Thursday, 23 March 2017

Glamming it up in the Emerald City

image emerald green vintage glass earrings jewellery jewelry two cheeky monkeys handmade teardrop pear

You'd be excused for thinking you'd wandered into Wizard of Oz's Emerald City today for yes, there's certainly a lot of emerald green to be found!  And yes, I know I'm a week out for St Patrick's Day, but I just couldn't get these green pretties made in time for a St Patrick's Day post.

image emerald green vintage glass ring cocktail estate style jewellery jewelry two cheeky monkeys handmade octagon swirled

Although all of Two Cheeky Monkeys' "glam it up" range has been quite popular, by far the most popular pieces have been the emerald-hued ones.  Therefore, I'm adding two new styles of emerald earrings to the range, as well as a funky emerald and white swirled cocktail ring.

image emerald green vintage glass earrings jewellery jewelry two cheeky monkeys handmade teardrop pear carved star

Each of these pretties is vintage Czech or West German glass made in the 1940s and 1950s, so they are beautifully made and limited edition too, due to their vintage age.  Which is your favourite piece?

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Mr Darcy's Back!

Good news Mr Darcy fans!  The last Pride and Prejudice watch necklace was so popular that I decided to create just ONE more.  While the last one featured the names of Eliza Bennet and Mr Darcy, this one has a sweet oval-shaped charm which says "Mr Darcy".

image mr darcy watch necklace jane austen pride and prejudice charm handmade two cheeky monkeys gold time piece

But at the moment this is the ONLY ONE I'm making, so if you love it, head to the store ASAP to make it yours.  If you love this style of watch necklace but are interested in other literary characters, please leave me a comment below and I'll get back to you to discuss a bespoke commission. :)

image mr darcy watch necklace jane austen pride and prejudice charm handmade two cheeky monkeys gold time piece

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Musical Bags

image purse hook bag hanger accessories music musician musical sheet handmade domum vindemia rhinestones

If you're like me and LOVE to go out to cafes with friends or take occasional family treats eating out, but DISLIKE the constant "where do I put my purse/handbag" struggle then you're going to love this latest addition to Domum Vindemia.  The purse hanger range has been in-store for about six months now, and I've been working on how to expand this popular range.

image purse hook bag hanger accessories music musician musical sheet handmade domum vindemia rhinestones etsy

After a chat with my super talented musician cousin (I think she's the only one of all my musically trained cousins who actually took their training and made a career out of it), I realised that I still haven't added a music-themed purse hanger to the range.  This has been now rectified and there is a treble clef/bass clef bag hook available, with the option to commission a musial note bag hook too.  Which of your friends would find this bag hook a perfect solution to the bag on floor problem?

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Ciabatta

I know that I post A LOT about food and you probably all think that I'm some greedy piglet with food addiction issues (well, you're not totally wrong but I'm working on improving myself).  But, the Cheeky Monkeys family are actually fans of eating well and eating fresh food, so I do find that I'm often on the search for homemade recipes of commercially available foods.

ciabatta rolls bread homemade baked baking

One such favourite food of the little Cheeky Monkeys is ciabatta.  It's pretty hard to resist the crunchy, chewy and airy texture of this Italian bread which tastes great as a sandwich or used to mop of soups and casseroles.  However, the commercially available ciabatta is not particularly nutritious because it is made solely from refined or white flour.

ciabatta bread rolls homemade baking

So today I am sharing this FANTASTIC recipe for ciabatta which I found over at the kitchn site.  I altered it by substituting half the white flour for wholewheat/wholemeal flour and to be honest, this is the most successful bread I've ever baked by hand (Mr Cheeky Monkeys' comment was "They look like real bread rolls!").  My Cheeky Monkeys absolutely loved the rolls I created and I think you'll love this recipe too, enjoy!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

My dear, I don't give a damn

image wine glass charms charm set gone with the wind literature bookish handmade domum vindemia entertaining homewares barware barwares

"My dear, I don't give a damn" or "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn" - one quote comes from Margaret Mitchell's novel and the other comes from the film version of said southern novel.  But whichever version of the quote you're a fan of, you're going to love entertaining with our new Gone With the Wind wine glass charms!  Which character would you choose for your wine glass?

image wine glass charms charm set gone with the wind literature bookish handmade domum vindemia entertaining homewares barware barwares

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Pulled Pork Recipe Roundup

We're big fans of pulled pork on the Two Cheeky Monkeys household and I've been trying different recipes to find the ULTIMATE pulled pork recipe.  I'm not sure that I've found THE ONE yet, but here are four I've been playing around with in the kitchen.  Enjoy!

image pulled pork recipe slow cooker baked oven

1. Slow cooker Texas pulled pork (our current favourite)
2. Slow cooker pulled pork (sort of Mexican-inspired)
3. Semi-dry slow cooker pulled pork (we found doubling the spice amounts made this recipe better)

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Compact Mirror Giveaway!

Hello beautiful readers, today's post is all about thanking my wonderful readers and newsletter subscribers for your loyalty and support!  It's been a while since I've hosted a giveaway on the blog, so I thought this month I'd offer something fun.

image literary compact mirror literature quote giveaway domum vindemia two cheeky monkeys

You probably all know by now that I've been happily creating compact mirrors with bold, cheeky or beloved literary quotes adorning them for Domum Vindemia.  At the moment there are six quotes to choose from, and I'm offering ONE LUCKY PERSON the chance to win YOUR CHOICE of compact mirror from our available range.

What do you have to do to enter our giveaway?  Follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below - PLEASE NOTE that the first two entries are MANDATORY.

This giveaway is open to worldwide entrants 18 years of age and over.  Giveaway ends 17 March 2017 and the winner will be chosen randomly.  The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email before they forfeit their prize and a new winner is chosen.
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