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!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Easter Blessings

A quick post today to wish you all a blessed and safe Easter whether you're travelling or simply staying at home and relaxing.  Happy Easter!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A Special Spot Bunting

image spot the dog bunting eric hill children puppy animals birthday party first domum vindemia handmade upcycled

This past week I have been working on a special bunting order for a little boy's first birthday party, and it's been so much fun having Spot the dog illustrations floating around my work space!
I haven't been regularly stocking Spot buntings in Domum Vindemia, but the one's I've made have been so popular that I'm now planning to add them as a regular fixture to the book bunting range.  Which Spot stories would you like to see in the bunting range?

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Easter Cooking Roundup

You should all know by now how much I love celebrating Easter because of it's significant meaning to me and Christians around the world.  And although I don't often cook Easter-themed or traditional foods at this time of year, I still love to indulge in these treats when I can.
So today I've put together a roundup of some Easter-themed and traditional meals I hope to cook this Easter.  Comment below to share some of your favourite Easter recipes!

image easter recipes herb crusted lamb baked salmon roasted easter egg marshmallow slice recipe hot cross buns gluten free hot cross scones easter pie

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Bespoke Swarovski Necklace

In this first week of the Victorian school holidays, I'm quickly sharing a recent bespoke order which I had a lot of fun designing and creating.  My brief was to create a necklace featuring wire-wrapped Swarovski crystals as a gift for a special lady who was the godmother of the customer's baby.

image wire-wrapped pendant necklace swarovski crystal clear aurora borealis ruby siam red briolette teardrop drop handmade two cheeky monkeys silver

I went with a simple, but elegant, design featuring a briolette-shaped crystal in the birthstone colour of the godchild.  I also added an aurora borealis-coated clear Swarovski crystal drop to the necklace to contrast with the ruby briolette.  It's been a while since I've done any serious wire wrapping, so I had to get my brain back into that mode of creating, but I love the pretty result and hope the recipient does too!  Let me know what you think of this design and whether I should add it to the store!
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