Wednesday, 29 July 2015

A Mr Darcy Work In Progress

Today's post is a sneaky peek at a new necklace I have started working on but won't be finishing until the rest of my supplies arrive.  This new necklace combines my love for literature jewellery, vintage supplies and double-sided necklaces.

image two cheeky monkeys mr darcy spinner necklace brass man woman cameo

The double-sided part of this necklace is, in my mind, the most fun part!  The pendant is a vintage spinner pendant which I am adorning with a vintage cameo of a man and woman on one side, and a snippet of text reading "Mr Darcy" on the other.  Why do I love two-sided necklaces so much?  Because no matter how your necklace sits, it will always be right side up.  And you can easily flip this necklace round to change up the look whenever you want.  What do you think?

Monday, 27 July 2015

Crochet and doily blanket reveal - finally!

Those of you who were here with me in August last year may remember my excitement about starting a new crochet blanket.  I was hoping to have the blanket finished by the end of the year, but here I am, almost a year later only just having finished it now!

image crazy crochet patchwork blanket with vintage doilies multicoloured two cheeky monkeys blog

I'm pretty happy with the result, except for the first column where I accidentally added an extra row of stitches on a few of my squares.  Of course, I didn't notice the problem until the blanket was all stitched together and I had one column of squares which was too long.  Unstitching that error was rather ugly and now that column looks wonky.  But, oh well, at least I have a lovely warm blanket for snuggling under for the rest of our very cold Melbourne winter!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Baking, baking, baking

There has been a lot of baking going on in the last few weeks as I try out new recipes and prepare for Monkey #2's upcoming birthday.  The Two Cheeky Monkeys family are all big fans of bread, so I am always on the lookout for healthier recipes which contain whole wheat or grains.  And last week I tried out Silvia Colloca's no knead spelt loaf recipe and was pretty pleased with the results.  I just need to tweak the recipe a little to achieve the bread flavour we like and I think this recipe's going to be a keeper!

image no knead wholemeal spelt and oatmeal loaf

Since Mr Cheeky Monkeys bought a massive bag of rolled oats to sprinkle over my spelt loaf, I decided I had to find some other recipes to use them (there's only so much you can put on a loaf of bread).  Being the "health conscious" mum that I am, I decided to try out Martha Stewart's oatmeal and raisin cookies recipe.  These biscuits smell delicious while they are cooking and are also a great way of getting whole wheat into your kids without them knowing (not that I have that problem with the Monkeys).  And best of all, not only do they taste great, they are very quick and easy to make.

image oatmeal and sultana cookie biscuit healthy wholemeal two cheeky monkeys blog

Finally, I'm also showing off the cupcakes I made for Monkey #2 to share with her classmates at school.  They're made from a black forest cake recipe (just the chocolate cake part), then topped with vanilla icing and blue and pink popping candy.  I'm not a fan of popping candy, but Monkey #2 and her friends all are, so that's what matters, I guess.

image chocolate cupcakes vanilla icing and popping candy

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

The bunting train continues

These past few weeks it feels like all I have been doing is sewing, sewing and more sewing of Little Golden book buntings.  Not that I am complaining, I love to sew my book buntings!  And this week I've got a few more to show off as well as several others in the works.


The first one is a Snow White bunting, one of my favourite fairytales when I was a little girl!  And to really cater for the "girly girls" out there, this bunting has been made with neon pink ribbon to add a splash of summer colour.  I was always a little scared of the wicked stepmother when I was little, but loved the seven Dwarves!

image domum vindemia little golden book bunting mother goose nursery rhymes for children hey diddle diddle little miss muffet little boy blue humpty dumpty

The second one is another childhood favourite, a bunting made out of an old Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes book.  It contains a lot of classic rhymes such as Hey Diddle Diddle, Little Boy Blue, Little Miss Muffet and many more.  Did you have any favourite nursery rhymes?

Monday, 20 July 2015

Things I Love: Klein Bottles

Today the science lover in me is coming out with a collection of very cool (okay, maybe slightly geeky) creations inspired by the klein bottle.  For those of you wondering what a klein bottle is, in mathematics it is what is known as a non-orientable surface.  Or more simply put, it is a surface which has no edge, but is a continuous surface of only one side (similar to the Mobius loop, a continuous loop with only one surface and side).  But before we all (except for Mr Cheeky Monkeys the master mathematician) get too confused in all the maths, I hope you'll enjoy today's finds.

image klein bottle creations earrings poster glowing dr who mug 3d printed klein bottle

Friday, 17 July 2015

Voltron: A Little Creative Fun "Outside The Box"

I know that many of my lovely readers have been fans of my literature jewellery range since it was first introduced back in 2010.  And since then, I have also had variations of these designs commissioned by customers who wanted something a little different, perhaps a different novel, character name or quote.  Today I am sharing two custom necklaces (and a surprise magnet set) which take the variations a step further away from the original design and totally captivated me in the process - two Voltron-inspired pieces.

image custom order by two cheeky monkeys voltron fan art keith and allura pocketwatch necklace locket necklace bronze silver domum vindemia magnet set

For those not in the know, Voltron is an outer space-themed animated TV series which first aired back in the mid-1980s.  I remember watching several episodes as a small child (I was a big fan of Battle of the Planets back then) but I don't really know the full storyline.  Anyway, a sweet Twitter friend, who is a HUGE fangirl of all things Voltron (find the fan site here), asked me to create locket and pocketwatch necklaces for her, using commissioned Voltron artwork.  I had so much fun insetting copies of her beautiful artworks into the necklaces, and am extremely pleased with the results.  So what do you think?  Would you wear your favourite TV characters in your jewellery?  And who would you choose?

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Hansel and Gretel, Peter Pan, and Other Childhood Favourites

image hansel and gretel bunting domum vindemia little golden book children's buntings

I managed to get some sewing done during the school holidays (while the two cheeky monkeys were building cubby houses out of my dining chairs and crocheted blankets) and have been happily working on more storybook buntings for Domum Vindemia.  This round of buntings are full of my favourite childhood stories, such as Hansel and Gretel, Peter Pan and Snow White.

image storybook bunting peter pan and wendy captain hook domum vindemia children's decor baby shower

Along with the newcomer of Hansel and Gretel, there will also be for the first time: Mother Goose nursery rhymes, The Three Little Pigs and Jungle Book buntings!  I am, of course, quite drawn to my old favourites.  But I do want to include other people's favourites too, if possible.  So let me ask you: which were your favourite nursery rhymes and childhood stories?
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