Thursday, December 30, 2010

Sparkly, Crafty Happy New Year Ideas






Make DIY holiday ethereal Luminaries with Celebrations.com



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!

Monday, December 27, 2010

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!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

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.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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 

Cupcakes:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 1/2  tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
 Frosting

  • 2 sticks butter( unsalted)
  • 3 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Holly Berry candy sprinkles 

Directions:

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 bag with 1M decorating nozzle.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

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!

Materials:

  • Christmas inspired cookie cutters
  • Felt fabric in Christmas colors
  • Embroidery floss
  • Buttons/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.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

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

Materials:

  • Modes4U rubber stamps 
  • Matte sticker paper
  • Kraft paper sticker
  • Kraft cartolina paper 
  • Handmade tags or purchased tags 
  • Paper shapers 
 Directions:

1. To make homemade wrapping paper, apply stamp design onto paper. Press for 5 seconds and release. Don't press too much or the ink will blot.

2.  To make point stickers, stamp design to matte sticker paper. Use 2" scalloped or square paper shapers to cut out stickers. 

3. Use your DIY wrapping paper, tags and stickers to decorate handmade gifts, cards, envelopes, parcels and more. Your imagination is the limit!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

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!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

This Blog is Carbon Neutral


Is yours too?

Be a part of the initiative “My blog is carbon neutral,” an active contribution to help the environment! The initiative originally started in Germany by the “Make it green” programme, has the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. By joining this campaign, Kaufda  will plant a tree for your blog and thereby neutralise your blog’s carbon footprint for the next 50 years! Everyone can make a small contribution to the environment. Every tree counts! And oh, I plan to plant my own Sweet Tidings Tree too! 


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! 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gingerbread Goodness



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!

Friday, December 10, 2010

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!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

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

Materials:

  • Old, worn-out  crocheted blanket
  • Fabric Stiffener
  • Sewing machine/needle thread
  • Thick natural twine 

Directions:

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.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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 Realsimple.com'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!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

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 fabric
  • Red  embroidery floss
  • Needle and thread
  • Red button
  • Jute twine
  • Red fabric inkpad
  • Antique 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. 

Saturday, December 4, 2010

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

Materials:

  • Medium weight kraft paper sheet
  • Japanese wood envelope template
  • Double sided tapes
  • Fabric scraps in Christmas colors and patterns 
  • Paper cutter
  • Hot glue
  • Sewing 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 Christmas themed fabrics cut in holiday shapes. hand stitch onto kraft card or use sewing machine.

3. Fill your Christmas cards with heartwarming Christmas messages.

Friday, December 3, 2010

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 Homelife.com for weekly Christmas tips, projects, downloads and ideas to help you celebrate a  stylish, stress free holiday season.

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

Thursday, December 2, 2010

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

Ingredients:

  • 2- 14 oz cans sweetened condensed milk
  • Pinch 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 and press to bottom of pie plate.

2. When thick and golden pour caramel  into crust and chill.

3. Garnish  with whipped cream and chocolate chips.


Recipe adapted from Gooseberry Patch Slow-Cooker Recipes  

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Kawaii de Corée





















The adorably (too) cute Moon Geun Young and Jang Geun Suk 


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!