Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lovely Clusters Spring Catalog 2011 + Flirtbuttons Giveaway Winner

Have you seen Lovely Clusters' Spring 2011 catalog? It's one of the most beautiful online catalogs that feature the best handmade  shops and design. As the title implies, handmade items are curated by color. I'm really loving Pink + Green. Such a lovely color duet.

I'm also so thrilled to win Lovely Clusters' recent giveaway.  Thank you Rachel!

P.S. Thank you to all who participated in the Flirtbuttons giveaway.  The giveaway sponsor has just drawn the name of the winner. The winner  of the japanese fabric covered mirror pack is  Priscilla of Faerie Dreams and Paper Wishes. Congratulations!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Final reminder: Japanese fabric covered pocket mirror giveaway ends today

Wanna win these japanese fabric covered mirrors? It's your last chance to enter as this sponsor giveaway from Flirtbuttons ends tonight. Hurry, hurry, hurry. Enter the giveaway while there's still time. Good luck!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Joys

Sending you the joys and blessings of Easter. Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Soul Spa

Image from Kind Over Matter

The lenten season is the perfect time to recharge, renew and go on a soul journey. Check out all the inspiring stories and downloads on Kind Over Matter especially the Five Things for your Medicine Bag with Goddess Leonie Allan. Read the letter from your angel and feel incredibly inspired, loved and supported.

Have a blessed lenten week everyone! I'll go on a wee blog break in the meantime.Don't forget to enter the giveaway. The  winner will be drawn on Easter Sunday.

Be blessed!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Doily Days + Giveaway Alert


Image from Country Living

Image from Martha Stewart

Image from Bliss

Image from Daily Suze

Celebrate the the fresh and sweet  appeal of the humble paper/lace doily with these creative DIY projects. I will definitely give the egg dyed paper doilies a try. I can't resist those spring-y colors!  

Do you like Japanese fabric covered pocket mirrors? Flirtbuttons has a bunch (a dozen to be exact) of these sweet mirrors to give away to a lucky Sweet Tidings reader. Enter the giveaway here if you haven't yet.

Have a lucky, happy day!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

K-comics and crafty magazines

Sorry for the lack of updates. I'm down with a nasty flu (oh my side and back hurts from too much coughing, ugh, ugh). I've relegated my easter crafting projects to the backburner in the meantime and I'm just getting lots of bed rest and...

 "Cup ramyun  is delicious!"

Image from dusoon/naver 

...reading lots of  만화 (manhwa or korean web cartoons). Comics are great  reading materials if you're learning a new language.

Image from I wonder sometimes

...loving and enjoying the Spring 2011 issue of Amy Power's Inspired Ideas online magazine. Get your online copy for only $3.30. There are 20 beautiful projects in this exquisite 170 page, ad free magazine.

...catching up with Sew Mama Sew's  April's theme--digital delivery sewing. This is one great resource if you want to design your own e-patterns!

Image from Threaded Basil

...enjoying Coffee Month on Threaded Basil. Mmm, coffee and coffee cake!

Happy Sunday to you!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sponsor Giveaway: Kawaii Japanese Fabric Covered Pocket Mirror Pack from Flirtbuttons

Hello there! It's time to celebrate  the sweet spring time season with a kawaii themed giveaway from Flirtbuttons ETSY. Sharon of Flirtbuttons and Flirtdeux is so generous to give away a dozen assorted Japanese kawaii fabric covered pocket mirror pack to one lucky Sweet Tidings reader! These mirrors measure 2 1/4" in diameter and each comes individually wrapped in pretty organza bags. They're truly the sweetest party favors for an Easter tea party or to give away to adoring fans, family and friends.

The shop specializes in custom and bulk-order pocket mirrors, magnets, bottle openers, jewelry and hair wear. In particular, wedding favors are among the shop's best sellers as well as bulk party pocket mirrors for all occasions and celebrations. Flirtbuttons has also recently added an Easter collection that's great for spring time and Easter parties.

Easter basket stuffers from Flirtbuttons

Giveaway mechanics: 

1. Visit Flirtbuttons and tell me what your favorite item is from the shop's  Easter collection. Come back here to post your comment.

2. Readers who blog, retweet or share this giveaway on Facebook will also receive extra 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 April 26, 2011 and the winner will be announced as soon as the giveaway sponsor has drawn the name of the winner. Good luck!

Special thanks to Sharon for this wonderful giveaway.

Comments are now closed Thank you for participating. The winner will be announced soon. 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wisdom Tooth Fairy

I'm having some wisdom tooth issues and I thought I'd make this grown-up matryoshka tooth fairy pillow for me! The cute pattern was created by Arlyna and you can download the pattern right here

Have a sweet weekend! 

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Apothecary Apple and Aphrodite

I love handmade scents! There are lots of wonderful artisan perfumers on ETSY but my favorite has got to be Poison Apple Potions. Angela really has the talent in weaving fairy tales and legends into dark and delicious olfactory realities. Her fragrance sampler tins are a wonderful treat if you are still in the process of finding your signature scent. I think I might just have found mine.

Aphrodite's Love Elixir is a brew blended using the same components woven together to create the goddess- essences of sea salt, chilly ocean mist, and soft watery blooms. So very spring like! (This is a favorite!)

Gwyllion, a Welsh mythology inspired scent takes you away to rain kissed mountains. The scent is a mingling of clear mountain air, hillside wildflowers, icy rain, and fallen pine needles.

Meanwhile apothecary apple evokes the scent of a lovely autumn harvest apple smothered in sugary red candy confection then finished off with the slightest touch of absinthe and sugar. A deliciously dark and tempting fragrance just like the poison apples of legend. It's autumn in a bottle!

Oh, it's also chocolate bunny season! Hop over to Metro Candy for wonderful wholesale easter candy treats. Happy weekend!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Color Coded Inspiration from Lovely Clusters 2011 Spring Catalog

What's your favorite color?

My color preferences usually gravitate towards the ephemeral hues of white, blue and the palest shades of pink but as my mood is ever changing, I think at this moment I love lemon yellow.  

If you love color as much as I do, you'd love the Spring 2011 catalog of Lovely Clusters, a curated exhibition of beautiful handmade and vintage items from very creative artists and designers from around the world. Revel in a fresh burst of spring time colors--from muted shades of blue to mystical, penetrating hues of lavender. Explore your favorite color and who knows the perfect handmade or vintage item might be waiting for you! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Rosie Cheeks and Bottled Buttons

Meet Miss Rosie! She's another rag doll I made from the book Sew It, Stuff It: Cut, Stitch and Sew 25 Adorable Soft Toys by Robert Merret.  Previously I've made Calvin the Kitty Cat from the same book. I love the patterns and projects so much that  I can imagine myself making all of the 25 soft toys. I highly recommend this book!

You can also make Rosie the Rag Doll from a sample free pattern from  Woman's Day.

I've been organizing my craft supplies and I've found a cute way to recycle those cute soy milk glass bottles. With a touch of deco lace tape these bottles become cute vessels for storing buttons, tiny clothespins, crayons and whatnot.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Mini Craft Workshops from Homemade Happiness

These downloadable mini craft workshops from Homemade Happiness are so much fun! Paper based craft projects are just the perfect activities to do with kids on a rainy weekend. Bake some yummy chocolate muffins and decorate them with mushroom and birdy paper muffin toppers. Aww, so cute!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hello Crafty Weekend Warrior!

The weekend is here again! Time to recharge and get creative. To get your crafty mojo going, check out the awesome Craft Bump: 69 Crafty Ideas Revisited {2010 List} projects compiled by Tipnut. Try my mobile phone charm tutorial (#3 on the list). It's so easy to make! You'll soon be making mobile phone danglers for everyone on your list.

Happy weekend!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Get Styled for Spring

Thanks to the wonderful Saskia at Join My Joy I discovered yet another sweet and swoon-worthy online mag. Styled  is impeccably designed with lots of beautiful and inspirational decor, craft and beautiful ideas. Grab some cold drinks while you're browsing the mag as you'll spend hours of enjoyable reading downtime.

My favorite part of Styled is the article 100 Reasons to Celebrate...lists of links to inspire your celebrations this spring.  It's so very, very sweet!

Happy April everyone! Don't forget to chant rabbit, rabbit, rabbit!