Getting hitched : )

You may have noticed it has been a little quiet on the Handmade By Me blog and facebook page lately….well thats because I am getting married to the love of my life in 4 days time!!! And even though we are keeping things very small and simple, there are still a million and one things to do before the big day!! I find myself feeling very fortunate that I work for myself and can be pretty flexible when I need, but it is still so difficult trying to juggle two very important things! Needless to say, Handmade By Me is going on holiday for a week or so. We have only a one day honeymoon to look forward to (that was silly?), but we have lots of friends and family over from Ireland so we will be eating and drinking and driving round the countryside making sure they have the best holiday ever (and come back and visit again soon ; )).

And so I leave you with some lovely magazine loving for Handmade By Me this February…

Starting with this really lovely feature on me and my new Cape Town cushion covers and tea towels featured in the “Discoveries” section of the latest Condé Nast House & Garden magazine…

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And then my Origami Birds cushion cover featured in Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Living” section…

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All of the above and more are available to buy from the Handmade By Me online shop : ) and various stockists!

Now available from…Fab Things

I have some good news for all you southern suburb Cape Town peeps, Handmade By Me is now stocked by Fab Things just off Dean St in Newlands. Fab Things is a gorgeous little shop stocking all kinds of awesome locally made goods, and is a great place if you are looking for a last minute gift…or just looking to give your home or someone you care about some love.

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Their manifesto, which is also written on the window of the shop, says it all…

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Here’s what owner Tracey Trevelyan has to say: “The ethos of the brand is about supporting local talent, job creation and social responsibility projects in South Africa. Small quantities are sourced and new fab things introduced continuously, so that Fab fans don’t get bored, and many local designers have a platform to showcase their products. So, if you like something buy it, before it is gone! There really is no reason to import anything, we have great talent and beautifully produced, great quality products right here.”

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And while I’m at it, here is a lovely little feature on “Must-have colour schemes for 2014” from South African Garden and Home magazine. It seems indigo blue is indeed the way to go this year as “classic blue and white goes contemporary”. I know Fab Things have a few of my indigo blue products in stock so pop down there if you’re looking for some on-trend inspiration : )

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My Indigo Blue design is available in fabric, wallpaper, cushion covers, napkins, tea towels, aprons, bags and purses : ) All from the Handmade By Me online shop and various stockists.

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Now available at LoveLeeHome (Australia)…

I am delighted to introduce to you a brand new stockist called LoveLeeHome in Australia. It is a lifestyle and accessories online shop based in Australia. They have a gorgeous array of products across lots of different categories, and all from different parts of the world. They have Handmade by Me stock over there, so if you live in Oz, this is probably the quickest way to get your hands on my products.

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Here is what the owner Cara Lee, who is originally from South Africa, has to say about her new venture…

“Developed on a shoe-string and a prayer, LoveLeeHome is my dream, a long time in the making, brought to life. I’ve always had a strong idea of what I wanted the end product to be, and getting there has been no small feat, but such an exciting adventure too. When you’re pouring every spare moment you have working on a project, but it doesn’t feel like work, that’s when you’re doing something you love.

 Having relocated to Australia from my native South Africa, I was inspired by the thought of new beginnings and adventures, which coupled with my love and passion for all things home, sparked an idea which ultimately blossomed into LoveLeeHome. I wanted to create an online platform offering a curated collection of products for the home and the designer woman that weren’t widely available in Australia, so I set about finding suppliers and products that would meet that brief. Essentially, if I loved it and would want it in my home AND if it was something a little different, a little unique and perhaps even quirky, then it was a must! Having worked in the South African home décor / textile industry prior to moving to Australia, I knew that there was a wealth of amazingly talented designers in South Africa who are manufacturing products of a world class standard, so I figured what better way to start than with the products I already knew and loved. The idea continued to evolve culminating in a handful of talented designers from South Africa and the rest of the world on board. Many months and endless hours later here we are, ready to showcase to the rest of the world just what Love Lee Home has to offer.”

And here are some of the cool things available at LoveLeeHome ( other than Handmade By Me obvs ; ) )

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I seriously want one of those spacesuit duvet covers above…how cool???

And here are some of the ways you can follow LoveLeeHome:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loveleehome.com.au
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@LoveLeeHome
Instagram: http://instagram.com/loveleehomeonline
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/loveleehome/