Thursday, 12 October 2017

Freekeh Salad Roundup

While I try not to be one who easily jumps on the latest "superfood" bandwagon, I must say that I am a fan of grains like quinoa and freekeh.  And, thankfully, so are the rest of the Cheeky Monkeys family.  So today I'm sharing four freekeh recipes which caught my interest and which will be slowly added to my repertoire of salad recipes.  Enjoy!

freekeh recipe

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Miffy and Friends

miffy and friends bunting miffy's dream children homewares nursery illustrated domum vindemia decor

I hope all my Aussie readers have survived the school holidays and are gearing to go for the last school term of the year!  I found an amazing haul of battered old picture books while out and about with my Cheeky Monkeys, and have been busily adding new buntings to Domum Vindemia.

dumbo bunting vintage domum vindemia homewares nursery decor decoration upcycled

My absolute favourite of this current batch is the Miffy and Friends bunting, something I've been wanting to add to the store for some time now, but haven't been able to due to the rarity of such finds!  As I said, this is the ONLY Miffy bunting in-store, so if your little one is a huge Miffy fan (or you are!), then get in quick before this one finds a new home with someone else.

beatrix potter bunting peter rabbit alphabet abc domum vindemia nursery baby shower homewares

I've also added several of the ever popular Jungle Book and Beatrix Potter buntings as special made to order listings with YOUR CHOICE of binding colour for the buntings.  That means that you can better match your bunting purchase to your little one's room or celebration, making it all the more special. 

the jungle book bunting domum vindemia homewares birthday party decoration bookish

If you have any binding colours you'd like to see me stocking, please send me a message so that I can get an idea of the colour choices people love - thanks!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Regular scarves versus infinity scarves

domum vindemia shabby chic doily scarf infinity

I know there are many out there who love the look of regular scarves which can be worn in a variety of ways, but it's also clear that infinity scarves seem to be the scarf trend that isn't going away any time soo.  Which is why at Domum Vindemia, I have decided to offer our shabby chic doily scarves with the option to purchase them as a regular scarf or as an infinity scarf

domum vindemia shabby chic doily scarf infinity

So now when you shop for scarves with us, you can choose to purchase your scarf as is, or you can ask us to turn your choice into an on trend infinity scarf which you can easily wrap around you on those milder days.  Would you choose a regular scarf or an infinity scarf?  Or do you have a whole wardrobe full of all manner of scarves to suit your daily mood? 

domum vindemia shabby chic doily scarf infinity

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Finger Knitting Projects For Kids

We have somehow reached the second week of school holidays relatively unscathed (thanks Mr Cheeky Monkeys for taking the week off work so that I could have a break!), but still have one more week to go.  If you're wracking your brains for new ideas to keep your kids productively entertained (like me), then this post is for you.

My Monkeys love to finger knit and finger crochet, but we are often left with the dilemma of what to do with their lengths of finger knitted goodness.  So here is a roundup of DIY ideas to use the metres and metres of finger knitting chains your kids create!

1. A finger knitting tutorial to get you started.
2. Turn your finger knitting into a warm scarf.
3. Create a word-inspired cushion.
4. Finger knitting is perfect for turning into headbands.
5. Create a rug by combining weaving and finger knitting.
6. Delight a little one by turning their finger knitting into a darling octopus soft toy!

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Atticus Finch

Here at Two Cheeky Monkeys I like to update our jewellery ranges every season, adding or removing certain styles and lines to keep our product range streamlined and on trend with what customers are asking us to create.  But, I am usually happy to re-create out of stock lines for customers who want variations of the original pieces they purchased, or who missed out when the range was originally stocked.

to kill a mockingbird necklace two strand atticus finch personalised personalized two cheeky monkeys etsy

Which is what I found myself doing this week after a customer approached me to re-create one of our multi-strand chain necklaces for a friend who was a huge To Kill a Mockingbird fan.  I haven't made one of these necklaces in about six months, having decided to end the line when the last of our stock sold out, so I really enjoyed working on this one off creation for my customer.  If this necklace had been made for you, which literary character would you have chosen to feature in the pendant?

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Fairy Bread Inspired Cake

image fairy bread cake birthday

I've been told that fairy bread is one of those distinctly Australian things which originated in Australia as a way to please children at parties and is now loved the world over.  I don't really know if such claims are true, but my Cheeky Monkeys certainly love fairy bread at parties!  So much so that oldest Monkey requested a fairy bread-inspired cake for her most recent birthday.

two layer fairy bread cake recipe

I'm not normally one to share decorated cake recipes, but I decided to share my recipe because of the amount of excitement this cake inspired in the party guests and their parents.  I went for a two layered fairy bread/jam sandwich concoction because I thought that a cake made to look like a slice of bread was too thin, and because my Monkeys ADORE jam sandwiches.  And I also chose to make a simple quick mix vanilla butter cake for the "bread", though you could go all out and make a white cake to mimic the white bread traditionally used in fairy bread.

For One Cake (make two)
- 165g butter
- 1 cup milk
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 Tb vanilla essence
- 1 1/3 cups castor sugar
- 2 cups self-raising flour

Buttercream Icing and Decorations
- 125g unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 1 Tb milk
- 100s and 1000s/sprinkles/jimmies/whatever you call nonpareils in your part of the world
- strawberry jam

1. Preheat oven to 180⁰C.  Grease and line a 23-25 cm square cake tin.

2. Combine butter and milk in saucepan; stir constantly over heat until butter is melted.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

3. Beat eggs and vanilla essence in a bowl with electric mixer until thick and creamy.  Gradually add sugar, beating until dissolved between each addition.

4. Stir in half the sifted flour and half the butter mixture, then stir in remaining flour and butter mixture.  Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for about 35-45 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

5. Stand cake in tin for two minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool.  Repeat steps 1-5 to make the second cake.

6. When the cakes are cold, slice the top off each cake to level out the cake and give a "bread slice" appearance.

7. To make the buttercream, beat the butter in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy (about 3-5 minutes).  Gradually add icing sugar, beating until well combined.  Beat in milk to loosen icing slightly.

8. Place first cake on your serving tray.  Generously spread strawberry jam over the top of the first cake, as you would when making a sandwich or jam on toast.

two layer fairy bread cake recipe diy

9. Top the first cake with the second cake, making sure that the cake is facing sliced side up to look like "bread".  Spread the buttercream icing over the top of the cake, leaving some space around the edges so the "bread" shows.  Sprinkle with nonpareils of your choice and wait for everyone's squeals of delight!

 image fairy bread cake birthday

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Lego DIY Roundup

With the Spring school holidays rapidly approaching, I have been researching ways to entertain the Cheeky Monkeys and keep my sanity!  They are huge fans of Lego (as is Mr Monkeys), so today I've put together a roundup of fun Lego DIY ideas for young and old.

image lego diy craft ideas tutorial candy dispenser maze charging station picture puzzle chess set keyring keychain

1. Build and re-build challenging mazes out of Lego!
2. Older Lego fans can use their childhood toys to create a charging station.
3. Lego picture puzzles celebrate a little one AND Lego.
4. Turn your favourite Lego character into a keyring.
5. No kid will be able to resist a Lego candy dispenser!
6. Chess geeks can also enjoy Lego while playing in a chess tournament.
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