Thank you


So while we frantically run around trying to get the last of the Christmas orders out, we wanted to stop and take a moment to thank each and every one of you who have supported us in any way over the past year.

2017 has definitely been the most interesting of years for us, with all kinds of highs and lows, and everything you can imagine in between. And we just can’t tell you how much we appreciate everything from the tiniest of orders in the shop, to the biggest of orders going overseas, the recommendations and suggestions, the pics and the shares, the likes, and most importantly all the love! We honestly wouldn’t be here without you. So, from all of us at Handmade By Me, we would like to say a big THANK YOU.

Wishing you all the happiest of holidays and a merry Christmas if you celebrate, and we can’t wait to see you back here next year!


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Please note that tomorrow (wednesday) is the last day for any online orders in time for Xmas, but the Handmade By Me + Windowsill shop will be open until and including Saturday 23 December for any last-minute needs.

And we will be closing for small break from 23 December to 9 January 2018.

And in other news, we recently added some new products to our range. Our new double-sided LUX Panama Foliage 60x60cm cushion covers, as well as our lampshades!


We also added 2 new colour ways to our Foliage Wallpaper. Introducing Light Green and Turquoise, what do you think?

As you well know, we just love seeing what our customers do with our fabrics. Isn’t this twinset just delicious in our Foliage on Green lux panama fabric?


You might remember we were recently looking for some donations for the the S-Cape project with Lanalou Style and Studio Melissa Louise where they were given the opportunity to revamp and transform a safe house and create an uplifting space for young women coming out of trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Well done Lana and Melissa on a really great job! And pretty amazing considering you relied solely on donations!

We’re so excited to see the final result! And so happy we got to play a very small part in this really fantastic initiative.

Click on the links below to see the befores and afters.


And we love that our African Aloes tote bag made a feature in Southern Vines magazine’s latest edition.

And last but not least, here are some of our latest pics from our Instagram feed.

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We’re having a pre-Christmas SALE!

This November, Handmade By Me is having our biggest SALE yet! With 40% off selected products, you have no more excuses not to give everyone you know HMBM for Christmas. Whether you’re after a pair of our hotel slippers, or some cushions to brighten up your home before the visitors arrive, or even some tea towels or napkins for that Secret Santa. Whatever you decide, you better be fast, as the sale is only available while stocks last. Please note that the sale is available online and in-store.


Handmade By Me has been lucky enough to receive some serious media love over the past month which we would love to share with you.

Here is a Q&A with myself in the latest Garden & Home magazine where I reveal my favourite millenial pink finds. If you didn’t know already, I am quite clearly obsessed!

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We have also been lucky enough to have been featured in Elle Decoration‘s floral inspirations as well as their favourites inspired by the East. See if you can spot our Imari placemats as well as our Foliage cushion covers.

Home magazine gave our Foliage on Pink cushion cover the green light.

And Fair Lady magazine picked our Prickly Pears hotel slippers as one of their Fauna & Flora favourites.

And in case you missed our recent social media posts, we shared some of our latest customer pics. Here is a sneak peek of our Foliage on Pink wallpaper recently installed in this beautiful bathroom.IMG_4526

And one of our regular customer’s, Janet, sent us this pic of her Pretty Proteas blind she had made to match the lampshades in her Airbnb apartment in Gardens.


And lastly here are some of the latest images from our Instagram feed. We have been obsessing over our new Foliage hotel slippers which are now available to order online and/or in-store. We also have Foliage lampshades coming soon, as well as a special  limited edition of our Lux Panama 60x60cm double-sided cushion covers.

Don’t forget we have you covered this Christmas with our range of Christmas stockings, greeting cards and gift tags. And remember we’re always happy to gift wrap too, you just have to ask : )


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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.



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.


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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It’s a new month and we have some new stockists, new products, and new projects going down…spring has sprung which means new beginnings, and so it’s out with the old and in with the new…or nearly anyways.

First off, we’re so excited to let you know about our latest stockist specially because the owner is one of my nearest and dearest and I couldn’t be prouder! Everyone in Cape Town you HAVE to visit THE GENERAL STORE on cnr Bree St and Riebeek St. The food is sensational while still healthy with lots of choice, and the coffee is one of the best in town! Don’t even get me started on the brownies. This gorgeous feature by VISI magazine says it all. Pics below also by Visi magazine.




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We are also so excited to let you know that our phone covers are now also available from Not only do they offer free delivery, but you can pay using your eBucks and/or earn yourself some discovery miles. win win win win win.


We also shared a sneak peek during the last week of the first of our little nappy covers which we will be launching in a whole array of designs real soon. They turned out so cute we just couldn’t help but share this little pic with you.


Some of you might not know that we supply our fabrics to Saks Corner, one of our favourite local furniture shops in town. Here’s a snap they sent us last week to show us just how fantastic their chair covered in our Geometric Orange panama fabric turned out. Swoon.


And like we said, it’s out with the old and in with the new, so Handmade By Me is having the BIGGEST sale we have ever had with selected products marked down to HALF PRICE. We are sad to say good bye to some of our older designs but we need to make space for new ones, so we have added lots of cushion covers, aprons, lampshades, tea towels and a few other bits and pieces. View the full sale on display at SAM (South African Market) in Bree Street or take advantage online. Please note that the items on sale are only while stocks last.


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some August media lovin…

We have been very lucky this last month with products being featured in all sorts of different magazines and blogs. We thought we might share our August media love with you here on our blog.

Not only was our newly launched Geometric Orange LUX Panama Cushion chosen as one of 100 Beautiful Things in association with Visi at 100% Design, it was also selected as part of The 100% Design Edit in the Sunday Times Home Weekly section.

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Pastel geometrics are in this season according to Fair Lady. Below you can see our Geometric Monochrome placemats as well as our Minty Green Mosaic table runner.

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House & leisure magazine think our quirky Shweshwe Shields in Pink tea towel is a great way to introduce pattern into your kitchen. We couldn’t agree more!

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Living and Loving magazine looked at choosing which colours will work best for your nursey and decided our Orange Squares cushion cover would be a perfect match.  “While red is a fiery, volatile and energetic colour that should only be used as an accent colour in small amounts in a nursery, orange offers a similar look that’s friendly, welcoming and vibrant.”

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The Sunday Times Home Weekly thought our small Feisty Floral Watercolour on Blue lampshade brightened up their Nature-Inspired Edit. SundayTimes_230815SundayTimes_230815_2 FeistyFloralBlue_L_200d_4


Then online I am delighted to share with you this lovely blogpost which featured us and some of our favourite products on one of our favourite blogs, I Want That.

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And Visi magazine picked our Yellow Squares Pattern Purse as no 1 out of their 10 stylish purse buys.

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Thanks so much to everyone who featured us and our products this last month, we are smiling from ear to ear with the media love from you all : )

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A la la la la Lampshades…

Yay our new Feisty Floral Watercolour lampshades have arrived and they are looking so gorgeous!!! Available in small, medium and large, or we can make to order in any size, now you can now pretend its summer inside your home all year round! Add a splash of colour to either your bedroom, office and/or lounge, or go crazy and get matching cushion covers to go. And because we cut the fabric as we go, each piece has a different crop of the full pattern, which means every lampshade is unique.

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Feisty Floral Watercolour on blue small (200cm diameter) – bedside, desk

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Feisty Floral Watercolour on blue medium lampshade (300cm diameter) – bedside,desk,standing

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Feisty Floral Watercolour on blue large lampshade (500cm diameter) – standing, ceiling


We have also just received some new stock in some of our other popular designs.

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Pink Vintage Squares small lampshade (200cm diameter) – bedside, desk


You can order our lampshades in any of our fabrics. Check out our online shop to see lampshades in some of our other popular designs, or chat to us directly if you don’t see what you are looking for.

Then just a reminder that the Inspire Trade Expo starts in Johannesburg today and runs until the 12th June.

Inspire Trade Expo is SA’s exclusive Furniture + Décor + Design + Retail Trade only exhibition, which has already carved a groove  on the African business and trade calendar. Hosted at the prestigious Gallagher Convention Centre (GCC) in Midrand. Save the date for 2015 – 10-12 June (wednesday – friday) – 9am-5pm daily.

Buyers visiting the Exhibition are not only Retailers, but Architects, Interior Decorators and Designers, Hotels, Game LodgesB&Bs and Corporate Procurement within the industry, with the emphasis being strictly Trade only.”


We are also still looking for a Junior Assistant or Intern to come and join us. The job is flexible and Handmade By Me is a great place to learn the ins and outs of manufacturing handmade products and/or how to run a small business. We are looking for someone energetic, passionate, honest, creative and optimistic. Someone who is interested in being a part of Handmade By Me and helping it grow. We have put together a job spec here, please have a look and share with anyone who you think might be interested

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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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…and our Delft Plate reusable Placemats…



Both available from the Handmade By Me online shop : )

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