Late-night shopping with Handmade By Me

We are VERY excited to invite you to our very own late night shopping evening at the Handmade By me + Windowsill studio/showroom/shop next week Thursday 8 December.

There will be gin, there will be gift wrapping, and there will be 20% off everything in store so don’t miss out on this exciting one-off event!

This event is open to the public so please feel free to share it with your family and friends.

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We are also offering free gift wrapping on any orders from our online shop. Feel free to browse our product range from the comfort of your own home, order and pay online, email me what you would like to have gift wrapped, and then collect your order from our retail store (we have parking) at your convenience.

 

We have been so fortunate to have had such wonderful media love this November that we have decided to turn it into a kind of gift guide of sorts. See what some of SA’s finest media thinks of some of our products.

Food & Home magazine chose our online shop as the Editor’s Pick in their round up of favourite online shops.

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Fair Lady magazine looked to nature this month with some lovely gift ideas inspired by floral and foliage. So happy to see our Prickly Pears tea towel made the cut.

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Plascon Spaces magazine used our Geometric Navy and our Prickly Pears cushions in their latest Spring issue. See if you can spot our Geo Navy cushion on the cover : )

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We also discovered our Delft Plate Placemats featured in this beautiful table setting in Plascon’s Colour Forecast for 2017.

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And the lovely Lanalou Style blog picked our Delft and Imari placemats to help you “get the look” using Plascon’s Terrain inspired colour palette which is also featured in their Colour Forecast for 2017. You can read the full article here.

Livingspace magazine was inspired by the bright colours of summer, and featured our Yellow Squares and Pink Flamingo fabric as part of their Summer Lovin’ series. Incidentally, you can now buy Livingspace magazine from @home stores nationwide.

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It appears that flamingoes never seem to go out of fashion, specially this time of the year when Summer is on the way. Woman & Home magazine thought our Pink Flamingo phone cover available from Hello Pretty was spot on fashionwise this season.

We are also delighted to let you all know that our phone covers are now available to order for Samsung Galaxy S7, as well as the iPhone SE and the new iPhone 7.

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HAPPY SHOPPING!

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

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

Christmas is finally here…

Christmas is here and finally I am starting to see it everywhere now. In Ireland it has probably already been Christmassy for a month or two already. They even have a radio channel called Christmas FM which plays non-stop Christmas carols throughout November and December. Hilarious and annoying at the same time : ) As much as it gets icy cold over there I do miss it this time of the year as it really is so festive and fun. Its a little harder to get festive in the blaring South African heat but we certainly try!

First off with my Christmassy items this year is a wreath I made for Woman & Home magazine. I guess in hindsight I should have made something more sellable, but they asked me to do something different and exciting and so how could I say no! After making all those origami birds from The Shoestring Collective‘s window display, I decided to give paper, rather than fabric, another go! And voila here is my wreath. Its a little hard to tell from the pic, but I used pieces of shiny copper card, some printed designs of my own, and some images of covers of old Christmas stories and books to create the colourful and christmassy theme throughout the wreath. It really was quite simple to do, definitely something that would entertain all those festive crafters out there!

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And while I’m in the Christmas spirit please join us for our 10 day Christmas Pop-Up at The Shoestring Collective. Gardens Centre have found a new tenant for our space, so until we find a new home we will be closed from the 1st December. But who loves Christmas shopping in December anyways? Its a nightmare! We will be offering you exclusive items that you can’t get anywhere else, there will be all things Christmassy like stockings, decorations and gift wrap, as well as awesome gift ideas for men, women and children, and the very best “merry Christmas to me” presents : )

With all that in mind, it’s a great idea to do your Christmas shopping early this year and support the best of local and handmade at The Shoestring Collective.

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monday morning mix…

Morning! What a wet and rainy way to start the day here in Cape Town this morning. An unexpected welcome after I managed to sunburn my arms quite badly while trawling the milnerton market for treasures on saturday. Oh the troubles of living in a sunny country : ) Anyways I just wanted to let you all know that there are some exciting new handmade by me products on the way soon!! I can’t say too much just yet but they will be sure to brighten up your home! ; ) Unfortunately they probably won’t be here in time for Christmas but finally something to look forward to in January!! Watch this space!

And speaking of Christmas, please note that the closing date for all “make to order” christmas giftwrap and delivery lists is this sunday the 18th of November! After that, everything will be available while stocks last and I am going to be selling my products at quite a few exciting christmas markets (which I will keep you all up to date with) so I am hoping they won’t last very long! So the sooner the better to avoid disappointment and potential “silly season” delays.

And with that thought, I would like to share with you my AMAZING feature in one of my favourite magazines Condé Nast House & Garden. I am trully honoured and delighted to be a part of their November issue’s discoveries section! Thanks for the super lovely mention!!

Pink Flamingo! in Good Taste…

I am delighted to see my Pink Flamingo! Tea Towel has made it into the Good Taste magazine. A lovely piece written about We Heart This, one of Handmade By Me’s favourite stockists, if you haven’t had a chance to visit this lovely online store do so now, there are plenty of lovely christmas items just waiting to be delivered straight to your door!

Handmade By Me blog is 1 today : )

And I still can’t believe it! It feels like soooo long ago when I started this blog, even then I remembered thinking it probably won’t even last till then…I really can’t believe how far Handmade By Me, as a brand and as a business, has come since then. I went back and looked at some of the first blogposts I wrote, in one of them I said “Fabric designing and printing is something that really interests me and if I want to start making my own fabric for the cushions, I am also going to have to learn to sew them myself.” I laughed! Who would have thought then, that I would be where I am today! Then I laughed even more at the item I actually sewed ha ha!

Anyways I just want to thank everyone who follows my blog so much, I really appreciate the support and even if you are reading this for the first time, the fact that people come here and see whats going on and have a look at what I am doing means a lot to me.

And being the 1st day of year no 2, I couldn’t be prouder than to show you this article featured  in the November issue of South African Garden And Home. I still can’t believe that there’s a photo of me in there, but I feel really encouraged to continue with what I am doing, who knows where I’ll be in another year’s time.

Its YOU again…

I am super delighted my Striking Strelitzias tea towel has been featured in the latest edition of YOU magazine! Apparently yellows are “wise and imaginative”….what do you think?

And here are a few closeups of my Striking Strelitzias tea towel…available to buy directly from me here through Etsy and Hello Pretty

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