See you soon Joburg!

Handmade By Me is finally coming to Joburg! We have been selected as part of 100% talent for 100% Design South Africa which takes place alongside Decorex Joburg in August! We are so excited as this is the first time we will be there showcasing our products in Joburg and we really hope you will all come and see us and all our pretty things!

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100% Design South Africa is an international showcase for contemporary design with a unique African perspective which runs alongside the well-established and largest decor, design and lifestyle exhibition in Africa, Decorex Joburg. It is a high-end curated showcase of the most inspirational designs and designers and is the perfect platform for South African and international furniture, lighting, interiors, fabrics and product design, covering the residential, hospitality and office industries.

This year 100% Design takes place from 6 – 10 August 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Joburg.

As we are doing the show at the last minute, in Joburg (we are in Cape Town), and on a shoestring, I thought maybe some of you might be able to help us with a few things we are still trying to organise for the show:

We are looking out for someone to come and help us out at the show! This would really be great for students or anyone who wants to get into the decor and/or textile industry, or even just someone looking to make some money over the long weekend. We will pay of course : ) If you or anyone you know is interested please email us at sera@handmadebyme.co.za for more details.

We are also looking for a trusty and affordable courier or mover to help take our stuff to Joburg and bring it back home to Cape Town safely afterwards. If you know of anyone please email sera@handmadebyme.co.za.

And last but not least, transportation. We will probably use a combination of the train and uber for most days but maybe you know someone who might be able to offer us a discounted rate if we use them every day for the week. If so please email us sera@handmadebyme.co.za.

THANK YOU.

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Father’s Day Apron Special…

Sooooo just in case you don’t already know, it’s Father’s Day this Sunday, and so I have decided to have a little special here at Handmade By Me. Our Origami Bird chef aprons are always a great gift for Dads, and so we’re knocking the price from R560 to R320 for THIS WEEK ONLY!!

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The aprons are available in either black and white, or blue and white and are made from a lovely 100% cotton, made to fit any shape or size. And of course guaranteed to make you cook and clean better than ever before! : )

To take advantage of this one-off offer please email sera@handmadebyme.co.za with your order, and with my trusty courier service, we can get these delivered directly to your door overnight and just in time for the weekend.

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Last round for Christmas…

We’re working round the clock here at Handmade By Me to make sure you get all you want this Christmas. Unlike some of the bigger retail chains out there, when you buy handmade and local, you get extra special TLC to make sure you get what you want when you want it! Unfortunately last orders using the post office must be in by midnight tonight. BUT my trusty courier company are working right up until Christmas, so if you live in a major city in South Africa, I can very easily overnight your presents right to your door. If you live in Cape Town you are also very welcome to collect from me in Vredehoek. So you still have a few more days if you need a little extra time, but all final last orders for Christmas must be in by Friday end of day!

Then we’re going to take a little break, soak up some sun, eat lots of food and drink lots of wine, and spend lots of time with our family and friends! We will be back in action on 6 January next year.

If you need some inspiration for those last minute gifts, have a look at some of Fair Lady magazine’s colour co-ordinated gift ideas for Christmas. You may spot a few items of mine…

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Last orders for Christmas deadline dates!!

Here are the post office deadlines for any orders that you would like to receive by Christmas! I generally post items 1 to 2 days after the order has been placed. Items ordered on the deadline day will still be posted out the next day . Please note that it is hard to keep up to date with stock at the moment as it moves pretty quickly this time of year, so if you would like to find out about stock levels before ordering please email me, I am happy to help you during this crazy time of year!

Please also note that my studio will be closed from the 20th December to the 4th January so no orders will be posted out during that time, but you may place orders to be posted out when I am back, provided they are in stock.

NATIONAL AND LOCAL ORDERS DEADLINE
Last day to order with post office shipping option: Thursday 13th December
Last day to order with courier (same day and overnight): Tuesday 18th December

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS DEADLINE
Last day to order with post office shipping option: Thursday 6th December

I still have a few Christmas markets lined up so if you would like to avoid any shipping costs at all you will still have a few chances to get what you want. All market info and dates can be found here over the next few weeks.

Thanks so much
Sera

Christmas presents all wrapped up and delivered to your door…

I am offering a one-stop shop for all your Christmas presents this year! Its as easy as pie and you get to avoid any last minute christmas nightmares! All you have to do is send me a list of the Handmade By Me items you would like to buy and I will do the rest. When your items are ready I will gift wrap them individually and deliver them to your door. If you live in Cape Town you are very welcome to come and collect directly from me. For everyone else I have extremely reasonable courier fees and they can get the goodies to you within a day or two. For overseas customers I will use the post office. If any South African customers want to post items overseas I can do this for you and save you the hassle of doing it yourself. Please bare in mind for any orders not in stock I will make to order and the fabric can take around 3-4 weeks to arrive so it is best that you get your orders in as soon as possible.

There are 4 ways to best view my selection of products, here on my blog, my Etsy store, Hello Pretty and handmade by me’s facebook page.

Please note that I can customise orders for you too. If you see something you want, but its not available in the design you like, chat to me I am happy to help!

HAPPY EARLY NO FUSS (HANDMADE BY ME) CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!

Christmas doesn’t have to be all snowfights and santas…

No it certainly doesn’t! And specially when you live in the southern hemisphere and spend your christmas days on the beach as opposed to in the snow. Now I really do LOVE being in the snow AND the build up to Christmas (in Dublin), in fact it is my favourite time of year (in Dublin), not only because of the many christmas functions, christmas parties, christmas dinners and christmas drinks taking place all the time, but because everyone is just in such a great mood! I have spent the last 4 christmasses in Dublin and believe me everyone there gets in the mood, there is even a radio station completely dedicated to christmas songs which is only available during November and December every year…and believe me that is 2 months too long! This year I will be in the sunny (hopefully) eastern cape sipping on cocktails instead of mulled wine, wishing I was covered in snow and I will probably have a (very small) moment where I will wish I could hear just 5 minutes of christmas FM (ha ha we will see about that one).

However in the eastern cape I will be relaxing instead of last minute shopping for christmas gifts. One of the most horrible and tragic occurences of christmas is trying to do your last minute chritmas shopping along with the rest of the nation! In any country! I have witnessed shopping etiquette (or should I say lack of) that rivals any other known to mankind (except maybe “The Brown Thomas day after christmas sale”…and believe me when I say that its a pretty hairy affair). I have seen people fight over small items and queues that will make you cry! And there is nothing worse than wishing more than anything, that you had done this 3 months ago like you say to yourself at this very time of every year.

And so that is why I am offering you a one stop shop for all your christmas pressies, with the convenience of door to door delivery, and all it takes is an email. Send me what you would like to order, I will send you an invoice, you can pay by EFT or by credit card and I will make sure that all your items are giftwrapped (at no extra cost) and delivered before you leave for your christmas holidays. For any overseas customers I can do the same for you except your items will be posted instead of couriered.

Please bare in mind any orders that aren’t in stock will need to be made up which can take a few weeks so its really best to order now.

For anyone who is looking for christmassy looking items I have my Indigo Red and Red Vintage Squares (if you want that christmas with an african twist) ranges that will work for all your christmas needs….and you can use or wear them again and again throughout the year! Here are some suggestions below…

For the chef…

For the host…

For the house…

For the kitchen…

And if you feeling a little crazy…for the wall…

And if you have no idea what to get, please get in touch I would love to help!