Now available from Fab.com : )

I am so excited to be a part of this that I couldn’t resist facebooking and tweeting and now blogging about it. I have always been a big fan of Fab.com and when they asked me to be a part of a South African collection they were working on I couldn’t believe it!

Anyway not only are my products now available to buy on Fab.com but they also managed to shoot them so beautifully. How amazing is this pic using my Pink Vintage Squares tote bag…

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Here’s what they have to say about the collection:

“Welcome to DesignTrek. It’s our global mission to uncover the most amazing, affordable (and unheard of) design. First stop: South Africa. This collection represents the country’s community of up-and-coming designers. From home goods to fashion, these colorful wares combine traditional craft methods with modern design.”

I seriously couldn’t be prouder to be a part of this. Check out the sale here and see just some of the amazingly beautiful products that South Africa has to offer the world!

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And here are some more pics of what you can find from me at Fab.com

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Pink Vintage Squares Napkins

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Pink Vintage Squares Tote Bag

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The Shoestring Collective Pop-Up Shop

Some of you may not have heard by now that myself and my friend Leila Badsha, of Bow Peep, are opening up a pop-up shop called The Shoestring Collective in The Gardens Centre, Cape Town.

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The shop is essentially stocked, paid for, and run by 16 top designers who have all curated their own spaces within the shop. We all make different products including fashion, accessories, homeware and many more. We may have no budget (hence the name), but we have alot of super awesome products to sell! Everything is local and handmade by us.

There will also be a collection of products from other local designers which has been specially curated by Leila and myself. And we even have locally made wrapping paper so we can gift wrap your purchases! Have a look below for our full line-up of available brands!

The shop will run for a month, and we open this Monday the 8th!!! Please spread the word and more importantly pop in and see us. You can also follow us and keep up to date on facebook and twitter!

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Our full line-up!

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to market, to market…

We have 3 awesome markets coming up this weekend : ) so fear not if you were worried you might be missing out on some seriously awesome retail therapy!

First up on Saturday is the lovely Treasury Market which sells a hand picked selection of gorgeous handmade goods. This is my regular monthly market and if you don’t know it, its on on the first saturday of every month at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch. Its completely covered from the rain and there is such a fantastic selection of different designers every time you have no reason not to visit again and again!  Plus its part of the Stellenbosch Slowmarket which has the best fresh food options in the area, whether its to eat in or take home, you will not leave hungry or empty handed.

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Then for the first time the V&A Market on the Wharf is having an Accessories Fair with handmade products by local designers. Its on upstairs above the food market opposite the aquarium, and will be on all weekend from 9:30am to 6pm. There are already plenty of awesome food options there and its completely covered too, so there is absolutely no reason not to pop in say hi : )

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And for all my Joburg friends, Room Online will be bringing Handmade by Me and lots of other lovely local designer goods to Collective, the monthly design pop up shop in Kramerville. Its on on Sunday from 10am to 4pm and I’ve heard its one of the best markets to go to in Joburg!

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HAPPY SHOPPING : )

Handmade by Me, Decorex and the CCDI…

As most of you know handmade by me made it to the Cape Town Decorex this year as a part of the CCDI Collective Store. The expo ended yesterday and I was lucky enough to go and have a mooch around last Thursday. Here are some photos of (mostly handmade by me goodies) on display alongside the 40 something designers that were all chosen to be featured. Please excuse the shoddy iphone picture quality!!

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While I’m at it, I would really like to introduce you to the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) and tell you a little more about what they do. And if you are a crafter, or a designer who makes products and lives in the western cape, this is for you!

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The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) was set up in 2001 to promote and grow craft as an economic sector in the Western Cape province of South Africa. A not-for-profit company, the CCDI is a joint initiative of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The CCDI has also been adopted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) as a model craft hub, to serve as a template for the establishment of similar craft institutes in other provinces of South Africa.

The CCDI supports craft producers and helps to network all players in the product-to-market chain. This includes craft producers and designer-makers, retailers, marketing agents, exporters and service providers such as designers, product developers, skills trainers, business development practitioners and mentors. Government and other funders form a vital part of this collaboration, to build relationships across sectors.

For more details check out their website www.ccdi.org.za

And lastly….don’t forget its the lovely Woodlands Market on tonight from 6pm!! I have lots of lovely aprons and tea towels if you’re looking for any last-minute mother’s day gifts! Its a perfect day for it, I hope to see some of you there : )

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Now available from Mazzoe…

Mazzoe (pronounced mazz-o-ey) is a new Cape Town based platform that collects the world’s most interesting contemporary jewelry, accessory and décor designers into gorgeous, e-commerce enabled portfolios.

After starting with unique and interesting South African designers, Mazzoe will soon branch out to include talented designers all around the world.  Mazzoe wants to help people cut through the clutter to easily find the talented young designers that are finding it increasingly hard to get noticed in our noisy online world.”

Focussing mainly on jewellery for now, have a look at all the lovely goodies, including a selected range of handmade by me products, that Mazzoe have on offer…did I mention that local and international shipping is free!

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monday afternoon catch up…

I am super happy to let you all know that I have had one of my fabrics featured in the latest edition of House and Leisure alongside a really great selection of fabrics by different South African textile designers. You can see my pink vintage squares fabric there on the third shelf from the top! The fabric is available to purchase by the yard directly from the handmade by me online shop where I offer 3 different types of fabric in the same design (100% soft cotton, a linen cotton blend and an upholstery weight 100% cotton twill), all depending on what you would like to use it for. You can find all the info you should need at the pink vintage squares fabric listing, and if you would like any more information or have any questions please email me, I am happy to help : )

Here is the shoot House and Leisure did…

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Here is a closeup of the fabric in the linen cotton blend…

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I would also like to point out the AMAZING “3 ways with chilli” recipes inside, which were created and made oh-so-pretty by the great chef and owner of The Woodlands Eatery Larry Steenkamp and food stylist Kristy Snell. Who knew baby corn could look so pretty! And I’ve had that red chilli prawn curry…and it is truly HEAVENLY with that salsa!

And on a completely different note please don’t forget to enter the presents in the post and handmade by me awesome giveaway! Its super easy and you can win a secret suprise in the handmade by me design of your choice delivered right to your door. The competition is only on THIS WEEK so get entering and please spread the word!

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And for any pink vintage squares fans out there, here are some ready made products available to purchase in the pink vintage squares design…

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napkins

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tote bag

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wallpaper

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All available directly from the handmade by me online shop : )

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on your marks…get set….

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I am delighted to let you know that Handmade By Me’s first market for the year will be The Treasury Market THIS saturday in conjunction with the Slowmarket at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch. We have been at this lovely outdoor market before and I must say it is one of my favourites. It is on all day in the most beautiful venue, and if the weather is gorgeous you can hang out on the grass with an ice-cold beer, have something delicious for lunch, and listen to the live music and just relax. Look out for the special Treasury Market marquee where everything is handmade and beautifully selected and only features on the first saturday of every month. I myself found quite a few brilliant gift ideas last time, like the handmade superhero cape and matching eye mask I bought from Lula by Emma for my little godson (an incredibly genius idea for kids really!).

So I hope to see you there! Please spread the word, just because it’s January doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy go out and yourself just a little bit : )

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And along with that great news, I am so happy to say that Mr & Mrs Lifestyle Design is our latest Cape Town stockist! Tucked away in Kloof street, this shop is even more tempting than the chicken aoli sandwiches from across the road at the Tamboerswinkel! (…well almost ; )). But nevertheless this is a shop you don’t want to miss out on, if you’re in the area beware the lovely selection of items stocked here, you will want to take home everything!!

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“After a year of travelling through Indonesia, Argentina and India Cecil and Sarah Jane Bosman have returned to open their new store on Kloof street, Cape Town – Mr and Mrs Lifestyle and Design. The store is a treasure trove of beautiful cottons, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and clothing. Mr and Mrs Hosts a range of South African fashion designers including I Love Leroy , Take Care , Two , Silverspoon, Amanda Laird Cherry , Christopher Strong and Missibaba. Mr and Mrs stocks something for everyone, their current stock includes: hot summer fashion ranges by leading local designers, giftware, homeware, jewellery as well as imported furniture.”

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Hello Pretty market and official launch…and you’re all invited : )

And finally the day is almost here when one of my favourite online stockists Hello Pretty officially launches their shop to the public with a lovely designer market consisting of all the lovely products they stock. Now you can see everything you’ve been drooling over the past few months for real! And meet the people who make them! I myself already have a few items I have been eyeing out for a while now and can’t wait to see what the day has to offer. Its on at the lovely Woodstock Foundry and apparently there’s free candyfloss!!  What more could a girl on a public holiday ask for : )

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And a few of us lucky Hello Pretty designers found some of our products featured in Fair Lady‘s Fabulous Gift Guide. Here’s my Pink Flamingo! cushion cover…available from…..Hello Pretty : )

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My Pink Flamingo! Cushion Cover up close…

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Looking to do some Christmas shopping over the weekend?

Well its all kicking off with 2 very festive Christmas markets in Stellenbosch this weekend where you can find all kinds of glorious Christmas festivities going on. Along with lots of delicious food to buy and fabulous gift ideas, these markets are going to get you in the mood for Christmas. Friday night the 30th November brings the Stellenbosch Slowmarket Christmas Night Market and then Saturday day the 1st December brings the Treasury Market Slow and Handmade Christmas Market, and if you are in Joburg this weekend make sure you don’t miss out on Room Online‘s stall at Collective.

“The Christmas Night Market on friday evening the 30th November at the Stellenbosch Slowmarket is the highlight of our yearly events calendar. This vintage styled authentic market has all the Christmas trimmings and we go all out in ensuring we select the finest suppliers of traditional Christmas goodies. Gingerbread houses, Christmas fruit cakes, mince pies, organic nuts, gammon rolls, German bratwurst, champagne, fynbos topiaries, décor and festive season ideas. Relaxed vintage Christmas music, coupled with a live music theatre production in the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre is most popular on the hot summer nights. Our designer goods market known as the Treasury Market will be joining us. Christmas gifts galore to fill up those stockings with handmade goods made by designers, crafters and artisans.”

“The Treasury Market is a platform for the Cape’s top emerging and established designer-makers to show off their goods and engage with their consumers in a beautiful winelands setting. Each market is uniquely curated and could include a handpicked selection of home decor items, jewellery, locally made designer fashion, accessories, vintage goods, upcycled furniture, kids stuff, ceramics, handmade shoes, paper art, contemporary crafts, and textile design.”

So hopefully I will see you all there. Please pop in and say hi if you are in the area. If you are in Joburg this weekend, my lovely stockist Room Online will be selling all kinds of awesome goodies at Collective, so if you missed out on the FoodWineDesign Fair do not fret you can still get your hands on some lovely Handmade By Me items this weekend.

Collective is a collaboration between designers and collectors converging under one roof to offer an alternative, monthly, pop-up shop. Collective includes beautiful local and international clothing designers, jewellers, ceramicists, fabric makers, furniture designers, vintage clothes collectors and home ware specialists. This is a fantastic, first-of-its-kind event. A shopper’s paradise. Come and sip on champagne, crack open a craft beer and blissfully source all your Christmas stocking fillers and treats for Summer under twinkling lights with the vista of Joburg at your feet.”

And if you can’t make it to any of the markets, here’s a small appeal thats being passed around encouraging you to buy handmade products this Christmas! I couldn’t have worded it better so have a look below and hopefully spread the word : )

Handmade by me at the launch of Utique

Utique is the latest local design online shop to pop up in South Africa. It was literally launched last night and handmade by me was invited to display some work and celebrate in the beginning of something very exciting!

“Utique is all about showcasing the very best of South African creative talent by carefully selecting products from local designers, artists and small businesses.

We are passionate about finding and sharing those special pieces that customers assume are imported one-offs, never to be found again, but are actually produced in a tiny studio up the road.   We’ve made it our mission to seek out these hidden gems of design talent and bring them together in a curated space that is beautiful, inspiring, and simple to shop

All our suppliers are carefully chosen for their creativity, innovative style and quality, ensuring that we only promote the very best local talent.  From jewellery and ceramics to furniture and art, Utique is the place to indulge your sense for inspiring local designs”

Have a look yourselves, there are some amazing pieces to be found! And there are also some lovely mixed collections to browse if you are looking for gift ideas or you just want to have a snoop. I want one of those sootcookie ceramics real bad!!!

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And here’s handmade by me’s space at the launch! Note my lovely bunting which has been keeping me very busy these last few nights! What a fantastic way to use up all the scraps! After the lovely reaction to it last night I think I might add it to my product list : )