Thank you

Today’s blog post is a little unusual as we have some sad news to share with you all. After 6 wonderful, crazy, exciting, emotional, everything-you-can-imagine years, we have finally made the decision to slowly wind down our product offering and close the doors to Handmade By Me.

I should probably start by saying 2017 was definitely one of the most interesting years for HMBM, filled with an incredible amount of highs (the launch and success of our new Biotica range, we added lots of new products to our offering, and we took on lots of new stockists, both local and overseas) but we also had some lows, some of which have made us take a step back and look at the bigger picture, to decide if we want to grow our business into something bigger, or if we want to focus our energy elsewhere. 

After a hell of a lot of debating, changing my mind every 5 minutes, serious brainstorming and much philosophical thought about work life balance, and about what it is that I actually want to spend my time doing, I have made the really tough decision that I am going to slowly close the HMBM doors and give myself the opportunity to invest more time and energy on the part that I love most – design!

And so while I slowly wrap things up with HMBM, I am planning to spend my time taking on as many exciting design jobs as possible, hopefully working on some collaborative product design projects with other like-minded individuals, and finally, working on another business idea which I really am excited about developing. Please do keep my design (product & graphic) services in mind should anyone you know be interested.

I will still be assisting clients with custom product design and development, and our wallpaper and fabrics will still be available to purchase for the foreseeable future.

As much as this is possibly the hardest decision I have ever had to make (I can’t tell you how long it took me to write this post), I think that in my heart of hearts it is the right decision to make, and as hard as this closing down part is (its the worst), I am really excited about taking what I have learnt over the past 6 years and turning it into something more fulfilling, something more considered, and hopefully something more joyful and rewarding.

Our little retail store’s lease is up at the end of February and so no better time to start the winding down process than after that.

Our last day of trade in our little retail store will be Saturday 24th February, 9:30 – 2pm, when we will also be offering you an additional 25% off all purchases in store. This will be on top of the sale which is on at the moment with 40% off selected products, both in-store and online, while stocks last. I really hope you will be able to join us.

We will keep our online shop and any wholesale orders open as usual until the end of March, with any last fulfillments in April.

The online shop will continue on until all our stock is sold, and from there you will only be able to purchase our products from selected stockists.

For now, I would like to personally thank you all so much for all the support over the past few years. HMBM just wouldn’t be anywhere without the wonderful people who have embraced our brand and our products and loved them like their own : ) You are the core of our business and we can only hope that we have managed to contribute toward your lives, in the way that you have our business.

And because our doors aren’t closed just yet, we look forward to a fantastic last couple of months with you. We’ll be sharing any updates over the next few months here and on our social media pages. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

Sera

 

 

WIN with Handmade By Me and Lanalou Style blog

In case you hadn’t noticed over on our social media pages the past few days, we are having a massive Women’s Day GIVEAWAY with Lanalou Style blog, where you can WIN this lovely Foliage hamper from our BIOTICA range.

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And because Lana did the most gorgeous shoot for the giveaway, she really is a talent, I couldn’t resist not sharing it here with you as well. How beautiful are the pics below!

To find out how you can WIN this Foliage hamper worth R1440, hop on over to the Lanalou Style blog. And good luck!

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And don’t forget that our Women’s Day special offer of 15% any purchases from our retail store is still available until this Saturday 12 August.

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
online shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za
retail shop: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeandwindowsillshop

 

From Parys to Paris…

I have always wanted to use the term from Parys to Paris, and today it is perfectly appropriate, because as of right now, Handmade By Me products are available to buy both from En Style in Parys, South Africa, and from Le BHV Marais in Paris, France : )

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In a project championed by Artlogic, This is Cape Town and Le BHV Marais, we will see 30 exhibitors retailing their luxury goods from 14th June until the 31st of July at Le BHV Marais.

The department store will house a selection of exceptionally well made artisanal South African brands across various design categories namely; fashion, furniture, accessories, beauty, homeware and decor – all in full fusion. With over 60 000 daily visitors, the store presents an invaluable opportunity of exposing international audiences and buyers to the electric pulse of a South African creative energy that redefines the art of fine living.”

One of our friends in Paris stopped by the exhibition and made this little video for us on Facebook.

And while we have been trying to roll out our full range of products in our new Biotica designs, we have been very fortunate to have received such incredible love from both the public and from the media.

But before we share some of the media news, I wanted to first let you know that the giveaway we are doing with the gorgeous I Want That blog (where you can win 2 cushion covers in the design of your choice) is almost closed, so best you get in here very quickly if you if you still want a chance to WIN.

Roberta Thatcher from Sunday Times Home did a little Sunday inspiration feature discussing a few of our favourite things at the moment.

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We were very honoured to be a part of this incredible feature in Woman & Home magazine, where they tell the stories of 3 different locals who took their crafts to the next level.

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Home magazine made us travel back in time with these delightfully retro finds, including our Cape Town tray, for the home.

And House & Leisure probably didn’t even know it, but they showed off our Green Sprigs and Geometric Green cushions in a photo from the beautiful shoot done by Design Store (bottom right). Who, BTW, have just listed our new Biotica range as part of their current offering.

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
online shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za
retail shop: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeandwindowsillshop

April new(s)

We are now totally beyond excited to show you our new range of designs and products, but we are STILL unfortunately waiting on our beautiful backing fabric to arrive for our cushion covers. It was meant to arrive earlier this month, but with all the public holidays messing us around a bit, we have been told that it will now only be ready in May : (

So while we (im)patiently wait for it to all come together, we wanted to share a few things that have been going on behind the scenes, and how you can still get your hands on some of our new designs in the mean time.

These images were some sneak peeks we recently shared on our Instagram feed.

 

You may have seen last week on our Facebook page and Twitter feed that our trays, pot stands and chopping boards are now available to pre-order in both of our new Foliage colour ways : )

 

The very very first products in our Foliage on Green and Flora designs are presently on their way to Joburg for Kamers this weekend with PRESENTspace. The show will be on from 26-30 April at St John’s College in Houghton.

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We are also very excited to announce a new online stockist for us called Esque. And they are having a very exciting competition where you can win lots of lovely beautiful things for your home including our Victoriana placemats. See below and check out their Facebook page for more details on how you can WIN.

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Plein Str, another lovely stockist of ours based in Paarl, is having a pop store from 5-6 May, where you can browse their wares over a complimentary cup of tea and a slice of cake. See below and check out their Facebook page for more details.

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And if you didn’t get your sweet fix this Easter, do not fear, our Sweet Hearts wallpaper will do the trick! And its sugar free! Featured in this month’s Home Magazine for their cosy Autumn must-haves.

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And our end of season SALE lives on with more products being added all the time. Take advantage of our 2 for 1 deals, or take 40% off selected products. In-store and online. Only while stocks last!

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Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
online shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za
retail shop: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeandwindowsillshop

Winning with Handmade By Me

To celebrate our lovely new shop with Windowsill, we are having a very exciting giveaway with SA Decor & Design this month, where you can win this gorgeous table setting below valued at R1250!

We are giving away a set of 4 Birds of paradise placemats, 4 African Aloes Napkins and a beautiful Purple Moth Orchid potted in glass with an Aloe and String of Pearls. Follow the link below to find out how you can win!
http://www.sadecor.co.za/wordpress/win-handmade-giveaway/

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Competition closes on 25 June 2016, and the prize must be collected from our shop in Cape Town.

WHAT’S IN YOUR PURSE?

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Our PURSES make the best gifts…whether it is for a friend or for yourself, you can never have too many – and you can use them to carry just about anything…from keys to make-up to pens to cash to sunnies. So we have decided to do our bit to help you tighten those purse strings this winter with 20% off all purses all week! Just use the discount code PURSESTRINGS on checkout. Discount code ends Monday 13 June 2016. Only while stocks last.

In other news, our first lot of trays and pot stands (ideal for holding hot or warm pots or containers) are finally available to purchase directly from our shop. They are all heat resistant to 120C, and stain & scratch resistant. The trays are made using melamine and the pots stands are cork backed with a melamine surface.

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We have also just received lots of new stock of our colourful patterned lampshades…

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…which means we have added some of our older ones to the bargain box in the shop where you get half price off!

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Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
online shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za
retail shop: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeandwindowsillshop

may media love

We have had some really great media love for the month of May and we wanted to share it all with you here. First up is this really great shoot and feature in Sarie magazine. I love what they did with my products for the shoot below, and am so very flattered to have been given a full page feature, and to be featured alongside some really talented designers.

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Then Ideas magazine did a shoot using bits and pieces of fabric from local designers. See if you can spot our indigo Blue fabric featured here below.

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And then one of our friends discovered one of our phone covers in the Mango Airline inflight magazine, Juice, and sent us these pics. Our lovely Midnight Blue Mosaic phone cover made it onto the Ed’s Choice : )

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Don’t forget about the feature in this month’s Elle Decoration magazine that we showed you last week, where you still have a chance to win one of our Pretty Protea Chef Aprons. In case you missed it you can check it out here.

Then great news for all you Joburg peeps, we are going to be exhibiting some of our new products along with the CCDI (Cape Craft and Design Institute) at Inspire Trade Expo in Johannesburg from 10-12 June. For more info about the event, check out their website www.inspiretradeexpo.co.za

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Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

WE ARE HIRING…

Firstly VERY IMPORTANT, we are HIRING!!! We are looking for someone energetic, passionate, honest, creative and optimistic to be our new Junior Assistant Extraordinaire! Someone who is interested in being a part of Handmade By Me and helping it grow. We have put together a job spec here, please have a look and share with anyone who you think might be interested http://www.bizcommunity.com/JobView/196/597/241290.html

And then I don’t think I have had a chance yet to share with you our new placemat designs! For anyone who is not afraid of a bit of colour, these guys are for you! They have all been matt laminated so you can use them over and over again, and are available in 3 different designs, and in sets of 4 of the same design. They are available to buy online from the Handmade By Me online shop, or from various stockists. Certainly one way to cheer up those winter table blues : )

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Feisty Floral Watercolour on Green

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Minty Green Mosaic

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Get the matching napkins and table runner here!

And then we are also delighted to let you know that you can WIN one of our Pretty Proteas Chef Aprons with #DECOGROW in this month’s Elle Decoration Magazine.

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Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za