some August media lovin…

We have been very lucky this last month with products being featured in all sorts of different magazines and blogs. We thought we might share our August media love with you here on our blog.

Not only was our newly launched Geometric Orange LUX Panama Cushion chosen as one of 100 Beautiful Things in association with Visi at 100% Design, it was also selected as part of The 100% Design Edit in the Sunday Times Home Weekly section.

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Pastel geometrics are in this season according to Fair Lady. Below you can see our Geometric Monochrome placemats as well as our Minty Green Mosaic table runner.

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House & leisure magazine think our quirky Shweshwe Shields in Pink tea towel is a great way to introduce pattern into your kitchen. We couldn’t agree more!

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Living and Loving magazine looked at choosing which colours will work best for your nursey and decided our Orange Squares cushion cover would be a perfect match.  “While red is a fiery, volatile and energetic colour that should only be used as an accent colour in small amounts in a nursery, orange offers a similar look that’s friendly, welcoming and vibrant.”

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The Sunday Times Home Weekly thought our small Feisty Floral Watercolour on Blue lampshade brightened up their Nature-Inspired Edit. SundayTimes_230815SundayTimes_230815_2 FeistyFloralBlue_L_200d_4


Then online I am delighted to share with you this lovely blogpost which featured us and some of our favourite products on one of our favourite blogs, I Want That.

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And Visi magazine picked our Yellow Squares Pattern Purse as no 1 out of their 10 stylish purse buys.

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Thanks so much to everyone who featured us and our products this last month, we are smiling from ear to ear with the media love from you all : )

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NEW products in the HOUSE…

We have just launched some exciting new products here at Handmade By Me which I am so excited to let you all know about, and show you the photos from our recent product shoot!

First off we have just introduced our beautiful new LUXURY panama cushion covers. They are 60 x 60cm and made using our luxurious thick upholstery-weight 100% cotton panama. We are particularly excited about the velvet options – we just LOVE the feel of it, and the colours! For those not a fan, we do have an option with the print both sides, and a more economical option with the print just 1 side and either backed in plain white or black depending on the design.

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Our other new exciting new product we have just launched are our beautiful new pillowcases! They are made using a beautiful soft 100% cotton poplin (1 up from the usual percale) to fit a standard size pillow 70cm x 45cm. This is such an easy way to transform your bedroom, and what with so many designs to sleep around with, you’ll be spoilt for choice to find the perfect combination!

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We have these 4 designs below readily available to buy, but we are planning to slowly introduce more designs as we go along so feel free to place an order with us for the design of your choice, or just let us know which your favourite would be!
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If you’re not convinced, see how beautifully our Feisty floral watercolour on green cushion works in this gorgeous bedroom shoot from the latest Plascon Spaces magazine.

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And if you move fast you can still get 10% off any orders through our online shop until Sunday midnight! Don’t forget to use the discount code “WinterWarmer”. Happy shopping!!!

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Come see us at 100% Design SA in Joburg

It’s almost time for one of South Africa’s most beautiful design events, 100% Design South Africa, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our goods are on their way there, and we fly up today. And we can’t wait to see everything we have been working so hard on these last few weeks finally come together : ) If you are planning to come and visit, please pop past our stand B12 and say hi, we are part of 100% talent. Details on the show below, but here some of this week’s instagram tasters of a few things we will have in store for you over the weekend…we have lots of new things you haven’t seen yet!!


100% Design South Africa is an international showcase for contemporary design with a unique African perspective which runs alongside the well-established and largest decor, design and lifestyle exhibition in Africa, Decorex Joburg. It is a high-end curated showcase of the most inspirational designs and designers and is the perfect platform for South African and international furniture, lighting, interiors, fabrics and product design, covering the residential, hospitality and office industries.

This year 100% Design takes place from 6 – 10 August 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Joburg.

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A la la la la Lampshades…

Yay our new Feisty Floral Watercolour lampshades have arrived and they are looking so gorgeous!!! Available in small, medium and large, or we can make to order in any size, now you can now pretend its summer inside your home all year round! Add a splash of colour to either your bedroom, office and/or lounge, or go crazy and get matching cushion covers to go. And because we cut the fabric as we go, each piece has a different crop of the full pattern, which means every lampshade is unique.

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Feisty Floral Watercolour on blue small (200cm diameter) – bedside, desk

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Feisty Floral Watercolour on blue medium lampshade (300cm diameter) – bedside,desk,standing

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Feisty Floral Watercolour on blue large lampshade (500cm diameter) – standing, ceiling


We have also just received some new stock in some of our other popular designs.

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You can order our lampshades in any of our fabrics. Check out our online shop to see lampshades in some of our other popular designs, or chat to us directly if you don’t see what you are looking for.

Then just a reminder that the Inspire Trade Expo starts in Johannesburg today and runs until the 12th June.

Inspire Trade Expo is SA’s exclusive Furniture + Décor + Design + Retail Trade only exhibition, which has already carved a groove  on the African business and trade calendar. Hosted at the prestigious Gallagher Convention Centre (GCC) in Midrand. Save the date for 2015 – 10-12 June (wednesday – friday) – 9am-5pm daily.

Buyers visiting the Exhibition are not only Retailers, but Architects, Interior Decorators and Designers, Hotels, Game LodgesB&Bs and Corporate Procurement within the industry, with the emphasis being strictly Trade only.”


We are also still looking for a Junior Assistant or Intern to come and join us. The job is flexible and Handmade By Me is a great place to learn the ins and outs of manufacturing handmade products and/or how to run a small business. We are looking for someone energetic, passionate, honest, creative and optimistic. Someone who is interested in being a part of Handmade By Me and helping it grow. We have put together a job spec here, please have a look and share with anyone who you think might be interested

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Firstly VERY IMPORTANT, we are HIRING!!! We are looking for someone energetic, passionate, honest, creative and optimistic to be our new Junior Assistant Extraordinaire! Someone who is interested in being a part of Handmade By Me and helping it grow. We have put together a job spec here, please have a look and share with anyone who you think might be interested

And then I don’t think I have had a chance yet to share with you our new placemat designs! For anyone who is not afraid of a bit of colour, these guys are for you! They have all been matt laminated so you can use them over and over again, and are available in 3 different designs, and in sets of 4 of the same design. They are available to buy online from the Handmade By Me online shop, or from various stockists. Certainly one way to cheer up those winter table blues : )

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Get the matching napkins and table runner here!

And then we are also delighted to let you know that you can WIN one of our Pretty Proteas Chef Aprons with #DECOGROW in this month’s Elle Decoration Magazine.




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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 

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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!


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.


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!!



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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