We’re opening up a studio & showroom!

So this is the VERY exciting news that we wanted to share with you a week ago. Yes, it is true, we have signed the lease and are going to be opening up our first ever studio & showroom just off Kloof Street in Cape Town with our friends Windowsill Plants and Flowers in March!!!

Alex from Windowsill is one of my nearest and dearest and oldest friends, and ironically she reminded me that we had in some way already put our plans in to motion when we were just 12 years old. Here, she explains our story – “In 1992, two 11 year olds made friends with each other and made a promise that one day they would work at St Elmo’s Pizza at night, and during the day they would work at The Bubble Shop. 23 years later – the Bubble Shop no longer exists, and St Elmo’s is a bit of dive – SO TODAY, Sera Holland and I are officially shopkeepers. Yes folks – Handmade By Me and Windowsill THE shop IS happening!!!!”

We cannot wait!!!!

We have also had some other very exciting news in the past few weeks. Handmade By Me is now being stocked by two of our very favourite shops. They are both completely different but relate to one of our two favourite and most droolworthy subjects, fashion and food.

On the fashion side, we couldn’t be more honoured and excited to have a selected range of our products now available from top local fashion label, Klûk CGDT. Their boutique on Bree St is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen, and they have now started stocking a small range of premium decor related products which work alongside and compliment their own sensational creations. So now you have no excuse not to pop in and see it all for yourself.

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“The KLûK CGDT brand is well known for the sophistication in design and fabrication and their uncompromising standards in service and quality. They produce 6 collections a year, which they sell through their boutiques in JHB, Cape Town and now Pretoria as well as trunkshows across Africa. They are equally well known for their bridal and couture gowns both locally and internationally and have won awards for their “Red Carpet Style”. Special consideration is taken for each bride individually. “ Bridalwear is not like fashion, it represents a dream with a lifetime of expectations, and this is what we strive to fulfil”.”

 

The other is our favourite foodie-related award-winning online shop, Yuppiechef. They have the most insane selection of desirable cooking equipment, novelty-inspired cooking gadgets (my personal favourite) and hard-to-find cooking ingredients – and now they are stocking a selection of our patterned napkins and tea towels as well. This shop is also my personal favourite place to off-load eBucks : )

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Yuppiechef is on a mission to bring people together through the cooking and sharing of good food. We believe that preparing, cooking and sharing a meal with good company is the very essence of what makes life good. And it is our dream to give you every excuse under the sun to organise that long overdue get-together with those you love, and those you’d like to love more. Yuppiechef is a food community offering you the tools, ingredients and the inspiration to cook real food at home.”

And while we’re sharing the good news, Plascon Spaces recently showed us some playful workspaces on their blog – each showcasing Plascon hues. Our Origami Birds cushion, available from PRESENTspace, was featured in their ” A grey solution – monochromatic shades and typography make a clean canvas on which to unleash your creativity.” We love it!

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A jolly good start to the year…

It’s not even the end of the January yet but so far this year is on fire. And I don’t mean on fire like the 40 degree heat we have been experiencing in Cape Town (when will it end??) or the endless actual fires that have been devouring our countryside. What I do mean, is that Handmade By Me is having a very exciting start to the year!

I have been waiting to publish this post for a week now as we have some VERY exciting news, but it seems we may have to wait another day or two until it has been finalised, so I am so sorry to hold you in suspense…but watch this space!!

In the mean time, we would love to share with you some serious media love we have been lucky enough to have over the past couple of weeks.

In the online sphere, Plascon Spaces invited us for an online Q and A on colour and inspiration. You can read all about it here.

And Oh How Fiancé – wedding and lifestyle blog – wanted to find out more about the designer behind the business. You can read their interview with me here.

SA Garden & Home magazine featured our new African Aloes and Prickly Pears designs in their latest issue below.

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And Lééf met hart & siel magazine featured our Victoriana placemats which are perfect for dinner parties of all kinds. See our dinner table setting inspiration using our Birds of Paradise placemats below.

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This was last night’s dinner’s table setting below – featuring hues of red, orange and purple – using our Orange Squares Pattern table runner and our new Birds of Paradise placemats. Both available to order from our online shop.

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Send us your Handmade By Me table setting inspiration or colour way and we’ll share it on our social media feeds.

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Happy Holidays from Handmade By Me

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Thanks so much to everyone for another brilliant year! We are closing for a small break between 24 December 2015 and 11 January 2016. We hope you get some time away to enjoy with family and friends. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas (if you celebrate), wishing you all a fantastic year ahead!

Sera

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Christmas gift guides and shipping dates

If any of you are like me, and always end up leaving your Christmas shopping to the last minute, and you hate going to the shops this time of year, we have some lovely gift guides to share with you where you can order online and have your gifts delivered straight to your door. We are truly delighted to have had some of our favourite products featured in these guides, we hope they bring you that Christmas gift inspiration you may be looking for.

We are also delighted to let you know that our new pillowcases have arrived just in time for Christmas. In the photo below we mixed our Prickly Pears pillowcases with our Green Sprigs cushion, don’t they look so lush together?

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The new pillowcase designs are Prickly Pears, African Aloes, Striking Strelitzias and Pink Flamingo – all available to order via email until they are available online.

Even though there are less than 3 weeks to go until Christmas, there is still plenty of time left to order your gifts online. For any orders from the Handmade By Me online shop, we recommend you order no later then the below dates to avoid chaos and/or disappointment.

International: Sunday 13 December
SA via Post: Tuesday 15 December
SA via courier: Tuesday 22 December

Click on the links below for more details on the products featured in the gift guides.

Visi magazine put together a great gift guide for her and included our Prickly Pears phone cover

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Vamp have done a series of daily gift guides. We’re so happy to have our Imari and Delft placemats included. Vamp also has a fantastic selection of our Christmas Jumper Christmas stockings, tea towels and table runners in stock if you’re looking for some Scandi-inspired Christmas decor for your home.

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Livingspace magazine put together a decor inspiration list which turned into a gift guide for the homemaker in their December issue. They chose to feature our Christmas Jumper Christmas Stocking in red.

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9 lives blog put together this fantastic selection of gifts for that foodie friend of yours and included our Imari placemats.

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For Christmas, every Wednesday, Vicki Sleet from I Want That chooses her favourite finds on Hello Pretty. She thought our Christmas Jumper Christmas tea towel in minty green would make “such a lovely gift for a keen cook, someone who loves their home and well, someone with a taste for Scandi-influenced design” and our Christmas Jumper Christmas Tea Towel in redis sure to make you feel jolly and is Bridget Jones / Mark Darcy approved“. We love that – Thanks Vicki!

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Kim Gray thinks our phone covers make great gifts and we think she knows what she is talking about : ) Also available to order through TAKEALOT if you are looking for ways to use up those eBucks and/or earn Discovery miles.

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Kimmy and Bear featured our new Pink Flamingo nappy cover in her list of gifts for baby girls who’s giggle is music to your ears and who’s hand dimples melt your heart. Ah isn’t that sweet!

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And last but not least, our Prickly Pears tea towel made it onto Cactus Love‘s list of 35 gift ideas for your cactus lover…for those with Prickly Pear cactus love that is…

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Happy Christmas Shopping!

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Introducing our new range of designs and products

So it’s taken us a little bit longer than we anticipated, but finally we are able to show you some of the product shots of Handmade By Me’s newest range of designs and products.

For the Prickly Pears and African Aloes range, we have introduced these designs across our full range of products including our beautiful LUX Panama Cushion Covers which we sold out of at Kamers recently.

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We also teamed up these two designs with our Pretty Proteas and Striking Strelitzias designs to bring you our full Cape Floral Kingdom range.

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The LUX panama cushion covers are our premium range of cushion covers made using our luxurious quality 100% cotton panama fabric. This fabric is thick and soft, and we have cushion covers available in 60x60cm, and 60x40cm on request. We can also supply you with feather/down inners on request.

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We have also introduced a little something for our favourite teeny tiny little customers, Nappy Covers.  These have been made using our beautiful soft 100% cotton. They are available in 5 designs and in 4 sizes: 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months and 18-24 months.

We are also very excited about our new reusable placemat designs, Birds of Paradise and Victoriana, which will be available alongside our Delft and Imari placemat designs in December. Please note that these are available to pre-order in the mean time.

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You may have seen some pics of our Big 5 range for kids on our social media feeds lately. In Africa, the big five game animals are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros. The members of the Big Five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size.

The Big 5 range is available in 50x50cm cushion covers and reusable placemats at the moment, and we will hopefully be introducing these designs in the nappy covers shortly.

For the reusable placemats, each placemat has been laminated so you can use them over and over again, and then when you finally get sick of them you can turn them into face masks in just 3 easy steps. Each set of 5 contains one of each of the Big 5 animals. How fun would a kids party be with these guys!

To make sure that the placemats can easily be turned into face masks, I had to test them out and make a face mask out of each placemat design. Here’s how its done:

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And here is me as the Rhino : )

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All the above and more are available to purchase at the Handmade By Me online shop. Please note that we ship locally and internationally : )

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Kamers and The Constantia Gift Fair…

I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came to visit and supported us and Windowsill this last week at KAMERS. Despite the 40 degree heat on the first day, and the torrential storm that saw Kamers close its doors early on the last day, we really had such a wonderful time.

We launched our new Prickly Pears, African Aloes and Big 5 designs, as well as our new nappy covers, and we had our new Big 5 reusable placemats that turn into face masks on display. We are very busy editing all the new product photos this week, which we will share with you right here very soon, and we will be adding the new products to our online shop as soon as we can. In the meantime please email us if you would like to place an order.

Here are some of the photos we shared over the last week.

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For those of you from Cape Town who might have missed out on Kamers, we have some good news for you. The lovely Flick Inc will be taking a selection of our products to The Constantia Gift Fair which will be taking place at SARDA in Constantia from the 4th to the 8th of November – that’s this weekend!

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new designs on the way (sneak peek)

We are so unbelievably excited about our new designs that we just can’t wait to show you what we have been up to lately! We are still busy printing the fabric to make into various products, but here is a little sneak preview of the designs behind the products and what you can expect from us in the coming weeks. We are hoping to launch our new designs and products at Kamers in Stellenbosch from 27 October – 1 November.

Ever since I designed the Pretty Proteas and Striking Strelitzias patterns I have wanted to do another pattern using a similar South African-inspired, plant/flower-related geometric style pattern. I have thought about all kinds of different plants and flowers but finally decided to use the Aloe Ferox for inspiration, not only because it is indigenous to South Africa, but because it lends itself so well to the geometric style of the design and because it is just so bloody gorgeous! When I see one of these anywhere, it always makes me think of home.

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I have been a little plant besotted of late (can you tell?), and the one plant that always makes me ooh and ah every time I see it or see a picture of it, is the Prickly Pear cactus. I also once found a super cute illustrated children’s book with a picture of a sad little prickly pear cactus on the front who spent the whole book looking for someone who would give him a hug – it still makes me smile every time I think of it.

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Both these designs will be available in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels to start, and then eventually available in our full range of products.

For all the cool kids out there, I have designed a new Big 5 inspired range of prints. Something little more modern for today’s generation, but which still captures the beautiful bright colours and busyness that Africa is all about! Well here’s my take on our Big 5. These prints will be available in cushion covers, pillowcases and eventually nappy covers.

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We hope you like what you see. The designs are all available for pre-order so please chat to us if you want to be the first to get your hands on these guys. We would also like to invite you to come and see our new designs and products at Kamers at Webersburg in Stellenbosch between 27 October and 1 November.

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