leapin’ lampshades…

And so I am back… at the drawing board, as they say…and I am delighted to let you all know that I am officially happily married to the love of my life : ) Thanks so much for all the messages and lovely wishes, we really had such a wonderful day!!

And with that I have some completely different rather lovely news…my custom made lampshade boxes are all made up and ready to go, which means that from now on I can officially offer overseas or countrywide shipping/courier on any of my lampshades. Hurrah! 

Below are some images of a few new (and a few you’ve seen before) lampshades I have made to order for clients recently, including a smallish Pretty Proteas shade and a large Birdy Num Num shade, which are both about to make their ways independently over to Ireland to help brighten up their new homes.

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As most of you may know I custom make lampshades in any size and in any design, so if there is something you might have your eye on, or if you would like me to recommend something to brighten up any room, please do get in touch. I can make any size if you prefer, but my 3 standard sizes are a 200mm diameter bedside or desk drum, a 300mm diameter bedside, desk or standing drum, and (not for the feint-hearted) a big beautiful 500mm diameter standing drum.

For any more information, or to purchase any of these, please head over to the lampshade section of the Handmade By Me online shop : ) or pop into SAM on Bree Street in Cape Town to see which ones they already have in stock.

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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South African inspirations available in store…

I would like to start off by thanking everyone who came and supported Handmade By Me at the Constantia Gift Fair this last week. We had a disastrously rainy and windy start on Wednesday morning, but by Friday everything was well under way, and it turned out to be a very enjoyable and successful week.

Now I know I have introduced my new South African inspired range to you before (for those of you missed the previous post click here), but I wanted to share the photos from the product shoot that I did. They all sold so well at the Constantia Gift Fair, and make really great gifts for friends and family overseas as they are super easy to post. The cushion covers are available filled or on their own. Chat to me about sending gifts overseas for you, I have designed some beautiful Christmas gift wrap and will be offering a gift wrap and post service from now until Christmas.

Available now from The Shoestring Collective Pop-Up Shop and The Handmade By Me Online Shop, and various other stockists : )

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Elephants Cushion Cover

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Happy new year!

Happy new year to all my lovely followers and to any new visitors! Wishing you all an exciting and successful year ahead. I hope that this going to be a great year for all of us. I definitely have high hopes for Handmade By Me 2013 and I am so excited that I can share it all with you right here…..sooooo watch this space! Please also note that Handmade By Me has a facebook page and its the place where I post about everything! To become a follower and keep up to date with all kinds of exciting new products, photos and plans, big or small, click here.

And we are starting off the year with some exciting news about a big new Handmade By Me online stockist, 5 Rooms. 5 Rooms is South Africa’s online home and living store, and is your one stop shop for furniture, homewares, accessories, appliances and décor. They offer free delivery for any orders over R250 which is fantastic for any cushions, cushion covers and aprons, plus great return options if you decide they’re not for you. Either way you are going to love browsing through all the lovely items which boast both international and local designer brands.

Click here to link straight through to the lovely Handmade By Me section on 5 Rooms.

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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!

handmade by me is now climbing the walls…

Its finally OFFICIAL, my wallpaper collection is ready to go! I am really excited about this as I have always wanted to do it with my designs, but was waiting until I moved back to Cape Town to start looking for suppliers and printers.

The wallpaper itself has a lovely slightly textured finish which really lifts the designs, and each order placed is printed to your size specification with installation services in all major cities round South Africa should you need. For all you overseas customers I am more then happy to post the panels out to you.

I can also do all the designs in the form of a wall vinyl instead of wallpaper which is slightly easier to apply, and you have the option of a splash back finish which is applied to the vinyl for areas which might come into contact with water such as a bathroom or pool area. Please someone do the another rainy day in their bathroom please!!! : )

If you have a room or area you would like to make a change to, and you’re not sure what you would like to do, send me a photo and I will help show you what you could do to completely transform your space into something new and exciting.

To view the whole range of wallpaper designs click here. To make any purchases please contact me with your specs, or view my Etsy store to buy individual panels.

Here are a few tasters…