Thursday, 26 November 2015

Thursday thought...

"The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it."
Richard Bach


Sunday, 22 November 2015

WEEKLY SPECIAL: My Music Mini Speaker NOW $20 (was $24.95)


A handy little speaker for travelling, camping, picnics, BBQs and summertime fun.
Available in black or white
While stocks last. 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Handmade gift of the week: "Chocolate box" for men (or women)

Most men like chocolate, but I reckon given the choice, they'd like this box of "chocolates" more!

Image from www.tumblr.com

Why we love it: 
  • This is a great Christmas gift for the guy who's hard to buy for
  • It's pretty easy to pick up these cute little bottles of booze from your local bottle shop. Lots of little bottles cover all tastes, or you could get lots of little bottles of their favourite. 
  • Look for large interesting boxes to put these little bottles in. We love this heart-shaped box, but you could use a Christmas-themed gift box. 
  • You could also include a couple of lovely tumblers to drink out of too. 

Friday, 20 November 2015

Handmade card of the week: Balloon whale

What a clever (and super cute) way of using a balloon...

Why we love it:
  • This card would be relatively easy and inexpensive to make. Materials required include: balloon, plastic eye, and card. 
  • If you're feeling creative, see what other animal ideas you can come up with using a balloon.
  • This card is really cute and would be suitable for men, women and kids of all ages. 
  • You can adjust your message to suit the occasion and the recipient. 


Tuesday, 17 November 2015

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: Burgon & Ball Tyre Plant Pots


Why we love them:
  • These stylish little plant pots are made from recycled car tyres that would otherwise be sent to landfill. 
  • The multipanel design means that the pot 'stretches', depending on how much potting mixture you fill it with, so can accommodate various sized plants. 
  • They're tough, and have rot-proof stitching so they're designed to last. 
  • Great gift idea for eco-gardeners. 


Sunday, 15 November 2015

WEEKLY SPECIAL: Tweet Bird House NOW $12 (was $19.95)

Who doesn't love birds in their garden? Especially the cute little birds like these Tweet Birdhouses attract. Each birdhouse comes neatly flat-packed in an easy-to-assemble kit.
Only while stocks last. 


Saturday, 14 November 2015

Handmade gift of the week: Family handprint picture

Image from etsy store, MyForeverPrints

Why we love it:
  • This would make a fabulous family Christmas gift - especially for grandparents
  • We love the tonal colours in this print - these would work beautifully with many interior colours. Keep colour in mind when you create your print. Whilst bright colours would really stand out, you want to make sure the colours you pick are going to suit the decor of your or your recipient's home. 
  • Placing the smaller handprints on the larger ones is a great way of showing how small the kids' hands are, but you could layout your handprints anyway you like e.g. from oldest to youngest or vice-versa, depending on the size and dimensions of your canvas. 
  • For the background, you could use a stretched canvas for a contemporary look (you also wouldn't need to worry about a frame). Or look for an interesting card or paper base. Something with texture in a neutral colour would give a premium finish. 
  • You could easily make a print like this yourself using acrylic paints (wear old clothes as this could be a little messy with little ones!). Or you can get one professionally made (without the mess!) by MyForeverPrints
  • You could also write the kids' ages next to their name. 
  • This is a lovely keepsake you could make each year - imagine seeing a collection of these prints on a wall from various years. Kids will love seeing how much they've grown over time. 

Friday, 13 November 2015

Handmade card of the week: Birthday stripe card

Nothing says 'celebration' quite like bright rainbow colours, especially on a black background...

Image from www.meowchie.snydle.com

Why we love it:
  • The colours used for this card are bright and striking, which definitely signify a birthday. However, the choice of a black background means they stand out even more. A white background would also be lovely, but give a completely different look again. Play around the your colours until you find something you're happy with, and that suit the recipient. 
  • This type of card would be great for a man or woman of any age. You could even use this style of card for a child. 
  • The letters used for the word 'Happy' are slightly raised, which give a three-dimensional effect. 

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Thursday thought...

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."
Eleanor Roosevelt


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Christmas Gift Wrapping: Bold Stripes

The great thing about stripes is that you can use them for anyone - at anytime of year. Striped paper or striped ribbon - this gift wrapping style works for Christmas, especially when teamed with red, green, gold or silver ribbon and accessories. 


Why we love it:
  • Striped wrapping paper (especially a bold stripe in a gender-neutral colour like this) should be a household-staple. It's classy and great for any occasion. 
  • Paired with a green ribbon and Christmas gift tag, this wrapping has a Christmas feel, but without a hint of tacky glitter. 
  • Look for a slightly thicker, better quality wrapping paper. You'll appreciate this if you've ever used cheap wrapping paper on Christmas Eve when you're frantically trying to wrap last-minute gifts!



Image from www.eighteen25.com

Why we love it:
  • Use whatever wrapping paper you like (plain kraft paper has a premium, organic look) and dress it up with these show-stopping striped ribbons. 
  • The addition of holly even makes the gift with black and white ribbon look Christmassy. You could also use a star, bauble, Christmas gift tag, or any other accessory that coordinates with your ribbon and wrapping. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Recipe of the week: Fresh Mango Pudding

Mangoes are a sign that summer has arrived in Australia, in fact,  buying a box of mangoes at Christmas is a tradition in our family. Whilst mangoes are delicious in their natural state, this fresh mango pudding is a great way to make the most of this summer fruit when it's at its best. This refreshing pudding could also be a great dessert option on Christmas day, especially after a big roast dinner!

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams ripe mango - peel, remove the seed and dice into small pieces. 
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp powdered gelatin
  • 3 x ice cubes
  • Fresh fruit (berries, passionfruit, diced peaches, or kiwi fruit) to garnish
Fresh Mango Pudding - a refreshing summer dessert


Method:
1. Puree the mango pieces in a blender
2. Stir mango puree and evaporated milk in a bowl to combine
3. In another small bowl, combine the hot water, sugar, and gelatin - stirring until dissolved. 
4. Add the ice cubes to the mango mixture, followed by the gelatin mixture. Continue stirring all until the ice melts. Use a fine mesh strainer to strain mixture. 
5. Pour strained mixture into serving glasses or bowls and chill for at least 3 hours. 
6. To serve, top with fresh fruit. You could also garnish with toasted flaked almonds, muesli, shredded coconut, crushed meringue or nuts. 

TIP: This would make a healthy alternative to jelly for kids' parties. Simply serve in plastic cups for less washing up. You could also experiment using different fruits such as peaches or strawberries instead of mango. 

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Handmade gift of the week: Love Map anniversary or wedding gift

Wedding or anniversary gifts can be tough to come up with, which is why we fell in love with this unique gift idea as soon as we saw it...



Why we love it:

  • This is a really touching gift that we reckon would bring a tear of joy to most eyes - it shows how much you treasure the little details, such as where you met. 
  • It's easy and inexpensive to make - there's even a tutorial you can follow here. 
  • You can completely customise your frame to suit your partner or house. This frame has a rustic, shabby-chic look to it, but a chunky modern frame in black or white would look good with black and white maps. 
  • Use a scanner or a photocopier to resize your maps to fit your frame. 
  • The first wedding anniversary is paper (according to the US list), so this would be a great paper wedding anniversary gift idea. 

Can't remember what the themes are for each wedding anniversary? Remind yourself with this handy wedding anniversary list...

What maps would you have on your Love Map? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...

Friday, 6 November 2015

Four gorgeous handmade cards made from circles

Don't underestimate the power of the circle - especially when it comes to handmade cards! If you use a template to draw your circles and cut them out carefully, they can look very neat and are a great way of filling the space on the card. Here are four very different cards that use circles in really effective ways to create stunning greeting cards...



1. Lollipop card: 
  • This card uses tones of colour really effectively to create a colourful rainbow effect. 
  • The plain kraft coloured card colour is a good choice as the colours of the lollipop stand out more on this type of background. 
  • The stitching detail (created by making little dashes with a white pen) around the edge of the card is a sweet detail, but you could leave this off if you wanted to. 
  • The 'Hey Sweetie' banner is also cute, but you could personalise this message however you wished. 


2. Pink circles card:
  • The colour palette works well for this card - pale pink, ivory, natural kraft. The combination of subtle patterns and textures also gives this card interest and dimension. 
  • The addition of buttons, pearl beads, flower prints, and thread also gives this card a very feminine feel. 


3. Blue circles card:
  • The blue and white tones give this card a cleaner, crisper feel. 
  • If you left off the floral print paper and butterfly, this card would also work well for a man. 
  • The circles appear to be raised, and the front of the card is mounted on a base card, which gives it a three-dimensional effect. 

Image from www.juliastainton.com

4. Christmas snowflake and circles card:
  • This card has a very delicate, etheral effect because of the semi-transparent paper used for the circles and snowflakes. 
  • The use of sequins gives this card a little extra 'sparkle'.
  • The use of colour here is exquisite - we love that traditional Christmas colours have been replaced with cream, turquoise and gold. 
Which card do you like best? 
We've love your thoughts - please comment below...

How To Buy A Gift For A Scorpio

Gift ideas for Scorpio
Anyone born between 24 October and 22 November will fall under the Zodiac Sign, Scorpio.

This newsletter is the first in our series of gift ideas matched to star signs, and we hope this gives you some light-hearted gift inspiration.

Whilst Scorpios might come across as cool, aloof, and insensitive,underneath they are passionate and don’t do things by halves! They have high expectations of themselves - and others. This isn’t a bad quality to have, but they will find that others often fall short of their standards and expectations!

Some fun Scorpio facts:
  • Key life phrase: I Will
  • Zodiac totem: The Scorpion, Grey Lizard and Phoenix
  • Zodiac element: Water
  • Key characteristics: Secretive, passionate, resolute, insensitive, steadfast, painstaking and stubborn. 
  • Compatible star signs: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Pisces
  • Mismatched signs: Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, and Aquarius
  • Ruling planets: Mars and Pluto
  • Lucky numbers and significant years: 2, 3, 9, 11, 12, 18, 20, 21, 27, 29, 30, 36, 38, 45, 47, 48, 54, 56, 57, 74, 75, 81, 83 and 84
  • Lucky gems: Red coral, garnet, red spinel, ruby and yellow sapphire
  • Lucky fragrances: Cinnamon, pine, cypress, lime and black pepper
  • Affirmation-mantra: I don't need to control everything. I am free and peaceful.
  • Lucky days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
Source: www.astrology.com.au

What does this mean when buying a gift for a Scorpio?
  • Don’t be surprised if these guys have high expectations and are hard to buy for. Chances are they will have expensive, specific tastes!
  • They like high-quality products that are unique and different from the crowd. 
  • They like products that are functional, yet stylish (without the frills). It’s all about “understated style” rather than being “in your face”. 
We're also offering a $10 DISCOUNT on all orders from now until midnight, Thursday 12/11/15.  

Use Discount Code SCORPIO in the Discount Code field when you place your order.  

This offer can't be used in conjunction with other offers, or redeemed for cash. But please feel free to share with family and friends:)
YMMN Leather Fold-Out Coin Pouch
1. YMMN Leather Fold-Out Coin Pouch $109.95
The words, "anal" and "OCD" may come to mind when describing a Scorpio, so a gift like this coin pouch that helps them keep their cash in order could be just the ticket! 
 It's About Time Elegant Cufflinks
2. It's About Time Elegant Cufflinks $249.95
Scorpios appreciate high quality, unique products and these cufflinks tick all of those boxes - they are handmade and each cufflink is completely unique. Exclusively retailed in Australia by Mr Gift. 
 
Mondo Date
3. Mondo Date $39.95
The organised Scorpio likes to know the date and time, so a stylish desk calandar/clock combo like this one from Mondo will keep them on the straight and narrow!
How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life
4. How Champions Think: In Sports and in Life $39.95
"High-achieving" Scorpios will be inspired by the tips and case studies of the exceptional people profiled throughout this book. 
Fisher Bullet Space Pen, Titanium Nitride
5. Fisher Bullet Space Pen, Titanium Nitride $69.95
If it's good enough to write in space, then it might just be good enough for a Scoprio to write with. These pens are designed to write anywhere, which is the very least a Scorpio would expect! Available in black or gold. 

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Thursday thought...

"You were born to win, 
but to be a winner you must plan to win, 
prepare to win, and expect to win." 
Zig Ziglar​



Today is...Men Make Dinner Day

Relax ladies, the men have got this, because today is...Men Make Dinner Day;-) 

Here's a really simple, delicious Italian Sausage Spaghetti Sauce they can't get wrong. 


What's your man's specialty dish? 
We'd love your thoughts, please comment below...

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Gift wrapping idea of the week: How to wrap a present using plants and flowers

Nature is an awesome source of inspiration, especially when it comes to wrapping gifts!
Here are three great ideas that we've found that use an effective combination of leaves, berries and flowers...


Why we love it:
  • The berries add rich, vibrant colour to a simple newspaper wrapping paper. 
  • The natural coloured tape adds to the organic feel of this wrapping style. 
  • The choice of a simple twine (instead of an elaborate ribbon) makes the berries stand out more. 



Why we love it:
  • Choosing a large sprig of leaves (larger than the size of the gift) ensures this element makes a strong statement. 
  • All of the other wrapping elements (paper and twine) have been kept plain and simple so that the leaves are the hero.  




Why we love it:
  • It's amazing how different you can make six gifts all wrapped in newspaper look, based on the accessories you choose. 
  • For a more masculine look, opt for the natural twine and kraft card, or black and white twine. Add a touch of femininity with a satin ribbon, a doily, crochet lace and flowers. 
Which look do you like best? 
We'd love your thoughts - please comment below...



Tuesday, 3 November 2015

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: The Bright Side Luggage Tag

Need a 'leaving gift' for someone about to travel? 
We reckon this luggage tag will make them smile...


Why we love it:
  • We'd have to check your pulse if you didn't think this was funny;-)
  • This is a great gift for men or women
  • This is a small gift, which makes it a great 'leaving gift' to give someone, especially if they're short on space!
  • This unique luggage tag will make your black suitcase more recognisable out of the sea of black suitcases on the luggage carousel. 



Monday, 2 November 2015

Hello November!

Happy birthday to everyone celebrating their birthday this month!

Did you know that your birth flower is Chrysanthemum and your birthstone is Topaz?


Sunday, 1 November 2015