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 : )

South African inspirations available in store…

I would like to start off by thanking everyone who came and supported Handmade By Me at the Constantia Gift Fair this last week. We had a disastrously rainy and windy start on Wednesday morning, but by Friday everything was well under way, and it turned out to be a very enjoyable and successful week.

Now I know I have introduced my new South African inspired range to you before (for those of you missed the previous post click here), but I wanted to share the photos from the product shoot that I did. They all sold so well at the Constantia Gift Fair, and make really great gifts for friends and family overseas as they are super easy to post. The cushion covers are available filled or on their own. Chat to me about sending gifts overseas for you, I have designed some beautiful Christmas gift wrap and will be offering a gift wrap and post service from now until Christmas.

Available now from The Shoestring Collective Pop-Up Shop and The Handmade By Me Online Shop, and various other stockists : )

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Introducing my new Wedding Napkins…

For all you people out there, who like me, have lots of friends tying the knot at the moment, I have have a new genius gift idea which you can pretty much give to everyone! Introducing…. my new Wedding Napkins. Custom printed and handmade napkins made using beautiful photographs taken on that special day.

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I recently came up with this idea when I was trying to think of something completely unique and different to give to my friends for their wedding gift. I am always that person who thinks that I would rather give something a little more special than just choosing off their registry…specially when you’ve missed all the good things, and all that is left is a paper shredder (go figure??), and/or a cook book of some kind.

Anyways there we were in this beautiful beautiful location on a farm in the middle of nowhere in the Karoo. I think I must have instagrammed alot of pics to try and show everyone just how beautiful this part of our country is, and THAT is when I had the idea to use this beautiful setting to help create a wedding gift that will not only be unique, but unforgettable too.

Instead of using my not so amazing nor good quality instagram pics as I had planned, I got in touch with Shannon Bradfield, official (and brilliant) photographer and groom’s sister, to see if she might be able to let me use some of her beautiful shots. She was totally on board and sent me all high res shots I needed….and voila! A set of 6 beautiful photographs turned into a set of 12 beautiful napkins.

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Available in sets of 6 big napkins or 8 smaller napkins. You can pre-purchase a set of Wedding Napkins at my online shop. I will email you an image to print out and give to the lucky couple to let them know about your super awesome and very special gift on the day. They can then put me in touch with their photographer and help choose which images they would like to use, or I can choose for them. I’ll get them printed and made up and will post/courier them straight to the lucky couple’s door!

If you would like any more information please check out my online shop or email me directly. I am happy to help : )

South African Inspired : )

Yay so the good news is that my Thundafund campaign to move my printing to South Africa was a success : ) I managed to raise over R14 000 and I could not have done it without you my fellow supporters!!! THANK YOU!

For those of you who ordered products through the campaign, I will be in touch shortly to discuss which designs you would like to order for your 100% locally produced Handmade By Me products!

I am also delighted to finally be able to release my new South African inspired top secret design which is exclusive to my Thundafund campaign. I also have another two designs in the same style which you will be able to order going forward. They are all old illustrations of South Africa in the 1800′s printed onto a cotton twill, and I just love the black and white contrast. Available as tea towels, cushion covers and as a set of 8 Napkins.  

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And my new winter range will finally be available to order as well. 

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All available from the Handmade by Me online shop

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…only 25 days to go: my Thundafund campaign update

I only have 25 days left to go to find out if my Thundafund campaign was a success and whether I will be able to move all my printing to South Africa. So far I have been overwhelmed by the amount of supporters and support specially from all my friends and family. I would like to take this opportunity to really thank everyone who has supported my campaign so far! You guys are the BEST!!!

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At the moment I have almost reached my first target of R13 000 which means my campaign is almost a success, and my top secret design is just a few rands away from being released! Don’t you just want to know what it is already!! ; ) With that in mind, if any of you have been considering purchasing any of my rewards, now is the time to take advantage and help push me over the finish line. Don’t forget you will be able to choose products in any of my existing designs, or from my new unreleased winter range (below), or the exclusive top secret design which will only be revealed when I reach my target. And there are rewards which are absolutely free too, click here to be one of my Cheerleaders or check out the different rewards on offer.

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For more details on me, and my campaign in particular, please watch (and feel free to share) the video below which I made to help explain my story behind the campaign…

And for even more details check out the campaign itself or the post I did right at the beginning… How you can help Handmade by Me become 100% locally produced…

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How you can help Handmade by Me become 100% locally produced…

I have just launched a campaign to help bring Handmade by Me home and now I need your help to please help me make this happen! I made this little video to help explain my story…

Because there are tremendous upfront costs in getting my printing done locally I am asking you to help support my campaign by essentially pre-buying Handmade by Me products (which means you get something) and I get the capital I need to start printing locally. By pledging Handmade By Me’s fantastic rewards listed on on my campaign page - you will effectively be pre-buying my 1st batch of 100% local, handmade accessories and interior products from a choice of either: my current range, my new unreleased winter collection, OR a brand new, once-off custom design that can only be purchased through this project when I reach my first target. 

I am using a new South African crowdfunding platform called Thundafund which essentially works like the more popular US version, Kickstarter, where I, the project creator, can set up a project, whereby if people like it, they can pledge money (buy rewards) to make it happen. The project creator sets up a funding goal and deadline and projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money.

There are free rewards, rewards to suit any budget, and I would absolutely love it if you could please share my video, share my campaign, share this post, and anything that will help spread the word will be greatly appreciated!!!

Please support my campaign and help bring Handmade by Me home!

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A colourful commission for Cillian Johnston…

Last year I was approached by an Irish furniture and design company called Cillian Johnston who were looking for someone to help them design and create a unique print for fabric, that they could then make into cushions and lampshades. The brief was to come up with a graphic representation, but not a directly literal representation, of a lamp that was awarded best new product in the category “Table Top and Interiors” at Ireland’s premier design and craft expo, Showcase Ireland, 2012, The Aran Beag rectangle lamp. It has two Aran knitted panels with a distinct cable pattern on the front and back of the base, as you can see below, and that was going to be the inspiration behind my design.

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They wanted me to try and use the aran knit style and the purply colours like the first lamp above, but weren’t neccessarily tied to it. And so I did some research on different aran knit styles and the one that grabbed me the most was the honeycomb style, featured in the centre of the jersey below.

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I took 2 different ideas, one of making the basic repeat pattern very graphic and bold following the honeycomb aran knit style (kind of), and the other of highlighting the smaller finer detail of the actual knitting stitches themselves. I wanted to try and show the changing colours and textures of different angles of the stitches graphically, and did so using lots and lots of different purply and bluey photographic textures…

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Below is a closeup of the pattern…the difference in scales of the pattern, up close and at a distance, allows the pattern to be used to create two completely different styles that can work together as a team or completely on their own.

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Here are some of the pictures they took to show me their finished products. Note the beautiful hexagonal shaped wooden buttons which highlight and work so well with the honeycomb pattern. We decided to use use the bigger scale on the front of the cushion, and the smaller on the back so you could switch them around or feature them side by side.

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You can buy these lovely items from their online shop.

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“Award winning master craftsman Cillían Johnston spent many years in furniture making and antique restoration before being joined by his industrial designer wife, Lisa in 2003. Since then they have been servicing and supplying private clients, architects, interior designers and furniture contractors nationwide and in the UK with innovative and original furniture design.

 In 2011 they expanded their business into home accessory and giftware design when they began working on a range of lighting products called “Aran Beag” that are inspired by the traditional craft of Aran knitting.

 Cillían has developed a solid reputation for excellence in workmanship using the best quality materials, in particular Irish hardwoods and his Aran Beag lamps are no exception. The timelessness of Cillían’s products and exacting finish to detail are qualities maintained from the business’s inception.

 It is Cillían’s uncompromising attention to detail that sets him apart: “We are obsessed with quality; nothing leaves our workshop until I’m happy with it”.”

handmade by me is now climbing the walls…

Its finally OFFICIAL, my wallpaper collection is ready to go! I am really excited about this as I have always wanted to do it with my designs, but was waiting until I moved back to Cape Town to start looking for suppliers and printers.

The wallpaper itself has a lovely slightly textured finish which really lifts the designs, and each order placed is printed to your size specification with installation services in all major cities round South Africa should you need. For all you overseas customers I am more then happy to post the panels out to you.

I can also do all the designs in the form of a wall vinyl instead of wallpaper which is slightly easier to apply, and you have the option of a splash back finish which is applied to the vinyl for areas which might come into contact with water such as a bathroom or pool area. Please someone do the another rainy day in their bathroom please!!! : )

If you have a room or area you would like to make a change to, and you’re not sure what you would like to do, send me a photo and I will help show you what you could do to completely transform your space into something new and exciting.

To view the whole range of wallpaper designs click here. To make any purchases please contact me with your specs, or view my Etsy store to buy individual panels.

Here are a few tasters…

lovely lazy laser cut…

Ever since Louis Vuitton launched his spring 2012 collection (see below) I have been obsessed with anything and everything laser cut. From clothing (especially clothing!) to interiors, to shower curtains, to little cut out cards, there is nothing that won’t work in this beautiful style! And so I decided to make a little lazy laser cut print of my own (see right at the bottom), which one day I would actually like to laser cut, but for now printing it onto my gorgeous linen cotton fabric will have to do : ) And its available in 3 soft ice-creamy colours in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels at my etsy store and others.

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This is a pic I have had in my inspiration folder forever…isn’t this the most gorgeous shower curtain ever?

And finally…my lovely Lazy Laser Cut in cream, pink and green…

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handmade by me at an exhibition near you…

I am delighted to let you all know that handmade by me will be exhibiting at the little green street gallery in conjunction with offset 2012!

“It began with a call for submissions from artists of all walks of life and varying practices. After an over whelming response we have selected over 40 artists from Ireland and abroad. They will be show casing their works ranging from print, sculpture, textile, jewellery, photography, collage, painting and mixed media collaborations all with their own approaches to contemporary art.

Possibly one of the most exciting exhibitions Little Green Street Gallery will host this year, we welcome you all to come and see some of the most inspiring and innovative artists Ireland has to offer.”

The show will run from 10th March until the 16th of March.
The address is 12a Little Britain Street Dublin 7 (in the old fruit and veg markets).

Hope you can make it!

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