One of our lovely Durban stockist’s Mooi sent me these photos of the Handmade By Me goodies on display in their shop. How gorgeous do the aprons look on those mannequins? Durban peeps best you pop over to Mooi soon and have a look for yourself.
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 : )
Yay Handmade By Me has been featured TWICE in the latest issue of House and Leisure!! How exciting! Firstly my Pink Flamingo Napkins made it onto the wishlist of Editor Naomi Larkin…Naomi I hope that you get everything you want this Christmas! And then secondly there’s an article on House and Leisure’s Market of the Month, the Bay Harbour Market, where Handmade by Me has been trading for the last 2 months. My Birdy Num Num cushion cover is featured alongside a little mention of my Pink Flamingo! napkins. All available from me here.
My Pink Flamingo! napkins up close…
And my Birdy Num Num cushion cover up close…
Handmade by me has been featured twice in the latest issue of Good Housekeeping magazine and I couldn’t be happier. Firstly my Origami Birds napkins were used in a shoot which shows a really creative and gorgeous take on your typical festive table for Christmas. What a really lovely idea!!
Here they are on their own…
And then as part of their 101 Bargain Gift Ideas for Christmas, my lovely Pink Flamingo! and Pretty Proteas napkins were featured. Lovely and local : ) See them below.
…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 : )
Yes that is correct, South Africa’s premier online fashion destination 36 Boutiques is now stocking a range of Handmade by Me products! For those who don’t know 36 boutiques (seriously?), they are a predominantly fashion orientated online shop that sells both local and international brands, and offer all kinds of wonderful things like free delivery and free returns…in fact they make it really hard not to buy anything from them!
“We believe in the power of fashion to identify, individualise and tell a story. We spend every day seeking out the finest brands, designers and products for our members. We believe in managing a fine balance between local and international brands, always aspiring to the highest standards of quality, fit and fashionability.”
I am so delighted to have handmade by me up there amongst some of the best and most awesome brand names….yay!
Its going to be a very busy weekend for handmade by me. We are going to be participating in 3 different markets over the weekend. Firstly we will be taking part in our usual Bay Harbour Market all weekend long. And for the first time we will be joining the Lock Stock Market which is in conjunction with Die Plattelande food market at the Palms Lifestyle and Decor Centre on Saturday . And then on Sunday we will be joining the Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market in Muizenburg. There’s live music there and lots of wonderful things to buy and to eat, so come on by for some lunch. If the weather is great, all the markets will be worth a looksee as there is plenty of outdoor area to sun yourself and have an ice cold beer. If the weather is bad, everything is covered and you can come and escape the wind or the rain, or just to have a good time. I’ve heard really good things about these two new markets and am very excited to see what they are like to sell at. Here’s hoping we have a really successful weekend ahead! Don’t forget to come and say hi : )
And to get you ready for what you might find at the market, here are a few new available products to purchase…
Of course you can always get ahead of the crowds and shop online here.
More vintage aprons…in new designs…
MINI Blue Origami Birds, Birdy Num Num & MINI Black Origami Birds
my brand new Cup O Tea napkins
Birdy Num Num napkins
MINI Origami Birds napkins in black
handmade by me.
Morning! What a wet and rainy way to start the day here in Cape Town this morning. An unexpected welcome after I managed to sunburn my arms quite badly while trawling the milnerton market for treasures on saturday. Oh the troubles of living in a sunny country : ) Anyways I just wanted to let you all know that there are some exciting new handmade by me products on the way soon!! I can’t say too much just yet but they will be sure to brighten up your home! ; ) Unfortunately they probably won’t be here in time for Christmas but finally something to look forward to in January!! Watch this space!
And speaking of Christmas, please note that the closing date for all “make to order” christmas giftwrap and delivery lists is this sunday the 18th of November! After that, everything will be available while stocks last and I am going to be selling my products at quite a few exciting christmas markets (which I will keep you all up to date with) so I am hoping they won’t last very long! So the sooner the better to avoid disappointment and potential “silly season” delays.
And with that thought, I would like to share with you my AMAZING feature in one of my favourite magazines Condé Nast House & Garden. I am trully honoured and delighted to be a part of their November issue’s discoveries section! Thanks for the super lovely mention!!
The full range of Handmade By Me products is now available from Green Elephant Collective. As you all know all Handmade By Me fabrics are printed onto 100% natural fibre textiles using eco-friendly dyes so we qualify to be a part of something really good which aims to really try and push the boundaries of design, while keeping in mind our current fragile climate.
“Green Elephant Collective was founded by Ute Faurein, the self-proclaimed ninja, in 2011 as an online resource and shopping platform for South African made green designs and lifestyle products. We do not stock organic food or eco-friendly cleaning product stuff. Only cool green designed lifestyle products, created locally. That is it.
Green Elephant Collective’s core mission is to promote positive actions through selling great green design lifestyle goods. Just because a product is termed green and perhaps made from recycled materials it does not need to have the aesthetic aspect overlooked. That is why our focus is on quality and uniqueness of the goods we stock.”
And that they do! Even I was most surprisingly impressed with the wide variety of gorgeous items to buy! From fashion to homewares and everything inbetween it is definitely worth having a look. And there’s the added pleasure of feeling just a little less guilty if you occasionally indulge those retail therapy urges!
I am delighted to see my Pink Flamingo! Tea Towel has made it into the Good Taste magazine. A lovely piece written about We Heart This, one of Handmade By Me’s favourite stockists, if you haven’t had a chance to visit this lovely online store do so now, there are plenty of lovely christmas items just waiting to be delivered straight to your door!