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!

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

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

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

Pin-spiration

Today I was all set to work on a particular project for a client, but found I was short a few vital parts. So, after ordering what I needed, I headed to my jewellery Pinterest board for a little inspiration. This is what caught my eye today

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from http://www.beadinggem.com/2010/08/all-in-row-necklace-focal-inspirations.html

I knew I had some beads which have been sitting in a box for some time waiting to be used, and I knew this was the day! So I searched and searched until  found them, then searched and searched some more for various findings, connectors etc to match. You know as well as I do that finding the prefect beads for a project takes way more time than actually making it 🙂

So this is the result:

brown gold necklace. Something Special by Fiona

What do you think? Doesn’t look much like my inspiration does it? Which is a good thing, of course!

Now to see what response I get when I wear it to school pick-up shortly…I think it’s very important to give things the ‘wear test’.  And my pieces also get a very special extra test – the ‘Caitlin test’. A friend’s young daughter always checks to see what beads I am wearing, and loves to give them a good pull!