I recently found these vintage and collectible Martha Stewart books in a bargain bookstore. These books may be 10 years old or more but the projects remain timeless yet in vogue with today's fickle craft trends.
I also found some relatively new sewing craft books that would be useful in making holiday presents this year. Of course, my favorite bargain book find has got to be this Paula Deen recipe journal that I want to fill with holiday recipes.
I've also been doing a bit of blog housekeeping! Blogger recently rolled out its dynamic view blog templates and being the traditionalist that I am, I was hesitant at first to implement these new and radical changes to my blog. I am very attached to my blog header, blogroll and sidebar widgets but I just had to let them go to give way to an interactive blog that loads 40% faster and resurfaces old, undiscovered blog content. As of the moment, Blogger's dynamic display view does not contain any option for sidebar widgets.
In the name of compact blog design, I have integrated the previous template's sidebar links (i.e blogroll, links ets) into the blog's drop down menu page button. Now my blog seems like one big hideaway/stoway bed! Anyway we'll see how it goes. I might revert back to my old template.
I hope you will continue to enjoy Sweet Tidings Handmade in this new format. Happy Friday!
Mori Girl Aesthetic: The Mori Girl (Forest Girl in Japanese) is a modern day Red Riding Hood who loves tea, books, photography, quaint cafes and pretty loose- fitting dresses made of rustic, natural materials. The style is a Japanese fashion sub-culture inspired by eco youth sensibility and quaint vintage fashion. Popular Japanese actress Yu Aoi embodies this quirky and charming fashion style.
Here's my recipe for a light and satisfying sunny afternoon snack. Pair with iced or hot mulled wine flavored tea. Bon appetit!
I love collecting recipes from the internet and I keep lots of recipe notebooks. Recently I stumbled on Keep Recipes on Lifehacker. Keep Recipe is a nifty and clever online tool that allows you to "clip and save" recipes from all over the web. It also has a nice social networking feature that allows you to follow fellow foodies, friends and even famous chefs.
This is my Keep Recipes page. Hope to follow and share recipes with you soon!
Christy's Rustic Apple Tart
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 stick chilled butter (cut into cubes)
1/2 tsp sugar
2-3 tablespoon cold water
1 piece Granny Smith apple (peeled and sliced thinly)
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Dash of freshly grated nutmeg
2 tsp calamansi juice
Small butter cubes ( to dot apple pie filling)
1 egg and 2 tbsp water
Vanilla sugar (for sprinkling)
1. Combine flour, sugar and chilled butter in a bowl. Mix together using a pastry blender. Add cold water until pie dough is compact and can easily be rolled.
2. Roll dough into a 10"-11" circle.
3. Season apple slices with 2 tbsp sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp calamansi (or lemon) juice.
4. Arrange apple slices on the pie crust on a circular, fanned motion. Dot with butter cubes. Sprinkle with vanilla sugar.
5. Brush edges of pie crust with egg wash mixture. Sprinkle with vanilla sugar.
6. Bake in 350 F oven until crust turns golden brown.
Have you seen The Purl Bee's 20 Minute Tote Bag tutorial using Outside Oslo fabrics? It really is a quick and easy project to whip up when you're time pressed. I made my own autumn inspired tote in exactly 20 minutes!
I found a nice way to recycle glass jars! Instead of using sticker labels you can just rubber stamp them using solvent ink for every surface. Imagine how neat and eco-friendly your cupboard would be with recycled glass jars that hold kitchen staples and essentials. See my tutorial at Jojoebi for a detailed instruction on how to go about stamping on other surfaces other than paper. My new ETSY shop Rose and Lotus also offers handcarved rubber stamps that are perfect for stamping on glass. Unlike commercial made stamps, these stamps have deep grooves that perfect for stamping on cello sleeve, glass, metal, leather and so on.
I'm still looking for more people to enter the MyMemories Suite Digital Scrapbook Software giveaway. I know most of the crafters who read this blog are sewing enthusiasts but MyMemories can also be used to creatively display or showcase finished craft projects on your blog or ETSY shop. It's not just about digital scrapbooking! Check out the MyMemories Blog for fabulous lay-out and project ideas.
Don't miss the chance to win this a fabulous software valued at $39.97. Hurry and enter the giveaway while it's open!
I made Granny Smith Apple Cupcakes this weekend! I subscribe to Martha Stewart's podcasts on iTunes and I was inspired by one of her recent back-to-school ideas and recipes.
Originally I wanted to make red apple cupcakes but ran out of red food coloring. I almost dashed out to the shops to get a fresh bottle but Sunday laziness got the better of me. I ended up decorating my cupcakes in apple-y green. After all, I really think Granny Smith is prettier than Red Delicious.
This recipe calls for basic vanilla cupcake recipe and buttercream frosting. You can find my vanilla cupcake base recipe on my food blog. For the buttercream recipe, I always use Martha's Easy Buttercream recipe. To mimic a real Granny Smith, I used chocolate covered pretzel sticks and store bought edible sugar leaves.
What have you been cooking/baking/creating this weekend?
Fall inspiration abounds in the fall 2011 digital edition of Sweet Paul Magazine. Sumptuous recipes, imaginative crafts, stunning style and design spreads plus a how-to on how to create an enchanting Black Halloween await you.
Also check out the cute templates from the Go Camping DIY story featured in the online magazine.
Woodland creatures such as gnomes (and gnomettes) make their jolly appearance this time of year. These perennial craft celebrities are adorable any season but they are really popular in the autumn time. I've been looking for gnome stuffie patterns online but can't find any expect for the felted, knitted or crocheted ones. As I always say, " If you can't find it, make it."
Mooncake is one of the treats that I look forward to eating this time of year. I just usually buy these delicious annual oriental treats from Chinese bakeries but this year I wanted to make my very own mooncakes from whatever recipe I can find on the web. I can't be bothered making red bean paste filling so I was delighted when I found this recipe from DLTK. You can just actually use strawberry jam filling or fruit and nuts instead of red bean or lotus paste. I'm re-posting Shirly's recipe here:
Easy Chinese Mooncakes
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup salted butter
1 cup all purpose flour
Strawberry jam or red bean paste
1. Pre-heat oven to 375F degrees.
2. Cream butter, sugar and egg yolk. Stir in flour.
3. Mix well and form one big ball of dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.
4. Unwrap chilled dough and make dough balls. Make a thumb hole on each piece of mooncake. Fill with strawberry jam, red bean paste or fruits and nuts.
Add a bit of spice to your otherwise sweet life with Kimchijeon 김 치 전 or Korean style kimchi pancake. It's a great way to snuck some probiotic rich kimchi into your diet.If you prefer a less spicy pancake you can omit the kimchi altogether and add scallions or green onions to make a pajeon 파 전.
If you're celebrating the Harvest Moon Korean festival, Happy Chuseok to you!
Kimchijeon 김 치 전 Recipe
2 cups flour
1 cups water
Salt and pepper (to taste)
1 stalk scallions
1 cup sliced kimchi (include the brine for a deep red colored pancake)
1. Mix flour, water, and egg. Add scallions and sliced kimchi with brine. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Heat oil in non-stick skillet. Use a laddle to pour kimchijoen batter to the skillet. Flattern portion and cook until edges are crisp.
3. Bon appetit! 맛있게 드세요!
If you're looking for the MyMemories Scrapbook Software Giveaway, it's here.
To celebrate September, I've created a little handmade project--the Little Acorns Recipe Book Page Holder. I know this time of year entails a lot of cozy, autumn/halloween cooking so these cute little fellas should keep your cookbook dog-ear free and safe from sticky finger marks.
Thanks to the advent of digital photography and digital scrapbooking software, making and sharing memories is now as easy as clicking a mouse. Scrapbooking is one of the most therapeutic and fulfilling craft activities but due to life's fast paced and busy schedule it's quite a challenge to do traditional scrapbooking. There's the arduous task of sorting and printing photos, gathering scrapbooking supplies and organizing a waiting list of photos that stretch to years back in time.
Your scrapbook pages or albums can be turned into a video DVD that can be watched on your TV or personal computer. Your scrapbook masterpiece can also turned into an interactive presentation with music, video and narration. You can even make your scrapbook mobile by sending it to an iPod.
MyMemories Suite is more than just a scrapbooking software. You can create photobooks, calendars and other creative paper crafts. Your imagination is the limit.
You can create quick and easy scrap pages using designer templates or create your own lay-out and style.
You can print your MyMemories scrapbook pages and add them to a traditional scrapbook album.
Given it's digital format you can create priceless digital heirlooms that your great, great grandchildren will treasure several decades from today!
Here's a sample page that I made using one of the software's ready made designer templates. I can't wait to make my own lay-out using MMS's amazing scrapbook kits and paper packs.
Here's how to win:
Two download copies of this amazing scrapbook software are up for grabs. Here's how you can win a free MyMemories Suite 2.0 software download:
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Sweet as Sugar Cookies has a wonderful cinnamon bread/cake recipe that's worth a try. It's a swirly, dense crumbed cake that's perfect for tea or coffee. I love cinnamon but I halved the original cinnamon sugar topping recipe which calls for one cup of brown sugar and 2 tablespoon sugar. I am apparently partial to subtly sweet, aromatic breads and cakes.
If you love cinnamon try some of the recipes in my tried and tested recipe box archive. Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookie is a Martha Stewart recipe that has a lively kick of chili and hint of cinnamon. Overnight cinnamon buns are consistently good everytime and anytime. Make them on a lazy Saturday afternoon. If you're pressed for time you can always take the express route to cinnamon heaven with 90 Minute Cinnamon Rolls.
1/4 cup softened butter
1 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. all purpose flour
1 c. buttermilk (or you can use 1 Tbsp. vinegar + 15 Tbsp. milk)
Filling and Topping:
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1. Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs, salt and vanilla.
3. Mix 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
4. Mix 1/2 of the buttermilk into the wet ingredients.
5. Mix 1/3 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
6. Mix the remaining buttermilk into the wet ingredients.
7. Mix 1/3 the remaining dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
8. Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
9. Pour 1/3 of the batter into a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan.
10. Pour 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture on top.
11. Pour 1/3 of the batter on top.
12. Pour 1/3 of the cinnamon mixture on top.
13. Pour the remaining batter on top.
14. Pour the remaining cinnamon mixture on top.
15. Preheat oven to 350F. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
If you're a scrapbooking enthusiast, hobbyist or wannabe you will love tomorrow's giveaway competition from My Memories, maker of the no. 1 rated My Memories Suite. I've always admired the scrapbooking talent of Gina and I have been inspired to give scrapbooking a try. I have like 30+ years worth of photos to scrapbook. Good thing scrapbooking has gone digital!
Please check out tomorrow's giveaway. The kind folks at My Memories will be giving away My Memories Suite Version 2.0 software download to two lucky readers.
Hello everyone! I have an autumn inspired gift for all of you--a Cathy Applehead Doll Pattern!
It's my first time to make a doll pattern and tutorial and so please bear with my wonky directions and instructions. I assume most of my readers are already intermediate crafters so making this doll would be a breeze. Hope you enjoy it. I look forward to seeing your creations soon!
Note: You are free to sell dolls made from this pattern. Just don't forget to attribute design to Sweet Tidings.
Applehead Cathy Handmade Doll Pattern and Tutorial
2. Cut and trace pattern to fabric. Add 1/2 inch seam allowance.
3. Use heavy weight muslin or canvass fabric for the doll's face. Applique face to one piece of red felt apple fabric. Stitch on felt hair. Attach one side of head and body fabric together. Do this process twice. Sew and fill arms and leg fabric pieces with polyfill. Cut two pieces of "felt leaves" and sew/embroider together.
4. Tuck and sew doll arms and felt leaves inside the two pieces of fabric (attached head and body) wrong side out. Turn fabric outside in and fill with polyfill. Insert leg fabric pieces and neatly sew opening.
4. Embroider or paint doll face. Cut and sew a piece of brown felt for the doll's boots. Also cut a strip of felt for the doll's scarf.
5. Finished doll measures 17.5 inches in height. It's a very poseable and flexible doll. Hope you enjoy it.