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Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for Teen Girls

Gifts for Teen Girls

Teenage girls are so fun to buy for! We’ve included a variety of ideas in this guide to cover young teens through to older teens.

1, DIY Miniature Embroidery Hoop  by Dandelyne – $19 AUD. Sonia from Dandelyne is one cool and clever chica.  Her stitched pieces are divine and feature heavily in my personal wardrobe and I’ve gifted a LOT of her pieces now.  This little kit is a fairly new addition to Son’s etsy shop here and mean that you can create and stitch a design of your own. Ace!

2. A three pack of choose your own hair bobbles by Raspberry Rainbow – $14 AUD by my co-curator, Cat! You can see her etsy store here

3.Set of 3 journals with lovely detailing by Buntmal – $21.93 AUD – etsy store here
4. Cosmetic Bag by Cloud Love Baby – $15 AUD – etsy store here
5. DIY tutorial: DIY Painted Tribal Bracelets – tutorial via Dismount Creative here – again, this DIY is totally achievable for even a crafty novice
6. Clutch purse in grey and yellow (super on trend yes?!) by byMART $35.09 AUD- etsy store here
And now to our GIVEAWAY…cue the trumpets!
Sonia from Dandelyne has offered up two of her five packs of DIY necklace kits (you can see them here) to a couple of VERY lucky people! Each pack retails at $45 AUD!
DandelyneOne kit will be given away via blog comments and another on instagram. To win via the blog all you need to do is comment on either of our posts saying which item you’ve liked most in our series to date.  Winners will be picked at random at the evening of Friday November 22nd.  International entries are most welcome.  For details of our instagram giveaway check our profiles later today – you can find me at @cat_beloverly and Cat at @raspberryrainbow  GOOD LUCK!

Salted Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts and Pretzels


I am obsessed with anything salted caramel – salty and sweet is just the best combination.

In my search for great gifts for Christmas I wanted to try a simple, cost effective recipe we could give to extended family and work colleagues.  I have “heard” that flavoured popcorn is the new macaron and I LOVE popcorn so my mind set to thinking!

After some experimenting, I present to you my salted caramel popcorn with peanuts and pretzels….I apologise but it’s incredibly more-ish and if you try to just sneak a little taste the little taste will turn in to a big taste and you may end up skipping a proper meal in favour of this amazingly awesome sweet treat.


1/4 cup popcorn kernels – or if you prefer to buy already popped around 2 cups of popped corn

1 cup salted pretzels – I reckon the ones you buy at the Continental delis in big bags are better than the supermarket style ones but hey, I’m not that fussy!

1/2 cup peanuts (if you’re allergic or worried about gifting to someone with an allergy then you could use dark chocolate chips!)

Pop corn in your preferred way and place on a lined baking tray so it’s all nice and flat – use two baking trays if you need. Sprinkle over your pretzels and peanuts.

2 tablespoons butter

2 cups brown sugar (you could use caster sugar but I like the brown sugar taste personally)

1 tablespoon salt (use less if your peanuts are salted)

1/2 cup water

1 teaspoon baking soda

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat, adding sugar, water and salt and leaving to bubble away for around 10 – 12 minutes until you think it’s looking a lovely deep caramel colour.  Don’t stir it but you can swish the pan around a little if you like. Stirring disrupts the awesome caramelisation of the mix and we don’t want to mess with that!

Remove from the heat and whisk in the baking soda.  Watch magic happen as it transforms in to a bubbling, golden lava. YUM! Be careful though cos it’ll burn you big time.

Carefully pour it all over the popcorn mix and if you can, use a lightly oiled knife or spatula to give it all an even coverage.

Let it set!

It’ll keep in an airtight container for at least a week, maybe more depending on how often you go in to sneak a piece!

I also turned this into a DIY gift…packaging up the corn kernels, sugar, salt, bicarb soda (in a little pouch), pretzels and peanuts in a jar and topping it with a little paper bag so that the recipient could use the bag to eat the popcorn out of.  I also used a paint swatch card to write up some instructions on what they should do to make up their popcorn.ImageAre you mad about salty and sweet too?  I’m going to experiment with some chilli and chocolate flavour next for the grown boys in my life who are partial to that kind of caper.  What flavours would you like to try?

Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for Teen Boys

Christmas Gifts for Teen Boys
Today’s gift guide is all about teenage boys, a category notoriously difficult to buy for …. because there are only so many video games (do they still call them video games?) a young man needs surely!!
Our ideas embrace the quirky, geeky and we have two awesome DIY options too.
1. Hangry cushion – from My Bearded Pigeon $48.10 US – etsy store here
2. Black leather handmade notebook – via Buntmal $30 US – etsy store here
3. Dalek cross-stitch (this is super dooper cute for the Dr Who fan!) – $27 AUD made by This Grand Life – madeit store here
4. Wallet designed and made by the awesome folk at Kitty Came Home $ – etsy store here
5. DIY Option – an Ice Cream Care package + online movie voucher of your choice.  This idea is from The Misadventurous Maker (see her original post here) and also appeared on Fat Mum Slim here – cost is up to you as to how fancy you make it.
6. A DIY gadget cover tutorial via Curlypops here – I would be very surprised if a teenage boy didn’t have a gadget of some type!
Have you got a teen boy to buy for? What are they in to?

Handmade Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Lovelies for the lovely little girls

Handmade Christmas gift guide for girls

Hello lovelies…

Day 3 in the series compiled with Cat, it’s all about girls. The other Cat is the lovely mumma of two girly whirlies (as I call them) and we were both little girls once upon a time too!

As an aunt to a few nieces I’ve always relished buying beautiful toys that spark imaginative play and our gift guide features some gorgeous handmade items, including one of Cat’s!

1. Handmade Dolls, cats, koalas and more by A Little Vintage, various prices. I personally want one of each. Cat and her girls own a koala named Mildred. Etsy shop here.

2. Wooden Toadstool house puzzle by Raw Toys $37 AUD. I have a weak spot for wooden toys and these make great unisex gifts too! Madeit shop here.

3. Dress up Rainbow bird wings by Sparrow and B Costumery $66.95 US. My girls would love these, we adore anything rainbow in our house. Etsy shop here.

4. Australian biscuits and cakes felt food set by Wombat’s Picnic $30 AUD, madeit shop here. My Mr 2 would absolutely love these too!!!

5. Crochet Rainbow bracelet by The Black Sheep Crafts $8 AUD, madeit shop here. Just quietly, I would like one of these myself! And one might be making it’s way to a niece in my life’s Christmas gift bag!

6. DIY Tutorial: Make your own hair ties, this tutorial could not be easier.  I am going to have to give this a go for myself!

We would love to know what else you buy for the little girls in your life?

Cat xox

Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for little men

Today in our series Cat and I are sharing some ideas of what to give the little men in our lives….I may know a thing or two about little boys and my boys have several of these already and love them!

My little boys are creative players, puzzle do-ers, collectors and avid readers and our list reflects the kinds of things they love doing.

Gifts for little men
Row 1:
Marble Starter Kit by Flower Press by Flower Press $30.75AUD – etsy store here
Pirate Messenger Bag Satchel for Kids Mee a Bee $25AUD – store here  my boys carry their crayons, twigs, leaves, small notebooks, toy cars, planes, trains. compasses, torches and all manner of things in these bags (not all at once!) and they’re small enough for them to sling over their shoulders comfortably
Row 2:
Dimple Wheel Cushion by One Pear $45AUD – madeit store here (two little boys in my life may be receiving these exact ones for their reading corner in fact)
Handmade soft toy superhero “Edwin” by Tiny Morsels Emporium $24.16AUD – etsy store here Someone better snap this one-of-a-kind up before I do!!!! He’s adorable.
DIY Tutorial: Circus Paper City by Made by Joel – free! – blog here We have used a number of Joel’s tutorials now and they are all great. You could make a beautifully presented gift by pasting on to thicker card stock and presenting in a lovely tin.
Special offer: As a special offer today Jacqui from Mee a Bee has offered free shipping for anyone who wants to order a bag from her store.  I have gifted every small person in my life one of Jacqui’s bags and they are brilliant.  To claim this offer just enter: BELOVERLY at the checkout.

Christmas Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for the sweet littlest ones…

Welcome to the first in a co-authored series of blog posts by Cat from Raspberry Rainbow and me.
Our series of guides focuses on handmade, homemade, local and also includes some DIY tutorials.  Over the coming days we will have some little surprises for you so stay tuned!
On Day 1 we give to you our guide for babies featuring some of our favourite makers and generally clever clogs’.
It seems it’s been influenced by my love for clouds but there are some gorgeous pieces to suit any budget here.
We also have a special offer for you below!
Row 1:

Baby Mobile/Owls and Clouds Hanging Mobile/Nursery Mobile $49.42 AUD by Gosh and Golly – etsy store here

Chalkboard onesie by Bubby Makes Three $24AUD- madeit store here

Baby Bib “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by CurlyPops $15AUD – store here

Customisable world map print by My Sweet Prints $35AUD – store here

Row 2:

Organic and bamboo cloud trackies by the smallest tribe (seriously, you can’t go wrong with ANYTHING Kathryn makes and we had to stop ourselves listing her in every category) $40AUD – store here

DIY Tutorial: Hot Air Balloon Mobile e-Pattern (PDF) by Craft Schmaft $9.88AUD – etsy store here

Wooden blocks alphabet 26 letters by little sapling toys $49.42AUD – etsy store here

Special Offer: The lovely folks at Little Sapling Toys are offering a 10% discount on any toys purchased in their etsy store. To redeem just enter the code LOVELY10 at the checkout.

Do you have anything on your wishlist for babies that we need to know about?

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? For the first time in years I haven’t!!!