some pretty (useful) placemats…

I am so very excited to finally introduce to you the latest addition to the Handmade By Me decor family…a set of 4 reusable placemats. Available in 4 different designs. R220 for a set of 4.

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The idea started when I wanted to have delft plates for the dinner at my wedding (I am obsessed!!). But I couldn’t afford to go out and just buy a whole bunch of plates, so I came up with the idea of printing the image of the plate onto paper, and then using that as a placemat so that the image would frame the plate and you would still get the effect. It certainly wasn’t as easy as it seemed…

Now my wedding budget couldn’t afford a full colour print, the size of the image was problematic etc etc blah blah….so I sadly had to go the one colour route. But atleast I got to have my delft dream, and well nobody probably even noticed. The real problem was that the placemats from my wedding were printed onto a very thin paper to cut costs (and we had to cut them out each manually) so unfortunately not many of them survived the party.

I then decided to turn my wedding idea into a better looking proper longer lasting actual product, that others could also use. And in full colour too…finally… I could print as many tones and hues of that beautiful indigo blue as I wanted, and then I decided to laminate them as well to make them stronger and more durable so they could be reused.

I asked my friend and (my wedding) photographer extroadinaire Stephanie Veldman (go check her work out immediately) if she wouldn’t mind sending me a few pics to show you how they looked on my wedding day. You see I am still waiting to see my wedding pics so it was as much for you as it was for me : ) but I just love the way they have turned out… and now I am just too damn excited about seeing the rest of them!!! Thanks for these Steph!

Just remember these placemats in the photos are not at all the same colour or quality as the ones for sale. But they certainly give you an idea of how pretty they can look!

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Photos by Stephanie Veldman, and a big shout out to my super talented friend who did all the plants and flowers, Alex from Windowsill (she is amazing!!).

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Handmade By Me’s new placemats are now available to buy online from the Handmade By Me online shop, Etsy, Hello Pretty, and various other stockists including SAM (South African Market).

Here they are up close…

Delft Plate Placemat

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China Plate Placemat

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Pretty Proteas Placemat

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Fly Away Birds Placemat

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bits and bobs and brand new products…

So I am mostly excited to (almost) tell you all about our exciting new product that we have made!! I’ll give you a hint, its not made with fabric! But, it will certainly help make your dinner parties even cooler than you could imagine (and it is super affordable!! yay : ) BUT I can’t tell you what it is just yet as we are going to launch it with the CCDI at Decorex at the CTICC in Cape Town from 25th to 28th April : ) So unfortunately you will just to have to wait till then…pop into Decorex weekend after next and see for yourself, or watch this space for the unveiling!

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In the meantime here are a few of Handmade By Me’s latest features…

Dawanda has released its Spring Summer 2014 Lovebook and I am so excited my Pink Flamingo cushion cover has been chosen to be featured once again, this time along with some very fruity looking tropicals : )

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And my indigo blue purse has also been featured, as part of the “Essentials” section of Issue 38 of the lovely Crush online magazine. Anything that focusses on decor and cooking and looking good has a special place in my heart… along with these nifty items for some seriously grand al fresco dining! If you live in Cape Town you might agree that we have been spending alot of sunny days outdoors lately! It seems the summer ain’t going nowhere for a while…

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As always everything is available to buy online at the Handmade By Me online shop and various stockists : )

 

 

Now available from…Petrichor Studio

So I just quickly want to thank everyone who popped in to SAM (South African Market) for the launch of our 1 week only Apron Sale : ) We had such a great night and so far the sale is still going pretty well! Don’t worry if you think you have missed out, there are still 3 more days left if you want to get in on this action! For those who might have missed it earlier, we are taking 10% off all Handmade by me chef and vintage aprons until this Thursday 10th April. Pop into SAM, or go online and take advantage of the sale at the Handmade By Me online shop, Hello Pretty and/or Etsy.

Need I remind you that it is Mother’s Day next month….ahem ; )

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And then I would like to introduce to you, Handmade by me’s latest online stockist, Petrichor Studio. Situated in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Petrichor Studio is all about creating sustainable spaces for clients – in the home, the office and the garden. They offer a complete consultation and design service for interiors and gardens, and they have a lovely little online shop that compliments that all nicely.

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“Michelle Hatherly has many years of garden design experience primarily using indigenous plants, as well as several years practice as an interior designer. She is passionate about sustainable and eco-friendly design and employs the “reduce, re-use, recycle” principles in her inspiring design of spaces.

Petrichor Studio has also evolved with the collaboration of Michelle and her photographer/designer daughter, Sasha Hatherly. They have considered creating an online store for some years, which would showcase the talents of local South African designers and artists.

Now a reality, the Store will ultimately ‘stock’ a range of handmade furniture, lighting, cushion covers and other accessories which are useful, durable, but which will also beautifully decorate home, office and garden, and create sustainable spaces to live and work in. Many will be cleverly re-purposed items, as well as those produced from recycled materials. A select range of indigenous bulbs and seeds grown by Petrichor Studio, will also be available to purchase in the Store.”

Go on, check out their full website here www.petrichorstudio.com.

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We’re having a 1 week only Apron Sale…starts tomorrow!!

Yay we’re having a 1 week only Apron Sale where you can get 10% off all Handmade By Me aprons, both vintage and chef styles (while stocks last of course). And its all kicking off at SAM‘s Sale of the Season tomorrow between 3pm and 9pm as part of First Thursdays Cape Town! Also as of tomorrow, the Handmade By Me online shop, Hello Pretty, and Etsy will all be hosting the Handmade By Me 1 week only Apron Sale online, but if you really want first dibs on something you have had your eye on for while, I would recommend popping into SAM tomorrow so you can get your hands on that discounted apron straight away, and save on postage : )

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Unfortunately the sale only applies to stock which I currently have, which means you need to email me sera@handmadebyme.co.za to check if I have what you want in stock before purchasing so that I can reserve it for you. Alternatively if you really really really want ; ), I can make to order for you at the sale price, but that can take up to 5 weeks. Don’t say I didn’t warn you : )

And if Aprons are not your thing (huh?) come have a beer or glass of wine, and peruse all the lovely things also on offer at the Sale of the Season at SAM tomorrow anyways. There are a whole lot of awesome local brands (see below)) also taking part in the sale so you’re pretty much guaranteed to walk away with something fabulous!

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