all aboard the week ahead…

And speaking of going to market, we have a great line-up of events happening over the next week! Magpie Motel‘s Durban pop up shop, Cape Town’s Decorex 2014, The Doilie Market in Durbanville, and our favourite, The Woodlands Market in Vredehoek! And what with Mother’s Day round the corner, there is no better time than now to do some last minute gift purchasing!

Kicking it all off from Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th, is the first Magpie Motel pop up shop held in Durban. Most of you may remember the awesome goodies on sale at their hilton venue, well now you can get all that and more, and a little closer to home…well for all the Durban folks anyways!

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Then very importantly we have Cape Town’s Decorex 2014, South Africa’s finest décor, design and lifestyle expo! It’s on at the CTICC and starts on Thursday 25th and runs until Sunday the 28th. I won’t be there personally but you can find a wide variety of handmade by me goodies on display at the CCDI collective stand. I am very much looking forward to being on the other side of the “table” for a change…

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Then Saturday we are going to be doing our first Doilie Market at Poplars, D’Aria Winery in Durbanville. They seem to have got it right with cover in case it rains, heaters in case its cold and a huge play area to keep your kids entertained! And of course lots and lots of awesome things to buy! Its meant to be a beautiful day so we’re really looking forward to giving this a go…we hope you will pop in and say hi if you’re in the area: )

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And finally on Monday 29th we will be back at our favourite Woodlands Market. I love this market, and its not because of the pizzas or the wine, but because you’re guaranteed to have a good time…and possibly indulge in a little retail therapy while you’re at it : )

Woodlands Blank dateAnd if you can’t make any of these, then you can always find something for Mother’s Day at the handmade by me online shop! I highly recommend the cup o tea chef apron which is guaranteed to brighten any tea lovers day : )

Now available at…36 Boutiques

Yes that is correct, South Africa’s premier online fashion destination 36 Boutiques is now stocking a range of Handmade by Me products! For those who don’t know 36 boutiques (seriously?), they are a predominantly fashion orientated online shop that sells both local and international brands, and offer all kinds of wonderful things like free delivery and free returns…in fact they make it really hard not to buy anything from them!

“We believe in the power of fashion to identify, individualise and tell a story. We spend every day seeking out the finest brands, designers and products for our members. We believe in managing a fine balance between local and international brands, always aspiring to the highest standards of quality, fit and fashionability.”

I am so delighted to have handmade by me up there amongst some of the best and most awesome brand names….yay!

And its off to market we go…

Its going to be a very busy weekend for handmade by me. We are going to be participating in 3 different markets over the weekend. Firstly we will be taking part in our usual Bay Harbour Market all weekend long. And for the first time we will be joining the Lock Stock Market which is in conjunction with Die Plattelande food market at the Palms Lifestyle and Decor Centre on Saturday . And then on Sunday we will be joining the Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market in Muizenburg. There’s live music there and lots of wonderful things to buy and to eat, so come on by for some lunch. If the weather is great, all the markets will be worth a looksee as there is plenty of outdoor area to sun yourself and have an ice cold beer. If the weather is bad, everything is covered and you can come and escape the wind or the rain, or just to have a good time. I’ve heard really good things about these two new markets and am very excited to see what they are like to sell at. Here’s hoping we have a really successful weekend ahead! Don’t forget to come and say hi : )

And to get you ready for what you might find at the market, here are a few new available products to purchase…

Of course you can always get ahead of the crowds and shop online here.

More vintage aprons…in new designs…
MINI Blue Origami Birds, Birdy Num Num & MINI Black Origami Birds

my brand new Cup O Tea napkins

Birdy Num Num napkins

MINI Origami Birds napkins in black

handmade by me.

Introducing my new and oh-so-fabulous aprons…

I have been so excited about these for so long as I had to wait untill I had touched down in SA before I could start developing them properly. The vintage ones in particular were something I have always wanted to do and I am super excited about the way they have all turned out! Now the plan is to shoot these all professionally so please excuse the way I have styled the pics for now but I just can’t wait that long to show you…

I have 2 different styles. The 50’s vintage inspired ones which are honestly so beautiful! They are made from a soft 100% cotton (same as my napkins) and there is alot of detailing and pleating and the finishing touches are just so pretty. They wrap generously around the waist with a full glamorous skirt with a matching pocket. You probably won’t want to get these dirty : ) The other style is a standard chef apron made from linen cotton canvas or a strong 100% cotton, these will brighten up any kitchen and are ideal for cooking and/or painting and/or anything and/or just looking pretty : )

All aprons can be made in all designs, vintage and chef styles, and the chef aprons can be made up in kiddies sizes if you want to have matching ones. Try the space rocket solar system or beep beep designs for these.

Vintage Aprons
Cup O Tea, Origami Birds and Vintage Bikes

Chef Aprons

Vintage Bikes

Cup O Tea

Sweet Hearts

Indigo Blue

Indigo Red (pretty “christmassy” don’t you think?)

Pink Flamingo!

handmade by me.

How to win your very own Cup O Tea tea towel…and a whole lot of other cool stuff…

Hello everyone! I have some great news for any of you who fancy winning one of my Cup O Tea tea towels. Well the beautiful online shop We Heart This are having an amazing giveaway with the lovely Lanalou Style blog. Click on the link below to find out how you can win ALL of these amazing items! Good luck!

We Heart This Giveaway.

FREE shipping on tea towels with Citymob

I’m not sure if you are all familiar with Citymob, the South African sales website with the best product selection around. Well you could read the blurb down below which explains their basic concept, or you could just mosey on over to their website and have a look for yourself. And for the next WEEK you can avail of the lovely tea towel sale where you can find FREE SHIPPING on selected Handmade by Me tea towels. Now that really is a great offer.

“Citymob curates the city cool. Anyone anywhere can now experience the best of local SA culture. A daily dose of exceptional customer experience. Uncompromised service, quality and imagination. The best local businesses. We put love in so you get love out. Citymob.co.za offers Daily curated Sales on Exclusive Experiences, Premium Products and Hand-Selected Styles at up to 70% off retail. Membership is free, but by invitation only. Members receive exclusive access to featured personalities, leading designers, bespoke experiences, collaborative pop-up shops and more.”