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?

Ready for school?

No sooner are Christmas and New Year celebrations over, and it’s almost time to start thinking about a new school year here in Australia.

Starting school, pre-school or even daycare can be a bit daunting for some children…and their mums! Luckily when my son started school 2 years ago he started with a good friend from pre-school, so they settled in nicely together.

I saw some very sweet ‘mummy and me’ bracelets on Pinterest last year, and loved them so much I knew I had to do something similar. So now it’s the perfect time of year to do that!

In most schools here you are not really supposed to wear jewellery, so I decided that keyrings would be a more useful option. Kids love hanging things off their school bags, but they could also be hung from a pencil case, a lunchbag, or even a zipper.

Here is an example of one set of keyrings I made:


I think I might make a set for my sister and her daughter (my eldest niece) who will be starting high school this year. But in her favourite colour of blue, of course!

Then I did make a bracelet set, because sometimes that’s what girls like to wear! Perhaps she is going off for her first sleepover, or maybe a school or guide camp:


This was the poem I saw on Pinterest, but I have of course adapted it for what I am doing…and the fact that we start school in summer here 🙂Image It’s from

Now I will have to create a boy version of the keyring! I think the heart will have to go!

Do you have children starting school this year? If starting school years are behind you, did you do something special for your children?

Simple but effective Christmas gifts

I have a beautiful group of friends among whom Christmas cards are shared. I’m not much of a Christmas card sender, but I do try to make an effort 🙂

Most of them are interstate or in New Zealand and, for the most part, we have never met in person. We were/are members of a particular website, and ‘met’ via the forum where we found we had similar interests, likes, and values.

So, my goal was to find something that I could make, that was flat and easy to post, and was a bit special.

I decided on these cute little star ornaments, then thought the ornament hangers would be a perfect accompaniment. I have to finish up the last few, then I can finally get them in the mail.

Star ornaments with matching hangers. Something Special by Fiona

I know quite a few of the girls will read this, sorry to ruin the surprise, but I hope you enjoy them x

Do you have a special group of friends that you send cards and/or gifts to? What do you find is a popular item to send or receive?

DIY Giftwrap bling

It’s coming up to Christmas, and while I can certainly provide you with many options of what to put in your presents, this is a little DIY on ‘glamming’ up the outside of your gifts. And making your gift look gorgeous on the outside can be just as special as what’s on the inside.

This is a very quick, easy and cheap DIY!

You will need:

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* Fine craft wire. You can find this in a craft store, or eBay is good too. Here I am using a copper coloured wire, but you can get this fine wire in many colours.

* A selection of small beads in your choice of colours. Here I have used large clear seed beads, and 4mm glass pearls. Varying the size, colour and shape adds texture and interest to your final product!

* Pliers for cutting the wire, but really, this wire is very fine so scissors will do the job too.

Here’s what you do:

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Cut a length of wire, 1 metre is a good length to work with without getting too tangled up.

On one end add your first bead and twist to secure.

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I then threaded on my beads in the order that I wanted them, in this case alternate seed bead and pearl. You can make a pattern or make it random, try it and see what you like!

Leaving a space of around 5cm (don’t bother measuring or even making sure they are all the same distance apart. It won’t make any difference) give your first bead a couple of twists to secure it in place.

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Continue with the rest of your beads until you come to the end of the wire. Finish the last bead the same way you did the first one.

All done!

Now make some more…

Beautifully wrap your specially selected gift, then wind around the beaded wire.

Finished DIY giftwrap bling. Something Special by Fiona

The first little box has just the one strand made above folded in half and wrapped around the plainly wrapped white gift. Then I added the pink ribbon for some contrast. The bottom 2 photos show another set I made, this time there are 3 strands of red wire, with clear crystals and the same white glass pearls.

Give it a go and let me know how you go!

Christmas, my most favourite time of the year!

Oh, how I love Christmas! So it’s finally the time of year that I can share with you some very cute and popular Christmas angel earrings. I wear mine throughout the Christmas season and have them in a variety of colours.

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I’ve also added some other fun Christmas charms – reindeer and Christmas trees

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And recently, while trawling Pinterest (are you addicted yet??!!??) I saw some cute ornament hangers so had to make some of my own. I can’t wait to hang a selection of these on my tree!

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Do you love Christmas too?

Blue glass bicones scarf ring

Scarf ring with blue glass bicones on pendant $12 plus $7 postage within Australia. Add matching earrings $19 set, plus $7 postage within Australia. Scarf ring hole is 20mm round, I can fit my 65cm wide pashmina through it. See previous photo for example. Length of dangle from bottom of scarf ring or earwire is 6cm