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Happy new year errrrr’body!!! Its back to work for most of you this week, so we thought we’d save our happy cheery new year blog post for now rather than last week when most of you were still sipping cocktails on a beach somewhere : ) New years bring new designs, new products, new friends, new collaborations and hopefully lots of exciting new adventures…which, I am delighted to say, we are already in the process of creating….so, as always, watch this space!

And as most of you may have realised by now, 2015 is the year that Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future Part II. Here’s a sneak peek of what we will be expected to wear this year ; )

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But seriously wishing all the Handmade By Me friends and family a happy, healthy, successful and a hopefully less dramatically fashionable year ahead!

And what better a way for us to start the new year, than to have our lovely reusable Delft placemats featured in this month’s Condé Nast House & Garden : )

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And while we’re at it, some of our napkins were used in a Christmas table decor shoot for One Day Events in the Sunday Times newspaper just before Christmas. Photos by (the seriously talented) Lar. The great thing about these beautiful table settings is that they aren’t only for Christmas!! Click here to get your hands on our Geometric Green napkins now.

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shop local this Christmas

We are so proud to have our Pretty Proteas placemats featured in Glamour‘s Shop ZA section this past month! And no better time to remind you all to consider shopping local this Christmas : )

Order now from the Handmade By Me online shop to have your lovely locally made items delivered straight to your door…or have a look at our various stockists to see where you can find lots of lovely local gifts this festive season.

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Remember we are offering you all R100 off all scarf/sarongs for the month of December only! This is only available through the Handmade By Me online shop and SAM (South African Market) as part of their Birthday month!

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And to avoid any awkward late gift arrivals, or just to make sure you get all your goodies in time for Christmas, please take note of our Christmas order deadlines for the Handmade By Me online shop.

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Oh Christmas Tree…Oh Christmas Tree…

What better a way to end off this crazy crazy year than to show you my Christmas tree that I designed and created for Garden & Home magazine. I am so proud and honoured to have been a part of this, and it really was so much fun, both making it, and shooting it!

I would also love to use this opportunity to thank you all so very much for all the support this year! It has indeed been a crazy one, but Handmade By Me is doing better than ever, and I have lots of lovely tricks up my sleeve for next year. I wish you all a lovely and relaxing festive season, and all the very best for the year ahead.

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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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Christmas is finally here…

Christmas is here and finally I am starting to see it everywhere now. In Ireland it has probably already been Christmassy for a month or two already. They even have a radio channel called Christmas FM which plays non-stop Christmas carols throughout November and December. Hilarious and annoying at the same time : ) As much as it gets icy cold over there I do miss it this time of the year as it really is so festive and fun. Its a little harder to get festive in the blaring South African heat but we certainly try!

First off with my Christmassy items this year is a wreath I made for Woman & Home magazine. I guess in hindsight I should have made something more sellable, but they asked me to do something different and exciting and so how could I say no! After making all those origami birds from The Shoestring Collective‘s window display, I decided to give paper, rather than fabric, another go! And voila here is my wreath. Its a little hard to tell from the pic, but I used pieces of shiny copper card, some printed designs of my own, and some images of covers of old Christmas stories and books to create the colourful and christmassy theme throughout the wreath. It really was quite simple to do, definitely something that would entertain all those festive crafters out there!

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And while I’m in the Christmas spirit please join us for our 10 day Christmas Pop-Up at The Shoestring Collective. Gardens Centre have found a new tenant for our space, so until we find a new home we will be closed from the 1st December. But who loves Christmas shopping in December anyways? Its a nightmare! We will be offering you exclusive items that you can’t get anywhere else, there will be all things Christmassy like stockings, decorations and gift wrap, as well as awesome gift ideas for men, women and children, and the very best “merry Christmas to me” presents : )

With all that in mind, it’s a great idea to do your Christmas shopping early this year and support the best of local and handmade at The Shoestring Collective.

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Thank You.

I just want to say a quick thank you to all you Handmade By Me followers and visitors! Thanks for being so wonderfully encouraging and supportive throughout 2012. Handmade By Me has had an amazing year and it couldn’t have ended in a better way. There are lots of exciting things in the pipeline for next year so please keep supporting, and I hope that I will have some lovely things to show you along the way. Wishing you all a merry Christmas (if you celebrate)…otherwise wishing you a merry festive season! I hope you all get some time off to relax and enjoy.

For anyone who is looking to get in touch with me I will be back in business on the 4th of Jan, until then…

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