Exciting news…and the final farewell!

Exciting news! I have a new website to house all the weird and wonderful creative things that I want to do going forward. And I would love to share it with you.

As you know things have been evolving since I closed my business a couple of years ago now. The focus was to be more on design and less on production, and it certainly took a little while to figure out exactly what I wanted to offer the world. And then, just when things were picking up, Covid arrived, and everything changed all over again. And while I have never been so relieved not to have a physical retail store, or team of staff to look after, I lost quite a few amazing design opportunities which was hard. But in losing those projects, and with a strict lockdown in place, I had the luxury of time and the incredible opportunity to pursue my passion of painting, which I hadn’t done since my school days. It took a nation of starving people to force me out of my comfort zone, to offer paintings to the public in exchange for donations to charity, but 30+ paintings later, I can honestly say it has been the most incredible experience, and I only want to do more.

So now that I am half designer and half artist, I have finally created a portfolio of work to showcase what I can and want to do more of going forward. These are the things I am super passionate about, and would love to collaborate on.

Prints and patterns – I love nothing more than making pretty things. The power of a striking image or pattern is completely limitless and can often totally transform a brand. Design is my passion and whether you have a product or business in mind, I would love to help. See my surface pattern & product design portfolio here

Products (Handmade By Me) – I will still be offering fabric and wallpaper printing on demand, as well as a limited range of trays, placemats and hotel slippers, but only on a wholesale basis. Some Handmade By Me designs will be available, but I would love to create you your own unique range. Please enquire for more information.

Branding – Graphic Design was always my OG, but branding is something I get a little more excited about. Whether it’s a logo, illustration or social content, I can help you create or roll out out a look or campaign. See my graphic design & illustration portfolio here.

You can also view all my paintings and various ceramics from over the years, including the full range of #coronacommissionspostcardseries, and if you are interested in buying any of my paintings, I have created a list of available work here. Commissions are welcome.

While I am very excited about the future, this sadly means the final farewell for Handmade By Me, and I hope that you will continue to follow my creative journey over at www.seraholland.co.za. I am going to totally assume that you would like to be kept up-to-date with news as I go : ) so I am going to add you to my new newsletter. Please feel free to unsubscribe. 

Its been 10 years since I started the Handmade By Me blog and it has given me so much joy! From starting off with soup recipes (you should check them out, they’re actually really good) and learning how to sew, to becoming a fully operational business, thank you to every single person here for being a part of my crazy journey!

I hope to see you on the other side!

Sera

It’s almost holiday time!

Just a quick little hello to wish you all a happy Christmas (if you celebrate) and all the very best for the festive season ahead…and most importantly a happy, HEALTHY and stress-free 2021. Its been the craziest year, and Covid is really picking up around here again, so instead of trying to squeeze this insane year into one final newsletter, I am going to wait until I finally have some time in the new year to thoughtfully go through all our favourite projects (at least the ones that didn’t get cancelled) which I will share with you here.

As the year draws to a close, so will my little #coronacommissions series – I have 3 more to do and then I’ll have done 30 paintings for charity this year 🎉👊 It’s been a wild ride so thank you to everyone for all your wonderful support. Here are the next 6 paintings in the series.

You can view the full Coronacommission postcard series here, or on Instagram.

And because we all need a bit of cheering up this time of year, I am going to leave you with some photos of #mypinkseries which was an exploration into the delicious and varying textures of oil paint.

Some of these are available to purchase, or get in touch if you are interested in a commission 🤗

Happy holidays and stay safe out there!!

Sera

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Second round…

My second round of Coronacommissions is currently underway and I thought I would share the first 5 paintings. You might recognise some of these beautiful places. Thanks so much to everyone for their support! 

You can follow my series on Instagram using the hashtag #coronacommissionspostcardseries or use #coronacommissions to see which other artists are doing something similar in their own styles.

Coronacommissions is an incredible initiative created by koooooos where artists around the country are taking on various commissions to help support different charities that help the most vulnerable South Africans while we navigate this awful Pandemic. So far we have raised much needed funds for Ladles of LoveCoronacare and Care for Wild (because Rhinos need our help during this time too).

Hope you have a great week!

Sera

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My first 10 Coronacommissions

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all the support for my Coronacommissions Postcard Series that I am busy working on to help raise funds for South Africans in need during the Covid 19 Pandemic.

I have finished my first 10 paintings (shared below) and I have another 5 to go before the first round is complete. Just a reminder that all proceeds have been donated straight to charity, and so far we have raised much needed funds for Ladles of Love, Coronacare and Care for Wild (because Rhinos need our help during this time too).

The paintings have been such fun to do, and I am really enjoying the challenge. And I am totally overwhelmed by the amazing response to them. I am busy confirming another round so please get in touch if you are interested.

You can follow my series on Instagram using the hashtag #coronacommissionspostcardseries or use #coronacommissions see which other artists are doing something similar in their own styles.

Wishing you all a great week ahead!

Sera

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New year, new work.

Happy new year and a warm welcome back to you all! Here’s hoping your 2020 is already off to a great start.

As most of you know, last year was a big change for me, trying to make my business more about design rather than production, and even though the lines are still often blurred, I feel like we are heading in the right direction.

This year I would like to try and take on some more exciting design jobs, so if you know of anyone looking, please send them my way, or send on their details. Here is a link to my online design portfolio. First prize would really be to partner up with a client or small business who needs regular ongoing work 2-3 days a week, basically something to pay the bills so I can continue with my other creative work in the meantime. But this might be hard to find, so I am just putting it out there to see.

Here are some of my favourite design projects and highlights from 2019. Please click on the main images and links to find out more about any of them if you are interested.

Of all the projects I did last year, this has to be my favourite! It is also something I have always wanted to do. I created a Delft plate inspired illustration for a carpet for The Tasting Room at Vergenoegd Low Wine Farm outside Stellenbosch in Cape Town, South Africa.

The brief was to create a unique Cape Dutch style plate illustration inspired by the landscape and traditions of Vergenoegd Wine Farm. The illustration incorporates the original Vergenoegd Cape Dutch homestead and it’s infamous Indian Runner Ducks who help keep the farm pesticide and pest free, which is also represented by the snail who indicates a healthy farm, the grape vines of course which are used to make their famous wines, the local Robin Chat who represents a fertile farm, and all the beautiful indigenous and local blooms found in and around the farm such as the Protea, Bladder Hibiscus, Arum Lily, Aandblom, Moraea, Angustifolia, Marguerite, Oxalis, Peacock flower, Sour Fig, Romulea Hirsuta amongst others…

I designed a logo, identity and branding for a nail, brow and lash bar called Briyé.

I designed a range of bespoke products for well known ceramicist Anthony Shapiro for his Ant + Linda COLLECT ceramic range.

For the designs, we shot the ceramic patterns which had been carved into the clay so you can see the handmade marks and natural texture of the carving on the fired clay, and turned them into repeat patterns to be printed and used on the various products.

I created some placemats for Spier Wine Farm in Cape Town, South Africa, for their farm-to-table restaurant called EIGHT. They are well known for their ethical farm-sourced produce, and for their chickens!

I made some placemats to go with an overseas customer’s collection of Minton’s Cockatrice plates.

I designed a foliage inspired pattern for some fabric for a customer who wanted to make her own dress for a special event.

I created two different designs for fabric for a client looking to start her own fashion range. 

The first brief was to create an “indian block print” looking design which had to incorporate something floral (ideally local) and a bee. I used a South African flower called a Wurmbea Elatior, also known as a salt & pepper flower, and created this repeat pattern below.

I was then asked to create another pattern to compliment, but also offset the first design. This time the brief was to include beehives and/or beehomes as well as the same bee. 

We created a peaock inspired print for a client starting their own range of home decor products.

We also added some new products to the range we currently make for The Trading Co at Spice Route and The Yard

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative year ahead.

Sera

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Lesotho Landscape…

This is a design for fabric which I created last year for a local fashion designer from Lesotho, who was planning to represent Lesotho in a few international fashion shows later in the year. I recently unfortunately found out that they are no longer going ahead with the shows, but I wanted to share this design with you anyway because I really had such fun working on it.

The design was meant to represent the landscape of the country of Lesotho, and was mostly inspired by the rolling hills and the well known Maletsunya Falls. I also included all kinds of local fauna and flora including Lammergeier birds, Impala lilies, Peach trees and lots of different types of Aloes, as well as some of the other things you might find in the area such as little villages and lots of cows. Isn’t Lesotho just such a beautiful little part of the world?

The idea was that the design would be printed at a massive scale so it would become slightly abstract when used on smaller areas of some of the garments.

An example of how some of the smaller crops of the design would look

I hope to be able to share some more projects and design commissions that I have been working on recently soon, so watch this space for updates.

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead!

Sera

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What we’re up to…

It has been a little while since we made the decision to close our doors and make some changes to our little business, and I thought maybe it was time for an update, as you may be wondering what we have been up to lately, or possibly where we are going.

Life sometimes has a way of deciding things for you even though you think you know better, and as much as we have spent most of our time wrapping up handmade by me and selling off all our last stock, as well as enjoying a small break, the demand for our products is still going strong. And so, with that in mind, we have decided to keep our wholesale orders open for a little while longer. Our online shop will continue to sell our fabrics and wallpapers, but anyone looking for any other products will need to purchase directly from our list of stockists.

We have also been very fortunate to have had some exciting bespoke design projects on the go. Amongst others, we made slippers for Ellerman House and introduced tote bags to the range of products we previously created for Klein Constantia, and we have a number of other exciting opportunities still in progress or in the pipeline. This for me has been very serendipitous, as well as creatively rewarding,  and I am very excited to see where it goes.

If you’re still not sure what the hell we’re doing, or maybe you’re wondering how we can work together, these are our core services on offer below.

Design Service

Handmade By Me has extensive experience in designing and developing prints and patterns that can be applied to any surface including apparel, home furnishing, wall decor, gift items, accessories and paper goods.

We also offer a full graphic design service from logos and branding to newsletters and web banners.

If you are looking for any graphic or pattern/graphic design assistance, or possibly a design collaboration (which we LOVE), please email us for more info and rates.

Design & Product Service

We offer a custom design and print service on all our available fabrics and wallpapers. Whether you have a design in mind, or if you need design assistance, we can have the products printed for you.

We also assist other businesses with designing, creating and producing bespoke ranges of high quality locally-made products that are unique to them. Some of our clients include The Trading Store at Spice Route, Klein Constantia, Ellerman House and Singita Game Reserve.

If you are a hotel or shop looking to have some bespoke products made specially for you please email us for more info.

Here are some custom projects we have worked on previously.

Wholesale orders

If you are interested in stocking some of our products, please email us for a catalogue and wholesale price list. Please note minimums do apply and we do not offer products on consignment.

Online shop

Our fabric and wallpaper are still readily available to order online. And we still have a few more items left on sale if anyone is looking for any last-minute bargains.

And if you are a customer looking to purchase any of our products specifically, we would be happy to point you in the direction of your nearest stockist.

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Happy happy…

Just a quick little first blog post of the year to wish you all a happy and healthy 2018! We hope you’ve all had a nice break, and that you feel as refreshed as we do for the new year ahead.

As the year has barely just begun, we don’t have too much news to share with you just yet, but we would like to share with you a lovely little project we were working on toward the end of last year.

I’m not sure if you know, but Klein Constantia, home of the infamous Vin de Constance, has just had a little make-over with a new gift shop, as well as a new restaurant which should have opened up to the public last week. Handmade By Me was brought on board to help develop some exclusive new products for the gift shop which is really something we LOVE to do. It was also really great that Klein Constantia had some lovely imagery on hand that we were able to use on a whole range of different products including cushions, tea towels, pot stand/trivets and trays. We’re hoping to expand on the range throughout the year, but we’re so happy with the responses we’ve had so far.

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If custom design or product development interests you, have a look some other similar product development we did for The Trading Company at the Spice Route.

Then in other news, here is our #bestnine2017 from Instagram. We didn’t get to share this with you before the year was out, so here you go. Sometimes you really need to look back to see how far you’ve come. The fact that my book managed to grab one of the places makes me lol, but also happy to see our Foliage prints and media love up there!

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Thank you to our friend Kerry for sharing these photos of the sweetest baby Max showing off his unique crawling style and interesting model poses in his African Aloes nappy cover.

And below are some other recent scenes from the Handmade By Me instagram world.

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Photo credit above to Delisous

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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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ESPADRIL x HANDMADE BY ME (collaboration)

How super excited are we to see the ESPADRIL x HANDMADE BY ME collaboration live and ready to order from Superbalist.com !! Available in our Pretty Proteas, Pink Flamingo or Shweshwe Shields in Pink designs, aren’t these espadrilles just the cutest! Do we even need to mention the super cool matching gift bag they come with? We’ll take one in each design please : )

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“Created by South African Rizqah Isaacs and Spanish Patricia Terre, Espadril is a shoe brand that offers the rope-soled classics synonymous with sunny holidays in exotic places. Originally designed to be worn in the Mediterranean, Espadrilles have become a warm-weather favourite around the world and are especially suited to the South African climate. Created in Spain, these ones have a comfortable fit and are constructed from beautiful fabrics – they’ll make you wish it was summer all-year round.”

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