Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mochaccino Cupcake, Please!

Another delicious cupcake recipe page to share! This time it's  from Pamela Clark's Cupcakes book. Try Mochaccinos on page 39. So yum! (Click on the page to enlarge)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Kawaii Sponsor Giveaway from ModeS4U

We kick off the autumn and upcoming holiday season with a fabulous kawaii giveaway from Modes4U, a super kawaii online store with the largest assortment of kawaii products for kids of all ages. Modes4U is run by Sandra, a lovely Austrian who is based in HK. Together with her Hong Kong Chinese husband and two full time assistants, Sandra keeps the kawaii fever alive by bringing the cutest and most colourful items  from Asia to Europe, USA and the rest of the world. Browse the shop to see a wide range of crafts and hobby supplies, accessories,bags, bento boxes, stationery supplies and even fashionable kawaii clothes.

The sale section and Halloween/Christmas shop are also brimming with fabulous items! Bento boxes and Japanese fabrics are just some of Modes4u's bestsellers.

Little Red Riding Hood Bento Box by Chou Chou

The shop also offers a wide variety of supplies for the avid crafter. Check out adorable Japanese fabrics buttons, woven ribbons, self-inking rubber stamps and DIY clay sets

For the latest kawaii news and new product releases follow Modes4u on Facebook and  Modes4U Blog

From today until October 11, 2010, Modes4U gives new and old Sweet Tidings readers a chance to win the cute kawaii gift pack pictured above. All you have to do is follow the easy giveaway rules.

Giveaway mechanics:

1. Visit the Modes4U kawaii  online shop and tell me what your favorite items are from the shop. Come back here to post your comment.

2. Readers who follow Modes4U on Twitter and Facebook  will receive additional entries. Likewise, readers who blog, retweet or share this giveaway on Facebook will also receive additional points. 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 October 11, 2010 and the winner will be announced as soon as the giveaway sponsor has drawn the name of the winner.

Good luck and happy kawaii shopping! 

Comments are now closed. Thank you so much for participating. The winner will be announced shortly. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pysselstafett/Crafts Relay- Cinnamon Potpourri Tree Tutorial

Welcome to Pysellstafett or Craft Relay in Swedish. I'm so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful autumn craft collaboration organized by the lovely Stina of Sagolikt Pysell. Please visit the wonderful tutorial of the crafter before me. Jenny Bergvall has a whimsical project for creating a magical childhood keepsake frame.

My craft relay inspired tutorial is both decorative and functional. It is a lovey accent to grace a tabletop or bookshelf while scenting the room with the warm, comforting scent of cinnamon.



  • Styrofoam ball (4 inches diameter)
  • Long cinnamon stick 
  • Mini terracotta pot
  • Potpourri wood shavings
  • Spanish moss
  • Red wooden heart buttons
  • Natural jute twine
  • Styrofoam ball, cut in half ( 2" diameter)
  • Glue gun 


1. Insert the halved  2" styrofoam ball into the terra cotta  pot.

2. Incise a long, snug hole in the center of the large styrofoam ball. Apply hot glue on the the tip of the long cinnamon stick and insert into the styrofoam ball. Apply hot glue all over the styrofoam ball and thickly cover with spanish moss. Glue red heart shaped wooden buttons all over.

3. Incise a small hole into the halved styrofoam ball inserted into the mini terra cotta pot. Insert cinnamon stick tree. Fill the sides of the pot with potpourri wood shavings. Apply several drops of cinnamon potpourri oil into the wood shavings. You may also use other scented oils such as cinnamon roll or caramel apple scents. Artisan blended scents for autumn are readily availble on ETSY.

4. Tie a a piece of natural jute twine around the terra cotta pot. Affix a handmade label if you plan to give your potpourri cinnamon tree as a gift.

5. Decorate your desk, shelf or table with your potpourri cinnamon tree. Happy autumn!

Onwards to the next creative, happy crafter Stina of Get Lucky!  Happy autumn crafting!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Tokyo Cafe Style

Images from Three Buttons/Pom Pom Parlour 

I just stumbled upon the Tokyo Cafe series on  Pom Pom Parlour via sweet Angela's Three Buttons blog. I'm just drooling over the delicious petite pastries and creative lattes being served in those cute zakka cafes. Ahh, heaven!

Tomorrow promises to be a sweet Sunday as I have a craft tutorial for all of you. I have taken part in Sagolikt Pysell's Pysellstaffet or Craft Relay celebrating  autum crafts. My craft tutorial is scheduled tomorrow so don't forget to check back. Also check out the complete list of Craft Relay participants here.

I also have a mega kawaii giveaway on Monday, September 27 courtesy of the cutest kawaii online gift shop Modes4u.

P.S. I have a Sweet Tidings giveaway on Good Day Sunshine!  Please join in to win a doily and denim zipped wristlet handmade with love by me. 

Friday, September 24, 2010

Got Juice?

Download and print this retro style milk carton favor box from Papercrave. Mine turned out on the tangerine side making it look like the freshest, cutest juice box. Fill your favor box with cookies, treats and other surprises. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Cozy Autumn Finds and Good Day Sunshine

Just updated the  Sweet Tidings Shop  with  cozy and earth friendly finds for your autumn table. The non-endangered, sustainable Acacia wooden items are only available this season so scoop them while you can.

Meanwhile, enjoy a dose of sunshine on Christen (formerly of Indie Icing)'s happy new blog Good Day Sunshine . Giveaway week has just started so better visit Christen's blog for a chance to win a slew of pretty, pretty handmade goodies.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Brown Sugar Body Scrub Recipe and Travel Essentials

Remember the health adage, "Don't put anything on your skin that you can't eat?"  I love making my own body scrubs whenever I can by using natural ingredients easily found in the kitchen. Here's one of my favorite body recipes:

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

  • 1 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup massage oil ( I use  lavender, sweet orange, and Himalayan cedarwood blend)
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Blend well together and store in a recycled jam jar or apothecary jar. Also try the Lemon Honey Scrub which you can whip up in a jiffy.

Also check out's special feature What Travels with You. Every week, Clara takes a peek into the travel bag of her favorite bloggers to  uncover their 4 or 5 most important essentials. My travel bag essentials are featured as of the moment Have a look!

I'd love to know about your travel esentials too. To join, just send Clara your packing list via email (mail at and a high  resolution landscape photo of your 4 to 5 travel essentials. See you on Bloomize!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Scandinavian Chinoiserie Ideas

I love the sweet Chinoiserie inspired design  in the latest Ariadne crafts and ideas. See how you can make this Oriental inspired bird egg cozy. The pattern can be found right here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

New Desktop Wallpaper for You

Hey crafty friends, I've got a new desktop wallpaper for you! Download it right here. The next Sweet Tidings newletter is coming out pretty soon. Don't forget to subscribe for exclusive tidbits, tutorials, downloads and more.   

95% Earth Friendly

I've officially switched to eco friendly ballpens! More writing, less landfill waste. Will you join me?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Food Blogging at Kitchen Samurai

One side of me likes crafting and sewing but the other side loves cooking and baking more! Visit my good old food blog Kitchen Samurai where I post food related topics, recipes and musings. See you in the kitchen!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Celebrating Fall Crafts

Fall in love with Martha's easiest fall sewing projects  such as these gorgeous felt leaf embellished fabric pillows.  Also don't miss Kimara and Michelle's beautiful craft project on the Autumn 2010 Edition of Rhythm of the Home.

Rhythm of the Home Autumn 2010

Have a great new week!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Jammin' Jinjerup

What a delight to discover Jinjerup's amazing treasure trove of the most adorable and unique (not to mention free) weekly printable offerings. I'm in love with the Tropical Punch Bookmarks that feature my favorite tropical fruits. There's lychee, mangosteen, papaya, pineapple, watermelon and even the notorious durian! Durian may have an overwhelming scent but trust me it tastes so divine in candy form.

I've printed a few sets of these fruity fun bookmarks to adorn my cookbooks and to keep tab of some few special recipes. By the way, click on the second photo pictured above to see the yummy sticky apple tart recipe from the book Scrumptious Pies and Tarts by Linda Collister.

Jinjerup has more fun printables avaialble on ETSY. Check out the complete halloween printable set that's just perfect for the coming season.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Weekend Sewing: Make a Poochie Bag with Happy Zombie

Image from Happy Zombie/Monica Solorio Snow

Wondering what to do with your fat quarter fabrics? Make a cute poochie bag with Monica Solorio Snow's fat quarter friendly freebie pattern from her blog Happy Zombie. As the holidy season is fast approaching, why not make some poochie bags using Monica's Holiday Happy fabrics from Lecien?

Happy weekend sewing!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Cake-o- Rama from Minitoko

Images from Minitoko

I love visiting Minitoko's colorful and happy place! It's Japonais with French flair. I just love looking at the pretty French inspired cakes at her micro site Cake-o Rama.

Her freebies are also the best! Check out her latest Bambi Rainbow Collab Kit with Karli Plant of the Gnome Hut.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Autumn Dreaming

I'm dreaming of the soft and sweet palette of autumn colors. Enjoy the rich and subtle shades and textures of this gilded season  in this ETSY treasury I've created. Hope you can stop by and  leave a comment. Thanks a bunch!

Mini Goals Desktop Wallpaper from Mary Kate McDevitt

Having a hard time getting motivated?  Download this free desktop wallpaper from Mary Kate McDevitt. Mary Kate has a wildly successful ETSY shop that offers charming and retro style mini goals chalkboards, cards and illustrations. Her handmade products are simply too cute and inspiring to pass up! Also check out Mary Kate's adorable Mini Goals Notepads which are availble on Amazon.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Relax, make a bento!

Image from Sakurako Kitsa

Have you seen the amazing bento art from Sakurako Kitsa? Browse her bento Flickr set for delicious and inspired bento art creations.    

Here are some great links to get you started on this fabulous Japanese  food art:

Just Bento- great bento recipes, tips and more
Natsuriku on ETSY- cute and affordable bento supplies 
Japanistic- kawaii  BPA-free bento lunch boxes and accessories 
Lunch in a Box- top tips for building a better bento
Yum-Yum Bento Box- must have bento craft book for everyone
Bento Fun- simple and attractiive ideas for kids lunch boxes  

Discover your Creative Genius

Image from ABC Creativity

I'm immensely enjoying the free e-course Discover your Creative Genius from ABC Creativity. Sign-up and be inspired to release your own creative magic too.

Sending you pixie dust for a most magical and inspiring week!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Dollar Shop at Yozo Craft

Yozo Craft, the one stop shop for everything kawaii and zakka  is now open with a new shop section. Check out the dollar shop with fabulous offerings at $1, $2, $3 and more. And oh, isn't this natural wood collection box the cutest thing? Happy zakka shopping!