So we’ve gone a little purse crazy with our new range of fabrics : ) Perfect for filling with money and cards, makeup, sun cream, pencils, or even just to help tidy up your everyday handbag, or keep your valuables safe on the beach. These little guys will make your life not only easier, but oh so much prettier. They’re only R105 each and available in a huge array of colours and designs from the Handmade By Me online shop…and various lovely stockists!
Firstly I would just like to thank everyone who entered the SA Decor & Design and Handmade By Me Mother’s Day giveaway!!! The competition was such a success, and Amina Alberts was the lucky winner of a set of 4 reusable placemats in the design of her choice : ) Congratulations Amina we hope you enjoy your prize!
And then I would like to introduce to you one of Handmade By Me’s latest stockist’s, KIN. Most of you may remember them as the Fringe Arts, one of the original shops to stock only local and handmade products in Cape Town, but they have since changed their name to KIN. For those of you who don’t know them already, they offer a wide range of beautiful South African designed and produced jewellery, bags, decor, ceramics, prints, books, toys, cards etc and are one of the best places around to spend a bit of time looking for that perfect gift. They also have an online shop : )
KIN showcases a quirky and colourful offering of designer jewellery, décor, ceramics, art-prints and stationery. Passionately advocating keeping craftsmanship in South Africa, the collection focuses exclusively on local art and design – highlighting the country’s unique creative edge. Every piece is conceptualised and made in SA, with the aim of utilising and supporting local industries as well as contributing to a sustainable creative market.
Launching at the Spier Contemporary Exhibition at the Cape Town City Hall in 2010, KIN began as series of pop-up shops which aimed to create a bridge between South African design and art, and those who have fallen in love with it. The attention of both customers and potential designers was caught, and KIN’s carefully-curated offering has grown to include two physical stores (one in bustling Kloof Street and one at the V&A Waterfront) as well as an online store. The stores offer a feast of contemporary design, and are supported and celebrated by locals and internationals alike (KIN was recently featured in The Lonely Planet’s Top Choice in Shopping in Cape Town).
What KIN offers goes beyond the material in connecting local artists to a public which is growing more conscious of the importance of where something comes from and why it was made.
And the lovely Woodlands Market is now OFFICIALLY EVERY LAST MONDAY EVENING OF THE MONTH! That means there will be one this coming monday the 27th May! With an awesome selection of designers selling awesome products, from art to fashion to jewellery to interiors to plants to food to all kinds of bits and bobs, this is a market that you don’t want to miss out on! Keep up to date and in the know by liking the Woodlands Market facbook page!
To get you in the mood here are a few of the brands and designers who will be selling their wares this monday…
And don’t forget the lovely Will of Willy’s Food will be in the kitchen making his famous prego rolls and willy poppers or something just as amazing sounding…and Lauren Gange-Harris of Flavour-Its will take care of your dessert with her delicious cupcakes… so you can safely assume monday night dinner is sorted!
Here are some pics from the last market courtesy of Leila Badsha of Bow Peep : ) Thanks Leila!
You are also very welcome to order ahead any products from the handmade by me online shop and collect from the market on Monday at no extra charge, that way you can pay online by credit card or eft, have your item/s wrapped, and make sure you don’t miss out on any stock! Please just let me know if you will be collecting there.
I look forward to seeing you on Monday!
I am delighted to let you all (especially the folks in durbs) know that some gorgeous Handmade by Me goodies are on their way to a beautiful new South African homewares shop called Shoppe (website under construction). Recently opened in Durban, this is most certainly a place I could spend alot of time in and if you are in the area, it is well worth a looksee.
And if you don’t live in Durbs I suggest you take a look at their facebook page…I found myself salivating over my keyboard just looking at all the beautiful things you can buy. Durbs here i come…
“Limited edition and bespoke pieces by local artists are mixed with quirk and tongue-in-cheek vintage which has been selected to play on our heritage and includes ceramics, recyled pieces, textiles, candles, lighting, art, décor, books, soap, plants, cards and furniture.
Sonia Vosloo is a 40 -something business woman (and also a wife and mother to two energetic sons Stefano, 13 and Luca, 6), having a chosen career in clothing design and brand management for over 20 years, and now, with my newest venture, a curator of South African design, art and crafts.
“ I have been privileged through my other creative work, to be exposed to so many different art forms and have met with some of South Africa’s most creative artists all over the country and with Shoppe, the aim is to bring the best of what South Africa has to offer to a wider audience.””
Here are my first batch of cushion covers and napkins going into the jam art factory today!
Birdy num num…
handmade by me.