WIN WIN with SA Decor & Design

SA Decor & Design recently featured a lovely blogpost about me and my fabrics, and this then led to the idea of us having a little competition where you can win a handmade by me lampshade in the design of your choice : )

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All you have to do is LIKE and SHARE each post that SA Decor & Design put up for the Lampshades and comment on your favourite design from Handmade by Me.

Check out their original post here to see how you can win!

Here are a few other designs to consider…

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a little lampshade lovin’…

And just in case you didn’t know… handmade by me make lampshades!! In any shape and form and size and design, just let us know whatever you need and we’ll make it specially for you. Or if you’re not sure what you need, we can help you figure it out…standing, bedside, living room, drum, flute, you name it…and in any design we have! Here are some lampshades we have made in the past…

You might have noticed some of our lampshades on display at the design indaba…

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Here are a few closeups…

my Striking Strelitzias standing lamp…

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Pink Flamingo! bedside lamps…

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My Birdy Num Num bedside lampshade which is made using wallpaper in the inside of the shade so that the pattern is only visible when the light is turned on….how gorgeous is this for a low light in a baby’s room…?

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My Blue Origami Birds bedside lampshade which you have seen before…

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And my Indigo Red standing lamp…as seen at the Tjing Tjing Market…

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Please feel free to email me for more details and prices!

Introducing my new lampshades….

Finally I can unveil one of the projects I have been working on of late. My latest addition to the Handmade By Me family…lampshades! And not just any lampshades, custom made lampshades in any size and shape you can imagine. This one here was just a tester…and made in honour of last weekend’s Christmas Night Market (which the southeaster managed to ruin)…hence the choice to use my Indigo Red fabric. And this is only the beginning, my next one will be a scalloped fluted shade….oh yeah! I sure aint taking the easy road on this…so watch this space for more details and pics and please get in touch if you are interested in me making a lampshade specially for you!

All shots below were taken at last week’s Tjing Tjing Exchange, I couldn’t have asked for a better space to show off my goods : )

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Christmas doesn’t have to be all snowfights and santas…

No it certainly doesn’t! And specially when you live in the southern hemisphere and spend your christmas days on the beach as opposed to in the snow. Now I really do LOVE being in the snow AND the build up to Christmas (in Dublin), in fact it is my favourite time of year (in Dublin), not only because of the many christmas functions, christmas parties, christmas dinners and christmas drinks taking place all the time, but because everyone is just in such a great mood! I have spent the last 4 christmasses in Dublin and believe me everyone there gets in the mood, there is even a radio station completely dedicated to christmas songs which is only available during November and December every year…and believe me that is 2 months too long! This year I will be in the sunny (hopefully) eastern cape sipping on cocktails instead of mulled wine, wishing I was covered in snow and I will probably have a (very small) moment where I will wish I could hear just 5 minutes of christmas FM (ha ha we will see about that one).

However in the eastern cape I will be relaxing instead of last minute shopping for christmas gifts. One of the most horrible and tragic occurences of christmas is trying to do your last minute chritmas shopping along with the rest of the nation! In any country! I have witnessed shopping etiquette (or should I say lack of) that rivals any other known to mankind (except maybe “The Brown Thomas day after christmas sale”…and believe me when I say that its a pretty hairy affair). I have seen people fight over small items and queues that will make you cry! And there is nothing worse than wishing more than anything, that you had done this 3 months ago like you say to yourself at this very time of every year.

And so that is why I am offering you a one stop shop for all your christmas pressies, with the convenience of door to door delivery, and all it takes is an email. Send me what you would like to order, I will send you an invoice, you can pay by EFT or by credit card and I will make sure that all your items are giftwrapped (at no extra cost) and delivered before you leave for your christmas holidays. For any overseas customers I can do the same for you except your items will be posted instead of couriered.

Please bare in mind any orders that aren’t in stock will need to be made up which can take a few weeks so its really best to order now.

For anyone who is looking for christmassy looking items I have my Indigo Red and Red Vintage Squares (if you want that christmas with an african twist) ranges that will work for all your christmas needs….and you can use or wear them again and again throughout the year! Here are some suggestions below…

For the chef…

For the host…

For the house…

For the kitchen…

And if you feeling a little crazy…for the wall…

And if you have no idea what to get, please get in touch I would love to help!

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

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Indigo Blue

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

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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.”