Late-night shopping with Handmade By Me

We are VERY excited to invite you to our very own late night shopping evening at the Handmade By me + Windowsill studio/showroom/shop next week Thursday 8 December.

There will be gin, there will be gift wrapping, and there will be 20% off everything in store so don’t miss out on this exciting one-off event!

This event is open to the public so please feel free to share it with your family and friends.

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We are also offering free gift wrapping on any orders from our online shop. Feel free to browse our product range from the comfort of your own home, order and pay online, email me what you would like to have gift wrapped, and then collect your order from our retail store (we have parking) at your convenience.

 

We have been so fortunate to have had such wonderful media love this November that we have decided to turn it into a kind of gift guide of sorts. See what some of SA’s finest media thinks of some of our products.

Food & Home magazine chose our online shop as the Editor’s Pick in their round up of favourite online shops.

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Fair Lady magazine looked to nature this month with some lovely gift ideas inspired by floral and foliage. So happy to see our Prickly Pears tea towel made the cut.

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Plascon Spaces magazine used our Geometric Navy and our Prickly Pears cushions in their latest Spring issue. See if you can spot our Geo Navy cushion on the cover : )

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We also discovered our Delft Plate Placemats featured in this beautiful table setting in Plascon’s Colour Forecast for 2017.

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And the lovely Lanalou Style blog picked our Delft and Imari placemats to help you “get the look” using Plascon’s Terrain inspired colour palette which is also featured in their Colour Forecast for 2017. You can read the full article here.

Livingspace magazine was inspired by the bright colours of summer, and featured our Yellow Squares and Pink Flamingo fabric as part of their Summer Lovin’ series. Incidentally, you can now buy Livingspace magazine from @home stores nationwide.

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It appears that flamingoes never seem to go out of fashion, specially this time of the year when Summer is on the way. Woman & Home magazine thought our Pink Flamingo phone cover available from Hello Pretty was spot on fashionwise this season.

We are also delighted to let you all know that our phone covers are now available to order for Samsung Galaxy S7, as well as the iPhone SE and the new iPhone 7.

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HAPPY SHOPPING!

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all shiny and new…

I must say it feels a lot like Christmas at Handmade By me at the moment with all the new exciting products and samples that we have been trialling and testing of late. Now that we have our own retail space, we get to explore all sorts of different products which we can stock and display at the same time. We also love to make sure that we have lots of lovely new things in our shop to keep our loyal customers coming back for more.

One of the most exciting things we have started making (maybe it’s just the cute baby photos) are our muslin baby blankets. Made with a beautiful soft 100% cotton muslin, these blankets are 1m x 1m in size, and are available in 3 designs – Prickly Pears, Pretty Proteas and Pink Flamingo. Whether you use it as a swaddle, sunshade, nursing cover, play mat, or burp cloth, these blankets, quite literally, have you covered. You can order directly from the Handmade By Me online shop or pop into our store on De Lorentz St in Tamboerskloof.

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We are also busy making some small muslin bags and squares that can be used for cooking. Muslin is a handy piece of material to have in the kitchen, especially as it can be washed, dried and continually reused. The cook’s muslin is a natural, finely-woven fabric often used when filtering or straining.

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Thanks to The Essential Ingredient, here are some of the many ways muslin can be used in the kitchen:

  • Straining liquids to filter out any impurities (such as stocks or consommé)
  • Hanging cooked fruit to separate out liquid, essential for creating quince or apple jellies or marmalades
  • Making cheese; squeezing liquid whey from the cheese curd
  • Filtering aged wines or port for decanting, removing any sediment
  • Soak muslin in butter and cover turkey or chicken breasts while roasting to keep them moist
  • Strain yoghurt for a few hours to thicken it into labna (eaten in Lebanese homes for every breakfast)
  • Wrap grated zucchini, potato, beetroot or carrot in muslin to easily squeeze out all excess moisture
  • Straining peppercorns, herbs and shallots from vinegar in a classic béarnaise sauce
  • Muslin cloth is essential when creating your own tofu from soy beans
  • Combine cream cheese and ricotta and strain into a classic Coeur à la crème
  • Wrap lemon or lime halves in muslin and place in the centre of the table for easy squeezing without pips or pulp
  • Make your own tea bags for an interesting morning tea spread
  • Line your bowl with muslin when proving bread dough to eliminate the need for excess flour or oil
  • Create a muslin bag filled with herbs and aromatics, for easy retrieval after making stock, soup or a classic sauce

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We have also introduced a new product to our range – greeting cards. We chose 10 of our favourite designs, printed them onto A6 card, and then packaged them into individual sets together with a plain white envelope. Have a look at the full range here.

We also found out recently that our phone covers are now available in a clear plastic option which takes any white or light colour used in the design and prints it clear. Here, you can see below, we tested out our Geometric Monochrome design for the iPhone 6. What do you think?

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This week we tested our first samples of melamine trays and pot stands in our designs, and we are SO impressed with how well they turned out! Not only are they so pretty and useful, they are also practical, and can handle up to 120C (248 F), are dishwasher-safe and scratch and stain resistant! These will be available to order very soon.

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We finally managed to shoot our Prickly Pears and African Aloes tote bags and purses and upload them to our online shop.

And while we are talking about all things new, our first Handmade By Me + Windowsill collaboration products, in conjunction with the talented Alexis Snell, are ready and available to buy exclusively from our shop in Cape Town. These beautiful limited edition linocut prints come all the way from the UK and we are selling them framed (in soldered glass) or unframed. We just LOVE them.

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And speaking of our shop, for this week only we have a new special on offer:  the perfect gift – an aloe potted in to graphite glazed terracotta and an orange squares tea towel for only R350. Only while stocks last! For more special offers, sales and events, follow us on facebook.

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Christmas gift guides and shipping dates

If any of you are like me, and always end up leaving your Christmas shopping to the last minute, and you hate going to the shops this time of year, we have some lovely gift guides to share with you where you can order online and have your gifts delivered straight to your door. We are truly delighted to have had some of our favourite products featured in these guides, we hope they bring you that Christmas gift inspiration you may be looking for.

We are also delighted to let you know that our new pillowcases have arrived just in time for Christmas. In the photo below we mixed our Prickly Pears pillowcases with our Green Sprigs cushion, don’t they look so lush together?

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The new pillowcase designs are Prickly Pears, African Aloes, Striking Strelitzias and Pink Flamingo – all available to order via email until they are available online.

Even though there are less than 3 weeks to go until Christmas, there is still plenty of time left to order your gifts online. For any orders from the Handmade By Me online shop, we recommend you order no later then the below dates to avoid chaos and/or disappointment.

International: Sunday 13 December
SA via Post: Tuesday 15 December
SA via courier: Tuesday 22 December

Click on the links below for more details on the products featured in the gift guides.

Visi magazine put together a great gift guide for her and included our Prickly Pears phone cover

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Vamp have done a series of daily gift guides. We’re so happy to have our Imari and Delft placemats included. Vamp also has a fantastic selection of our Christmas Jumper Christmas stockings, tea towels and table runners in stock if you’re looking for some Scandi-inspired Christmas decor for your home.

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Livingspace magazine put together a decor inspiration list which turned into a gift guide for the homemaker in their December issue. They chose to feature our Christmas Jumper Christmas Stocking in red.

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9 lives blog put together this fantastic selection of gifts for that foodie friend of yours and included our Imari placemats.

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For Christmas, every Wednesday, Vicki Sleet from I Want That chooses her favourite finds on Hello Pretty. She thought our Christmas Jumper Christmas tea towel in minty green would make “such a lovely gift for a keen cook, someone who loves their home and well, someone with a taste for Scandi-influenced design” and our Christmas Jumper Christmas Tea Towel in redis sure to make you feel jolly and is Bridget Jones / Mark Darcy approved“. We love that – Thanks Vicki!

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Kim Gray thinks our phone covers make great gifts and we think she knows what she is talking about : ) Also available to order through TAKEALOT if you are looking for ways to use up those eBucks and/or earn Discovery miles.

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Kimmy and Bear featured our new Pink Flamingo nappy cover in her list of gifts for baby girls who’s giggle is music to your ears and who’s hand dimples melt your heart. Ah isn’t that sweet!

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And last but not least, our Prickly Pears tea towel made it onto Cactus Love‘s list of 35 gift ideas for your cactus lover…for those with Prickly Pear cactus love that is…

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Happy Christmas Shopping!

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may media love

We have had some really great media love for the month of May and we wanted to share it all with you here. First up is this really great shoot and feature in Sarie magazine. I love what they did with my products for the shoot below, and am so very flattered to have been given a full page feature, and to be featured alongside some really talented designers.

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Then Ideas magazine did a shoot using bits and pieces of fabric from local designers. See if you can spot our indigo Blue fabric featured here below.

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And then one of our friends discovered one of our phone covers in the Mango Airline inflight magazine, Juice, and sent us these pics. Our lovely Midnight Blue Mosaic phone cover made it onto the Ed’s Choice : )

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Don’t forget about the feature in this month’s Elle Decoration magazine that we showed you last week, where you still have a chance to win one of our Pretty Protea Chef Aprons. In case you missed it you can check it out here.

Then great news for all you Joburg peeps, we are going to be exhibiting some of our new products along with the CCDI (Cape Craft and Design Institute) at Inspire Trade Expo in Johannesburg from 10-12 June. For more info about the event, check out their website www.inspiretradeexpo.co.za

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Introducing our new Feisty Floral Watercolour range…

If you follow us on facebooktwitter and/or instagram, you may have noticed a few photos of a new design popping up lately. I am VERY excited about the launch of our new Feisty Floral Watercolour design, available in two different colourways and in a whole array of different products. And at the same time, we are also introducing new cushion sizes and shapes in this design, as well as across all our other new range designs. We can now offer you cushion covers to fit a 40cm x 40cm, 50cm x 50cm, 60cm x 60cm and a rectangular shaped 40cm x 60cm cushion inner.

The Feisty Floral Watercolour design is particularly special to me as I had originally hand painted it and then printed it onto fabric using a silk textile screen a few years ago. I had actually hand painted and printed several versions of it onto various bits of fabric, which I was always going to one day make into pillow cases, tea towels and possibly napkins for myself. I had actually forgotten about the fabric sitting in one of my storage boxes from my Dublin days, and when I did a little clear out and found it, I decided I HAD to add it to my collection. I wanted to keep the hand-painted effect, but without actually having to hand paint it onto many many metres of fabric myself, so I decided to scan in the printed fabric at a very high resolution and then print it digitally back onto a base fabric. As you can see it has kept the grainy watercoloury texture beautifully, and with the help of photoshop I was able to create and offer an alternative colourway.

The beautiful thing about his fabric is that each item is cut from the fabric as we need, so every product will have a unique crop of the design on it, and no two pieces will be alike.

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The funny thing is that when I showed the prints to my friend Alex from Windowsill, she immediately referenced the Bromeliad – a beautiful flower, which weirdly enough is the same species as the pineapple, and which I had no idea came in so many colour variations. So I looked them up and have a look at these…

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It’s like I referenced them without even knowing they existed!! I am definitely going to have to get me some of these for my home now!

All the above products have been printed and handmade locally here in South Africa. For more information on each of the products you can visit the Handmade By Me online shop. And for a sneak preview of the products themselves head over to SAM (South African Market) where we have our first batch on display.

If you are a shop or stockist, we have a new catalogue out for 2015, please get in touch if you would like us to send you a copy.

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