Thursday, 24 November 2016

Variations on a theme


If you can remember back to just before Mother's Day in May, you will remember seeing my launch of mother-daughter locket sets I created in celebrations of mothers and daughters.  Now some six and a half months later, I was so thrilled to look back at the mother-daughter sets I have made so far.  And I was even more pleased to see that every set has been unique due to the large number of bead choices on offer.  If you'd love to surprise your mum and/or daughter with a mother or daughter locket this Christmas, the Christmas shipping deadlines are 29th November for customers outside Australia, and 12th December for customers in Australia.

Oh, the places you'll go!

 image locket necklace quote dr seuss oh the places you'll go silver floral botanical two cheeky monkeys

Today I want to introduce you to a new addition to the literature quote range of jewellery, just in time for you to do some Christmas shopping for the Dr Seuss fans in your life!  I took Dr Seuss' famous quote, "Oh, the places you'll go!" and inset it into our popular locket necklace design, as well as the popular circle bracelet design.

image bracelet typography literature quote dr seuss oh the places you'll go for her two cheeky monkeys

I think these are perfect gifts for someone who's graduating, starting a new job, or just loves all things Seuss!  And hopefully these designs will stay in-store as a permanent fixture after the Christmas rush.  Which design do you love more?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Beautiful Quotes Giveaway Winner

image domum vindemia scoring wilder quote literature she believed she could so she did keyring keychain purse hanger bag hook handmade

Thank you to all those of you who entered our recent giveaway for a literature keyring and purse hanger from Domum Vindemia!  Our winner has been picked - congratulations go to Cubbieberry, who is herself a writer and artist, and chose a Scoring Wilder set to encourage her on those writer's block days. 

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Literature pretties in my creative space

image alice in wonderland brooch pin bouquet pearl bead lewis carroll two cheeky monkeys handmade

In the last few weeks I have again had the privilege of creating unique pieces for customers seeking variations on existing Two Cheeky Monkeys' designs.  The first was created for a customer who love the gold literature brooches, but was looking for an "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" piece, because who doesn't love the whimsical story of Alice?

image mary poppins quote necklace locket practically perfect in every way literature typography two cheeky monkeys

The second piece is now hands down the most popular design in-store, the Mary Poppins locket necklace.  BUT, that doesn't mean that each one created isn't unique!  As I've mentioned before, with twenty different bead colours to choose from, and the option to add one or more alphabet charms to personalise your necklace, EVERY Mary Poppins necklace I've created has been different from the others.  Which piece is your favourite?

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Christmas Shipping Reminder

image vintage christmas decoration ideas christmas trees mantelpiece

Just a quick reminder to you all that if you plan on giving the gift of a Two Cheeky Monkeys or Domum Vindemia pretty this Christmas, you need to take a note of our shipping cut off dates!
If you are in AUSTRALIA, you have until DECEMBER 12TH to complete your Christmas shopping.
All other shoppers (i.e. USA, EUROPE, ASIA and OCEANIA) have until NOVEMBER 29TH.
Happy shopping!

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

A whirlwind trip to Perth

The Two Cheeky Monkeys family recently had the privilege of travelling to Perth to witness a Cheeky Monkeys cousin getting married.  Although we couldn't make it a long trip (Mr Monkeys is at a new job and hasn't accrued much leave yet), it was lovely to briefly visit this city on the other side of my country.

image quokka quokkas cute rottnest island perth australia

For those of you who are yet to visit this quaint city of Australia, I'm sharing some of my favourite photos from our trip.  Of course, the adorable quokkas from Rottnest Island get a whole collage to themselves!  Have you been to Perth or do you live in Perth?  Let me know!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Beautiful Quotes Giveaway

In honour of the upcoming Christmas season, and the launch of my new range of literature quote key rings, I am running a special giveaway on Instagram!  What are the prizes on offer?  One lucky winner will receive his/her choice of a literature key ring as well as a literature purse hanger of choice.

image domum vindemia giveaway purse hook hanger bag keyring keychain literature

These accessories are perfect for book lovers and teacher appreciation gifts.  So how do you enter to win yourself some literary fun???  Head to Domum Vindemia's giveaway photo on Instagram and follow the instructions!  This giveaway will run from 8 November to 15 November (AEDT) and is open to worldwide entrants 18 years and over.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

May Gibbs' Gumnut Babies in a Bunting

You all know by now how much I love upcycling old books into pretty new buntings.  And I'm always so thrilled when customers love my book buntings as much as I do!  This week I've been working on a gumnut babies alphabet bunting specially ordered by a local customer.

image may gibbs bunting alphabet gumnut babies domum vindemia handmade

I love, love, love May Gibbs' gumnut babies, and the alphabet book has been a firm favourite for buntings with customers.  Unfortunately, this book is out of print and very hard to find nowadays, so the number I can make is extremely limited unless one is willing to pay through the nose to acquire a copy from secondhand book dealers.

image may gibbs bunting alphabet gumnut babies domum vindemia handmade

Hopefully I'll find more copies of this book at a reasonable price so they can once again become a standard feature in Domum Vindemia.  And hopefully the little person receiving this bunting will love it and learn their alphabet in cute style from it!

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Gifts for bridesmaids

Just a quick post today, as I should be winging my way back home from an interstate wedding as you read these words.  Inspired by my cousin's wedding last weekend, I've been working on adding more wedding-friendly items to my store.  (Apart from the ring bearer pillows and small bonbonniere gifts already available.)

image compact mirror pocket literature quote bridal gift bridesmaid set handmade domum vindemia literature

This latest offering is for a set of custom literature quote compact mirrors, perfect for brides to give to their bridesmaids as thank you gifts, or for the female members of the bridal party to carry with them on the day to make sure that makeup and hair are still all in order even after some tears of joy have been shed!  And because we all know how expensive weddings can be, even on a budget, compact mirror sets are cheaper than buying each mirror individually.  What do you think of these?
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