Invite to the launch of BIOTICA

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Please join us for the soft launch of our new range, BIOTICA, at the Handmade By Me + Windowsill shop on Wednesday 31 May 2017. We will be open from 11am – 7pm in the evening, so please pop by any time.

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.

For those of you who live in other parts of the country, BIOTICA will be live and available to order online from Wednesday.

Here is a sneak peek of what has been happening behind the scenes on our Instagram feed and what you can expect to see on Wednesday.

Please feel free to bring your friends and spread the word.

I hope to see you there!

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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

 

 

Kamers and The Constantia Gift Fair…

I would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came to visit and supported us and Windowsill this last week at KAMERS. Despite the 40 degree heat on the first day, and the torrential storm that saw Kamers close its doors early on the last day, we really had such a wonderful time.

We launched our new Prickly Pears, African Aloes and Big 5 designs, as well as our new nappy covers, and we had our new Big 5 reusable placemats that turn into face masks on display. We are very busy editing all the new product photos this week, which we will share with you right here very soon, and we will be adding the new products to our online shop as soon as we can. In the meantime please email us if you would like to place an order.

Here are some of the photos we shared over the last week.

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For those of you from Cape Town who might have missed out on Kamers, we have some good news for you. The lovely Flick Inc will be taking a selection of our products to The Constantia Gift Fair which will be taking place at SARDA in Constantia from the 4th to the 8th of November – that’s this weekend!

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

new designs on the way (sneak peek)

We are so unbelievably excited about our new designs that we just can’t wait to show you what we have been up to lately! We are still busy printing the fabric to make into various products, but here is a little sneak preview of the designs behind the products and what you can expect from us in the coming weeks. We are hoping to launch our new designs and products at Kamers in Stellenbosch from 27 October – 1 November.

Ever since I designed the Pretty Proteas and Striking Strelitzias patterns I have wanted to do another pattern using a similar South African-inspired, plant/flower-related geometric style pattern. I have thought about all kinds of different plants and flowers but finally decided to use the Aloe Ferox for inspiration, not only because it is indigenous to South Africa, but because it lends itself so well to the geometric style of the design and because it is just so bloody gorgeous! When I see one of these anywhere, it always makes me think of home.

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I have been a little plant besotted of late (can you tell?), and the one plant that always makes me ooh and ah every time I see it or see a picture of it, is the Prickly Pear cactus. I also once found a super cute illustrated children’s book with a picture of a sad little prickly pear cactus on the front who spent the whole book looking for someone who would give him a hug – it still makes me smile every time I think of it.

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Both these designs will be available in cushion covers, napkins and tea towels to start, and then eventually available in our full range of products.

For all the cool kids out there, I have designed a new Big 5 inspired range of prints. Something little more modern for today’s generation, but which still captures the beautiful bright colours and busyness that Africa is all about! Well here’s my take on our Big 5. These prints will be available in cushion covers, pillowcases and eventually nappy covers.

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We hope you like what you see. The designs are all available for pre-order so please chat to us if you want to be the first to get your hands on these guys. We would also like to invite you to come and see our new designs and products at Kamers at Webersburg in Stellenbosch between 27 October and 1 November.

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

Introducing our new range…

Thanks so much to everyone who came to see the launch of our new range. We really had such a fantastic evening and couldn’t have done it without you!! For those who missed it, here are some pics of our beautiful little spot in the Department of Design, as well as a little powerpoint presentation below that will run you through all our new designs and products, including our exciting new easy-to-use Design Your Own Cushion Cover tool : )

Anyone who wants a look at our new products, pop into SAM (South African Market) on Bree St this First Thursday, there may even be a little giveaway, who knows ; )), so we do hope to see you there!

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Here’s what we had to say on the night…

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We are busy editing the photos of our new products which we will be sure to show you real soon! In the meantime, please email us if there are any images you would like to feature and we will see what we can do to help speed things along. If anyone is interested in purchasing any items please email us with any orders, or if you are a stockist, please email us for a wholesale price list. The Handmade By Me online shop will be updated as soon as our photos are ready : )

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

You are invited to our launch…

We are having a launch of our latest offerings at Handmade By Me this Thursday evening and we would like to invite you to join us in seeing what new things we have in store for you. We have lots of new designs, some new and exciting products, and something completely different for the whole family, which we are planning to keep a secret until Thursday : ) We hope we will see you there!

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As you can see the launch is at the Department of Design which makes this launch kind of exciting in itself. For those of who who don’t know about this yet the Department of Design is a three week-long event that supports sustainability and collaboration. It is the initiative of the Government of the Netherlands as part of their contribution to World Design Capital Cape Town 2014.

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And it has been designed by none other than Droog, the Dutch-based architectural firm. To fit in with the theme of sustainability, Droog has titled this structure “FLOW.” The structure is almost entirely based out of reused materials that include bicycle seats, scrap wood, and plastic crates. By engaging with local artists and materials, Droog aims to create a unique and creative space that comes at no cost to Cape Town or her environment. After the Department of Design ends, Droog will take all of the materials used and return them to the city- either by re-selling, donating, or re-cycling.

Department of Design is a temporary space. It runs for three weeks only, and features key note speakers, workshops, demonstrations and activities as part of a set programme. A parallel programme will present events organised by local participants. All activities at Department of Design involve collaboration and contribute to the conversation to #cocreateSA.

For more information and a programme of events, have a look at their website www.departmentofdesign.nl

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

 

 

Celebrating Winter with Visi…

To be honest, right now we’re celebrating the exciting fact that our placemats are in the latest issue of Visi magazine : ).  While they, on the other hand, are celebrating winter (and what a day to do that too). We’re just so delighted and honoured to be featured as part of their “32 reasons to celebrate Winter…No. 7 because it looks great on paper.”

I love having people over for dinner, especially in Winter. Not only do you get to cook heartwarming and tasty tasty dinners, and use all the pretty bowls and plates you’ve collected over the years, but you don’t have to leave the comfort and warmth of your own home, and you don’t need to hold back on the vino because you aren’t driving home afterwards. For those who are slightly less comfortable with the idea of hosting a dinner party, look no further than our decorative placemats, guaranteed to make your table look so beautiful, again and again, even if the food doesn’t quite work out!

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Our placemats are available in sets of 4, in 4 different designs, and available to buy directly from the Handmade By Me online shop and various awesome stockists.

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We would also like to let you know that Handmade By Me is having a SALE!!! We need to make some space for our new range which is launching next week, so we are marking down any end of range items or bits and pieces we have lying around including a ridiculous discount on all our Vintage Aprons : ) which are going to be made-to-order from now on. Now you really can look and play the part of hostess perfectly!! Check it out here…only while stocks last!

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

bits and bobs and brand new products…

So I am mostly excited to (almost) tell you all about our exciting new product that we have made!! I’ll give you a hint, its not made with fabric! But, it will certainly help make your dinner parties even cooler than you could imagine (and it is super affordable!! yay : ) BUT I can’t tell you what it is just yet as we are going to launch it with the CCDI at Decorex at the CTICC in Cape Town from 25th to 28th April : ) So unfortunately you will just to have to wait till then…pop into Decorex weekend after next and see for yourself, or watch this space for the unveiling!

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In the meantime here are a few of Handmade By Me’s latest features…

Dawanda has released its Spring Summer 2014 Lovebook and I am so excited my Pink Flamingo cushion cover has been chosen to be featured once again, this time along with some very fruity looking tropicals : )

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And my indigo blue purse has also been featured, as part of the “Essentials” section of Issue 38 of the lovely Crush online magazine. Anything that focusses on decor and cooking and looking good has a special place in my heart… along with these nifty items for some seriously grand al fresco dining! If you live in Cape Town you might agree that we have been spending alot of sunny days outdoors lately! It seems the summer ain’t going nowhere for a while…

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As always everything is available to buy online at the Handmade By Me online shop and various stockists : )

 

 

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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Hello Pretty market and official launch…and you’re all invited : )

And finally the day is almost here when one of my favourite online stockists Hello Pretty officially launches their shop to the public with a lovely designer market consisting of all the lovely products they stock. Now you can see everything you’ve been drooling over the past few months for real! And meet the people who make them! I myself already have a few items I have been eyeing out for a while now and can’t wait to see what the day has to offer. Its on at the lovely Woodstock Foundry and apparently there’s free candyfloss!!  What more could a girl on a public holiday ask for : )

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And a few of us lucky Hello Pretty designers found some of our products featured in Fair Lady‘s Fabulous Gift Guide. Here’s my Pink Flamingo! cushion cover…available from…..Hello Pretty : )

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My Pink Flamingo! Cushion Cover up close…

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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 : )