I am always looking out for new ideas and designs to create. When I see something that catches my eye, I try to do a quick sketch so I have something to refer to.

Here is one I did recently, I think the original idea was in a magazine:

Doodle pic 2

Not a lot of detail there, Fiona! Oh well, that’s half the fun!

After a week or so of 2 of us in this house having a cold, and the 3rd member away for the week, I haven’t done much beading. But today is cool, windy and a little wet so a perfect day to create.

I’m sure I noted this design as I had some beads in mind, but when I tried them out I didn’t like them so much. Actually, it was probably because they were bright summery beads and today is not bright and summery. Perhaps I will try with them again one day.

Instead, I saw these beads in my box and decided to go with them:

Doodle pic 1

Do you think the finished necklace looks like the doodle?

Do you like to briefly note down ideas when they come to you?

Birthday gift for a 15 year old girl

Wow, this is the second non-beaded creative post in a row!

Last weekend we went to the birthday party of my lovely friend’s daughter.

It’s been a couple of years since I was 15 *cough, cough*, so coming up with a present for this gorgeous girl was a little daunting. But I do know that she is into fashion and beauty, and not just in a typical teenage girl sort of way. So I thought a bottle of perfume might be well received. When I asked her mum if this was indeed something that she would like, I got a resounding ‘yes’! Then she added that as well as perfume, the birthday girl also loves all the lotions and potions that go along with it.

So then my thinking changed. I could put together a collection of products chosen and created just for her. I had plenty of inspiration from Pinterest and various blogs I follow. So I took all these ideas and mixed them up a bit, and created some personalised products!

I made bubble bath, hand/body scrub, hand/body lotion, and soap. They were all scented with rose, and the bubble bath and lotion were both tinted pink. I had a box lined with purple from another gift, which I filled with scrunched up purple tissue paper. I downloaded some pretty tags decorated with roses, on which I noted the name of the product as well as instructions for use.

I think it looked and smelled beautiful, and was very pleased with the result!




And, just because I can, here is a photo of the beautiful table decorations:


Pink, gold and sparkles, just perfect for a teenage girl!

What do you think is the perfect gift for a 15 year old girl?