Monday, 30 November 2015

Christmas Gift DIY: Edibles

As Christmas rapidly (and it feels lightspeed rapid here!) approaches, I have put together a series of blog posts to inspire you to think about handmade gift ideas.  Because we all know how much I love handmade and Christmas, there are going to be quite a few posts, hopefully with something for everyone.  Today, I'm starting with edible gifts; who doesn't love a great edible gift for that last minute party or thank you gift?

edible christmas gifts diy recipe

1. I love chocolate truffles and chai tea, so why not combine the two?
2. A little bit of judiciously used flavoured salt is a wonderful thing.
3. Barbecue-roasted nuts, mmm. (Just make sure your recipient doesn't have nut allergies.)
4. You can never go wrong with fudge in my books!
5. Give a gourmet twist to the gingerbread Christmas tree.

Friday, 27 November 2015

I Heart Literature

image earrings heart literature leverback two cheeky monkeys mr darcy jane austen book page

As I mentioned a week ago, I will again be heading to the Kingston Arts Makers Market this coming December.  This year I have decided to showcase a few new jewellery designs at the market to gauge interest in them.  And my lovely blog readers get a sneaky peek at them too!  If you would like to order a pair (or two) of the new earring designs, please send me an email to get the ball rolling.

image literature earrings heart leverback glass jane eyre charlotte bronte two cheeky monkeys

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A Two Cheeky Monkeys and Domum Vindemia Gift Guide

With my Christmas shipping cutoff dates fast approaching, I have put together a Christmas gift guide to help those who are wanting to shop handmade this Christmas.  And, of course, I would love you to shop handmade with Two Cheeky Monkeys and/or Domum Vindemia!

For customers outside of Australia, you have until the start of December to get your handmade pretties ordered.  Orders after the 3rd of December will need to go via Express Post and still may not arrive in time (depending on the reliability of your country's postal service).

And don't forget that all orders can be shipped direct to your friends and loved ones and a small note included on your behalf!  All of the items shown here can be found in my Etsy and Madeit stores so that you can shop in either USD or AUD.

Two Cheeky Monkeys - Madeit - Etsy
Domum Vindemia - Madeit - Etsy

For Him
gifts for him cufflinks moustache napkin sets bookmark

Who doesn't love seeing their favourite man in a finely tailored suit, shirt and snazzy cufflinks?  And for the guys who are overwhelmed by the array of highly feminine homewares and bookmarks, Domum Vindemia has both which will appeal to people of both genders.

For Mum
 gifts for mum cameo necklace pearl earrings doily bunting cake stand

She's the one who gave birth to you, wiped up your spills and lost sleep taking care of you when you were sick or injured.  So spoil your mum with traditional freshwater pearl or vintage cameo jewellery, or add a little vintage fun to her home with doily buntings or upcycled cake stands.


Show you bestie how much you appreciate her with kindred spirit jewellery or accessories, or some fun hair accessories and homewares.

Little Girls
gifts for little ones bracelet ring set flower mobiles doily book buntings

Teach little ones to love handmade young, with sweet ring sets and bracelets from Two Cheeky Monkeys, or upcycled mobiles and buntings from Domum Vindemia.  Little boys won't miss out either, with a range of book buntings designed to appeal to rough and tumble boys.

Bling Queen
bling queen gifts cocktail statement ring swarovski crystal hair accessories chunky bracelet necklace

We all have that friend or relative who loves her jewellery chunky, sparkly and bold.  Two Cheeky Monkeys has a range of statement rings, necklaces and bracelets as well as Swarovski crystal jewellery and hair accessories to bring a sparkle to any eye.

Teacher Appreciation
teacher appreciation gifts card bookmark earrings thumb tack set push pins literature

In Australia it's that time of year when parents madly scramble to find something appropriate and not too cliche for their children's teachers, childcare minders and assorted sport and extracurriculur activity coaches.  A quirky card is a fun way to thank those who have laboured all year to teach your kids and typography earrings are also a fun way to thank particularly on trend teachers.  Literature bookmarks and thumb tack sets make great gifts for classroom teachers of either gender - no need to stress about what to get that male teacher!

Don't forget our cutoff dates:
Domum Vindemia - International, 2nd December; Australia, 14th December 
Two Cheeky Monkeys - International, 4th December, Australia, 16th December 

Monday, 23 November 2015

New Literary Quote Necklaces

image jane eyre quote locket necklace i am no bird and no net esnares me jewellery jewelry two cheeky monkeys beaded turquoise key charm

Hellooo and happy Monday!  Although I'm still suffering from a sinus infection, I have been steadily working away at more literary jewellery designs for Two Cheeky Monkeys.  These "new" designs are a little different from my usual locket necklaces in that rather than featuring a fictional character's name, they feature famous and beloved quotes from classic literature.

image anne of green gables quote locket necklace jewellery jewelry typography silver two cheeky monkeys wing charm literature true friends are always together in spirit

Of course, like many of my necklaces, these new designs come in your choice of bead colour and with the option of personalising with an initial charm (or two).  The new designs are destined for my stockist, Our Little Caravan, as well as my upcoming market and my Etsy and Madeit stores.  Which one do you love best?

image lord of the rings locket charm necklace quote typography literature not all those who wander are lost beaded wing charm green czech glass bead two cheeky monkeys jewellery jewelry

Friday, 20 November 2015

Stitch Markers Taking Flight

image bird and nest stitch marker set crochet knitting craft supplies domum vindemia illustration

Today I am sharing a few new creations which have had me squealing with delight at their prettiness.  Those of you knitters and crocheters who have been loving my literature-themed stitch markers can now add pretty illustrated stitch markers to your collection.  Made from luxe, Australian made collage paper, there will be a range of stitch marker sets featuring dragonflies and birds/nests.  And, of course, like all my stitch markers, these new ones can also double as funky asymmetrical earrings.  Which ones would you choose?

image dragonfly dragonflies stitch marker set crochet knitting craft supplies domum vindemia illustration

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The all important Christmas shipping dates

I'm afraid I've let it a little late this year, but it's still not too late to let you all know this year's Christmas shipping cutoff dates.  As I stress every year, if you want to give your loved ones the gift of a Two Cheeky Monkeys or Domum Vindemia pretty, then you will need to be organised and get your shopping done before the Christmas rush madness hits our postal services.

christmas shipping cutoff dates two cheeky monkeys

If you're an international customer, then you have to super organised due to the state of international post at this time of year.  Aussie customers have a bit more breathing space, but don't let this make you complacent!  I recommend that any purchases made at the end of November or during December should upgrade to the Express Post option to ensure a speedy arrival of your Christmas purchases.

christmas shipping cutoff dates domum vindemia

Monday, 16 November 2015

Kingston Arts Makers Market

image kingston arts makers market melbourne victoria australia twilight market 5 december 2015

I am very excited to announce that in a few weeks' time, I will yet again be gracing the Kingston Arts Makers Market as a stallholder!  I really enjoyed myself last year, meeting lots of lovley customers as well as finally meeting in person two sellers I had met online, Madame Clochette and Rondelle Douglas Illustration.  If you're free this December 5th, and happen to be in Melbourne, please drop by and say hi to me!  You will also get a chance to meet Sam of Madame Clochette, as well as another friend of mine, Marcia from My Friend Marcia.  See you there!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Have yourself a very shabby chic Christmas

image shabby chic christmas stocking upcycled vintage doilies embroidered rustic domum vindemia

I have been working non-stop these last few months at stocking up Domum Vindemia with lots of practical and shabby chic pretties for my stores.  My current favourite creations are these two new Christmas stockings, both upcycled from retro fabric doilies.  The stocking above features classic embroidery in a single rose with swirls pattern, whilst the stocking below features a detailed cross stitch design on yellowy cream cotton.  I'm having a lot of trouble deciding which one is my absolute favourite - which is yours?

image shabby chic christmas stocking upcycled vintage doilies embroidered cross stitch rustic domum vindemia

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

17 Cherry Tree Lane

image silver locket necklace pendant vintage jade green bead two cheeky monkeys

Hands up who was a fan of the movie Mary Poppins?  And hands up who has read Pamela Travers' books (which are apparently nothing like the Disney movie)?  I was recently commissioned to create a locket necklace to be given as a gift to a huge Mary Poppins fan.  My customer asked me to inset one of my favourite quotes from the movie, "Practically perfect in every way...just as I suspected", into a locket pendant.  Further embellished with a vintage, jade green bead, I love how this custom piece turned out and hope my customer's friend does too!  What do you think?  Which Mary Poppins quote would you have chosen?

image mary poppins quote locket pendant necklace silver jade green vintage bead two cheeky monkeys practically perfect in every way...just as I suspected

Monday, 9 November 2015

Our Little Caravan

our little caravan stockist of two cheeky monkeys and domum vindemia

Today, I am excited to announce that Our Little Caravan has become a stockist of Two Cheeky Monkeys' and Domum Vindemia's handmade goodies!  At the moment I've started off small with a handful of both book and doily buntings being stocked at Our Little Caravan, as well as a few compact mirrors and pocket watch necklaces.

image our little caravan collective store two cheeky monkeys domum vindemia buntings compact mirror watch necklaces

If you're in the Nottinghill area, then you should really consider dropping in to check out the range of lovely handmade goodies at this store, as well as find out about booking a craft party session for yourself and some friends or your little ones, or sign up for one of various craft classes on offer.

image our little caravan collective store domum vindemia doily bunting teal

Friday, 6 November 2015

The typography fun continues!

image typography earrings ear studs ampersand at sign symbol two cheeky monkeys jewellery jewelry

I have been so busy working on new products for Domum Vindemia that I completely forgot to tell you all about my current new faves for Two Cheeky Monkeys!  They are, of course, inspired by my ongoing love of typography and dictionaries.  The pair above is for the thoroughly modern teen or woman who loves her social media, texting and symbols.  The pair below features words taken from a retro dictionary, and customers can have a choice of (short) words such as "yes/no", "love/wish", etc.  Which pair do you love best?

image typography earrings ear studs love hope faith wish yes no asymmetrical dictionary page two cheeky monkeys jewellery jewelry

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Lizzy Loo

image blue tongue lizard skink australia

Today's post is a little bit of fun, sharing some photos I've taken of our local blue tongue lizards.  I'm not sure how many of them are calling our garden and neighbours' gardens their territory, but the Two Cheeky Monkeys family loves to see them around in the warmer months.  Do you have any fun native fauna in or around your garden?

Monday, 2 November 2015

Mirror, mirror, on the wall

image compact mirror literature domum vindemia anne of green gables lm montgomery kindred spirits anne shirley

Today I am unveiling a new range of creations which have been capturing my imagination, and attention, for the last month or so!  Although I don't wear makeup often, and am striving hard to put aside vanity, I love compact mirrors for their cute size and practicality.

image compact mirror literature domum vindemia jane austen pride and prejudice mr darcy in vain have i struggled

And since I am always thinking up new ideas for my stores, I thought combining practical little mirros with a favourite literary quote was the way to go!  These three compacts pictured are now all available in my Domum Vindemia stores.  And for those of you who can make it to the Kingston Makers Market in December, I'll be showcasing these pretties there too.  What do you think - which one would you choose?

image compact mirror literature domum vindemia jane eyre I am no bird charlotte bronte