Introducing our new range…

Thanks so much to everyone who came to see the launch of our new range. We really had such a fantastic evening and couldn’t have done it without you!! For those who missed it, here are some pics of our beautiful little spot in the Department of Design, as well as a little powerpoint presentation below that will run you through all our new designs and products, including our exciting new easy-to-use Design Your Own Cushion Cover tool : )

Anyone who wants a look at our new products, pop into SAM (South African Market) on Bree St this First Thursday, there may even be a little giveaway, who knows ; )), so we do hope to see you there!

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Here’s what we had to say on the night…

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We are busy editing the photos of our new products which we will be sure to show you real soon! In the meantime, please email us if there are any images you would like to feature and we will see what we can do to help speed things along. If anyone is interested in purchasing any items please email us with any orders, or if you are a stockist, please email us for a wholesale price list. The Handmade By Me online shop will be updated as soon as our photos are ready : )

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You are invited to our launch…

We are having a launch of our latest offerings at Handmade By Me this Thursday evening and we would like to invite you to join us in seeing what new things we have in store for you. We have lots of new designs, some new and exciting products, and something completely different for the whole family, which we are planning to keep a secret until Thursday : ) We hope we will see you there!

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As you can see the launch is at the Department of Design which makes this launch kind of exciting in itself. For those of who who don’t know about this yet the Department of Design is a three week-long event that supports sustainability and collaboration. It is the initiative of the Government of the Netherlands as part of their contribution to World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

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And it has been designed by none other than Droog, the Dutch-based architectural firm. To fit in with the theme of sustainability, Droog has titled this structure “FLOW.” The structure is almost entirely based out of reused materials that include bicycle seats, scrap wood, and plastic crates. By engaging with local artists and materials, Droog aims to create a unique and creative space that comes at no cost to Cape Town or her environment. After the Department of Design ends, Droog will take all of the materials used and return them to the city- either by re-selling, donating, or re-cycling.

Department of Design is a temporary space. It runs for three weeks only, and features key note speakers, workshops, demonstrations and activities as part of a set programme. A parallel programme will present events organised by local participants. All activities at Department of Design involve collaboration and contribute to the conversation to #cocreateSA.

For more information and a programme of events, have a look at their website www.departmentofdesign.nl

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Celebrating Winter with Visi…

To be honest, right now we’re celebrating the exciting fact that our placemats are in the latest issue of Visi magazine : ).  While they, on the other hand, are celebrating winter (and what a day to do that too). We’re just so delighted and honoured to be featured as part of their “32 reasons to celebrate Winter…No. 7 because it looks great on paper.”

I love having people over for dinner, especially in Winter. Not only do you get to cook heartwarming and tasty tasty dinners, and use all the pretty bowls and plates you’ve collected over the years, but you don’t have to leave the comfort and warmth of your own home, and you don’t need to hold back on the vino because you aren’t driving home afterwards. For those who are slightly less comfortable with the idea of hosting a dinner party, look no further than our decorative placemats, guaranteed to make your table look so beautiful, again and again, even if the food doesn’t quite work out!

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Our placemats are available in sets of 4, in 4 different designs, and available to buy directly from the Handmade By Me online shop and various awesome stockists.

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We would also like to let you know that Handmade By Me is having a SALE!!! We need to make some space for our new range which is launching next week, so we are marking down any end of range items or bits and pieces we have lying around including a ridiculous discount on all our Vintage Aprons : ) which are going to be made-to-order from now on. Now you really can look and play the part of hostess perfectly!! Check it out here…only while stocks last!

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errr’body’s going surfing…

One of our lovely stockists on the Gold Coast of Australia, I Just Love That Fabric, sent me these photos last week of what one of their customers did with my Pink Flamingo fabric. They made a SURF BOARD!!!! How unbelievably cool is this? Don’t you just want to learn how to surf immediately so you can have one? Or make space on your wall so you can just look at it?? Ha ha, as you can probably tell, we are very excited about this!!

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We are also super excited about our Cape Town cushion being featured as part of their monochrome inspired shop ZA section in this month’s Glamour magazine : )

You can buy it here.

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And a little reminder about the Ideas Magazine Trunk Show near Stellenbosch this weekend. I am going to have some end-of-range specials going down so you really don’t want to miss out on this!

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website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
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twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

First Thursdays and the Ideas-Idees Trunk Show

Wow again its been quite a week here at Handmade By Me and as much as I wish I could just tell you all the exciting news at once, I am just going to have to calm down and let you know as and when I can. In the meantime here are a few exciting things taking place over the next week…

So first up is First Thursdays this evening! The ever beautiful Chandler House has been undergoing a little move around and will be debuting their new exhibition space – The Voorkamer.

“In Traditional Cape homes, the Voorkamer was a space used to show off the good pieces of an family’s collection and where one would entertain Priests, Government Officials and In-Laws. Our Voorkamer will similarly showcase beautiful and unusual objects that can be enjoyed and added to one’s own collection.”

Their first exhibition in the Voorkamer will be a Collection of Alphabets by the 20th Century British Typographer David Kindersley. I, for one, have a serious crush on type and fonts, and all things related, so I definitley won’t be missing out on this!

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The lovely SAM will also be open tonight and they will be featuring some fresh new designer products. I have had a sneek peak at some of the new items to arrive in store lately and they are definitley worth a visit!

And then next weekend it’s the Ideas-Idees Trunk Show at Simondium outside Stellenbosch. The idea behind this is to feature all designers and makers of things that the magazine has featured in the past, so it is really going to be quite a collection. Great news for everyone is that the market is indoors, so no matter what the weather, it’s set to be a beautiful weekend. I am also going to have some Handmade By Me products on special so it really will be well worth the visit…even if you just come and visit me : )

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Here are some pics from last year’s event. How beautiful are these spaces? I better start working on mine, I had no idea that this is what is to be expected…(gulp).

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NEWs…

Its been a very busy week (or rather couple of months) so far here at Handmade By Me HQ. Our new range has gone to print eeeeeeeeekkkkk and not only are we coming up with new designs, but new products as well. We are just so excited to show you all what we are working on….but I am afraid you will have to wait just a little bit longer…

However, I can show you a sneak peek of one of our new products….the decorative scarf! These are super soft and big and beautiful, and would work really well as a scarf in winter and/or even a sarong in summer : ) Our trial design was the pink flamingo and we have already had such great feedback on facebook and twitter. We can’t wait to start making and selling these with some of our new range prints. Let us know what you think…

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And then how lucky are we to have our decorative placemats featured in the latest issue of SA Garden & Home. Home Front features their highlights from this month, from things to do and seasonal shopping to decor news and the best places to visit.

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Now available from… Meisie in Wales

I am delighted to let you all know about Handmade By Me’s latest stockist, Meisie, all the way in Wales in the UK. Not only do I just LOVE that name for a shop overseas featuring South African designers and products, but I also LOVE that they support and donate a percentage of their profits each year to charities like Save The Rhino InternationalAge UKDog’s Trust and SOS Children’s Villages. So not only are you buying beautiful things, but you are also contributing towards a brighter future for many people and animals too : )

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Here is a little bit more about Meisie and what Cassandra Sprague, the owner, has to say about her lovely new shop:

“I started Meisie after realising that the UK and Europe needed to see some of the amazing things that my fellow countrymen and countrywomen are making. The idea of Meisie is to show you that Africa doesn’t just make wooden crafts; but has a wonderful collection of cultures that produce some amazing products and fashion. I hope you love the products as much as I do.” – Cassandra.

Based in Wales, we are pleased to offer everything from clothing to homeware, crafts and jewellery. We have a great mix of vintage, modern and quirky products to suit men, women and children and we’re adding products all the time. All of the products you see are ethical and unique, you certainly won’t find mass-produced items here.

All items are designed and manufactured in South Africa from locally sourced materials by local communities. Being supplied by small-scale entrepreneurs and community development projects, the idea is to create sustained employment where it is needed most.

You can find and follow Meisie here:

Twitter: @meisieuk
Instagram: meisieuk

 

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And just in case you missed the mention on facebook and twitter, the latest issue of Crush online magazine is out, and it features my Origami Birds cushion cover in their Essentials page. For those of you who don’t know already, Crush, is an award winning monthly, food, drinks and lifestyle publication (aka free online foodie magazine), and not only do they feature droolworthy restaurants and all kinds of delicious-related products, but they have a fantastic range of recipes to try. I have my eyes set on on the Picture Perfect Pavlova. Check out the latest issue here.

 

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