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!

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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.

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

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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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Countdown to Christmas…

How is it that Christmas is almost here already? How did it happen so fast? How did we not realise? Where has the year gone? WTF? We cannot believe that is is almost that time of the year already!

And because we know so many of you are still looking for those last-minute gifts, or that something special for that someone special, we have decided to see what we can to help you at the last-minute this festive season.

Order online, or pop into our store, and we will gift wrap those orders beautifully for you. Last date for orders in time for Christmas by post is Sunday 17th December, and last date for orders via courier is Wednesday 21 December. 

We are staying open (in store and online) right up until Saturday 24th December, and we have also decided to stay open this Friday 16th December for the Day of Reconciliation.

We are also offering you something a little different this Christmas where for any orders which include one of our Christmas stockings, we will cover the cost of your shipping. Just make sure your order contains at least 1 Prickly Pears Christmas Stocking and that you use the discount code “ChristmasStockingFreeShipping” when checking out, and consider your order gift-wrapped and delivered to your door. Feel free to order as much as you like, as long as your order includes at least 1 Christmas stocking.

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We are going to be taking a small break between Christmas and the 9th of January. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for all the support you have given us this year. It has been a crazy one and we couldn’t have done it without you. We would like to to wish you all a merry Christmas (if you celebrate), and happy holidays and season’s greetings to all : )

See you in 2017.

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Late-night shopping with Handmade By Me

We are VERY excited to invite you to our very own late night shopping evening at the Handmade By me + Windowsill studio/showroom/shop next week Thursday 8 December.

There will be gin, there will be gift wrapping, and there will be 20% off everything in store so don’t miss out on this exciting one-off event!

This event is open to the public so please feel free to share it with your family and friends.

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We are also offering free gift wrapping on any orders from our online shop. Feel free to browse our product range from the comfort of your own home, order and pay online, email me what you would like to have gift wrapped, and then collect your order from our retail store (we have parking) at your convenience.

 

We have been so fortunate to have had such wonderful media love this November that we have decided to turn it into a kind of gift guide of sorts. See what some of SA’s finest media thinks of some of our products.

Food & Home magazine chose our online shop as the Editor’s Pick in their round up of favourite online shops.

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Fair Lady magazine looked to nature this month with some lovely gift ideas inspired by floral and foliage. So happy to see our Prickly Pears tea towel made the cut.

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Plascon Spaces magazine used our Geometric Navy and our Prickly Pears cushions in their latest Spring issue. See if you can spot our Geo Navy cushion on the cover : )

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We also discovered our Delft Plate Placemats featured in this beautiful table setting in Plascon’s Colour Forecast for 2017.

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And the lovely Lanalou Style blog picked our Delft and Imari placemats to help you “get the look” using Plascon’s Terrain inspired colour palette which is also featured in their Colour Forecast for 2017. You can read the full article here.

Livingspace magazine was inspired by the bright colours of summer, and featured our Yellow Squares and Pink Flamingo fabric as part of their Summer Lovin’ series. Incidentally, you can now buy Livingspace magazine from @home stores nationwide.

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It appears that flamingoes never seem to go out of fashion, specially this time of the year when Summer is on the way. Woman & Home magazine thought our Pink Flamingo phone cover available from Hello Pretty was spot on fashionwise this season.

We are also delighted to let you all know that our phone covers are now available to order for Samsung Galaxy S7, as well as the iPhone SE and the new iPhone 7.

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HAPPY SHOPPING!

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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.

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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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‘Tis the season…

So it seems we came back from Joburg to find the silly season in full swing! Where did the year go? I feel like it’s complete madness, but Christmas is literally around the corner. And so with that in mind, we have decided to make our annual Christmas stockings out of our Prickly Pears fabric this year. Who said Christmas has to be all snow and winter and reindeers? At least we’re still keeping in line with the green and red theme : ) Here’s how we plan to celebrate Christmas South African style.

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And who says you can’t decorate your whole Christmas table in our Prickly Pears this year. We have table runners, napkins, trays and pot stands to help make it look effortless, and you get to use everything all year round.

We are also going to be offering some Prickly Pears and fynbos-inspired SA style Christmas cards to our range over the next few weeks.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came and supported us at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair in Joburg last month. What an incredible event to be a part of. It was our first time at the show, and we really had such a blast. In case you missed it, here are a few pics from our stand.

We were also lucky enough to be featured as one of the Mail & Guardian‘s “10 best design stalls to look for” at the show which was such an honour.

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While we were there we also showcased our newest product, our hotel slippers, which really went down a treat. The slippers are readily available in 3 sizes in our Prickly Pears, Pretty Proteas and Pink Flamingo prints, as well as a select few one-off prints in (man) sizes.

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The Handmade Contemporary Fair was the one event we had planned for this time of the year, for a change. But even though we have decided to keep our Christmas events to a minimum this year, you can still find a selection of our products at various fairs and shows around the country over the next few weeks.

This weekend you can find our products at two different markets in and around Cape Town. Flick Inc is taking some of our products, including our new Prickly Pears Christmas Stockings, to the Constantia Gift Fair which is on at SARDA in Constantia from 2-6 November.

You can also find a small selection of our products on sale at the Festive Ideas market at Simondium Country Lodge, also on from 2-6 November.

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We were also very happy to have some of our fynbos designs readily available to buy at The Cape Town Flower Show which was such a success this last weekend at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.

And most importantly, we will most certainly be having a late night Christmas shopping experience at our shop with Windowsill in Cape Town in mid December. Expect all things Christmassy with lots of special offers and discounts on the night. The final date is TBC but you can follow our shop on facebook or watch this space if you would like to be kept in the loop.

And lastly look what we spotted in the September issue of Home/Tuis. Doesn’t this gorgeous home just make you want to curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a good book!

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You’ve been served…

Sorry if we have been a little quiet lately, but we have been so busy with all kinds of new product development. It is all worthwhile when we literally feel like 5 year olds when the new products turn out as good as our new melamine trays have! Finally they are here, and ready to buy directly from our retail store and/or online shop. We are so in love with the way they have all turned out, we kinda want to keep all the new stock to ourselves : )

All the trays and pot stands/decorative trivets are locally made here in South Africa. The trays are made using solid melamine, they are durable, stain and scratch resistant, food safe, heat resistant up to 120degrees Celsius, and dishwasher safe. The pot stands/decorative trivets are made using a melamine surface which is cork backed. They are durable, stain and scratch resistant, food safe, and heat resistant up to 160degrees Celsius.

Whether you favour a pot of tea for two, a TV dinner on the couch, or even brekkie in bed, we have a beautiful range of trays on offer that will suit any occasion.

The round trays are available in both our Delft and Imari designs. They are 370mm in diameter.

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Our rectangular trays are available in these 4 designs and in 3 different sizes, small (300x215mm), medium (400x250mm) and large (445x350mm).

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Pot stands are available in 5 designs and in 2 different sizes, small (225mm diam) and medium (275mm diam).

 

You can order all the above directly from our retail store in Cape Town or from our online shop.

And look what we spotted in the latest issue of Visi magazine : ) Our lovely fabric collaboration with Thandiwe Muriu at Picture Africa at 100% Design Cape Town earlier this year. Our Joburg friends can see the full exhibition at 100% Design South Africa which will be on shortly at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg from 6 – 10 August 2016.

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all shiny and new…

I must say it feels a lot like Christmas at Handmade By me at the moment with all the new exciting products and samples that we have been trialling and testing of late. Now that we have our own retail space, we get to explore all sorts of different products which we can stock and display at the same time. We also love to make sure that we have lots of lovely new things in our shop to keep our loyal customers coming back for more.

One of the most exciting things we have started making (maybe it’s just the cute baby photos) are our muslin baby blankets. Made with a beautiful soft 100% cotton muslin, these blankets are 1m x 1m in size, and are available in 3 designs – Prickly Pears, Pretty Proteas and Pink Flamingo. Whether you use it as a swaddle, sunshade, nursing cover, play mat, or burp cloth, these blankets, quite literally, have you covered. You can order directly from the Handmade By Me online shop or pop into our store on De Lorentz St in Tamboerskloof.

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We are also busy making some small muslin bags and squares that can be used for cooking. Muslin is a handy piece of material to have in the kitchen, especially as it can be washed, dried and continually reused. The cook’s muslin is a natural, finely-woven fabric often used when filtering or straining.

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Thanks to The Essential Ingredient, here are some of the many ways muslin can be used in the kitchen:

  • Straining liquids to filter out any impurities (such as stocks or consommé)
  • Hanging cooked fruit to separate out liquid, essential for creating quince or apple jellies or marmalades
  • Making cheese; squeezing liquid whey from the cheese curd
  • Filtering aged wines or port for decanting, removing any sediment
  • Soak muslin in butter and cover turkey or chicken breasts while roasting to keep them moist
  • Strain yoghurt for a few hours to thicken it into labna (eaten in Lebanese homes for every breakfast)
  • Wrap grated zucchini, potato, beetroot or carrot in muslin to easily squeeze out all excess moisture
  • Straining peppercorns, herbs and shallots from vinegar in a classic béarnaise sauce
  • Muslin cloth is essential when creating your own tofu from soy beans
  • Combine cream cheese and ricotta and strain into a classic Coeur à la crème
  • Wrap lemon or lime halves in muslin and place in the centre of the table for easy squeezing without pips or pulp
  • Make your own tea bags for an interesting morning tea spread
  • Line your bowl with muslin when proving bread dough to eliminate the need for excess flour or oil
  • Create a muslin bag filled with herbs and aromatics, for easy retrieval after making stock, soup or a classic sauce

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We have also introduced a new product to our range – greeting cards. We chose 10 of our favourite designs, printed them onto A6 card, and then packaged them into individual sets together with a plain white envelope. Have a look at the full range here.

We also found out recently that our phone covers are now available in a clear plastic option which takes any white or light colour used in the design and prints it clear. Here, you can see below, we tested out our Geometric Monochrome design for the iPhone 6. What do you think?

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This week we tested our first samples of melamine trays and pot stands in our designs, and we are SO impressed with how well they turned out! Not only are they so pretty and useful, they are also practical, and can handle up to 120C (248 F), are dishwasher-safe and scratch and stain resistant! These will be available to order very soon.

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We finally managed to shoot our Prickly Pears and African Aloes tote bags and purses and upload them to our online shop.

And while we are talking about all things new, our first Handmade By Me + Windowsill collaboration products, in conjunction with the talented Alexis Snell, are ready and available to buy exclusively from our shop in Cape Town. These beautiful limited edition linocut prints come all the way from the UK and we are selling them framed (in soldered glass) or unframed. We just LOVE them.

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And speaking of our shop, for this week only we have a new special on offer:  the perfect gift – an aloe potted in to graphite glazed terracotta and an orange squares tea towel for only R350. Only while stocks last! For more special offers, sales and events, follow us on facebook.

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