top 9 gifts for tween girls

It’s December.

No more excuses.  Unless you are one of those terribly organised types who has already finished and all gifts are wrapped and tagged under the decorated tree, you need to start Christmas shopping!

Don’t panic!  We are going to help you.  This week, we’re sharing our Top 9 Gifts for all ages.

Let’s start with tween girls … loads of loveliness and positive messages for this tricky-to-buy-for age group.

Top 9 Tweens

1. Djeco Make Your Own Paper Flowers ($14.95)
2. Purse – Wherever You Go, Go With All Your Heart ($24.95)
3. French ‘City’ Notebook ($9.95)
4. IPOD Case / Wristlet Purse – Think Happy, Be Happy ($29.95)
5. Make Your Own Indie Bangles Kit, by Seedling, NZ ($24.95)
6. IPOD Case / Wristlet Purse – In A World Where You Can Be Anything, Be Yourself ($29.95)
7. French Beach Bag – Apples ($69.95)
8. French Storage Box ($24.95)
9. French Carry Bag – Birds ($84.95)

creative kids – bead making

Straws beads are an easy, peasy way to keep little hands and minds busy.  Simply cut up plastic or paper straws, grab some string and start threading. (Image courtesy of I Am Momma Hear Me Roar)blog straw beads

If you’d prefer a more permanent end result, check out these fab beading kits over in our little store.

beads collage

look what I just made!

These ‘make your own’ satchel bags arrived in our little store a couple of weeks ago and, although they are designed for kids around the age of 8 to complete, I have been busting to get my hands on one ever since.

The kit includes everything needed to make one fabulous chunky felt satchel. All the pieces are pre-cut so all you need is your hands, some time and enthusiasm.

All up I spent about an hour stitching the whole thing together.  I found the whole project very relaxing and somewhat therapeutic! So THAT is what all my sewing friends are going on about!  I even let my 7 year old help me with some of the stitching, but mostly I just hid in the corner, stitching, stitching …

The 7 year old is terribly happy to take ownership of the bag. Here’s a bit of a dodgy shot of him in his jammies modelling his new crafty satchel that is already now home to all his favourite colouring in books and textas.

Not only is this a fab gift for primary school age kids but I also think it’s a lovely idea for a mama (or papa) to make one for, or with, their younger kids.

We are giving this one the DOUBLE THUMBS UP!

 

fabulous little houses

This week’s collection of fabulousness (it IS a word) is little houses, just because we like ’em.

Image

handmade cushions – source unknown

handmade quilt pattern – etsy.com

handmade pendants – etsy.com

you can buy all these little houses in our little store …

Top left: Paper craft “jolly little houses” $17.95
Top right: Design your own bird house $39.95
Bottom left: French purse $11.95
Bottom right: French notebook $8.95

 

Win a $200 shopping spree with us!

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That fab French bag you have been coveting? You can grab it.  The gorgeous softie from the Netherlands for your bubba?  Yours.  Set of French suitcases? Take ’em.  Hand made dolly – she is all yours!  New bus scrolls print?  On it’s way to you!  Stock up the craft cupboard for the kids?  Done.

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everyone loves a sale …

Everyone loves a sale and we love a not-so-little mention in Sydney Morning Herald’s style guru Alexia Biggs’ hugely popular “on sale” column.

Sydney Morning Herald – “On Sale” Column 09 June 2012

This link will take you to lots of fabulousness (it IS a word) in our little store, currently on sale at heavily discounted prices – http://rudyandthedodo.com.au/index.php?p=catalog&parent=35&pg=1

Off you go then.  Go on … enjoy. x