Thursday, 1 September 2016

Mother-daughter relationships and necklaces

Back when I first introduced my new line of mother-daughter locket necklaces, I hoped they would touch people's hearts and remind us all how important and special parenthood (especially motherhood) is as well as working to create beautiful family relationships.  And wow, I have been so happy with your response to these necklaces!  There have been so many things to love with how customers have reacted to this new range.

image mother daughter locket necklaces necklace set beaded quote two cheeky monkeys

I love that several sets have been bought by men to give to their wives and daughters.  I love seeing whether mothers and daughters will choose the same bead colour or a different one from each other.  And I love all the custom queries about this design, such as adding extra daughter necklaces for women with multiple daughters, creating only daughter necklaces for women to give to their daughters, and creating only mother necklaces for couples to give to their respective mothers or for parents to give to their daughters who are now mothers themselves.

image mother locket necklaces necklace set beaded quote two cheeky monkeys motherhood

I have also received queries about grandmother necklaces, which I am currently playing around with in my design space.  So stay tuned for news about those as well as a new range of mother, daughter, father, son quote bookmarks I hope to add to Domum Vindemia!

Friday, 26 August 2016

Blinging It

Hello, testing, testing, 1 2 3.  Yes, I'm back from the land of sickness and job applications/interviews to continue transmissions on the blog!  Today I'm sharing an exciting new range of earstuds I've been dying to add to the store.

image sherlock holmes earrings ear studs pearl double-sided two cheeky monkeys

For those of you who know me, you'll know that I do love pearls be they glass, swarovski or the real deal.  So I was very excited to finally get my hands on the sweetest earstud backings looking very different from the usual butterfly or barrel nut style.  These luxe-looking earring backings are made with faux pearls into which has been inset a barrel nut type of setting to hold the ear posts in place!

image mr darcy jane austen pride and prejudice earrings ear studs pearl double-sided two cheeky monkeys

I am LOVING the luxurious look these faux pearls add to the literature range of earrings and have already created Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice and Anne of Green Gables sets.  Do you love these new earrings as much as I do?  And which other characters should I include in the range???

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Bookworm ladies, rejoice!

image purse clutch bag handmade domum vindemia jane eyre quote reader i married him kisslock bridal wedding

Do you remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned that there were new literature purses coming to Domum Vindemia?  Well, they're finally done and listed for sale in-store!  There are currently three designs in stock, Mr Darcy's proposal to Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre's "Reader I married him", and Cathy's proclamation that Heathcliff's soul was made of the same stuff as hers.

image purse clutch bag handmade domum vindemia wuthering heights whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same kisslock bridal wedding

I must say that I had a lot of fun designing the outer fabric for these purses and having it specially printed for me, though finalising the process of dreaming up the design to seeing the purses in completion has been a bit of a nerve-wracking one!  So tell me, which one do you love?

image purse clutch bag handmade domum vindemia jane austen pride and prejudice you must allow me to tell you how ardently i admire and love you kisslock bridal wedding

Monday, 15 August 2016

A rainbow of vintage pretties

image earrings ear stud studs two cheeky monkeys vintage glass amethyst purple handmade teardrop pear

Earlier this year I added a small range of earstuds to the Glam It Up range of jewellery in Two Cheeky Monkeys and I have been thrilled by the response they received.  As expected, the emerald green ones have been the most popular, and I am now almost sold out of that colour.

image earrings ear stud studs two cheeky monkeys vintage glass aqua aquamarine blue handmade round circle

But amidst the fantastic reception this new range of earrings received, there were queries about other colours, sizes and shapes.  So I am now proud to announce that I am adding five new designs to the range!

image earrings ear stud studs two cheeky monkeys vintage glass peridot green mint pastel handmade teardrop pear

The delightful teardrop shape now also comes in peridot green, amethyst purple and fuschia and is also a slightly larger size than the original designs.  And there are also round earrings in aquamarine and amethyst.  Although these are not Swarovski crystal like the original designs, they are still delightful vintage glass made in days long gone.  Which set do you love best?

image earrings ear stud studs two cheeky monkeys vintage glass amethyst purple handmade teardrop pear round circle pink peridot green aquamarine blue aqua

Friday, 12 August 2016

Hamilton the Musical

image brooch pin hamilton an american musical handmade two cheeky monkeys

This week I've had the privilege of working on a special commission for a Twitter friend!  This fun set of creations is going to be given to a big time fangirl of Hamilton: An American Musical for her birthday.

image watch necklace pocket watch hamilton an american musical handmade two cheeky monkeys

I haven't had a chance to hear any of the songs/rap or read reviews of the US shows, but this musical seems to have garnered a huge following both in the US and around the world.  So what do you think of the custom pieces I've made?  And have you seen Hamilton?

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

More Gatsby Fun

the great gatsby cuff links cufflinks handmade two cheeky monkeys daisy buchanan

I am having so much fun making Gatsby creations for Two Cheeky Monkeys and Domum Vindemia!  There are only two to show off at the moment as I'm busy working on a few hush hush custom orders, but there will hopefully be more being added in the coming months.  What do you think of these so far?

the great gatsby wine glass charms set handmade domum vindemia daisy buchanan tom myrtle wilson nick carraway jordan baker

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Fun Facts

I've been doing a lot of number crunching lately care of the end of the financial year as well as an attempt to better understand sales in my stores and how to grow my business.  So today I thought I'd share a few fun facts about my lovely, lovely fellow Aussie customers.

map of australia sales for two cheeky monkeys and domum vindemia

Not surprisingly, the majority of my customers (80%) were located in the the three most populous states of Australia.  Rather surprisingly, each state's preference for creations between Two Cheeky Monkeys and Domum Vindemia differed, with Victorians loving the literature-themed and shabby chic homewares and accessories of Domum Vindemia, and New South Welshmen (or should I say women) preferring to adorn themselves with literature- and vintage-styled jewellery.  Which do you prefer?
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