Happy happy…

Just a quick little first blog post of the year to wish you all a happy and healthy 2018! We hope you’ve all had a nice break, and that you feel as refreshed as we do for the new year ahead.

As the year has barely just begun, we don’t have too much news to share with you just yet, but we would like to share with you a lovely little project we were working on toward the end of last year.

I’m not sure if you know, but Klein Constantia, home of the infamous Vin de Constance, has just had a little make-over with a new gift shop, as well as a new restaurant which should have opened up to the public last week. Handmade By Me was brought on board to help develop some exclusive new products for the gift shop which is really something we LOVE to do. It was also really great that Klein Constantia had some lovely imagery on hand that we were able to use on a whole range of different products including cushions, tea towels, pot stand/trivets and trays. We’re hoping to expand on the range throughout the year, but we’re so happy with the responses we’ve had so far.

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If custom design or product development interests you, have a look some other similar product development we did for The Trading Company at the Spice Route.

Then in other news, here is our #bestnine2017 from Instagram. We didn’t get to share this with you before the year was out, so here you go. Sometimes you really need to look back to see how far you’ve come. The fact that my book managed to grab one of the places makes me lol, but also happy to see our Foliage prints and media love up there!

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Thank you to our friend Kerry for sharing these photos of the sweetest baby Max showing off his unique crawling style and interesting model poses in his African Aloes nappy cover.

And below are some other recent scenes from the Handmade By Me instagram world.

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Photo credit above to Delisous

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Find out more:
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twitter: @handmadebymeSA
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Into the blue…

Every month Glamour has a page in their magazine called Shop Z.A. where they feature a few of their favourite local products. I love that they have this page where they take the time to find and showcase beautiful South African products for their readers. Handmade By Me products have been featured a few times, and this month we have not 1 but 2 products which have been featured. Yay thanks Glamour for always thinking of us! Below you can find our Blue Origami Birds lampshade and our Delft Plate Placemats alongside a whole array of beautiful blue products.

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glamourOctA close up of our Blue Origami Birds small lampshade…
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…and our Delft Plate reusable Placemats…

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Both available from the Handmade By Me online shop : )

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

 

bits and bobs and brand new products…

So I am mostly excited to (almost) tell you all about our exciting new product that we have made!! I’ll give you a hint, its not made with fabric! But, it will certainly help make your dinner parties even cooler than you could imagine (and it is super affordable!! yay : ) BUT I can’t tell you what it is just yet as we are going to launch it with the CCDI at Decorex at the CTICC in Cape Town from 25th to 28th April : ) So unfortunately you will just to have to wait till then…pop into Decorex weekend after next and see for yourself, or watch this space for the unveiling!

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In the meantime here are a few of Handmade By Me’s latest features…

Dawanda has released its Spring Summer 2014 Lovebook and I am so excited my Pink Flamingo cushion cover has been chosen to be featured once again, this time along with some very fruity looking tropicals : )

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And my indigo blue purse has also been featured, as part of the “Essentials” section of Issue 38 of the lovely Crush online magazine. Anything that focusses on decor and cooking and looking good has a special place in my heart… along with these nifty items for some seriously grand al fresco dining! If you live in Cape Town you might agree that we have been spending alot of sunny days outdoors lately! It seems the summer ain’t going nowhere for a while…

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As always everything is available to buy online at the Handmade By Me online shop and various stockists : )

 

 

Now available from…Fab Things

I have some good news for all you southern suburb Cape Town peeps, Handmade By Me is now stocked by Fab Things just off Dean St in Newlands. Fab Things is a gorgeous little shop stocking all kinds of awesome locally made goods, and is a great place if you are looking for a last minute gift…or just looking to give your home or someone you care about some love.

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Their manifesto, which is also written on the window of the shop, says it all…

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Here’s what owner Tracey Trevelyan has to say: “The ethos of the brand is about supporting local talent, job creation and social responsibility projects in South Africa. Small quantities are sourced and new fab things introduced continuously, so that Fab fans don’t get bored, and many local designers have a platform to showcase their products. So, if you like something buy it, before it is gone! There really is no reason to import anything, we have great talent and beautifully produced, great quality products right here.”

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And while I’m at it, here is a lovely little feature on “Must-have colour schemes for 2014” from South African Garden and Home magazine. It seems indigo blue is indeed the way to go this year as “classic blue and white goes contemporary”. I know Fab Things have a few of my indigo blue products in stock so pop down there if you’re looking for some on-trend inspiration : )

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My Indigo Blue design is available in fabric, wallpaper, cushion covers, napkins, tea towels, aprons, bags and purses : ) All from the Handmade By Me online shop and various stockists.

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Perfect presents for friends

The latest copy of Idees magazine has put together some lovely gift ideas for everyone this Christmas. They included my lovely Indigo Blue Tea Towel as part of their “perfect gifts for friends” section. As is any lovely Handmade By Me tea towel! This one is available from the lovely Mr & Mrs on Kloof.

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Time for tea…and finally the move!

So next week is the big move! And as much as I am absolutely excited to get my little business going in sunny South Africa, there are lots of mixed emotions with leaving Ireland, my home for the last 6 years. Anyways with that in mind, I won’t be posting much over the next 2 weeks while we enjoy our last few days in Dublin, and start getting settled into life in Cape Town. I can’t wait to begin posting again because that means I will have started to get cracking on my next set of ideas and projects, and I won’t be able to wait to show you all. So while we get on and move, I’ll leave you with some pics of my new tea towel range, all ready and waiting to find themselves a new home : )

And don’t forget if you want to keep up to date with any news in the meantime you can go to http://www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog and “like” handmade by me’s facebook page.

My new Cup O Tea design…

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Pink Flamingo!


Blue Origami Birds

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Red Vintage Squares


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Handmade by me.

Nothin’ like the real thing…

So I have been very busy sewing away and I realised that some of you have only seen the designs and not the finished products. Here are a few of the things I have been working on lately! Still can’t decide which is my new favourite…

Pretty Proteas looking oh so lovely as a cushion cover…
 

New blue origami birds cushion cover…

Red vintage squares cushion cover and matching set of napkins…

Indigo red napkins…

And Nicky’s vintage bikes tea towel…

Still more on the way! watch this space…

Handmade by me.