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

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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facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
instagram: @seraholland
design portfolio: sera holland (behance)

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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facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
instagram: @seraholland
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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.

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

 

Oh hey baby…

We’re having a super cute baby fest over here at Handmade By Me thanks to all the lovely photographs we have received of your little tiny tots enjoying their Handmade By Me goodies : ) We do have to say that our customers have the cutest kids!!!

Featured above our some of our favourite 100% cotton muslin baby blankets and burp cloth/bandana bibs, our nappy covers, Big 5 placemats (which turn into face masks) and cushion covers.

We have also recently added our new Foliage colour ways to our range of 100% cotton muslin products.

Our Striking Strelitzias nappy cover made it into Living & Loving magazine‘s selection of Local is Lekker for Heritage month.

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And we are also delighted to let you know that we will very soon be adding two new products to our kids range : )

You might remember we were looking to give our fabric off-cuts away to a good cause a few months ago – well the lovely Amander took them on, taught herself to sew and will be soon be providing us and her new business with some lovely new products to sell at various markets, as well as at the Handmade By Me + Windowsill shop. All proceeds for these products go straight to Amander and her new business, we are merely supporting her with fabric and advice, and a happy place to sell her wares : )

First up are these gorgeous little rag dollies which are now for sale (along with some other products made by Amander). Aren’t they just the sweetest? We can’t wait to see some of these in our latest designs. And don’t worry boys, we have monkeys and other animals coming soon.

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And next up will be floppy kids hats for Summer! We are busy prototyping these with Amander so watch this space to find out when you will be able to get your hands on one.

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If you would like to support Amander, you are very welcome to pop into the shop to buy some of her wares (they make great gifts), or email me if you might be interested in her making up some products for you.

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

WIN with Handmade By Me and Lanalou Style blog

In case you hadn’t noticed over on our social media pages the past few days, we are having a massive Women’s Day GIVEAWAY with Lanalou Style blog, where you can WIN this lovely Foliage hamper from our BIOTICA range.

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And because Lana did the most gorgeous shoot for the giveaway, she really is a talent, I couldn’t resist not sharing it here with you as well. How beautiful are the pics below!

To find out how you can WIN this Foliage hamper worth R1440, hop on over to the Lanalou Style blog. And good luck!

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And don’t forget that our Women’s Day special offer of 15% any purchases from our retail store is still available until this Saturday 12 August.

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

 

Introducing BIOTICA – Handmade By Me’s new nature-inspired range

Introducing BIOTICA, our new range of designs and products.

‘BIOTICA means relating to or resulting from living organisms’. While having surrounded ourselves with the leaves, flowers and cuttings of the most beautiful plants over the past year, largely thanks to Windowsill, we didn’t have to go too far to find inspiration for our new range.

While we were working on BIOTICA, we really loved playing around with both the combination and the contrast of print & pattern, illustration & photography, and geometric & organic.

We also seem to have an insatiable desire for millenial pink this season!

BIOTICA consists of 8 new designs and includes a variety of nature-inspired decorative products including soft furnishings, wallpaper, fabric, homeware and stationery.

While all the products below, and online, are readily available to order now, we will also be adding new products to the range over the next few weeks.

You can view BIOTICA online or pop in to our retail store in Cape Town.

Foliage on Pink, Foliage on Green, Geometric Pink and Geometric Greenery
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Macro Fern

Fauna and Flora

Blue Willow Pattern

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

 

Invite to the launch of BIOTICA

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Please join us for the soft launch of our new range, BIOTICA, at the Handmade By Me + Windowsill shop on Wednesday 31 May 2017. We will be open from 11am – 7pm in the evening, so please pop by any time.

BIOTICA means relating to or resulting from living organisms. While having surrounded ourselves with the leaves, flowers and cuttings of the most beautiful plants over the past year, largely thanks to Windowsill, we didn’t have to go too far to find inspiration for our new range.

For those of you who live in other parts of the country, BIOTICA will be live and available to order online from Wednesday.

Here is a sneak peek of what has been happening behind the scenes on our Instagram feed and what you can expect to see on Wednesday.

Please feel free to bring your friends and spread the word.

I hope to see you there!

Sera

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

 

 

April new(s)

We are now totally beyond excited to show you our new range of designs and products, but we are STILL unfortunately waiting on our beautiful backing fabric to arrive for our cushion covers. It was meant to arrive earlier this month, but with all the public holidays messing us around a bit, we have been told that it will now only be ready in May : (

So while we (im)patiently wait for it to all come together, we wanted to share a few things that have been going on behind the scenes, and how you can still get your hands on some of our new designs in the mean time.

These images were some sneak peeks we recently shared on our Instagram feed.

 

You may have seen last week on our Facebook page and Twitter feed that our trays, pot stands and chopping boards are now available to pre-order in both of our new Foliage colour ways : )

 

The very very first products in our Foliage on Green and Flora designs are presently on their way to Joburg for Kamers this weekend with PRESENTspace. The show will be on from 26-30 April at St John’s College in Houghton.

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We are also very excited to announce a new online stockist for us called Esque. And they are having a very exciting competition where you can win lots of lovely beautiful things for your home including our Victoriana placemats. See below and check out their Facebook page for more details on how you can WIN.

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Plein Str, another lovely stockist of ours based in Paarl, is having a pop store from 5-6 May, where you can browse their wares over a complimentary cup of tea and a slice of cake. See below and check out their Facebook page for more details.

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And if you didn’t get your sweet fix this Easter, do not fear, our Sweet Hearts wallpaper will do the trick! And its sugar free! Featured in this month’s Home Magazine for their cosy Autumn must-haves.

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And our end of season SALE lives on with more products being added all the time. Take advantage of our 2 for 1 deals, or take 40% off selected products. In-store and online. Only while stocks last!

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Find out more:
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twitter: @handmadebymeSA
online shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za
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Celebrate Christmas South African style this year

Celebrate Christmas South African style this year with our newest range of Christmas cards, gift tags and Christmas stockings.

Who said Christmas has to be all snow and winter and reindeers? Specially when we all know its going to hopefully be filled with lots of sunshine, beach time and ice-cream.

This year we created our Christmas designs with South Africa and all is floral glory in mind.

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Our Christmas cards are available in 3 different designs. They are A6 in size and come individually wrapped with a white envelope.

Our gift tags are 85x50mm and are available in sets of 5. Each set contains 2 x Season’s Greetings, 2 x Merry Christmas and 1 x Happy Holidays. Each tag has a hole punched in the top middle and is threaded with red string.

Available online and in store from next week!

And don’t forget about our Prickly Pears Christmas stockings, aren’t they just the sweetest!

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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