Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cool Hawaii June Desktop Wallpaper

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.

La Petite Poupée

Photos from La La Petite Poupée

Adorable zakka goods from  La Petite Poupée, online shop of Japanese textile maker Asahi Create Co. I just love the romantic fairytale woodland style and flair of the items. They're just perfect for Mori Girls!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Vintage Recipe Cards from Love vs. Design

Start organizing your recipe box with Love vs. Design's vintage style printable recipe cards. The cards come with a coordinating recipe card divider. So retro-licious!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cardboard Cat Playhouse DIY from Martha

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

Learn eraser stamp hand carving with Geninne

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

Bluebird Summer Ring Giveaway

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.

Happy Friday!

The giveaway has ended. Thank you for participating. The winner will be announced soon.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pretty Pressies from the Pretty Blog

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

Farmhouse Kitchen Pantry Labels from Ellinée

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!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Recipe Book Cover

I love this printable download from Marie Claire Idées shared by Kata of Something by Virtue of Nothing! Print this charming book cover to create your very own recipe book of illustrated family and personal  recipes.  

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hand stamped lunch napkins

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!

Enjoy Sewing Vol. 38

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. :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Coffee Spoon Magnetic Clip DIY

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!



  • Wooden spoon
  • Wooden laundry pin
  • Acrylic paint
  • Glue gun and glue stick
  • Alphabet rubber stamp
  • All surface stamp ink
  • Magnet buttons
  • Ribbon

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

Recipe: Chinese Style Red Bean Pancakes

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

Felt travel sewing kitty

Meow, meow! Isn't this felt travel sewing kitty so darn cute?  Get the tutorial and pattern from Sew 4 Home.

Life's Gentle Reminder

Image via tumblr

I'd like to add to that list...make a Daisy Strawberry Cake and eat it too!  :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Zakka Summer

Lots of bellissimo inspiration from Japanese zakka portal Felissimo. Loving all the summer colors and themes.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Honeybear Toast

  • Wheat sliced bread
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon sugar
  • Banana slices
  • Chocolate chip morsel/raisin

Hope everyone is off to a good start. Have a lovely week!


Sunday, May 6, 2012

Good Weekend Reads

Image from Pink of Perfection

I barely have time to read blogs during weekdays but on weekends, I like to read and enjoy  random blogs over a tall glass of iced tea (it's summertime  you know). I plan to make Good Weekend Reads a permanent blog fixture just like Mosaic Mondays. There's just a lot of fabulous blogs out there to discover and highlight.

Here are the blogs I'm loving this weekend:

1. Pink of Perfection:  Sarah McColl's blog Pink of Perfection is a distinguished member of Martha's Circle, a network of blogs handpicked by Martha Stewart editors. It's hard not to fall in love with this blog. Sarah's easy, breezy writing style is so comforting just like a hot cup of chamomile tea. She  invites you to pause awhile and enjoy the moment. Feast, delight and flourish could just become our very own mantra!

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 designbranding, lighting and so on.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Recipe: Sesame Seed Balls/Buchi

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

Making bonbon boxes

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

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Scones

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

Tiny Tim and Tammy (Tomayto,Tomahto)

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

DIY Projects from Handmade Weddings

Handmade Weddings by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle is a must-have book for every crafty bride- to-be. The book is filled with 50 gorgeous projects to create an awe-inspiring wedding celebration that is charming, meaningful and stylish.

Check out Handmade Weddings' online exclusive DIY templates for inspiration. Handmade Weddings is available at Chronicle Books and Amazon.