Tuesday, 24 September 2019

You must not be afraid to sparkle a little brighter

Today I am sharing a couple of fun creations I was commissioned to make by a special customer.  Having purchased several of our sparkly beaded and crystal jewellery pieces, she asked me to create matching pieces for several of them so she could rock the matching jewellery look.

swarovski crystal jewellery pendant solitaire necklace earrings two cheeky monkeys jewelry sets

The first piece feature some of my favourite jewellery supplies to work with, Swarovski crystals.  The brief was to make a dainty necklace to match as closely as possible to our crystal navette earrings, and I had a blast finding just the right Swarovski crystal to turn into a solitaire pendant.

vineyard inspired jewellery necklace earrings purple green two cheeky monkeys beaded jewelry sets

The second creation was a pair of matching earrings for our vineyard-inspired necklace, which features one of my favourite colour combinations in nature, purple and green.
So let me ask you: do you love to wear matching jewellery?  Or are you an eclectic type who wears whatever tickles your fancy?

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Bookworm necklaces

This week I have been excitedly adding to our bookworm necklace range, with two gorgeous additions that are close to my heart!  This first one contains one of my most favourite Jane Austen quotes, Captain Wentworth's heartfelt confession to Anne Elliot.

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The second is a favourite for many who loved the 1985 version of Anne of Green Gables - "True friends are always together in spirit".  Which of these two quotes do you love best?  Or do you have another quote you would love to see embodied in a piece of jewellery?  Drop me a line and let me know!

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Recent commissioned creations

This past month I've had the privilege of creating some special pieces for customers to give to their friends and loved ones.  As you know, I looove hearing the story behind each special commission, and these pieces were no different.

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The first was a pair of fun gemstone earrings created to celebrate a special lady's milestone birthday and her love for swishy and bright earrings.  Made from lab-created and naturally occuring gemstone beads, I'm loving this design so much I think I might add similar designs to the store.  What do you think?

cuff links suit accessories sherlock holmes moriarty the great gatsby two cheeky monkeys jewellery

The next commission was not a new design, but a large scale commission by a groom who wanted gifts for his groomsmen and loved ones attending his wedding.  Each set of cuff links featured literary characters that fit with the wedding's theme - I can't wait to see the wedding photos!

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Finally, we come to two locket necklaces that had my heart melting when my customer made her request.  She loved our mother-daughter locket sets, but wanted something that referenced the precious relationship she and her step-daughter have with each other.  Isn't it just so sweet!
What kind of jewellery designs would you commission for the special people in your life?  Something book-related,  or something featuring gemstones or their birthstones?

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Reading is my superpower

Hello my book-loving fans!!!  Now that we're well and truly into the new financial year, I'm excited to launch our new range of quote necklaces perfect for bookworms and lovers of classic literature.

waiting for mr darcy quote necklace pendant jane austen pride and prejudice bookworm gift book lover reader two cheeky monkeys

Our brand new range of pendants is launching with two designs, and will eventually be expanded to include other witty quotes for the discerning book lover.

reading is my superpower quote necklace pendant bookworm gift book lover reader two cheeky monkeys

For the moment, drop me a comment below with which of our new pendants you love best - "Reading is my superpower" or "Waiting for Mr Darcy"!

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

“A wise bear always keeps a marmalade sandwich in his hat in case of emergency”

Paddington lovers, it is time to rejoice - I have finally re-stocked our popular range of Paddington Bear buntings in Domum Vindemia!!!
I am so very thankful to all of you for making these fun buntings so popular that I'm always struggling to keep them in stock.

paddington bear bunting nursery decor domum vindemia

Right now, there are only two Paddington Bear buntings in-store, so if you've been waiting for our re-stock, hurry in because it's first in best dressed.
Which one do you love more - the bunting with turquoise binding, or the one with the cream binding?

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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Pretty up your planners!

Planner fans will remember earlier this year when I launched our new range of planner charms for those who love all things stationery.  And due to the fantastic response to the very first of this range, I have expanded it with two more fun charms!

anne of green gables planner charm accessories kindred spirits quote stationery journal weekly daily domum vindemia

In line with Domum Vindemia's book and vintage-themed ethos, our two new charms feature fun and meaningful quotes: "kindred spirits" which is a reference to Anne of Green Gables, and "soul sisters", a celebration of female friendship.

soul sisters planner charm accessories friendship best friend quote stationery journal weekly daily domum vindemia

The new additions to the planner charm range feature luscious bead charms created with sparkly rhinestones and gorgeous Czech glass beads.  Which charm do you love more?

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Christmas in July

For those of us who live in the southern hemisphere, the traditional northern hemisphere trappings and activities of a wintry Christmas are not something we usually experience.
Which is probably why "Christmas in July" has become such a popular winter time activity for many in Australia and New Zealand (among other countries).
Here are six pointers to help you start planning your Christmas in July festivities - enjoy!

1. Party Invitations
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Get your friends pumped for your festivities with gorgeous invitations that will set the theme for the day. 

2. Ugly Sweater
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I'm not normally a fan of the ugly Christmas sweater/jumper fad, but it's Christmas in July, so why not go for some kitsch? 

3. Christmas Accessories
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And while you're wearing "festive" clothing, don't forget to add a Christmassy touch with your accessories too. 

4. Christmas Cake
christmas cake recipe christmas in july

Wow your guests with a beautiful Christmas cake that you'll actually feel like baking since it's winter time. 

5. Servingware
cake stand cupcake christmas in july reindeer vintage chic domum vindemia

You can't have a Christmas in July celebration without gorgeous, themed servingware for all your treats! 

6. Christmas in July Events
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And if you really aren't up for hosting a Christmas in July function, then head to your city's local events with your family and friends instead.