Tuesday, 10 August 2021

Mug Cake Roundup

In the midst of this sixth lockdown for those of living in Victoria, Australia, the Cheeky Monkeys family has been pampering ourselves with easy to make desserts that can be cooked on the run during breaks of remote learning and working from home.

If you've never had the fun of making cakes in a mug with your microwave, then here is a roundup of recipes to start you on this journey of fast and simple treats.  Enjoy!


1. Vanilla mug cake

2. Snickerdoodle mug cake

3. Low fat chocolate mug cake

4. Carrot cake in a mug

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

How to make family birthstone earrings

Make a pair of birthstone-inspired earrings featuring luscious glass beads that represent the entire family's birthstones.

I'll show you how to put this simple, yet eye-catching, pair of earrings together to represent the favourite people in your life.

Birthstone jewellery will always be popular, especially for mothers and grandmothers, so I was inspired to create this pair of birthstone-inspired earrings featuring vintage and Czech glass beads that represent a family of four close to my heart.


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How to make a pair of family birthstone earrings


- 2 x 5-6mm glass beads

- 2 x 8mm glass beads

- 2 x 9mm rondelle beads

- 2 x 10mm Czech glass beads

- 2 x 50mm headpins

- 2 x leverback earhooks (to keep those earrings safely on your ears)

- round nose pliers

- needle nose pliers

- wire cutters



1. Thread one of each size of bead onto one headpin in order from largest to smallest. Using the wire cutters, cut off excess headpin, leaving 10mm of headpin to attach the beads to the earhook.


 2. Using the needle nose pliers, bend back the headpin as close to the beads as possible.


3. Using the round nose pliers, create a loop in the headpin end, but do not close the loop.


4. Hook the half-formed loop onto a leverback earhook.


5. Close the loop with the round nose pliers, straightening with the needle nose pliers if needed.

6. Repeat with the remaining bead supplies to create the second earring.

And there you have it, a gorgeous pair of earrings celebrating a family of four in meaningful and affordable style. 

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Happy Easter!

 Wishing you all a blessed Easter in 2021!

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 (NIV)

Monday, 22 March 2021

Hair Braid Jewellery Coming Soon!

They're coming!  My exciting new hair braid jewellery range is coming very soon for those who can't get enough of the viking braid and hair jewellery trend.

The photo above is a set specially commissioned by a customer for her braid-loving teen; I can't wait to unveil the brand new range for women of all ages!

To pre-order or special commission a set for yourself (or your daughters), send me a message via my shop to make sure you don't miss out.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Favourite Kids' Stories

I get a lot of comments about our Spot the dog and Maisy mouse buntings, and queries about when our new stock will be in; and I thank you all so much for your love!  Classic children's storybooks are one of those things that we never stop loving.  And how could you not love Spot or Maisy?

Just having the partially-completed buntings sitting in my work space makes my creative area so cheerful and bright!

Grab a Spot or Maisy bunting to brighten your little one's room (or one of each!), and don't forget to tag @domumvindemia on social media when you show off your new purchases.

Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Valentine's Day Recipes

Whether you're spending Valentine's Day with your gal pals, or wining and dining your beloved, these recipes will make for a fun night in with your favourite people!

smoked salmon party bites

1. Smoked salmon bites make great finger food, and are luxurious at the same time.

valentine's day candy heart bark

 2. Chocolate bark studded with candy hearts is perfect for a whimsical Valentine's Day treat.

chocolate pate

 3. Who knew that chocolate and pate could be combined to make a luscious treat!

chocolate coated strawberries

4. There's a reason that chocolate-coated strawberries are still popular - they're tried and true.

prawn and harissa pasta

5. Prawns and harissa combine to make a decadent pasta dish.

valentine's day fudge

6. Make seasonal-themed fudge with this chocolate and red hearts version of the ever popular treat.

Tuesday, 19 January 2021

Elegant drop earrings


Since at least the 1960s, women have been hunting for the perfect little black dress to wear to any occasion. So today I am sharing a quick and easy DIY for an elegant pair of earrings to match whichever LBD you choose for yourself!


 - 2 x 10mm black glass beads

- 40mm of thin (1.5-2mm wide) silver-plated chain

- 2 x silver-plated earring hooks (or sterling silver if you have sensitive ears)

- 2 x 30mm silver-plated headpins

- 4 x 6mm silver-plated filigree bead caps


1. Place one bead cap, one bead, followed by another bead cap onto a headpin. Cut off excess headpin, leaving 8-10mm above the bead. Make a loop in the headpin; repeat with the remaining bead caps, bead and headpin.

2. Divide the chain into two 20mm lengths. Open the end link of one chain and attach the chain to a loop made in step 1. Repeat with the remaining chain and bead loop.

3. Open the hanging loop on one earring hook and attach to the free end of one of your chain and bead drops. Repeat with the remaining earring supplies, and there you have it, one pair of elegant earrings that will do your LBD proud!