Now available from…Africa Nova

Africa Nova is a beautifully curated traditional African artefacts and contemporary design shop situated in the heart of De Waterkant in Cape Town. It’s hard to walk past the exquisite display of beautifully crafted goods in the windows and not want to go in and buy everything immediately!! From ceramics to jewellery to art to textiles to all kinds of skillful crafts, do yourself a favour and make sure you pop in here next time you are in the area.

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“Situated in the heart of Cape Town’s historic De Waterkant district Africa Nova is a dynamic, up-market shop highly regarded for its unique blend of art, craft and contemporary design. Perhaps best described as “New African”, the house style is urban, edgy and vibrant with echoes of the traditional forms of old Africa.

The cornerstone of Africa Nova’s trading ethos is the support and nurturing of local artists, craftspeople and designers. The store’s wonderful displays showcase some of the best of Africa’s artistic talents.”

You can find Africa Nova at:

Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant St, Greenpoint, Cape Town.
Their website is www.africanova.co.za and you can follow them here on facebook.

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Now available from…KIN

Firstly I would just like to thank everyone who entered the SA Decor & Design and Handmade By Me Mother’s Day giveaway!!! The competition was such a success, and Amina Alberts was the lucky winner of a set of 4 reusable placemats in the design of her choice : ) Congratulations Amina we hope you enjoy your prize!

And then I would like to introduce to you one of Handmade By Me’s latest stockist’s, KIN. Most of you may remember them as the Fringe Arts, one of the original shops to stock only local and handmade products in Cape Town, but they have since changed their name to KIN. For those of you who don’t know them already, they offer a wide range of beautiful South African designed and produced jewellery, bags, decor, ceramics, prints, books, toys, cards etc and are one of the best places around to spend a bit of time looking for that perfect gift. They also have an online shop : )

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KIN showcases a quirky and colourful offering of designer jewellery, décor, ceramics, art-prints and stationery. Passionately advocating keeping craftsmanship in South Africa, the collection focuses exclusively on local art and design – highlighting the country’s unique creative edge. Every piece is conceptualised and made in SA, with the aim of utilising and supporting local industries as well as contributing to a sustainable creative market.

Launching at the Spier Contemporary Exhibition at the Cape Town City Hall in 2010, KIN began as series of pop-up shops which aimed to create a bridge between South African design and art, and those who have fallen in love with it. The attention of both customers and potential designers was caught, and KIN’s carefully-curated offering has grown to include two physical stores  (one in bustling Kloof Street and one at the V&A Waterfront) as well as an online store. The stores offer a feast of contemporary design, and are supported and celebrated by locals and internationals alike (KIN was recently featured in The Lonely Planet’s Top Choice in Shopping in Cape Town).

What KIN offers goes beyond the material in connecting local artists to a public which is growing more conscious of the importance of where something comes from and why it was made.

You can follow them on twitter @kinshopsa and on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kinshopct 

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now available from…Quirky Country Gallery (Greyton)

I happened to be in the beautiful town of Greyton last weekend (wow I had forgotten just how much I absolutely love that place), and popped in to see one of my latest stockists Quirky Country who have literally just opened! I had no idea what to expect, and to my wonderful surprise, I just fell in love with this beautiful little modern art gallery nestled in the heart of the town. The artwork on display is an affordable treat to the senses, with some seriously desirable illustrations and paintings, some interesting multi-medium artworks, and even a few creatively interactive pieces, all made by local(ish) artists from all around the Cape, including Greyton. There was so much I wanted to get my hands on right then and there, but my husband and I finally settled on a great little print by David Kuijers, a local artist in Greyton. When in Rome I guess… : ) Anyways read on further for a little more information about the gallery itself…and checkout their facebook page for everything else, including more photos of the beautiful products you can expect to find there.

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This is what Renzske Scholtz, one of the owners of the gallery had to say about her dream becoming a reality: “We moved to Greyton 2 years ago in order to give our 5 year old twin boys a better, healthier outdoorsy life style. I was working at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch and had just finished my masters degree at UCT in Fine Art. My dream has always been to curate and direct my own little gallery, showcasing interesting ‘affordable’ art as well as stocking beautiful handmade products, so it was just a matter of waiting for the right space. I Love all things Quirky! About a month ago I found it and Quirky Country Gallery was born. Our opening exhibition showcases a mix of Greyton, Overberg and Cape Town artists including David Kuijers, Caroline Gibello, Alastair Barnes, Nicolene Swanepoel, Richard Smith and Carl Becker. Then we stock selected handmade products like Handmade By Me, Keiskamma embroidered botanical bags and cushion covers, Inge Marais Jewellery and a few other things.”

You can find them at 49 Ds Botha street, Greyton.

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The Shoestring Collective Pop-Up Shop

Some of you may not have heard by now that myself and my friend Leila Badsha, of Bow Peep, are opening up a pop-up shop called The Shoestring Collective in The Gardens Centre, Cape Town.

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The shop is essentially stocked, paid for, and run by 16 top designers who have all curated their own spaces within the shop. We all make different products including fashion, accessories, homeware and many more. We may have no budget (hence the name), but we have alot of super awesome products to sell! Everything is local and handmade by us.

There will also be a collection of products from other local designers which has been specially curated by Leila and myself. And we even have locally made wrapping paper so we can gift wrap your purchases! Have a look below for our full line-up of available brands!

The shop will run for a month, and we open this Monday the 8th!!! Please spread the word and more importantly pop in and see us. You can also follow us and keep up to date on facebook and twitter!

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Our full line-up!

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pop goes the woodlands….

And the lovely Woodlands Market is now OFFICIALLY EVERY LAST MONDAY EVENING OF THE MONTH! That means there will be one this coming monday the 27th May! With an awesome selection of designers selling awesome products, from art to fashion to jewellery to interiors to plants to food to all kinds of bits and bobs, this is a market that you don’t want to miss out on! Keep up to date and in the know by liking the Woodlands Market facbook page!

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To get you in the mood here are a few of the brands and designers who will be selling their wares this monday…

Windowsill, Bow Peep, Lindsay Boucher, Roxanne Amos, Lauren FowlerPostcard HappinessJill TrapplerNinon Shoes and Handmade by Me of course : ) plus there are still more confirming as I type…

And don’t forget the lovely Will of Willy’s Food will be in the kitchen making his famous prego rolls and willy poppers or something just as amazing sounding…and Lauren Gange-Harris of Flavour-Its will take care of your dessert with her delicious cupcakes… so you can safely assume monday night dinner is sorted!

Here are some pics from the last market courtesy of Leila Badsha of Bow Peep : ) Thanks Leila!

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You are also very welcome to order ahead any products from the handmade by me online shop and collect from the market on Monday at no extra charge, that way you can pay online by credit card or eft, have your item/s wrapped, and make sure you don’t miss out on any stock! Please just let me know if you will be collecting there.

I look forward to seeing you on Monday!

Now available from Mazzoe…

Mazzoe (pronounced mazz-o-ey) is a new Cape Town based platform that collects the world’s most interesting contemporary jewelry, accessory and décor designers into gorgeous, e-commerce enabled portfolios.

After starting with unique and interesting South African designers, Mazzoe will soon branch out to include talented designers all around the world.  Mazzoe wants to help people cut through the clutter to easily find the talented young designers that are finding it increasingly hard to get noticed in our noisy online world.”

Focussing mainly on jewellery for now, have a look at all the lovely goodies, including a selected range of handmade by me products, that Mazzoe have on offer…did I mention that local and international shipping is free!

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handmade by me at the design indaba…and a little feature by Visi magazine…

I am super duper excited to announce that I have received funding to exhibit at the lovely and prestigious Design Indaba Expo later this month. Its all a bit chaotic with only 3 weeks to prepare for this momentous conference, but I already have some exciting ideas and cannot wait to show my products to the rest of the world. So as you can imagine it is going to be pretty crazy over here for the next few weeks, but I really hope that some of you will be able to come and see what an amazing selection of design talent south africa has to offer. If you are lucky enough to be holding a ticket to the Indaba itself I am screaming jealous as it really is such a wonderfully inspiring conference with a fantastic line-up this year! For those of you who don’t, the expo is open to the public and well worth the visit!

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“The Design Indaba Expo was inaugurated in 2004 and provides a commercial platform for the finest South African designers to leverage goods and services to the local and global markets. It also introduces the most influential international buyers to the finest South African creative products and encourages export.

As the only local platform that welcomes advertising, architecture, craft, décor, film, fashion, graphic design, interior design, jewellery, new media, publishing, product design, and visual media under the same roof, Design Indaba Expo is a celebration of diversity.”

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“Since 1995, the Design Indaba Conference has invited the world’s top creative minds to address professionals from the creative, corporate and educational sectors alike. Championing creativity that enhances every aspect of the world around us, Design Indaba recognises graphic design, advertising, film, music, fashion design, industrial design, architecture, craft, visual art, new media, publishing, broadcasting and performing arts shoulder-to-shoulder.”

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And something I am also REALLY excited about is that Visi Magazine has featured me as one of their “Fresh Talents”. This is such an honour as there are some seriously talented people featured alongside me, and because I am SUCH a fan of Visi Magazine, I would really like to share the interview here with all of you.

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on your marks…get set….

…GO!

I am delighted to let you know that Handmade By Me’s first market for the year will be The Treasury Market THIS saturday in conjunction with the Slowmarket at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch. We have been at this lovely outdoor market before and I must say it is one of my favourites. It is on all day in the most beautiful venue, and if the weather is gorgeous you can hang out on the grass with an ice-cold beer, have something delicious for lunch, and listen to the live music and just relax. Look out for the special Treasury Market marquee where everything is handmade and beautifully selected and only features on the first saturday of every month. I myself found quite a few brilliant gift ideas last time, like the handmade superhero cape and matching eye mask I bought from Lula by Emma for my little godson (an incredibly genius idea for kids really!).

So I hope to see you there! Please spread the word, just because it’s January doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy go out and yourself just a little bit : )

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And along with that great news, I am so happy to say that Mr & Mrs Lifestyle Design is our latest Cape Town stockist! Tucked away in Kloof street, this shop is even more tempting than the chicken aoli sandwiches from across the road at the Tamboerswinkel! (…well almost ; )). But nevertheless this is a shop you don’t want to miss out on, if you’re in the area beware the lovely selection of items stocked here, you will want to take home everything!!

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“After a year of travelling through Indonesia, Argentina and India Cecil and Sarah Jane Bosman have returned to open their new store on Kloof street, Cape Town – Mr and Mrs Lifestyle and Design. The store is a treasure trove of beautiful cottons, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and clothing. Mr and Mrs Hosts a range of South African fashion designers including I Love Leroy , Take Care , Two , Silverspoon, Amanda Laird Cherry , Christopher Strong and Missibaba. Mr and Mrs stocks something for everyone, their current stock includes: hot summer fashion ranges by leading local designers, giftware, homeware, jewellery as well as imported furniture.”

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Looking to do some Christmas shopping over the weekend?

Well its all kicking off with 2 very festive Christmas markets in Stellenbosch this weekend where you can find all kinds of glorious Christmas festivities going on. Along with lots of delicious food to buy and fabulous gift ideas, these markets are going to get you in the mood for Christmas. Friday night the 30th November brings the Stellenbosch Slowmarket Christmas Night Market and then Saturday day the 1st December brings the Treasury Market Slow and Handmade Christmas Market, and if you are in Joburg this weekend make sure you don’t miss out on Room Online‘s stall at Collective.

“The Christmas Night Market on friday evening the 30th November at the Stellenbosch Slowmarket is the highlight of our yearly events calendar. This vintage styled authentic market has all the Christmas trimmings and we go all out in ensuring we select the finest suppliers of traditional Christmas goodies. Gingerbread houses, Christmas fruit cakes, mince pies, organic nuts, gammon rolls, German bratwurst, champagne, fynbos topiaries, décor and festive season ideas. Relaxed vintage Christmas music, coupled with a live music theatre production in the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre is most popular on the hot summer nights. Our designer goods market known as the Treasury Market will be joining us. Christmas gifts galore to fill up those stockings with handmade goods made by designers, crafters and artisans.”

“The Treasury Market is a platform for the Cape’s top emerging and established designer-makers to show off their goods and engage with their consumers in a beautiful winelands setting. Each market is uniquely curated and could include a handpicked selection of home decor items, jewellery, locally made designer fashion, accessories, vintage goods, upcycled furniture, kids stuff, ceramics, handmade shoes, paper art, contemporary crafts, and textile design.”

So hopefully I will see you all there. Please pop in and say hi if you are in the area. If you are in Joburg this weekend, my lovely stockist Room Online will be selling all kinds of awesome goodies at Collective, so if you missed out on the FoodWineDesign Fair do not fret you can still get your hands on some lovely Handmade By Me items this weekend.

Collective is a collaboration between designers and collectors converging under one roof to offer an alternative, monthly, pop-up shop. Collective includes beautiful local and international clothing designers, jewellers, ceramicists, fabric makers, furniture designers, vintage clothes collectors and home ware specialists. This is a fantastic, first-of-its-kind event. A shopper’s paradise. Come and sip on champagne, crack open a craft beer and blissfully source all your Christmas stocking fillers and treats for Summer under twinkling lights with the vista of Joburg at your feet.”

And if you can’t make it to any of the markets, here’s a small appeal thats being passed around encouraging you to buy handmade products this Christmas! I couldn’t have worded it better so have a look below and hopefully spread the word : )

Handmade by me at the launch of Utique

Utique is the latest local design online shop to pop up in South Africa. It was literally launched last night and handmade by me was invited to display some work and celebrate in the beginning of something very exciting!

“Utique is all about showcasing the very best of South African creative talent by carefully selecting products from local designers, artists and small businesses.

We are passionate about finding and sharing those special pieces that customers assume are imported one-offs, never to be found again, but are actually produced in a tiny studio up the road.   We’ve made it our mission to seek out these hidden gems of design talent and bring them together in a curated space that is beautiful, inspiring, and simple to shop

All our suppliers are carefully chosen for their creativity, innovative style and quality, ensuring that we only promote the very best local talent.  From jewellery and ceramics to furniture and art, Utique is the place to indulge your sense for inspiring local designs”

Have a look yourselves, there are some amazing pieces to be found! And there are also some lovely mixed collections to browse if you are looking for gift ideas or you just want to have a snoop. I want one of those sootcookie ceramics real bad!!!

Here’s a link to their site…

And here’s handmade by me’s space at the launch! Note my lovely bunting which has been keeping me very busy these last few nights! What a fantastic way to use up all the scraps! After the lovely reaction to it last night I think I might add it to my product list : )