Friday, 28 August 2015

Colouring Book Roundup

Yes, oh yes, I am so enamoured of my new colouring book that I put together a wishlist roundup of my current favourites.  Some of these are available commercially, whilst others are available only through the illustrator's Etsy store.  Which one(s) would you pick?

image colouring books for adults etsy illustrated coloring

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

A musical custom order

I was recently contacted by an old acquaintance, whom I hadn't seen in several years, with a fun request for help regarding thank you gifts.  One of her sons was retiring from his children's choir, now that he has hit puberty and is gaining his "man voice", and she wanted a little something to give each choirmaster responsible for training and mentoring him.

image musical cufflinks and pendants bass clef treble clef jewellery accessories two cheeky monkeys cuff link set necklace pendants

She very quickly settled on commissioning my newest cufflink style, the treble and bass clef set, for the male choir leaders.  After much discussion, it was finally decided that I would make treble clef pendants for the female teachers, which my friend would then add onto plain silver necklaces she had purchased (I am unfortunately still awaiting new necklace supplies).  I love the quirky nature of these music-themed creations, and I hope the choirmasters/mistresses feel suitably thanked by their gifts!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Helping those in need

Just a little update today for all of my faithful customers and supporters.  As you know, ten percent of Two Cheeky Monkeys and Domum Vindemia profits each year go to helping aid and advocacy organisations working to help the poor and oppressed.  Thanks to your support and custom, this last financial year I have so far managed to support two Barnabas Aid projects.

flooding in myanmar burma

These two projects are quite different from each other; the first project is currently sending emergency relief to those affected by the severe flooding which hit Myanmar in June and July, while the second project is currently providing food parcels for Syrian refugees fleeing the heinous atrocities being committed by the Islamic State radicals.

syrian refugees

Thanks to you, heartbroken and destitute men, women and children will receive the financial help they so desperately need at this time.  To see how your custom has helped to support charity work over the years, and continues to do so while our business doors remain open, I have set up a new "charity" page on this blog.  Thank you again.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Re-visiting childhood - colouring book fun

The two cheeky monkeys and I are big fans of colouring in and I even have my set of Derwent colour pencils which my parents gave me for Christmas twenty years ago!  Needless to say, the rise in gorgeous intricate, hand-illustrated colouring books for adults has been on my radar for some time.  But I have studiously ignored it in the attempt to reign in my crafting/creative budget!

image secret garden colouring book johanna basford

However, after a recent book sale, I finally caved and rewarded myself with a copy of Johanna Basford's Secret Garden.  It is full of beautiful floral and entomological illustrations, and I have had fun slowly colouring in each little flower, leaf or insect (while madly trying to keep the little cheeky monkeys away from my book).  So tell me, are you a fan of this new craze for "adult" colouring books (both of the handmade and big budget variety)?

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

A new crochet blanket in the works

Yes, I am working on a new crochet blanket!  And yes, yes, yes, I know, I only finally finished the blanket I started in August last year.  But that one has made periodic disappearances into the Cheeky Monkeys' bedrooms and play areas, so I have decided to work on a new blanket.

image crazy granny square circle in square crochet

This blanket will actually have a moderately planned colour scheme - shades of green, blue and purple.  I settled on making squares with the Crazy Granny Square pattern which I have admired for it's simplicity and fun design since I first learned to crochet.  Once all the squares are completed, I plan on "unifying" the squares with a round of neutral colour (grey, I think) and then joining them using the join as you go method.  Do you have a favourite granny square pattern?

Monday, 17 August 2015

Spinner Pendants: Something For Both Sides of Us

image spinner pendant necklace vintage cameo orange cream carnelian lady man couple two cheeky monkeys pride and prejudice jane austen double-sided

If you remember to a post at the end of July, you'll know I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of some jewellery supplies.  That was because I have been dying to finish making this vintage-looking spinner pendant for all my vintage jewellery and literature fans.  And I think it has definitely been worth the wait!

image spinner pendant necklace vintage cameo orange cream carnelian lady man couple two cheeky monkeys pride and prejudice jane austen double-sided mr darcy

This new literature necklace is now finally completed and ready to grace the necks of Mr Darcy admirers the world over!  On one side, the spinner features a delightfully vintage cameo of an embracing couple.  On the other, I have inset a snippet of Pride and Prejudice with Mr Darcy's name.  Of course, I can make up the spinner pendants in other character names should you wish.  Which character would you wear?

Friday, 14 August 2015

Bag Tutorial Roundup

It is probably abundantly apparent to my faithful readers that I am a BIG FAN of all things bags, purses and totes.  Having been inspired by the completion of my supergirl clutch, I am in the throes of finishing off a long-abandoned handbag project as well as researching new bag projects.  So today I have a roundup of great tutorials I have found in blogland, most of which I am hoping to work on in the coming months - enjoy!

image bag tutorial roundup purse tote handbag

1. The love basket by U-handbag
2. Blossom bag by Amy Butler
3. Little Betty bag by The Mother Huddle
4. Fold up tote by zaaberry
5. Double snap frame purse by guthrie & ghani
6. Bella clutch by Clover and Violet
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