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.

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

 

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Spring is in the air…

Spring has sprung and the August sale (and hopefully winter) has blown away, and we’re already getting excited for summer! Not as much as little Grace here showing off her cute little face and her Pretty Proteas nappy cover.

Thanks so everyone who supported us, and took advantage of our August Blows sale, it has been a (whirl)wind of a month for us. We are now off on a 2 week break so we have decided to extend the sale in-store for the next two weeks, so you can still take advantage just in case you missed it!

But before we head off, we would like to share some of the wonderful media love we have received over the past month.

Visi magazine celebrated the Brazilian Olympics with a Carnival of Colour including our Pink Flamingo Cushion Cover.

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Your Family magazine shared our Delft placemats as part of their 5 Best Delft Blue Buys.

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And in shop news this month, we had a very exciting feature recently in the Sunday Times Property News.

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In the shop, not only have we introduced lots of new Handmade By Me products lately, but we have also introduced our latest collaborative product with Windowsill, pressed plants. Even though we only have a few in stock at the moment we are very excited about all the different green and leafy possibilities that can be placed between 2 pieces of soldered glass.

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And do come and see our brand new Alex Snell prints which were created specially for our little shop – titled Gothic Africa, and inspired by our little part of the world. These prints are part of a signed limited edition and are available exclusively from us either framed in soldered glass or unframed.

And last but not least, watch out Joburg, we are coming for you! We are VERY excited to be exhibiting at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair at Hyde Park shopping centre in October. Watch this space for more details or take a look at their website.

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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

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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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

Winning with Handmade By Me

To celebrate our lovely new shop with Windowsill, we are having a very exciting giveaway with SA Decor & Design this month, where you can win this gorgeous table setting below valued at R1250!

We are giving away a set of 4 Birds of paradise placemats, 4 African Aloes Napkins and a beautiful Purple Moth Orchid potted in glass with an Aloe and String of Pearls. Follow the link below to find out how you can win!
http://www.sadecor.co.za/wordpress/win-handmade-giveaway/

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Competition closes on 25 June 2016, and the prize must be collected from our shop in Cape Town.

WHAT’S IN YOUR PURSE?

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Our PURSES make the best gifts…whether it is for a friend or for yourself, you can never have too many – and you can use them to carry just about anything…from keys to make-up to pens to cash to sunnies. So we have decided to do our bit to help you tighten those purse strings this winter with 20% off all purses all week! Just use the discount code PURSESTRINGS on checkout. Discount code ends Monday 13 June 2016. Only while stocks last.

In other news, our first lot of trays and pot stands (ideal for holding hot or warm pots or containers) are finally available to purchase directly from our shop. They are all heat resistant to 120C, and stain & scratch resistant. The trays are made using melamine and the pots stands are cork backed with a melamine surface.

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We have also just received lots of new stock of our colourful patterned lampshades…

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…which means we have added some of our older ones to the bargain box in the shop where you get half price off!

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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

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

 

 

Handmade By Me + Windowsill studio/showroom/shop opens its bright yellow doors

New Handmade By Me + Windowsill studio and showroom has just opened its bright yellow doors in the heart of Cape Town.

Handmade By Me has teamed up with plant specialist Windowsill, to open up a new studio and showroom just off bustling Kloof Street in Cape Town. We would love to invite you to come and visit us and experience our new space!

This isn’t the first time Handmade By Me and Windowsill have teamed up, for the past two years, we’ve showcased our unique products together at KAMERS in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. We’ve often discussed the idea of opening up something more permanent, so when the teeny, tiny space on De Lorentz Street opened up, we knew it was meant to be! With no budget, a month’s notice and a whole lot of paint, we transformed a small gift shop into a jungle treasure trove of beautiful plants, textiles and one-off products.

The space serves as a working studio space and showroom, where we stock samples of made-to-order items, and products available for immediate purchase.

Here’s what you can expect to find at the Handmade By Me + Windowsill studio/showroom/shop:
– a unique collection of interior and decor-related textile products and fashion accessories
– rare and different plant specimens and planters
– collaborative products from handmade By Me and Windowsill
– fabric and wallpaper swatches and cuttings
– sale items and special offers
– a cup of tea and a chat with the owners
– parking

Address: 21 De Lorentz Street, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town.
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 11-6pm, Sat 9:30-1pm.
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/handmadebymeandwindowsillshop/

We’d love for you to stop by!
Sera (& Alex)

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

media love

While we are busy painting and sanding and getting our new shop ready (which is just so unbelievably exciting), we thought we would share some of the fantastic media love we have received over the past few weeks.

Your Family magazine chose our Birds in Paradise placemats as one of their suggested ways to be kinder to the planet. Our collection of earth-friendly, recyclable and reusable placemats were created with this exact purpose in mind.

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Sunday Times Home Weekly featured our Geometric Orange Lux Panama Cushion Cover as one of the quickest ways to update your living room last Sunday.

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Danish magazine Enfants Terribles‘s blog featured our Prickly Pears Nappy Cover as one of their 9 favourite styles of the season.

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Our Prickly Pears Tea Towel was featured in this lovely Etsy treasury featuring tones of green.

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And even though it’s not technically media love, we thought we would share this photo of our small lampshades getting ready for an order which we shared last week. Aren’t they just the cutest!

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