Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cheers to Summer (I'm off to a vacation)

Let summer bloom and linger with these fresh expert ideas, finds and advice (and music too).


Image from Martha Stewart

Create stunning and vivid summer centerpieces with these ideas from Martha. I love the idea of having free floating summer blooms in small bowls of water and scattering  them around the table.


Image from Mikasa

Mikasa has some of the loveliest summer tableware and barware  for easy and memorable entertaining from their essential Cheers collection.  For the most festive and stylish entertaining ideas check out their video Throw the Perfect Party with the Cheers Collection.




Image from Stereomood

 
Enjoy the hot season with the perfect playlist! Stereomood has all the perfect summer tracks to keep you groovin' all summer long.

I'm off to a blog hiatus! See you sometime in August. Take care my friends.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Amazing Giveaways at Wee Folk Art and Emjie's





If you're a devoted fan of Wee Folk Art  like I am, you would have probably read about the Bolga basket you tube video that Kimara has posted on the Wee Folk Art Facebook fanpage. Apparently these Bolga baskets are made with lots of handmade joy, laughter and community spirit by the Bolgatangans of the north east region of Ghana. These Bolga baskets are incredibly beautiful and durable fair trade products that one would be so honored and proud to own.

The lovely Kimara in cooperation with A Toy Garden  is giving readers a chance to win their very own Bolga basket! Simply visit the Wee Folk Art giveaway post here and follow instructions.



Meanwhile, Emjie is also having a sweet giveaway at her blog. Do visit her blog to win some very lovely goodies such as a Peppermint Mag and Emjie's zines.

Thank you  Kimara and Emjie for sharing some giveaway love. I hope one of my readers will get lucky!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hurry and Enter the Giveaway on Happy Doodle Land




Images by Happy Doodle Land/Flora Chang


Yay! It's giveaway time on one of my favorite blogs Happy Doodle Land! There will be three winners! Hope you get super lucky  and win one of the cute prizes.

Hurry and enter the giveaway as the cut-off is on Sunday, July 25 (central USA time). Hope your enjoying the weekend and what's left of it.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sarah + Abraham





Irresistibly cute stuff for mommy, baby and kids  from Sarah + Abraham. I especially love the Olliegraphic and Latte collections and these cute notepads!

And  these edible icing decals? They are just the best thing since frosted cupcakes!

Sarah + Abram on ETSY
Sarah + Abraham Website 
Sarah + Abraham Blog

Friday, July 23, 2010

Mmm marshmallows!







I've been wanting to make these homemade marshmallows since forever. They turned out nice, fluffy and springy as described by Smitten Kitchen. These should be perfect with these vintage summer recipes Angels' Halos and S'mores (click on pictures to enlarge). I can't wait to try Martha's and Alton's marshmallow recipe versions too.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Darling Birdseed Cakes from Magic Onions



Look at what my feathered friends will be having for lunch! Darling birdseed cakes! The tutorial comes from a beautiful Waldorf inspired blog called  The Magic Onions. Kimara of Wee Folk Art featured the tutorial  in her Facebook Page a couple of days ago. It's so easy and fun I had to go out and buy gelatine pronto.

I have discovered a lot of fun stuff on crafty Facebook pages. I hope you visit and like the Sweet Tidings page too. I usually share fun stuff at the top of my mind.

Hope your week is sweet!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Dreamy Ice Cream Cake Pops

Image from Bakerella


Only the fabulous Bakerella can conjure and create such sweet delights while we ordinary mortals sigh and wistfully float to our Willy Wonka dreamlands. Somebody slap me please!  I've been daydreaming of these sweet ice cream cake pops for days and nights!

Bakerella dishes out the cake pop basics here. Try it!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Green Gift


I made this green themed tote for a friend who recently had a birthday. She loves it and now uses it to tote exercise gear. Now I think that's a green thing!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Kokblog: Illustrated Cooking

Image from Kokblog

I love it when cooking and art collide! Take the case of Kokblog an illustrated food blog by Johanna Kindvall. Each recipe is punctuated by charming personal anecdotes and delightful, carefree drawings.

Hope you're having a great Sunday!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Christmas in July Sale on Sweet Tidings ETSY



Hello there! Christmas in July Sale has started on Sweet Tidings ETSY! Almost everything is 20% off! Get a jumpstart on your handmade holiday shopping while items are on reduced items and while the shop is still open. The shop will close on July 26 as I am going on vacation. Thanks for looking.

Have a very happy weekend!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Cinnamon Bunny


I had serious cinnamon bun cravings after I posted a link of The Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls recipe on the Sweet Tidings Facebook Page. I don't have maple flavoring as the recipe required so I searched for a recipe that would also yield the qualities I look for in a cinnamon bun--soft, fluffy, airy and meltingly delicious. I found the perfect recipe over at Our Best Bites. I tried it and I love it! The best thing about it is it's perfect sweetness  that is right up to my  alley.

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
(Recipe from Our Best Bites)

Dough

1 T active dry yeast
1/2 C warm water (105 degr F/ 40 deg C)
4 1/2 C all-purpose flour (22 1/2 oz 700g)
4 large eggs
1/4 C sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 C (1 stick) real butter at room temp


Filling

1/2 C (1 stick) real butter at room temp
3/4 C packed brown sugar
1 T cinnamon


Glaze

1 C powdered sugar
2 T butter, melted
2 T milk or cream
1 t vanilla extract


In the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle the yeast over the water, allow to bloom for a few minutes, then whisk until smooth. Whisk in 1/2 C of the flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm spot for about 30 minutes.
Add the eggs, sugar, butter, and remaining 4 cups flour to the yeast mixture. Fit the mixer with the dough hook and knead on medium speed until smooth 10-12 minutes. Add a bit more flour to reduce stickiness if needed.

Cover with plastic wrap, set in a warm spot and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours.

While dough is rising, prepare filling. Take 2 T of the stick of butter and set aside. Beat remaining butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together until combined and slightly fluffy, about 1 minute.

Butter a 9x13 baking dish. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Roll out into a rectangle about 15x10 in. Spread filling onto dough and roll up length-wise.

Use string or dental floss to score and cut the dough into rolls. You can make 12 small rolls, 10 medium ones, or 8 large. Place cut side up in baking dish. Melt the reserved 2 T butter and brush on top of rolls. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.

The next morning remove from refrigerator and let rise until half again as high, about 1 hour. While rising mix glaze ingredients until combined. Preheat the oven to 350. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Spread the glaze over warm rolls and serve.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Etsy Anniversary Giveaway from Minori Design





Minori Design's handmade shop Strawberries and Cream is celebrating four fabulous years on ETSY!  Theresia's shop is known for its distinctively unique and whimsical vintage style and inspired softies and creations. Her work has been featured in numerous craft magazines and blogs and recently she has been ETSY's featured seller

To celebrate her ETSY anniversary, Theresia  is giving away a cute strawberry pincushion and a matching needlebook to one lucky well-wisher. Visit the giveaway blog post here.     

Happy ETSY anniversary Theresia! 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Crafty Centerpiece Ideas for All Seasons

Image from BHG


Tired of  your usual tabletop arrangements? Try these crafty and creative tabletop ideas from Better Homes and Gardens. I just love these cute fabric coasters! They're so easy to make and they add a splash of color and pattern to any table setting.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Merry Matryoshkas and Sugar Cookies


I thought I'd whip up a few merry matryoshka ornaments for the Sweet Tidings Etsy Shop in celebration of Christmas in July. They're sweet and cute and made with lots of merry good wishes! Oh, I'll be having a shop/blog break starting July 26 so things would be quiet around here for a while. I might pop in once in a while via scheduled blog posts.


Image from Sugar and Meringue


Did you miss National Sugar Cookie Day last July 9? If you did like I did, well you can hop over to Cakespy and Sugar and  Meringue for some post NSCD  treats, recipes and this sweet little sugar cookie book full of tips and ideas on how to make the tastiest sugar cookies. Elea of Nostalgia Organics Blog also twitted about this yummy chocolate sugar cookie recipe.

Hope the new week is going to be as sweet as sugar cookie for you! Happy Monday!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Simplicity, Shopping and Music for Knitting

Here's one lovely website I've been reading lately. It's not as picture heavy as I want it to be but it's okay. It is filled to the brim with inspiring articles and how-to's on how to live the simplest, happiest life ever.  Check out the Get Organized Series, Green Living, Cooking and Baking from Scratch and Household Hints and General Information. Be warned, you'll have to be pried from your seat with a crowbar. There's just so many interesting articles worth reading!

Oh, I have been Christmas shopping in July! Check out ETSY for the best and greatest deals. I scored this lovely vintage Faerie Filigree Adjustable Ring from Joli et Simple shop. Isn't it dreamy? 



Shhh, I'll let you in on my latest sonic addiction! Check out Stereomood. There's music for every mood and emotion imaginable. Want to get knitting? There's music for that too!  Tune in!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Print a Positive Bunting Art


Love buntings and love inspiration? Head over to Kind Over Matter to download, print and frame these 10 Positive Bunting Art PDFs. They're so festive you'd want one in every room in your home. Check out Kind Over Matter's other inspirational downloads here

Happy Friday! 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Great Xmas in July Sale on Joli et Simple ETSY


You wouldn't want to miss the great Christmas in July Sale happening at  Joli et Simple ETSY. Everything is 30-50% off!  Scoop up your favorite pieces while you can. Offer is good until supplies last only!

Happy Christmas in July!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July!


Stitching you a perfect summer day filled with bird song and fragrant trees! Happy 4th of July to all my American friends! Have a happy and safe celebration!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Mix n' Match Printed Envelope Project on Parasol Blog



You gotta love those cute zakka wooden envelope templates! They are extremely useful  for a variety of crafty projects. Check out the mix and match printed envelope project I made for Parasol Blog  using the Little Gnome Digital Kit and the nifty Japanese craft tool. The envelopes are made of sturdy board paper and are great for holding little gifts, party favors and of course handmade cards.

Zakka wooden envelope templates are available in a few good online zakka stores such as Yozo Craft and Florspacehome on ETSY.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Cat Versus Human


Image from Yasmine Surovec/Cats Versus Human

Yasmine of A Print a Day has a fun comics blog called Cat Versus Human! Check out all the fun adventures of feline furballs and their humans.