We’re opening up a studio & showroom!

So this is the VERY exciting news that we wanted to share with you a week ago. Yes, it is true, we have signed the lease and are going to be opening up our first ever studio & showroom just off Kloof Street in Cape Town with our friends Windowsill Plants and Flowers in March!!!

Alex from Windowsill is one of my nearest and dearest and oldest friends, and ironically she reminded me that we had in some way already put our plans in to motion when we were just 12 years old. Here, she explains our story – “In 1992, two 11 year olds made friends with each other and made a promise that one day they would work at St Elmo’s Pizza at night, and during the day they would work at The Bubble Shop. 23 years later – the Bubble Shop no longer exists, and St Elmo’s is a bit of dive – SO TODAY, Sera Holland and I are officially shopkeepers. Yes folks – Handmade By Me and Windowsill THE shop IS happening!!!!”

We cannot wait!!!!

We have also had some other very exciting news in the past few weeks. Handmade By Me is now being stocked by two of our very favourite shops. They are both completely different but relate to one of our two favourite and most droolworthy subjects, fashion and food.

On the fashion side, we couldn’t be more honoured and excited to have a selected range of our products now available from top local fashion label, Klûk CGDT. Their boutique on Bree St is one of the most beautiful we’ve seen, and they have now started stocking a small range of premium decor related products which work alongside and compliment their own sensational creations. So now you have no excuse not to pop in and see it all for yourself.

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“The KLûK CGDT brand is well known for the sophistication in design and fabrication and their uncompromising standards in service and quality. They produce 6 collections a year, which they sell through their boutiques in JHB, Cape Town and now Pretoria as well as trunkshows across Africa. They are equally well known for their bridal and couture gowns both locally and internationally and have won awards for their “Red Carpet Style”. Special consideration is taken for each bride individually. “ Bridalwear is not like fashion, it represents a dream with a lifetime of expectations, and this is what we strive to fulfil”.”

 

The other is our favourite foodie-related award-winning online shop, Yuppiechef. They have the most insane selection of desirable cooking equipment, novelty-inspired cooking gadgets (my personal favourite) and hard-to-find cooking ingredients – and now they are stocking a selection of our patterned napkins and tea towels as well. This shop is also my personal favourite place to off-load eBucks : )

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Yuppiechef is on a mission to bring people together through the cooking and sharing of good food. We believe that preparing, cooking and sharing a meal with good company is the very essence of what makes life good. And it is our dream to give you every excuse under the sun to organise that long overdue get-together with those you love, and those you’d like to love more. Yuppiechef is a food community offering you the tools, ingredients and the inspiration to cook real food at home.”

And while we’re sharing the good news, Plascon Spaces recently showed us some playful workspaces on their blog – each showcasing Plascon hues. Our Origami Birds cushion, available from PRESENTspace, was featured in their ” A grey solution – monochromatic shades and typography make a clean canvas on which to unleash your creativity.” We love it!

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shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

 

new stuff…

We have been slowly but surely shooting and adding products from our New Range to our online shop and various stockists. Here’s what we’ve added to the Handmade By Me online shop this week…

Napkins (set of 2)

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GeoOrange_Napkins

GeoArrows_Napkins

ShieldsBlue_Napkins

GreenSprigs_Napkins

Tea Towels

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GeoArrows_TeaTowel

ShieldsBlue_TeaTowel

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Table Runner

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Have a lovely weekend!!

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twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

Its time to help SAVE OUR RHINOS again…

This is such an important and worthy cause I decided to post this again! Especially now Handmade by me has so many more followers than when I last posted this last time. So many of you helped before by signing the petition, thank you! Lets see if we can spread the word even further, its certainly a cause worth pushing!

There’s been quite alot of hype lately about the increasing severity of Rhino poaching, particularly in South Africa. According to acclaimed rhino scientists, if poaching continues at its current rate South Africa’s rhino herd will go into population decline by mid-2012. That is very tragic and it is getting progressively worse very fast.

For every item bought in this design below I will donate 10% to www.stoprhinopoaching.com. The design features both the black and white Rhinos and if you look a little closer you’ll see that the little flower/fireworks are made out of rhino spoor (footprints). Do something small for them (and for yourself) and order your Save Our Rhinos tea towel from my etsy store today!

You can also help make a difference too by signing this petition and by passing it on to help spread the word around the world and put an end to this savage and severe problem. Please click on the various links above to find out more about rhino poaching and see what other ways you can help.

Here is a photo I took last year of these beautiful animals. This is definitely a cause worth supporting!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. THANK YOU.

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…

Handmade by me.

pushin’ cushions…

Just putting together some new cushion covers…thought i might share…

…all ready to go from my Etsy store

Nicky’s Vintage Bikes

Fly Away Birds

Pink vintage squares

handmade by me.

SAVE OUR RHINOS

There’s been quite alot of hype lately about the increasing severity of Rhino poaching, particularly in South Africa where the Rhino species is held in trust by the South African government for, and on behalf of, the Citizens of the World. And it is getting progressively worse, so fast that soon in the next few years even, this beautiful animal could become extinct. After watching this video and signing this petition I decided to do something meaningful to help support this very worthy cause.

For every item bought in this design I will donate 10% to www.stoprhinopoaching.com.
I think this fabric will make lovely tea towels. The design features both the black and white Rhinos and if you look a little closer you’ll see that the little flower/fireworks are made out of rhino spoor (footprints).

You can also help make a difference too by signing this petition and by passing it on to help spread the word around the world and put an end to this savage and severe problem. Please click on the various links above to find out more about Rhino poaching and see what you can do to help.

Here is a photo I took last year of these beautiful animals. This is definitely a cause worth supporting!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. THANK YOU.