Friday, 2 October 2015

A few custom makes

I spent the last week of the cheeky monkeys' school holidays working on a few custom pieces, so today I'm showing them off (because who doesn't love a good custom piece?)  The first is probably more accurately described as a variation which I offer to customers.  For those of you who don't know, several of my necklace and hair accessory creations are offered with a customer's choice of bead type and colour.  This applies especially to the pocket watch necklace range such as the Atticus Finch one seen below.

image atticus finch pocket watch necklace woodland stag deer literature text harper lee to kill a mockingbird two cheeky monkeys pocketwatch

The second custom piece I created was the prize for my newsletter giveaway winner.  I made an Elizabeth Bennet brooch (one of my favourite literary characters) with a lovely mid-sapphire blue Czech firepolish bead dangle.  Ahh, it makes me think of the ocean and summer.  What do you think?

image elizabeth bennet brooch sapphire blue bouquet pin two cheeky monkeys jane austen pride and prejudice

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

The Jungle Book

image the jungle book bunting domum vindemia mowgli disney

Although I have a slew of friends and customers who are obsessed with Disney movies, even as adults, it's taken me a while to include many of the favourites in my range of book buntings.  But one which I have started adding, and which has been quite popular, is The Jungle Book.

image the jungle book bunting mowgli king louie domum vindemia

Admittedly, this is one (of several) Disney movie I haven't seen, and I only passingly know the original stories by Rudyard Kipling.  Though, perhaps with the live action movie version slated to be released in 2016, I might just get to know more about Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera and their friends.  Are you a fan of The Jungle Book stories and movie?

Monday, 28 September 2015

More boho charm on its way!

image atticus finch boho charm necklace blue ombre skeleton key vintage two cheeky monkeys to kill a mockingbird brass

Today, I am excitedly showing off three new additions to Two Cheeky Monkeys' boho literature necklace range.  I introduced this range about a year ago, combining my love for vintage skeleton keys, floral cabochons, charms and literature jewellery all in one exciting range.

image anne of green gables necklace boho charm anne shirley gilbert blythe two cheeky monkeys skeleton key beaded white

Like the original range of necklaces, the new additions have been made completely in one colourway.  With a necklace as busy as this, I didn't want to distract from the beauty of each charm with too many colours.  Also like the original necklaces, these new ones are all one of a kind and won't be replicated exactly due to the vintage nature of the keys and cabochons I use.

image mr darcy necklace boho charm skeleton key jane austen pride and prejudice two cheeky monkeys skeleton key botanical floral beaded purple ombre

So far I have made Atticus Finch, Mr Darcy and Anne/Gilbert necklaces.  But I would love your input - which characters would you like to see embodied in a charm necklace?  And what colours do you think I should include in this range?

Friday, 25 September 2015

Giveaway Winner

image thank you

Thank you so much to everyone who entered my latest giveaway and shared it with others on social media!  It took me a while, but I have finally gotten round to picking a winner.  Our winner is Gill W., who is excitedly awaiting an Elizabeth Bennet brooch - I hope you love it Gill!  For everyone else, keep your eye out for my next giveaway.  And in the mean time, you can enjoy FREE SHIPPING on orders over $100 in my Madeit store by using the coupon code FREESHIP2015.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Tutorial Roundup: Upcycling vintage thread spools

After spending a day or two researching tutorials for wooden spool bouquets (for Monkey #1's birthday party), I found a tonne of wooden spool-related tutorials which looked delightful.  So much so, that I have a list so long of the ones I want to create, it will probably take me the rest of the year!  I've put together a short list of my favourite DIYs for you to enjoy and entertain any little people you have running around this school holidays.  Enjoy!

image wooden spool tutorial roundup diy button bouquet christmas ornaments tree summer fruit painted

1. Button bouquets by Bella Dia
2. Photo holder by Stampington & Company 
3. Christmas ornaments by Blackberry House 
4. Summer fruit spools by i heart naptime 
5. Liberty of London spools by Tea Rose Home 
6. Christmas tree by The Creative Patch

Monday, 21 September 2015

Cake Maker Extraordinaire? Maybe Not...

To mark the "official" first day of school holidays, I'm showing off the baking I did for the cheeky monkeys' birthdays this year.  While I love to cook and bake, cake decorating is not really my thing since I lack the patience to complete a complicated masterpiece full of fondant sculptures and piped whimsies.

However, this year both monkeys chose fairly simple (i.e. even I couldn't get it too wrong) cake designs, as well as the standard iced cupcake (topped with popping candy!) for sharing with their classmates and teachers.  I have to admit that the No. 8 cake had me jumping for joy at its simplicity.  And the Kit Kat and Smarties cake had me drooling over the large amount of chocolate required to decorate it!  So what do you think???

image kit kat smarties chocolate cake number 8 cake marshmallow flowers

Friday, 18 September 2015

DIY Personalised Charm Necklace

Those of you who remember back to my personalised earrings tutorial, will remember that I had a few of these elegant vintage charms leftover from my project.  Since the little cheeky monkeys so admired those charms, I decided to turn them into fun necklaces for them.  The necklaces are almost as simple to make as the earrings were, so keep reading to see how you can make a fun, personalised piece for your favourite little girl.

image two cheeky monkeys jewellery tutorial diy necklace personalised personalized monogram completed necklace

- vintage alphabet dangles (or alphabet charms of your choice)
- two glass beads of your choosing, similar or smaller in size than your alphabet charm
- length of chain (I used a 45cm length)
- jump rings
- headpins
- lobster claw claps
- 22 gauge beading wire

1. Lay out all of your supplies and grab your jewellery pliers; round-nosed, flat-nosed and cutting pliers are all handy here.

image two cheeky monkeys jewellery tutorial diy necklace personalised personalized monogram gather your supplies

2. Turn each bead and alphabet charm into a dangle.  For the beads I did this by placing each bead onto a long headpin and then creating a loop which was then wrapped closed around the central pin.  For the alphabet dangle, I wire-wrapped it into a loop dangle with the beading wire.
NB: If you prefer, you can simply add a jump ring to the top of the alphabet charm and make simple headpin loops for the beads.  I chose to wire wrap mine as this make the dangles much sturdier, which is important when my monkeys are wearing the item!

image two cheeky monkeys jewellery tutorial diy necklace personalised personalized monogram turn beads into dangle charms by wire wrapping them

3. Thread each dangle onto your chain, making sure you are happy with the order of your dangles as well as ensuring your dangles are all facing the same way (if they have a front and back side, that is).

image two cheeky monkeys jewellery tutorial diy necklace personalised personalized monogram thread dangles onto chain

4. Attach the jump rings and claps to the ends of the chain.

image two cheeky monkeys jewellery tutorial diy necklace personalised personalized monogram attach jump rings and clasp to chain ends

5. And there you go, a fun little necklace for a little girl who loves to wear her initials!

image two cheeky monkeys jewellery tutorial diy necklace personalised personalized monogram completed necklace
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