Thursday, 16 April 2015

Things I Love: Backpacks

Yes, I own a lot of bags, and yes, my family do refer to me as "the bag lady".  But I think there is no denying how funky, quirky or beautiful these backpacks are.  And, of course, they're extremely useful so you have to own at least one, right?  ;)

Monday, 13 April 2015

Literature Bracelets

image two cheeky monkeys literature bracelet text typography pride and prejucide jane austen mr darcy elizabeth bennet Jane Mr Bingley

Some of you may remember the first range of Pride and Prejudice literature bracelets I started making for Two Cheeky Monkeys back in mid-2013.  Well, the simple elegance and quirkiness of these text-based bracelets proved to be popular and have since travelled to various locations around the world.

image two cheeky monkeys literature bracelet text typography pride and prejucide jane austen mr darcy elizabeth bennet

For those of you who missed out on the first incarnation of my literature bracelets, never fear!  I am currently in the process of not only designing more P&P bracelets, but will also be adding Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables and To Kill a Mockingbird to the range.  There are a few other famous novels I might add to the range too, but that will depend on the demand for them.  Which other stories would you love to see embodied in a bracelet?

Thursday, 9 April 2015

One Pot Pasta Meals

I am, admittedly, a bit behind the eight ball when it comes to the one pot pasta meal phenomenom, but wow, am I loving it!  With a number of after school activities and other night-time committments, it is wonderful to have an easy to cook meal which can be thrown together at the last minute.  Here are a list of one pot pasta meals I am currently loving.

image one pot spicy chicken riggies recipe

image recipe one pot cheesy pasta with sausage

image recipe one pot leeks white wine zucchini pasta vegan

image recipe one pan pasta

Monday, 6 April 2015

Crazy for chillies

I grew up with a chilli fiend for a mum and a dad who, while not a chilli extremist himself, enjoyed eating spicy food too.  In fact, my first memory of eating chilli was as a five year old asking my dad for a taste of his fish curry!  My dad's love of gardening and his quest to supply my mum with hot chillies on a regular basis led to him growing his own chilli plants, giving away any which my mum deemed not to be hot enough.

Sadly, my dad has since passed, but Mr Cheeky Monkeys has now taken on the mantle of "chilli grower" in the family.  The photo above is just a sample of the chillies he is currently cultivating, some grown from seed and some from very small seedlings he bought.  Of course, he grows some of the hottest chillies to be found in the world, including the rocoto, habenero and scorpion varieties.  So tell me, are you a fan of chillies and spicy food?

Friday, 3 April 2015

Happy Easter 2015

image easter cross totally crosses beaded cross ornament

As the Two Cheeky Monkeys family continues to enjoy our getaway for a family member's wedding, I want to wish you all a blessed and beautiful Easter break.  May it be a wonderful time for you to enjoy the company of friends and family, ponder on the meaning of Easter and grab some R&R over the long weekend holiday.

"...but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 (ESV)

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Things I Love - Typography Cushions

Do you love throw cushions?  I ask because I am a big fan of placing decorative cushions on my lounge suites and couches.  Which is actually a little weird because I'm not the kind of person who uses them while sitting on a couch (using them as pillows for napping on a couch is a totally different matter).  Here are just a few of my current favourite quirky cushions, featuring sassy comments or funny life statements.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Why I love creating container candles

image domum vindemia teacup candle container vanilla scented homewares shabby chic willow style cup blue white vintage

Every now and then I go through a period of questioning about my creations wondering why I make each piece, especially those which take a lot of time to create or put me in a headspin trying to keep the creative process in order.

image domum vindemia container candle vanilla scented homewares vintage heart shaped powder box

One range which I most frequently ponder along these lines also happens to be one of my favourites: my container candle range.  I adore these delightfully shabby chic candles, but they do take a long time to make when you take into account my treasure hunting for suitable containers as well as the long process it takes to melt and re-set candle wax beautifully.  And that's all before I even get to the stress of wondering if customers will be willing to pay the exorbitant postage fees charged by Australia Post!

image domum vindemia container candle vintage rose powder box vanilla scented homewares shabby chic

So why do I keep making container candles for Domum Vindemia?  Because I love them and so do my customers!!!  Not only is each one of a kind candle beautiful to look at, the vanilla-scented candle wax smells DELICIOUS both while I'm creating my pieces and when they sit in storage waiting to go to their new homes.  And my favourite part?  An old, sometimes unloved, item is upcycled into something new, beautiful and loved.  I'm so thrilled to know that there are others out there who love my container candles as much as I do.
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