Tuesday, 26 May 2020

The poison ring's sweet little sister

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Popular in the middle ages, the poison ring, also known as the pillbox ring, was used by many to hold trinkets, such as locks of hair, that reminded them of loved ones.
Two Cheeky Monkeys' range of locket rings, was inspired by those antique poison rings, but are a much sweeter version, created empty, or holding your loved one's initials!

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These rings have been extremely popular in the last six months, with only one sweet ring left in-store.
BUT, I have been busy and have now re-stocked our locket ring range with popular sold out designs, as well as a range of all new designs that keep the retro, floral look of the original design.

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Now also featuring locket rings with heart-shaped lockets, head to our Etsy store to see the full range, and tell me which one(s) you love best!

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

A roundup of Regency bonnet DIYs

Regency and cosplay loving friends, today's post is perfect for those who are keen to make their own costume for future Jane Austen and regency era festivals!
Once you've settled on a dress for the day, you can follow one of these tutorials to create a matching bonnet or hat to complete your outfit.  Enjoy!

diy regency poke bonnet straw hat tutorial hat

1. Upcycle a straw hat to create a sweet bonnet.

diy regency turban cap bonnet tutorial hat

2. Not a bonnet, but a regency turban cap.

diy regency poke bonnet straw hat tutorial hat

3. A different method for turning a straw hat into regency bonnet.

drawn bonnet diy tutorial regency hat

4. A drawn bonnet DIY for those with mad sewing skills.

diy tutorial regency stovepipe hat bonnet

5. Prefer the look of a stovepipe bonnet? Try this simple DIY.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Button Bracelet Roundup

Hello friends, I hope you're all well and coping with the isolation of being in lockdown (or whichever name your country is calling it).
With Mother's day almost upon us in Australia, the US, and several other countries, I know that lockdown has made celebrating difficult this year.
So, I've put together a roundup of button bracelet tutorials that are easy enough for kids and teens to create for Mum, maybe with a little help from Dad!

button bracelet tutorial diy suede jewellery jewelry

1. This suede and button bracelet is the easiest of the lot, and perfect for the Mum who loves minimalist jewellery.

button bracelet tutorial diy jewellery jewelry

2. Another simple bracelet, but with a unique look.

button bracelet tutorial diy jewellery jewelry

3. A fun button bracelet perfect for those with a big button stash.

button bracelet tutorial diy bangle jewellery jewelry

4. A perfect button bracelet for the Mum who loves bangles.

button bracelet tutorial diy charm jewellery jewelry

5. This button charm bracelet will need some basic jewellery making skills.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Our Madeit Stores Are Now Open!

Aussie fans, most of you have said that you prefer to shop online via an Australian site, and that you prefer to shop in AUD, so I've listened to your preferences and have re-opened my Madeit stores!
Via Madeit, store prices are a constant figure in Australian dollars, rather than a fluctuating figure based on US dollar exchange rates.  AND, shopping via Madeit means that you're not just shopping Australian small business, but you're shopping via an Australian owned and run website - a win-win situation, am I right!

For those who love my book- and vintage-inspired jewellery, you can find us at Two Cheeky Monkeys.
And if you're a lover of our bookish and boho homewares and accessories, head over to the Aussie site for Domum Vindemia.

Also, if you're worriedly wondering what to do for your Mum during this lockdown Mother's Day, I am still taking Mother's Day orders, simply select Express Post shipping at checkout and I'll send your order direct to Mum on your behalf!

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

A roundup of quince recipes

Quinces - those fruit that I always think I'd like to try cooking with, but never do.  But, now that we're all living in self-isolation thanks to a certain virus, I found myself the proud purchaser of a box of quinces and other fruit direct from a friend's sister's farm (long story).
Of course, I've since been madly baking away with the various fruit in the box, so here is a roundup of quince recipes I've been trying out.  Enjoy!

poached quince recipe two cheeky monkeys

1. Unless you're making quince paste, you need to cook your quinces before using them. I love the spice combination of the poaching liquid in this recipe.

quince paste recipe

2. Quince paste, possibly most people's first exposure to the enigmatic fruit (and delicious with a selection of cheeses).

almond and quince cake recipe

3. This cake was so good my family ate half of it in one sitting (hey, it was on the smaller side)!

upside down quince cake recipe

4. Upside down cake minus the 1980s kitsch.

quince and almond muffins recipe

5. These muffins call for dried quince, but adding cold, poached quince works just as well, if not better.

Thursday, 23 April 2020

5 Anzac Day Ideas

With the world all topsy turvy right now, it's nice to still be able to do some of the old things we did to keep up some level of normality.
So, even though Aussies and New Zealanders can't be out and about at Anzac Day commemorations this April 25th, there are still some things we can do to remember this day.
Here are four simple ideas you can do from the safety of home.

1. Australia's RSL is livestreaming a short commemorative service and asking Australians to stand in their driveways at 6am instead of attending the usual Anzac Day marches.

anzac day craft poppies coffee filter

2. Make poppies out of coffee filters with your kids.

anzac day wreath rosemary diy tutorial

3. Make a rosemary wreath for your door - rosemary is a symbol of remembrance.

diy tutorial anzac day poppies felt craft

4. Another one the kids can do, make felt poppies to wear on your lapel.

anzac slice biscuits cookies recipe

5. Tired of the same old Anzac biscuits?  Why not try an Anzac slice for something different.

Thursday, 16 April 2020

DIY earrings from Lindt chocolate bunny bells

Hey chocolate lovers!  Now that Easter is well and truly past, I'm assuming that you've eaten through your entire stash of Easter chocolates.
Grandma Monkeys rather generously gifts all her grandkids with Lindt chocolate bunnies every year, which leaves my Cheeky Monkeys with the dilemma of what to do with the leftover bell after you've eaten the chocolate.
Well, here is a quick and easy solution for those who want to avoid sending items to landfill!

earring tutorial diy bell earrings jewellery jewelry lindt chocolate bunnies christmas

- 2 x Lindt chocolate bunny bells (or any bells you have on hand)
- 2 x gold-plated earhooks
- jewellery pliers

earring tutorial diy bell earrings jewellery jewelry lindt chocolate bunnies christmas

Gather your supplies, keeping aside the chocolate bunnies for post jewellery-making consumption if you haven't already eaten them.

earring tutorial diy bell earrings jewellery jewelry lindt chocolate bunnies christmas

Using your jewellery pliers, open the loop at the bottom of the earhooks. Hang one bell onto an earhook loop, then close the loop.  Repeat with the other bell and earhook and you're done!

earring tutorial diy bell earrings jewellery jewelry lindt chocolate bunnies christmas

- If you want your earrings to look a little festive, you could tie a mini ribbon bow to the bells
- Collect enough bells, and you could attach them to gold-plated chain to make a fun bracelet or anklet