some pretty (useful) placemats…

I am so very excited to finally introduce to you the latest addition to the Handmade By Me decor family…a set of 4 reusable placemats. Available in 4 different designs. R220 for a set of 4.

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The idea started when I wanted to have delft plates for the dinner at my wedding (I am obsessed!!). But I couldn’t afford to go out and just buy a whole bunch of plates, so I came up with the idea of printing the image of the plate onto paper, and then using that as a placemat so that the image would frame the plate and you would still get the effect. It certainly wasn’t as easy as it seemed…

Now my wedding budget couldn’t afford a full colour print, the size of the image was problematic etc etc blah blah….so I sadly had to go the one colour route. But atleast I got to have my delft dream, and well nobody probably even noticed. The real problem was that the placemats from my wedding were printed onto a very thin paper to cut costs (and we had to cut them out each manually) so unfortunately not many of them survived the party.

I then decided to turn my wedding idea into a better looking proper longer lasting actual product, that others could also use. And in full colour too…finally… I could print as many tones and hues of that beautiful indigo blue as I wanted, and then I decided to laminate them as well to make them stronger and more durable so they could be reused.

I asked my friend and (my wedding) photographer extroadinaire Stephanie Veldman (go check her work out immediately) if she wouldn’t mind sending me a few pics to show you how they looked on my wedding day. You see I am still waiting to see my wedding pics so it was as much for you as it was for me : ) but I just love the way they have turned out… and now I am just too damn excited about seeing the rest of them!!! Thanks for these Steph!

Just remember these placemats in the photos are not at all the same colour or quality as the ones for sale. But they certainly give you an idea of how pretty they can look!

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Photos by Stephanie Veldman, and a big shout out to my super talented friend who did all the plants and flowers, Alex from Windowsill (she is amazing!!).

** big happy sigh **

Handmade By Me’s new placemats are now available to buy online from the Handmade By Me online shop, Etsy, Hello Pretty, and various other stockists including SAM (South African Market).

Here they are up close…

Delft Plate Placemat

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China Plate Placemat

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Pretty Proteas Placemat

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Fly Away Birds Placemat

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beep beep bespoke design…

My friend Sabrina asked me to design her a cushion for her newborn nephew Charlie’s new room. We toyed with the one idea of featuring cars and trucks, and the other of baby animals. Toys and trucks won instantly, and so i got to work on a design. Sabs sent me a picture of the curtains that were going into Charlie’s room (see below), the walls were going to be painted a light blue with clouds like the sky (so super cute), and the cushion was to go on a bright red chair. I used the same colours as the curtains for my design, and because the chair was red, I thought that green would look the most striking against it.

Here is the design I came up with…

And here is what the cushion would have looked like…

And here are the super cute curtains that the cushion was to match…

Welcome to the world little Charlie! Hope you like your new cushion : )

Handmade by me.

pushin’ cushions…

Just putting together some new cushion covers…thought i might share…

…all ready to go from my Etsy store

Nicky’s Vintage Bikes

Fly Away Birds

Pink vintage squares

handmade by me.

fly away birds….

Don’t you sometimes wish you could be a bird, fly away and see the world whenever you want?

Introducing my latest design called fly away birds…

Now available in cushion covers, napkins, and tea towels at my Etsy store.

handmade by me.