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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media love

While we are busy painting and sanding and getting our new shop ready (which is just so unbelievably exciting), we thought we would share some of the fantastic media love we have received over the past few weeks.

Your Family magazine chose our Birds in Paradise placemats as one of their suggested ways to be kinder to the planet. Our collection of earth-friendly, recyclable and reusable placemats were created with this exact purpose in mind.

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Sunday Times Home Weekly featured our Geometric Orange Lux Panama Cushion Cover as one of the quickest ways to update your living room last Sunday.

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Danish magazine Enfants Terribles‘s blog featured our Prickly Pears Nappy Cover as one of their 9 favourite styles of the season.

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Our Prickly Pears Tea Towel was featured in this lovely Etsy treasury featuring tones of green.

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And even though it’s not technically media love, we thought we would share this photo of our small lampshades getting ready for an order which we shared last week. Aren’t they just the cutest!

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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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Kamers and The Constantia Gift Fair…

I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came to visit and supported us and Windowsill this last week at KAMERS. Despite the 40 degree heat on the first day, and the torrential storm that saw Kamers close its doors early on the last day, we really had such a wonderful time.

We launched our new Prickly Pears, African Aloes and Big 5 designs, as well as our new nappy covers, and we had our new Big 5 reusable placemats that turn into face masks on display. We are very busy editing all the new product photos this week, which we will share with you right here very soon, and we will be adding the new products to our online shop as soon as we can. In the meantime please email us if you would like to place an order.

Here are some of the photos we shared over the last week.

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For those of you from Cape Town who might have missed out on Kamers, we have some good news for you. The lovely Flick Inc will be taking a selection of our products to The Constantia Gift Fair which will be taking place at SARDA in Constantia from the 4th to the 8th of November – that’s this weekend!

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NEW products in the HOUSE…

We have just launched some exciting new products here at Handmade By Me which I am so excited to let you all know about, and show you the photos from our recent product shoot!

First off we have just introduced our beautiful new LUXURY panama cushion covers. They are 60 x 60cm and made using our luxurious thick upholstery-weight 100% cotton panama. We are particularly excited about the velvet options – we just LOVE the feel of it, and the colours! For those not a fan, we do have an option with the print both sides, and a more economical option with the print just 1 side and either backed in plain white or black depending on the design.

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Our other new exciting new product we have just launched are our beautiful new pillowcases! They are made using a beautiful soft 100% cotton poplin (1 up from the usual percale) to fit a standard size pillow 70cm x 45cm. This is such an easy way to transform your bedroom, and what with so many designs to sleep around with, you’ll be spoilt for choice to find the perfect combination!

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We have these 4 designs below readily available to buy, but we are planning to slowly introduce more designs as we go along so feel free to place an order with us for the design of your choice, or just let us know which your favourite would be!
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If you’re not convinced, see how beautifully our Feisty floral watercolour on green cushion works in this gorgeous bedroom shoot from the latest Plascon Spaces magazine.

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And if you move fast you can still get 10% off any orders through our online shop until Sunday midnight! Don’t forget to use the discount code “WinterWarmer”. Happy shopping!!!

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Come see us at 100% Design SA in Joburg

It’s almost time for one of South Africa’s most beautiful design events, 100% Design South Africa, and we couldn’t be more excited! Our goods are on their way there, and we fly up today. And we can’t wait to see everything we have been working so hard on these last few weeks finally come together : ) If you are planning to come and visit, please pop past our stand B12 and say hi, we are part of 100% talent. Details on the show below, but here some of this week’s instagram tasters of a few things we will have in store for you over the weekend…we have lots of new things you haven’t seen yet!!

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100% Design South Africa is an international showcase for contemporary design with a unique African perspective which runs alongside the well-established and largest decor, design and lifestyle exhibition in Africa, Decorex Joburg. It is a high-end curated showcase of the most inspirational designs and designers and is the perfect platform for South African and international furniture, lighting, interiors, fabrics and product design, covering the residential, hospitality and office industries.

This year 100% Design takes place from 6 – 10 August 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Joburg.

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See you soon Joburg!

Handmade By Me is finally coming to Joburg! We have been selected as part of 100% talent for 100% Design South Africa which takes place alongside Decorex Joburg in August! We are so excited as this is the first time we will be there showcasing our products in Joburg and we really hope you will all come and see us and all our pretty things!

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100% Design South Africa is an international showcase for contemporary design with a unique African perspective which runs alongside the well-established and largest decor, design and lifestyle exhibition in Africa, Decorex Joburg. It is a high-end curated showcase of the most inspirational designs and designers and is the perfect platform for South African and international furniture, lighting, interiors, fabrics and product design, covering the residential, hospitality and office industries.

This year 100% Design takes place from 6 – 10 August 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Joburg.

As we are doing the show at the last minute, in Joburg (we are in Cape Town), and on a shoestring, I thought maybe some of you might be able to help us with a few things we are still trying to organise for the show:

We are looking out for someone to come and help us out at the show! This would really be great for students or anyone who wants to get into the decor and/or textile industry, or even just someone looking to make some money over the long weekend. We will pay of course : ) If you or anyone you know is interested please email us at sera@handmadebyme.co.za for more details.

We are also looking for a trusty and affordable courier or mover to help take our stuff to Joburg and bring it back home to Cape Town safely afterwards. If you know of anyone please email sera@handmadebyme.co.za.

And last but not least, transportation. We will probably use a combination of the train and uber for most days but maybe you know someone who might be able to offer us a discounted rate if we use them every day for the week. If so please email us sera@handmadebyme.co.za.

THANK YOU.

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Bespoke product design for The Trading Company at Spice Route

Here at Handmade By Me, when we are not making lots of our own designs and products, we work with others to help them create their own, or we can also create them for them. One of our most exciting projects that we have worked on recently, was to create a bespoke suite of decor products to sell exclusively at the brand new Trading Company shop at Spice Route wine farm.

I was really lucky to work with some wonderful and really creative people on this, which made the project not only interesting for me, but lots of fun! With the original spice trade and travel routes in mind, we worked with 3 different design themes where we created a range of products (cushion covers, tea towels and placemats) within each theme. The different themes we explored for The Trading Company were botanicals, particularly botanicals of the spices which were produced/used during the spice trade such as cinnamon, cassia, cardamom, ginger, pepper, and turmeric . The second theme was exotic lands, places in Africa and Asia which were actively involved in the spice trade. And the third theme was old-world hand painted tiles, mostly because we just love the look of them, and they tie in beautifully with the shop aesthetic, but they also compliment some of the beautiful hand painted tiles which you can find in and around the shop and farm.

Unfortunately we didn’t have any time between the order being ready, and the shop opening, so we didn’t get a chance to shoot the individual products themselves. But I have put together some digital images of the products within their themes, and below you will find some photos of them and the shop.

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THE TRADING COMPANY_FINAL_2014For those of you who haven’t had a chance to visit Spice Route, here is a little more information about it and the shop The Trading Company (isn’t their logo just the prettiest?).
“The Spice Route experience is a completely unique concept for the wine and hospitality industry. A carefully curated selection of artisans showcase their produce and share their knowledge with both the public and each other. The collaborative environment allows for endless discoveries and a truly delectable journey.“The vision for Spice Route is to offer local and international tourists a selection of hand-picked artisanal producers who put as much thought, skill and passion into their products as Spice Route Winemaker, Charl du Plessis, puts into his wines,” says Spice Route Wines Owner, Charles Back.The latest addition to the Spice Route family of ‘craft’ is The Trading Company – a quirky store that’s decor is an eclectic mix of old and new. The store fits in perfectly with the Spice Route philosophy and is making authentic, and hand crafted products even more accessible to the public.The array of carefully selected bespoke home ware, exotic furniture, premium baby products, one of a kind jewelry, and notebooks, sold at the store, are a true celebration of local design. The store will primarily stock authentically handmade, limited edition pieces crafted by our very own local artists, and the small amount of Turkish and Indian products is a ‘must have’ treasure for the adventurous soul. Most of the products are made from natural and raw materials. All décor used in the store is also handmade locally, or up-cycled by local artists.”

You can find them and more information about them at their website www.spiceroute.co.za 

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Its all happening this (First) Thursday…

So first of all our new range is FINALLY up and available to buy from the Handmade By Me online shop as well as our shop on Etsy : ) We are still in the process of shooting the entire range so we will be adding new products all the time as we go along, but being who we are and what we do, you can pretty much order any product in any design. So if you don’t see what you are looking for give us a shout and we’ll make it happen! We have also already had a few orders for our Design Your Own Cushion Cover, and I must say it is just so exciting to see what creative and meaningful ideas people have come up with. Click on the link below to find out more.

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The new range is going to be stocked at SAM (South African Market) from tomorrow onwards so if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, please pop in and have a look. And in order to make some space for our new range, we are going to be joining the rest of the designers and putting some of our older items on SALE from tomorrow evening onwards. There will be food and there will be wine so come say hi and grab a bargain.

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Then just down the road on Long Street there is a new Pop-Up Space launch! This Pop-Up Space is one of the World Design Capital 2014 projects and from what I hear there are a whole lot of different things going on there, from food to products, and it will all be on show tomorrow night. We are supplying them with a few products so we will certainly be popping in to see what all the fuss is about! For more information check out their events page on facebook.

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And last but certainly not least, we thought we would share this lovely feature on our reusable decorative placemats in the latest issue of one of our favourite interior mags, Condé Nast House & Garden.

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Introducing our new range…

Thanks so much to everyone who came to see the launch of our new range. We really had such a fantastic evening and couldn’t have done it without you!! For those who missed it, here are some pics of our beautiful little spot in the Department of Design, as well as a little powerpoint presentation below that will run you through all our new designs and products, including our exciting new easy-to-use Design Your Own Cushion Cover tool : )

Anyone who wants a look at our new products, pop into SAM (South African Market) on Bree St this First Thursday, there may even be a little giveaway, who knows ; )), so we do hope to see you there!

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Here’s what we had to say on the night…

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We are busy editing the photos of our new products which we will be sure to show you real soon! In the meantime, please email us if there are any images you would like to feature and we will see what we can do to help speed things along. If anyone is interested in purchasing any items please email us with any orders, or if you are a stockist, please email us for a wholesale price list. The Handmade By Me online shop will be updated as soon as our photos are ready : )

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