‘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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You’ve been served…

Sorry if we have been a little quiet lately, but we have been so busy with all kinds of new product development. It is all worthwhile when we literally feel like 5 year olds when the new products turn out as good as our new melamine trays have! Finally they are here, and ready to buy directly from our retail store and/or online shop. We are so in love with the way they have all turned out, we kinda want to keep all the new stock to ourselves : )

All the trays and pot stands/decorative trivets are locally made here in South Africa. The trays are made using solid melamine, they are durable, stain and scratch resistant, food safe, heat resistant up to 120degrees Celsius, and dishwasher safe. The pot stands/decorative trivets are made using a melamine surface which is cork backed. They are durable, stain and scratch resistant, food safe, and heat resistant up to 160degrees Celsius.

Whether you favour a pot of tea for two, a TV dinner on the couch, or even brekkie in bed, we have a beautiful range of trays on offer that will suit any occasion.

The round trays are available in both our Delft and Imari designs. They are 370mm in diameter.

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Our rectangular trays are available in these 4 designs and in 3 different sizes, small (300x215mm), medium (400x250mm) and large (445x350mm).

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Pot stands are available in 5 designs and in 2 different sizes, small (225mm diam) and medium (275mm diam).

 

You can order all the above directly from our retail store in Cape Town or from our online shop.

And look what we spotted in the latest issue of Visi magazine : ) Our lovely fabric collaboration with Thandiwe Muriu at Picture Africa at 100% Design Cape Town earlier this year. Our Joburg friends can see the full exhibition at 100% Design South Africa which will be on shortly at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg from 6 – 10 August 2016.

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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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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