And we’re back…

We’re finally back from the BEST honeymoon travel adventure in the world ever!!! Sorry it has taken me so long to put this blogpost together, but we were thrown straight into the madness of Kamers my first week back and only now are we slowly getting back to our normal and usually chaotic working selves.

Firstly, thank you so much to everyone who came and visited and supported us at Kamers this past weekend. We were lucky enough to be sharing our space with the most stylish plants and flowers in the business, thanks to the lovely Windowsill. The City Hall was the most beautiful venue and we really had the best time meeting lots of lovely people and seeing all the wonderful things that were on offer. In case you missed it, here are some pics of the Handmade By Me + Windowsill stand. And below are some links to a few blogposts about what you could find at this year’s Kamers market in Cape Town.

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Some blog posts about Kamers 2015:
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Then back to our wonderful amazing honeymoon travel adventure holiday! I have tried to write this post several times since our arrival back home and it just does not seem possible to capture the unbelievable time that we had into a few words and photos. We travelled to 5 different countries, we learned new languages, ate new foods, drank new drinks, saw new things, met new people, and basically just had the BEST time together.

We eagerly explored the streets, restaurants, shops and galleries, and fell in love with New York. We were blown away by the street art and rooftop views in Valparaiso, Chile. We were bewildered by the ever changing landscape as we drove over the top of the Andes from Chile to Argentina in the front of a double decker bus (this was one of the highlights of our trip). We sipped the best wines paired with the best foods with a view of the highest snow capped mountain in South America in Mendoza, Argentina. We spent a week exploring the incredibly colourful and crazy city of Buenos Aires while sipping on giant beers, quaffing bottles of perfect Malbec and devouring all the best local cuisine we could find. We popped over on the ferry to Uruguay to explore the picturesque and very colonial smuggler’s haven of Colonia Del Sacramento. We experienced the most mesmerising and all-conquering Igwazu Falls from both the top and underneath. We experienced the overwhelming and truly crazy excitement of Brazilian futebol in Rio De Janeiro, where we fell in love with the views, the culture, the beaches and the people. And for the perfect end to the perfect holiday, we got to sail and swim and laze around on the wild picture perfect Brazilian coastline in Paraty. It was the adventure of a lifetime which truly superseded our highest expectations.

Here are a few photos which I have selected to try and capture a little piece of each place we went to. I have hundreds of pics so if you would like to see more of our wonderful journey (with commentary), you are most welcome to stalk my instagram account @seraholland.

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And we’re off…

As most of you know, I got married last year, and instead of spending all our money on our wedding, we decided to spend some of it on travelling the world. And so we decided to keep our wedding smaller and our honeymoon bigger. And now finally the time has arrived, shortly after a year after our wedding, for us to go on holiday. I can’t even tell you what a wonderful feeling it is, 5 whole weeks of holiday ahead…New York, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. I am planning on sharing some photos of our trip along the way here, so if you want updates (or to live vicariously through me) you can subscribe to our blog here and/or follow us on instagram, facebook and twitter.

We will still be processing orders and making lots of pretty things while we are away, but please just bare in mind that we may take a little longer than usual to get back to you, and all custom orders or queries will have to wait until we return. For those who are looking to buy, you can still order through our online shop, or have a look through our list of lovely stockists.

We will be back in the beginning of May and I am delighted to let you know that pretty much soon after, we will be teaming up with our favourite friend Windowsill again to bring you lots of beautiful textile and plant related goodies at Kamers which is on this year at the City Hall from 7-10 May.

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SAM is also having their annual summer sale for the whole month of April. We have put some our products on sale along with a fantastic bunch of other designers – we are just so sad to miss out on all those bargains!

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I am going to leave you here with some fantastic media love that we have been so very fortunate to have had over the last month.

Firstly, our Geometric Green Cushion Cover was featured in Good Housekeeping‘s trend section. These gorgeous sorbet colours just make me want to eat lots of ice-cream, don’t you?

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Our Birdy Num Num Cushion Cover was featured alongside some pretty vintage floral inspired products in Essentials magazine.

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And a selection of our super cool new phone covers were featured in Drum magazine’s Better Life section.

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And by the time we get back, I am delighted to let you know that these guys will be on the shelf and available from our online shop and various other stockists : ) Thanks so everyone who helped us decide which patterns to go with on facebook. We love all your input!

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See you back here very soon with some photos of all the awesome and amazing places we’re hoping to find along the way! Its all too exciting!!

Our Pink Flamingoes are in the Condé Nast Traveller collector’s issue!

Thats right, our pretty Pink Flamingo Wallpaper has been featured in the beautiful Condé Nast Traveller‘s collector’s issue and we couldn’t be more excited!!! We are also featured alongside a product of one of my all-time favourite fashion designers ever, Mary Katrantzou, who is famous for her use of crazy bright digital prints and patterns, so we’re feeling extra specially proud of this. Like we said before, these flamingoes ain’t going nowhere just yet!

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Our Pink Flamingo wallpaper…and lots of other Pink Flamingo products… are available from Hello Pretty, the Handmade By Me online shop and various other stockists.

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Bespoke product design for The Trading Company at Spice Route

Here at Handmade By Me, when we are not making lots of our own designs and products, we work with others to help them create their own, or we can also create them for them. One of our most exciting projects that we have worked on recently, was to create a bespoke suite of decor products to sell exclusively at the brand new Trading Company shop at Spice Route wine farm.

I was really lucky to work with some wonderful and really creative people on this, which made the project not only interesting for me, but lots of fun! With the original spice trade and travel routes in mind, we worked with 3 different design themes where we created a range of products (cushion covers, tea towels and placemats) within each theme. The different themes we explored for The Trading Company were botanicals, particularly botanicals of the spices which were produced/used during the spice trade such as cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, ginger, pepper, and turmeric . The second theme was exotic lands, places in Africa and Asia which were actively involved in the spice trade. And the third theme was old-world hand painted tiles, mostly because we just love the look of them, and they tie in beautifully with the shop aesthetic, but they also compliment some of the beautiful hand painted tiles which you can find in and around the shop and farm.

Unfortunately we didn’t have any time between the order being ready, and the shop opening, so we didn’t get a chance to shoot the individual products themselves. But I have put together some digital images of the products within their themes, and below you will find some photos of them and the shop.

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THE TRADING COMPANY_FINAL_2014For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit Spice Route, here is a little more information about it and the shop The Trading Company (isn’t their logo just the prettiest?).
“The Spice Route experience is a completely unique concept for the wine and hospitality industry. A carefully curated selection of artisans showcase their produce and share their knowledge with both the public and each other. The collaborative environment allows for endless discoveries and a truly delectable journey.“The vision for Spice Route is to offer local and international tourists a selection of hand-picked artisanal producers who put as much thought, skill and passion into their products as Spice Route Winemaker, Charl du Plessis, puts into his wines,” says Spice Route Wines Owner, Charles Back.The latest addition to the Spice Route family of ‘craft’ is The Trading Company – a quirky store that’s decor is an eclectic mix of old and new. The store fits in perfectly with the Spice Route philosophy and is making authentic, and hand crafted products even more accessible to the public.The array of carefully selected bespoke home ware, exotic furniture, premium baby products, one of a kind jewelry, and notebooks, sold at the store, are a true celebration of local design. The store will primarily stock authentically handmade, limited edition pieces crafted by our very own local artists, and the small amount of Turkish and Indian products is a ‘must have’ treasure for the adventurous soul. Most of the products are made from natural and raw materials. All décor used in the store is also handmade locally, or up-cycled by local artists.”

You can find them and more information about them at their website www.spiceroute.co.za 

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Thank You

Thank you so much to everyone who came and supported us at the Design Indaba Expo 2015! We had such a fantastic time and loved meeting and chatting with all of you.

For those who missed us, here is a small collection of images that I hope will give you a good idea as to how our space looked!

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For the week that’s in it…look, see, win…

The Design Indaba Expo opens on Thursday so we have been crazy busy these last few weeks getting ourselves and our products ready for it. If you follow us on instagram, facebook and/or twitter, you may have noticed some sneak peeks of a few exciting new things we have up our sleeve for our stand, but just in case you missed them, here is a little teaser of what you can expect from Handmade By Me over the weekend. You can find us at stand H21, please come and say hi we would love to see you!

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For those of you who have no idea what I am going on about… “The Design Indaba Expo was inaugurated in 2004 and provides a commercial platform for the finest South African designers to leverage goods and services to the local and global markets. It also introduces the most influential international buyers to the finest South African creative products and encourages export.

As the only local platform that welcomes advertising, architecture, craft, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design, and visual media under the same roof, Design Indaba Expo is a celebration of diversity.”

Have a look here for more information regarding the event.

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And because we’re so busy getting ready for the Expo, we are doubling up on today’s post so we can spend next week recovering : ) I thought I might leave you with this insanely large and extremely flattering article on Handmade By Me and me, Sera Holland, in the latest Ideas Magazine. Thanks so much to them for the amazing feature I am so unbelievably flattered and honoured!!

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And last but not least, here is a chance for you to WIN a set of our Feisty Floral Watercolour napkins with Kamers. All you have to do is go to the Kamers facebook page, simply 1) like THEIR post about our napkins & 2) comment what you’re looking forward to most at their autumn shows. Easy as pie! And the even better news is that they have just announced that their Autumn show in May is now going to be at City Hall. We cannot wait!!!

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a flamboyance of flamingoes…

Today we have a whole flamboyance of flamingo inspired things to show you! While the northern hemisphere is slowly starting to thaw out, and we’re just getting to enjoy the best part of our summer, the whole world is going crazy for these crazy beautiful birds!

We are especially excited about this really beautiful tropical inspired wedding decor shoot that Wedding Album magazine did recently using our Pink Flamingo napkins. How beautiful is this wedding spread? Makes me want to go back and do mine all over again : )

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This young lady in Australia had her surfboard customised using our Pink Flamingo linen cotton fabric. How cool did this turn out? Makes me want to go surfing immediately!! Thanks so much to her for sharing these pics with us!

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We are so delighted that our Pink Flamingo Wallpaper has been featured in the latest Woman & Home magazine, as part of their Home Edit! These little deco inspired birdies of ours are sure to liven up any home!

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We spotted some flamingo trend forecast inspiration going on on instagram…we may be a little biased, but we’re super excited that they chose to use our design : )

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And while we are at it…here are some of our favourite Etsy treasuries featuring all kinds of flamingo inspired beauties. If these don’t get you excited about flamingoes, I’m afraid nothing will!

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