Now available from…Africa Nova

Africa Nova is a beautifully curated traditional African artefacts and contemporary design shop situated in the heart of De Waterkant in Cape Town. It’s hard to walk past the exquisite display of beautifully crafted goods in the windows and not want to go in and buy everything immediately!! From ceramics to jewellery to art to textiles to all kinds of skillful crafts, do yourself a favour and make sure you pop in here next time you are in the area.

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“Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s historic De Waterkant district Africa Nova is a dynamic, up-market shop highly regarded for its unique blend of art, craft and contemporary design. Perhaps best described as “New African”, the house style is urban, edgy and vibrant with echoes of the traditional forms of old Africa.

The cornerstone of Africa Nova’s trading ethos is the support and nurturing of local artists, craftspeople and designers. The store’s wonderful displays showcase some of the best of Africa’s artistic talents.”

You can find Africa Nova at:

Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant St, Greenpoint, Cape Town.
Their website is www.africanova.co.za and you can follow them here on facebook.

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Now available from…Fab Things

I have some good news for all you southern suburb Cape Town peeps, Handmade By Me is now stocked by Fab Things just off Dean St in Newlands. Fab Things is a gorgeous little shop stocking all kinds of awesome locally made goods, and is a great place if you are looking for a last minute gift…or just looking to give your home or someone you care about some love.

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Their manifesto, which is also written on the window of the shop, says it all…

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Here’s what owner Tracey Trevelyan has to say: “The ethos of the brand is about supporting local talent, job creation and social responsibility projects in South Africa. Small quantities are sourced and new fab things introduced continuously, so that Fab fans don’t get bored, and many local designers have a platform to showcase their products. So, if you like something buy it, before it is gone! There really is no reason to import anything, we have great talent and beautifully produced, great quality products right here.”

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And while I’m at it, here is a lovely little feature on “Must-have colour schemes for 2014” from South African Garden and Home magazine. It seems indigo blue is indeed the way to go this year as “classic blue and white goes contemporary”. I know Fab Things have a few of my indigo blue products in stock so pop down there if you’re looking for some on-trend inspiration : )

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My Indigo Blue design is available in fabric, wallpaper, cushion covers, napkins, tea towels, aprons, bags and purses : ) All from the Handmade By Me online shop and various stockists.

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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.