New York, New York, here we come!

So, life has a funny way of working itself out sometimes, specially when you think you finally have it all under control!

Just as we were preparing for the closing of our little retail store last week, we heard the news that we have been invited to go and show our products at a big trade show in New York next week! Wesgro, together with funding from the DTI, are very kindly organising and paying for us to go on this amazing export opportunity! It happened so fast that we didn’t even have time to think about it, and next thing we knew my flight was booked and my freight was being collected.

So New York City, here we come! And I obviously could not be more excited! I am flying out today and will be back on the 12th of March, and because this is all very last-minute and completely unexpected, I am so sorry but I am going to have to postpone our massive online sale until I return. But I do promise to make it even better and bigger to make up for the delay.

Please bare with us for any delay in communication over the next 2 weeks, we will be back to normal asap.

Until then! Wishing you a super week ahead!


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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.


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?



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 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 : )

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We have added a few new items to our product range lately, mostly all of which just happen to be monochrome. We wanted to share them with you here!

Firstly we have a new placemat design hurrah! Geometric Monochrome. I know a lot of you out there are scared of a bit of colour so here is something that will work on your table every single time. Try mixing and matching with different monochromatic patterned napkins, or incorporate just a bright splash of colour like a bright burnt orange or even a sunny yellow, to be honest pretty much any colour will go!





We have a new stockist in New York opening up very soon (I know!!!!) and we just sent off our first order of products for them which included this Origami Birds scarf/sarong. I am going to make to order these so get in touch if you would like one too!


We have also changed our Origami Birds napkins. These ones are the same as the other new range napkins, 30 x 30cm in size and nice and thick, and available in sets of 2 in black and blue.

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All the above (and more) are available from the Handmade By Me online shop.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

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Now available from…Zola (New York)

I am super delighted to let you all know that Handmade By Me is now being stocked by Zola, a beautiful, modern and very unique wedding registry website, based in New York!!! There’s a lot more to Zola than just beautiful gifting ideas, you can buy experiences, and dining, or create a honeymoon or even a wedding fund! This is exactly what we were looking for when we started planning our wedding, and I could kick myself for not having discovered it sooner!!
Here is a little more about what it is that they offer below; or to really see what it’s all about, have a look at their website (warning: it will make you want to get married all over again).
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“We are called Zola and we are creating a wedding registry that aims to meet the needs of modern couples. Our goal is to offer products and experiences that couples can get excited about and also better reflect their lives and styles. Today’s engaged couples are passionate about many things – adventurous experiences, decorating their homes, food and wine, world travel, outdoor activities, and more.
Zola is the only site that allows couples to register online for products, experiences, services, cash funds, and anything else from any store. We take care of all transactions on our site, which means your loved ones won’t find themselves bounced to outside sites, and you won’t receive duplicates of third-party items. Say goodbye to those extra gravy boats.
You can customize your registry to make it you – upload your own photos and give show your personality through your registry.”

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