Thursday, 20 July 2017

There's a million things I haven't done

But creating Hamilton-inspired pieces isn't one of them!  Okay, I know that's not how the lyrics go, but I couldn't resist the segue from the post title!!!  This week I've had some fun creating bespoke Hamilton-inspired bag hangers for a special customer.

image hamilton an american musical bag hook hanger purse accessories bespoke custom order domum vindemia rhinestone diamante

These aren't the first Hamilton pieces I've created, and they hopefully won't be the last.  I've definitely had a lot of fun creating each one and have loved seeing how my usual creations look when I alter them to suit a customer's special requirements!
Are you a Hamilton fan?  And if you are, what other Hamilton-inspired pieces would you like to see?

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ultimate no knead bread recipe

If you're a long time reader of this blog you'll notice that I post about bread a fair bit.  And that is because, no matter what anyone says about cutting down carbs in your diet, the Cheeky Monkeys family are all huge fans of bread!
Now we do try to be circumspect with our bread intake, making sure to only eat bread made with whole grains or lower GI breads, and I am always on the lookout for bread recipes I can easily whip up on a busy day.  

no knead bread recipe whole wheat whole grains

Which is what got me on the trail of THE ULTIMATE no knead bread recipe.  One which can be altered (including made with whole wheat or other whole grains), forgotten about, put through the ridiculous variables of Melbourne's weather (yes, we get four seasons in one day sometimes) and yet still turn out beautifully every time.  

image no knead bread recipe crusty bread whole wheat grains

And today, I'm sharing with you the one no knead recipe I've found which ticks all my boxes!!!  This recipe from Simply So Good turns out beautifully EVERY TIME, no matter what we've put it through.  It tastes great, the bread always turns out nice and airy, never dense and heavy, and you can alter it to your heart's content.  Do you have a favourite no fail bread recipe?

Thursday, 13 July 2017

The Avengers Have Come To Domum Vindemia!

Hands up if, like me, you grew up on superhero comics and TV shows!  My dad was a big fan of comics as a young boy, and he was the one who introduced me to comics and superheroes, whilst my mum introduced me to the 1960s Batman TV series.  (I mean, who could resist those on screen "BAMs" and "KAPOWs"???)

image the mighty avengers bunting domum vindemia etsy handmade captain america the hulk iron man loki marvel upcycled superhero banner garland

As an adult, I am still a fan of superheroes, and Mr Monkeys and I have been avidly keeping up to date with each of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films being produced.  Which got me thinking that I have a serious dearth of superhero buntings in Domum Vindemia, something which I am hoping to rectify soon.

image the mighty avengers bunting domum vindemia etsy handmade captain america the hulk iron man loki marvel upcycled superhero banner garland

As a start to this journey of adding superhero buntings to Domum Vindemia, I have added an Avengers bunting which features the main characters of Captain America, the Hulk and Iron Man.  I am hoping to soon add Spiderman, Wonder Woman and Captain America buntings to the store, though this will depend on availability and popularity of each character's stories.
So if you're a superhero fan, which one would you or your little one love to see in a bunting?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Literary Coin Purses

Another short and sweet post today, since it's still school holidays and there are Cheeky Monkeys to wrangle/entertain  This one is for those of you who have been drooling over the literature clutch purses - there will soon be new additions to this range!

image literature clutch purse jane eyre jane austen wuthering heights pride and prejudice charlotte bronte emily bronte purse domum vindemia handmade fabric

I have loved making the literature clutches so much, and been so over the moon with how much you have all loved them, that I am adding smaller coin purses to match the existing clutches.  At the moment I will only be making coin purses in the Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice fabrics, but am hoping to expand the range as its popularity increases.  Which novel would you like to see turned into a purse?

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Kids' DIY Roundup - School Holidays Edition

We're at the end of the first week of Winter school holidays here at Two Cheeky Monkeys HQ, and I've been ever so glad that our church has been running a school holiday program this week!  But, as another week of holidays looms, I am lining up ideas for keeping my Cheeky Monkeys entertained and not squabbling!
image school holidays diy tutorial ideas papier mache sewing geometric gemstone eyeball felt polymer clay bowl plant it seed paper

Here are 6 kid-friendly DIYs approved by the Cheeky Monkeys; most of them are more suited to older children, but others can be tackled by little ones with an adult's help.  Enjoy!

1. Stitch up some geometric artwork - Design*Sponge
2. Felt eyeball buttons for adorning your clothes or hair - Bugs and Fishes
3. Harry Potter-inspired polymer clay wands - Doodlecraft
4. Plant-able paper Earth - Modern Parents Messy Kids
5. Papier mache pencil toppers - Art for kids and robots
6. Polymer clay bowl - Swoodson Says

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

More Mr Men And Little Misses!

image bunting banner garland little miss chatterbox mr men domum vindemia handmade on etsy for children

I announced about a month ago that I was excitedly adding childhood favourite stories to Domum Vindemia's bunting range, and today I have more additions to show off!  The plan for the next six months is to add to our growing Mr Men and Little Miss range, and I am slowly adding all of my favourites.

image bunting banner garland mr happy mr men domum vindemia handmade on etsy for children

Today I am showing off two newbies, one of which was a big favourite of mine as a small child as my family all referred to me as Little Miss Chatterbox!  Mr Happy is also making his debut in-store and I'm hoping to add Mr Chatterbox and Mr Strong to Domum Vindemia very soon.  Did you have a favourite Mr Men or Little Miss when you were growing up?  Which ones should I be adding to the store?

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Launching Our New Botanical Literature Range!

I have been excitedly counting down until the launch of Two Cheeky Monkeys' Winter 2017 jewellery range!  As you've seen in the sneak peeks, our new "Botanical Literature" range consists of pieces which combine beautiful flowers with favourite quotes and characters from literature.  (Though there are some pieces for the gentlemen which, never fear, are flower free for those who prefer more "masculine" accessories.)

image botanical literature range necklace locket floral vintage quote mary poppins jane austen pride and prejudice silver jewellery jewelry two cheeky monkeys etsy

If you've been waiting as eagerly as I have for the launch of this new range, our official launch date is Monday, July 3rd.  That's right, just four more days to go!  To celebrate the launch, all newsletter subscribers will be receiving a special discount code to use when making a purchase from the new range.

image newsletter subscriber special discount on rose locket two cheeky monkeys

So if you're not already signed up for our monthly newsletter, head over here to join our mailing list and keep your eyes peeled for your exclusive discount code in your inbox on Monday!

 image earrings jane austen mr darcy pride and prejudice sherlock holmes 221b baker street literature two cheeky monkeys floral botanica

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

DIY Mickey and Minnie Mouse-Inspired Ears

A few years back the Two Cheeky Monkeys family had the opportunity to travel to Japan for a month (and yes, I've been hankering to go back ever since).  One of the things the little Monkeys really looked forward to in Japan was our visit to Disneyland, and they loved it so much that they still talk about it and ask when we can go back.

image tokyo disneyland princess parade disney japan

One of their favourite things about Disneyland was the seemingly neverending array of different Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears we saw for sale.  The little Monkeys don't particularly wear their Minnie Mouse ears very often since our return home, but they do love the idea of buying or making some more.  So today I've put together a roundup of great Mickey and Minnie Mouse DIYs, ranging from the simplest and truest forms of the design through to other Disney-inspired and completely novel designs.  Enjoy!

image diy tutorial minnie mouse ears mickey mouse ears disney headband for kids

1. Make your own design of Minnie Mouse ears with your favourite fabric - Dixie Delights
2. For those who love the original Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse look - One Creative Housewife
3. Use Disney-themed fabric to create your own special Mickey ears - Disney Fashionista
4. I love this idea of creating Mickey ears inspired by other favourite characters - Moms Without Answers

Thursday, 22 June 2017

May Gibbs is back in town with the gumnut babies!

Okay, so not literally given that Australia's beloved children's author passed away in the 1960s.  But figuratively speaking for Domum Vindemia because I have finally re-stocked our range of much loved May Gibbs storybook buntings, which I first introduced back in 2014.

image bunting banner garland may gibbs gumnut babies domum vindemia etsy handmade counting numbers nursery decor

The alphabet bunting has been so popular that, as I write this blog post, the one that was in-store has sold out until I can get my hands on another of these out of print alphabet books.  But don't fret, there are still three other, yes THREE, May Gibbs buntings available in-store, an unprecedented number for us since they sell out very quickly.

image bunting banner garland may gibbs gumnut babies domum vindemia etsy handmade snugglepot and cuddlepie nursery decor

I am so honoured that my customers love the May Gibbs buntings so much, though I am not really surprised because who in their right mind could resist the adorable gumnut babies, Snugglepot and Cuddlepie?  I'd love to know if you're a huge May Gibbs fan like I am, and if you have a favourite gumnut babies story from your childhood?

image bunting banner garland may gibbs gumnut babies domum vindemia etsy handmade alphabet nursery decor

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Swizzle sticks and party tricks Jane Austen style

Just over a year ago, I introduced a range of literary cupcake toppers to Domum Vindemia.  These fun toppers come in a choice of three of Jane Austen's novels: Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Persuasion.  I've been thrilled to see these heart-shaped toppers gracing gorgeous cupcakes at parties, and was urged to expand the range with more party supplies.

swizzle sticks cocktail stirrer jane austen pride and prejudice mr darcy domum vindemia etsy handmade party

Sooo, I have added to this whimsical range of party supplies by introducing literary swizzle sticks, perfect for adorning your favourite cocktail while discussing your faourite characters in literature!  To match the cupcake toppers, the swizzle sticks come in your choice of the three Austen novels mentioned above.  Which work would you choose, and what is your favourite cocktail?

swizzle sticks cocktail stirrer jane austen pride and prejudice mr darcy domum vindemia etsy handmade party

Thursday, 15 June 2017

A sneak peek at the Winter 2017 range featuring Mr Darcy!

At the moment I am feverishly working away at Two Cheeky Monkeys' upcoming winter 2017 range, which I am planning to launch at the start of July.  I know it will be officially MID-winter by then, but things have been so hectic here at Two Cheeky Monkeys HQ that I wasn't able to get the range ready for a June release date.

image earrings mr darcy jane austen pride and prejudice red flowers two cheeky monkeys winter 2017 range

However, today I am showing off a sneak peek at one of the new pieces in our winter range.  This new range will exclusively feature literary pieces, including favourite quotes from literature as well as favourite character and place names.  The earrings line will feature pieces that combine names from literature and gorgeous floral cabochons, such as the Mr Darcy earrings above.  So would you wear Mr Darcy on your ears?  Or are you more a Sherlock Holmes or Anne Shirley fan?

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Little Women

Today's post is for the classic literature fans, especially those of you who have sisters and love Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.  Lately I've been so focussed on expanding my favourite ranges in Domum Vindemia that I've been neglecting Two Cheeky Monkeys a little bit.  So this is one step in my attempt to rectify that situation.

image little women quote locket sisters two cheeky monkeys handmade bookish literature

I first read Little Women when I was about eleven or twelve, and I think it's one of those classic stories that many have read and loved over the many centuries since it was first published.  Although the quote in this necklace doesn't come directly from Alcott's novel, it does come from the 1994 film version of her story and I believe it to be in character with something Jo March would have said to her sisters.

image little women quote locket sisters two cheeky monkeys handmade bookish literature

So what do you think?  Do you have a beloved sister (or two or three) who evoke this sentiment in your heart?  And do you have other favourite quotes from either the original novel or film and TV adaptations?

Thursday, 8 June 2017

More childhood favourites!

image little miss sunshine bunting mr men garland domum vindemia etsy handmade kids nursery

Yes, yes, yes, I am still happily adding new storybook buntings to Domum Vindemia!!!  This week I have re-stocked old favourites, The Jungle Book and Bambi, as well as adding to the Mr Men range in the form of a Little Miss Sunshine bunting.

image bambi bunting disney garland woodland domum vindemia etsy handmade kids nursery

I have a lot of fun sewing these buntings and deciding on which bias binding colour I'll use.  And, I have a tonne of fun re-reading these beloved stories that I grew up reading with my parents.  Which one is your favourite story?

image the jungle book bunting garland rudyard kipling disney domum vindemia etsy handmade kids nursery

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Chiffon cake recipe roundup

As you all know, I recently celebrated a milestone birthday and received some AMAZING gifts from my family.  As one of those gifts was my dream Kenwood stand mixer, the Two Cheeky Monkeys family has been merrily planning an assortment of cake, bread and pastry recipes we all want to try out!
So today I'm sharing a roundup of six delicious-looking chiffon cake recipes, all of which should be much easier to make now that I'm not using a dinky (but still reliable) handheld mixer.  Let me know which one is your favourite!

chiffon cake recipe roundup vanilla rose strawberries chocolate salted caramel pandon lemon orange

1. Vanilla rose chiffon cake from Belly Rumbles
2. Is it possible to resist John Whaite's chocolate and salted caramel chiffon cake?
3. Chiffon cake with strawberries and cream by Martha Stewart
4. If you have a flourishing lemon tree, try this lemon chiffon cake recipe over at Craftsy
5. My all time favourite from childhood, pandan chiffon cake
6. This orange chiffon cake is not just pretty, but delicious too

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Childhood Favourites

mr messy bunting mr men banner domum vindemia etsy handmade for kids children

You can probably tell from all of my recent bunting posts that I really can't get enough of turning old childhood favourites into gorgeous buntings for a new generation of little ones to enjoy!  This past fortnight I've been working on new buntings which were some of my personal favourites as a child, do let me know if you loved them too!

image blinky bill bunting banner koala australiana australia handmade domum vindemia etsy for kids

The Mr Men and Little Miss series were some of my favourite stories when I was a young child, and my two cheeky monkeys and my young nephew monkey love, love, love the series too.  And as an Aussie kid growing up in the 1980s, one could not grow up without having at least a passing affinity for Blinky Bill, the mischievous koala!  What are some of your childhood favourites?

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of creating a special bridal garter for a Texan bride-to-be.  She loved the Jane Eyre-inspired garter currently available in-store, but wanted even more of a "something blue" feel to it.

image jane eyre bridal garter stretch lace quote charlotte bronte two cheeky monkeys wedding handmade reader i married him

Which is how I ended up creating this pretty blue on blue garter featuring Jane Eyre's "Reader, I married him" quote in a charming cameo and lace bow dangle.  This pretty is now winging its way to its new owner, where it will hopefully give her a little somthing extra to smile about on her big day.

image jane eyre bridal garter wedding something blue quote charlotte bronte reader i married him two cheeky monkeys handmade

I've now run out of this gorgeous light blue stretch lace, but am seriously considering ordering in some more or ordering in a different blue lace.  So I'm asking all the brides out there - do you prefer the white stretch lace garter, or the blue one? 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Gorgeous Anisoptera

About this time last year I posted about a new range of draonfly-themed creations I was adding to Domum Vindemia.  They have been amazingly popular, with only one set of stitch markers left in stock!

image dragonfly anispotera wine glass charms barware wineglass domum vindemia handmade australia

So popular, in fact, that I recently created a bespoke set of dragonfly (aka Anisoptera) wine glass charms for a customer who plans to also have the back of each charm engraved with initials.  I had a lot of fun creating these, and am thinking of creating one more set with the last remaining images.  What do you think - yes or no?

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

I'm officially an adult!

My beloved dad used to joke that you're not truly an adult until you reach 40!  I don't know how old he was when he came up with this hypothesis, but I'm sure that he would have gleefully welcomed me to "adulthood" if he were still here today.

vintage birthday cake sale

To celebrate reaching my BIG 4-0, I'm having a ONE DAY ONLY sale: 40% off* all purchases over USD$50 in either Two Cheeky Monkeys or Domum Vindemia.  Simply use the coupon code 40PERCENT at checkout and spoil yourself while I celebrate my birthday!

image birthday gifts

And here are some of my lovely, lovely presents from fantastic family members - I have been so spoiled!!!

* Discount does not include custom orders, layby/layaway or postage and handling.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Bespoke To Kill a Mockingbird

Some of you may remember back to two years ago when I first launched the current literature charm bracelet range, and how excited I was to show off the new range.  I am so pleased to look back over that time and see how popular this range has been in both its gold-plated and silver-plated colourways.

image to kill a mockingbird bracelet atticus finch jem scout dill boo radley two cheeky monkeys jewellery jewelry handmade etsy silver

Today I am showing off a bespoke version of the To Kill a Mockingbird bracelet, commissioned by a customer who was interested in including Dill's name in the bracelet.  I really like this version of the bracelet and am seriously considering adding it to Two Cheeky Monkeys as an alternative to the existing design available for purchase.  What do you think?  Do you love the addition of Dill?

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

In my creative space

This past week I have been happily creating for the two cheeky monkeys and myself, with several floral projects adorning my creative space.  The first is something I've been planning to make for a while now, but kept putting off to work on customer orders and ideas for my stores.

image vase button flowers upcycled two cheeky monkeys blog salt and pepper shaker handmade

This delightful vintage salt and pepper shaker was purchased from an op shop (thrift store) many years ago with the intent to turn it (and its pair) into miniature vases.  So now, they're finally being used as I had intended them to be and are the proud holders of sweet bouquets of button flowers created from my stash of vintage and contemporary buttons.

image flower ornament door handle dangle ruffle rosette heart sheet music glitter collage mixed media

I've also been working on little collage-inspired adornments for the cheeky monkeys to decorate their rooms.  We all love using old sheet music in our creations, and my monkeys loooove glitter and all things cute, so I went with a slightly frou-frou design.  What do you think of my "just for fun" creations?  What do you create for yourself when you're relaxing?

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Still on the bunting train

I'm still on a roll with storybook buntings for Domum Vindemia this week (in between consoling poor Mr Cheeky Monkeys who developed shingles), with multiple new buntings gracing my creative space.  On a side note, all this sewing has gotten me seriously considering the purchase of a new and better sewing machine to handle the various projects I tackle!

image paddington bear bunting banner garland domum vindemia handmade upcycled etsy

I'm still merely re-stocking bunting designs which have been sold out or  are extremely low on stock, so if you've been waiting for your favourite designs to make it back in-store, now's the time to head to Domum Vindemia and feast your bookish heart out on our new additions.  Although I've only been working on our usual designs, I have been slowly adding different bunting tape colours to the store.

image dumbo bunting banner garland domum vindemia etsy handmade upcycled elephant circus

I'm really loving the return to cream-coloured bunting tape as well as the addition of red bunting tape, and am seriously considering adding several new colours, such as mint green and navy blue.  What do you think?  Which colours do you love for bunting tapes?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Princess-inspired hair jewellery

In case you haven't noticed by now, I am a huge fan of long hair and fun and gorgeous hair accessories. And growing up watching Chinese wuxia films, I quickly fell in love with the amazing hair jewels and accessories worn by the female characters (especially the princesses!) in those films.

image hair sticks two cheeky monkeys jewellery jewelry beaded pearls swarovski crystal jane eyre atticus finch to kill a mockingbird handmade

So, of course, I've added many of my own interpretations of Chinese hair sticks to Two Cheeky Monkeys over the years, including the ones you see above.  In fact, the purple Swarovski pearl version you see in the top right of the image will very soon be the newest addition to the range.  And, I'm working on other new designs to add to the store.
Let me ask you - which design is your favourite?  Are you a fan of the pearls and flowers, the more "simple" beaded versions, or are you a literature fan?

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts and a 40% Off Sale

If you've wandering around completely flummoxed about how it is already THE START OF MAY, then you're not alone!  May is traditionally an INSANE month for the Cheeky Monkeys family, and this year is especially so as we have been dealing with illness, have two milestone birthdays in the family as well as one of the cheeky monkeys heading off on school camp and, of course, Mother's Day.

image mother's day ideas two cheeky monkeys domum vindemia handmade

So, if you're as stressed as I am about how it is already May, then chances are you're still stressing about Mother's day presents for your mum or other significant women in your life.  But never fear, Domum Vindemia and Two Cheeky Monkeys both have plenty of ready to ship items in-store, ready to spoil your mum!!!  Simply head to our stores, select EXPRESS POST shipping, and your mum can know just how much she means to you this Mother's Day (and hopefully every day too).

image floral bouquet two cheeky monkeys and domum vindemia birthday and mother's day celebrations 40% off sale

AND, if you're a member of our mailing list, you should have already received our latest newsletter with your special 40% OFF discount coupon inside, which you are most welcome to use for your Mother's Day shopping!  Not signed up for our mailing list?  Never fear, sign up HERE today and you will receive our monthly newsletter with your special 40% off code too.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Magic Custard Cake Recipe Roundup

As you probably all know by now, I am a HUGE fan of magic custard cakes.  Firstly, because they're so easy to make but are such a marvel when you see the layers of cake "magically" appear upon baking.  Secondly, because they taste AMAZING.  And thirdly, because the recipe for magic custard cakes is just so versatile.  So today, I have put together a roundup of 6 different flavoured magic custard cakes for you to try - enjoy!*

image magic custard cake recipe diy tutorial chocolate vanilla pandan matcha lemon coffee baking

1. Chocolate - who can resist chocolate???
2. Lemon - for those who prefer their desserts not too sweet
3. Pandan - an Asian-inspired version
4. Vanilla - the base recipe from which all other flavours can be made
5. Coffee - this one's a little naughty with a touch of Kahlua
6. Matcha - another Asian-inspired take on magic custard cake

Which one will you try first?
* For those on a gluten free diet, I have successfully made magic custard cakes with gluten free flour.  It doesn't taste the same to me, but is always happily eaten by my coeliac friends.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Peter Pan and Neverland

It has definitely been a very storybook bunting fortnight as I attempt to restock sold out buntings in between continuing to deal with my strained gluteal muscles.  (They are getting better, painfully slowly, but at least there is gradual improvement.)

image peter pan bunting wendy captain hook handmade domum vindemia etsy upcycling upcycled banner garland

This week has been all about the boy who never grows up, Peter Pan.  The Cheeky Monkeys absolutely love the Peter Pan story (and sometimes would like to never grow up too), and I'm so honoured that everyone else loves Peter Pan and my Neverland buntings so much too.

image peter pan bunting wendy captain hook handmade domum vindemia etsy upcycling upcycled banner garland

As always, I am offering longer and shorter versions of the Peter Pan bunting in-store, as well as different colourways for the bunting tape/ties.  Which version do you prefer, the longer and pennant style, or the shorter and u-shaped style?

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Curioser and curioser, with a sale thrown in too

image alice in wonderland lewis carroll alice's adventures in wonderland needle keeper minder sewing craft supplies aide bookish domum vindemia

A while back I unveiled my range of literary needle minders created especially to help literature-loving sewists to keep track of their sewing needles in the midst of a project.  And while I've had fun seeing which characters customers would choose for their needle keeper, I've had to take a long, hard look at my range of creations as I try to streamline Domum Vindemia's look.

image jane eyre miss charlotte bronte needle keeper minder sewing craft supplies aide bookish domum vindemia

I've decided to bring and end to this range of crafting supplies/aides and am having a quick fire sale on remaining needle minders, including the "Miss Eyre" version seen above.  So if you've been eyeing these literary sewing aides, act quickly to get your favourite before they're sold for good.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Storybook Buntings

image dumbo bunting the elephant disney children domum vindemia upcycled handmade nursery baby

Now that the peaceful Easter holidays seems like a distant memory, I have been working on re-stocking Domum Vindemia with popular buntings which had sold out.  So today, I'm showing off two of my newest offerings, storybook buntings for a little one's room or play area.

image winnie the pooh bunting christopher robin aa milne handmade upcycled domum vindemia children nursery baby

Dumbo seems to be a special favourite with many customers, and Winnie the Pooh is a classic character who will also never go out of fashion.  I don't think I've created Dumbo or Winnie the Pooh buntings in these colourways before, so I'm really hoping that you all love them as much as I do!  What do you think?  Do you love more "unisex" and brightly-coloured bunting tapes, or are you more a fan of neutral and lighter colours?

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Bookish Necklaces

The school holidays are finally over, and although we had a less than restful time with our multitude of appointments and helping Grandma Cheeky Monkeys who had knee surgery, it was nice to celebrate Easter and have some time off together as a family.

image mary poppins locket necklace quote literature practically perfect in every way just as i suspected bookish handmade jewellery jewelry two cheeky monkeys

I've been using what spare time I can muster up to work on new necklace designs for Two Cheeky Monkeys.  And the two newest additions feature favourite quotes and exciting new designs.  The first newbie features the fantastically popular Mary Poppins quote, "Practically perfect in every way...".  This quote has been so popular in the silver locket necklaces that I decided to add an antiqued brass version for those who prefer a metallic brown finish in their jewellery.

image wuthering heights locket necklace jewellery jewelry emily bronte quote whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same handmade two cheeky monkeys

Our other newbie features a quote which has been very popular inset into Domum Vindemia's metal bookmarks.  This quote comes from Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights: "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same."  I'd love to know which one you prefer, so please comment below with your faves!
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