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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So Mooi….

One of our lovely Durban stockist’s Mooi sent me these photos of the Handmade By Me goodies on display in their shop. How gorgeous do the aprons look on those mannequins? Durban peeps best you pop over to Mooi soon and have a look for yourself.

Christmas doesn’t have to be all snowfights and santas…

No it certainly doesn’t! And specially when you live in the southern hemisphere and spend your christmas days on the beach as opposed to in the snow. Now I really do LOVE being in the snow AND the build up to Christmas (in Dublin), in fact it is my favourite time of year (in Dublin), not only because of the many christmas functions, christmas parties, christmas dinners and christmas drinks taking place all the time, but because everyone is just in such a great mood! I have spent the last 4 christmasses in Dublin and believe me everyone there gets in the mood, there is even a radio station completely dedicated to christmas songs which is only available during November and December every year…and believe me that is 2 months too long! This year I will be in the sunny (hopefully) eastern cape sipping on cocktails instead of mulled wine, wishing I was covered in snow and I will probably have a (very small) moment where I will wish I could hear just 5 minutes of christmas FM (ha ha we will see about that one).

However in the eastern cape I will be relaxing instead of last minute shopping for christmas gifts. One of the most horrible and tragic occurences of christmas is trying to do your last minute chritmas shopping along with the rest of the nation! In any country! I have witnessed shopping etiquette (or should I say lack of) that rivals any other known to mankind (except maybe “The Brown Thomas day after christmas sale”…and believe me when I say that its a pretty hairy affair). I have seen people fight over small items and queues that will make you cry! And there is nothing worse than wishing more than anything, that you had done this 3 months ago like you say to yourself at this very time of every year.

And so that is why I am offering you a one stop shop for all your christmas pressies, with the convenience of door to door delivery, and all it takes is an email. Send me what you would like to order, I will send you an invoice, you can pay by EFT or by credit card and I will make sure that all your items are giftwrapped (at no extra cost) and delivered before you leave for your christmas holidays. For any overseas customers I can do the same for you except your items will be posted instead of couriered.

Please bare in mind any orders that aren’t in stock will need to be made up which can take a few weeks so its really best to order now.

For anyone who is looking for christmassy looking items I have my Indigo Red and Red Vintage Squares (if you want that christmas with an african twist) ranges that will work for all your christmas needs….and you can use or wear them again and again throughout the year! Here are some suggestions below…

For the chef…

For the host…

For the house…

For the kitchen…

And if you feeling a little crazy…for the wall…

And if you have no idea what to get, please get in touch I would love to help!

Handmade by me is moving!

From the rainy city of Dublin to the sunnier shores of Cape Town, Handmade by me is moving! And its all happening on the 4th of July! So from then onwards, everything will be designed and made in South Africa. Unfortunately due to the nature of alot of current stockists being “made in ireland” I will sadly have to stop supplying them, but I am delighted to say there will still be a few up and running. I am very sad of course to leave Ireland, it has been my home for 6 lovely years and it will always be where Handmade by me began. But one door closes and another opens and hopefully Handmade by me will find a happy and successful new home in Cape Town. I have alot of plans up my sleeve about developing new products and designs and can’t wait to get started! And I can’t wait to be working on this fulltime! Unfortunately most of these require me actually being In Cape Town so things will be a bit quiet here for the next month or two and then I hope to bombard with you with all things fabulous! So for anyone who hasn’t subscribed to my blog as of yet, you can still do so (type your email address into the “subscribe” block at the top right hand side of my blog) and you will be able to keep up to date with the move itself and new and exciting information and projects. You can also keep up to date via Handmade by me’s facebook page.

Irish supporters and customers I will be giving you all a 10% discount on any purchases of current stock. And for any cushion covers purchased I will throw in a free cushion filler! I can still make to order at normal prices for the next 2 weeks but after that I will have to do that from the other side and then post your item/s to you. I have lots of cushion covers, tea towels and napkins sets so first come first serve. If you want to send me a mail, I can let you know what designs are available and reserve them for you.

And of course no matter where you are in the world, you will always be able to get your hands of any of my products either through new or exisiting online shops and of course my very own Etsy store. My special bespoke services will always be up and running so if you still want to create something special or unique either for yourself or as a gift for someone else please get in touch!

Beautiful Cape Town….

Now available to buy at the jam art factory : )

Here are my first batch of cushion covers and napkins going into the jam art factory today!

Birdy num num…

Indigo Blue…

and Origami birds all wrapped up and ready to go…

Indigo blue napkins…

And a closeup of my new handmade by me tags/business cards…

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hangin’ around…

So for those of you who couldn’t make the exhibition, here are some (pretty bad quality phone) pics I took. They wanted to hang the cushions from the ceiling which ended up looking pretty cool! Thanks to all who were with me on saturday night. And anyone who still wants to sneak a peek, the exhibition is on till the 16th.

And my name in the programme… : )

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handmade by me at an exhibition near you…

I am delighted to let you all know that handmade by me will be exhibiting at the little green street gallery in conjunction with offset 2012!

“It began with a call for submissions from artists of all walks of life and varying practices. After an over whelming response we have selected over 40 artists from Ireland and abroad. They will be show casing their works ranging from print, sculpture, textile, jewellery, photography, collage, painting and mixed media collaborations all with their own approaches to contemporary art.

Possibly one of the most exciting exhibitions Little Green Street Gallery will host this year, we welcome you all to come and see some of the most inspiring and innovative artists Ireland has to offer.”

The show will run from 10th March until the 16th of March.
The address is 12a Little Britain Street Dublin 7 (in the old fruit and veg markets).

Hope you can make it!

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