Showing posts from December, 2010

Sparkly, Crafty Happy New Year Ideas

Left-over gift wrap ideas from Martha Stewart

Make DIY holiday ethereal Luminaries with

Host a holiday new year's open house using Victoria Magazine's Holiday Bliss Project Patterns
End the year on a crafty note! Try these gorgeous ideas to usher in a  bright and sparkly 2011!  Happy New Year everyone!

Sweet 3rd Blogversary

Gosh, time flies so fast! Can't believe Sweet Tidings is 3 years old! A little giveaway should be in order soon. I'm still hibernating for the holidays.

Wishing you all an abundant and exciting new year!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.~Lucinda Franks
Wishing you all a blessed Christmas and a crafty, creative new year! See you next year.

Sweet Tidings 12th Day of Christmas: Holly Berry Christmas Cupcakes

Here's an easy cupcake recipe that is inspired by my favorite Christmas symbol-- the holly berry. The cupcake base is made using Ming Makes Cupcakes' graham cupcake recipe while the butter cream frosting recipe is from Martha Stewart. Of course, sweet holly berry candy sprinkles decorate this very yummy cupcake treat.

Season's Eatings!

Holly Berry Christmas Cupcakes 


1 cup flour1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs1 1/2  tsp baking powder1/4 tsp salt1 stick butter, room temp1 cup sugar2 eggs1/2 tsp vanilla1/2 cup milk Frosting

2 sticks butter( unsalted)3 cups confectioner's sugar1 tsp vanilla extractHolly Berry candy sprinkles 

1. Mix flour, graham crackers, baking powder and salt.
2. Beat in butter gradually.
3. Beat in sugar and mix thoroughly.
4. Beat in eggs, then vanilla and milk until mixed.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
6. Beat butter and gradually incorporate confectioner's sugar. Add vanilla.
7. Frost cupcake using spatula or decorating…

Mosaic Monday: Kawaii Christmas


Sweet Tidings 11th Day of Christmas: Cookie Cutter Feltie Ornaments

No doubt about it, cookie cutters make the easiest, most convenient templates for whipping  up last minute Christmas ornaments. Make a batch of your favorite cookie cutter felt ornaments today!


Christmas inspired cookie cuttersFelt fabric in Christmas colorsEmbroidery flossButtons/Beads Scissors Directions:

1. Trace cookie cutter into stiff cardboard.  Cut-out shape using scissors.

2. Using  cardboard template, cut two pieces of felt (front and back).

3. Outline shape of felt fabric using running stitch. Embellish with buttons.

4. Attach string loop on ornament.  Make as many ornaments as you like.

Crafty fun with my Modes4U holiday rubber stamps

I'm loving my new favorite product from Modes4U. These Christmas rubber stamps are the best I've ever tried. I love the other kawaii craft stamp designs (matryoshka among others) from Modes4U and I'll surely add some more to my collection. 
Here's the verdict. Unlike wooden based stamps which are hard to imprint on paper, these self-inking stamps just print on so smoothly with no fuss or stains. The stamp designs are incredibly sharp and detailed too. I also  love the pretty crystal faceted acrylic handle.  It helps give the right amount of pressure to prevent blotting and stains. 
This Christmas, I'm totally 100%  DIY as far as wrapping and packaging goodies  is concerned.  With the help of these wonderful rubber stamps from Modes4U I can make point stickers, wrapping paper, Christmas stationery, tags and more.
DIY Stamped Paper Packaging Project
Modes4U rubber stamps Matte sticker paperKraft paper stickerKraft cartolina paper Handmade tags or purchased tags…

Super Vintage Fashionista Grab Bag Sale at Joli et Simple ETSY

Are you a vintage fashion vixen?  Want to level up your vintage style? Check out Joli et Simple's amazing Super Vintage Fashionista Grab Bag Sale . Only two sets are available this holiday season so hurry and grab it while you can! 
I've been so busy in the homefront! Sorry for the lack of Christmassy posts. I'll be back this weekend with the two last installment of Sweet Tidings 12 Days of Christmas  and a sweet packaging tutorial featuring my favorite product from ModeS4U Online Kawaii Shop.

Enjoy the week!

This Blog is Carbon Neutral

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P.S. Check out Yozo Craft's  Weekend Sale on LETTER SETS! 15%OFF (Price) + 10%OFF(Shopping Points)! Do not miss out this great sale this Saturday and Sunday only!

Gingerbread Goodness

1. Gingerbread Man Cookies on Sticks from 101 Cookbooks 2. Cakespy's Gingerbread Mad Men from Serious Eats 3. Gingerbread Cookies from Chow  4. Gingerbread Reindeer from Martha Stewart 
Try these seriously yummy and wacky gingerbread man cookie recipes for your cookie exchange party. I also  love these wonderful gingerbread themed ideas from Let's Go Fly a Kite on Gwenny Penny [via Craftgossip]. I see myself making this Milk Carton Gingerbread House  very soon!
Happy merry weekend!

Sweet kawaii Christmas treats and sale at Modes4U

I bet you've been very good this year! Treat yourself (or your friends) to some very cute kawaii goodies this holiday season from ModeS4U. Stock up your craft pantry for the new year with fresh craft supplies that are currently on Christmas Sale. You get a free gift of one cute Christmas memo pad (until supplies last) with every order.

The shop is filled to the brim with merriest  gifts for crafters and kawaii lovers alike. I love the Christmas shop and wide selection of matryoshka inspired fabrics, craft supplies,  fabrics, woven ribbons and kawaii stationery. The shipping is pretty quick and the customer service is warm and  personalized. I know you'll keep coming back to ModeS4U!

For updates on new kawaii arrivals and offerings visit:

ModeS4U on Facebook
ModeS4U on Twitter 
Modes4U Blog

P.S. Grab one or several of ModeS4U's adorable kawaii desktop wallpapers.  They're so cute!

Sweet Tidings 10th Day of Christmas: Upcycled Crocheted Doily Snowflake Garland/Bunting

Create a flurry of cascading crocheted doily snowflakes  made from recycled crochet blankets. Hang vertically like a playful mobile on a window  or decorate like a  bunting. Which ever way, it will bring a touch of winter your way.

Upcycled Crocheted Doily Snowflake  Garland


Old, worn-out  crocheted blanketFabric StiffenerSewing machine/needle threadThick natural twine 

1.  Cut out crocheted doily rounds from blanket. Stiffen doilies using commercial or homemade fabric stiffener. Let dry and iron.

2. Stitch around the doily to prevent sides from fraying.

3. Using needle and thread, attach individual crochet doily rounds to natural twine either vertically or horizontally. Make the bunting/garland in any length you want.

4. Use garland/bunting to decorate windows, wreath, tree or other expected crannies of the house.

Christmas Craft Tutorial : Sweet Stitches Christmas Wrappers

Santa's Treat: Fill a kraft paper Christmas stocking with candies and lollies

Give your holiday presents a cozy, homespun look with nary a transparent tape in sight! Explore a wide variety of commercial wrapping papers such as satin blend fiber wrapping papers or brown kraft papers and add sew special embellishments such as crocheted doilies, vintage laces, gingham ribbons or pretty peppermint buttons. Simply sew a gift bag (hand sewn or machine sewn), tuck in your present (wrap them in tissue first if the wrapping paper is semi- transparent) and sew all around. Trim the top flap with with a scallop scissor or paper punch.

For the Christmas season, you can create little kraft paper ornaments filled with tiny toys and treats. Cut them out in Christmas shapes and sew all around. Add a festive twine if you plan to hang them on the Christmas tree.

My homemade holiday gift idea on Real Simple

Looking for unique and wonderful homemade gift ideas? Check out's 14 Creative Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas. I have contributed a New and Noteworthy Writing Set project that's so fun, cute and easy to do. It's the perfect stocking stuffer gift for friends and family (and for yourself too) who love to-do listing, note taking, doodling and organizing. 
For more great holiday tips and ideas check out Real Simple's Holiday Organizing Tricks. Have a stress-free and enjoyable holiday season!

Sweet Tidings 9th Day of Christmas: Joyful Message Sachet Ornaments

Amidst the reverlry and festivity of the season, let's not forget the real meaning and message of the season.  These  handstamped sachet ornaments will not only add humble simplicity to the holiday atmosphere but will also remind you of  divine tidings of love and joy.
Joyful Message Sachet Ornaments Materials: Unbleached muslin fabricRed  embroidery flossNeedle and threadRed buttonJute twineRed fabric inkpadAntique style alphabet rubber stamps  Directions: 1.  Cut 2.5" x 3.5" fabric scraps using pinking/scalloped scissors. 2. Handstamp words like love, hope, peace, joy, grace, faith and other empowering words on  fabric scraps. 
3. Proceed to make sachets by handstiching fabric scraps together using long running stitches. Stuff sachets with polyfill. Close the opening and decorate with red button and jute twine hanger loop. 
4. Decorate your tree, wreath, bunting or garland with these inspiring ornaments.

Make, Bake and Decorate!


Sweet Tidings 8th Day of Christmas: DIY Kraft Christmas Cards and Envelopes

I just love Japanese wooden envelope templates. They're so great for every handmade stationery project you can think of. I love the appeal of kraft paper too. So simple, rustic and understatedly natural.

For the holiday season, make use of your wooden envelope template (or buy from here or from ETSY) to create charming,  homemade kraft paper cards and envelopes. They're so eco-friendly too. Make it a green Christmas!  

DIY Kraft Christmas Cards and Envelopes


Medium weight kraft paper sheetJapanese wood envelope templateDouble sided tapesFabric scraps in Christmas colors and patterns Paper cutterHot glueSewing machine/needle and thread Directions:

 1. Position Japanese envelope template on top of  kraft paper. Trace the outline and cut around the edges. Fold corners and seal edges using double side tape.  Decorate flap of envelope with jute twine ribbon.

2.  Using paper cutter, cut tent cards from kraft paper sheet to match size of the envelope. Embellish the front with…

Sweet Tidings ETSY Christmas Sale- Today and Saturday Only

Check the last  Christmas Sale on Sweet Tidings ETSY happening today and tomorrow only (December 3-4.2010).  Selected items are all 20% off! Last day of shipping for Christmas delivery is December 5, 2010.

Celebrations Webisode + Homelife Christmas Countdown 2010

'Tis the season to be festive! Visit the Christmas Countdown 2010 page on for weekly Christmas tips, projects, downloads and ideas to help you celebrate a  stylish, stress free holiday season.

Meanwhile is launching their first webisode series. The ten part series features holiday how-tos from favorite experts.This week, expert Shawn Rabideau shows you how to transform a fall wreath into a gorgeous holiday wreath. Check out the video instruction here.

Sweet Tidings 7th Day of Christmas: Festive Caramel Pie

This caramel pie is so  unbelievably delicious! It's a perfect holiday treat for friends and co-workers.  Make this yummy treat a festive gift by making the pie in disposable aluminum pie case and wrapped  in clear or colored cellophane and adorned with ribbon.

Have a yummy holiday season!

Festive Caramel Pie


2- 14 oz cans sweetened condensed milkPinch of cinnamon 9 inch graham cracker crust (2 cups crushed graham crackers , 1  stick butter and pinch of cinnamon) Whipped cream topping, mini semi sweet dark or white chocolate  Directions:

1. Pour condensed milk into a slow cooker that has been sprayed with non-stick vegetable spray. Cover and cook on low setting for 3 1/2 hours to 4 hours. After 2 1/2 hours milk will begin to thicken ; begin stirring every 15 minutes. If slow cooker is not available, cook the condensed milk in this method

2. Make the graham crust. Combine 2 cups crushed graham crackers, 1 stick butter and pinch of cinnamon. Mix well using wooden spoon…

Kawaii de Corée

Woodyfam Natural Ornaments 

Handmade Natural and Bakery Candles

Nain de Jardin Christmas Pillows

Merry Christmas Moose Decals 

Christmas Matryoshka Decals 

Sonny Angel Mini Figurines

The adorably (too) cute Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Suk  from K-drama Mary Stayed Out All Night

Apparently the hallyu wave is now a tsunami as I've discovered how adorable  korean designed stationery and kawaii stuff are. Unbelievably, I've even officially added kimchi to my diet!  I wonder if I can include my favorite hallyu actors to the list? They're just too kawaii cute!