Showing posts from January, 2012

February's Creative Everyday Theme: Night

I love the February theme at Creative Everyday. The theme is "night"- a rather beguiling topic to uncover, discover and explore through art, crafts and reflections.

This theme reminds me of the unforgettable movie of yore  Brother Sun, Sister Moon( Fratello Solle, Sorella Luna). The movie is essentially about the friendship of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare but it also touches on the metaphysical  aspect of our divine brotherhood with the cosmos. As the sun and the moon are both siblings in the cosmic playground, there can be no sibling rivalry.  As the sky changes from blue, scarlet to pitch black, we notice the seamless and flawless division of labor of these cosmic elements. The sun illuminates, energizes and powers the planet while the moon is a gentle night light- inducing peace, rest, sweet dreams and physical restoration. There is beauty in daylight but another kind of  beauty also exists in the darkness, shadows and silence.

For the next 28 days I wish to explo…

Pretty Fabric Scrap Gift Tags

Don't throw those fabric scraps just yet. You can turn them into pretty tags to embellish gifts for all seasons.

I made a set of fabric scrap gift tags in shabby chic palette from Creature Comforts' Pretty Fabric Scrap Gift Tag tutorial. It is one of EZ's recommended  DIY projects to craft and make this January/February. Of all the projects, this is the quickest and easiest project to make although I also want to give the Fancy DIY Clothespin project a spin. I'll definitely be making another set of fabric gift tags using holiday themed fabrics for Christmas.

Have a great week!

Mosaic Monday: Welcome February


Everyday, Lovely Day


Express Chocolate Pudding Recipe + Valentine Coffee Coaster Pattern

I'm not jell-o. I'm not crème brûlée. I'm chocolate pudding. :)

Hehe, remember the romantic comedy My Best Friend's Wedding? I think I've watched it a bazillion times I could recite the dialogues in my sleep.

Back to the topic of this post which is chocolate pudding. I rhapsodize over the virtues of this snack.  It's as comforting as a big bowl of mac and cheese,  instant ramen, (insert fave comfort food here) or a big slice of chocolate cake. This particular recipe only takes 10 minutes to make and it's so yummy you can slide off the couch or temporarily forget your name. This recipe is a keeper. It's love. 

Express Chocolate Pudding

1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 Tbsp cornstarch
2 cups skim/low-fat milk
A pinch of decaf coffee powder
2 Tbsp vanilla extract

1. In a microwave safe bowl, combine all dry ingredients and blend together  with balloon whisk.

2. Add milk and vanilla extract. Whisk until dry ingredients have completely diss…

All the pretty dala horses

I love Swedish dala horses! I've made a few dala horse inspired crafts before such as this and this but this decorative dala horse cushion (I named mine Lily)  from Tilda's Summer Ideas is really my favorite. I think I need to sew another horse to keep her company. ;)

I've learned from Hanna, one of my favorite Swedish bloggers that the traditional dala horse color is actually orange. Check out Hanna's link on how these Swedish icons are painted and decorated.

Hmm, I wonder what's going to be my next dala horse project. I still have some extra Aida cloth so this dala horse cross stitch project from The Split Stitch would be fabulous I guess.

By the way,  the Sweet Tidings creativity theme for February is Shabby Chic! I'll be posting the last Coffee Month recipe and project this weekend.

Till then. Happy weekend! 

Weekending: Illustrated Recipes from They Draw and Cook

Warning: Cute overload!

Put on your polka dot apron and baker's hat because we have some serious kawaii baking and cooking to do! They Draw and Cook  is an online gallery of superlatively cute illustrated recipes from artists all over the globe. Have fun browsing! You may want to print the recipes for your homemade recipe folder. The artworks alone are tons of fun!

Happy weekend!

Valentine paper treats from Mr. Printables

Melt someone's heart with sweet valentine tokens made even special with lovely printable cards and wrappers from Mr. Printables. They're too cute!

Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations are still ongoing until the 29th! Add a bit of fun and a dash of good luck to the new year with these adorable dragon masks.  For sure I want the pink dragon mask. :)

Creative Explorations

Keri Smith's website has lots of fun prompts to get your creativity going. This February, I think I want to do this.

Winky Dollhouse Bakery

My, oh my! The Winky Dollhouse Bakery at ETSY  is filled to the brim with yummy miniature valentine goodies--pink sugar cookies and candy baskets presented in the sweetest style. All this sweetness is caramelizing in my brain!

Divine mini raspberry sponge cakes and tarts. How sweet!

A cake your little dolly will love! Fluffy frosted heart cakes are my favorite too! Grab these miniature yummies while you can.
~Smile~ Have a nice day!

Pretty Pink Crafts


What is essential is invisible

I'm happy to have found this adorable Le Petit Prince Mary Engelbreit desktop wallpaper. I love how this  famous literary quote keeps me grounded, inspired and grateful. For today I thank God for the sweet, invisible oxygen that keep us alive and thriving!

Happy Tuesday!

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Wishing you good health, good luck, prosperity, peace of mind and happiness in the year of the water dragon. Kung Hei Fat Choi! Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

Romantic style organizing crafts and wise words from the Goddess of Happiness

Channel you inner shabby chic domestic goddess with these utterly feminine and romantic printable organizing crafts from Cathe Holden of Just Something I Made. Deep down in every crafty feminine soul  resides a goddess that wants to celebrate everything blissful and beautiful.

This weekend, you can also be a Goddess of Happiness. Debbie Gisonni in her book The Goddess of Happiness: A Down-to Earth Guide for Heavenly Balance and Bliss. I love chapter 14 of her book that discusses the need to accessorize our lives.

Here are her 5 ways of how to accessorize your life:

Surround yourself with things you love to look at.Intermingle frequently with adults, children, animals and nature. Fill your home with the smell if fresh-baked cookies or a meal made from scratch.Listen to your favorite music while doing mundane chores.Carve out time for a special hobby. Affirmation: "I surround myself with people, animals and things I love."

Have a beautiful weekend!

Recycled Vitamin Water Canisters from Tweety Atelier

I was clearing my workspace this morning when I  noticed a cluster of mineral water/vitamin water bottles in a corner. I was about to throw them in the trash when something stopped me. I could possibly find a cool eco friendly tutorial that could make use of this ubiquitous landfill monster. Tonight as I was browsing korean DIY power blog Tweety Atelier for origami projects, I found this recycled vitamin water canister tutorial.  What a cool, serendipitous find! Now I know what to do with these water bottles and with my printed cotton twill stash.

Happy weekend!

P.S. My blog now has a header! I finally discovered how to tweak blogger's dynamic view template. Yay for  pleasant discoveries!

Printable valentine gift wrap sets

Have you been doing your handmade valentine shopping?

If so, you might want your valentine gifts to look their prettiest, romantic-est best. Wrap your valentine tokens in these cute Valentine gift wrap printable sets from Giftwrap-it (via Designs of Artisan).The gift wraps come with coordinating greeting cards and gift tags.

Coffee Mug Cozy Pattern and Homemade Kahlua

What to do with leftover fabric scraps? Make them into cute coffee mug cozies of course!  I tailored this pattern to fit a regular sized coffee mug. Most of the patterns I see on the web usually are made for paper coffee cups. 
Download the pattern here
Coffee Mug Cozy 


Japanese fabricInsulated padding/liningButtonNeedle and threadSewing machine 
1. Sew wrong sides together and reverse. Stitch edges together.  2. Use velcro or button and ribbon snap to join  the edges of the cozy together.

Today I have stumbled upon this awesome homemade kahlua (coffee liqueur) recipe from Veronica's Cornucopia. I love kahlua so this is heaven sent! As soon as I gather my ingredients I'll give this recipe a shot. I also hope that someone soon can invent and share a recipe for Homemade Bailey's.  

Sorry, no blog post today

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Coffee and Life

More coffee inspired images to celebrate Coffee Month here at Sweet Tidings. Stay super buzzy!

Sweet Valentines at Shop Sweet Lulu

Look no further. Shop Sweet Lulu has everything you need to make your valentine crafting, decorating and soirée extra sweet and special.

Zakka organizing style for trinkets and stuff

One of my craft resolutions this year is to imbibe the mori girl handicraft spirit. That means making more natural, zakka style projects just like this one. This wood shadow box which  I purchased many moons ago from a Japanese supply store is just a wonderful material to display and organize everyday wear trinkets and jewelry.

What organizing projects are you doing this month?

Wakey Wakey Coffee Body Scrub Recipe

Happy Monday! It's a great day to start the week with something energizing and reviving. To continue with this month's coffee theme, here's bath and body recipe that will perk up your morning bath ritual. Sesame oil's emollient and moisturizing properties makes skin extra soft too.

Coffee Body Scrub

1/2 cup ground coffee 1/2 cup sea salt1/4 cup sesame oil1/2 tsp peppermint massage oil

Food and Crafts for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is just around the corner (January 23) and I'm so excited. It's one of my favorite holidays and I love all the good luck traditions that go with it. Invite auspicious luck and good fortune in the Year of the Dragon with these fun crafts and recipes. Advance kung hei fat choy greetings!