Introducing my new lampshades….

Finally I can unveil one of the projects I have been working on of late. My latest addition to the Handmade By Me family…lampshades! And not just any lampshades, custom made lampshades in any size and shape you can imagine. This one here was just a tester…and made in honour of last weekend’s Christmas Night Market (which the southeaster managed to ruin)…hence the choice to use my Indigo Red fabric. And this is only the beginning, my next one will be a scalloped fluted shade….oh yeah! I sure aint taking the easy road on this…so watch this space for more details and pics and please get in touch if you are interested in me making a lampshade specially for you!

All shots below were taken at last week’s Tjing Tjing Exchange, I couldn’t have asked for a better space to show off my goods : )

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Flamin’ Flamingos!

For those of you who aren’t friends of handmade by me’s facebook page you might not know the exciting news yet! I am also delighted that this is my first and very happy post from sunny Cape Town. I received an email a few days ago to let me know that my Pink Flamingo! Cushion Cover has made it to the shortlist of 250 products from OVER 2 MILLION to be presented in the DaWanda Lovebook for Winter 2012-2013!!!

This is such exciting news for handmade by me as “the Lovebook is sent to journalists from across Europe, the US and Australasia, who may then select products for publication and publish them in magazines and newspapers. Products from previous Lovebooks were later published in Time magazine, Vogue, Gala, Brigitte and many other publications.”

Take a look at the Lovebook Summer 2012 here:

And for those of you who haven’t seen my Pink Flamingo! design here is the cushion cover and matching tea towel, and the design is also available in napkins…

Now lets hope this is the beginning of great things to come! I am working on some very exciting projects so as always…watch this space!

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Time for tea…and finally the move!

So next week is the big move! And as much as I am absolutely excited to get my little business going in sunny South Africa, there are lots of mixed emotions with leaving Ireland, my home for the last 6 years. Anyways with that in mind, I won’t be posting much over the next 2 weeks while we enjoy our last few days in Dublin, and start getting settled into life in Cape Town. I can’t wait to begin posting again because that means I will have started to get cracking on my next set of ideas and projects, and I won’t be able to wait to show you all. So while we get on and move, I’ll leave you with some pics of my new tea towel range, all ready and waiting to find themselves a new home : )

And don’t forget if you want to keep up to date with any news in the meantime you can go to http://www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog and “like” handmade by me’s facebook page.

My new Cup O Tea design…

Pink Vintage Squares


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Pink Flamingo!


Blue Origami Birds

Striking Strelitzias


Red Vintage Squares


Indigo Red

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Cats and dogs go home…

Remember the bespoke design “cats and dogs” I created for my friend’s serah and paul? Well they sent me some pictures of their lovely cushions and napkins in their apartment and I would love to share them with you!

If you want to see the original post I did….including the super cute photos of their cat Greebie and their dog Bluff…and for more information about my design…click here.

And so….here’s how things turned out!



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Plum Crazy!

My friend Claire asked me if I would design her a wallpaper pattern for her new foodie blog called “The Plum Farmer’s daughter“. I thought I’d keep the pattern fun and modern because there are so many “same old” fruit prints out there. The beauty of digital printing is that it allows me to play around a lot more with photographs and textures and I wanted to combine the two with my very distinctive digital style. I also wanted to develop the pattern into napkins, tea towels and eventually aprons so the pattern had to be bright and colourful. I only found out AFTER I had created this design that Claire isn’t really into purple!!!! (ha ha I know!!!) So I created a slightly more blueish version for her to use.

Here they are below…soon to be available in napkins and tea towels for all people plum crazy : )

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Nothin’ like the real thing…

So I have been very busy sewing away and I realised that some of you have only seen the designs and not the finished products. Here are a few of the things I have been working on lately! Still can’t decide which is my new favourite…

Pretty Proteas looking oh so lovely as a cushion cover…
 

New blue origami birds cushion cover…

Red vintage squares cushion cover and matching set of napkins…

Indigo red napkins…

And Nicky’s vintage bikes tea towel…

Still more on the way! watch this space…

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decorative deco birds….

This is a design that I had initially had in mind for my course I did in Printed Textile Design. What I hadn’t realised was that creating your own fabric design by hand, including the dyeing of the base fabric, is very different to the way I do it digitally. It is hard work. Getting that colour juuuuust right. What I also realised is that printing by hand is alot more suited to a fine art style rather than graphic or geometric shapes, and you can forget about reversing out in white! So I decided to take my idea and digitally create it just the way I had pictured it in the beginning…and at the same time sadly realised just how bad my manual effort had been.

Anyways I bring you my deco birds design. I wanted to take something geometric and something organic and offset the two. Available in two colours, daytime green and evening blue. Here they are as cushion covers…but also available as napkins and tea towels.

I actually found this image below after designing my deco birds fabric, but I feel it captures the colours and styles of the Art Deco era I was trying to achieve.

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lovely lazy laser cut…

Ever since Louis Vuitton launched his spring 2012 collection (see below) I have been obsessed with anything and everything laser cut. From clothing (especially clothing!) to interiors, to shower curtains, to little cut out cards, there is nothing that won’t work in this beautiful style! And so I decided to make a little lazy laser cut print of my own (see right at the bottom), which one day I would actually like to laser cut, but for now printing it onto my gorgeous linen cotton fabric will have to do : ) And its available in 3 soft ice-creamy colours in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels at my etsy store and others.

The real thing…

This is a pic I have had in my inspiration folder forever…isn’t this the most gorgeous shower curtain ever?

And finally…my lovely Lazy Laser Cut in cream, pink and green…

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happy times snoozing in red square land…

Remember the red square pattern I created for my friend Nic’s doggies Shangdi and Teddy? Well I said I would put up a post of them with their new beds…and so here they are looking slightly confused as to what’s going on, but nonetheless happy and content and finally…sleepy!

The red square pattern here is also available in vintage red and pink…see below…and all are available in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels from my Etsy store.

Here’s Teddy…

And his brother Shangdi…

And after all the excitement its time for a snooze…they look really comfy there don’t they?

Here is the fabric in vintage red…

And in vintage pink…

And my vintage pink square cushion cover…

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beep beep bespoke design…

My friend Sabrina asked me to design her a cushion for her newborn nephew Charlie’s new room. We toyed with the one idea of featuring cars and trucks, and the other of baby animals. Toys and trucks won instantly, and so i got to work on a design. Sabs sent me a picture of the curtains that were going into Charlie’s room (see below), the walls were going to be painted a light blue with clouds like the sky (so super cute), and the cushion was to go on a bright red chair. I used the same colours as the curtains for my design, and because the chair was red, I thought that green would look the most striking against it.

Here is the design I came up with…

And here is what the cushion would have looked like…

And here are the super cute curtains that the cushion was to match…

Welcome to the world little Charlie! Hope you like your new cushion : )

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