Thursday, May 31, 2012
Enjoy the spirit of Cool Hawaii summer on your desktop. Afternoon Tea has two delicious (plain and calendar type) wallpaper versions for your desktop decorating pleasure.
Thank you to all who participated in my wee summer giveaway. The winner will be announced tomorrow.
|Photos from La La Petite Poupée|
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Aww, this cardboard cat playhouse DIY from Martha is just too cute. Your little furballs would love staying cozy and happy in this adorable abode.
The summer bluebird ring giveaway is still open. Catch it while you can!
Sunday, May 27, 2012
|Image from Geninne's Art Blog|
Imagine the sweet possibilities of making and decorating with rubber stamps. Learn the ropes of eraser stamp hand carving with Geninne. Her easy-to-follow tutorial will turn you into an expert stamp hand carver in no time.
Don't forget to join my little summer giveaway. Happy weekend!
Friday, May 25, 2012
Chirp, chirp..tweet, tweet!! Who wants a sweet bluebird ring to celebrate summer? To enter this giveaway just leave a comment or follow this blog on google connect. I will randomly choose a winner on May 30, 2012.
The giveaway has ended. Thank you for participating. The winner will be announced soon.
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Here are more printable goodies to brighten up your life! This time it's a chic gift tag and wrapping paper set from the Pretty Blog. Use these chic printables to package handmade gifts like homemade jams, homegrown blooms or homebaked bread.
I will be back with a giveaway soon. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Spruce up your summer kitchen with sweet farmhouse-style kitchen pantry labels made by creative design house Ellinée. The free downloadable labels come in three formats: pantry labels, spice jar labels and spice jar lid labels. What a charming way to get your pantry organized!
|Images from Ellinée|
Also check out Ellinée's fabulous DIY décor ideas. I'm totally smitten with the chalkboard herb pots and twig and butterfly wreath DIY ideas. Can't wait to try these ideas soon!
Monday, May 21, 2012
1. Bring May Flowers |, 2. May Flowers, 3. May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day., 4. “May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”, 5. May Flowers, 6. .....bring May flowers..., 7. may garden flowers, 8. may flower, 9. Orange May Flower
See more mosaic mondays here!
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Yay for personalized, hand stamped paper napkins! Can't you tell I just love using rubber stamps on everything?
Natural, single ply lunch napkins are really lovely to stamp on. Just make sure to use acid free dye-based rubber stamp inks and customized rubber stamps suited to the occasion or celebration.
Happy Mother's Day weekend!
Fujix's sewing e-book Fil Enjoy Sewing Vol 38 is here! Get the lowdown on how you can make the pretty spring/summer hat and apron dress pictured above.
Happy Sunday and a wonderful Mother's Day celebration to all the mommies out there. :)
Saturday, May 12, 2012
|Funkytime's Mother's Day Matryoshka from Today's Creative Blog|
Mother's Day Cupcake Toppers from A Fanciful Twist
Printable Mom Tattoos from Oh, Happy Day
Do check out these fun printables for Mother's Day. Happy weekend!
Friday, May 11, 2012
Here's a magnetic clip DIY inspired by this lovely coffee spoon clip tutorial from one of my favorite DIY & design websites Funkytime. This simple cafe style craft would look really cute on a magnetic pinboard or on your refrigerator. Enjoy!
COFFEE SPOON MAGNETIC CLIP DIY
- Wooden spoon
- Wooden laundry pin
- Acrylic paint
- Glue gun and glue stick
- Alphabet rubber stamp
- All surface stamp ink
- Magnet buttons
1. Paint wooden spoon and laundry pin. Let dry.
2. Apply rubber stamp design on surface of wooden spoon. Be as imaginative and creative as you can.
3. Using glue gun and glue stick, stick together wooden laundry pin and wooden spoon as shown.
4. Glue magnet buttons at the back.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Here's the last recipe on my list that makes use of homemade red bean paste. This recipe comes from Christine's Recipe, a definitive Asian food blog filled with fabulous Chinese recipes as well as Western flavors too. The noodle recipes there just look amazing!
Chinese Style Red Bean Pancakes
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 cup water
- 2 eggs
- Red bean paste
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp sugar
- Vegetable oil
1. Combine flour, sugar and salt. Set aside in another bowl.
2. Make a well and add eggs and water.
3. Mix well using wooden spoon.
4. Make pancakes in a non-stick skillet.
5. Set cooked pancakes aside.
5. Scoop a good amount of red bean paste into the center of the pancake.
6. Overlap four edges of the pancake to form a square.
7. Deep fry filled pancake until golden brown.
8. Drain pancakes on a paper towel.
9. Sprinkle top with sesame seeds and cut into long slices.
10. Serve warm.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Sunday, May 6, 2012
|Image from Pink of Perfection|
Here are the blogs I'm loving this weekend:
2. Not Martha: Oh, I have been reading Not Martha since time immemorial..way way back before I even started this blog. I love its super condensed format just perfect for folks like me who have 5-10 minutes to spend on a blog. I may just take a cue and start writing my blog in bullet points next time. ;)
3. Retail Design Blog: I love retail design and I love a blog that showcases the best of it all. Retail Design Blog by Antica presents a global compedium of visually arresting store design, branding, lighting and so on.
Saturday, May 5, 2012
This is a continuation of my red bean paste inspired food adventure. If you can recall, I made some homemade red bean paste filled manju cakes last week. I still have enough red bean paste to use for two more recipes and so I decided to make some sesame seed balls or buchi as they are called in the Philippines. This yummy snack is Chinese in origin and is a staple dessert item in our local Chinese fastfood restaurant.
Buchi are chewy, sticky glutinous rice balls filled with red bean or mung bean paste. They are shaped into balls and rolled in sesame seeds. They are then deep fried just like those Chinese New Year sticky rice cakes.
I adapted the recipe from here. Try making this snack for your next Chinese themed dinner party. It's easy to make and very tasty.
Sesame Seed Balls/Buchi
- 1/2 cup white sesame seeds
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 cups glutinous rice flour
- Red bean paste
- Vegetable oil for frying
1. Dissolve brown sugar in boiling water.
2. Put rice flour in a bowl and make a well. Add the hot water and brown sugar mixture.
3. Using wooden spoon blend ingredients together until it forms a soft sticky dough.
4. Form dough into balls. Make an indentation in the middle of the dough ball with your thumb.
5. Fill with red bean paste. Seal edges and knead into a ball. Roll dough in sesame seeds.
6. Deep fry dough balls until slightly golden brown.
Friday, May 4, 2012
I am especially fond of homemade paper packaging. I think it's a fun, creative way to express one's personality or mood. Kraft paper still remains to be my favorite material. It's natural, down-to-earth and simple. Ahh, if you were paper, what would you be?
I recently made some homemade bonbon boxes from this wonderful, free bonbon box template from Mirkwood Designs. It's perfectly petite sized with the bottom dimension just measuring "2.5"x "2.5." It's just the right size to package an Oriental treat like wagashi,or manju cake. It's great for packaging handmade chocolates and party favors too.
For an Eastern flair you can use Washi or Chiyogami (Yuzen) origami papers or if you are more adventurous you can fashion a bonbon box out of banana leaves or grass paper to showcase handmade or culinary creations.
I'll be back with a Mother's Day craft round-up soon. Happy Friday!
Thursday, May 3, 2012
I am always an epic failure when it comes to baking scones. My scones always lack the that fluffy, lumpy, almost flaky texture so characteristic of this type of quick bread. Anyway, my version tasted like cheese pizza crust which is great thing actually. I may have to roll it out really thin next time and garnish it with pizza toppings. Talk about killing two birds with one rolling pin. LOL!
I hope your scones turn out better than mine.
Cheddar Cheese Scones
- Flour, 200 grams
- Baking powder 6 grams
- Sugar, 35 grams
- Salt, 1 gram
- Butter, 80 grams
- Milk, 70 grams
- Cheddar, 100grams
1. In a bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2. Cream butter and sugar. Add the flour mixture alternately with milk. Mix well.
3. Blend cheese with dough or use as topping. Roll out into square and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
4. Cut into squares and bake in a 350F oven until golden brown.
Recipe from Baking School. kr
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Hello there! We're Tiny Tim and Tammy.
Would you believe just a few months ago we looked like this? Thanks to the warm sunshine and daily water feeds we've been born to a beautiful summer season.
Wishing you good and happy days ahead!
Tiny Tim and Tammy
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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