First Thursdays and the Ideas-Idees Trunk Show

Wow again its been quite a week here at Handmade By Me and as much as I wish I could just tell you all the exciting news at once, I am just going to have to calm down and let you know as and when I can. In the meantime here are a few exciting things taking place over the next week…

So first up is First Thursdays this evening! The ever beautiful Chandler House has been undergoing a little move around and will be debuting their new exhibition space – The Voorkamer.

“In Traditional Cape homes, the Voorkamer was a space used to show off the good pieces of an family’s collection and where one would entertain Priests, Government Officials and In-Laws. Our Voorkamer will similarly showcase beautiful and unusual objects that can be enjoyed and added to one’s own collection.”

Their first exhibition in the Voorkamer will be a Collection of Alphabets by the 20th Century British Typographer David Kindersley. I, for one, have a serious crush on type and fonts, and all things related, so I definitley won’t be missing out on this!

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The lovely SAM will also be open tonight and they will be featuring some fresh new designer products. I have had a sneek peak at some of the new items to arrive in store lately and they are definitley worth a visit!

And then next weekend it’s the Ideas-Idees Trunk Show at Simondium outside Stellenbosch. The idea behind this is to feature all designers and makers of things that the magazine has featured in the past, so it is really going to be quite a collection. Great news for everyone is that the market is indoors, so no matter what the weather, it’s set to be a beautiful weekend. I am also going to have some Handmade By Me products on special so it really will be well worth the visit…even if you just come and visit me : )

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Here are some pics from last year’s event. How beautiful are these spaces? I better start working on mine, I had no idea that this is what is to be expected…(gulp).

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totes obvs…

I am delighted to let you all know that our Cape Town and Elephants designs are now available as tote bags? Totes amaze? We know….and just cannot stop using that expression!! Our not-so-heartfelt apologies!! : ) We launched them at Kamers at the Castle this last weekend and they flew off the shelves.

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They are R320 each and are available from the Handmade By Me online shop, Hello Pretty, Chandler House, and more stockists coming soon.

Speaking of Kamers, thanks so much to everyone who popped in to the absolutely gorgeous Chandler House space to say hi and support us. We had the best time and still cannot get over how absolutely beautiful the Castle was as the venue to host this. What an honour to be a part of something so unique! Some of you may have seen these already but here are a few (slighty blurry) sneak peeks of our products at work. (I only wish I had taken more!)

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For some more beautiful pics from the weekend check out Your Little Blog’s post…see if you can spot our lovely Delft placemats : )

Now available from…Chandler House… and Kamers

We are off to Kamers at the castle this week along with our favourite (art, ceramics, textiles, furniture, antiques) design studio and shop Chandler House : )

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For those of you who don’t already know, Kamers is a design, food, wine and live music pop-up retail event, essentially a big fancy market, which is usually hosted once a year in different parts of the country. But this year in conjunction with the CCDI and World Design Capital Cape Town 2014, they will be hosting their first pop-up at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town. What a sensational and seemingly appropriate venue!!! I can’t wait to see whats going on down there this weekend. You can find us and all sorts of Handmade By me products at the Chandler House space, which I am sure will be pretty spectacular! Pop in and say hi when are there!

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Chandler House will not only be stocking Handmade By Me at Kamers, but you will also find some of our lovely things available to buy from their design studio and shop on 53 Church Street, Cape Town. Now seriously, if you haven’t had a chance to pop in and see Michael Chandler’s treasure trove of a space, Chandler House, already, you are indeed missing out! Amongst his own seriously beautiful works of art, my favourites being the Phrenology vases and VOC plates, which we also bought and used for our wedding (and now home), there are all kinds of other very talented designers and artists (mostly ceramicists) who’s beautiful works of art can be found displayed together alongside all kinds of bits and bobs that Michael has collected over the years including old paintings, furniture and antiques. The shop is filled with all kinds of nods towards Cape Heritage, and you will find it VERY hard to pop in, look around and leave empty handed!

Now just before you race down to Church street to take in this awesome hidden gem of a sight, Chandler House will be closed from the 3rd to the 10th of June as they move a few rooms around and give the shop a little bit of a revival. We will all be looking forward to the unveiling in July when they will also be hosting their first exhibition in the shop…very exciting!!!

You can find them at www.chandlerhouse.co.za and follow them on twitter: @MrChandlerHouse and facebook: www.facebook.com/chandlerhouse

And here are some lovely photos of the shop which I stole from their facebook page : )

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