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!




Oh hey baby…

We’re having a super cute baby fest over here at Handmade By Me thanks to all the lovely photographs we have received of your little tiny tots enjoying their Handmade By Me goodies : ) We do have to say that our customers have the cutest kids!!!

Featured above our some of our favourite 100% cotton muslin baby blankets and burp cloth/bandana bibs, our nappy covers, Big 5 placemats (which turn into face masks) and cushion covers.

We have also recently added our new Foliage colour ways to our range of 100% cotton muslin products.

Our Striking Strelitzias nappy cover made it into Living & Loving magazine‘s selection of Local is Lekker for Heritage month.

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And we are also delighted to let you know that we will very soon be adding two new products to our kids range : )

You might remember we were looking to give our fabric off-cuts away to a good cause a few months ago – well the lovely Amander took them on, taught herself to sew and will be soon be providing us and her new business with some lovely new products to sell at various markets, as well as at the Handmade By Me + Windowsill shop. All proceeds for these products go straight to Amander and her new business, we are merely supporting her with fabric and advice, and a happy place to sell her wares : )

First up are these gorgeous little rag dollies which are now for sale (along with some other products made by Amander). Aren’t they just the sweetest? We can’t wait to see some of these in our latest designs. And don’t worry boys, we have monkeys and other animals coming soon.


And next up will be floppy kids hats for Summer! We are busy prototyping these with Amander so watch this space to find out when you will be able to get your hands on one.


If you would like to support Amander, you are very welcome to pop into the shop to buy some of her wares (they make great gifts), or email me if you might be interested in her making up some products for you.

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Spring into September…

Spring has sprung and all kinds of floral motifs are in the air : ) We specially liked this one from Livingspace magazine featuring their Ed’s Choice. This is our favourite time of the year and we can’t wait for the warmer weather to arrive. And along with it, all the beautiful plants and flowers that we are so inspired by!


You can also check out Visi magazine’s top 11 Spring Essentials.

Spring is a time for rebirth, and if you’re ready for a breath of fresh air, you can have a look at some of the newest products we have added to our Biotica range lately.

Our soft 100% cotton muslin baby blanket swaddles and burp cloth/bandana bibs are now available in our two Foliage colour ways.


And our table runners are now available in both Foliage colour ways as well as our Blue Willow Pattern.


If you are looking for inspiration you can also have a look at how some of our happy customers have styled their own photos of our products. We’d love to see what you do with our things, so please feel free to share your home or DIY inspiration with us, or tag us on Instagram.

And while have been having a rather quiet time over the winter months, it is so great to see some others have been very busy at it.

The CDI (Craft & Design Institute), along with their new name because they are now a national enterprise, have just launched their new Design Directory 2017-2018. We were so happy to see ourselves included, and in such a big spread, alongside such a wealth of national talent. We are delighted to let you know that we have a few copies of the Design Directory on sale at the Handmade By Me + Windowsill shop if you are interested. They are R290 each. You can also order a copy online here.

Double love for us from Sunday Times‘ Home’s Ed’s Picks this month with different products being selected for two issues in a row : ) Firstly our Foliage on Green cushion cover and then our Prickly Pears hotel slippers.

Sarie magazine featured our Foliage on Pink wallpaper.

And Home Magazine showed us how to breathe life into our décor using scatter cushions.

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National Women’s Day SALE

It is National Women’s Day next week, and because we are 2 young women trying to make it in the world of retail, we have decided to offer you all 15% off all purchases from the Handmade By Me + Windowsill shop between now and Saturday August 11th.

Please note the shop is usually closed on public holidays so we will be closed for National Women’s Day which is the 9th, but to make it up to you all, we will be offering the 15% discount off all online orders as well just for the day! Please use the discount code HappyWomensDay when checking out : )

We have also slowly been adding more products to our new BIOTICA range over the past few weeks, which we think have turned out rather nicely, so we thought we’d share with you here : )

Mini melamine trays

Chef aprons


Tote bags and purses

Next up will be our muslin baby blankets, burp cloth/bandana bibs and hotel slippers…so watch this space!

We also hand painted some pretty little plant pots to go with our very obvious obsession with green and pink. Windowsill potted them up for us and they are now available exclusively from our shop.


And we’ll leave you with this lovely little feature from Real Estate online magazine.

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Celebrate Christmas South African style this year

Celebrate Christmas South African style this year with our newest range of Christmas cards, gift tags and Christmas stockings.

Who said Christmas has to be all snow and winter and reindeers? Specially when we all know its going to hopefully be filled with lots of sunshine, beach time and ice-cream.

This year we created our Christmas designs with South Africa and all is floral glory in mind.


Our Christmas cards are available in 3 different designs. They are A6 in size and come individually wrapped with a white envelope.

Our gift tags are 85x50mm and are available in sets of 5. Each set contains 2 x Season’s Greetings, 2 x Merry Christmas and 1 x Happy Holidays. Each tag has a hole punched in the top middle and is threaded with red string.

Available online and in store from next week!

And don’t forget about our Prickly Pears Christmas stockings, aren’t they just the sweetest!


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Introducing our new range of designs and products

So it’s taken us a little bit longer than we anticipated, but finally we are able to show you some of the product shots of Handmade By Me’s newest range of designs and products.

For the Prickly Pears and African Aloes range, we have introduced these designs across our full range of products including our beautiful LUX Panama Cushion Covers which we sold out of at Kamers recently.


We also teamed up these two designs with our Pretty Proteas and Striking Strelitzias designs to bring you our full Cape Floral Kingdom range.


The LUX panama cushion covers are our premium range of cushion covers made using our luxurious quality 100% cotton panama fabric. This fabric is thick and soft, and we have cushion covers available in 60x60cm, and 60x40cm on request. We can also supply you with feather/down inners on request.


We have also introduced a little something for our favourite teeny tiny little customers, Nappy Covers.  These have been made using our beautiful soft 100% cotton. They are available in 5 designs and in 4 sizes: 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months and 18-24 months.

We are also very excited about our new reusable placemat designs, Birds of Paradise and Victoriana, which will be available alongside our Delft and Imari placemat designs in December. Please note that these are available to pre-order in the mean time.

Big 5 poster

You may have seen some pics of our Big 5 range for kids on our social media feeds lately. In Africa, the big five game animals are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros. The members of the Big Five were chosen for the difficulty in hunting them and the degree of danger involved, rather than their size.

The Big 5 range is available in 50x50cm cushion covers and reusable placemats at the moment, and we will hopefully be introducing these designs in the nappy covers shortly.

For the reusable placemats, each placemat has been laminated so you can use them over and over again, and then when you finally get sick of them you can turn them into face masks in just 3 easy steps. Each set of 5 contains one of each of the Big 5 animals. How fun would a kids party be with these guys!

To make sure that the placemats can easily be turned into face masks, I had to test them out and make a face mask out of each placemat design. Here’s how its done:


And here is me as the Rhino : )


All the above and more are available to purchase at the Handmade By Me online shop. Please note that we ship locally and internationally : )

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errr’body’s going surfing…

One of our lovely stockists on the Gold Coast of Australia, I Just Love That Fabric, sent me these photos last week of what one of their customers did with my Pink Flamingo fabric. They made a SURF BOARD!!!! How unbelievably cool is this? Don’t you just want to learn how to surf immediately so you can have one? Or make space on your wall so you can just look at it?? Ha ha, as you can probably tell, we are very excited about this!!

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We are also super excited about our Cape Town cushion being featured as part of their monochrome inspired shop ZA section in this month’s Glamour magazine : )

You can buy it here.

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And a little reminder about the Ideas Magazine Trunk Show near Stellenbosch this weekend. I am going to have some end-of-range specials going down so you really don’t want to miss out on this!

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