Origami DIY…

So you might remember the origami birds chair that I reupholstered and upcycled for Oxfam Ireland last year. Well it seems that is has inspired quite a few of you to go on and reupholster chairs of your own using the same origami birds fabric. One of my lovely customers bought a metre of origami birds a few months ago to reupholster a chair of her own, and today she sent me some pics of how her little project turned out. I am so delighted that she is letting me share the pics with you…the chair looks AMAZING!!! And hopefully it will inspire more of you to try this simple and easy way to turn old not so pretty looking furniture into new beautiful statement pieces for your home. yay for upcycling : )

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Here’s the before/after pic of the chair I originally upcycled for Oxfam Ireland.

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And here is one of a set of deck chairs I recently recovered up for a customer using the Origami Birds design in an extra heavyweight cotton…

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wall flowers…

I am so delighted to let you know that 2 of my lovely wallpapers have been featured in a beautiful and aptly titled “Wall flowers” feature in the latest issue of Garden & Home. Both the Spring Has Sprung, Peach Floral wallpaper and the Birdy Num Num in Purple Blue wallpaper have been listed amongst the “made to measure” section. If you’re in the mood for romance this season nothing says commitment quite like wallpaper : )

But for those of you looking for something a little less permanent I have found a new supplier as an alternative,  who offer fully removeable self adhesive wallpaper which is uses PVC-free paper, and is durable and eco-friendly.

See more detailed pics of my 2 wallpapers below…both are available from my new Handmade By Me online shop.

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Spring Has Sprung Peach Floral Wallpaper

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Birdy Num Num in Purple Blue Wallpaper

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lazy sunday market…

I am delighted to let you all know that we will be at The Doilie Market at Little Stream in Constantia this Sunday the 27th January. It will be a great day out at a beautiful outdoor venue, with delicious food and drinks and plenty of entertainment to keep those kids happy while you browse around the lovely selection of beautifully crafted products. This will be Handmade By Me’s first Doilie Market so come and show your support and say hi! We’re really looking forward to it!

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The Doilie Market is a meeting place for all with the love of art, craft and design to come and display their work, support each other, share thoughts and ideas and enjoy a morning filled with laughter, beauty and to create a reservoir of creativity.

Great care has been taken to hand pick our selection of Crafters to ensure that we only have fresh, original and innovative crafts and products.”

Hope to see you there!

 

pretty pretty purses…

…for everyone!! They’re pretty, and popular and pretty good pricewise! You can use them for money, for makeup, for pens and pencils, for the odd bits and pieces you always lose in your handbag, or for whatever great reason you can (make up) think of. These are my new tote bags’ best friend! You may have noticed them on my market tables for the last few months, and I have finally had a chance to shoot them properly….soooo here you go…

AND I am even more excited to let it slip that they will very soon be available from my very own South African Handmade By Me online shop! Yay!!!!! I’m afraid I can’t reveal much more than that for now….but as always…watch this space!

Pretty Proteas Purse

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Pink Flamingo! Purse

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Fly Away Birds Purse

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Birdy Num Num Purse in Purple Blue

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Indigo Blue Purse

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Cats ‘n Dogs Purse

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Black Origami Birds Purse

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my new totes amazing tote bags…

My new tote bags are have arrived and look how fantastic they have turned out! I will be making them in all designs so feel free to get in touch if there is one you are specifically after…I can’t wait to make a fly away birds tote and a pink flamingo, and I think the proteas and strelitzias will look ever so stylish! I also have matching purses so if you’re looking for a great gift idea, try a tote bag and matching purse, or go wild and mix it up! All totes now available through my Etsy store or through my lovely stockist Hello Pretty : )

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Black Origami Birds Tote Bag

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Pink Vintage Squares Tote Bag

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Blue Origami Birds Tote Bag

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on your marks…get set….

…GO!

I am delighted to let you know that Handmade By Me’s first market for the year will be The Treasury Market THIS saturday in conjunction with the Slowmarket at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch. We have been at this lovely outdoor market before and I must say it is one of my favourites. It is on all day in the most beautiful venue, and if the weather is gorgeous you can hang out on the grass with an ice-cold beer, have something delicious for lunch, and listen to the live music and just relax. Look out for the special Treasury Market marquee where everything is handmade and beautifully selected and only features on the first saturday of every month. I myself found quite a few brilliant gift ideas last time, like the handmade superhero cape and matching eye mask I bought from Lula by Emma for my little godson (an incredibly genius idea for kids really!).

So I hope to see you there! Please spread the word, just because it’s January doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy go out and yourself just a little bit : )

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And along with that great news, I am so happy to say that Mr & Mrs Lifestyle Design is our latest Cape Town stockist! Tucked away in Kloof street, this shop is even more tempting than the chicken aoli sandwiches from across the road at the Tamboerswinkel! (…well almost ; )). But nevertheless this is a shop you don’t want to miss out on, if you’re in the area beware the lovely selection of items stocked here, you will want to take home everything!!

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“After a year of travelling through Indonesia, Argentina and India Cecil and Sarah Jane Bosman have returned to open their new store on Kloof street, Cape Town – Mr and Mrs Lifestyle and Design. The store is a treasure trove of beautiful cottons, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and clothing. Mr and Mrs Hosts a range of South African fashion designers including I Love Leroy , Take Care , Two , Silverspoon, Amanda Laird Cherry , Christopher Strong and Missibaba. Mr and Mrs stocks something for everyone, their current stock includes: hot summer fashion ranges by leading local designers, giftware, homeware, jewellery as well as imported furniture.”

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Happy new year!

Happy new year to all my lovely followers and to any new visitors! Wishing you all an exciting and successful year ahead. I hope that this going to be a great year for all of us. I definitely have high hopes for Handmade By Me 2013 and I am so excited that I can share it all with you right here…..sooooo watch this space! Please also note that Handmade By Me has a facebook page and its the place where I post about everything! To become a follower and keep up to date with all kinds of exciting new products, photos and plans, big or small, click here.

And we are starting off the year with some exciting news about a big new Handmade By Me online stockist, 5 Rooms. 5 Rooms is South Africa’s online home and living store, and is your one stop shop for furniture, homewares, accessories, appliances and décor. They offer free delivery for any orders over R250 which is fantastic for any cushions, cushion covers and aprons, plus great return options if you decide they’re not for you. Either way you are going to love browsing through all the lovely items which boast both international and local designer brands.

Click here to link straight through to the lovely Handmade By Me section on 5 Rooms.

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