bits and bobs and brand new products…

So I am mostly excited to (almost) tell you all about our exciting new product that we have made!! I’ll give you a hint, its not made with fabric! But, it will certainly help make your dinner parties even cooler than you could imagine (and it is super affordable!! yay : ) BUT I can’t tell you what it is just yet as we are going to launch it with the CCDI at Decorex at the CTICC in Cape Town from 25th to 28th April : ) So unfortunately you will just to have to wait till then…pop into Decorex weekend after next and see for yourself, or watch this space for the unveiling!

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In the meantime here are a few of Handmade By Me’s latest features…

Dawanda has released its Spring Summer 2014 Lovebook and I am so excited my Pink Flamingo cushion cover has been chosen to be featured once again, this time along with some very fruity looking tropicals : )

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And my indigo blue purse has also been featured, as part of the “Essentials” section of Issue 38 of the lovely Crush online magazine. Anything that focusses on decor and cooking and looking good has a special place in my heart… along with these nifty items for some seriously grand al fresco dining! If you live in Cape Town you might agree that we have been spending alot of sunny days outdoors lately! It seems the summer ain’t going nowhere for a while…

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As always everything is available to buy online at the Handmade By Me online shop and various stockists : )

 

 

Now available from…Petrichor Studio

So I just quickly want to thank everyone who popped in to SAM (South African Market) for the launch of our 1 week only Apron Sale : ) We had such a great night and so far the sale is still going pretty well! Don’t worry if you think you have missed out, there are still 3 more days left if you want to get in on this action! For those who might have missed it earlier, we are taking 10% off all Handmade by me chef and vintage aprons until this Thursday 10th April. Pop into SAM, or go online and take advantage of the sale at the Handmade By Me online shop, Hello Pretty and/or Etsy.

Need I remind you that it is Mother’s Day next month….ahem ; )

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And then I would like to introduce to you, Handmade by me’s latest online stockist, Petrichor Studio. Situated in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Petrichor Studio is all about creating sustainable spaces for clients – in the home, the office and the garden. They offer a complete consultation and design service for interiors and gardens, and they have a lovely little online shop that compliments that all nicely.

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“Michelle Hatherly has many years of garden design experience primarily using indigenous plants, as well as several years practice as an interior designer. She is passionate about sustainable and eco-friendly design and employs the “reduce, re-use, recycle” principles in her inspiring design of spaces.

Petrichor Studio has also evolved with the collaboration of Michelle and her photographer/designer daughter, Sasha Hatherly. They have considered creating an online store for some years, which would showcase the talents of local South African designers and artists.

Now a reality, the Store will ultimately ‘stock’ a range of handmade furniture, lighting, cushion covers and other accessories which are useful, durable, but which will also beautifully decorate home, office and garden, and create sustainable spaces to live and work in. Many will be cleverly re-purposed items, as well as those produced from recycled materials. A select range of indigenous bulbs and seeds grown by Petrichor Studio, will also be available to purchase in the Store.”

Go on, check out their full website here www.petrichorstudio.com.

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We’re having a 1 week only Apron Sale…starts tomorrow!!

Yay we’re having a 1 week only Apron Sale where you can get 10% off all Handmade By Me aprons, both vintage and chef styles (while stocks last of course). And its all kicking off at SAM‘s Sale of the Season tomorrow between 3pm and 9pm as part of First Thursdays Cape Town! Also as of tomorrow, the Handmade By Me online shop, Hello Pretty, and Etsy will all be hosting the Handmade By Me 1 week only Apron Sale online, but if you really want first dibs on something you have had your eye on for while, I would recommend popping into SAM tomorrow so you can get your hands on that discounted apron straight away, and save on postage : )

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Unfortunately the sale only applies to stock which I currently have, which means you need to email me sera@handmadebyme.co.za to check if I have what you want in stock before purchasing so that I can reserve it for you. Alternatively if you really really really want ; ), I can make to order for you at the sale price, but that can take up to 5 weeks. Don’t say I didn’t warn you : )

And if Aprons are not your thing (huh?) come have a beer or glass of wine, and peruse all the lovely things also on offer at the Sale of the Season at SAM tomorrow anyways. There are a whole lot of awesome local brands (see below)) also taking part in the sale so you’re pretty much guaranteed to walk away with something fabulous!

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now available from…Quirky Country Gallery (Greyton)

I happened to be in the beautiful town of Greyton last weekend (wow I had forgotten just how much I absolutely love that place), and popped in to see one of my latest stockists Quirky Country who have literally just opened! I had no idea what to expect, and to my wonderful surprise, I just fell in love with this beautiful little modern art gallery nestled in the heart of the town. The artwork on display is an affordable treat to the senses, with some seriously desirable illustrations and paintings, some interesting multi-medium artworks, and even a few creatively interactive pieces, all made by local(ish) artists from all around the Cape, including Greyton. There was so much I wanted to get my hands on right then and there, but my husband and I finally settled on a great little print by David Kuijers, a local artist in Greyton. When in Rome I guess… : ) Anyways read on further for a little more information about the gallery itself…and checkout their facebook page for everything else, including more photos of the beautiful products you can expect to find there.

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This is what Renzske Scholtz, one of the owners of the gallery had to say about her dream becoming a reality: “We moved to Greyton 2 years ago in order to give our 5 year old twin boys a better, healthier outdoorsy life style. I was working at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch and had just finished my masters degree at UCT in Fine Art. My dream has always been to curate and direct my own little gallery, showcasing interesting ‘affordable’ art as well as stocking beautiful handmade products, so it was just a matter of waiting for the right space. I Love all things Quirky! About a month ago I found it and Quirky Country Gallery was born. Our opening exhibition showcases a mix of Greyton, Overberg and Cape Town artists including David Kuijers, Caroline Gibello, Alastair Barnes, Nicolene Swanepoel, Richard Smith and Carl Becker. Then we stock selected handmade products like Handmade By Me, Keiskamma embroidered botanical bags and cushion covers, Inge Marais Jewellery and a few other things.”

You can find them at 49 Ds Botha street, Greyton.

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birdy num num bedroom…

I just got these gorgeous pics in from a client of mine who has just had one of her rooms covered in Birdy Num Num wallpaper…and they are just so super cute I HAD to share them all with you this morning!!! Probably Handmade By Me’s youngest client yet, how cute is little Brooke in her new Birdy Num Num bedroom???? We absolutely LOVE!!!!

The pics are unfortunately really low res, so they look ALOT better on your mobile…but I just couldn’t resist not sharing this cuteness…

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Check out the Handmade By Me online shop for more information : )

leapin’ lampshades…

And so I am back… at the drawing board, as they say…and I am delighted to let you all know that I am officially happily married to the love of my life : ) Thanks so much for all the messages and lovely wishes, we really had such a wonderful day!!

And with that I have some completely different rather lovely news…my custom made lampshade boxes are all made up and ready to go, which means that from now on I can officially offer overseas or countrywide shipping/courier on any of my lampshades. Hurrah! 

Below are some images of a few new (and a few you’ve seen before) lampshades I have made to order for clients recently, including a smallish Pretty Proteas shade and a large Birdy Num Num shade, which are both about to make their ways independently over to Ireland to help brighten up their new homes.

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As most of you may know I custom make lampshades in any size and in any design, so if there is something you might have your eye on, or if you would like me to recommend something to brighten up any room, please do get in touch. I can make any size if you prefer, but my 3 standard sizes are a 200mm diameter bedside or desk drum, a 300mm diameter bedside, desk or standing drum, and (not for the feint-hearted) a big beautiful 500mm diameter standing drum.

For any more information, or to purchase any of these, please head over to the lampshade section of the Handmade By Me online shop : ) or pop into SAM on Bree Street in Cape Town to see which ones they already have in stock.

Getting hitched : )

You may have noticed it has been a little quiet on the Handmade By Me blog and facebook page lately….well thats because I am getting married to the love of my life in 4 days time!!! And even though we are keeping things very small and simple, there are still a million and one things to do before the big day!! I find myself feeling very fortunate that I work for myself and can be pretty flexible when I need, but it is still so difficult trying to juggle two very important things! Needless to say, Handmade By Me is going on holiday for a week or so. We have only a one day honeymoon to look forward to (that was silly?), but we have lots of friends and family over from Ireland so we will be eating and drinking and driving round the countryside making sure they have the best holiday ever (and come back and visit again soon ; )).

And so I leave you with some lovely magazine loving for Handmade By Me this February…

Starting with this really lovely feature on me and my new Cape Town cushion covers and tea towels featured in the “Discoveries” section of the latest Condé Nast House & Garden magazine…

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And then my Origami Birds cushion cover featured in Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Living” section…

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All of the above and more are available to buy from the Handmade By Me online shop : ) and various stockists!