Friday, February 21, 2014

Inspiration: Art is a Way

Art is a Way, a path strewn with ethereal papercut flowers  is a most beautiful place to think, dream and be inspired. Created by the legendary papercut artist Elsa Mora, the site invites you to linger awhile, cup of herbal tea in hand to discover and rediscover your inner artist in the truest, most authentic way.

Thank you to Ane Pixestos for sharing this gem of a site. Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Recipe: Purple Yam Jam Cupcakes

Purple yam or ube as it is called in the Philippines is one of my favorite flavors ever. Ube lends itself to a wide variety of delectable cakes and desserts such as ube macapuno cake, rice cakes, candies, milk shakes and even ice cream. Purple yam also has such a pretty color! So quite in sync with this year's fashionable pantone color Radiant Orchid.

Ube or purple yam jam (love how that sounds!), the star ingredient in this recipe is readily available in Asian specialty stores.



  • Vanilla cupcake base
  • Bottled purple yam/ube jam
  • Purple yam/ube flavored coloring
  • White sprinkles

Vanilla cupcake base

  • 1 1/2 cup cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 stick butter, room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk

1. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat in butter gradually.

2. Beat in sugar and mix thoroughly. Beat in eggs, then vanilla and milk. Beat just until mixed.

3. To make jam filled cupcakes, pour half of the cupcake batter onto cupcake liners. Add a dollop of ube jam. Add another layer of batter to cover. Be careful to keep the cupcake liner only 3/4 full.

4. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out almost clean.

Purple yam/Ube buttercream recipe

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
  • Ube flavored coloring
  • Ube jam (1/2 tsp per cupcake)
  • Sprinkles
1. Cream butter and add confectioner's sugar. Add ube flavoring and/or purple food color.

2. Pipe a dollop of ube jam in the middle.

3. Spread or pipe ube buttercream on the cupcake. Decorate with sprinkles.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pottering around on a sick day

Just pottering around on a sick day.  

I'm not really feeling so marvelous as I'm down with the flu. Hope you're all holding well to the new, crazy global weather pattern we're having lately. I've been unusually susceptible to catching the nasties due to the extreme weather

Stay healthy sweetlings! I hope to be back soon with some spring inspired tutorial or something.

Monday, February 17, 2014

MUJI Inspiration: How to choose art

Love the MUJI aesthetique? Learn how to create cool, calm a cozy spaces so reminiscent of the MUJI lifestyle with Ide's definitive guide to choosing art for the home and office.  Furthermore, Ide in Art will inspire you with Japan's foremost artists and style makers.

Have a good week!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine Mail Bag from A Field Journal

Spread sweet tidings of love and cheer with  this lovely  no-sew Valentine mailbag DIY  from A Field Journal via Julep.

To all you sweetlings, have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Teatime with Shinzi Katoh

What a cutea!

Shinzi Katoh, the famed Japanese kawaii illustration brand has a collection of black tea blends that perfectly complement its tea for two teapot collection.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Cuddle Cats

And so it goes!  Critters that cuddle together stay together.

Have a wonderful, relaxing weekend!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

MaMan's Cookie Cutter Card DIY

Image from MaMan
Here's another nifty use for cookie cutters! MaMan shares a DIY idea on how to make cookie cutter gift cards.  Perfect for those Valentine gifts and tokens. Check out the tutorial here.

Happy February!