Christmas presents all wrapped up and delivered to your door…

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.

There are 4 ways to best view my selection of products, here on my blog, my Etsy store, Hello Pretty and handmade by me’s facebook page.

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!

Its YOU again…

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?

And here are a few closeups of my Striking Strelitzias tea towel…available to buy directly from me here through Etsy and Hello Pretty

handmade by me.

Christmas doesn’t have to be all snowfights and santas…

No it certainly doesn’t! And specially when you live in the southern hemisphere and spend your christmas days on the beach as opposed to in the snow. Now I really do LOVE being in the snow AND the build up to Christmas (in Dublin), in fact it is my favourite time of year (in Dublin), not only because of the many christmas functions, christmas parties, christmas dinners and christmas drinks taking place all the time, but because everyone is just in such a great mood! I have spent the last 4 christmasses in Dublin and believe me everyone there gets in the mood, there is even a radio station completely dedicated to christmas songs which is only available during November and December every year…and believe me that is 2 months too long! This year I will be in the sunny (hopefully) eastern cape sipping on cocktails instead of mulled wine, wishing I was covered in snow and I will probably have a (very small) moment where I will wish I could hear just 5 minutes of christmas FM (ha ha we will see about that one).

However in the eastern cape I will be relaxing instead of last minute shopping for christmas gifts. One of the most horrible and tragic occurences of christmas is trying to do your last minute chritmas shopping along with the rest of the nation! In any country! I have witnessed shopping etiquette (or should I say lack of) that rivals any other known to mankind (except maybe “The Brown Thomas day after christmas sale”…and believe me when I say that its a pretty hairy affair). I have seen people fight over small items and queues that will make you cry! And there is nothing worse than wishing more than anything, that you had done this 3 months ago like you say to yourself at this very time of every year.

And so that is why I am offering you a one stop shop for all your christmas pressies, with the convenience of door to door delivery, and all it takes is an email. Send me what you would like to order, I will send you an invoice, you can pay by EFT or by credit card and I will make sure that all your items are giftwrapped (at no extra cost) and delivered before you leave for your christmas holidays. For any overseas customers I can do the same for you except your items will be posted instead of couriered.

Please bare in mind any orders that aren’t in stock will need to be made up which can take a few weeks so its really best to order now.

For anyone who is looking for christmassy looking items I have my Indigo Red and Red Vintage Squares (if you want that christmas with an african twist) ranges that will work for all your christmas needs….and you can use or wear them again and again throughout the year! Here are some suggestions below…

For the chef…

For the host…

For the house…

For the kitchen…

And if you feeling a little crazy…for the wall…

And if you have no idea what to get, please get in touch I would love to help!

Now available from…The Wedding Gift List and Not The Mall…

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!!

The cutting edge of space…

Look who made into the Home Weekly supplement of the Sunday Times this last Sunday! None other than my space rocket solar system cushion cover! Seems quite appropriate given the week we’ve had, with Felix Baumgartner managing to successfully complete his Red Bull Stratos jump. And they called it a space invader…LOVE that! Here’s a direct link to the cushion cover on hello pretty and on Etsy.

handmade by me.

New evening market starting at The Woodlands Eatery

There is nothing better than dinner at The Woodlands Eatery. Well nothing except dinner AND a night market at The Woodlands Eatery of course! And this is all kicking off this Monday the 15th from 7pm with the first of their Monday evening markets. There will be beer, there will be wine, there will be pizzas! And with a great selection of sellers from fashion to decor to plants this market is going to rock! Hope to see you all there!

Room Online bring Handmade by Me to Joburg at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest

Yes thats right all you Handmade By Me fans living in Joburg, now you can get your hands on a whole array of lovely Handmade By Me goodies including my new aprons. Room Online the beautiful Joburg local online craft and design shop are going to be stocking Handmade By Me, and to kick things off they are going to be setting up a stall at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest this weekend in Emmarentia. The festival is set to be awesome and there is going to be an amazing amount of really lovely things to drink…and buy! I am so sad I will be missing out as I am working the stall at the Bay Harbour Market this weekend, but I would really recommend you go and check it out for yourselves. See more details on the festival below.

And so Handmade By Me is now available at Room Online. “an online platform whose primary mission is to showcase south africa’s wealth of local design and décor talent. as the founders, we’re passionate about all things south african. because of this, we’ve trawled the length and breadth of our vibrant country to be bring you the very best in design and decor. we’ve created an online retail space where you can browse and buy beautiful things for your home, all of which have been locally inspired, locally designed and locally produced.”

Don’t miss out on Room Online‘s beautiful display of products at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest this weekend.

“The JOZI CRAFT BEER FEST is back! And with more to offer! The festival has grown in 6 long dry months from 14 to 21 Breweries. We have learnt from the first one and will be introducing more beer, more taps, bigger stands, more seating, more shade, more water, more food and parking facilities on a secured field. Its no wonder we are looking to make this the best one yet.

Still all 100% locally brewed craft beer, cider & spirits. With music to fill the empty spaces and seating to make the beers slide down on a hot sunny day what better thing to do than come and spend the day with us. We will be open form 10am on Saturday the 13th of Oct and will be coming back year after year with more crafted magic!

Come enjoy the best of South African craft beer in the heart of Jozi. Come down to the second installment of the  JOZI CRAFT BEER FEST!”