So Mooi….

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.

And its off to market we go…

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.

Christmas doesn’t have to be all snowfights and santas…

No it certainly doesn’t! And specially when you live in the southern hemisphere and spend your christmas days on the beach as opposed to in the snow. Now I really do LOVE being in the snow AND the build up to Christmas (in Dublin), in fact it is my favourite time of year (in Dublin), not only because of the many christmas functions, christmas parties, christmas dinners and christmas drinks taking place all the time, but because everyone is just in such a great mood! I have spent the last 4 christmasses in Dublin and believe me everyone there gets in the mood, there is even a radio station completely dedicated to christmas songs which is only available during November and December every year…and believe me that is 2 months too long! This year I will be in the sunny (hopefully) eastern cape sipping on cocktails instead of mulled wine, wishing I was covered in snow and I will probably have a (very small) moment where I will wish I could hear just 5 minutes of christmas FM (ha ha we will see about that one).

However in the eastern cape I will be relaxing instead of last minute shopping for christmas gifts. One of the most horrible and tragic occurences of christmas is trying to do your last minute chritmas shopping along with the rest of the nation! In any country! I have witnessed shopping etiquette (or should I say lack of) that rivals any other known to mankind (except maybe “The Brown Thomas day after christmas sale”…and believe me when I say that its a pretty hairy affair). I have seen people fight over small items and queues that will make you cry! And there is nothing worse than wishing more than anything, that you had done this 3 months ago like you say to yourself at this very time of every year.

And so that is why I am offering you a one stop shop for all your christmas pressies, with the convenience of door to door delivery, and all it takes is an email. Send me what you would like to order, I will send you an invoice, you can pay by EFT or by credit card and I will make sure that all your items are giftwrapped (at no extra cost) and delivered before you leave for your christmas holidays. For any overseas customers I can do the same for you except your items will be posted instead of couriered.

Please bare in mind any orders that aren’t in stock will need to be made up which can take a few weeks so its really best to order now.

For anyone who is looking for christmassy looking items I have my Indigo Red and Red Vintage Squares (if you want that christmas with an african twist) ranges that will work for all your christmas needs….and you can use or wear them again and again throughout the year! Here are some suggestions below…

For the chef…

For the host…

For the house…

For the kitchen…

And if you feeling a little crazy…for the wall…

And if you have no idea what to get, please get in touch I would love to help!

Room Online bring Handmade by Me to Joburg at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest

Yes thats right all you Handmade By Me fans living in Joburg, now you can get your hands on a whole array of lovely Handmade By Me goodies including my new aprons. Room Online the beautiful Joburg local online craft and design shop are going to be stocking Handmade By Me, and to kick things off they are going to be setting up a stall at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest this weekend in Emmarentia. The festival is set to be awesome and there is going to be an amazing amount of really lovely things to drink…and buy! I am so sad I will be missing out as I am working the stall at the Bay Harbour Market this weekend, but I would really recommend you go and check it out for yourselves. See more details on the festival below.

And so Handmade By Me is now available at Room Online. “an online platform whose primary mission is to showcase south africa’s wealth of local design and décor talent. as the founders, we’re passionate about all things south african. because of this, we’ve trawled the length and breadth of our vibrant country to be bring you the very best in design and decor. we’ve created an online retail space where you can browse and buy beautiful things for your home, all of which have been locally inspired, locally designed and locally produced.”

Don’t miss out on Room Online‘s beautiful display of products at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest this weekend.

“The JOZI CRAFT BEER FEST is back! And with more to offer! The festival has grown in 6 long dry months from 14 to 21 Breweries. We have learnt from the first one and will be introducing more beer, more taps, bigger stands, more seating, more shade, more water, more food and parking facilities on a secured field. Its no wonder we are looking to make this the best one yet.

Still all 100% locally brewed craft beer, cider & spirits. With music to fill the empty spaces and seating to make the beers slide down on a hot sunny day what better thing to do than come and spend the day with us. We will be open form 10am on Saturday the 13th of Oct and will be coming back year after year with more crafted magic!

Come enjoy the best of South African craft beer in the heart of Jozi. Come down to the second installment of the  JOZI CRAFT BEER FEST!”

Introducing my new and oh-so-fabulous aprons…

I have been so excited about these for so long as I had to wait untill I had touched down in SA before I could start developing them properly. The vintage ones in particular were something I have always wanted to do and I am super excited about the way they have all turned out! Now the plan is to shoot these all professionally so please excuse the way I have styled the pics for now but I just can’t wait that long to show you…

I have 2 different styles. The 50’s vintage inspired ones which are honestly so beautiful! They are made from a soft 100% cotton (same as my napkins) and there is alot of detailing and pleating and the finishing touches are just so pretty. They wrap generously around the waist with a full glamorous skirt with a matching pocket. You probably won’t want to get these dirty : ) The other style is a standard chef apron made from linen cotton canvas or a strong 100% cotton, these will brighten up any kitchen and are ideal for cooking and/or painting and/or anything and/or just looking pretty : )

All aprons can be made in all designs, vintage and chef styles, and the chef aprons can be made up in kiddies sizes if you want to have matching ones. Try the space rocket solar system or beep beep designs for these.

Vintage Aprons
Cup O Tea, Origami Birds and Vintage Bikes

Chef Aprons

Vintage Bikes

Cup O Tea

Sweet Hearts

Indigo Blue

Indigo Red (pretty “christmassy” don’t you think?)

Pink Flamingo!

handmade by me.