Sunday, January 30, 2011

Kawaii Desktop Candy

Images from Crux and Pixel Girl

Help yourself to more cute kawaii desktop candy at Crux and Pixel Girl. Remember a cute a day keeps the blahs away. Happy Sunday!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday is for baking chocolate muffins

There are days when I'm craving muffins more than cupcakes. Given its philosophical underpinings, a muffin is simple, bare, lacks pretense but is downright delicious to the very core. And chocolate doesn't need to be pretty to be delicious.

I love this recipe as it tastes more like chocolate cake than a muffin. It's a yummy way to get your chocolate fix.

Have a happy weekend!

Chocolate Muffins

  • 1/2 cup butter
  •  2 eggs
  •  1 cup buttermilk
  •  1 3/4 cup flour
  •  2/3 cup cocoa powder
  •  1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  •  1 tsp baking powder
  •  1 tsp baking soda 

1. Melt butter for 30 seconds in the microwave. Let cool.  Add sugar. Blend in eggs. Mix well using whisk or mixer.

2. Combine dry ingredients together.

3. Alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk to the creamed mixture.

4. Pour muffin batter to cupcake trays. Bake at 350 until done.

5. Enjoy your fresh muffins.

Petits Mots Doux

Add a dash of romantic French flair to your Valentine notes and wishes with these très chic printables from Marie Claire Idées. Make a lovely dovey post-it note, a paper plane love letter or a foldable heart card.

Happy Friday!

Friday, January 28, 2011

To the Coffee House!

Latte Bear
Photo credit:Nageromo on Flickr
I found this coffee inspired poem while browsing a  Starbucks Coffee Cookbook for new recipes. I thought I'd share it as I love the hilarity and sweet dose of irony and sarcasm thrown in to describe the Third Place.  

If life feels drab and uninspired--to the coffee house!

To the Coffee House!

When you are worried, have trouble of one sort or
   another--- to the coffee house!
When she did not keep her appointment, for one reason 
   or other-- to the coffee house!
When your shoes are torn or dilapidated--coffee house!
When your income is four hundred crowns and you  spend five        hundred-- coffee house!
You are a chair warmer in some office, while your ambition 
   led you to seek professional honors--coffee house!
You could not find a mate to suit you-- coffee house!
You feel like committing suicide--coffee house!
You hate and despise human beings, and at the same time 
   you cannot be happy without them--coffee house!
You compose a poem which you cannot  inflict upon friends
   you meet in the street--coffee house!
When your coal scuttle is empty, and your gas ration
    exhausted--coffee house!
When you are locked out and haven't the money to pay for
   unlocking the house door--coffee house !
When you acquire a new flame, and intend provoking the
    old one, you take the new one to the old one's--
    coffee house!
When you feel like hiding, you dive into a-coffee house!
When you want to be seen in a new suit--coffee house!
When you cannot get anything on trust anywhere else--
   coffee house!

Viennese poet Peter Altenberg, quoted in All About Coffee, 1922 by William H. Ukers 

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Nakey Baby Dress for Bruhilde and Coffee House Journal Cover

Look who's got a new spring and summer outfit?  It's Bruhilde! Thanks to the Nakey Baby  2-in-1 dress tutorial  from Blueberry Moon. I love that a doll can wear the dress jumper or kimono style. This project is also so easy to make. You can whip it up in 30 minutes or less!  If ever you make one feel free to add to Blueberrymoon's Nakey Baby Project Group on Flickr.  

I also made a  simple and natural journal cover for my Starbucks 2011 Planner.  It's made of plain medium weight muslin and linen tag from Yozo Craft. Muslin is undeniably the most flexible crafting material to work with.

Also, drop by the M&J Trim Blog to enter this week's DIY book giveaway!

Vanilla Shortbread Sugar Cookies with Sugar Free Strawberry Filling

Who says cookie baking has to stop after Christmas? Valentines is just the perfect season to indulge in yummy heartwarming treats. Check out my food blog Kitchen Samurai for more Valentine inspired recipes such as this scrumptious Strawberry William.

Vanilla Shortbread Sugar Cookies with Sugar Free Strawberry Filling


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


1. Beat butter until soft. Add confectioner's sugar and beat until well combined.
2. In a separate bowl blend together flour and salt.
3. Gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Beat in vanilla extract.
4. Knead dough until mixture is well combined. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for one hour or overnight.
5. Thaw and roll out dough to 1/4 inches thickness. Cut out cookie sandwich using heart linzer cookie cutter.
6. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on wire rack.
7. Dust window (top cookie ) with confectioner's sugar (optional)
8. Spread sugar free strawberry jam on bottom cookie.
9. Assemble cookie like a sandwich.

Recipe adapted from Rosewater Shortbread Cut Out Sugar Cookie recipe 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Northern Light ETSY Treasury

My  Scandinavian Dala Horse Home Sweet Home Linen Pincushion is in a "Northern Light" treasury on  ETSY. Thank you to One Little Bird Studio  for including my scandinavian inspired item.

Zakka Sewing Style

I found this lovely wooden shadow box in a  Japanese house ware store and immediately fell in love with it. I think it's such a perfect box to hold and display my cherished vintage (and vintage style) sewing supplies. I love that it is so zakka, ala Cotton Friend.

As for vintage sewing collectibles, Pink Grapefruit Style on ETSY is the finest place to visit. The vintage trims are so lovely,  they're worth framing!

Have a great week! Can't believe January is fast winding up. Valentine season is coming!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Team Super Kawaii Pop Valentine Special

What the world needs is love and more cute! Check out Team Super Kawaii Pop's Valentine Special Gift Guide. There are super cute gifts at $25 and under. Even so, more super adorable and affordable gifts at $10 and below. Make it a happy kawaii valentine!  

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Make a Bunka-Style Doll with One Red Robin

Image from One Red Robin/Jhoanna Monte

Isn't that the sweetest, charming-est looking dolly? It's a Bunka-style doll designed by the über talented Jhoanna of One Red Robin.

As Jhoanna explains, a Bunka  is a traditional Japanese doll popular  back in the 1950s and 1960s. As a cultural doll of sorts, a Bunka is made in a very specific way. Bunkas often wear a bonnet and a one piece dress. Learn how to make this charming doll with One Red Robin's Bunka-style doll tutorial (free pattern is included too). If you're on the softie making mood check Jhoanna's softie making blog. It's a awesome, one stop resource for everything softie and plushie. There are enough softie making projects to keep you busy all year long.

Happy weekend!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Organization Personality Quiz

Jump start your new year's resolution for a neater, more organized existence this 2011. Take the Organization Personality Quiz from BHG to determine your organizing archetype and recommended storage and organizing plan. Afterwards you can download and  print your own personalized month-by-month storage plan based on your personality type.

Anyway my results say I'm a schoolteacher type. It's surprisingly accurate!

This January, I'm off to:

Test all writing implements. Toss everything that doesn't work. Group like items in a canister. 

Heh. Sounds easy and doable. :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

La la la it's crafty love

Images from Ottobre Design

Prettify your wardrobe (or your little one's) with these  cute DIY projects from Ottobre Design.   Embellish a plain or printed tee shirt with a love applique or add flouncy bounce to a little girl's skirt with a tulle underskirt.

Let love and prettiness bloom!

Diary Day

I love Korean diary rubber stamps! I think they go so well with my spankin' new coffee house diary. There's always a rubber stamp to express every mood and activity-- tv time, coffee time, snack time, good time etc. Feeling low and discouraged? There's aja aja or fighting!!    

Discover cool K-craft rubber stamps on ETSY:

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Super Quick Gifts to Make from BHG

Image from BHG

Fall in love with these super cute and super quick gift ideas from Better Homes and Gardens.  These candy-filled cupcakes, trimmed hand towels  and candy jars are just perfect for Valentine gift giving. 

P.S. Visit Saskia's adorable blog for a chance to win a wee giveaway!  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Valentine Heart Barettes from Molly's Sketchbook

Image from Molly's Sketchbook

How about making some yummy valentine felt barrettes using your felt leftovers? This project from Molly's Sketchbook looks to easy to whip up. Get the how-to here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Baby Love

My niece is turning 5 months next month. How fast time flies! Before she becomes a toddler in a wink of an eye I though of  making her some crafty gifts to mark her tiny milestones. The babushka stroller mobile is inspired by a project in the book Pretty Little Presents. The oilcloth bib is made from Chickpea Sewing Studio's infant bib pattern. Check out Chickpea's wonderful tutorials on the right pane of her blog. They're so cute!

I'm off to make more baby presents! Have a great week! 

Mosaic Monday: Cold Hands, Warm Heart

1. Cold Hands, Warm Heart..., 2. Breaking the ice, 3. Cold hands, warm heart., 4. Cold hands warm heart., 5. I've got my love to keep me warm, 6. coffee&heart&knitting, 7. cold hands ; warm heart, 8. heart7, 9. "heart felt" mittens, adult size

See more Mosaic Mondays here!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Time for Tea Treasury

Aren't these tea time essentials so sweet? I love the vintage red enamel pitcher from Lapomme and the smiling tea cup handcarved rubber stamp from Doodlebug Design. Check out all the other wonderful shops and their tea-rrific goodies. Thank you to Puike Print for including my little shop item in this cute tea time treasury.

Happy Sunday!

Teddy Roosevelt in Paris

There are just so many extremely cute craft projects on Extremely Crafty! Must. Find. Time. To Make. Them. All.

If you're a bit pressed for time and you want to make something sweet and fun for Valentines, baby shower or just because occasions, check out Extremely Crafty's  Teddy Roosevelt in Paris inspired project. I made these little teddies in less than an hour. So fun, so cute! Make them in your favorite patterns and prints.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Be Linen

BE LINEN MOVIE from Benoit MILLOT on Vimeo.

I love this gorgeous, sensuous film about my favorite fabric. Be inspired. Be linen.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Made with Love DIY Valentine Labels from Nostalgia Organics

Image from Nostalgia Organics

Valentine is in the air! Sweeten your homemade and handmade Valentine treats with these cute and adorable printable stickers from the lovely Elea of Nostalgia Organics Joyful Living Blog. These labels are just perfect with these Valentine Day handmade gift ideas from Martha.

Zakkalicious Goodies at Earth Rejoice ETSY + Datebook Giveaway Winners

Clara at Bloomize has a wonderful new zakka stationery shop on ETSY. It's called Earth Rejoice! Check out the pretty goodies in the shop especially the matryoshka themed stationery  and cute craft stamps.

I've also drawn the winners of the new year datebook giveaway. They are Hoodies and Sweaters (#4) and Shanny (#7). Congrats to the winners!

I will be back later this week with another valentine inspired craft project. Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

DIY Handmade Romantic Necklace Tutorial

Valentine season is coming up soon and I thought I'd do a few crafty tutorials to celebrate this most romantic and inspiring season. I'll start off with a DIY romantic necklace project that is so fun to whip up using craft leftovers such as fabric scraps, vintage buttons, ribbons and antique style charms.

Romantic Necklace Tutorial

  •  Shabby chic style fabric scraps
  •  Grosgrain ribbon
  •  Lace (crocheted or cotton)
  •  Vintage buttons
  •  Long strand pearl necklace
  •  Assorted charms or pendants i.e.  cameo brooches, antique keys

1. To make fabric brooch pendants, cut out a few circles of shabby chic style fabrics  fabric. Use a protractor  to draw the circles.  Cut out circles and stack together. Sew circles together using random machine stitches across the surface. Attach brooch clip at the back of the fabric brooch.

2. To make crocheted lace brooch pendants, sew bottom of lace using running stitches. Gather together to form into a "flower."  Secure ends tightly and sew the backside of the brooch to prevent fraying.  Attach brooch clip at the back of the fabric brooch. Decorate  front of brooch with beads, buttons or any desired embellishment.

3. Attach your finished brooch pendants to the pearl necklace. Add lace, ribbon or charms as desired.   Enjoy your unique DIY handmade romantic necklace

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy New Year + Datebook Giveaway

Hello there! I'm back from my little holiday hiatus. Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and new year celebration. 

I wish you all a bright and sparkling new year that's filled with lots of positive energy, creativity, good health, prosperity and joy. I'm really looking forward to this year as this is the Year of The Rabbit (and I'm  rabbit person). Expect a lot of cute and kawaii craft projects and inspiration this year!

I have a couple of cute datebooks to give away. Fill them up with lots of crafty to do-projects  for the year. Just leave your name and contact details and I will draw two winners on Saturday, January 8.

Happy 2011!