Showing posts from October, 2011

Eat, drink and be scary

"It's late and we are sleepy,
The air is cold and still.
Our jack-o-lantern grins at us
Upon the windowsill.
We're stuffed with cake and candy
And we've had a lot of fun,
But now it's time to go to bed
And dream of all we've done.
We'll dream of ghosts and goblins
And of witches that we've seen,
And we'll dream of trick-or-treating
On this happy Halloween."

Mosaic Monday: Happy Halloween!


Recipe: Halloween Victorian Sugar Cookies

This recipe is culled from my favorite Victoria Magazine.  I can't find the online  recipe link anymore but thank goodness I managed to save the recipe. If you're the habitual recipe clipper, I highly recommend the fabulous Keep Recipe web app. The Keep Recipe pinmarklet is really heaven sent for folks like me!

Victorian Sugar Cookie


1 cup unsalted butter, softened1/2 cup sugar1 egg2 tsp vanilla extract1 tsp almond extract3 cups all purpose flour3/4 tsp salt1/2 tsp baking powder Directions:

1. Cream butter and sugar, add eggs and blend well. Stir in vanilla and almond extracts.

2. Sift together all purpose flour, salt and baking powder.

3. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture. Blend well. Pat dough into a log and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator overnight.

4. Thaw and roll dough. Cut into desired halloween shapes using cookie cutters.

5. Bake in 350F degrees  oven until edges are golden brown.

A little bird told me...

Dear Traveling Girl,
Life is a trip with a perfect itinerary that we cannot see. Imagine it this way -- that there really IS an itinerary, but you just can't see it. There is an amazing destination, but you just don't know where the stops along the way will happen where you will have to refuel, where your best memories and your greatest lessons will happen.
We don't know that what may seem like useless detours are where we might meet the most amazing people of our lives, or enjoy the best scenery, or learn the most important things.
Sometimes we fail to enjoy the trip because we are so hung up on wanting to see the itinerary. You will have the best times of your life when you just TRUST that you are exactly where you are supposed to be, doing exactly what you are meant to be doing, and that tomorrow you will be lead to the next destination.
You always have been, you always will be.
Remember to travel light, only take what you need with you. It will make things so much eas…

Time to Stop and Stare

Some happy things I did today:

Baked orange creamsicle and strawberry cupcakes

Made a teeny paper home sweet home and quilty little notecards

Read a  cute, delightful, inspiring little book- Christmas Ornaments by Del Pozzo and High

What's on your  "To-Enjoy List"?

I was inspired by this William Henry Davies poem from one of the episodes of  the cookery  show The Delicious Miss Dahl to get into this stopping and staring frame and mind (while the world whirls away):

What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare?
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep, or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and …

Wool and the Gang

Finally I've found the best place to learn knitting after scouring the web for countless knitting video tutorials  and charts. The search is over I think.

I like the look and the fresh, youthful vibe of  Wool and the Gang. I like the fact that the name is a meta reference to one of my favorite 80's music acts.

You can learn knitting techniques via video tutorials or memo sketch. They also have a cool blog!

Merry Halloween Printables

Printable Hauntie House luminary from Cathe Holden

 Printable Lethal Libation Labels from Martha Stewart

Printable Halloween Garland Card Set from  Canon Creative Park

Printable Magic Pumpkin paper toy from The Toy Maker

 Printable round spooky things from Allsorts

Get in touch with your inner trick or trickster by printing these cute halloween paper treats for play and decorating. Happy halloween crafting and making!

Relaxing at Rilakumma Cafe

Would you like some Rilakumma Chocolate and Coffee? Do you prefer bitter or sweet?  Take a moment to enjoy and savor  a little Rilakumma moment.

Halloween Diet Fix: The Slimline Magic Spell

Thank you to all who joined my Fanciful Halloween Party 2011! I hope you got a bit of spooky fright. As I visited many fanciful halloween parties (the halloween partiers are listed on Vanessa's blog) , I ate too many cupcakes, candy corn and chocolate bars. Eeeek!

If you end up overindulging in halloween sweets and cookies and conventional dieting wouldn't work, try the quick  Slimline Spell from Spells for Self Improvement by Lauren White.

The cute little book is filled with charming illustrations and easy spells for a fun and charmed life.

Disclaimer: This fun, creative spell is for pure fun and entertainment. I cannot guarantee you will lose those last 10 pounds. But who knows, it might work!

You can make your own halloween spell book too. Jojoebi at A Bit of This and a Bit of That has a Spooky Spell Book tutorial. Abracadabra!!!

Mosaic Monday: Sugar Cookie


Handmade Fashion

I bought a few Japanese craft books on DIY clothes sewing. I've pretty much grown weary of sewing softies. I think it's time to move on and learn a new sewing skill. I'm excited to make a handmade skirt as my first project.

Stylelist has some fabulous DIY design tips for people who want to make their own clothes.
Burdastyle is also a great resource for people who love DIY fashion. Check out the pattern section as well as project inspirations.

The Fanciful Halloween Party 2011

Hello friends, guests and fellow faeries! Welcome to Halloween Party 2011!

(Enter/Listen to spooky music here

I hope Mr. Dancing Skeleton on his magic pumpkin coach has delivered your halloween invites on time? 

It's that time of the year when the magic maven of A Fanciful Twist gathers her marvelous minions for an annual Halloween Party. Tonight, Casa Sweet Tidings transforms into a haunted little coven for some enchanted, scary fun!

Now light up your lanterns and beware of shadows darting from behind your back. On a night like this, a blood thirsty gentleman  (an Edward Cullen doppelganger) is out for a kill.

Boo!! And he leaves a bloody trail behind!   I wonder what it he seeks or desires... 

OMG!  He has his eyes on the  To Kill For or To Die For Chocolate Cake. Stop him before he sinks his fangs on this forbidden and totally intoxicating  Chocolat Gateau Noir. It is the most sinful dessert this side of hell.Even vampires can't resist!

Oh, and he stopped for some …

Of comfort books and magic rooms

Do you have a favorite comfort book?

I have a couple of books that I love reading and  re-reading--Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy and Susan Branch's Girlfriends Forever. These books are written from the heart with a charmingly homespun flavor. Sarah and Susan are what I would call the quintessential, perfect BFFs. Eternally, witty, wise and whimsical they impart their pearls of wisdom in absolutely engaging formats. Sarah Ban Breathnach's Simple Abundance book  is written in diary format where topics are organized with a seasonal or monthly theme. Each day, there is a topic that invites you to think, dream or delight in. This book will never grow old since it's like a perpetual calendar of inspiration that will last through the ages.

On the other hand, Girlfriends Forever is written in the signature Susan Branch style. Every page is rendered in the handmade way--charming watercolor illustrations with fountain pen handwritten tex…

Join me for a halloween party tomorrow!

Hello my adorable faeries and  gremlins!

I'm so happy to take part in this year's Fanciful Twist virtual Halloween Party.  I missed last year's spooktacular soiree due to an out-of-town travel schedule.

Year in and year out, Vanessa's virtual blog halloween party remains to be the most magical, most enchanting halloween festivity. It is always very exciting to visit new blogs and meet new blog friends.

Please join me tomorrow for an evening (or an afternoon) of halloween fun. Don't forget to wear a costume. See you!

Awakening in color + wallpaper for you

I like brewing sun tea and enjoying a soul recharging sunshine bath early in the morning. I just love how the world glimmers in early morning sunlight. Blades of grass sparkle in scintillating bokehs as the sun kisses a new day. Happiness is really seeing the world awash in color.

As I chased sparkling bokehs around the garden, I  found myself mesmerized by a bubble pink hibiscus. I imagined a flurry of  butterflies getting intoxicated by its  pink lemonade nectar. Truly a natural thing of beauty that merited a photo-op.

Camera in hand,  I pursued a sharp macro rendition of the pink hibiscus. I am obsessed with ultra sharp photos and I staunchly and often ridiculously categorize blurry,fuzzy photos as bad. However, the more I tried to achieve focal clarity, the more out of focus the image became. Spellbound by the softness of the strangely out of the focus hibiscus, I found myself drawn into its bubblepink candypop energetic frequency.  So delightful. Now that the image has complete…

Cloud Street Lab Giveaway at Babalisme

Head over to Babalisme for a fantastically tempting giveaway from Cloud Street Lab!  Enter the giveaway to win a clipart for personal or commercial use. Cloud Street Lab is a graphic design studio based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The design lab creates fun, quirky and free spirited designs and clip-arts. My favorites from their ETSY store are the faeiries, sweet dandelions and Halloween Night.

Visit the Cloud Street Blog for fun autumn styled  freebies and inspiration.

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