Handmade by Me, Decorex and the CCDI…

As most of you know handmade by me made it to the Cape Town Decorex this year as a part of the CCDI Collective Store. The expo ended yesterday and I was lucky enough to go and have a mooch around last Thursday. Here are some photos of (mostly handmade by me goodies) on display alongside the 40 something designers that were all chosen to be featured. Please excuse the shoddy iphone picture quality!!

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While I’m at it, I would really like to introduce you to the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) and tell you a little more about what they do. And if you are a crafter, or a designer who makes products and lives in the western cape, this is for you!

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The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) was set up in 2001 to promote and grow craft as an economic sector in the Western Cape province of South Africa. A not-for-profit company, the CCDI is a joint initiative of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The CCDI has also been adopted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) as a model craft hub, to serve as a template for the establishment of similar craft institutes in other provinces of South Africa.

The CCDI supports craft producers and helps to network all players in the product-to-market chain. This includes craft producers and designer-makers, retailers, marketing agents, exporters and service providers such as designers, product developers, skills trainers, business development practitioners and mentors. Government and other funders form a vital part of this collaboration, to build relationships across sectors.

For more details check out their website www.ccdi.org.za

And lastly….don’t forget its the lovely Woodlands Market on tonight from 6pm!! I have lots of lovely aprons and tea towels if you’re looking for any last-minute mother’s day gifts! Its a perfect day for it, I hope to see some of you there : )

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all aboard the week ahead…

And speaking of going to market, we have a great line-up of events happening over the next week! Magpie Motel‘s Durban pop up shop, Cape Town’s Decorex 2014, The Doilie Market in Durbanville, and our favourite, The Woodlands Market in Vredehoek! And what with Mother’s Day round the corner, there is no better time than now to do some last minute gift purchasing!

Kicking it all off from Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th, is the first Magpie Motel pop up shop held in Durban. Most of you may remember the awesome goodies on sale at their hilton venue, well now you can get all that and more, and a little closer to home…well for all the Durban folks anyways!

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Then very importantly we have Cape Town’s Decorex 2014, South Africa’s finest décor, design and lifestyle expo! It’s on at the CTICC and starts on Thursday 25th and runs until Sunday the 28th. I won’t be there personally but you can find a wide variety of handmade by me goodies on display at the CCDI collective stand. I am very much looking forward to being on the other side of the “table” for a change…

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Then Saturday we are going to be doing our first Doilie Market at Poplars, D’Aria Winery in Durbanville. They seem to have got it right with cover in case it rains, heaters in case its cold and a huge play area to keep your kids entertained! And of course lots and lots of awesome things to buy! Its meant to be a beautiful day so we’re really looking forward to giving this a go…we hope you will pop in and say hi if you’re in the area: )

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And finally on Monday 29th we will be back at our favourite Woodlands Market. I love this market, and its not because of the pizzas or the wine, but because you’re guaranteed to have a good time…and possibly indulge in a little retail therapy while you’re at it : )

Woodlands Blank dateAnd if you can’t make any of these, then you can always find something for Mother’s Day at the handmade by me online shop! I highly recommend the cup o tea chef apron which is guaranteed to brighten any tea lovers day : )

this little piggy went to market…

Most of you get to see handmade by me’s online presence every day, but some of you might not know that we are also avid marketers, always looking for the next great place to be selling our wares! We have been trying out a few different markets over the summer and so I thought I’d share some of the pics which have only really featured on our facebook page…till now : ) Hopefully this will convince you to come say hi at the next one which will be… The Doilie Market at Poplars, D’Aria Winery Durbanville, on the 27th April.

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The Market at Val de Vie

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The Lock Stock Market

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For any information about which market we will be at next, check out our facebook page, or email me : )

Origami style…

Look what I spotted in yesterday’s Rapport‘s my styl section : ) My blue origami birds cushion cover : ) Its seems origami is all the rage these days, check out these lovely origami inspired decor items, I just LOVE the beautiful paper strelitzia by freshlyfound!

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And if you love this design, here are some other lovely blue origami products…

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…all available in blue and white OR black and white….from the handmade by me online shop and other lovely stockists : )

a little lampshade lovin’…

And just in case you didn’t know… handmade by me make lampshades!! In any shape and form and size and design, just let us know whatever you need and we’ll make it specially for you. Or if you’re not sure what you need, we can help you figure it out…standing, bedside, living room, drum, flute, you name it…and in any design we have! Here are some lampshades we have made in the past…

You might have noticed some of our lampshades on display at the design indaba…

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Here are a few closeups…

my Striking Strelitzias standing lamp…

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Pink Flamingo! bedside lamps…

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My Birdy Num Num bedside lampshade which is made using wallpaper in the inside of the shade so that the pattern is only visible when the light is turned on….how gorgeous is this for a low light in a baby’s room…?

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My Blue Origami Birds bedside lampshade which you have seen before…

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And my Indigo Red standing lamp…as seen at the Tjing Tjing Market…

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Please feel free to email me for more details and prices!

Now available from Mazzoe…

Mazzoe (pronounced mazz-o-ey) is a new Cape Town based platform that collects the world’s most interesting contemporary jewelry, accessory and décor designers into gorgeous, e-commerce enabled portfolios.

After starting with unique and interesting South African designers, Mazzoe will soon branch out to include talented designers all around the world.  Mazzoe wants to help people cut through the clutter to easily find the talented young designers that are finding it increasingly hard to get noticed in our noisy online world.”

Focussing mainly on jewellery for now, have a look at all the lovely goodies, including a selected range of handmade by me products, that Mazzoe have on offer…did I mention that local and international shipping is free!

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and we’re flying through space…

Firstly I would like to say a big thanks to everyone who ordered a handmade by me surprise with presents in the post! This is now closed and all orders will be making their way out to you : ) For anyone who missed out on this, check out presents in the post here, they have different designers featuring each month and I know for certain that there are some awesome one’s lined up!

And on this rainy monday morning I am delighted to share with you my latest features in the lovely Garden and Home magazine this month : ) Both my fly away birds cushion cover and my space rocket solar system wallpaper were featured and I couldn’t be happier!!

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And here are some closeups of the fly away birds cushion cover, also available in tea towels, napkins, tote bags, purses, aprons, lampshades and wallpaper.

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Vintage Apron

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And here is a closeup of the space rocket solar system wallpaper, also available in cushion covers and lampshades…don’t you think this design would make an awesome bedside lamp for a little boy’s room…

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Cushion Cover

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And don’t forget all my fabrics are now available by the yard directly from the handmade by me online shop : )

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