Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Hey Twilight Fans!

I'm not sure if I've ever confessed this on the blog before, but I was (and, cough, still am) a fan of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight saga.  Admittedly, the style, prose and grammar were rather lacking (yes, the English student in me mentally corrected the grammar and plot flaws while reading), but I can't resist a romance story gussied up in the fantasy or sci-fi genres!

image twilight stitch markers set crochet knitting place holders domum vindemia edward cullen bella swan vampire stephenie meyer novel

So I was pretty thrilled recently to be commissioned to create a set of Twilight-inspired stitch markers for a Twihard who also happens to be a keen knitter.  Since my copies of Twilight are for reading and not for crafting, I printed out sections of the book to create this fun set of stitch markers.  I am so pleased with how these turned out that I'm thinking I'm going to have to make a set for myself!  Hands up who else had a secret (or not so secret) Twilight crush?

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Rockabilly-inspired cocktail napkins

image rockabilly cocktail napkins stripes domum vindemia cherries strawberries fruit

I have been happily getting back into my sewing this week, with several new creations under way for Domum Vindemia.  My absolute favourite at the moment, is this fun set of rockabilly-inspired cocktail napkins.

image rockabilly cocktail napkins stripes domum vindemia cherries strawberries fruit

Although I don't tend to dress in that style and have definitely never mastered the retro pinup hairdos, I love the fun fabrics and designs favoured by those who literally and metaphorically rock this style of fashion.  In fact, I am loving these new napkins so much that I think I'll be adding more rockabilly-inspired designs in-store soon.  What do you think, yea or nay?

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

DIY Healthy Fruity Icypoles

If you're like me and LOVE all the amazing fruit available at summer time, or simply love frozen treats but want something a little healthier, then I have the recipe for you today!  The Two Cheeky Monkeys family sometimes get a bit carried away and buy more gorgeous summer fruit than we can eat.  So, rather than letting them go to waste, we turn them into frozen icypole treats to enjoy on those hot summer days.

image fruit icypoles frozen treat recipe healthy mango nectarine yoghurt strawberry diy two cheeky monkeys

The beauty of these super simple recipes is that they work for any fruit which can be pureed and/or frozen.  Which means that you can enjoy a range of different flavours, and even enjoy your beautiful homegrown fruit in a frozen ice treat!  (Ours are mango-heavy due to the fact that grandma Cheeky Monkeys scored a whole tray of mangoes super cheap.)

Three layer icypole
- 1-2 ripe mangoes (depends on their size)
- 1-2 ripe nectarines
- 1 tub of fruit yoghurt (we used strawberry)
- icypole mould
- wooden popsicle sticks (if your moulds don't come with their own sticks or if they're otherwise in use - like when we make multiple batches)

Two layer icypole
- 2 ripe mangoes (depending on size)
- plain milk (use whatever you have on hand, be it cow's milk, soy milk, etc)
- icypole mould
- wooden popsicle sticks

Three layer icypole
1. De-seed the nectarines then dice into small cubes.  Distribute the diced pieces between your icypole moulds.
2. Peel and seed the mangoes; blend until nicely pureed.  Divide the mango puree between the moulds, making sure to get some puree between the chunks of nectarine.
3. Top up each mould with fruit yoghurt and carefully insert the icypole sticks.  Freeze overnight.

Two layer icypole
1. Peel and seed the mangoes; blend until nicely pureed.  Divide the mango puree between the moulds.  Tap gently to remove any air bubbles.
2. Slowly and carefully top up each mould with the plain milk.  Gently insert the icypole sticks and freeze your icypoles overnight.

And there you have it, two different types of icypoles which can be changed up any way you like to create a whole host of luscious flavours.  For those who cannot have dairy, you can use dairy alternatives (such as soy or almond milk), substitute with unsweetened fruit juice, or simply leave out the dairy components.  Enjoy!

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Stacking bangles are back with a giveaway!

Hello to my beautiful readers, and a happy and blessed new year to you all!  Life has been pretty full on here at Two Cheeky Monkeys HQ with the Cheeky Monkeys on summer school holidays until the end of January.

image pride and prejudice mr darcy stacking bangle two cheeky monkeys bracelet jane austen

Each day has been filled with trips to various activities or catch ups with friends and I am only slowly finding the time to work on brand new creations and customer orders.  But, never fear, I have been happily working on re-stocking Two Cheeky Monkeys' range of stacking bangles this week.

image to kill a mockingbird stacking bangle two cheeky monkeys bracelet atticus finch

And even better, I've decided to start 2017 with a giveaway of one of our brand spanking new Sherlock Holmes bangles!  (And on a side note, I have yet to see the new series, so no spoilers please!)  How do you enter?  Simply head to the Two Cheeky Monkeys instagram feed and follow the instructions on the giveaway photo over there*.  Easy as that!

image two cheeky monkeys giveaway sherlock holmes stacking bangle bracelet

* This giveaway open to worldwide entrants 18 years of age or older.  Giveway runs until 12 Jan 2017 (AEDT).  Winner chosen via random.org.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!

With Christmas just two days away, I want to wish you all a blessed Christmas and joyous new year.  For those of you travelling to be with loved ones, I wish you safe travels.  And for those of you who find this time of your a hard one for whatever reasons and difficulties you face, I send best wishes for comfort and peace for you.

I probably won't blog much over the Christmas and new year period, so until next time - be safe and all the best to you and yours this holiday season.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Bespoke Two Cheeky Monkeys Creations

On Monday I shared photos of some special creations I've created for my friends and family.  So today I am sharing bespoke pretties created for customers to give to their friends and loved ones this Christmas.

image harry potter jewellery set jewelry handmade quote typography prisoner of azkaban two cheeky monkeys

The first is a fun Harry Potter set created for a customer to give to a good friend and mad keen Harry Potter fan.  The locket contains Dumbledore's line in The Prisoner of Azkaban, "Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."  The earrings bear Ron and Harry's names to create a fun matching jewellery set.

image quote locket necklace lockets necklaces set mother daughter family typography two cheeky monkeys

The second is a special set of locket necklaces created for a mother and her daughters with specific quotes chosen for each recipient.  Each necklace also has initial charms meaningful to the recipient and matching blue beads for all three necklaces.  Aren't they fun!  I really love how well-received the mother-daughter necklaces have been and am so touched by all those out there who have wonderful relationships with their mothers.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas gifts in my creative space

image rainbow name necklaces custom order children's jewellery two cheeky monkeys

As the craziness ramps up in the week before Christmas, I wanted to share a few pieces I've been working on for Christmas gifts.  The first is a darling set of name necklaces commissioned by a friend as gifts for her little daughter and nieces.  They're not my usual style of creations, but I had a lot of fun working with my friend to design and create these special pieces, and I can't wait to hear how the little recipients react to their gifts!

image fox locket necklaces toadstool two cheeky monkeys

The second are a set of lockets I created for the little Cheeky Monkeys, who have a fondness for my locket creations as well as cartoon foxes.  The Bible verse I inset into the lockets is one of their favourites.  And who could resist those foxes (and the toadstool)???  So tell me, are you giving the gift of handmade this Christmas?

image locket necklaces brass bible vers john 3:16 for god so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life two cheeky monkeys
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