We’re opening up a studio & showroom!

So this is the VERY exciting news that we wanted to share with you a week ago. Yes, it is true, we have signed the lease and are going to be opening up our first ever studio & showroom just off Kloof Street in Cape Town with our friends Windowsill Plants and Flowers in March!!!

Alex from Windowsill is one of my nearest and dearest and oldest friends, and ironically she reminded me that we had in some way already put our plans in to motion when we were just 12 years old. Here, she explains our story – “In 1992, two 11 year olds made friends with each other and made a promise that one day they would work at St Elmo’s Pizza at night, and during the day they would work at The Bubble Shop. 23 years later – the Bubble Shop no longer exists, and St Elmo’s is a bit of dive – SO TODAY, Sera Holland and I are officially shopkeepers. Yes folks – Handmade By Me and Windowsill THE shop IS happening!!!!”

We cannot wait!!!!

We have also had some other very exciting news in the past few weeks. Handmade By Me is now being stocked by two of our very favourite shops. They are both completely different but relate to one of our two favourite and most droolworthy subjects, fashion and food.

On the fashion side, we couldn’t be more honoured and excited to have a selected range of our products now available from top local fashion label, Klûk CGDT. Their boutique on Bree St is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen, and they have now started stocking a small range of premium decor related products which work alongside and compliment their own sensational creations. So now you have no excuse not to pop in and see it all for yourself.

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“The KLûK CGDT brand is well known for the sophistication in design and fabrication and their uncompromising standards in service and quality. They produce 6 collections a year, which they sell through their boutiques in JHB, Cape Town and now Pretoria as well as trunkshows across Africa. They are equally well known for their bridal and couture gowns both locally and internationally and have won awards for their “Red Carpet Style”. Special consideration is taken for each bride individually. “ Bridalwear is not like fashion, it represents a dream with a lifetime of expectations, and this is what we strive to fulfil”.”

 

The other is our favourite foodie-related award-winning online shop, Yuppiechef. They have the most insane selection of desirable cooking equipment, novelty-inspired cooking gadgets (my personal favourite) and hard-to-find cooking ingredients – and now they are stocking a selection of our patterned napkins and tea towels as well. This shop is also my personal favourite place to off-load eBucks : )

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Yuppiechef is on a mission to bring people together through the cooking and sharing of good food. We believe that preparing, cooking and sharing a meal with good company is the very essence of what makes life good. And it is our dream to give you every excuse under the sun to organise that long overdue get-together with those you love, and those you’d like to love more. Yuppiechef is a food community offering you the tools, ingredients and the inspiration to cook real food at home.”

And while we’re sharing the good news, Plascon Spaces recently showed us some playful workspaces on their blog – each showcasing Plascon hues. Our Origami Birds cushion, available from PRESENTspace, was featured in their ” A grey solution – monochromatic shades and typography make a clean canvas on which to unleash your creativity.” We love it!

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

 

Perfect presents for friends

The latest copy of Idees magazine has put together some lovely gift ideas for everyone this Christmas. They included my lovely Indigo Blue Tea Towel as part of their “perfect gifts for friends” section. As is any lovely Handmade By Me tea towel! This one is available from the lovely Mr & Mrs on Kloof.

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Now available at… La Grenadine Petit Hotel

For those of you who have not heard about this absolutely beautiful guesthouse in Cape Town you are in for a treat. It is exquisite. The owners Max and Melodie have the most beautiful attention to detail and have turned a simple farmstead into a gorgeous and relaxed, beautifully designed and decorated, and somewhat eclectic place to stay. And its just off kloof street…say what? You have to see it to realise its true beauty but for now these pics will have to do… : )

For any more information regarding this inner city paradise check out their website
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La Grenadine is an elegant guesthouse tucked away in the bustling heart of Cape Town’s City Bowl.

Employing the best of local design talent, we had a lot of fun matching vintage and modern as we individually designed five beautiful en-suite bedrooms in a unique mix of industrial and French Provençal styles.

We see La Grenadine not merely as a guesthouse, but – whether it’s in the form of a debate in front of a wintry fire, or a summer evening party that moves to the music of our extensive record collection – as a home away from home. We’d like you to see it that way too. Feel free to borrow a book from our eclectic collection and read it in the orchard, select your favourite jazz or soul record, sip tea from antique Meakin crockery, or snuggle under French hand-embroidered linen while watching a DVD.”

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And now they are now stocking some Handmade By Me items…look how beautiful their new guesthouse boutique looks…I am beside myself with delight!

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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.

Introducing… The Design Basket

I haven’t had the opportunity yet to let you know about one of Handmade by me’s online stockists The Design Basket. They have a lovely selection of Irish goodies, so if you are looking for something a little different they have everything from Irish jewellery to fashion accessories, homewares to Irish art…and of course items handmade by me : )

“At The Design Basket we love all things Irish but we’re really passionate about Irish gifts with a contemporary edge.  Our vision is to bring Irish contemporary design to the world’s fingertips. There are so many incredibly talented designers & craftspeople throughout Ireland. They are exhibiting at local fairs and selling in boutiques but remain a secret to the online marketplace both within and outside Ireland. We aim to recreate online the excitement and passion often found in quirky little boutiques and craft fairs.”

They have also just been named ‘Best in Irish’ this week by the RTE Style File!

Definitely worth checking them out : ) just click on the image below or any of the links above.