Happy looooooong weekend : )

It’s more like happy easter, but I like to say happy looooong weekend everyone : ) I don’t have any bunny or egg designs to whip out and amaze you all with, but I do have a big fancy feature filled with birds and flowers and trees and all things pretty in the latest issue of Condé Nast House & Garden! My Birdy Num Num design is the basis for this month’s colour palette breakdown which apparently “blends the barriers between pretty shimmer pastels and warm winter tones”.

Wishing you all a lovely long weekend! I am off to a wedding in the Karoo, hence all my excitement this morning, lets hope this forecasted rain doesn’t get as excited as I am!

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Here is a closeup of the birdy num num in linen cotton…

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And here is a closeup of the birdy num num in soft 100% cotton…

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And lastly…birdy num num wallpaper

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All available from the handmade by me online shop

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Please also don’t forget you only have 2 more days to enter our handmade by me and presents in the post awesome giveaway!!! Its so easy to enter and you can win a suprise gift in the print of your choice delivered to your door! Click on the link above or the image below and it will take you straight to the competition page. Good luck : )

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monday afternoon catch up…

I am super happy to let you all know that I have had one of my fabrics featured in the latest edition of House and Leisure alongside a really great selection of fabrics by different South African textile designers. You can see my pink vintage squares fabric there on the third shelf from the top! The fabric is available to purchase by the yard directly from the handmade by me online shop where I offer 3 different types of fabric in the same design (100% soft cotton, a linen cotton blend and an upholstery weight 100% cotton twill), all depending on what you would like to use it for. You can find all the info you should need at the pink vintage squares fabric listing, and if you would like any more information or have any questions please email me, I am happy to help : )

Here is the shoot House and Leisure did…

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Here is a closeup of the fabric in the linen cotton blend…

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I would also like to point out the AMAZING “3 ways with chilli” recipes inside, which were created and made oh-so-pretty by the great chef and owner of The Woodlands Eatery Larry Steenkamp and food stylist Kristy Snell. Who knew baby corn could look so pretty! And I’ve had that red chilli prawn curry…and it is truly HEAVENLY with that salsa!

And on a completely different note please don’t forget to enter the presents in the post and handmade by me awesome giveaway! Its super easy and you can win a secret suprise in the handmade by me design of your choice delivered right to your door. The competition is only on THIS WEEK so get entering and please spread the word!

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And for any pink vintage squares fans out there, here are some ready made products available to purchase in the pink vintage squares design…

cushion cover

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tea towel

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napkins

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vintage apron

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tote bag

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wallpaper

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All available directly from the handmade by me online shop : )

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here’s to bubbly sundays…

A new market is starting at the Val De Vie Wine and Polo Estate in Paarl. Its on on certain Sundays (dates below) and its sponsored by Pongracz which for me is reason enough to go, but I hear there are going to be lots of awesome sellers with with lots of gorgeous products to sell and foods to eat and wines to taste and music to listen to and..and…and…

Handmade by me are going to there at the first of the markets this sunday with a whole lot of fresh stock, and we hope that if you head down this way you will pop in and say hi and check out what I imagine is a most gorgeous venue!

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If you are looking for the exact address it’s Val de Vie Estate, R301, Jan van Riebeeck Drive, Paarl, 7646 or check out their website for more details.

recreate with handmade by me

Recreate is a cutting edge interior design range of repurposed furniture and lighting, started by Katie Thompson in 2009.

Using pieces of discarded junk, Katie recreates a unique, recycled range of furniture, lighting and interior accessories, each piece infused with its own previous character but with a new function. By blending South African craftsmanship, with high end finishes and her own eclectic perfectionist flair, Katie creates an original end product with a new integrity that epitomizes the very best of South African design.

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Katie has a beautiful shop you can browse in opposite the biscuit mill in woodstock, or you can supply her with your own pieces of furniture/random items/anything and she can turn them into beautiful new desirable pieces for your home. A selection of handmade by me fabrics are available for this, and I can’t stop dreaming of my fly away birds fabric on the inside of an old suitcase, or even covering one of her famous suitcase chairs! sigh!

Anyways definitley pop in to her shop or check out her website, she has and does everything you can imagine…and more!!

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Here is one of her suitcase chairs…

IMG_0234reAnd my fly away birds design…a match made in heaven no?

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Magpie Motel Pop Up Shop…

There’s a new pop up shop in town (well… in Hilton) and its set to be pretty impressive!! Its the first of the Magpie Motel pop ups and there is a wonderful selection of all kinds of lovely things to buy! Not to mention a great range of handmade by me goodies : )

Its on all day from the 13th to the 16th of March which is next week, please spread the word and pop in if you live close by. The shop will also have one or two cafe tables for you to sit at, order a coffee & have a homemade sarmie (for only R30!). It is also kiddie friendly, with loads of garden space and a small kiddies playground next door. If you are looking for any more info, check out their facebook page.

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MAGPIE MOTEL popup shop was born out of a pure love of anything she deemed beautiful, pretty, stunning, original, and genius. The original Magpie running the shop, is genuinely obsessed with beautiful things. Magpie Motel offers a collection of must haves in your nest, from clothes, to bags, to home decor, to kiddies bit and pieces, to food, you name it! She aims to reveal the brilliance of others, constantly searching and discovering.”

the design indaba is over…now what…?

The Design Indaba Expo is over! What an amazing, exhilarating and inspiring few days. Thanks to all my friends and family for all your support over the last few weeks building up to this, it really was worth all the hard work and effort. And thanks to everyone who managed to come past and say hi, it was so lovely to finally meet so many of you and put some faces to names.

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to pop in here’s a pic of the handmade by me stand : ) I miss it already!!

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And I (or rather my blue origami birds lampshade) was lucky enough to make the cut for a design indaba special published in the Rapport Mytyd section this last weekend…here’s what stylist Marian Ward thought stood out for her…

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All my lampshades are made to order in any of my designs and a variety of shades. Email me for more details or discuss any ideas you might have, I am happy to help.