And we’re off…

As most of you know, I got married last year, and instead of spending all our money on our wedding, we decided to spend some of it on travelling the world. And so we decided to keep our wedding smaller and our honeymoon bigger. And now finally the time has arrived, shortly after a year after our wedding, for us to go on holiday. I can’t even tell you what a wonderful feeling it is, 5 whole weeks of holiday ahead…New York, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. I am planning on sharing some photos of our trip along the way here, so if you want updates (or to live vicariously through me) you can subscribe to our blog here and/or follow us on instagram, facebook and twitter.

We will still be processing orders and making lots of pretty things while we are away, but please just bare in mind that we may take a little longer than usual to get back to you, and all custom orders or queries will have to wait until we return. For those who are looking to buy, you can still order through our online shop, or have a look through our list of lovely stockists.

We will be back in the beginning of May and I am delighted to let you know that pretty much soon after, we will be teaming up with our favourite friend Windowsill again to bring you lots of beautiful textile and plant related goodies at Kamers which is on this year at the City Hall from 7-10 May.

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SAM is also having their annual summer sale for the whole month of April. We have put some our products on sale along with a fantastic bunch of other designers – we are just so sad to miss out on all those bargains!

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I am going to leave you here with some fantastic media love that we have been so very fortunate to have had over the last month.

Firstly, our Geometric Green Cushion Cover was featured in Good Housekeeping‘s trend section. These gorgeous sorbet colours just make me want to eat lots of ice-cream, don’t you?

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Our Birdy Num Num Cushion Cover was featured alongside some pretty vintage floral inspired products in Essentials magazine.

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And a selection of our super cool new phone covers were featured in Drum magazine’s Better Life section.

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And by the time we get back, I am delighted to let you know that these guys will be on the shelf and available from our online shop and various other stockists : ) Thanks so everyone who helped us decide which patterns to go with on facebook. We love all your input!

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See you back here very soon with some photos of all the awesome and amazing places we’re hoping to find along the way! Its all too exciting!!

birdy num num bedroom…

I just got these gorgeous pics in from a client of mine who has just had one of her rooms covered in Birdy Num Num wallpaper…and they are just so super cute I HAD to share them all with you this morning!!! Probably Handmade By Me’s youngest client yet, how cute is little Brooke in her new Birdy Num Num bedroom???? We absolutely LOVE!!!!

The pics are unfortunately really low res, so they look ALOT better on your mobile…but I just couldn’t resist not sharing this cuteness…

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Check out the Handmade By Me online shop for more information : )

leapin’ lampshades…

And so I am back… at the drawing board, as they say…and I am delighted to let you all know that I am officially happily married to the love of my life : ) Thanks so much for all the messages and lovely wishes, we really had such a wonderful day!!

And with that I have some completely different rather lovely news…my custom made lampshade boxes are all made up and ready to go, which means that from now on I can officially offer overseas or countrywide shipping/courier on any of my lampshades. Hurrah! 

Below are some images of a few new (and a few you’ve seen before) lampshades I have made to order for clients recently, including a smallish Pretty Proteas shade and a large Birdy Num Num shade, which are both about to make their ways independently over to Ireland to help brighten up their new homes.

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As most of you may know I custom make lampshades in any size and in any design, so if there is something you might have your eye on, or if you would like me to recommend something to brighten up any room, please do get in touch. I can make any size if you prefer, but my 3 standard sizes are a 200mm diameter bedside or desk drum, a 300mm diameter bedside, desk or standing drum, and (not for the feint-hearted) a big beautiful 500mm diameter standing drum.

For any more information, or to purchase any of these, please head over to the lampshade section of the Handmade By Me online shop : ) or pop into SAM on Bree Street in Cape Town to see which ones they already have in stock.

scatter love…

Firstly, in conjunction with First Thursdays Cape Town, SAM (our awesome stockist on Bree St…as if you didn’t already know?) would like to invite you to join them for a drink and to pop in for the opening of their latest exhibition in the shop, “South African Bike Builders”.

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And on a completely different note, it seems Handmade By Me scatter cushions really seem to be on trend this summer. Here, Essentials magazine has featured both my fly away birds and my birdy num num cushions as part of their “5 hot trends for your home” this January. Ah g’wan!

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Fly Away Birds and Birdy Num Num cushion covers are available from the Handmade By Me online shop, SAM, Green Elephant Collective, and various other stockists : )

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sentimental home…

I found this lovely piece of writing (below) somewhere in the realm of facebook, and thought that it was the closest thing I have seen yet, which appropriately describes what supporting local designers and makers and their handmade products is all about. It really rings true to me as a maker of products, and the sentiment is very sweet. Unfortunately I could not find the person to credit directly, so please, if any of you know, will you let me know so that I can say thank you for these lovely words.

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And with that I would love to share with you this beautiful shoot that Home en Tuis Magazine did with my lovely stockist The Green Elephant Collective. It came out so beautifully, and it really goes to show that you don’t have to completely redo your home to give it a make over.

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doing things digitally…

In the most recent issue of Garden & Home magazine you will find a little feature called “Brave New World” where they “look at the latest in digital design and online stores”. As most of Handmade by Me revolves around both of these, I was delighted to have my Birdy Num Num cushion cover featured alongside it. Available from Meekel, one of Handmade By Me’s lovely online stockists, you should definitely check them out! But be warned…there are LOTS of lovely things to buy so plastic at the ready!

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Here are some more pics of my Birdy Num Num cushion cover…buy it directly from Meekel here!

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a little lampshade lovin’…

And just in case you didn’t know… handmade by me make lampshades!! In any shape and form and size and design, just let us know whatever you need and we’ll make it specially for you. Or if you’re not sure what you need, we can help you figure it out…standing, bedside, living room, drum, flute, you name it…and in any design we have! Here are some lampshades we have made in the past…

You might have noticed some of our lampshades on display at the design indaba…

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Here are a few closeups…

my Striking Strelitzias standing lamp…

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Pink Flamingo! bedside lamps…

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My Birdy Num Num bedside lampshade which is made using wallpaper in the inside of the shade so that the pattern is only visible when the light is turned on….how gorgeous is this for a low light in a baby’s room…?

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My Blue Origami Birds bedside lampshade which you have seen before…

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And my Indigo Red standing lamp…as seen at the Tjing Tjing Market…

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Please feel free to email me for more details and prices!

Happy looooooong weekend : )

It’s more like happy easter, but I like to say happy looooong weekend everyone : ) I don’t have any bunny or egg designs to whip out and amaze you all with, but I do have a big fancy feature filled with birds and flowers and trees and all things pretty in the latest issue of Condé Nast House & Garden! My Birdy Num Num design is the basis for this month’s colour palette breakdown which apparently “blends the barriers between pretty shimmer pastels and warm winter tones”.

Wishing you all a lovely long weekend! I am off to a wedding in the Karoo, hence all my excitement this morning, lets hope this forecasted rain doesn’t get as excited as I am!

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Here is a closeup of the birdy num num in linen cotton…

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And here is a closeup of the birdy num num in soft 100% cotton…

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And lastly…birdy num num wallpaper

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All available from the handmade by me online shop

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Please also don’t forget you only have 2 more days to enter our handmade by me and presents in the post awesome giveaway!!! Its so easy to enter and you can win a suprise gift in the print of your choice delivered to your door! Click on the link above or the image below and it will take you straight to the competition page. Good luck : )

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wall flowers…

I am so delighted to let you know that 2 of my lovely wallpapers have been featured in a beautiful and aptly titled “Wall flowers” feature in the latest issue of Garden & Home. Both the Spring Has Sprung, Peach Floral wallpaper and the Birdy Num Num in Purple Blue wallpaper have been listed amongst the “made to measure” section. If you’re in the mood for romance this season nothing says commitment quite like wallpaper : )

But for those of you looking for something a little less permanent I have found a new supplier as an alternative,  who offer fully removeable self adhesive wallpaper which is uses PVC-free paper, and is durable and eco-friendly.

See more detailed pics of my 2 wallpapers below…both are available from my new Handmade By Me online shop.

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pretty pretty purses…

…for everyone!! They’re pretty, and popular and pretty good pricewise! You can use them for money, for makeup, for pens and pencils, for the odd bits and pieces you always lose in your handbag, or for whatever great reason you can (make up) think of. These are my new tote bags’ best friend! You may have noticed them on my market tables for the last few months, and I have finally had a chance to shoot them properly….soooo here you go…

AND I am even more excited to let it slip that they will very soon be available from my very own South African Handmade By Me online shop! Yay!!!!! I’m afraid I can’t reveal much more than that for now….but as always…watch this space!

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Pink Flamingo! Purse

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Birdy Num Num Purse in Purple Blue

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Indigo Blue Purse

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Cats ‘n Dogs Purse

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Black Origami Birds Purse

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