Introducing…Miran & Co.

Firstly thanks so much to everyone who visited and supported us at both Kamers and Handmade Contemporary this last week(end). We had such a great time and we hope you all did too! Here are a few of the pics we snapped from our space which we shared with Windowsill at Kamers.

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Now that we’re back to normal and getting ready for Christmas – eek we know we can’t believe it either – we have some exciting news about a few new stockists we are so happy to be supplying. We don’t want to inundate you all at once, so we will be introducing them individually (and not in any order) to you over the next few weeks : ) For a full list of our stockists please see our stockist page on our website. And if you want to be a stockist please email us.

First up is the lovely Miran & Co. a UK based online lifestyle shop which only launched a few days ago.

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“The vision behind Miran & Co. was to create a special place that people could go to find unique & wonderful handmade things by designers from all over the world. From home accessories to fashion, to bath and beauty, Miran & Co. strives to have it all. We’ve hand picked it, just for you. Sure, we’re a little different, but that’s the fun part. After all, who wants to be ordinary?”

We certainly don’t : ) You can find them and more info at www.miranandco.com

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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… Meisie in Wales

I am delighted to let you all know about Handmade By Me’s latest stockist, Meisie, all the way in Wales in the UK. Not only do I just LOVE that name for a shop overseas featuring South African designers and products, but I also LOVE that they support and donate a percentage of their profits each year to charities like Save The Rhino InternationalAge UKDog’s Trust and SOS Children’s Villages. So not only are you buying beautiful things, but you are also contributing towards a brighter future for many people and animals too : )

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Here is a little bit more about Meisie and what Cassandra Sprague, the owner, has to say about her lovely new shop:

“I started Meisie after realising that the UK and Europe needed to see some of the amazing things that my fellow countrymen and countrywomen are making. The idea of Meisie is to show you that Africa doesn’t just make wooden crafts; but has a wonderful collection of cultures that produce some amazing products and fashion. I hope you love the products as much as I do.” – Cassandra.

Based in Wales, we are pleased to offer everything from clothing to homeware, crafts and jewellery. We have a great mix of vintage, modern and quirky products to suit men, women and children and we’re adding products all the time. All of the products you see are ethical and unique, you certainly won’t find mass-produced items here.

All items are designed and manufactured in South Africa from locally sourced materials by local communities. Being supplied by small-scale entrepreneurs and community development projects, the idea is to create sustained employment where it is needed most.

You can find and follow Meisie here:

Twitter: @meisieuk
Instagram: meisieuk

 

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And just in case you missed the mention on facebook and twitter, the latest issue of Crush online magazine is out, and it features my Origami Birds cushion cover in their Essentials page. For those of you who don’t know already, Crush, is an award winning monthly, food, drinks and lifestyle publication (aka free online foodie magazine), and not only do they feature droolworthy restaurants and all kinds of delicious-related products, but they have a fantastic range of recipes to try. I have my eyes set on on the Picture Perfect Pavlova. Check out the latest issue here.

 

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Don’t forget we have a new twitter feed!! Follow us and everything we do here @handmadebymeSA

 

you and me and thursdays…

I am sure most of you know about First Thursdays Cape Town, but do you know about Third Thursdays Cape Town? Third Thursdays is the East city edition of First Thursdays, where you can explore Cape Town’s East city after hours for an evening of art, culture and great food.  Art galleries and stores stay open until until 9pm. One of the places you really shouldn’t miss is ANOUK Furniture and Decor situated below the Perspectives building in Roeland Street. ANOUK offers an eclectic mix of affordable furniture and décor – old and new – catering for those in need of both basic and indulgent pieces. I was in there yesterday and there are some really beautiful pieces of antique furniture available selling at really good prices. Not only do they make a bit of a fuss for Third Thursdays by having various designers showcasing their products in the shop, but they have wine…and fun…and from this Third Thursdays onwards they will also be stocking our decorative placemats. I have attached a copy of the map for this Third Thursdays 22 May. ANOUK is no 12.

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And while I’m going on about our lovely decorative placemats, this week’s YOU magazine is also giving them some love in their “We Love” feature as part of their Lifestyle section.

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Now available at LoveLeeHome (Australia)…

I am delighted to introduce to you a brand new stockist called LoveLeeHome in Australia. It is a lifestyle and accessories online shop based in Australia. They have a gorgeous array of products across lots of different categories, and all from different parts of the world. They have Handmade by Me stock over there, so if you live in Oz, this is probably the quickest way to get your hands on my products.

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Here is what the owner Cara Lee, who is originally from South Africa, has to say about her new venture…

“Developed on a shoe-string and a prayer, LoveLeeHome is my dream, a long time in the making, brought to life. I’ve always had a strong idea of what I wanted the end product to be, and getting there has been no small feat, but such an exciting adventure too. When you’re pouring every spare moment you have working on a project, but it doesn’t feel like work, that’s when you’re doing something you love.

 Having relocated to Australia from my native South Africa, I was inspired by the thought of new beginnings and adventures, which coupled with my love and passion for all things home, sparked an idea which ultimately blossomed into LoveLeeHome. I wanted to create an online platform offering a curated collection of products for the home and the designer woman that weren’t widely available in Australia, so I set about finding suppliers and products that would meet that brief. Essentially, if I loved it and would want it in my home AND if it was something a little different, a little unique and perhaps even quirky, then it was a must! Having worked in the South African home décor / textile industry prior to moving to Australia, I knew that there was a wealth of amazingly talented designers in South Africa who are manufacturing products of a world class standard, so I figured what better way to start than with the products I already knew and loved. The idea continued to evolve culminating in a handful of talented designers from South Africa and the rest of the world on board. Many months and endless hours later here we are, ready to showcase to the rest of the world just what Love Lee Home has to offer.”

And here are some of the cool things available at LoveLeeHome ( other than Handmade By Me obvs ; ) )

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I seriously want one of those spacesuit duvet covers above…how cool???

And here are some of the ways you can follow LoveLeeHome:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loveleehome.com.au
Twitter: https://twitter.com/@LoveLeeHome
Instagram: http://instagram.com/loveleehomeonline
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/loveleehome/

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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Now available from…Green Elephant Collective

The full range of Handmade By Me products is now available from Green Elephant Collective. As you all know all Handmade By Me fabrics are printed onto 100% natural fibre textiles using eco-friendly dyes so we qualify to be a part of something really good which aims to really try and push the boundaries of design, while keeping in mind our current fragile climate.

Green Elephant Collective was founded by Ute Faurein, the self-proclaimed ninja, in 2011 as an online resource and shopping platform for South African made green designs and lifestyle products. We do not stock organic food or eco-friendly cleaning product stuff. Only cool green designed lifestyle products, created locally. That is it.

Green Elephant Collective’s core mission is to promote positive actions through selling great green design lifestyle goods. Just because a product is termed green and perhaps made from recycled materials it does not need to have the aesthetic aspect overlooked. That is why our focus is on quality and uniqueness of the goods we stock.”

And that they do! Even I was most surprisingly impressed with the wide variety of gorgeous items to buy! From fashion to homewares and everything inbetween it is definitely worth having a look. And there’s the added pleasure of feeling just a little less guilty if you occasionally indulge those retail therapy urges!

Its YOU again…

I am super delighted my Striking Strelitzias tea towel has been featured in the latest edition of YOU magazine! Apparently yellows are “wise and imaginative”….what do you think?

And here are a few closeups of my Striking Strelitzias tea towel…available to buy directly from me here through Etsy and Hello Pretty

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