‘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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Christmas gift guides and shipping dates

If any of you are like me, and always end up leaving your Christmas shopping to the last minute, and you hate going to the shops this time of year, we have some lovely gift guides to share with you where you can order online and have your gifts delivered straight to your door. We are truly delighted to have had some of our favourite products featured in these guides, we hope they bring you that Christmas gift inspiration you may be looking for.

We are also delighted to let you know that our new pillowcases have arrived just in time for Christmas. In the photo below we mixed our Prickly Pears pillowcases with our Green Sprigs cushion, don’t they look so lush together?

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The new pillowcase designs are Prickly Pears, African Aloes, Striking Strelitzias and Pink Flamingo – all available to order via email until they are available online.

Even though there are less than 3 weeks to go until Christmas, there is still plenty of time left to order your gifts online. For any orders from the Handmade By Me online shop, we recommend you order no later then the below dates to avoid chaos and/or disappointment.

International: Sunday 13 December
SA via Post: Tuesday 15 December
SA via courier: Tuesday 22 December

Click on the links below for more details on the products featured in the gift guides.

Visi magazine put together a great gift guide for her and included our Prickly Pears phone cover

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Vamp have done a series of daily gift guides. We’re so happy to have our Imari and Delft placemats included. Vamp also has a fantastic selection of our Christmas Jumper Christmas stockings, tea towels and table runners in stock if you’re looking for some Scandi-inspired Christmas decor for your home.

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Livingspace magazine put together a decor inspiration list which turned into a gift guide for the homemaker in their December issue. They chose to feature our Christmas Jumper Christmas Stocking in red.

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9 lives blog put together this fantastic selection of gifts for that foodie friend of yours and included our Imari placemats.

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For Christmas, every Wednesday, Vicki Sleet from I Want That chooses her favourite finds on Hello Pretty. She thought our Christmas Jumper Christmas tea towel in minty green would make “such a lovely gift for a keen cook, someone who loves their home and well, someone with a taste for Scandi-influenced design” and our Christmas Jumper Christmas Tea Towel in redis sure to make you feel jolly and is Bridget Jones / Mark Darcy approved“. We love that – Thanks Vicki!

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Kim Gray thinks our phone covers make great gifts and we think she knows what she is talking about : ) Also available to order through TAKEALOT if you are looking for ways to use up those eBucks and/or earn Discovery miles.

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Kimmy and Bear featured our new Pink Flamingo nappy cover in her list of gifts for baby girls who’s giggle is music to your ears and who’s hand dimples melt your heart. Ah isn’t that sweet!

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And last but not least, our Prickly Pears tea towel made it onto Cactus Love‘s list of 35 gift ideas for your cactus lover…for those with Prickly Pear cactus love that is…

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Happy Christmas Shopping!

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Last round for Christmas…

We’re working round the clock here at Handmade By Me to make sure you get all you want this Christmas. Unlike some of the bigger retail chains out there, when you buy handmade and local, you get extra special TLC to make sure you get what you want when you want it! Unfortunately last orders using the post office must be in by midnight tonight. BUT my trusty courier company are working right up until Christmas, so if you live in a major city in South Africa, I can very easily overnight your presents right to your door. If you live in Cape Town you are also very welcome to collect from me in Vredehoek. So you still have a few more days if you need a little extra time, but all final last orders for Christmas must be in by Friday end of day!

Then we’re going to take a little break, soak up some sun, eat lots of food and drink lots of wine, and spend lots of time with our family and friends! We will be back in action on 6 January next year.

If you need some inspiration for those last minute gifts, have a look at some of Fair Lady magazine’s colour co-ordinated gift ideas for Christmas. You may spot a few items of mine…

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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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Christmas is finally here…

Christmas is here and finally I am starting to see it everywhere now. In Ireland it has probably already been Christmassy for a month or two already. They even have a radio channel called Christmas FM which plays non-stop Christmas carols throughout November and December. Hilarious and annoying at the same time : ) As much as it gets icy cold over there I do miss it this time of the year as it really is so festive and fun. Its a little harder to get festive in the blaring South African heat but we certainly try!

First off with my Christmassy items this year is a wreath I made for Woman & Home magazine. I guess in hindsight I should have made something more sellable, but they asked me to do something different and exciting and so how could I say no! After making all those origami birds from The Shoestring Collective‘s window display, I decided to give paper, rather than fabric, another go! And voila here is my wreath. Its a little hard to tell from the pic, but I used pieces of shiny copper card, some printed designs of my own, and some images of covers of old Christmas stories and books to create the colourful and christmassy theme throughout the wreath. It really was quite simple to do, definitely something that would entertain all those festive crafters out there!

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And while I’m in the Christmas spirit please join us for our 10 day Christmas Pop-Up at The Shoestring Collective. Gardens Centre have found a new tenant for our space, so until we find a new home we will be closed from the 1st December. But who loves Christmas shopping in December anyways? Its a nightmare! We will be offering you exclusive items that you can’t get anywhere else, there will be all things Christmassy like stockings, decorations and gift wrap, as well as awesome gift ideas for men, women and children, and the very best “merry Christmas to me” presents : )

With all that in mind, it’s a great idea to do your Christmas shopping early this year and support the best of local and handmade at The Shoestring Collective.

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South African inspirations available in store…

I would like to start off by thanking everyone who came and supported Handmade By Me at the Constantia Gift Fair this last week. We had a disastrously rainy and windy start on Wednesday morning, but by Friday everything was well under way, and it turned out to be a very enjoyable and successful week.

Now I know I have introduced my new South African inspired range to you before (for those of you missed the previous post click here), but I wanted to share the photos from the product shoot that I did. They all sold so well at the Constantia Gift Fair, and make really great gifts for friends and family overseas as they are super easy to post. The cushion covers are available filled or on their own. Chat to me about sending gifts overseas for you, I have designed some beautiful Christmas gift wrap and will be offering a gift wrap and post service from now until Christmas.

Available now from The Shoestring Collective Pop-Up Shop and The Handmade By Me Online Shop, and various other stockists : )

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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 : )