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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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

 

 

NEW(s)…

It’s a new month and we have some new stockists, new products, and new projects going down…spring has sprung which means new beginnings, and so it’s out with the old and in with the new…or nearly anyways.

First off, we’re so excited to let you know about our latest stockist specially because the owner is one of my nearest and dearest and I couldn’t be prouder! Everyone in Cape Town you HAVE to visit THE GENERAL STORE on cnr Bree St and Riebeek St. The food is sensational while still healthy with lots of choice, and the coffee is one of the best in town! Don’t even get me started on the brownies. This gorgeous feature by VISI magazine says it all. Pics below also by Visi magazine.

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We are also so excited to let you know that our phone covers are now also available from Takealot.com. Not only do they offer free delivery, but you can pay using your eBucks and/or earn yourself some discovery miles. win win win win win.

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We also shared a sneak peek during the last week of the first of our little nappy covers which we will be launching in a whole array of designs real soon. They turned out so cute we just couldn’t help but share this little pic with you.

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Some of you might not know that we supply our fabrics to Saks Corner, one of our favourite local furniture shops in town. Here’s a snap they sent us last week to show us just how fantastic their chair covered in our Geometric Orange panama fabric turned out. Swoon.

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And like we said, it’s out with the old and in with the new, so Handmade By Me is having the BIGGEST sale we have ever had with selected products marked down to HALF PRICE. We are sad to say good bye to some of our older designs but we need to make space for new ones, so we have added lots of cushion covers, aprons, lampshades, tea towels and a few other bits and pieces. View the full sale on display at SAM (South African Market) in Bree Street or take advantage online. Please note that the items on sale are only while stocks last.

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

10% off to say thank you…

Thank you so much to everyone who came to visit us at our stand at 100% Design at Decorex in Joburg. It was a fantastic week where we were really honoured and proud to have been a part of such a high-end selection of top designers and makers from around the country. We were also really proud to have had a product selected for 100 Beautiful Things 2015 in association with Visi magazine. The product selected was our new luxury 60x60cm Geometric Orange cushion cover using our upholstery weight cotton panama fabric with a feather/down inner.

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We really had the best time and loved meeting all of you. So much so that we have decided to extend our 10% off all our products to our online shop till the end of next weekend. Yes thats right, 10% percent off everything until midnight Sunday 23 August. Just enter the discount code “WinterWarmer” at checkout.

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For those of you missed us at 100% Design, here are a few pics from our stand at the show.

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We also launched some cool new products, which we are shooting this week, which we will share with you right here real soon!

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

And we’re off…

As most of you know, I got married last year, and instead of spending all our money on our wedding, we decided to spend some of it on travelling the world. And so we decided to keep our wedding smaller and our honeymoon bigger. And now finally the time has arrived, shortly after a year after our wedding, for us to go on holiday. I can’t even tell you what a wonderful feeling it is, 5 whole weeks of holiday ahead…New York, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. I am planning on sharing some photos of our trip along the way here, so if you want updates (or to live vicariously through me) you can subscribe to our blog here and/or follow us on instagram, facebook and twitter.

We will still be processing orders and making lots of pretty things while we are away, but please just bare in mind that we may take a little longer than usual to get back to you, and all custom orders or queries will have to wait until we return. For those who are looking to buy, you can still order through our online shop, or have a look through our list of lovely stockists.

We will be back in the beginning of May and I am delighted to let you know that pretty much soon after, we will be teaming up with our favourite friend Windowsill again to bring you lots of beautiful textile and plant related goodies at Kamers which is on this year at the City Hall from 7-10 May.

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SAM is also having their annual summer sale for the whole month of April. We have put some our products on sale along with a fantastic bunch of other designers – we are just so sad to miss out on all those bargains!

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I am going to leave you here with some fantastic media love that we have been so very fortunate to have had over the last month.

Firstly, our Geometric Green Cushion Cover was featured in Good Housekeeping‘s trend section. These gorgeous sorbet colours just make me want to eat lots of ice-cream, don’t you?

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Our Birdy Num Num Cushion Cover was featured alongside some pretty vintage floral inspired products in Essentials magazine.

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And a selection of our super cool new phone covers were featured in Drum magazine’s Better Life section.

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And by the time we get back, I am delighted to let you know that these guys will be on the shelf and available from our online shop and various other stockists : ) Thanks so everyone who helped us decide which patterns to go with on facebook. We love all your input!

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See you back here very soon with some photos of all the awesome and amazing places we’re hoping to find along the way! Its all too exciting!!

ring ring…new phone covers…

So as we mentioned in our last post we have lots of new things up our sleeves for 2015. First off, we have just launched our new range of locally produced phone covers for iPhone, Samsung and BlackBerry. You may have seen this pic on my instagram feed of the one I had made for my iPhone 6 in the Striking Strelitzias design.

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And here are some pics of the phone in it’s cover.

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All our phone covers are made using durable polycarbonate hardcase construction that will protect the surface of your device without adding any bulk to its exterior. The design is printed on the back and down the sides of the cover which simply snaps on to your phone. Precision-cut for a perfect fit and tailored to suit each phone model.

Simply select the phone model of your choice when ordering. They are all R380 each. The following phone models are available:
iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S, 6
Samsung S4 Mini, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3
BlackBerry Z10, Bold: 9900 / 9930

We do print them in any design you want, but here are some we put together for you.

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These are all available to order from the Handmade By Me online shop directly. They are R380 each and the leadtime on orders is 2 weeks.

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

 

shop local cos local is pretty beautiful…

I was so delighted to see this lovely feature in last week’s YOU magazine! Ever since I set up shop here in Cape Town I have been noticing a lot of really lovely locally produced fabrics pop up all around me. There really is no reason to have to revert to imports when we have such a wonderful selection of all kinds of different colours and styles made and printed right here in South Africa. Thanks YOU magazine for not only supporting us, but for also actually showing us just how great a selection we have to offer! See how many of our fabrics you can spot below…

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I found this somewhere in the middle of cyberspace so I sincerely apologise for not crediting the person who came up with this. But it really sums up how I feel about buying local and I hope this will implore you to as well!

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You can get your hands on all Handmade By Me fabrics by the metre at our online shop. We also spotted a few of our products featured in the shoot at the top of the article, our Indigo Blue cushion cover, and our Elephants Tote Bag, also available from the Handmade By Me online shop : )

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

 

 

WIN with Visi and check out our new catalogue …

So with the arrival of our new range (and after weeks of editing photograph after photograph) we have a new catalogue of products to show the world. We are still adding to the collection of products as we go along (as you do small business style) but we wanted to show you the collection so far and see what you think!

But before you do, we have a big fat giant announcement: Handmade By Me and Visi magazine are having the biggest and best giveaway EVER!! One lucky reader can win an orange geometric lampshade and cushion cover from the exciting new range, worth R1 180. All you have to do is go to this post on their website and answer one seriously easy question!! And these two beauties will both be yours : )

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And then back to our pretty new catalogue…here you go…have a look and let us know what you think and which is your favourite new design!

You can download a copy of our 2014/2015 catalogue below, and for wholesale prices and retail opportunities please email me directly.

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We are also still stocking all your favourite designs as well. But we will sadly have to say good bye to a few, which you can still get your hands on quick before they sell out at the Handmade By Me online clearance sale, and/or from SAM.

Have a lovely weekend!

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