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.

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facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
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Bespoke product design for The Trading Company at Spice Route

Here at Handmade By Me, when we are not making lots of our own designs and products, we work with others to help them create their own, or we can also create them for them. One of our most exciting projects that we have worked on recently, was to create a bespoke suite of decor products to sell exclusively at the brand new Trading Company shop at Spice Route wine farm.

I was really lucky to work with some wonderful and really creative people on this, which made the project not only interesting for me, but lots of fun! With the original spice trade and travel routes in mind, we worked with 3 different design themes where we created a range of products (cushion covers, tea towels and placemats) within each theme. The different themes we explored for The Trading Company were botanicals, particularly botanicals of the spices which were produced/used during the spice trade such as cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, ginger, pepper, and turmeric . The second theme was exotic lands, places in Africa and Asia which were actively involved in the spice trade. And the third theme was old-world hand painted tiles, mostly because we just love the look of them, and they tie in beautifully with the shop aesthetic, but they also compliment some of the beautiful hand painted tiles which you can find in and around the shop and farm.

Unfortunately we didn’t have any time between the order being ready, and the shop opening, so we didn’t get a chance to shoot the individual products themselves. But I have put together some digital images of the products within their themes, and below you will find some photos of them and the shop.

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THE TRADING COMPANY_FINAL_2014For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit Spice Route, here is a little more information about it and the shop The Trading Company (isn’t their logo just the prettiest?).
“The Spice Route experience is a completely unique concept for the wine and hospitality industry. A carefully curated selection of artisans showcase their produce and share their knowledge with both the public and each other. The collaborative environment allows for endless discoveries and a truly delectable journey.“The vision for Spice Route is to offer local and international tourists a selection of hand-picked artisanal producers who put as much thought, skill and passion into their products as Spice Route Winemaker, Charl du Plessis, puts into his wines,” says Spice Route Wines Owner, Charles Back.The latest addition to the Spice Route family of ‘craft’ is The Trading Company – a quirky store that’s decor is an eclectic mix of old and new. The store fits in perfectly with the Spice Route philosophy and is making authentic, and hand crafted products even more accessible to the public.The array of carefully selected bespoke home ware, exotic furniture, premium baby products, one of a kind jewelry, and notebooks, sold at the store, are a true celebration of local design. The store will primarily stock authentically handmade, limited edition pieces crafted by our very own local artists, and the small amount of Turkish and Indian products is a ‘must have’ treasure for the adventurous soul. Most of the products are made from natural and raw materials. All décor used in the store is also handmade locally, or up-cycled by local artists.”

You can find them and more information about them at their website www.spiceroute.co.za 

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For the week that’s in it…look, see, win…

The Design Indaba Expo opens on Thursday so we have been crazy busy these last few weeks getting ourselves and our products ready for it. If you follow us on instagram, facebook and/or twitter, you may have noticed some sneak peeks of a few exciting new things we have up our sleeve for our stand, but just in case you missed them, here is a little teaser of what you can expect from Handmade By Me over the weekend. You can find us at stand H21, please come and say hi we would love to see you!

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For those of you who have no idea what I am going on about… “The Design Indaba Expo was inaugurated in 2004 and provides a commercial platform for the finest South African designers to leverage goods and services to the local and global markets. It also introduces the most influential international buyers to the finest South African creative products and encourages export.

As the only local platform that welcomes advertising, architecture, craft, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design, and visual media under the same roof, Design Indaba Expo is a celebration of diversity.”

Have a look here for more information regarding the event.

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And because we’re so busy getting ready for the Expo, we are doubling up on today’s post so we can spend next week recovering : ) I thought I might leave you with this insanely large and extremely flattering article on Handmade By Me and me, Sera Holland, in the latest Ideas Magazine. Thanks so much to them for the amazing feature I am so unbelievably flattered and honoured!!

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And last but not least, here is a chance for you to WIN a set of our Feisty Floral Watercolour napkins with Kamers. All you have to do is go to the Kamers facebook page, simply 1) like THEIR post about our napkins & 2) comment what you’re looking forward to most at their autumn shows. Easy as pie! And the even better news is that they have just announced that their Autumn show in May is now going to be at City Hall. We cannot wait!!!

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twitter: @handmadebymeSA
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Now available at the Watershed…

I wrote this post over a month or so ago, but unfortunately due to a rogue faulty fire extinguisher that went off one night, I had to hold off posting it while they sorted out the problem, which turned into a disaster. However, I am delighted to let you know that this lovely shop is finally back in action, and ready for the onslaught of Christmas shopping and summer loving in Cape Town.

Quirky Me and Flick Inc have teamed up to create this beautiful little shop under the stairs at the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront. Most of you probably already know about the Watershed, but if not, basically it was originally the Blue Shed next to the Aquarium, which has since been knocked down and beautifully put back together to house and support local designers and products from around South Africa by creating a “market-like” environment. Handmade By Me was going to have their own space there, but instead we are so happy and so lucky that we can supply our lovely things to Quirky Me and Flick Inc instead.

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Quirky Me and Flick Inc may share a space, but they bring their own set of products to the store. I am really lucky as I am supplying my more monochromatic products to Flick Inc and my more colourful to Quirky Me, so you can in fact find a whole bunch of our stuff there…along with a selection of beautiful and quirky things from other various designers.

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Most of you will know Quirky Me from the Old Biscuit Mill. It is the second shop on your left as you come in and walk toward the courtyard, and is literally filled with all things quirky. Ingrid Corbett who owns the shop also has a product offering of her own (check out their cool place mats). Now they have opened up at the watershed and you can now find our lovely things at both of their stores.

“At Quirky Me my goal is to bring you beautiful and fun decor items that will help you shape your home into a space that reflects a little bit of your own off-beat personality. I conceptualise a large part of the products myself, and put them into production here in South Africa with the help of incredibly talented local designers and craftspeople. I also take huge pleasure in sourcing quirky products that catch my eye from local creatives and artisans, as well as working with these talents to create products and ranges that are specific to my store.”

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Flick Inc is now the combined name for Flick Glass and My China Ceramics, both of which are very well known and established brands started and run by Frances Kierman. When I first arrived back in Cape Town in 2012 and was just starting out with Handmade By Me, you might remember that I shared a space at the Hout Bay Market with Frances and 2 other lovely ladies. If you ever came to visit me there, you may remember the gorgeous ceramics we had available to buy, as well as the pretty shiny earrings that always sold so well – well thats essentially Flick inc. And now after a few years break we get to display our products together again.

“Flick Glass is a quality glass studio known for its innovative and beautiful jewellery. We aspire to creating works of art that are individually hand crafted and unique.”

Enjoying the success of Flick Glass, Frances was inspired to do a new project and after much trial and error launched MY CHINA Ceramics at the Design Indaba in February 2008. South Africa’s beautiful and interesting fynbos flowers are Frances’ inspiration. She is in love with South African bird images and other wild and interesting creatures. Her drawings are made into transfers and she fires them into her stoneware ceramics. As the years have gone by the My China range keeps growing and developing, incorporating new ceramic shapes and new drawings. She is also greatly inspired by her Mom, Wynsome and brother, Gene who are amazing artists and always willing to lend a hand.”

The Watershed is located on Dock Road, next to the Two Oceans Aquarium and is open daily from 10h00 – 19h00.

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Please take note of our Christmas order deadlines for the Handmade By Me online shop.

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Now available from…Africa Nova

Africa Nova is a beautifully curated traditional African artefacts and contemporary design shop situated in the heart of De Waterkant in Cape Town. It’s hard to walk past the exquisite display of beautifully crafted goods in the windows and not want to go in and buy everything immediately!! From ceramics to jewellery to art to textiles to all kinds of skillful crafts, do yourself a favour and make sure you pop in here next time you are in the area.

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“Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s historic De Waterkant district Africa Nova is a dynamic, up-market shop highly regarded for its unique blend of art, craft and contemporary design. Perhaps best described as “New African”, the house style is urban, edgy and vibrant with echoes of the traditional forms of old Africa.

The cornerstone of Africa Nova’s trading ethos is the support and nurturing of local artists, craftspeople and designers. The store’s wonderful displays showcase some of the best of Africa’s artistic talents.”

You can find Africa Nova at:

Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant St, Greenpoint, Cape Town.
Their website is www.africanova.co.za and you can follow them here on facebook.

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Christmas is finally here…

Christmas is here and finally I am starting to see it everywhere now. In Ireland it has probably already been Christmassy for a month or two already. They even have a radio channel called Christmas FM which plays non-stop Christmas carols throughout November and December. Hilarious and annoying at the same time : ) As much as it gets icy cold over there I do miss it this time of the year as it really is so festive and fun. Its a little harder to get festive in the blaring South African heat but we certainly try!

First off with my Christmassy items this year is a wreath I made for Woman & Home magazine. I guess in hindsight I should have made something more sellable, but they asked me to do something different and exciting and so how could I say no! After making all those origami birds from The Shoestring Collective‘s window display, I decided to give paper, rather than fabric, another go! And voila here is my wreath. Its a little hard to tell from the pic, but I used pieces of shiny copper card, some printed designs of my own, and some images of covers of old Christmas stories and books to create the colourful and christmassy theme throughout the wreath. It really was quite simple to do, definitely something that would entertain all those festive crafters out there!

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And while I’m in the Christmas spirit please join us for our 10 day Christmas Pop-Up at The Shoestring Collective. Gardens Centre have found a new tenant for our space, so until we find a new home we will be closed from the 1st December. But who loves Christmas shopping in December anyways? Its a nightmare! We will be offering you exclusive items that you can’t get anywhere else, there will be all things Christmassy like stockings, decorations and gift wrap, as well as awesome gift ideas for men, women and children, and the very best “merry Christmas to me” presents : )

With all that in mind, it’s a great idea to do your Christmas shopping early this year and support the best of local and handmade at The Shoestring Collective.

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Now available from Fab.com : )

I am so excited to be a part of this that I couldn’t resist facebooking and tweeting and now blogging about it. I have always been a big fan of Fab.com and when they asked me to be a part of a South African collection they were working on I couldn’t believe it!

Anyway not only are my products now available to buy on Fab.com but they also managed to shoot them so beautifully. How amazing is this pic using my Pink Vintage Squares tote bag…

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Here’s what they have to say about the collection:

“Welcome to DesignTrek. It’s our global mission to uncover the most amazing, affordable (and unheard of) design. First stop: South Africa. This collection represents the country’s community of up-and-coming designers. From home goods to fashion, these colorful wares combine traditional craft methods with modern design.”

I seriously couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this. Check out the sale here and see just some of the amazingly beautiful products that South Africa has to offer the world!

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And here are some more pics of what you can find from me at Fab.com

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Pink Vintage Squares Tote Bag

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