See you soon Joburg!

Handmade By Me is finally coming to Joburg! We have been selected as part of 100% talent for 100% Design South Africa which takes place alongside Decorex Joburg in August! We are so excited as this is the first time we will be there showcasing our products in Joburg and we really hope you will all come and see us and all our pretty things!

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100% Design South Africa is an international showcase for contemporary design with a unique African perspective which runs alongside the well-established and largest decor, design and lifestyle exhibition in Africa, Decorex Joburg. It is a high-end curated showcase of the most inspirational designs and designers and is the perfect platform for South African and international furniture, lighting, interiors, fabrics and product design, covering the residential, hospitality and office industries.

This year 100% Design takes place from 6 – 10 August 2015 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Joburg.

As we are doing the show at the last minute, in Joburg (we are in Cape Town), and on a shoestring, I thought maybe some of you might be able to help us with a few things we are still trying to organise for the show:

We are looking out for someone to come and help us out at the show! This would really be great for students or anyone who wants to get into the decor and/or textile industry, or even just someone looking to make some money over the long weekend. We will pay of course : ) If you or anyone you know is interested please email us at sera@handmadebyme.co.za for more details.

We are also looking for a trusty and affordable courier or mover to help take our stuff to Joburg and bring it back home to Cape Town safely afterwards. If you know of anyone please email sera@handmadebyme.co.za.

And last but not least, transportation. We will probably use a combination of the train and uber for most days but maybe you know someone who might be able to offer us a discounted rate if we use them every day for the week. If so please email us sera@handmadebyme.co.za.

THANK YOU.

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

How you can help Handmade by Me become 100% locally produced…

I have just launched a campaign to help bring Handmade by Me home and now I need your help to please help me make this happen! I made this little video to help explain my story…

Because there are tremendous upfront costs in getting my printing done locally I am asking you to help support my campaign by essentially pre-buying Handmade by Me products (which means you get something) and I get the capital I need to start printing locally. By pledging Handmade By Me’s fantastic rewards listed on on my campaign page – you will effectively be pre-buying my 1st batch of 100% local, handmade accessories and interior products from a choice of either: my current range, my new unreleased winter collection, OR a brand new, once-off custom design that can only be purchased through this project when I reach my first target. 

I am using a new South African crowdfunding platform called Thundafund which essentially works like the more popular US version, Kickstarter, where I, the project creator, can set up a project, whereby if people like it, they can pledge money (buy rewards) to make it happen. The project creator sets up a funding goal and deadline and projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money.

There are free rewards, rewards to suit any budget, and I would absolutely love it if you could please share my video, share my campaign, share this post, and anything that will help spread the word will be greatly appreciated!!!

Please support my campaign and help bring Handmade by Me home!

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win win…

A few months ago I received an email from a family who were looking to adopt a child from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Because adoption is such an expensive process they were looking to raise the appropriate funds by having a big giveaway on their blog, Outnumbered and living to tell about it. With the thought that last year there were 147 million children living without parents and only an estimated 25,000 adoptions in mind, I immediately offered to help by supplying them with a tea towel for their giveaway. Apparently I wasn’t the only one, as they managed to get so many products, that they have been able to have 2 completely separate giveaways.

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Today I heard that they have a referral and will be adopting a little 4 year old girl to be their new daughter. I am so delighted to hear this and timing couldn’t be better as the 2nd giveaway (including a handmade by me tea towel) is up for grabs as of today! You can help support their adoption too by entering the giveaway here, a donation of $5 equals one entry and it really is so easy to do! If you can’t help financially maybe you can share the link with your friends and families. The winner will be chosen randomly on May 27th… Winner takes all!

Here is what is up for grabs…please click on this link to enter the competition, and see the actual giveaway post on their blog, as well as all the live links to all their lovely sponsors

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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.

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.