Introducing BIOTICA – Handmade By Me’s new nature-inspired range

Introducing BIOTICA, our new range of designs and products.

‘BIOTICA means relating to or resulting from living organisms’. While having surrounded ourselves with the leaves, flowers and cuttings of the most beautiful plants over the past year, largely thanks to Windowsill, we didn’t have to go too far to find inspiration for our new range.

While we were working on BIOTICA, we really loved playing around with both the combination and the contrast of print & pattern, illustration & photography, and geometric & organic.

We also seem to have an insatiable desire for millenial pink this season!

BIOTICA consists of 8 new designs and includes a variety of nature-inspired decorative products including soft furnishings, wallpaper, fabric, homeware and stationery.

While all the products below, and online, are readily available to order now, we will also be adding new products to the range over the next few weeks.

You can view BIOTICA online or pop in to our retail store in Cape Town.

Foliage on Pink, Foliage on Green, Geometric Pink and Geometric Greenery
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Macro Fern

Fauna and Flora

Blue Willow Pattern

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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new designs on the way (sneak peek)

We are so unbelievably excited about our new designs that we just can’t wait to show you what we have been up to lately! We are still busy printing the fabric to make into various products, but here is a little sneak preview of the designs behind the products and what you can expect from us in the coming weeks. We are hoping to launch our new designs and products at Kamers in Stellenbosch from 27 October – 1 November.

Ever since I designed the Pretty Proteas and Striking Strelitzias patterns I have wanted to do another pattern using a similar South African-inspired, plant/flower-related geometric style pattern. I have thought about all kinds of different plants and flowers but finally decided to use the Aloe Ferox for inspiration, not only because it is indigenous to South Africa, but because it lends itself so well to the geometric style of the design and because it is just so bloody gorgeous! When I see one of these anywhere, it always makes me think of home.

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I have been a little plant besotted of late (can you tell?), and the one plant that always makes me ooh and ah every time I see it or see a picture of it, is the Prickly Pear cactus. I also once found a super cute illustrated children’s book with a picture of a sad little prickly pear cactus on the front who spent the whole book looking for someone who would give him a hug – it still makes me smile every time I think of it.

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Both these designs will be available in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels to start, and then eventually available in our full range of products.

For all the cool kids out there, I have designed a new Big 5 inspired range of prints. Something little more modern for today’s generation, but which still captures the beautiful bright colours and busyness that Africa is all about! Well here’s my take on our Big 5. These prints will be available in cushion covers, pillowcases and eventually nappy covers.

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We hope you like what you see. The designs are all available for pre-order so please chat to us if you want to be the first to get your hands on these guys. We would also like to invite you to come and see our new designs and products at Kamers at Webersburg in Stellenbosch between 27 October and 1 November.

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

Now available from Orikami in New York…

I am so happy to let you all know about this gorgeous new origami inspired shop called Orikami, which was recently launched in New York! Not only does Orikami stock a selection of items from Handmade By Me (origami birds of course : ) ) but they have the most INCREDIBLE collection of all kinds of other beautiful origami inspired products from around the world. See for yourself, having a browse through this shop is in itself a treat!

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ORIKAMI is a specialty concept store inspired by the ideals of traditional Japanese origami. The brand’s name is rooted in Japanese language: “ori” meaning folding, and “kami” meaning paper.

We source unique, handcrafted products from both new and established designers around the world to bring you specially made items in one convenient location.

Orikami is the only store where you can shop for a variety of origami-inspired products, offering a judiciously selected mix of accessories, furniture, décor, gadgets, and nursery items.

The store’s signature is based upon the values of minimalism. We look to the clean, sharp lines of origami and aim to bring that same form of simplicity into our lives. Our Orikami picks bring art into your home or office space, while remaining to be one of the most unique pieces you will own.”

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How absolutely gorgeous are the DIY origami napkins? I wish I had thought of those!

And just a little reminder that we will be CLOSED for a little break from the 17th December to the 5th of JanuaryJanuary 16th which is this wednesday is the last day for any orders from the handmade By Me online shop for Christmas. Please note that at this stage, if you want your order to arrive in time for Christmas, be sure to select the courier option when checking out.

For all your holiday Handmade By Me needs, have a look at our list of stockists, you might be surprised where we pop up : )

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

 

Handmade By Me will be at the Constantia Gift Fair next week…

Just to let you all know that Handmade By Me will be at the Constantia Gift Fair next week from the 4th November till the 9th November. The Treasury Market which I usually participate in in Stellenbosch, is setting up a pop-up market at the Constantia Gift Fair, so there will be lots of lovely local and handmade designer goods on sale.

In terms of what you can expect from Handmade By Me, I will have my new African inspired collection on sale, plus some of my latest designs, as well as lots of my best sellers. I am also hoping my Christmas gift wrap arrives in time!!!

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“The Constantia Gift Fair will take place from the 6th till the 10th of November 2013. R20 entrance fee for adults, children free of charge. 

The Constantia Gift Fair is a lifestyle event full of inspirational ideas and hand-picked innovative products – a celebration of gifts with a difference.There are fabulous home and garden accessories, stunning fashion items, and gorgeous  must-have gifts.

The deli section is an extravaganza of delicious and exotic food-gifts.Come and sample superb food and drink, soak up the magical atmosphere, let your children have a ball in our kiddies play area and enjoy a sensational shopping experience with friends and family.”

I really hope to see you there!

Introducing my new and oh-so-fabulous aprons…

I have been so excited about these for so long as I had to wait untill I had touched down in SA before I could start developing them properly. The vintage ones in particular were something I have always wanted to do and I am super excited about the way they have all turned out! Now the plan is to shoot these all professionally so please excuse the way I have styled the pics for now but I just can’t wait that long to show you…

I have 2 different styles. The 50’s vintage inspired ones which are honestly so beautiful! They are made from a soft 100% cotton (same as my napkins) and there is alot of detailing and pleating and the finishing touches are just so pretty. They wrap generously around the waist with a full glamorous skirt with a matching pocket. You probably won’t want to get these dirty : ) The other style is a standard chef apron made from linen cotton canvas or a strong 100% cotton, these will brighten up any kitchen and are ideal for cooking and/or painting and/or anything and/or just looking pretty : )

All aprons can be made in all designs, vintage and chef styles, and the chef aprons can be made up in kiddies sizes if you want to have matching ones. Try the space rocket solar system or beep beep designs for these.

Vintage Aprons
Cup O Tea, Origami Birds and Vintage Bikes

Chef Aprons

Vintage Bikes

Cup O Tea

Sweet Hearts

Indigo Blue

Indigo Red (pretty “christmassy” don’t you think?)

Pink Flamingo!

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