We’re having a pre-Christmas SALE!

This November, Handmade By Me is having our biggest SALE yet! With 40% off selected products, you have no more excuses not to give everyone you know HMBM for Christmas. Whether you’re after a pair of our hotel slippers, or some cushions to brighten up your home before the visitors arrive, or even some tea towels or napkins for that Secret Santa. Whatever you decide, you better be fast, as the sale is only available while stocks last. Please note that the sale is available online and in-store.

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Handmade By Me has been lucky enough to receive some serious media love over the past month which we would love to share with you.

Here is a Q&A with myself in the latest Garden & Home magazine where I reveal my favourite millenial pink finds. If you didn’t know already, I am quite clearly obsessed!

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We have also been lucky enough to have been featured in Elle Decoration‘s floral inspirations as well as their favourites inspired by the East. See if you can spot our Imari placemats as well as our Foliage cushion covers.

Home magazine gave our Foliage on Pink cushion cover the green light.

And Fair Lady magazine picked our Prickly Pears hotel slippers as one of their Fauna & Flora favourites.

And in case you missed our recent social media posts, we shared some of our latest customer pics. Here is a sneak peek of our Foliage on Pink wallpaper recently installed in this beautiful bathroom.IMG_4526

And one of our regular customer’s, Janet, sent us this pic of her Pretty Proteas blind she had made to match the lampshades in her Airbnb apartment in Gardens.

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And lastly here are some of the latest images from our Instagram feed. We have been obsessing over our new Foliage hotel slippers which are now available to order online and/or in-store. We also have Foliage lampshades coming soon, as well as a special  limited edition of our Lux Panama 60x60cm double-sided cushion covers.

Don’t forget we have you covered this Christmas with our range of Christmas stockings, greeting cards and gift tags. And remember we’re always happy to gift wrap too, you just have to ask : )

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A jolly good start to the year…

It’s not even the end of the January yet but so far this year is on fire. And I don’t mean on fire like the 40 degree heat we have been experiencing in Cape Town (when will it end??) or the endless actual fires that have been devouring our countryside. What I do mean, is that Handmade By Me is having a very exciting start to the year!

I have been waiting to publish this post for a week now as we have some VERY exciting news, but it seems we may have to wait another day or two until it has been finalised, so I am so sorry to hold you in suspense…but watch this space!!

In the mean time, we would love to share with you some serious media love we have been lucky enough to have over the past couple of weeks.

In the online sphere, Plascon Spaces invited us for an online Q and A on colour and inspiration. You can read all about it here.

And Oh How Fiancé – wedding and lifestyle blog – wanted to find out more about the designer behind the business. You can read their interview with me here.

SA Garden & Home magazine featured our new African Aloes and Prickly Pears designs in their latest issue below.

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And Lééf met hart & siel magazine featured our Victoriana placemats which are perfect for dinner parties of all kinds. See our dinner table setting inspiration using our Birds of Paradise placemats below.

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This was last night’s dinner’s table setting below – featuring hues of red, orange and purple – using our Orange Squares Pattern table runner and our new Birds of Paradise placemats. Both available to order from our online shop.

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Send us your Handmade By Me table setting inspiration or colour way and we’ll share it on our social media feeds.

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

 

For the week that’s in it…look, see, win…

The Design Indaba Expo opens on Thursday so we have been crazy busy these last few weeks getting ourselves and our products ready for it. If you follow us on instagram, facebook and/or twitter, you may have noticed some sneak peeks of a few exciting new things we have up our sleeve for our stand, but just in case you missed them, here is a little teaser of what you can expect from Handmade By Me over the weekend. You can find us at stand H21, please come and say hi we would love to see you!

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For those of you who have no idea what I am going on about… “The Design Indaba Expo was inaugurated in 2004 and provides a commercial platform for the finest South African designers to leverage goods and services to the local and global markets. It also introduces the most influential international buyers to the finest South African creative products and encourages export.

As the only local platform that welcomes advertising, architecture, craft, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design, and visual media under the same roof, Design Indaba Expo is a celebration of diversity.”

Have a look here for more information regarding the event.

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And because we’re so busy getting ready for the Expo, we are doubling up on today’s post so we can spend next week recovering : ) I thought I might leave you with this insanely large and extremely flattering article on Handmade By Me and me, Sera Holland, in the latest Ideas Magazine. Thanks so much to them for the amazing feature I am so unbelievably flattered and honoured!!

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And last but not least, here is a chance for you to WIN a set of our Feisty Floral Watercolour napkins with Kamers. All you have to do is go to the Kamers facebook page, simply 1) like THEIR post about our napkins & 2) comment what you’re looking forward to most at their autumn shows. Easy as pie! And the even better news is that they have just announced that their Autumn show in May is now going to be at City Hall. We cannot wait!!!

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shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

a lovely little mention…

Firstly apologies it has been so quiet on the Handmade By Me blog lately! The Shoestring Collective pop-up shop has been keeping me very busy, and I have also just moved house, so things are not so quiet on the other side : ) Plus I am working on some new designs and some exciting ideas for Christmas. But, I don’t want to give away everything just yet, so I thought I would say hey and let you know that there are some exciting things coming your way soon….and to show you this awesome little mention I got in the latest House & Leisure… : )

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h&l sepAnd if you do manage to leave without your “must-have items including Sera Holland’s graphic Handmade By Me napkins and tea towels” you can order them directly from the Handmade By Me online shop : ) We deliver countrywide and internationally!

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All in good taste…

If you read the lovely Good Taste magazine you may have seen a small feature on me and Handmade by Me in the “Latest Looks” section which features “all the newest decor and design trends” yay I couldn’t be more delighted! and they featured my favourite Fly Away Birds cushion cover : )

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Here is a closeup of my Fly Away Birds Cushion Cover…

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This design is also available in tea towels, napkins, aprons, bags, purses, wallpaper and lampshades. Visit the handmade by me online shop or email me for more details : )

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A colourful commission for Cillian Johnston…

Last year I was approached by an Irish furniture and design company called Cillian Johnston who were looking for someone to help them design and create a unique print for fabric, that they could then make into cushions and lampshades. The brief was to come up with a graphic representation, but not a directly literal representation, of a lamp that was awarded best new product in the category “Table Top and Interiors” at Ireland’s premier design and craft expo, Showcase Ireland, 2012, The Aran Beag rectangle lamp. It has two Aran knitted panels with a distinct cable pattern on the front and back of the base, as you can see below, and that was going to be the inspiration behind my design.

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They wanted me to try and use the aran knit style and the purply colours like the first lamp above, but weren’t neccessarily tied to it. And so I did some research on different aran knit styles and the one that grabbed me the most was the honeycomb style, featured in the centre of the jersey below.

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I took 2 different ideas, one of making the basic repeat pattern very graphic and bold following the honeycomb aran knit style (kind of), and the other of highlighting the smaller finer detail of the actual knitting stitches themselves. I wanted to try and show the changing colours and textures of different angles of the stitches graphically, and did so using lots and lots of different purply and bluey photographic textures…

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Below is a closeup of the pattern…the difference in scales of the pattern, up close and at a distance, allows the pattern to be used to create two completely different styles that can work together as a team or completely on their own.

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Here are some of the pictures they took to show me their finished products. Note the beautiful hexagonal shaped wooden buttons which highlight and work so well with the honeycomb pattern. We decided to use use the bigger scale on the front of the cushion, and the smaller on the back so you could switch them around or feature them side by side.

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You can buy these lovely items from their online shop.

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“Award winning master craftsman Cillían Johnston spent many years in furniture making and antique restoration before being joined by his industrial designer wife, Lisa in 2003. Since then they have been servicing and supplying private clients, architects, interior designers and furniture contractors nationwide and in the UK with innovative and original furniture design.

 In 2011 they expanded their business into home accessory and giftware design when they began working on a range of lighting products called “Aran Beag” that are inspired by the traditional craft of Aran knitting.

 Cillían has developed a solid reputation for excellence in workmanship using the best quality materials, in particular Irish hardwoods and his Aran Beag lamps are no exception. The timelessness of Cillían’s products and exacting finish to detail are qualities maintained from the business’s inception.

 It is Cillían’s uncompromising attention to detail that sets him apart: “We are obsessed with quality; nothing leaves our workshop until I’m happy with it”.”

handmade by me at the design indaba…and a little feature by Visi magazine…

I am super duper excited to announce that I have received funding to exhibit at the lovely and prestigious Design Indaba Expo later this month. Its all a bit chaotic with only 3 weeks to prepare for this momentous conference, but I already have some exciting ideas and cannot wait to show my products to the rest of the world. So as you can imagine it is going to be pretty crazy over here for the next few weeks, but I really hope that some of you will be able to come and see what an amazing selection of design talent south africa has to offer. If you are lucky enough to be holding a ticket to the Indaba itself I am screaming jealous as it really is such a wonderfully inspiring conference with a fantastic line-up this year! For those of you who don’t, the expo is open to the public and well worth the visit!

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“The Design Indaba Expo was inaugurated in 2004 and provides a commercial platform for the finest South African designers to leverage goods and services to the local and global markets. It also introduces the most influential international buyers to the finest South African creative products and encourages export.

As the only local platform that welcomes advertising, architecture, craft, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design, and visual media under the same roof, Design Indaba Expo is a celebration of diversity.”

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“Since 1995, the Design Indaba Conference has invited the world’s top creative minds to address professionals from the creative, corporate and educational sectors alike. Championing creativity that enhances every aspect of the world around us, Design Indaba recognises graphic design, advertising, film, music, fashion design, industrial design, architecture, craft, visual art, new media, publishing, broadcasting and performing arts shoulder-to-shoulder.”

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And something I am also REALLY excited about is that Visi Magazine has featured me as one of their “Fresh Talents”. This is such an honour as there are some seriously talented people featured alongside me, and because I am SUCH a fan of Visi Magazine, I would really like to share the interview here with all of you.

http://visi.co.za/content/article/2049/fresh-fabrics