Thursday, March 29, 2012

Playful DIY Crafts

Plastic Animal Pincushion DIY from Small Good Things

Plush Fox Doll DIY from A Beautiful Mess

DIY Magnetic Tote Bag from Ducks in a Row

DIY Glow Glass Jars from Intimate Weddings

I really believe the spirit of play is the essence of crafting and DIY-ing. No wonder time just stands still when we indulge in our favorite crafts. Check out some of my handpicked play inspired crafts pictured above. The animal pincushion is really on my must-make soon list.  


Sorry for the intermittent posts and lack of new DIY tutorials. I'm currently attending to urgent matters but I'll be back soon with a new tutorial. Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Shabby Apple Giveaway Winner

Hello there! Sorry for the late posting of the Shabby Apple Giveaway results. Life has been hectic and haven't been able to update the blog as regularly as I can.

Here is the result of the Shabby Apple giveaway. The winner is commenter #20: Cathy F. On her comment she writes:

" Shabby Apple is a lovely shop - lots of shoes, clothes and accessories. I particularly like the Eager and Glowing shoes.

Thank you for this generous giveaway."

Congratulations to the winner! I will be sending a confirmation email soon. Thank you to all who joined. I will be back with another giveaway sometime soon.

Monday, March 26, 2012

DIY Hand-stamped Paper Placemat

My favorite casual dining Italian restaurant uses a risographed paper placemat and cutlery wrapped in tiny brown paper bags. I love  it's down -to-earth, eco-chic look. I wanted to recreate the same style for a cozy cafe feeling when  friends come over for coffee and cupcakes. Instead of using risographed design, I go for the charm of  rustic, hand-stamped  accents.

DIY Hand-stamped Paper Placemat


  • Pattern paper
  • Paper cutter/scallop scissors
  • Rubber stamp
  • Stamp pad
 1. Using a paper cutter, cut out a letter sized 8.5 rectangle from the pattern paper.

2. Add shape to the edges by adding a scallop shaped design. You can use a scallop scissor or paper  puncher.

3. Stamp border using your rubber stamp design of choice.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Kewpie Doll Labels from My Poppet

Everybody loves a kewpie! Add a dose of retro nostalgia to your packages, mails and organizing crafts with this super cute printable label from My Poppet. Check out My Poppet's other spring perfect tutorials like the vintage storybook gift soap and fabric decals.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Hoppity hop

It's that time of the year when handmade plushy bunnies go hoppity- hop! I always look forward to Easter crafting as it is my tradition to sew bunny plushies every year.  Last year I made Tilda springtime bunnies and this year I'm making made soft bunnies from Ottobre Design's free pattern. These anatomically irreverent bunnies really remind me of  Hallmark's zany Hoops and Yoyo character duo!

Thank you to all who participated in the sponsored giveaway from Shabby Apple. I will be closing the competition in the next 2 hours. Better drop your name in the hat before comments are closed.

$50 gift card giveaway from Shabby Apple ends today

The sponsored giveaway from fabulous online boutique Shabby Apple ends today (in a few hours to be exact). You can still enter the giveway while it's open.

Happy spring!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Homemade DIY Easter Treats

Homemade marshmallow chicks from A Farm Girl Dabbles

Eggshell Brownie from Baking School

Easter cake pops from Bakerella

Rainbow Jello Easter Eggs from Thrive

Carrot cake truffles from Cakespy

Celebrate a sweet Easter with these fun and unique edible DIY treats. Starting today I gotta save those eggshells for those yummy looking egg shaped brownies.

The $50 gift card giveaway from fabulous fashion online boutique Shabby Apple is still open. Enter your contact details while it's open (U.S. readers only). Sweet Tidings readers can also avail of a 10% off coupon for anything Shabby Apple for one month.  Enter coupon code "sweettidings10off" at checkout.

Mosaic Monday: Spring Scent

1. May Day Flowers, 2. Sure sign of Spring - Robin - Bird, 3. spring flower, 4. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." J.F. Kennedy, 5. tea cups, 6. The light of spring is a light of hope. , 7. Spring Colours, 8. muffin tin, 9. June's wild flowers

See more mosaic mondays here

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Chocolate Lollipop Cookies

I love trying out the recipes from Baking School, a Korean baking site. The recipes are always flawlessly formulated with the sugar level always falling on the median scale. Not too sweet, not too bland and as Goldilocks would say, this "______" tastes just right.

This weekend, I tried my hand on making 무설탕 유기농 초코 롤리팝쿠키 or "Sugar free organic chocolate lollipop cookie". I think it means white sugar free as muscovado sugar is still sugar but a healthier version.

Chocolate Lollipop Cookies


  • Rice flour, 220 grams ( I used all-purpose flour since I only have glutinous rice flour available)
  • 1 egg
  • Unsalted butter, 70 grams
  • Muscovado sugar, 70 grams
  • Baking powder 1/2 tsp
  • Cocoa powder, 2 tbsp
  • Handful of organic chocolate chips (I used ordinary chocolate chip morsels)
  • Wooden popsicle sticks

1. Cream butter and sugar. Add egg.

2. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder. Add to butter mixture.

3. Blend well until mixture forms a firm dough.

4. Form in balls (use a 1/8 cup scoop).

5. Insert wooden popsicle stick into the center of cookie dough ball. Transfer to a parchment lined cookie sheet. Flatten surface using a the bottom of  glass tumbler.

6. Bake in a preheated 350F oven for 12-15 minutes or until bottom is nicely browned.

U.S. Readers and visitors: There's still time to enter the $50 gift card giveaway from Shabby Apple. Enter the giveaway here.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy Homemade: Cookies and DIY Washi Tape

It's a happy homemade day--handmade kraft envelopes ( using my wooden envelope template), spritz cookies and washi tape strips. How to make the washi tape strips? Visit Amy J's Delightful Distractions printable and tutorial. Amy's blog is just Amy-zing! I love her tutorials and printables and her photography is beautiful as well. Thanks Amy for all that you do!

Thank you to all who entered the PearlMountain Photo Watermark software giveaway. I will be emailing everyone who joined their free licensed software.

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Coloring and decorating Easter eggs

DIY Decoupage Easter Eggs from Hollywould 101 via Dizzymaiden

Kool-Aid Eggs from Hey Jen Renee

Speckled Eggs by Claire's Craftroom
DIY Dinosaur Eggs from Barefoot Kitchen Witch

Easter is just around the corner! Here are some fresh and exciting ways to decorate an easter egg. Take your pick. As for me, I'd like to try all these techniques especially the dinosaur style eggs. ^-^

For U.S. readers/visitors, you may want to enter the $50 gift card giveaway from vintage style online boutique Shabby Apple. Add your giveaway comment and contact details here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Cloud in a Room

Image from

That's not faux cotton candy cloud hanging from the ceiling. It is in fact, umm, real! 

That amazing, science meets art man-made cloud called Cumulus II was created by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde. It was created in  'Probe,' a test lab for art projects. Smilde was able to create the cloud through the use of smoke, moist and and dramatic lighting.  With all things ephemeral, this magical cloud in a room only exists for a moment before it evaporates into the ether.

{Found via iO9 }

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sponsor Giveaway: $50 Gift Card from Shabby Apple

Hello sweeties! Today I present to you a sponsored giveaway from Shabby Apple, a specialty online boutique that offers a diverse collection of vintage inspired and contemporary style women's dresses, casual dresses, skirts, accessories, gifts and women's apparel. Shabby Apple's fashion offerings fill in the need of today's women  to look feminine and beautiful not for what they bare but for what they wear. The people behind Shabby Apple know how challenging it is for women to find the perfect dress, hence they strive to design highly fashionable dresses for women of all body types. Shabby Apple is a company for women, of women and for women. 

The vintage inspired collections are all exquisitely dreamy. I personally love the flirty styles of  Mad Hatter Roamin Holiday, South Pacific, Oh la la, and Inca Trail. Meanwhile, the boutique collections are seriously sophisticated and classy. The Amalfi Coast Swim Collection is swoon worthy beach wear that evokes romance novel glam. The Boysenberry Pie Collection is a retro-tastic collection of adorable aprons. For fitness fanatics, Blossom is a sleek collection of fit and feminine exercise wear. Whatever you body type or personality, there's a Shabby Apple dress to match your style.

Shabby Apple is not just about apparel. There's also pretty jewelry and accessories, shoes and hair details to complete one's look. For the vintage loving girl, the boutique also has a lovely arts and crafts collection of bath and beauty, home decor and gift items.  

Sweet Tidings readers can avail of a 10% off coupon for anything Shabby Apple for one month.  The coupon code, which can be entered during checkout, is "sweettidings10off." 
This spring and summer, inject some sweet Shabby Apple style to your fashion life!  For fashion and style tips visit the Shabby Apple blog.

To win a $50 gift card to Shabby Apple simple do the following:

1. Visit and  "like"  Shabby Apple on Facebook and come back here to leave your comment.

2. Readers who follow Shabby Apple on Twitter or retweet  this giveaway 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 U.S. readers as of the moment (so sorry international readers!). This  giveaway ends on March 20, 2012. Good luck!


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

Monday, March 12, 2012

Spring and Summer Flowergarden Angel

One of my simple joys is sewing little handmade dolls. I love the warm, fuzzy feeling I get after putting the finishing touches to a doll or toy. It may sound strange but I consider doll making my spiritual exercise. More than any hobby or activity, sewing dolls makes me feel like I'm co-creating with the universe to add a little bit of beauty to this oftentimes sad world. My previous blog post highlights that stream of thinking.

This Flowergarden Angel is made from one of the doll patterns from Tilda's Summer Ideas book. I incorporated my own style by adding straps to the doll's dress and embellishing the flip flops with beaded flowers.

Have a beautiful new week!

Final Giveaway Reminder: PearlMountain Photo Watermark Software

The PearlMountain Photo Watermark Software Giveaway ends tonight. Enter your name if  you still haven't done so as there are 20 licensed software copies to be given away to the first 20 commenters. This amazing and ultra useful blogging/web/photo tool is valued at $19.90.

You can enter the giveaway here.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Handmade Life

Those who guide us, who inspire us, having gone our way before, are now partners with us in building a better world. Any success we have is theirs as well as ours. To copy or imitate them should be only the beginning-the apprentice stage of life. It is fine to think, "what will a Shaker do? What would Scott Nearing have said? What would Gandhi have thought?" These are good exercises for the mind, a way of weighing ideas and contemplated actions, valuable so long as we do not follow anyone blindly.
Only by standing on their shoulders can we build a better world, but we should use the wise as advisers, not masters.”

― William Coperthwaite, A Handmade Life: In Search of Simplicity

Cozy Craft Spaces and Food Films

Timber Labo by Anticca

Chaleur  Mercerie de France by Anticca

D.D Apartment by Anticca

I'm dreaming of cozy craft spaces like these! Natural wood tones are my favorite color schemes of the moment. Mustard yellow paired with off white,espresso tones and pine wood gives a natural, romantic feel to any space.

The PearlMountain Photo Watermark Software giveaway is ending tonight! This nifty software is a great tool to help you protect your shop or website images.  Licensed software worth $19.90 will be given away to the first 20 people who leave a comment.

Thanks to Jenna's movie recommendation, I also watched a cute Japanese token food film Patisserie Coin de Rue (洋菓子店コアンドル) this weekend.

The movie features Yu Aoi , my favorite J-actress. I found the movie to be visually delightful and tactile (Japanese films seem to have this signature characteristic) even if the story line is nothing extraordinary. I will watch this movie again for the extreme close-ups of raspberry macaron sandwiches and ethereal petit cakes.

You can watch the movie online here. It doesn't have an English translation, just Korean subtitles. Given my miniscule knowledge of hangul, I did manage to understand the movie.  

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Thank You

To readers and visitors old and new, thank you always for dropping by. Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 9, 2012

When Craft Imitates Life

Turn a child's drawing into a stuffed toy/doll from Make it and Love it

Edible spoons and bowl tutorial from Scissors. Paper. Wok

I believe in the adage that if you can imagine it, you can craft it! Just look at these innovative and clever crafts from Make it and Love it and S.P.W. Hope these inspire you to dream and craft. Happy Friday!


Wouldn't you want to protect your photos and images online? The PearlMountain Photo Watermark licensed software giveaway is still open. There will be 20 copies to be given away. Hurry and join the giveaway now.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Color Me Pastel Craft Round Up

Dip Dye Cups by Studio Choo on Design Sponge

DIY Confetti Table Cloth from Oh Happy Day

Travel Sewing Kit from Lots of Pink Here

DIY Summer Bracelets from Between the Lines

Painted Plastic Glass Jars from Kootut Murut

Surround yourself with the season's sweetest color scheme- pastels! Enjoy this lovely assortment of pastel inspired crafts for  sewing, making and decorating.

Have a lovely Wednesday!

You might want to enter the PearlMountain Photo Watermark Software Giveaway here.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Five Spring Fancies: Bird on your hand

I hope you love birds too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven.
Emily Dickinson
I love my little Tumblr blog that I opened a little accessories shop to go with it.  Five Fancies on Big Cartel offers 5 one-of-a-kind accessories items at a time. All under $10! The concept is inspired by my love for great, unique finds. Once an item sells out, it's gone. Come and visit the shop before these ring birds fly away!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cake for Breakfast Printable Art from Wild Olive

Hmm, if only sugar weren't so evil I'd eat cake for breakfast for the rest of my life!

For me, a delightfully airy chiffon cake piled with clouds of fluffy, white frosting and downed with a frosty glass of orange juice would make the best breakfast treat in the world. Alternately, I can just print and frame Wild Olive's sweet printable PDF art  and display it near my breakfast nook. It would perk up my day even if I'm just staring at a bowl of oatmeal.

Hope you have entered the PearlMountain Photo Watermark giveaway? There will be 20 licensed copies of this super useful and time saving software to be given away. Practically everyone who enters the giveaway will be a winner.

Hampton Blue's Belfast Retail Week Sale Event

In celebration of Belfast’s first Independent Retail Week, Hampton Blue, the online boutique for  jewelry accessories and gifts is offering 20% off on your next order.  Enter promotional code INDEPENDENT at checkout to receive the discount.  Offer valid from Monday, 5 March to midnight on Monday 12 March 2012.