Mandarin marmalade

My in-laws have a huge mandarin tree that is going bonkers with fruit at the moment. I took some off their hands and gave preserving a go for the first time.

They come from a family of keen jam-makers so there’s a lot to live up to. The consistency was a bit runnier than I would have liked (I’m storing it in the fridge which helps) but the bittersweet marmalade flavour is bang on.

You can find the recipe and free printable tags over on Polka Dot Bride.

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Scarf gift wrapping

I have five (FIVE!) 30th parties to attend this month, along with my Dad and brother’s birthdays both in June, so it’s celebration central around here.

I tried out this fun wrapping technique using an adorable Japanese scarf that was given to me as a gift.

You can find the full how-to over on Polka Dot Bride.

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Oh joyous day printable sparkler tags

No doubt I’m currently snorkelling with turtles by the time you read this (yes, totally rubbing it in).

Meanwhile, here is a cute free printable to make your 50c packet of sparklers befit your special celebration. It’s over on Polka Dot Bride for you today.

See you when I get back!

Peach, gold & kraft Christmas wrapping

A few weeks ago I worked on a gorgeous photo shoot (more on that in the new year once it’s been published). It featured my new summer stationery collection and a faux gift table.

I had such fun with all the wrapping that it became my actual gift wrapping theme for this Christmas. Fun, right?

Peach, gold & kraft Christmas wrapping

Don’t worry, dear family, your boxes won’t be empty like those at the photo shoot.

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This post is sponsored by Target

GIVEAWAY WINNER 

Our first order of business today is to announce the winner of last week’s Target gift card giveaway.

The winner had to be Harriet who confessed her worst gift-giving moment:

One year my uncle asked for fertiliser (he was getting into gardening). So, I bought it and I thought I wrapped it up quite beautifully. When we arrived at the family christmas party, his flight was delayed and he was extremely late. Everybody was asking what the horrible smell was in the big package in the corner! In hindsight.. Who really wants a bag of poo for christmas? Wish I thought of that at the time!

Oh dear! I’ll contact you with details on your prize, which you could use to make up to your uncle with a less smelly gift this year!

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We’ve covered the ladies and fellas, now it’s time for gift ideas for the young people in your life, starting with tweens:

30 under $30 gifts from Target for youngsters

1. Hat  2. Watch  3. Gold flats  4. iPad cover  5. iPod cover  6. The Sims game  7. Cake decorating kit  8. The Hunger Games  9. Headphones  10. Speakers  11. String lights  12. Votive  13. Cushion  14. Skateboard  15. Sneakers 

 

And for the little ones…

30 under $30 gifts from Target for youngsters

16. Suitcase  17. Ride-on car  18. Paddling pool  19. Max Steel DVD  20. Up DVD  21. Uno game  22. Lego  23. Monsters plush toy  24. Play-Doh set  25. Planes toy  26. Roald Dahl collection  27. Nintendo kit  28. Little Big Planet game  29. Bubble lawn mower  30. Football

GIVEAWAY

I have a $30 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment and tell us your favourite budget-friendly gift giving ideas and the best answer will win!

Competition closes midnight Monday 9th December and winner will be announced on Wednesday 11th December. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.

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Black & kraft Christmas wrapping ideas

I’ve been lucky enough to work on some really fun collaborations lately.

In partnership with IGA Supermarkets, I whipped up some ideas to inspire your Christmas wrapping.

Black & kraft Christmas wrapping ideas

Black & kraft Christmas wrapping ideas

Black & kraft Christmas wrapping ideas

Head over to the IGA blog to see more photos and details on this project and many more.

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This post is sponsored by Target

GIVEAWAY WINNER 

Before we get into today’s gift roundup, I must announce the winner of last week’s Target gift card giveaway.

Your entries for the worst gift ever had me in tears of laughter! But there can only be one winner, and I couldn’t go past the misfortune of Crystal who said this:

“My worst gift is easy. One year my grandma bought me a three pack of hankies (in a box). They were a bit wrinkled, and upon opening, found one was used. UGH. Worst regift ever.”

Eww! Congratulations, Crystal! I will email you for details on your prize. Oh, and I’m sure no one would hold it against you if you used it to buy a present for yourself ;)

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We had gift ideas for the ladies last week and now it’s the fellas’ turn. Here are 30 gift ideas under $30 for your boyfriend/husband, brother and dad.

30 under $30 Target gift ideas for men

1. Wine rack  2. Stemless wine glasses  3. Cookbook  4. Knife  5. Slate cheese board  6. Umbrella  7. Scarf  8. Satchel  9. Shoes  10. Belt  11. Beach chair  12. Beach towel  13. Board shorts  14. Cooler  15. iPod dock & accessory kit

30 under $30 Target gift ideas for men

16. Cookbook  17. Chopping board  18. Creme brulee kit  19. Dinner set  20. Pot plant  21. Storage containers  22. Cushion  23. Flat cap  24. Watch  25. Tie  26. Suspenders  27. Book  28. iPad cover  29. Trunks  30. Video game

GIVEAWAY

I have a $30 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment and ‘fess up to the worst present you’ve ever given and the best answer will win!

Competition closes midnight Monday 2nd December and winner will be announced on Wednesday 4th December. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.

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This post is sponsored by Target.

I lurve giving choosing the perfect gift for each of my family at Christmas. Unfortunately my budget doesn’t always match my enthusiasm.

But the good news is, it doesn’t have to! That’s why I’m happy to be presenting a special series of 30 gifts under $30 from Target. First up is gifts for the ladies – so have a look and you’ll find something for your mum, mother-in-law, sister and bestie.

Target 30 under $30 gifts for her

1. Bookends  2. Vase  3. Lamp  4. Plant  5. Tray  6. Makeup bag  7. Eyeshadow   8. Hair straightener  9. Sandals  10. Watch  11. Revenge Wears Prada  12.  Beach tote  13. Earbuds  14. iPod/iPhone armband  15. iPad cover

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16. Sculpture   17. Black & white cushion  18. Textured cushion  19. Hourglass  20. Scarf  21. Hat  22. Ballet flats  23. Handbag  24. Coasters  25. Sandwich press  26. Champagne flutes  27. Serving bowls  28. Earrings  29. Bangles  30. Coin purse

GIVEAWAY – this giveaway is now closed

I have a $30 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment with the worst present you’ve ever received and the best answer will win!

Competition closes midnight Monday 25th November and winner will be announced on Wednesday 27th November. Sorry, open to Australian residents only.

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Hot chocolate jar homemade gift with free printable label

My latest project is up on Polka Dot Bride.

It was designed as a sweet wedding favour, but without the wedding-specific label it would make a great idea for homemade Christmas gifts.

Check out the full post!

P.S. Don’t forget about the free blog event I’m speaking at tonight at Woodcroft Library! Meet some likeminded people and ask some local lifestyle bloggers about why they blog and the future of the industry. Hope to see you there!

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Sponsored by Fresh Flowers.

orchid in bathroom

While my tastes have changed and and trends have come and gone there is one item that has been on my home wish list for years.

No, it’s not a piece of artwork or designer furniture.

It’s a potted orchid. Specifically a slender white phalenopsis in a small white pot.

So when the folks from Fresh Flowers asked if I had any preferences for my product review, you can guess what my immediate response was!

orchid in bathroom

I had it in mind for the bathroom – especially now that the makeover is complete – and it looks even better than I imagined. I think it’s going to like the soft daylight and humidity in there.

Although it’s almost too nice for the bathroom. It would look great in any number of spots around the house so I think it might give it a change of scenery every now and then.

white bouquet

They were also kind enough to send me this stunning bouquet (with more orchids – I’m in heaven!). I’m not normally a gerbera person but as part of a white and green arrangement they look very elegant, don’t you think?

I wish you could be here to get the full impact – they make the house smell amazing.

white bouquet

I loved that they arrived in the beautiful natural textured wrapping – it makes it look so much more special than the usual garish cellophane.

It’s such an impressive bouquet, imagine how lucky your loved one would feel if they received this?

You can order online at Fresh Flowers for Australia-wide delivery.

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