank you cards.

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

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Sun-dried Tomato, Cheese and Basil Loaf

I love the recipe book Loaves, Cakes and Quiches with Friends by Ilona. Practically any savory ingredient you have in your kitchen can be mixed and matched and baked into delicious loaves for brunch or snacks. I tweaked the recipe a little bit, substituting cheese for capers. I added a sprinkling of bacon bits for a richer, rounder flavor.

Sun-dried Tomato, Cheese and Basil Loaf

  • 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

Delightful Original Art Giveaway from We Blog Artists

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!

Spring Romance on Sweet Tidings ETSY + Blinking Flights Babushka Doll Pattern Freebie

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.

Do add your Blinking Flights creations to her Flickr Group afterwards. Thank you so much Rebecca for sharing the softie love!

Make it a great week!

Mosaic Monday: More Pink, Please!

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

Mad about Masking Tape

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.

Learn more about masking tape here. There are also some great craft deas on Flickr. Here are some crafty japanese masking tape projects you can try at home: 

Image from Style Me Pretty

Pretty Garlands from Style Me Pretty

Image from A Spoonful of Sugar

Image from Zakka Life

Image from Whisker Graphics

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Magical Gnome and Art Print Giveaway from Garden Mama

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!

P.S. I just added Garden Mama to my ever growing list of must-read blogs. I am hooked by her engaging writing style, photos and homestyle sensibility. Her shop is a must-see too!

Pinocchio Tape Measure

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

Wee Weekend Sewing

Fancy a micro pig to cuddle in bed? Sew these fun and cute projects this weekend. The cute zakka sponsor giveaway from Yozo Craft is still ongoing. Join the fun here. Happy Friday!

Kitty Coin Purse and Piggy Pillows from Craft Passion

Ms. Lipsie the Pocket Girl from Lia's Space

Sensational Stitchery from Totally Severe

Image from Totally Severe

I just adore this redwork embroidery of Project Runway's Tim Gunn that Sarah of Totally Severe made! I found her creative site via the lovely How About Orange. Isn't this total genius?

Check out Sarah's creative offerings such as incredibly colorful and stunning downloads, printables and print-on-demand fabrics. So severely sensational!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tilda's Summer Ideas and more

I received this lovely booklet, Tilda's Summer Ideas from a darling friend today. Isn't Tilda's booklet so beautiful and isn't my friend just the most wonderful? There are kitchen  and flower garden angels, radishes, summer garlands and even Swedish Dala horses to make. Oh my, this should keep me busy, busy, busy for a while!

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!