Thursday, 21 June 2018

More bookish art

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I mentioned last month that I had re-launched our popular dictionary page art range for a limited time.  Today I'm showing off a few more of the new range of art prints, all keeping in theme with the vintage-inspired look of our original range.

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The amoeba print is one of my personal favourites, being a scientist, and the pear print was very popular when it was first released with the original range.  Which one is your favourite?

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

International Sushi Day

As a HUGE sushi fan, I was intensely amused to discover that yesterday (June 18th) was international sushi day!  So since it's still June 18th in some parts of the world, I'm sharing a few fun sushi and onigiri recipes for you to try for yourselves.  Enjoy!

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1. Not strictly traditional, but you can't go wrong with sweet chilli chicken sushi!
2. Delight your kids with rainbow coloured onigiri.
3. More onigiri, with my favourite sushi filling, salmon.
4. Wholegrain sushi for those wanting a healthier alternative.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Don't waste time: a special watch order

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Sharing another bespoke order today - one that has a cheeky saying specially requested by the recipient!  Long time readers of the blog will know that I have been creating pocketwatch-inspired necklaces for about three and a half years now.  They usually feature the name of a literary character or an iconic literary quote, but this special order was a little different.

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My lovely customer wanted a time-themed quote, settling on the forthright "Don't waste time" teamed with a butterfly adorned watch pendant and a chunky chain to better suit her personal style and tastes.  I think the quote is perfect for those of us who have a tendency to procrastinate!  What do you think?

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Love doesn't count chromosomes

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Last month I had the privilege of being commissioned to create a special locket necklace for a customer to give as a gift to a beautiful mama of a trisomy 21 (aka Down Syndrome) baby.  As a Christian who believes in the value of every life, and as someone who holds a very soft spot for special needs kids, I was incredibly honoured to work on such a precious order.

love doesn't count chromosomes quote locket necklace two cheeky monkeys trisomy 21 down syndrome

In fact, there has been such a positive response to this special creation that I have decided to include it in my regular quote locket range in Two Cheeky Monkeys.  You will be able to order this necklace with your initial of choice and with a bead of choice, which can be customised to be in colour of the birthstone of mother or baby.  And if you have another inspirational quote in mind for a bespoke piece, please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your options!

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

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I still vividly remember the day I decided to start creating Snugglepot and Cuddlepie buntings for Domum Vindemia four years ago.  It has been one of my more inspired ideas, thanks mostly to my wonderful customers and supporters and is a range that is still going strong and one that I struggle to keep in stock!

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Which is why I'm excited to announce that as of this week, there are two new May Gibbs buntings in-store AND, for the very first time, darling cupcake toppers that perfectly match the buntings.  It's not often that I have enough spare illustrations to create cupcake toppers, so I'm very excited to finally have this chance.  Which one do you love best?

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Using your little grey cells

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A few months back I had a request for jewellery featuring the one and only Belgian detective who is inordinately proud of his use of his "little grey cells", Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot.  As a long time fan of Monsieur Poirot, I jumped at the chance to create something Hercule-inspired, and am now excited to announce that Poirot will become a permanent fixture in-store!

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At the moment the Hercule Poirot range consists of cuff links and our tennis-style charm bracelet, but I will be expanding the range as time permits.  Which of our regular Two Cheeky Monkeys pieces would you like to see featuring Monsieur Poirot?

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Thank you for your support!

As many of you know by now, I am committed to giving back to the community with both Two Cheeky Monkeys and Domum Vindemia by supporting charitable funds that help those in need.  This year, thanks to your amazing support of my businesses, I have been able to support four aid and advocacy organisations!

The first is the ZOE Foundation, an organisation which seeks to prevent the trafficking of children in Thailand as well as rescuing, caring for and rehabilitating unfortunate children who have already been trafficked to Thailand.

The second is the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation which provides free treatment, counselling and physiotherapy and obstetric care to women who have suffered an obstetric fistula and to those who fall pregnant again after recovering from their surgery.

The last two organisations are ones which I have supported in the past, World Vision and Barnabas Fund, both of which work alongside NGOs in Africa, Asia and the middle East to help the underprivileged and oppressed in these areas.  So on behalf of these organisations, THANK YOU for helping me to help them!
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