Wednesday, 1 July 2015

DIY Personalised Vintage-Look Earrings

I must admit that I'm not the kind of person who is mad keen on jewellery/accessories personalised with my initials or name, but being a mum to my two cheeky monkeys, I do quite like to wear pieces with their initials.  So when I saw some vintage marcasite alphabet dangles for sale, I knew I had to make something with them!  I decided to make myself a pair of Mummy Earrings, as I call them, and I am sharing the super easy tutorial with you today.

- vintage alphabet dangles (these are vintage glass and marcasite cabochons set into raw brass settings)
- two French ear hooks
- two eye pins
- 2 x 6mm freshwater pearls

1. Gather all your supplies as well as your favourite jewellery pliers (I like to use a round nose and a flat nose pair).

2. Put one pearl onto an eye pin.  Cut off excess pin, leaving 8-10mm for making a loop.  Turn the cut end of the eye pin into a loop to make a bead connector with your pearl.  Repeat with the remaining pearl.

3. Open one loop on a bead connector, attach the alphabet dangle to it, and close the loop again.  Repeat with the other side.

4. Open the loop at the bottom of an earhook and attach the hook to the freshwater pearl.  Repeat for the other earring and voila, you're done!  You now have an elegantly simple pair of earrings commemorating your favourite person/people and great for fancying up a casual outfit or complementing a more dressy outfit.

If you're after a more symmetrical look, use the same initial for both earrings.
- Change up the look of these earrings by using typewriter key charms or alphabet charms instead of the vintage marcasite dangles.
- Not a pearl kind of person?  Use whatever favourite bead you love, just make sure that the size of the bead balances the size of the alphabet dangle.  Create even more of an asymmetrical look by teaming each initial with a bead in the colour of that person's/child's initial!
- These earrings don't have to dangle from French ear hooks.  Use stud ear posts, leverback hooks, clip on hoops, etc; the choice is yours!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Things I Love: Craft Kits for Kids

So yes, it's school holidays here at Two Cheeky Monkeys land.  And while it's only the first week and the little cheeky monkeys are attending a holiday program at our church all week, it always pays to be prepared for the school holiday "I'm bored" and "What can I do?" comments.  With that in mind, here are some fun and clever craft ideas for big and little kids - enjoy.

1. DIY terarrium - Fleurieu Gifts
2. Make your own sock monkey - squiggly monkeys
3. Flower magnet kit - Vintage Rose Mama
4. Spy decoder set - Games to Go
5. DIY felt garland - Miss Makes & Co.
6. Polymer clay necklace kit - Paper Cut INK

Friday, 26 June 2015

Rescuing Battered Old Classics for Book Buntings

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As I promised earlier in the week, this has been a book-heavy week of blog posts!  The theme continues today with an exciting new lot of Little Golden Book and classic children's storybook buntings.  I was fortunate enough to resuce these children's literature classics last week and quickly turned them into my much loved book buntings.

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Old May Gibbs' books are hard to find, so my May Gibbs buntings are always snapped up very quickly when they make an appearance in my stores.  Bible story buntings are also popular and, I think, a great way to celebrate your little one's favourite story from the Bible.

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But this final bunting is one about which I am VERY excited.  Although the Lassie books and original television series were before my time, one can't help but immediately recognise such an animal icon.  And I hope that my customers will be as excited about Lassie buntings as I am.  So let me ask you, which classic literary icon would you like to see commemorated in a bunting?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Happy dancing for the vintage ladies locket range!

I am having so much fun this week with my literature-themed posts!  Today I am proudly sharing a sneaky peek of new additions to my literature locket necklace range.  I was recently thrilled to find a set of vintage lockets with vintage cameos of ladies attached to the front of them and knew that I had to include them in my designs.

image two cheeky monkeys literature locket necklace gold raw brass freshwater pearl vintage cameo lady victorian era mr darcy elizabeth bennet pride and prejudice jane austen

The elegant look of the raw brass lockets and their Victorian era ladies inspired me to add wire-wrapped freshwater pearls to the necklace chain.  I love working with both faux and real pearls, and it's always satisfying to be able to add them to my designs, be it in a traditional or more contemporary fashion.  At the moment I have only made up a Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet necklace design, but will soon be creating Jane Eyre/Mr Rochester necklaces as well as Wuthering Heights necklaces.

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Once all of the new designs have been made up, I will be adding these new additions to both my Etsy and Madeit stores.  I can't wait to show off the other two necklaces - which would you choose?  And as usual, if you are just dying to own one of these limited edition necklaces before I release them to the general public, please message me to pre-order your necklace and guarantee that you will become the proud owner of one of them.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Literature Buttons for the Creative Bookworm

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There's a bit of a book theme happening on the blog this week which I am kicking off with a post about To Kill a Mockinbird.  Actually, TKAM button sets, to be exact.  Those of you who have been blog readers for a while will know that I have been making and selling a variety of Pride and Prejudice button sets for several years.

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The P&P shank buttons are among some of my favourite literature items to create, so I'm now branching out with TKAM sets.  So for all the arty and crafty Atticus fans who would love to add a bit of their favourite book to their next creation, you now can!  The shank button sets are available in my Etsy store only and currently come with the names Atticus, Jem, Scout, Calpurnia and Boo Radley.  If you're wanting some different character names, send me an email and I'll happily organise a custom listing for you.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Typography Stacking Bangles

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I am a big fan of arm parties and stacking bangles, and I know that many of you are too.  So this week I have been working at adding to my range of stacking bangles in Two Cheeky Monkeys.  While I have previously made Jane Austen-inspired bangles, this time I followed my love of the typography trend and made several thesaurus-inspired pieces.

image faith bracelet bangle typography two cheeky monkeys words text thesaurus jewellery jewelry

For the moment I have made bangles featuring the words "love", "faith" and "believe", three words which mean a lot to me as a Christian.  I hope to expand the range in the near future, but would love your feedback on words you would like to see in a bangle.  Do you love words which reflect your personality or faith?  Or do you like to make a statement with the latest on trend words or sayings?

image love bracelet bangle typography two cheeky monkeys words text thesaurus jewellery jewelry

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Down the rabbit hole...

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It has been a while since I had the chance to work on Little Golden Book buntings for Domum Vindemia, so I jumped at the chance to do so this week.  Alice in Wonderland, or more correctly Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, has been one of my favourite stories since I was about nine or ten years old.  I loved the craziness of Alice's attempts to recite poems and the surreal nature of her vist to Wonderland!  Are you an Alice fan?  Which stories captured your imagination when you were young?

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