Friday, 4 September 2015

Upcycling Roundup: Denim Rugs

As my close friends and family know, I love a good picnic with perfect weather and a beautiful location.  Spring is usually my ideal time of year to go on picnics, so now that Spring is officially here in Melbourne, I have been trawling the internet for fun picnic ideas.  I am currently enamoured of upcycled denim jeans rugs, so today I have a roundup of great tutorials, each showing you how to make a variation of a jeans rug.  And the best part?  You're being eco-aware by recycling old jeans, AND you get a sturdy and fun blanket/rug to boot!

image diy denim jeans blankets repurposed tutorials upcycled picnic

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Locket Necklaces Are Go

There is so much exciting news this week!  Aside from a custom literature brooch giveaway, my long awaited supplies of chain have arrived.  This means that I have been avidly finishing off several new locket necklace designs with which I am COMPLETELY in love.

image cameo locket necklaces two cheeky monkeys pride and prejudice jane austen mr darcy woman floral flowers

The first two are based on necklace designs I loved as a child, the iconic cameo inset into a locket.  Both of them are set with Mr Darcy's name inside the locket and you can choose from either a carnelian and cream floral design, or a more traditional woman cameo design in wedgewood blue.

image vintage cameo locket necklaces gold freshwater pearls two cheeky monkeys wuthering heights jane eyre bronte

The second two are a continuation of the freshwater pearl locket range I released earlier in the year.  The first necklace in-store was a Pride and Prejudice-themed one featuring the names of Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet.  The first of the new necklaces features the name "Wuthering Heights", whilst the second one has been inset with Mr Rochester and Jane Eyre's names.  Which of these is your favourite?

Monday, 31 August 2015

Literature Brooch Giveaway

image win a two cheeky monkeys literature brooch

It was with some surprise that I realised I have been working on my little newsletter for two years now!  I enjoy putting together my monthly newsletter and seeing what content and which links my faithful readers love the most.  To celebrate two years of writing, I am giving one subscriber the chance to win a custom literature brooch created with their choice of literary character and bead dangle.

Details: This giveaway is open worldwide and ends on September 16th 2015.  A winner will be chosen via  To enter, please fill in the Rafflecopter form below.

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Friday, 28 August 2015

Colouring Book Roundup

Yes, oh yes, I am so enamoured of my new colouring book that I put together a wishlist roundup of my current favourites.  Some of these are available commercially, whilst others are available only through the illustrator's Etsy store.  Which one(s) would you pick?

image colouring books for adults etsy illustrated coloring

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

A musical custom order

I was recently contacted by an old acquaintance, whom I hadn't seen in several years, with a fun request for help regarding thank you gifts.  One of her sons was retiring from his children's choir, now that he has hit puberty and is gaining his "man voice", and she wanted a little something to give each choirmaster responsible for training and mentoring him.

image musical cufflinks and pendants bass clef treble clef jewellery accessories two cheeky monkeys cuff link set necklace pendants

She very quickly settled on commissioning my newest cufflink style, the treble and bass clef set, for the male choir leaders.  After much discussion, it was finally decided that I would make treble clef pendants for the female teachers, which my friend would then add onto plain silver necklaces she had purchased (I am unfortunately still awaiting new necklace supplies).  I love the quirky nature of these music-themed creations, and I hope the choirmasters/mistresses feel suitably thanked by their gifts!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Helping those in need

Just a little update today for all of my faithful customers and supporters.  As you know, ten percent of Two Cheeky Monkeys and Domum Vindemia profits each year go to helping aid and advocacy organisations working to help the poor and oppressed.  Thanks to your support and custom, this last financial year I have so far managed to support two Barnabas Aid projects.

flooding in myanmar burma

These two projects are quite different from each other; the first project is currently sending emergency relief to those affected by the severe flooding which hit Myanmar in June and July, while the second project is currently providing food parcels for Syrian refugees fleeing the heinous atrocities being committed by the Islamic State radicals.

syrian refugees

Thanks to you, heartbroken and destitute men, women and children will receive the financial help they so desperately need at this time.  To see how your custom has helped to support charity work over the years, and continues to do so while our business doors remain open, I have set up a new "charity" page on this blog.  Thank you again.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Re-visiting childhood - colouring book fun

The two cheeky monkeys and I are big fans of colouring in and I even have my set of Derwent colour pencils which my parents gave me for Christmas twenty years ago!  Needless to say, the rise in gorgeous intricate, hand-illustrated colouring books for adults has been on my radar for some time.  But I have studiously ignored it in the attempt to reign in my crafting/creative budget!

image secret garden colouring book johanna basford

However, after a recent book sale, I finally caved and rewarded myself with a copy of Johanna Basford's Secret Garden.  It is full of beautiful floral and entomological illustrations, and I have had fun slowly colouring in each little flower, leaf or insect (while madly trying to keep the little cheeky monkeys away from my book).  So tell me, are you a fan of this new craze for "adult" colouring books (both of the handmade and big budget variety)?
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