One of our lovely Durban stockist’s Mooi sent me these photos of the Handmade By Me goodies on display in their shop. How gorgeous do the aprons look on those mannequins? Durban peeps best you pop over to Mooi soon and have a look for yourself.
Well its all kicking off with 2 very festive Christmas markets in Stellenbosch this weekend where you can find all kinds of glorious Christmas festivities going on. Along with lots of delicious food to buy and fabulous gift ideas, these markets are going to get you in the mood for Christmas. Friday night the 30th November brings the Stellenbosch Slowmarket Christmas Night Market and then Saturday day the 1st December brings the Treasury Market Slow and Handmade Christmas Market, and if you are in Joburg this weekend make sure you don’t miss out on Room Online‘s stall at Collective.
“The Christmas Night Market on friday evening the 30th November at the Stellenbosch Slowmarket is the highlight of our yearly events calendar. This vintage styled authentic market has all the Christmas trimmings and we go all out in ensuring we select the finest suppliers of traditional Christmas goodies. Gingerbread houses, Christmas fruit cakes, mince pies, organic nuts, gammon rolls, German bratwurst, champagne, fynbos topiaries, décor and festive season ideas. Relaxed vintage Christmas music, coupled with a live music theatre production in the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre is most popular on the hot summer nights. Our designer goods market known as the Treasury Market will be joining us. Christmas gifts galore to fill up those stockings with handmade goods made by designers, crafters and artisans.”
“The Treasury Market is a platform for the Cape’s top emerging and established designer-makers to show off their goods and engage with their consumers in a beautiful winelands setting. Each market is uniquely curated and could include a handpicked selection of home decor items, jewellery, locally made designer fashion, accessories, vintage goods, upcycled furniture, kids stuff, ceramics, handmade shoes, paper art, contemporary crafts, and textile design.”
So hopefully I will see you all there. Please pop in and say hi if you are in the area. If you are in Joburg this weekend, my lovely stockist Room Online will be selling all kinds of awesome goodies at Collective, so if you missed out on the FoodWineDesign Fair do not fret you can still get your hands on some lovely Handmade By Me items this weekend.
“Collective is a collaboration between designers and collectors converging under one roof to offer an alternative, monthly, pop-up shop. Collective includes beautiful local and international clothing designers, jewellers, ceramicists, fabric makers, furniture designers, vintage clothes collectors and home ware specialists. This is a fantastic, first-of-its-kind event. A shopper’s paradise. Come and sip on champagne, crack open a craft beer and blissfully source all your Christmas stocking fillers and treats for Summer under twinkling lights with the vista of Joburg at your feet.”
And if you can’t make it to any of the markets, here’s a small appeal thats being passed around encouraging you to buy handmade products this Christmas! I couldn’t have worded it better so have a look below and hopefully spread the word : )
I am offering a one-stop shop for all your Christmas presents this year! Its as easy as pie and you get to avoid any last minute christmas nightmares! All you have to do is send me a list of the Handmade By Me items you would like to buy and I will do the rest. When your items are ready I will gift wrap them individually and deliver them to your door. If you live in Cape Town you are very welcome to come and collect directly from me. For everyone else I have extremely reasonable courier fees and they can get the goodies to you within a day or two. For overseas customers I will use the post office. If any South African customers want to post items overseas I can do this for you and save you the hassle of doing it yourself. Please bare in mind for any orders not in stock I will make to order and the fabric can take around 3-4 weeks to arrive so it is best that you get your orders in as soon as possible.
Please note that I can customise orders for you too. If you see something you want, but its not available in the design you like, chat to me I am happy to help!
HAPPY EARLY NO FUSS (HANDMADE BY ME) CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!
I am super delighted my Striking Strelitzias tea towel has been featured in the latest edition of YOU magazine! Apparently yellows are “wise and imaginative”….what do you think?
handmade by me.
I am delighted to let you all know that a lovely selection of handmade by me products are now available through The Wedding Gift List, an award-winning online gift registry service as well as through their lovely fresh online shopping portal called Not The Mall.
“The Wedding Gift List is an award-winning online Gift Registry service for bridal couples and their guests. Since 2007 it has fast established itself as the most stylish and personal wedding registry specialist in South Africa.”
“And brought to you by the team behind the award-winning online gift registry service The Wedding Gift List, Not the Mall is a fresh new online shop in South Africa, offering all those premium or unique brands you may normally struggle to find in your mainstream mall shops.”
Have a look yourselves, there’s plenty o’ lovely to see. I also noticed that shipping is free if you spend over R500…happy shopping!!
Make your picnic basket the coolest in the southern hemisphere this spring and summer with my 5% discount off any matching tea towel and napkin sets. Well they don’t really have to match…and they don’t really have to live in your picnic basket. All you have to do is go to my Etsy store, order any napkin set AND tea towel and type in the coupon code SPRING2012 at checkout, and your basket will be updated and discounted! For any of you living in Cape Town I am happy for you to save on those postage fees and collect directly from me. Please get in touch and lets get those picnic baskets in shape!
Here are a just a few of the items you can choose from…
Vintage Bikes tea towel
Vintage Bikes napkins
Pink Flamingo! tea towel
Pink Flamingo! napkins
Pretty Proteas tea towel
Pretty Proteas napkins
Indigo Blue tea towel
Indigo Blue napkins
Red Vintage Squares tea towel
Red Vintage Squares napkins
Please note that stock levels are going fast and that if your item is sold out I will have to make to order which can take a few weeks. Please contact me if you are not sure before you place your order.
First of all let me warn you that this place is one amazing idea! For any of you who are getting married anytime soon this is THE ONLY place to have your registry. They can do ANYTHING! They can organise ANYTHING. You can have ANYTHING! It is amazing and I must say after thinking I would never want a registry for my own wedding, I might just have changed my mind after seeing what these guys offer! Obviously they are now stocking Handmade by Me so you can have all the lovely cushions, napkins, tea towels and aprons in the world, but what is even cooler is that if you want it, you could have a room wallpapered in Pink Flamingo!, or you could have your dining room tables reupholstered in the lovely Origami Birds. I just think this is the best thing EVER! Take a look yourself and see what you think…all you already married people start planning to renew those wedding vows ; )
“Bespoke is a personalised wedding registry service that offers you the opportunity to customise your gift selection with a curated collection of the finest brands and stores on offer. Select what you want and where you want it from, and we’ll take care of the rest. You’ll have a wedding registry that’s tailor-made to suit your style, and your guests will have an easy, secure and effortless way to spoil you for your big day.”
I haven’t had the opportunity yet to let you know about one of Handmade by me’s online stockists The Design Basket. They have a lovely selection of Irish goodies, so if you are looking for something a little different they have everything from Irish jewellery to fashion accessories, homewares to Irish art…and of course items handmade by me : )
“At The Design Basket we love all things Irish but we’re really passionate about Irish gifts with a contemporary edge. Our vision is to bring Irish contemporary design to the world’s fingertips. There are so many incredibly talented designers & craftspeople throughout Ireland. They are exhibiting at local fairs and selling in boutiques but remain a secret to the online marketplace both within and outside Ireland. We aim to recreate online the excitement and passion often found in quirky little boutiques and craft fairs.”
They have also just been named ‘Best in Irish’ this week by the RTE Style File!
Definitely worth checking them out : ) just click on the image below or any of the links above.