Friday, 19 December 2014

Handmade Christmas Roundup: Bags

Yes, it's no secret that I am a BIG FAN of bags!!!  So my final Handmade Christmas post is all about bags: totes, purses, messenger bags, you name it!

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Handmade Christmas Roundup: Soft Toys

If you love to make Christmas gifts for little ones, then today's roundup is just for you!  These are some of my favourite free softie/plushie patterns from blogland.  There are sewing patterns, embroidery and crochet too - I think small children are the easiest for gifting handmade.

Felt Scotty Dog - Jenny Allsorts

Embroidered Dolls - Wee Wonderfuls

Squeal, a rainbow unicorn! - Ahooka

Sew a baby dinosaur for a special little one - beloved-ones

Patchwork Elephant - Made By Enginerds

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Handmade Christmas Roundup: Christmas Cards

Today's handmade Christmas roundup is for the avid crafters who love to make Christmas cards for everyone they know!  The projects cover a range of creative styles, from paper folding through to stamping and collaging.

I love craftsy's sweet nativity card.

Who doesn't love a pop up card?

Iris folding is never going to get old for me!

One for the kids to make - a bottlecap card.

Design a winter wonderland card for those wishing for a white Christmas.

Papercutting gives you an elegantly understated card.

An ornament and Christmas card all in one - quilled poinsettia card.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Handmade Christmas Roundup: DIY Jewellery Projects

This week on the blog, I have a series of posts for those of you who have left your Christmas shopping a little late and don't trust your local postal service to get your handmade purchases to you on time.  (Incidentally, I am offering Express Post shipping of Two Cheeky Monkeys and Domum Vindemia items.)  Right, moving's post is a roundup of fun jewellery projects I have found in blogland, with projects for a variety of skill levels.

Stamped metal jewellery is something I want to try soon!

T-shirt bracelets are easy enough for kids to try out.

Chunky polymer clay necklaces are still very on trend this year.

This ring project is another great one for novices.

Create a wrapped quartz bangle for the funky teen or hipster in your life.

Who could resist a gift of a sparkly chain and bead bracelet?

These lapis lazuli earrings are perfect for those who love the geo trend.

Monday, 15 December 2014

The Atticus Fandom Continues

image to kill a mockingbird necklace watch atticus finch brass bronze leaf flower deer woodland two cheeky monkeys

I know there are only ten days till Christmas, but in the midst of all our crazy end of year activities and functions, I have been merrily creating To Kill a Mockingbird pieces.  Crazy, yes, but loads of fun nonetheless.  The latest pieces I'm working on are pocketwatch necklaces, in honour of Atticus' grandfather's watch Jem sometimes carries to school and of the watch left in the knothole by Boo Radley.  I am a big fan of watches on necklaces - what do you think?

image to kill a mockingbird necklace watch atticus finch brass bronze leaf flower deer woodland two cheeky monkeys

Friday, 5 December 2014

More Literature-Inspired Creations

Even though I have been madly preparing for the Kingston Makers Market this week, I have still found some time to re-stock Two Cheeky Monkeys with literary creations.  I'll be bringing all the new pieces along with me to the market, so if you're wanting something for Christmas, speak now before I sell out again!

image literature jewellery cufflinks earrings two cheeky monkeys to kill a mockingbird pride and prejudice jane eyre mr darcy boo radley atticus finch

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Handmade Christmas Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers and the "Just in Case" Gift

Maybe you're all super organised types who meticulously plan gifts for all and sundry, but I'm sure there are those out there who every year realise, "Oh help, I forgot to get a present for my neighbour/dog walker/boss/coffee buddy/etc."  Or maybe you've bought gifts for all your loved ones but want a little extra something to add to it.  So my final Madeit Christmas gift guide is full of items which are easy to store away in case of a Christmas gift emergency or for use as "stocking stuffers".

Edible gifts are great for bringing along to impromptu Christmas parties.

The usefulness of keyrings cannot be underestimated!

Keep a store of pocket mirrors for fashion conscious acquaintances (or little girls).

Notebooks are another one of those very useful little gifts.

Everyone has at least one foodie acquaintance, right?

Buying a book for someone this Christmas? Team it with a literary bookmark!

Don't just give flowers, give them with a fun vase (or two) too.

Even females with short hair will need cute hairclips every now and then.
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