Friday, 6 May 2016

7 Mother's Day Tutorials

With many around the world celebrating Mother's Day this Sunday, I know that there will be some of you who left it a little late to get something for your beloved mother or mother-in-law.  Never fear, I have gathered some quick and easy tutorials to please a range of different personality types!
And for those of you who are mourning the loss of your mother, or wishing that you could be a mother but can't, I'm sending out condolences and hugs.

1. Marbled mugs for the interior decorator mother who loves her on trend homewares.

tutorial diy marbled mugs from nail polish

2. This yoghurt and blood orange cake is sure to bring a smile to the face of foodie mothers who just love having meals prepared for them!

recipe yoghurt blood orange cake

3.Something for the green thumb mother - succulents in mason jars.

tutorial diy mason jar succulent planters

4. Encourage mum to take some time out relaxing in the bath with these bath fizzies.

tutorial diy bath bomb fizzies homemade

5. Mothers and grandmothers love to display photos of their sweet darlings!

diy tutorial heart shaped photo display mothers day

6. For the mum who loves to bring the outdoors inside - vase centrepiece.

image tutorial diy vase centrepiece

7. Don't forget to create mum a heartfelt card!

tutorial diy mother's day card

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Mother and Daughter Necklace Sets

image mother daughter necklace set jewellery jewelry quote two cheeky monkeys locket

I love my mum very much, even more so now that my dad has passed away, and I know that many of my friends have close relationships with their mothers too.  And now I'm a mum myself and get to experience the joy (and frustrations) of motherhood every day.  Which is what inspired me to create a jewellery set which celebrates the best of mother-daughter relationships.

image mother daughter necklace set jewellery jewelry quote two cheeky monkeys locket

Each set includes a locket necklace for a mother and for a daughter, inset with sweet quotes about each respective person in that relationship.  The necklaces come with a choice of bead colours because we're not all the same and all love different colours from each other.  I am also playing around with "grandmother" ideas after being inspired by a good friend.  Do you love these quotes as much as I do?

Monday, 2 May 2016

Meditative Mandalas

image mandala wine glass charm set blue domum vindemia handmade

I know I've been posting about wine glass charms a lot in recent times, and that's because of the positive response I have received.  I really am having a lot of fun creating these charms for my customers, and keep coming up with new ideas every week!

image wine glass charm mandala set earth colours red green orange brown domum vindemia handmade

This week I'm showing off a few new designs featuring the on trend mandala.  While the mandala has its origins in Hinduism, modern versions of this circular symbol have been embraced by many around the world.  Mandala designs are beautiful, regardless of whether you hold to the Hindu or Buddhist beliefs behind the symbol, and I think the wine glass charm fans are going to love these.  Which do you love most?

image wine glass charm mandala set earth colours pink purple red turquoise domum vindemia handmade

Friday, 29 April 2016

6 Gorgeous Cake Pop Recipes

We are huge fans of cake pops here at Two Cheeky Monkeys HQ (come on, who isn't?) and I would probably make these all the time if they were a little less fiddly.  Today I'm sharing a recipe roundup of six cake pop recipes you're sure to love, with something for everyone of all ages, including a great no bake version!

image six 6 gorgeous cake pop recipes for all ages and tastes recipe roundup tutorial minion strawberry funfetti planets lemon chocolate mint slice no bake

1. Planet cake pops - perfect for a budding astronomer!
2. Minion cake pops - need I say more?
3. One for those who love coloured sprinkles - funfetti cake pops
4. Got to love a no bake cake pop recipe - mint slice cake pop!
5. Lemon cake pops are not too sweet.
6. I'm in love with strawberry cake pops!

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A special wine glass charm order

I recently worked on a large custom order which, while a little daunting, was something I am pleased I had the opportunity to do.  My customer wanted wine glass charms emblazoned with the logo of her about-to-be-opened homewares store on the NSW central coast.  These charms were to be used at the store's launch party/opening as a promotional gift to all attendees.

image wine glass charm brand logo for cosy home domum vindemia handmade

I love the simplicity and elegance of my customer's logo and we're both very happy with how the wine glass charms turned out.  I did, however, suffer a fair bit of stress making such a large number in such a short time frame.  Which was not helped by Australia Post's abysmal mail service which saw my supplies for making the charms take over a week to reach me in Melbourne from the next state of NSW.

image wine glass charm brand logo for cosy home domum vindemia

But it's all done and dusted now, much to everyone's relief.  And I can't wait to see the charms in use at the launch party (as you can see, my customer decided to use a few of the charms as tags on her business card wallet)!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Lest we forget

In remembrance of all those who have fought so that others may be free.  Let us learn from the mistakes of past wars and not repeat them nor waste the efforts of those who have given so much in their service.

image poppy handmade stained glass window brooch ceramic flowers homewares etsy

Friday, 22 April 2016

Flashback to a button headband tutorial

I've been feeling a little nostalgic after taking the Cheeky Monkeys shoe shopping and finding that my once little babies are now sporting shoes the same size or larger than mine!  So today I'm flashing back to a tutorial from five years ago when I made rainbow button headbands for oldest Monkey's rainbow-themed birthday party.

headband rainbow button tutorial diy

These really are very easy to put together and will earn you "best ever" status from appreciative little ones who love colour, colour, colour!  Follow the link to find my tutorial and try it out.  You could even make a more sedate version for teens and older women!
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