Today's gift guide covers a range of items with which to thank teachers for working so hard to teach your little troublemakers (yes, that's the little Cheeky Monkeys through and through!) all year. For those of you who are still studying or have gone back for more studies, there are gifts appropriate for your favourite lecturers and tutors too. And don't forget the poor swimming, language, or dance teachers and sports coaches either!
Friday, 28 November 2014
Thursday, 27 November 2014
As you can probably tell by the tone and sudden increase in blog posts, things are at that pre-Christmas craziness which annually hits the Two Cheeky Monkeys household. But in spite of all the running around and stress, I have still found some time to keep working on new pieces for my stores.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
If you love to buy handmade for the children in your life, then today's post is going to have you buzzing with great gift ideas! There are items for both boys and girls and a range for older and younger children too.
Tuesday, 25 November 2014
I know you all know just how much I loooove bracelets, both making and wearing them. So it might surprise you to find out that I haven't shared many bracelet tutorials on my blog. Today I am rectifying that by sharing a quick rhinestone cross bracelet DIY which I did with the little Cheeky Monkeys. Being Christians, the cross holds significant meaning for us, and wearing one in our jewellery is a fun sign of our faith. If wearing a large cross on your wrist is not your thing, then this bracelet is easily adaptable to any other large jewellery connector with a loop on both ends.
- 15-20 8mm glass beads or pearls (depending on your wrist size)
- clear beading elastic, approximately 2-2.5 times the length of your wrist
- gel superglue or jeweller's Hypo Cement
1. To prevent bead spills, attach a bead stopper to one end of the elastic. Thread the beads onto the beading elastic.
2. Pass the elastic through the loop on one end of the cross connector. Carefully thread the elastic back through half of your beads, making sure the beads abut right up to the connector loop, but not too tightly.
3. Remove the bead stopper, if using one. Thread this remaining loose end of the elastic through the other end of the cross connector. Pass the elastic back through the remaining beads.
4. Tighten the elastic and loosely tie an overhand knot. Carefully try on the bracelet for size, adding or removing beads as needed.
5. Once the bracelet is the required size, tie two overhand knots on top of each other to secure the bracelet. Make sure to tighten the bracelet so that the beads sit nicely next to the connector, but not too tightly. Dab a drop of glue onto the elastic knot and leave to dry.
6. Once the glue is dry, cut the spare elastic close to the knot and adjust the elastic to hide the knot inside a bead. Now wear your bracelet with pride!
Monday, 24 November 2014
If your family and friends are anything like mine, shopping for the menfolk can be a tad difficult. I've put together some of my favourite Madeit finds for men, some of which I wouldn't mind for myself either!
Friday, 21 November 2014
For those of you who have an abhorrence of insects and all things creepy crawlie, Anna Collette Hunt's stunning ceramic works may just change your mind.
I was recently introduced to Hunt's ceramic creations and was immediately captivated by them, especially the "stagbeetlefly" collection.
These whimsical insects are remarkably accurate, biologically speaking (if such a creature as a "scarabfly" could exist!), and the colours are some of my favourite. So would you fill your home with these delightful ceramic insects? Or do you dislike insects too much?
Thursday, 20 November 2014
The second in my series of handmade gift guides is all for the girly girls out there. I'm sure you all know at least one (or two)! There are items for both adults and children - enjoy.