some pretty (useful) placemats…

I am so very excited to finally introduce to you the latest addition to the Handmade By Me decor family…a set of 4 reusable placemats. Available in 4 different designs. R220 for a set of 4.

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The idea started when I wanted to have delft plates for the dinner at my wedding (I am obsessed!!). But I couldn’t afford to go out and just buy a whole bunch of plates, so I came up with the idea of printing the image of the plate onto paper, and then using that as a placemat so that the image would frame the plate and you would still get the effect. It certainly wasn’t as easy as it seemed…

Now my wedding budget couldn’t afford a full colour print, the size of the image was problematic etc etc blah blah….so I sadly had to go the one colour route. But atleast I got to have my delft dream, and well nobody probably even noticed. The real problem was that the placemats from my wedding were printed onto a very thin paper to cut costs (and we had to cut them out each manually) so unfortunately not many of them survived the party.

I then decided to turn my wedding idea into a better looking proper longer lasting actual product, that others could also use. And in full colour too…finally… I could print as many tones and hues of that beautiful indigo blue as I wanted, and then I decided to laminate them as well to make them stronger and more durable so they could be reused.

I asked my friend and (my wedding) photographer extroadinaire Stephanie Veldman (go check her work out immediately) if she wouldn’t mind sending me a few pics to show you how they looked on my wedding day. You see I am still waiting to see my wedding pics so it was as much for you as it was for me : ) but I just love the way they have turned out… and now I am just too damn excited about seeing the rest of them!!! Thanks for these Steph!

Just remember these placemats in the photos are not at all the same colour or quality as the ones for sale. But they certainly give you an idea of how pretty they can look!

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Photos by Stephanie Veldman, and a big shout out to my super talented friend who did all the plants and flowers, Alex from Windowsill (she is amazing!!).

** big happy sigh **

Handmade By Me’s new placemats are now available to buy online from the Handmade By Me online shop, Etsy, Hello Pretty, and various other stockists including SAM (South African Market).

Here they are up close…

Delft Plate Placemat

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China Plate Placemat

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Pretty Proteas Placemat

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Fly Away Birds Placemat

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which is your cup o’ tea?

As some of you may know, I absolutely love beautiful old tea cups and saucer sets. I have a few beauties in my collection which I love, but sadly seem to be more on display than actually used! Ever since Vera Wang did a collection for Wedgewood I have been OBSESSED with her work. So badly that everytime I am in a department store I try and convince myself that one cup and saucer is more important than eating for the rest of the month : ) This is the first collection I saw and drooled over….

It is SO going to be on my wedding gift list! And it inspired me to start a tea cup and saucer design of my own which I think will make really cool tea towels and aprons.

Here are my cups o’ tea….

And here is the pattern design in the form of a tea towel which I will be introducing to my collection shortly…

…and a closeup…

handmade by me.

indigo red…

I don’t think I have showcased my lovely indigo red pattern on my blog…inspired by the red versions of the beautifully handpainted chinese porcelain…I give you the red version of indigo blue….indigo red! (Try saying that fast ; ))

Its is available to buy in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels at my etsy store.

The cushion cover…

the pattern…

and the closeup…

And if you haven’t seen the indigo blue version before…

handmade by me.