Post written by Elisabeth Arona of Arona Designs
Everyone please give a big welcome to our Wednesday featured artist!

-Your name: 
Deborah, but I go by Deb.    ;)

-Your shop name(s):
Two Cheeky Monkeys and Domum Vindemia

-Introduction on you: I am a scientist, jewellery and homewares designer living in Melbourne, Australia with my wonderful husband and two gorgeous little girls.  I was actually born in Singapore, but have spent most of my life here in Australia; and I have an Aussie accent to reflect that fact too, LOL.  I grew up with Christian parents and have several Christian family members and I am constantly thankful for that blessing in my life.  Like many Etsians I have met, my background is not in art or design and many of the creative techniques I know were learned from books or my mum.  While my dad was quite good at fancy styles of writing and drawing, it was my mum who instilled me with a love of crafting by teaching me to cross stitch when I was four or five years old.  As I grew older, I learned more and more crafty techniques but my favourite was jewellery making, which I taught myself from books as well as trial and error and spent a lot of my time (and pocket money) making earrings for myself and my friends and relatives.

-How did you get your start on Etsy?:
My start as an Etsy seller is a rather involved story!  I quit my day job when my youngest was born, thinking that when the time was right, I would look for a position in a different institute.  In the mean time, I returned to my love of crafting and creating to keep myself entertained and to entertain my girls as they became toddlers.  I made so many handmade cards and jewellery pieces that I started giving them away to my friends and family who encouraged me to try selling my work.  Since I couldn't find a suitable part-time job in science, I finally took this advice in mid-2009 and decided to try my hand at starting a handmade business.  Domum Vindemia was opened in early 2011 when I realised how much I loved making upcycled homewares and that I was making more than I needed or could give away!
-How did you choose your shop name?:
My jewellery store, Two Cheeky Monkeys, was named after my two little girls!  I toyed with various names when I decided to start selling my creations and my husband thought that "Two Cheeky Monkeys" was an appropriate name since it all started because of my desire to be at home with my children while they were babies.  Domum Vindemia was so named because it means "vintage home" in Latin.  I wanted a unique store name which would pique people's interest but still be relevant to what I sold instore, so I plugged a few different ideas into Google Translate (LOL) and liked the sound of Domum Vindemia the best!

-What does a typical day look like for you?: A typical day for me usually starts with the morning rush of making lunches and getting my girls to school or kindergarten on time.  If I am child free, I try and go for a run to get some exercise and then run any urgent errands before I have to pick up my youngest from kindergarten.  The rest of my day is then spent doing housework, working on my stores, entertaining my girls or being their taxi service.

-If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be?
I have been a little bit in love with Paris ever since I learned French in high school, although I would now like to travel all over Europe if possible.   :)

-What is your favorite Bible verse?
My favourite verse tends to change from time to time but I do so love 1 John 4:10 - "This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins."
My husband really likes this verse too and the passage it is from was one of the Bible readings at our wedding.

-What is your favorite Etsy item listing to feature?
My current favourite type of listing in Two Cheeky Monkeys is the "Pride and Prejudice" brooches and rings.  I don't have enough listings in Domum Vindemia to warrant featuring any, but if I did, I would probably feature the buntings.

-URLs to where else we can find you on the internet (Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own, your blog, etc):

Twitter @dspdavey

Thank you so much Deborah for allowing us to feature your lovely shops! Everyone please go check them both out, she has so much delightful stuff (especially for those pride and prejudice fans like myself) and don't forget to comment to let her know you read!
And the winner of the beautiful ACEO giveaway from the last featured artist (Derek Collins) is Sheila of!

Comments (10)

On December 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM , Butler Pottery said...

It was nice getting to here about another etsian.

On December 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM , Julia Badgley said...

Your work is beautiful! Good to hear more about you:)

On December 14, 2011 at 2:19 PM , bananaorangeapple said...

Great feature. I bet running your shops is a bit different from being a scientist. Your creations don't look geeky at all!

On December 14, 2011 at 4:20 PM , Rita said...

Popping in to say "hi" to Deb and the two cheeky monkies.............

On December 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM , ZudaGay said...

Hi Deb! Your cheeky monkeys are soooo cute!

On December 14, 2011 at 7:03 PM , krafterskorner said...

I always enjoy getting to know the people here.

Congratulations Sheila!

On December 15, 2011 at 8:34 AM , Shirley Crowell said...

Hi, Deb. Your two girls are beautiful. I'm glad to hear when a mother can stay home with her babies! Your artwork if very nice also. God bless you and your endeavors.

On December 15, 2011 at 1:54 PM , The REAL EverSewSweet said...

You have an inspiring story! Best wishes for continued success.

On December 16, 2011 at 9:07 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Love seeing a photo with your girls. Deb is also one of our volunteer bloggers for the CAST Team and does some of the Friday Finds posts. She does a beautiful job picking wonderful CAST items to feature. Loved learning more about her from this post!

On December 20, 2011 at 7:39 AM , Crafty Mommas said...

great shop! I love the "Pride and Prejudice" brooches and rings!