Happy happy…

Just a quick little first blog post of the year to wish you all a happy and healthy 2018! We hope you’ve all had a nice break, and that you feel as refreshed as we do for the new year ahead.

As the year has barely just begun, we don’t have too much news to share with you just yet, but we would like to share with you a lovely little project we were working on toward the end of last year.

I’m not sure if you know, but Klein Constantia, home of the infamous Vin de Constance, has just had a little make-over with a new gift shop, as well as a new restaurant which should have opened up to the public last week. Handmade By Me was brought on board to help develop some exclusive new products for the gift shop which is really something we LOVE to do. It was also really great that Klein Constantia had some lovely imagery on hand that we were able to use on a whole range of different products including cushions, tea towels, pot stand/trivets and trays. We’re hoping to expand on the range throughout the year, but we’re so happy with the responses we’ve had so far.

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If custom design or product development interests you, have a look some other similar product development we did for The Trading Company at the Spice Route.

Then in other news, here is our #bestnine2017 from Instagram. We didn’t get to share this with you before the year was out, so here you go. Sometimes you really need to look back to see how far you’ve come. The fact that my book managed to grab one of the places makes me lol, but also happy to see our Foliage prints and media love up there!

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Thank you to our friend Kerry for sharing these photos of the sweetest baby Max showing off his unique crawling style and interesting model poses in his African Aloes nappy cover.

And below are some other recent scenes from the Handmade By Me instagram world.

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Photo credit above to Delisous

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a flamboyance of flamingoes…

Today we have a whole flamboyance of flamingo inspired things to show you! While the northern hemisphere is slowly starting to thaw out, and we’re just getting to enjoy the best part of our summer, the whole world is going crazy for these crazy beautiful birds!

We are especially excited about this really beautiful tropical inspired wedding decor shoot that Wedding Album magazine did recently using our Pink Flamingo napkins. How beautiful is this wedding spread? Makes me want to go back and do mine all over again : )

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This young lady in Australia had her surfboard customised using our Pink Flamingo linen cotton fabric. How cool did this turn out? Makes me want to go surfing immediately!! Thanks so much to her for sharing these pics with us!

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We are so delighted that our Pink Flamingo Wallpaper has been featured in the latest Woman & Home magazine, as part of their Home Edit! These little deco inspired birdies of ours are sure to liven up any home!

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We spotted some flamingo trend forecast inspiration going on on instagram…we may be a little biased, but we’re super excited that they chose to use our design : )

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And while we are at it…here are some of our favourite Etsy treasuries featuring all kinds of flamingo inspired beauties. If these don’t get you excited about flamingoes, I’m afraid nothing will!

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NEWs…

Its been a very busy week (or rather couple of months) so far here at Handmade By Me HQ. Our new range has gone to print eeeeeeeeekkkkk and not only are we coming up with new designs, but new products as well. We are just so excited to show you all what we are working on….but I am afraid you will have to wait just a little bit longer…

However, I can show you a sneak peek of one of our new products….the decorative scarf! These are super soft and big and beautiful, and would work really well as a scarf in winter and/or even a sarong in summer : ) Our trial design was the pink flamingo and we have already had such great feedback on facebook and twitter. We can’t wait to start making and selling these with some of our new range prints. Let us know what you think…

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And then how lucky are we to have our decorative placemats featured in the latest issue of SA Garden & Home. Home Front features their highlights from this month, from things to do and seasonal shopping to decor news and the best places to visit.

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bits and bobs and brand new products…

So I am mostly excited to (almost) tell you all about our exciting new product that we have made!! I’ll give you a hint, its not made with fabric! But, it will certainly help make your dinner parties even cooler than you could imagine (and it is super affordable!! yay : ) BUT I can’t tell you what it is just yet as we are going to launch it with the CCDI at Decorex at the CTICC in Cape Town from 25th to 28th April : ) So unfortunately you will just to have to wait till then…pop into Decorex weekend after next and see for yourself, or watch this space for the unveiling!

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In the meantime here are a few of Handmade By Me’s latest features…

Dawanda has released its Spring Summer 2014 Lovebook and I am so excited my Pink Flamingo cushion cover has been chosen to be featured once again, this time along with some very fruity looking tropicals : )

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And my indigo blue purse has also been featured, as part of the “Essentials” section of Issue 38 of the lovely Crush online magazine. Anything that focusses on decor and cooking and looking good has a special place in my heart… along with these nifty items for some seriously grand al fresco dining! If you live in Cape Town you might agree that we have been spending alot of sunny days outdoors lately! It seems the summer ain’t going nowhere for a while…

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As always everything is available to buy online at the Handmade By Me online shop and various stockists : )

 

 

Now available at…the Presents in the Post online shop

You might remember that I recently did a blogpost about a Handmade by Me and Presents in the Post surprise? We even ran a competition where one lucky lady won a surprise in the design of her choice. She was really delighted : ) and it all turned out to be a really great success…and now finally the surprise is revealed to all….

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Napkins! The perfect gift to start your own collection of Handmade by Me products. Own them all in your favourite design or mix ‘n match for the ultimate printastic dining extravaganza. These designs were chosen by the lovely Raj of Presents in the Post and so far everyone was delighted with their surprise! We even got these little appreciation instagrams from two of our lovely subscribers…awwwww4cd82acca5b911e2a1bd22000a9f1361_7 BINMPp6CEAAzN2K.jpg-large

And now you can get your hands on these designs anytime across a lovely selection of products straight from the Presents in the Post online shop. Shipping is free so get ordering : )

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a little lampshade lovin’…

And just in case you didn’t know… handmade by me make lampshades!! In any shape and form and size and design, just let us know whatever you need and we’ll make it specially for you. Or if you’re not sure what you need, we can help you figure it out…standing, bedside, living room, drum, flute, you name it…and in any design we have! Here are some lampshades we have made in the past…

You might have noticed some of our lampshades on display at the design indaba…

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Here are a few closeups…

my Striking Strelitzias standing lamp…

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Pink Flamingo! bedside lamps…

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My Birdy Num Num bedside lampshade which is made using wallpaper in the inside of the shade so that the pattern is only visible when the light is turned on….how gorgeous is this for a low light in a baby’s room…?

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My Blue Origami Birds bedside lampshade which you have seen before…

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And my Indigo Red standing lamp…as seen at the Tjing Tjing Market…

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Please feel free to email me for more details and prices!

great Ideas and all things Pink Flamingo…

I am delighted to let you know that handmade by me has been featured in the lovely Ideas Magazine! If you are at all interested in crafts and fun and easy DIY this magazine is for you! I especially enjoyed the section on starting your own business (of course) as well as the section that shows you how you can print your own designs onto fabric (of course again!). My lovely and very popular Pink Flamingo! Cushion Cover is the star of my feature and I thought it might be the perfect time to show you some other new Pink Flamingo! products that I have been working on recently! See below…

The feature…

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the new pink flamingo products…

the tote bag…

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the purse…

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the lampshade…

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All of these are available from the NEW handmade by me shop : )

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