Showing posts from May, 2011

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookie Recipe

When chile met chocolate it was love at first bite!

I'm so glad I tried the wonderful Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookie recipe from  Martha Stewart's Holiday Cookies 2011 special issue magazine. It's a cookie worth making not just for the holidays but for all seasons. It's a rich, crunchy treat that leaves a  lively, tingly, spicy yet subtle aftertaste. Enjoy a bit of fuego!

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookie Recipe


2 1/4 cups all purpose flour1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder2 teaspoons cream of tartar1 teaspoons baking soda1/2 teaspoons  coarse salt1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened1 3/4 cup sugar2 large eggs2 teaspoons teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoons ground chile such as arbol, chipotle, or ancho (you may substitute cayenne pepper)

1. Preheat oven to 400. Whisk to combine flour, cocoa powder, cream of tartar , baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups sugar  with an electric mixer on medium high speed u…

Mosaic Monday: Color your World


Tea Time Crafts

Image from Wild Olive 

Tea Time Mug Rug tutorial from Wild Olive

Shabby spring tea envelopes tutorial from Sweet Tidings for APAD
Image from Sweet Fancy

Tea time bunting tutorial from Sweet Fancy

Image from Zakka Life

Tea tin pail tutorial from Zakka Life
Image from Alice Cantrell

Printable tea note cards and stickers from Alice Cantrell
Image from Bonzai Aphrodite

Homemade teabag tutorial from Bonzai Aphrodite

Image from Handmade Therapy

Tea wallet tutorial from Handmade Therapy

Hello there! It's mad tea party season. Hop over to A Fanciful Twist  to join the party. Make a  stop over at Mollie Johansson's blog Wild Olive for more adorable tea party crafts and ideas. 
Happy weekend!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day Winner

Thank you all for participating in my  Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway! I have just drawn a winner via random generator. The lucky winner is....

Congratulations to Lyn of Belle and Rose!

Chic Chalkboard Crafts + Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Reminder

Image from Country Living

Blackboard crafts from Country Living

Image from Zakka Life
Chalkboard name tags from Zakka Life
Image from Shop Dirty Laundry 
DIY Reusable chalkboard gift tags from Shop Dirty Laundry

Image from Martha Stewart
DIY chalkboard wall calendar from Martha Stewart

Image from Craftwerk 
DIY Chalkboard mug from Craftwerk 
Add a comfy laid back look to your home and work space with these nifty chalkboard craft tutorials. ETSY is also a great place to source chalkboard labels and decals. Check out these lovely chalkboard finds:

Chalkboard Wall Calendar with Memo Vinyl Wall Decal from Simple ShapesChalkboard labels and decals from Bradens GraceMini chalkboard stands from Cute Supply
P.S. My Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway is still open. I extended it for one more day! Hurry and enter while you can.

Mille Fiore Virtual Kaleidoscope

Images from Mille Fiore Virtual Kaleidoscope
Take a break and immerse yourself in the transcendental beauty of Mille Fiore Virtual Kaleidoscope. Enjoy the stunning, interplay of light and color while being lulled to a meditative theta state by beautiful chill-out sounds (best experienced with stereo headphones). Time seems to stand still when these beautiful kaleidoscopes unfold their dynamic beauty.


Find the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway here.

DIY Wildflower Seed Scrub Favors from Nostalgia Organics

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings
Elea of Nostalgia Joyful Living Blog recently created a very pretty vintage and country inspired  DIY Wildflower Seed Scrub Favor project for Martha Stewart Weddings. The recipe is surprisingly easy to make. Make a batch for your next summer spa party!

If you're looking for the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway post--it's HERE.

My Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway!!! (Extended)

Hello old and new readers! Welcome to Sweet Tidings! The blog is updated (usually) daily with kawaii and , zakka inspiration and of course  fabulous DIY links and tutorials. Feel free to look around.

For the Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway I'll be giving away a cute Japanese crochet craft book and a handmade linen and crocheted lace pincushion/ornament especially made by yours truly.

The craft book is filled with wonderful patterns of crocheted projects such as scarves, bags, petite purses, winter mittens and beanies, pouches, room slippers, organizers, pincushions, doilies, pouches and more!

Just simply leave a comment on this post. You'll get an additional entry if you follow Sweet Tidings on google reader.

The giveaway will be open until 9PM of May 26, 2011 9PM of Friday May 27, 2011.

Good luck and visit Sew Mama Sew on Giveaway Day May 23 to join all the other giveaways!
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Mon Chien Tea and Sugar + Sew Mama Sew May Giveaway Day

Images from Mon Chien Tea and Sugar
Bon jour! Here's another squeal inducing cuteness find-- this time from Mon Chien Tea and Sugar from Japan.  Those cute tea packets and darling sugar cubes are beyond cute! If you can't get hold of this cuteness you might as well grab some sweet Mon Chien desktop wallpapers.

I'm participating in this year's Sew mama Sew May Day May Day Giveaway! Be sure to check back later tonight for my SMS Giveaway post. See you!

Kawaii Style from CreateStyle (Wallpapers for your desktop)

Images from CreateStyle
More kawaii inspiration for your desktop! Download a favorite wallpaper from Japanese design portal CreateStyle.

Happy Friday!

Style Ideas from Donna Hay

Images from Donna Hay

A treasure trove of fabulous style ideas await you at, home of Ausralia's premiere lifestyle maven. Pictured above (clockwise) are some of the style ideas I can't wait to try: 1. Can Creation,   2. Rustic Glow,  2. Floral Serve, 4. Starry, Starry Night 

May Inspiration

Images from Marie Claire Idées
I'm loving all these fresh, spring/summer creations from Marie Claire Idées. Lady bugs, butterflies and sweet blossoms embroidered, appliquéd or festooned on everyday objects transform the ordinary into  extraordinary things of beauty.

How are you celebrating the merry month of May?

Bake a quilt (yes, it's possible!)

Sewing or baking? Well, you can do both! You can bake a patchwork quilt or a  batch of vintage cross stitched cupcakes. Fancy Flours has a sweet collection of cute sewing themed baking supplies for the baker and seamstress (sewer doesn't sound right haha).

Check out the sewing collection right here.

Kimmidoll Kokeshi Wallpapers

The cutest kokeshi doll desktop and iPhone wallpapers can be found on Kimmidoll. Check out Kimmidoll Club to access these lovely desktop pretties.

Happy new week!

Mosaic Monday: This Moment


Sweet and Tidy

Portable crafts organizer from Country Living

Notebook with envelope pockets from Martha Stewart

Button magnets from House to Home

Tidy up in the sweetest way! A bit of fabric, some cute buttons and a dab of glue are all you need to keep the bits and pieces of daily life organized.

Cute Stuff from The Kawaii Notebook

Images from The Kawaii Notebook
More kawaii supplies and gifts to love at The Kawaii Notebook, a beautiful online stationery boutique selling kawaii designed products from Japan and Korea. Check out the lovely special cases especially the cute and collectible matryoshka pencil cases.

Have a happy weekend!

DIY French Birthday Cupcake Card

Craft a super cute French cupcake card from Marie Claire Idées.  Print on cardstock and assemble away. Yay for birthdays! Yay for cupcakes!

Bunnies in the Mail + CHRISTMAS 2011 NOEL Fabric Collection by Valerie Greeley

I received some glad Easter tidings in the mail this week!  I was so surprised and utterly delighted to receive these gorgeous Easter cards from my blog friend Valerie of Acornmoon.  Thank you Valerie!

These sweet cards and prints are just some of her amazing  creations as a watercolor artist, surface designer and illustrator. You can view Valerie's beautiful portfolio here. Isn't she so amazing and inspiring?

Images from Valerie Greeley

Valerie has also recently completed her Christmas quilt fabric designs for Makower UK. Her collection is entitled Noel and features meticulously detailed  traditional Christmas patterns and designs in gorgeous holiday color schemes. There are only 226 quilting days to go before Christmas!