Not just another Design Store

Design Store may be new in town, but they’ve been working with some of the best designers in SA for a while already to bring you their lovely new selection of gorgeous and original products to buy for your home.

They did the most beautiful shoot, celebrating and showcasing all their lovely products on offer, which I just had to share with you here!

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Photo credits to Sunel Haasbroek (photographer) and Lizanne Visser (Stylist)

Design Store provides a platform to bring top South African designers and consumers together. The focus of Design Store’s product offering is on superior designed items for your home as well as a selection of quality accessories for both men and women.

Design Store strives to encourage others to support local trade through shopping for South African made products. We focus on bringing the best of South African design to your doorstep.

We encourage buying bespoke South African designed goods. By supporting local designers and artisans, you are stimulating local job creation and contributing to the continued growth of this important sector.

Our focus is on quality and superior craftsmanship of the goods we stock.

Our objective is to provide a superior online platform to bring the best of South African design to the consumer.”

Design Store also has an exciting new blog, which kicked off with a series of designer interviews (first up was us : ) – you can read the article here).

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

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 : )

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

House and Leisure Night Market

I just want to give all my Joburg peeps a heads up that all kinds of delicious and delightful Handmade by Me products will be available to buy at the first House and Leisure Night Market in Kramerville this Thursday! Our super awesome stockist Room Online will be selling a lovely selection of our products, including our new tote bags and purses, along with a huge array of other gorgeous designer goods.

“When it comes to optimising your night market shopping experience, House and Leisure has specially selected some of South Africa’s foremost designers, makers and artisans to showcase and sell their creations. From fashion to homeware, you’ll be able to find gorgeous offerings from top-quality vendors.”

Please do one of these in Cape Town House and Leisure!!

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In anticipation of the event this is what House and Leisure had to say about Room Online:

“When it comes to craft and design, too often the fruits of the independent designer’s creativity remain hidden away in tiny studios and backrooms, where few can appreciate or acquire these precious gems. This is especially true in South Africa, where independent designers typically don’t have the budget or resources to market their goods on a large scale.

Room Online hopes to change all that. We’re the first of our kind: an online platform whose primary mission is to showcase South Africa’s wealth of local design and decor talent. As the founders, we’re passionate about all things South African. Because of this, we’ve trawled the length and breadth of our vibrant country to be bring you the very best in design and decor. We’ve created an online retail space where you can browse and buy beautiful things for your home, all of which have been locally-inspired, locally-designed and locally-produced.”

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Looking to do some Christmas shopping over the weekend?

Well its all kicking off with 2 very festive Christmas markets in Stellenbosch this weekend where you can find all kinds of glorious Christmas festivities going on. Along with lots of delicious food to buy and fabulous gift ideas, these markets are going to get you in the mood for Christmas. Friday night the 30th November brings the Stellenbosch Slowmarket Christmas Night Market and then Saturday day the 1st December brings the Treasury Market Slow and Handmade Christmas Market, and if you are in Joburg this weekend make sure you don’t miss out on Room Online‘s stall at Collective.

“The Christmas Night Market on friday evening the 30th November at the Stellenbosch Slowmarket is the highlight of our yearly events calendar. This vintage styled authentic market has all the Christmas trimmings and we go all out in ensuring we select the finest suppliers of traditional Christmas goodies. Gingerbread houses, Christmas fruit cakes, mince pies, organic nuts, gammon rolls, German bratwurst, champagne, fynbos topiaries, décor and festive season ideas. Relaxed vintage Christmas music, coupled with a live music theatre production in the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre is most popular on the hot summer nights. Our designer goods market known as the Treasury Market will be joining us. Christmas gifts galore to fill up those stockings with handmade goods made by designers, crafters and artisans.”

“The Treasury Market is a platform for the Cape’s top emerging and established designer-makers to show off their goods and engage with their consumers in a beautiful winelands setting. Each market is uniquely curated and could include a handpicked selection of home decor items, jewellery, locally made designer fashion, accessories, vintage goods, upcycled furniture, kids stuff, ceramics, handmade shoes, paper art, contemporary crafts, and textile design.”

So hopefully I will see you all there. Please pop in and say hi if you are in the area. If you are in Joburg this weekend, my lovely stockist Room Online will be selling all kinds of awesome goodies at Collective, so if you missed out on the FoodWineDesign Fair do not fret you can still get your hands on some lovely Handmade By Me items this weekend.

Collective is a collaboration between designers and collectors converging under one roof to offer an alternative, monthly, pop-up shop. Collective includes beautiful local and international clothing designers, jewellers, ceramicists, fabric makers, furniture designers, vintage clothes collectors and home ware specialists. This is a fantastic, first-of-its-kind event. A shopper’s paradise. Come and sip on champagne, crack open a craft beer and blissfully source all your Christmas stocking fillers and treats for Summer under twinkling lights with the vista of Joburg at your feet.”

And if you can’t make it to any of the markets, here’s a small appeal thats being passed around encouraging you to buy handmade products this Christmas! I couldn’t have worded it better so have a look below and hopefully spread the word : )

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…and thats where you can find your desired handmade by me products over the next week. Kicking off the markets, and a first for handmade by me products, there is the Sanlam FoodWineDesign Fair at the Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre Rooftop. Its on all weekend and I am absolutely kicking myself for not being there!! It looks awesome!! Next year for sure! All handmade by me products can be found at the Room Online stall so keep a look out.

“The FoodWineDesign Fair was launched in 2010 by Artlogic and Sanlam Investment Management. The first of its kind in South Africa, this boutique outdoor market features the best local furniture crafters, artisan products, top wine labels, micro breweries and speciality foods. Top SA chefs also educate and inspire with on-site demonstrations.”

Say no more right?

Then sadly this will be the last weekend that you will see handmade by me at the Bay Harbour Market…for this year anyways. So if you’re in the area and have your eye on something now is your chance to go and get it. Its on friday evening, and all day saturday and sunday so you have plenty of time!

Monday brings The Woodlands Eatery Pop-Up Market which now has set dates for every second monday leading up to christmas. There are going to be some new exciting sellers there so it is definitely worth popping in, even if you have been before. As I always say Larry’s pizzas are worth it alone! Please note that this market is indoors so if the southeaster is blowing a gale force the market will still be happening.

And then tuesday brings the famous Tjing Tjing Exchange and I am super honoured to be selling amongst such great names and to be a part of such a great event. This is always a fun night out and there is always a great selection of sellers (as you can see by the flyer) so if you are going to pick one market event to come to, make it this one. Every month brings new and different sellers so get it while its hot : )

Room Online bring Handmade by Me to Joburg at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest

Yes thats right all you Handmade By Me fans living in Joburg, now you can get your hands on a whole array of lovely Handmade By Me goodies including my new aprons. Room Online the beautiful Joburg local online craft and design shop are going to be stocking Handmade By Me, and to kick things off they are going to be setting up a stall at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest this weekend in Emmarentia. The festival is set to be awesome and there is going to be an amazing amount of really lovely things to drink…and buy! I am so sad I will be missing out as I am working the stall at the Bay Harbour Market this weekend, but I would really recommend you go and check it out for yourselves. See more details on the festival below.

And so Handmade By Me is now available at Room Online. “an online platform whose primary mission is to showcase south africa’s wealth of local design and décor talent. as the founders, we’re passionate about all things south african. because of this, we’ve trawled the length and breadth of our vibrant country to be bring you the very best in design and decor. we’ve created an online retail space where you can browse and buy beautiful things for your home, all of which have been locally inspired, locally designed and locally produced.”

Don’t miss out on Room Online‘s beautiful display of products at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest this weekend.

“The JOZI CRAFT BEER FEST is back! And with more to offer! The festival has grown in 6 long dry months from 14 to 21 Breweries. We have learnt from the first one and will be introducing more beer, more taps, bigger stands, more seating, more shade, more water, more food and parking facilities on a secured field. Its no wonder we are looking to make this the best one yet.

Still all 100% locally brewed craft beer, cider & spirits. With music to fill the empty spaces and seating to make the beers slide down on a hot sunny day what better thing to do than come and spend the day with us. We will be open form 10am on Saturday the 13th of Oct and will be coming back year after year with more crafted magic!

Come enjoy the best of South African craft beer in the heart of Jozi. Come down to the second installment of the  JOZI CRAFT BEER FEST!”