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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WIN a set of placemats for Mother’s Day with SA Decor & Design…

Yay it’s Mother’s Day around the corner, and thanks to SA Decor & Design, we’re having a giveaway over here! Win a set of 4 placemats in the design of your choice for your mum or even just for yourself. All you have to do is GO to the original post here and SHARE it, LIKE the Handmade By Me Facebook page here, and POST this comment on our WALL: “I want to win reusable decorative placemats from Handmadebyme.”

Competition ends 12 May. Winner announced on 13 May.

Easy peasy! Good luck… 

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You can now follow us on twitter @handmadebymeSA

Now available from…Petrichor Studio

So I just quickly want to thank everyone who popped in to SAM (South African Market) for the launch of our 1 week only Apron Sale : ) We had such a great night and so far the sale is still going pretty well! Don’t worry if you think you have missed out, there are still 3 more days left if you want to get in on this action! For those who might have missed it earlier, we are taking 10% off all Handmade by me chef and vintage aprons until this Thursday 10th April. Pop into SAM, or go online and take advantage of the sale at the Handmade By Me online shop, Hello Pretty and/or Etsy.

Need I remind you that it is Mother’s Day next month….ahem ; )

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And then I would like to introduce to you, Handmade by me’s latest online stockist, Petrichor Studio. Situated in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Petrichor Studio is all about creating sustainable spaces for clients – in the home, the office and the garden. They offer a complete consultation and design service for interiors and gardens, and they have a lovely little online shop that compliments that all nicely.

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“Michelle Hatherly has many years of garden design experience primarily using indigenous plants, as well as several years practice as an interior designer. She is passionate about sustainable and eco-friendly design and employs the “reduce, re-use, recycle” principles in her inspiring design of spaces.

Petrichor Studio has also evolved with the collaboration of Michelle and her photographer/designer daughter, Sasha Hatherly. They have considered creating an online store for some years, which would showcase the talents of local South African designers and artists.

Now a reality, the Store will ultimately ‘stock’ a range of handmade furniture, lighting, cushion covers and other accessories which are useful, durable, but which will also beautifully decorate home, office and garden, and create sustainable spaces to live and work in. Many will be cleverly re-purposed items, as well as those produced from recycled materials. A select range of indigenous bulbs and seeds grown by Petrichor Studio, will also be available to purchase in the Store.”

Go on, check out their full website here www.petrichorstudio.com.

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Handmade by Me, Decorex and the CCDI…

As most of you know handmade by me made it to the Cape Town Decorex this year as a part of the CCDI Collective Store. The expo ended yesterday and I was lucky enough to go and have a mooch around last Thursday. Here are some photos of (mostly handmade by me goodies) on display alongside the 40 something designers that were all chosen to be featured. Please excuse the shoddy iphone picture quality!!

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While I’m at it, I would really like to introduce you to the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) and tell you a little more about what they do. And if you are a crafter, or a designer who makes products and lives in the western cape, this is for you!

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The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) was set up in 2001 to promote and grow craft as an economic sector in the Western Cape province of South Africa. A not-for-profit company, the CCDI is a joint initiative of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The CCDI has also been adopted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) as a model craft hub, to serve as a template for the establishment of similar craft institutes in other provinces of South Africa.

The CCDI supports craft producers and helps to network all players in the product-to-market chain. This includes craft producers and designer-makers, retailers, marketing agents, exporters and service providers such as designers, product developers, skills trainers, business development practitioners and mentors. Government and other funders form a vital part of this collaboration, to build relationships across sectors.

For more details check out their website www.ccdi.org.za

And lastly….don’t forget its the lovely Woodlands Market on tonight from 6pm!! I have lots of lovely aprons and tea towels if you’re looking for any last-minute mother’s day gifts! Its a perfect day for it, I hope to see some of you there : )

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all aboard the week ahead…

And speaking of going to market, we have a great line-up of events happening over the next week! Magpie Motel‘s Durban pop up shop, Cape Town’s Decorex 2014, The Doilie Market in Durbanville, and our favourite, The Woodlands Market in Vredehoek! And what with Mother’s Day round the corner, there is no better time than now to do some last minute gift purchasing!

Kicking it all off from Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th, is the first Magpie Motel pop up shop held in Durban. Most of you may remember the awesome goodies on sale at their hilton venue, well now you can get all that and more, and a little closer to home…well for all the Durban folks anyways!

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Then very importantly we have Cape Town’s Decorex 2014, South Africa’s finest décor, design and lifestyle expo! It’s on at the CTICC and starts on Thursday 25th and runs until Sunday the 28th. I won’t be there personally but you can find a wide variety of handmade by me goodies on display at the CCDI collective stand. I am very much looking forward to being on the other side of the “table” for a change…

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Then Saturday we are going to be doing our first Doilie Market at Poplars, D’Aria Winery in Durbanville. They seem to have got it right with cover in case it rains, heaters in case its cold and a huge play area to keep your kids entertained! And of course lots and lots of awesome things to buy! Its meant to be a beautiful day so we’re really looking forward to giving this a go…we hope you will pop in and say hi if you’re in the area: )

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And finally on Monday 29th we will be back at our favourite Woodlands Market. I love this market, and its not because of the pizzas or the wine, but because you’re guaranteed to have a good time…and possibly indulge in a little retail therapy while you’re at it : )

Woodlands Blank dateAnd if you can’t make any of these, then you can always find something for Mother’s Day at the handmade by me online shop! I highly recommend the cup o tea chef apron which is guaranteed to brighten any tea lovers day : )