‘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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It’s 70’s fever at Handmade By Me

70’s style retro is the order of the day with this quirky photo shoot of some of our latest products, styled and shot by the lovely and very talented Kristy Snell of Delisous.

Prawn cocktail and flamingoes, grapefruit and proteas, peas and prickly pears, jelly, bubblegum ice-cream, alphabet soup, and even Brad Pitt get a feature here (- even though we know Brad Pitt is not from the 70’s, but really, who cares?) With such a quirky combination of 70’s style dining and our favourite hot new products, we really couldn’t love these images any more than we do.

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Kristy used a combination of our trays, napkins, tea towels, table runners, muslin blankets, slippers and tote bags for the shoot. All of which are on sale at our retail store off Kloof street, as well as our online shop.

If you would like to see what other mouth-wateringly delicious things Kristy has been whipping up in the kitchen, be sure to check out the Delisous blog. Warning: do not look when you are hungry. And I promise you will not regret it!

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And for our friends in Joburg, it’s almost time for the Sanlam Handmade Contemporary Fair on the rooftop of Hyde Park Corner Shopping centre from 14-16 October. We plan to bring you lots of our new products so get excited! It’s set to be one of the best local shopping events this year so make sure you don’t miss out.

And because we are so looking forward to the event, we are offering any of our lovely Joburg customers the option of ordering online and collecting at the event. We will wrap and pack your order for you so all you have to do is pop past and collect. Please note that you will need an entrance ticket to the event. We have added a “free collection at Handmade Contemporary” option at checkout so be sure to select that when placing your order.

We hope to see you there!

 

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all shiny and new…

I must say it feels a lot like Christmas at Handmade By me at the moment with all the new exciting products and samples that we have been trialling and testing of late. Now that we have our own retail space, we get to explore all sorts of different products which we can stock and display at the same time. We also love to make sure that we have lots of lovely new things in our shop to keep our loyal customers coming back for more.

One of the most exciting things we have started making (maybe it’s just the cute baby photos) are our muslin baby blankets. Made with a beautiful soft 100% cotton muslin, these blankets are 1m x 1m in size, and are available in 3 designs – Prickly Pears, Pretty Proteas and Pink Flamingo. Whether you use it as a swaddle, sunshade, nursing cover, play mat, or burp cloth, these blankets, quite literally, have you covered. You can order directly from the Handmade By Me online shop or pop into our store on De Lorentz St in Tamboerskloof.

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We are also busy making some small muslin bags and squares that can be used for cooking. Muslin is a handy piece of material to have in the kitchen, especially as it can be washed, dried and continually reused. The cook’s muslin is a natural, finely-woven fabric often used when filtering or straining.

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Thanks to The Essential Ingredient, here are some of the many ways muslin can be used in the kitchen:

  • Straining liquids to filter out any impurities (such as stocks or consommé)
  • Hanging cooked fruit to separate out liquid, essential for creating quince or apple jellies or marmalades
  • Making cheese; squeezing liquid whey from the cheese curd
  • Filtering aged wines or port for decanting, removing any sediment
  • Soak muslin in butter and cover turkey or chicken breasts while roasting to keep them moist
  • Strain yoghurt for a few hours to thicken it into labna (eaten in Lebanese homes for every breakfast)
  • Wrap grated zucchini, potato, beetroot or carrot in muslin to easily squeeze out all excess moisture
  • Straining peppercorns, herbs and shallots from vinegar in a classic béarnaise sauce
  • Muslin cloth is essential when creating your own tofu from soy beans
  • Combine cream cheese and ricotta and strain into a classic Coeur à la crème
  • Wrap lemon or lime halves in muslin and place in the centre of the table for easy squeezing without pips or pulp
  • Make your own tea bags for an interesting morning tea spread
  • Line your bowl with muslin when proving bread dough to eliminate the need for excess flour or oil
  • Create a muslin bag filled with herbs and aromatics, for easy retrieval after making stock, soup or a classic sauce

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We have also introduced a new product to our range – greeting cards. We chose 10 of our favourite designs, printed them onto A6 card, and then packaged them into individual sets together with a plain white envelope. Have a look at the full range here.

We also found out recently that our phone covers are now available in a clear plastic option which takes any white or light colour used in the design and prints it clear. Here, you can see below, we tested out our Geometric Monochrome design for the iPhone 6. What do you think?

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This week we tested our first samples of melamine trays and pot stands in our designs, and we are SO impressed with how well they turned out! Not only are they so pretty and useful, they are also practical, and can handle up to 120C (248 F), are dishwasher-safe and scratch and stain resistant! These will be available to order very soon.

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We finally managed to shoot our Prickly Pears and African Aloes tote bags and purses and upload them to our online shop.

And while we are talking about all things new, our first Handmade By Me + Windowsill collaboration products, in conjunction with the talented Alexis Snell, are ready and available to buy exclusively from our shop in Cape Town. These beautiful limited edition linocut prints come all the way from the UK and we are selling them framed (in soldered glass) or unframed. We just LOVE them.

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And speaking of our shop, for this week only we have a new special on offer:  the perfect gift – an aloe potted in to graphite glazed terracotta and an orange squares tea towel for only R350. Only while stocks last! For more special offers, sales and events, follow us on facebook.

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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.

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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.

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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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We’re opening up a studio & showroom!

So this is the VERY exciting news that we wanted to share with you a week ago. Yes, it is true, we have signed the lease and are going to be opening up our first ever studio & showroom just off Kloof Street in Cape Town with our friends Windowsill Plants and Flowers in March!!!

Alex from Windowsill is one of my nearest and dearest and oldest friends, and ironically she reminded me that we had in some way already put our plans in to motion when we were just 12 years old. Here, she explains our story – “In 1992, two 11 year olds made friends with each other and made a promise that one day they would work at St Elmo’s Pizza at night, and during the day they would work at The Bubble Shop. 23 years later – the Bubble Shop no longer exists, and St Elmo’s is a bit of dive – SO TODAY, Sera Holland and I are officially shopkeepers. Yes folks – Handmade By Me and Windowsill THE shop IS happening!!!!”

We cannot wait!!!!

We have also had some other very exciting news in the past few weeks. Handmade By Me is now being stocked by two of our very favourite shops. They are both completely different but relate to one of our two favourite and most droolworthy subjects, fashion and food.

On the fashion side, we couldn’t be more honoured and excited to have a selected range of our products now available from top local fashion label, Klûk CGDT. Their boutique on Bree St is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen, and they have now started stocking a small range of premium decor related products which work alongside and compliment their own sensational creations. So now you have no excuse not to pop in and see it all for yourself.

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“The KLûK CGDT brand is well known for the sophistication in design and fabrication and their uncompromising standards in service and quality. They produce 6 collections a year, which they sell through their boutiques in JHB, Cape Town and now Pretoria as well as trunkshows across Africa. They are equally well known for their bridal and couture gowns both locally and internationally and have won awards for their “Red Carpet Style”. Special consideration is taken for each bride individually. “ Bridalwear is not like fashion, it represents a dream with a lifetime of expectations, and this is what we strive to fulfil”.”

 

The other is our favourite foodie-related award-winning online shop, Yuppiechef. They have the most insane selection of desirable cooking equipment, novelty-inspired cooking gadgets (my personal favourite) and hard-to-find cooking ingredients – and now they are stocking a selection of our patterned napkins and tea towels as well. This shop is also my personal favourite place to off-load eBucks : )

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Yuppiechef is on a mission to bring people together through the cooking and sharing of good food. We believe that preparing, cooking and sharing a meal with good company is the very essence of what makes life good. And it is our dream to give you every excuse under the sun to organise that long overdue get-together with those you love, and those you’d like to love more. Yuppiechef is a food community offering you the tools, ingredients and the inspiration to cook real food at home.”

And while we’re sharing the good news, Plascon Spaces recently showed us some playful workspaces on their blog – each showcasing Plascon hues. Our Origami Birds cushion, available from PRESENTspace, was featured in their ” A grey solution – monochromatic shades and typography make a clean canvas on which to unleash your creativity.” We love it!

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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

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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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NEW products in the HOUSE…

We have just launched some exciting new products here at Handmade By Me which I am so excited to let you all know about, and show you the photos from our recent product shoot!

First off we have just introduced our beautiful new LUXURY panama cushion covers. They are 60 x 60cm and made using our luxurious thick upholstery-weight 100% cotton panama. We are particularly excited about the velvet options – we just LOVE the feel of it, and the colours! For those not a fan, we do have an option with the print both sides, and a more economical option with the print just 1 side and either backed in plain white or black depending on the design.

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Our other new exciting new product we have just launched are our beautiful new pillowcases! They are made using a beautiful soft 100% cotton poplin (1 up from the usual percale) to fit a standard size pillow 70cm x 45cm. This is such an easy way to transform your bedroom, and what with so many designs to sleep around with, you’ll be spoilt for choice to find the perfect combination!

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We have these 4 designs below readily available to buy, but we are planning to slowly introduce more designs as we go along so feel free to place an order with us for the design of your choice, or just let us know which your favourite would be!
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If you’re not convinced, see how beautifully our Feisty floral watercolour on green cushion works in this gorgeous bedroom shoot from the latest Plascon Spaces magazine.

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And if you move fast you can still get 10% off any orders through our online shop until Sunday midnight! Don’t forget to use the discount code “WinterWarmer”. Happy shopping!!!

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