Introducing BIOTICA – Handmade By Me’s new nature-inspired range

Introducing BIOTICA, our new range of designs and products.

‘BIOTICA means relating to or resulting from living organisms’. While having surrounded ourselves with the leaves, flowers and cuttings of the most beautiful plants over the past year, largely thanks to Windowsill, we didn’t have to go too far to find inspiration for our new range.

While we were working on BIOTICA, we really loved playing around with both the combination and the contrast of print & pattern, illustration & photography, and geometric & organic.

We also seem to have an insatiable desire for millenial pink this season!

BIOTICA consists of 8 new designs and includes a variety of nature-inspired decorative products including soft furnishings, wallpaper, fabric, homeware and stationery.

While all the products below, and online, are readily available to order now, we will also be adding new products to the range over the next few weeks.

You can view BIOTICA online or pop in to our retail store in Cape Town.

Foliage on Pink, Foliage on Green, Geometric Pink and Geometric Greenery
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Macro Fern

Fauna and Flora

Blue Willow Pattern

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

 

shop local cos local is pretty beautiful…

I was so delighted to see this lovely feature in last week’s YOU magazine! Ever since I set up shop here in Cape Town I have been noticing a lot of really lovely locally produced fabrics pop up all around me. There really is no reason to have to revert to imports when we have such a wonderful selection of all kinds of different colours and styles made and printed right here in South Africa. Thanks YOU magazine for not only supporting us, but for also actually showing us just how great a selection we have to offer! See how many of our fabrics you can spot below…

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I found this somewhere in the middle of cyberspace so I sincerely apologise for not crediting the person who came up with this. But it really sums up how I feel about buying local and I hope this will implore you to as well!

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You can get your hands on all Handmade By Me fabrics by the metre at our online shop. We also spotted a few of our products featured in the shoot at the top of the article, our Indigo Blue cushion cover, and our Elephants Tote Bag, also available from the Handmade By Me online shop : )

Indigo Blue Cushion Cover

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Elephants Tote Bag

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

 

 

Now available from…Fab Things

I have some good news for all you southern suburb Cape Town peeps, Handmade By Me is now stocked by Fab Things just off Dean St in Newlands. Fab Things is a gorgeous little shop stocking all kinds of awesome locally made goods, and is a great place if you are looking for a last minute gift…or just looking to give your home or someone you care about some love.

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Their manifesto, which is also written on the window of the shop, says it all…

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Here’s what owner Tracey Trevelyan has to say: “The ethos of the brand is about supporting local talent, job creation and social responsibility projects in South Africa. Small quantities are sourced and new fab things introduced continuously, so that Fab fans don’t get bored, and many local designers have a platform to showcase their products. So, if you like something buy it, before it is gone! There really is no reason to import anything, we have great talent and beautifully produced, great quality products right here.”

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And while I’m at it, here is a lovely little feature on “Must-have colour schemes for 2014” from South African Garden and Home magazine. It seems indigo blue is indeed the way to go this year as “classic blue and white goes contemporary”. I know Fab Things have a few of my indigo blue products in stock so pop down there if you’re looking for some on-trend inspiration : )

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My Indigo Blue design is available in fabric, wallpaper, cushion covers, napkins, tea towels, aprons, bags and purses : ) All from the Handmade By Me online shop and various stockists.

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Perfect presents for friends

The latest copy of Idees magazine has put together some lovely gift ideas for everyone this Christmas. They included my lovely Indigo Blue Tea Towel as part of their “perfect gifts for friends” section. As is any lovely Handmade By Me tea towel! This one is available from the lovely Mr & Mrs on Kloof.

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Grazie Grazia…

Grazia magazine has always been my quick fix when it comes to retail therapy, fashion and celebrity news, and the end of the month! At only R15 a copy, I always manage to justify a copy even when I am completely broke. Anyways as I am such a fan, I was really delighted when they asked me about featuring some of my wallpapers in the latest issue. AND in the same issue they listed The Shoestring Collective as No 2  in their 10 Hot Things To Do this week. yay all round!

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Another Rainy Day Wallpaper…available from R300/m2 for large orders, or R428/m2 for small orders. Email me directly for a quote. Design also available in fabric and various handmade interior items.

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Indigo Blue Wallpaper…available from R300/m2 for large orders, or R428/m2 for small orders. Email me directly for a quote. Design also available in fabric and various handmade interior items.

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Get it all at The Handmade By Me Online Shop : )

Now available at…the Presents in the Post online shop

You might remember that I recently did a blogpost about a Handmade by Me and Presents in the Post surprise? We even ran a competition where one lucky lady won a surprise in the design of her choice. She was really delighted : ) and it all turned out to be a really great success…and now finally the surprise is revealed to all….

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Napkins! The perfect gift to start your own collection of Handmade by Me products. Own them all in your favourite design or mix ‘n match for the ultimate printastic dining extravaganza. These designs were chosen by the lovely Raj of Presents in the Post and so far everyone was delighted with their surprise! We even got these little appreciation instagrams from two of our lovely subscribers…awwwww4cd82acca5b911e2a1bd22000a9f1361_7 BINMPp6CEAAzN2K.jpg-large

And now you can get your hands on these designs anytime across a lovely selection of products straight from the Presents in the Post online shop. Shipping is free so get ordering : )

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pretty pretty purses…

…for everyone!! They’re pretty, and popular and pretty good pricewise! You can use them for money, for makeup, for pens and pencils, for the odd bits and pieces you always lose in your handbag, or for whatever great reason you can (make up) think of. These are my new tote bags’ best friend! You may have noticed them on my market tables for the last few months, and I have finally had a chance to shoot them properly….soooo here you go…

AND I am even more excited to let it slip that they will very soon be available from my very own South African Handmade By Me online shop! Yay!!!!! I’m afraid I can’t reveal much more than that for now….but as always…watch this space!

Pretty Proteas Purse

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Pink Flamingo! Purse

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Fly Away Birds Purse

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Birdy Num Num Purse in Purple Blue

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Indigo Blue Purse

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Cats ‘n Dogs Purse

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Black Origami Birds Purse

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Introducing my new and oh-so-fabulous aprons…

I have been so excited about these for so long as I had to wait untill I had touched down in SA before I could start developing them properly. The vintage ones in particular were something I have always wanted to do and I am super excited about the way they have all turned out! Now the plan is to shoot these all professionally so please excuse the way I have styled the pics for now but I just can’t wait that long to show you…

I have 2 different styles. The 50’s vintage inspired ones which are honestly so beautiful! They are made from a soft 100% cotton (same as my napkins) and there is alot of detailing and pleating and the finishing touches are just so pretty. They wrap generously around the waist with a full glamorous skirt with a matching pocket. You probably won’t want to get these dirty : ) The other style is a standard chef apron made from linen cotton canvas or a strong 100% cotton, these will brighten up any kitchen and are ideal for cooking and/or painting and/or anything and/or just looking pretty : )

All aprons can be made in all designs, vintage and chef styles, and the chef aprons can be made up in kiddies sizes if you want to have matching ones. Try the space rocket solar system or beep beep designs for these.

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Cup O Tea, Origami Birds and Vintage Bikes

Chef Aprons

Vintage Bikes

Cup O Tea

Sweet Hearts

Indigo Blue

Indigo Red (pretty “christmassy” don’t you think?)

Pink Flamingo!

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Last week to avail of my Spring Special…

Make your picnic basket the coolest in the southern hemisphere this spring and summer with my 5% discount off any matching tea towel and napkin sets. Well they don’t really have to match…and they don’t really have to live in your picnic basket. All you have to do is go to my Etsy store, order any napkin set AND tea towel and type in the coupon code SPRING2012 at checkout, and your basket will be updated and discounted! For any of you living in Cape Town I am happy for you to save on those postage fees and collect directly from me. Please get in touch and lets get those picnic baskets in shape!

Here are a just a few of the items you can choose from…

Vintage Bikes tea towel

Vintage Bikes napkins

Pink Flamingo! tea towel

Pink Flamingo! napkins

Pretty Proteas tea towel

Pretty Proteas napkins

Indigo Blue tea towel

Indigo Blue napkins

Red Vintage Squares tea towel

Red Vintage Squares napkins

Please note that stock levels are going fast and that if your item is sold out I will have to make to order which can take a few weeks. Please contact me if you are not sure before you place your order.

FREE shipping on tea towels with Citymob

I’m not sure if you are all familiar with Citymob, the South African sales website with the best product selection around. Well you could read the blurb down below which explains their basic concept, or you could just mosey on over to their website and have a look for yourself. And for the next WEEK you can avail of the lovely tea towel sale where you can find FREE SHIPPING on selected Handmade by Me tea towels. Now that really is a great offer.

“Citymob curates the city cool. Anyone anywhere can now experience the best of local SA culture. A daily dose of exceptional customer experience. Uncompromised service, quality and imagination. The best local businesses. We put love in so you get love out. Citymob.co.za offers Daily curated Sales on Exclusive Experiences, Premium Products and Hand-Selected Styles at up to 70% off retail. Membership is free, but by invitation only. Members receive exclusive access to featured personalities, leading designers, bespoke experiences, collaborative pop-up shops and more.”