April new(s)

We are now totally beyond excited to show you our new range of designs and products, but we are STILL unfortunately waiting on our beautiful backing fabric to arrive for our cushion covers. It was meant to arrive earlier this month, but with all the public holidays messing us around a bit, we have been told that it will now only be ready in May : (

So while we (im)patiently wait for it to all come together, we wanted to share a few things that have been going on behind the scenes, and how you can still get your hands on some of our new designs in the mean time.

These images were some sneak peeks we recently shared on our Instagram feed.

 

You may have seen last week on our Facebook page and Twitter feed that our trays, pot stands and chopping boards are now available to pre-order in both of our new Foliage colour ways : )

 

The very very first products in our Foliage on Green and Flora designs are presently on their way to Joburg for Kamers this weekend with PRESENTspace. The show will be on from 26-30 April at St John’s College in Houghton.

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We are also very excited to announce a new online stockist for us called Esque. And they are having a very exciting competition where you can win lots of lovely beautiful things for your home including our Victoriana placemats. See below and check out their Facebook page for more details on how you can WIN.

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Plein Str, another lovely stockist of ours based in Paarl, is having a pop store from 5-6 May, where you can browse their wares over a complimentary cup of tea and a slice of cake. See below and check out their Facebook page for more details.

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And if you didn’t get your sweet fix this Easter, do not fear, our Sweet Hearts wallpaper will do the trick! And its sugar free! Featured in this month’s Home Magazine for their cosy Autumn must-haves.

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And our end of season SALE lives on with more products being added all the time. Take advantage of our 2 for 1 deals, or take 40% off selected products. In-store and online. Only while stocks last!

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‘Tis the season…

So it seems we came back from Joburg to find the silly season in full swing! Where did the year go? I feel like it’s complete madness, but Christmas is literally around the corner. And so with that in mind, we have decided to make our annual Christmas stockings out of our Prickly Pears fabric this year. Who said Christmas has to be all snow and winter and reindeers? At least we’re still keeping in line with the green and red theme : ) Here’s how we plan to celebrate Christmas South African style.

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And who says you can’t decorate your whole Christmas table in our Prickly Pears this year. We have table runners, napkins, trays and pot stands to help make it look effortless, and you get to use everything all year round.

We are also going to be offering some Prickly Pears and fynbos-inspired SA style Christmas cards to our range over the next few weeks.

We would also like to take this opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who came and supported us at the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair in Joburg last month. What an incredible event to be a part of. It was our first time at the show, and we really had such a blast. In case you missed it, here are a few pics from our stand.

We were also lucky enough to be featured as one of the Mail & Guardian‘s “10 best design stalls to look for” at the show which was such an honour.

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While we were there we also showcased our newest product, our hotel slippers, which really went down a treat. The slippers are readily available in 3 sizes in our Prickly Pears, Pretty Proteas and Pink Flamingo prints, as well as a select few one-off prints in (man) sizes.

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The Handmade Contemporary Fair was the one event we had planned for this time of the year, for a change. But even though we have decided to keep our Christmas events to a minimum this year, you can still find a selection of our products at various fairs and shows around the country over the next few weeks.

This weekend you can find our products at two different markets in and around Cape Town. Flick Inc is taking some of our products, including our new Prickly Pears Christmas Stockings, to the Constantia Gift Fair which is on at SARDA in Constantia from 2-6 November.

You can also find a small selection of our products on sale at the Festive Ideas market at Simondium Country Lodge, also on from 2-6 November.

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We were also very happy to have some of our fynbos designs readily available to buy at The Cape Town Flower Show which was such a success this last weekend at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town.

And most importantly, we will most certainly be having a late night Christmas shopping experience at our shop with Windowsill in Cape Town in mid December. Expect all things Christmassy with lots of special offers and discounts on the night. The final date is TBC but you can follow our shop on facebook or watch this space if you would like to be kept in the loop.

And lastly look what we spotted in the September issue of Home/Tuis. Doesn’t this gorgeous home just make you want to curl up by the fire with a cup of tea and a good book!

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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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And we’re back…

We’re finally back from the BEST honeymoon travel adventure in the world ever!!! Sorry it has taken me so long to put this blogpost together, but we were thrown straight into the madness of Kamers my first week back and only now are we slowly getting back to our normal and usually chaotic working selves.

Firstly, thank you so much to everyone who came and visited and supported us at Kamers this past weekend. We were lucky enough to be sharing our space with the most stylish plants and flowers in the business, thanks to the lovely Windowsill. The City Hall was the most beautiful venue and we really had the best time meeting lots of lovely people and seeing all the wonderful things that were on offer. In case you missed it, here are some pics of the Handmade By Me + Windowsill stand. And below are some links to a few blogposts about what you could find at this year’s Kamers market in Cape Town.

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Some blog posts about Kamers 2015:
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Then back to our wonderful amazing honeymoon travel adventure holiday! I have tried to write this post several times since our arrival back home and it just does not seem possible to capture the unbelievable time that we had into a few words and photos. We travelled to 5 different countries, we learned new languages, ate new foods, drank new drinks, saw new things, met new people, and basically just had the BEST time together.

We eagerly explored the streets, restaurants, shops and galleries, and fell in love with New York. We were blown away by the street art and rooftop views in Valparaiso, Chile. We were bewildered by the ever changing landscape as we drove over the top of the Andes from Chile to Argentina in the front of a double decker bus (this was one of the highlights of our trip). We sipped the best wines paired with the best foods with a view of the highest snow capped mountain in South America in Mendoza, Argentina. We spent a week exploring the incredibly colourful and crazy city of Buenos Aires while sipping on giant beers, quaffing bottles of perfect Malbec and devouring all the best local cuisine we could find. We popped over on the ferry to Uruguay to explore the picturesque and very colonial smuggler’s haven of Colonia Del Sacramento. We experienced the most mesmerising and all-conquering Igwazu Falls from both the top and underneath. We experienced the overwhelming and truly crazy excitement of Brazilian futebol in Rio De Janeiro, where we fell in love with the views, the culture, the beaches and the people. And for the perfect end to the perfect holiday, we got to sail and swim and laze around on the wild picture perfect Brazilian coastline in Paraty. It was the adventure of a lifetime which truly superseded our highest expectations.

Here are a few photos which I have selected to try and capture a little piece of each place we went to. I have hundreds of pics so if you would like to see more of our wonderful journey (with commentary), you are most welcome to stalk my instagram account @seraholland.

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And we’re off…

As most of you know, I got married last year, and instead of spending all our money on our wedding, we decided to spend some of it on travelling the world. And so we decided to keep our wedding smaller and our honeymoon bigger. And now finally the time has arrived, shortly after a year after our wedding, for us to go on holiday. I can’t even tell you what a wonderful feeling it is, 5 whole weeks of holiday ahead…New York, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. I am planning on sharing some photos of our trip along the way here, so if you want updates (or to live vicariously through me) you can subscribe to our blog here and/or follow us on instagram, facebook and twitter.

We will still be processing orders and making lots of pretty things while we are away, but please just bare in mind that we may take a little longer than usual to get back to you, and all custom orders or queries will have to wait until we return. For those who are looking to buy, you can still order through our online shop, or have a look through our list of lovely stockists.

We will be back in the beginning of May and I am delighted to let you know that pretty much soon after, we will be teaming up with our favourite friend Windowsill again to bring you lots of beautiful textile and plant related goodies at Kamers which is on this year at the City Hall from 7-10 May.

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SAM is also having their annual summer sale for the whole month of April. We have put some our products on sale along with a fantastic bunch of other designers – we are just so sad to miss out on all those bargains!

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I am going to leave you here with some fantastic media love that we have been so very fortunate to have had over the last month.

Firstly, our Geometric Green Cushion Cover was featured in Good Housekeeping‘s trend section. These gorgeous sorbet colours just make me want to eat lots of ice-cream, don’t you?

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Our Birdy Num Num Cushion Cover was featured alongside some pretty vintage floral inspired products in Essentials magazine.

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And a selection of our super cool new phone covers were featured in Drum magazine’s Better Life section.

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And by the time we get back, I am delighted to let you know that these guys will be on the shelf and available from our online shop and various other stockists : ) Thanks so everyone who helped us decide which patterns to go with on facebook. We love all your input!

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See you back here very soon with some photos of all the awesome and amazing places we’re hoping to find along the way! Its all too exciting!!

Now available at the Watershed…

I wrote this post over a month or so ago, but unfortunately due to a rogue faulty fire extinguisher that went off one night, I had to hold off posting it while they sorted out the problem, which turned into a disaster. However, I am delighted to let you know that this lovely shop is finally back in action, and ready for the onslaught of Christmas shopping and summer loving in Cape Town.

Quirky Me and Flick Inc have teamed up to create this beautiful little shop under the stairs at the Watershed at the V&A Waterfront. Most of you probably already know about the Watershed, but if not, basically it was originally the Blue Shed next to the Aquarium, which has since been knocked down and beautifully put back together to house and support local designers and products from around South Africa by creating a “market-like” environment. Handmade By Me was going to have their own space there, but instead we are so happy and so lucky that we can supply our lovely things to Quirky Me and Flick Inc instead.

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Quirky Me and Flick Inc may share a space, but they bring their own set of products to the store. I am really lucky as I am supplying my more monochromatic products to Flick Inc and my more colourful to Quirky Me, so you can in fact find a whole bunch of our stuff there…along with a selection of beautiful and quirky things from other various designers.

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Most of you will know Quirky Me from the Old Biscuit Mill. It is the second shop on your left as you come in and walk toward the courtyard, and is literally filled with all things quirky. Ingrid Corbett who owns the shop also has a product offering of her own (check out their cool place mats). Now they have opened up at the watershed and you can now find our lovely things at both of their stores.

“At Quirky Me my goal is to bring you beautiful and fun decor items that will help you shape your home into a space that reflects a little bit of your own off-beat personality. I conceptualise a large part of the products myself, and put them into production here in South Africa with the help of incredibly talented local designers and craftspeople. I also take huge pleasure in sourcing quirky products that catch my eye from local creatives and artisans, as well as working with these talents to create products and ranges that are specific to my store.”

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Flick Inc is now the combined name for Flick Glass and My China Ceramics, both of which are very well known and established brands started and run by Frances Kierman. When I first arrived back in Cape Town in 2012 and was just starting out with Handmade By Me, you might remember that I shared a space at the Hout Bay Market with Frances and 2 other lovely ladies. If you ever came to visit me there, you may remember the gorgeous ceramics we had available to buy, as well as the pretty shiny earrings that always sold so well – well thats essentially Flick inc. And now after a few years break we get to display our products together again.

“Flick Glass is a quality glass studio known for its innovative and beautiful jewellery. We aspire to creating works of art that are individually hand crafted and unique.”

Enjoying the success of Flick Glass, Frances was inspired to do a new project and after much trial and error launched MY CHINA Ceramics at the Design Indaba in February 2008. South Africa’s beautiful and interesting fynbos flowers are Frances’ inspiration. She is in love with South African bird images and other wild and interesting creatures. Her drawings are made into transfers and she fires them into her stoneware ceramics. As the years have gone by the My China range keeps growing and developing, incorporating new ceramic shapes and new drawings. She is also greatly inspired by her Mom, Wynsome and brother, Gene who are amazing artists and always willing to lend a hand.”

The Watershed is located on Dock Road, next to the Two Oceans Aquarium and is open daily from 10h00 – 19h00.

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Please take note of our Christmas order deadlines for the Handmade By Me online shop.

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Find us at Kamers and Handmade Contemporary (Food Wine Design)

So you may have noticed we have been a little quiet lately and it’s mostly because we have just been soooooo busy getting lots of stock ready for our upcoming events. Thanks to everyone who popped in to the Spier Secret Festival Market last Saturday, it was a really beautiful day and we had lots of fun. Here’s a snap of our table all set up and ready for action.

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Next week we are teaming up with Windowsill plants and flowers at KAMERS at Webersburg near Stellenbosch from 4- 9 November.  You can find us and all sorts of lovely things at stand B25. Do pop in and come say hi!

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And then lucky us, the CCDI are bringing Handmade By Me to Handmade Contemporary, previously known as Food Wine Design, in Johannesburg from 7-9 November. I have put together a special little range for our Joburg friends, so best you get there early : )

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