Thursday, June 28, 2012

Stamp and Sticker Recipe Notebook

My old recipe notebook was already filled to the brim and so I got myself a new one. My new notebook is an ordinary journal which I covered with kraft paper for a handmade look. I decorated it with random point stickers, deco fabric tape and rubber stamps. It looks totally un-coordinated but I love it. I will be sharing recipes from it soon. :)

Cookies and Milk Snack Mat DIY from Nana Company

Image from Amy/Nana Company

Why haven't I discovered Amy's Nana Company blog earlier? It's so full of sweet and cute sewing/embroidery projects such this Cookies and Milk Snack Mat tutorial and Do Small Things with Great Love Embroidery freebie pattern.  I miss sewing and I know these projects will inspire to get stitchin' soon.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Please read

Specific emotions that weaken organs in the body:

ANGER weakens the liver,
GRIEF weakens the lungs,
WORRY weakens the stomach,
STRESS weakens the heart and brain,
FEAR fails the kidney.

Pass from all these and you will be well. So stay happy! Look good, feel good and do good!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Paper Crane DIY

After several tries, I finally learned how to fold a paper crane via this tutorial on You Tube. The process looks difficult at first but after a while it becomes relaxing and meditative.  :)

Check out these wonderful paper crane projects and resources. Making one thousandth paper cranes could soon be a breeze!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hello Lalaloopsy!

I think I'm too old to play with dolls but Lalaloopsy is for girls aged 4 to 104!  Meet Toffee Cocoa Cuddles. She is sew magical, sew cute!

Toffee Cocoa Cuddles

Sewn on: June 11th
Sewn from: A chocolate box
Personality: She melts hearts

Friday, June 22, 2012

Kawaii Show and Tell

Rilakkuma dolls in kigurumi outfits

Rilakkuma mobile cozy/strap and double temperature tumbler 

Illustrated Nicola schedule book

 Lego notebook

Christmas is so far away but lately I got some cute kawaii gifts from family and friends. Got to do some show and tell because they're so cute!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Personalized Sharpie Blog Coffee Mug

I love this His + Hers Sharpie  Mug DIY project from A Beautiful Mess. All you need to make your own very personalized mug are sharpie pens, a cheap ceramic white coffee cup and an oven. 

This is my sharpie coffee mug--my companion while reading my favorite blogs! 


Monday, June 18, 2012

Mosaic Monday: Strawberry Crush

1. Pink Sherbet, 2. Pink, 3. Pinking Frosting, 4. Girly pink macarons, 5. Strawberry Kawaii Pudding Magnet, 6. Strawberry Layer Cake with Whipped Strawberry Frosting, 7. Strawberry swirl marshmallows, 8. Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade, 9. strawberry ice cream 2237.jpg

See more Mosaic Mondays here!

Korean D.I.Y. Craft Books


I didn't know Korean craft/sewing books are just as kawaii as their Japanese counterpart. I do own a shelf-ful of Japanese craft books but unfortunately I just enjoy looking at the projects instead of making them. Honestly, these Korean craft projects are the type of stuff I would like to sew. ^-^ 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday is for sharpening scissors

Oh yes, Saturday is for washing shoelaces and sharpening scissors!

My lovely friend April over at Designs of Artisan has wonderful DIY tips on how to keep your scissors and craft punchers at their sharpest best. Try her scissor sharpening tutorial and her tip on how to maintain craft punchers. 

I don't have any personal craft tool tip to share but if you head over to Picmonkey you will be able to add cute handmade style border frames to your photos and images without the use of any fun cut craft scissors. Now that is what I call fearless photo embetterment.

Have a happy weekend sweetlings!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Craft projects for the domestic goddess

Roof Over Dahlia Arrangement from Ikebana Style via Roost Books

Decorated wooden carrier from Hanami's Lovely House

10 ways to use pink in your home from Justb

These sweet  projects just scream home and hearth! Get in touch with your inner domestic goddess by trying one of these crafts (or make them all).  I know I'll definitely be making that apron de cuisine this weekend.

By the way, I just love this inspiring quote featured on Kind over Matter. What quote inspires you as of the moment?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lovely Packaging Shop: Romantic Pink

I haven't seen a pretty  packaging shop more complete than Seoul based online shop Romantic Pink. Check out their amazing assortment of Korean packaging and stationery supplies for your crafting and decorating delight.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Free printable: Faux chalkboard organizer labels

Everybody loves the cute, casual look of chalkboard.  However it's hard to recreate this look if you don't have special chalkboard decals/stickers or chalkboard paint to begin with. My solution to the problem? Make faux chalkboard organizer labels!  Unlike the real thing, this sticker version won't fade or get wiped away.

Print, cut and stick these labels on the organizing containers of your choice--plastic, metal, clear glass or kraft boxes. Your space will be looking pretty snazzy!

Download the printable here.

Creature Comfort

"A meow massages the heart.” 

― Stuart McMillan

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Whatever is pure, whatever is lovely

Credit and thanks to Arian Armstrong

Happy weekend! I'd love to share with you these very lovely and inspiring printable downloads from artist and illustrator Arian Armstrong. The Whatever is printable stationery is uplifting at best and I know we need to hear these comforting words during these very challenging times. Meanwhile, start the new week on a joyful note with a very cute illustrated weekly planner

Stay happy and well!

Friday, June 8, 2012

I Heart Origami Bookmarks

I've been eyeing Tweety Atelier's  뜨위티 아트리에  clever origami DIY tutorials for quite some time. Origami was the first ever arts and crafts hobby I was introduced to when I was around 4-5 years old thanks to a grandma who often supplied me with kindergarten craft booklets and supplies. 

I found some contemporary 6"x 6" printed paper stacks in a local stationery store I thought they'd be perfect for Tweety's origami projects. My first project was this easy and extremely useful origami bookmark/page marker. The bookmarks are great for organizing divider notebooks and keeping favorite pages in tab.

Happy Friday!    

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Recipe: Crispy Pizza Crust

If you love a crispy pizza crust you will love this recipe from Pizza! (Delicious Recipes for Toppings and Crusts for all Pizza Lovers) by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson. Just roll out the dough extra thin for extra crunchiness.


  • 4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cups (300 ml) lukewarm water
  • 4 1/2 cups (500 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt

1. Sprinkle the yeast into 1/2 cup water. Dissolve for 5-10 minutes.  Add about 2 Tbsp of the flour and mix to a smooth paste, then stir in the remaining water. Cover and leave the yeast mixture for about 30 minutes or until it is bubbling or foamy.

2. Combine the flour (reserve 2 Tbsp for kneading) and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the center. Pour in the yeast liquid. Using a wooden spoon, work the ingredients together by pulling the flour into the liquid until it comes together.

3. Use your hands to transfer the mixture to a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for 10 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball. Leave to  rise under a clean tea towel for about 1 1/2-2 hours or until doubled in size.

4. Punch down the dough and knead for a couple of minutes. Divide into four balls. Press each dough ball out flat and using a floured rolling pin, shape into a 10-12 inch diameter circle. Using your knuckles, press just inside the edges to raise them slightly. Leave to rest for 10-15 minutes. Preheat oven to 475F/240C.

5. Ad your toppings . Cook in the middle of the oven for 10-120 minutes or until crispy and golden and the base is cooked.

Recipe from Pizza! cookbook

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Rilakumma Paper Tapes

My new kawaii craft finds--Rilakumma deco paper tapes.  So cute!

Make your own chalkboard paint DIY

Image from A Beautiful Mess

I've been looking for chalkboard paint since forever and imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon this custom color chalkboard paint DIY from Elsie of A Beautiful Mess. So cool! I can't wait to make a chalkboard in my favorite color soon.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Japanese kawaii and zakka retail brand Curly Collection has a new cozy place to dream in. The Curly@Home site features a web magazine as well as movie/video DIY tutorials from the Curly Collection You Tube Channel. The Curly@Home lifestyle store is located at The Hub Hayama.