new designs on the way (sneak peek)

We are so unbelievably excited about our new designs that we just can’t wait to show you what we have been up to lately! We are still busy printing the fabric to make into various products, but here is a little sneak preview of the designs behind the products and what you can expect from us in the coming weeks. We are hoping to launch our new designs and products at Kamers in Stellenbosch from 27 October – 1 November.

Ever since I designed the Pretty Proteas and Striking Strelitzias patterns I have wanted to do another pattern using a similar South African-inspired, plant/flower-related geometric style pattern. I have thought about all kinds of different plants and flowers but finally decided to use the Aloe Ferox for inspiration, not only because it is indigenous to South Africa, but because it lends itself so well to the geometric style of the design and because it is just so bloody gorgeous! When I see one of these anywhere, it always makes me think of home.

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I have been a little plant besotted of late (can you tell?), and the one plant that always makes me ooh and ah every time I see it or see a picture of it, is the Prickly Pear cactus. I also once found a super cute illustrated children’s book with a picture of a sad little prickly pear cactus on the front who spent the whole book looking for someone who would give him a hug – it still makes me smile every time I think of it.

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Both these designs will be available in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels to start, and then eventually available in our full range of products.

For all the cool kids out there, I have designed a new Big 5 inspired range of prints. Something little more modern for today’s generation, but which still captures the beautiful bright colours and busyness that Africa is all about! Well here’s my take on our Big 5. These prints will be available in cushion covers, pillowcases and eventually nappy covers.

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We hope you like what you see. The designs are all available for pre-order so please chat to us if you want to be the first to get your hands on these guys. We would also like to invite you to come and see our new designs and products at Kamers at Webersburg in Stellenbosch between 27 October and 1 November.

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

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
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twitter: @handmadebymeSA
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errr’body’s going surfing…

One of our lovely stockists on the Gold Coast of Australia, I Just Love That Fabric, sent me these photos last week of what one of their customers did with my Pink Flamingo fabric. They made a SURF BOARD!!!! How unbelievably cool is this? Don’t you just want to learn how to surf immediately so you can have one? Or make space on your wall so you can just look at it?? Ha ha, as you can probably tell, we are very excited about this!!

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We are also super excited about our Cape Town cushion being featured as part of their monochrome inspired shop ZA section in this month’s Glamour magazine : )

You can buy it here.

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And a little reminder about the Ideas Magazine Trunk Show near Stellenbosch this weekend. I am going to have some end-of-range specials going down so you really don’t want to miss out on this!

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

get your Christmas shop on…

So its been a busy last few weeks with my pop-up shop, The Shoestring Collective, officially closing its doors at Gardens Centre, Cape Town. It has been the most incredible experience of my life, and as sad as I am to see it go, I am delighted to finally be able to relax and unwind…and spend more time on Handmade By Me : )

For those of you who are not on facebook, I would like to introduce to you my Christmas Jumper Christmas range! With a huge norwegian scanda influence, as well as my missing of the infamous cheesy Christmas Jumper parties back in Dublin (it’s just too damn hot here!), I have designed and created a very wintery and northern-hemisphere-nostalgic Christmas pattern. The design is available in red and mint green, and I have made Christmas stockings (perfect gifts for little children), Christmas tea towels, Christmas aprons (made to order), and Christmas gift wrap. All available to buy from the Handmade By Me online shop and various other stockists : )

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Speaking of stockists, I am really delighted to let you all know about an amazing new South African designer shop called SAM (South African Market) which will be opening its doors on Bree Street later in the week. I will have a full range of Handmade By Me products available to buy there, and as far as I know there are a lot of pretty awesome designers involved, which means a lot of pretty awesome things to buy! Here is a link to their facebook page and their website will be live very soon!

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I also want to let you all know that I will be at The Treasury Market‘s Christmas market in Stellenbosch this coming Saturday. Its always a good day out there, and there will be lots of lovely designers joining me there! This will probably be the only market that I am going to be part of before Christmas, so I really hope to see you all there to toast an incredible year end, and hopefully a very exciting new year ahead!

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to market, to market…

We have 3 awesome markets coming up this weekend : ) so fear not if you were worried you might be missing out on some seriously awesome retail therapy!

First up on Saturday is the lovely Treasury Market which sells a hand picked selection of gorgeous handmade goods. This is my regular monthly market and if you don’t know it, its on on the first saturday of every month at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch. Its completely covered from the rain and there is such a fantastic selection of different designers every time you have no reason not to visit again and again!  Plus its part of the Stellenbosch Slowmarket which has the best fresh food options in the area, whether its to eat in or take home, you will not leave hungry or empty handed.

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Then for the first time the V&A Market on the Wharf is having an Accessories Fair with handmade products by local designers. Its on upstairs above the food market opposite the aquarium, and will be on all weekend from 9:30am to 6pm. There are already plenty of awesome food options there and its completely covered too, so there is absolutely no reason not to pop in say hi : )

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And for all my Joburg friends, Room Online will be bringing Handmade by Me and lots of other lovely local designer goods to Collective, the monthly design pop up shop in Kramerville. Its on on Sunday from 10am to 4pm and I’ve heard its one of the best markets to go to in Joburg!

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HAPPY SHOPPING : )

this little piggy went to market…

Most of you get to see handmade by me’s online presence every day, but some of you might not know that we are also avid marketers, always looking for the next great place to be selling our wares! We have been trying out a few different markets over the summer and so I thought I’d share some of the pics which have only really featured on our facebook page…till now : ) Hopefully this will convince you to come say hi at the next one which will be… The Doilie Market at Poplars, D’Aria Winery Durbanville, on the 27th April.

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The Lock Stock Market

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For any information about which market we will be at next, check out our facebook page, or email me : )

And the winner is….

…Shafiqua Du Sart! Congratulations Shafiqua you have won the handmade by me and presents in the post‘s awesome giveaway of a “secret surprise” in the pink vintage squares design delivered to your door. Please make sure that either myself or the lovely Raj from presents in the post have your address. We hope you enjoy your lovely prize : ) Thanks so much to everyone who entered and helped make our competition such fun!

And because we have received such great feedback from you all we have decided to extend all orders for this month’s (well actually March’s) presents in the post surprise. yay! Here is the direct link to order your present today, or feel free to browse the presents in the post website to find out more information.

Please note that this Sunday the 7th April will be the FINAL day for any handmade by me/presents in the post orders.

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And on a completely different note handmade by me will be at the lovely Treasury Market this Saturday 6th April! It is always on the first Saturday of every month and is in conjunction with the weekly Stellenbosch Slowmarket at the beautiful Oude Libertas venue outside Stellies. This is one of my favourite markets and it is ALWAYS a good day out so if you are in the area please pop by and say hi : )

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