Countdown to Christmas…

How is it that Christmas is almost here already? How did it happen so fast? How did we not realise? Where has the year gone? WTF? We cannot believe that is is almost that time of the year already!

And because we know so many of you are still looking for those last-minute gifts, or that something special for that someone special, we have decided to see what we can to help you at the last-minute this festive season.

Order online, or pop into our store, and we will gift wrap those orders beautifully for you. Last date for orders in time for Christmas by post is Sunday 17th December, and last date for orders via courier is Wednesday 21 December. 

We are staying open (in store and online) right up until Saturday 24th December, and we have also decided to stay open this Friday 16th December for the Day of Reconciliation.

We are also offering you something a little different this Christmas where for any orders which include one of our Christmas stockings, we will cover the cost of your shipping. Just make sure your order contains at least 1 Prickly Pears Christmas Stocking and that you use the discount code “ChristmasStockingFreeShipping” when checking out, and consider your order gift-wrapped and delivered to your door. Feel free to order as much as you like, as long as your order includes at least 1 Christmas stocking.

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We are going to be taking a small break between Christmas and the 9th of January. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for all the support you have given us this year. It has been a crazy one and we couldn’t have done it without you. We would like to to wish you all a merry Christmas (if you celebrate), and happy holidays and season’s greetings to all : )

See you in 2017.

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Christmas is finally here…

Christmas is here and finally I am starting to see it everywhere now. In Ireland it has probably already been Christmassy for a month or two already. They even have a radio channel called Christmas FM which plays non-stop Christmas carols throughout November and December. Hilarious and annoying at the same time : ) As much as it gets icy cold over there I do miss it this time of the year as it really is so festive and fun. Its a little harder to get festive in the blaring South African heat but we certainly try!

First off with my Christmassy items this year is a wreath I made for Woman & Home magazine. I guess in hindsight I should have made something more sellable, but they asked me to do something different and exciting and so how could I say no! After making all those origami birds from The Shoestring Collective‘s window display, I decided to give paper, rather than fabric, another go! And voila here is my wreath. Its a little hard to tell from the pic, but I used pieces of shiny copper card, some printed designs of my own, and some images of covers of old Christmas stories and books to create the colourful and christmassy theme throughout the wreath. It really was quite simple to do, definitely something that would entertain all those festive crafters out there!

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And while I’m in the Christmas spirit please join us for our 10 day Christmas Pop-Up at The Shoestring Collective. Gardens Centre have found a new tenant for our space, so until we find a new home we will be closed from the 1st December. But who loves Christmas shopping in December anyways? Its a nightmare! We will be offering you exclusive items that you can’t get anywhere else, there will be all things Christmassy like stockings, decorations and gift wrap, as well as awesome gift ideas for men, women and children, and the very best “merry Christmas to me” presents : )

With all that in mind, it’s a great idea to do your Christmas shopping early this year and support the best of local and handmade at The Shoestring Collective.

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Pretty Proteas in your Home…

It seems we are not the only ones who love presents around here!! Fair Lady magazine has featured the lovely Presents in the Post this month, and they’ve featured alongside it, one of Handmade by Me’s favourite bestsellers, a set of Pretty Proteas napkins.

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Pretty proteas napkins (available in a set of 2)….from the Presents in the Post online shop which includes free shipping : )

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Now available at…the Presents in the Post online shop

You might remember that I recently did a blogpost about a Handmade by Me and Presents in the Post surprise? We even ran a competition where one lucky lady won a surprise in the design of her choice. She was really delighted : ) and it all turned out to be a really great success…and now finally the surprise is revealed to all….

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Napkins! The perfect gift to start your own collection of Handmade by Me products. Own them all in your favourite design or mix ‘n match for the ultimate printastic dining extravaganza. These designs were chosen by the lovely Raj of Presents in the Post and so far everyone was delighted with their surprise! We even got these little appreciation instagrams from two of our lovely subscribers…awwwww4cd82acca5b911e2a1bd22000a9f1361_7 BINMPp6CEAAzN2K.jpg-large

And now you can get your hands on these designs anytime across a lovely selection of products straight from the Presents in the Post online shop. Shipping is free so get ordering : )

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presents in the post…

If you are thinking about signing up for a Presents In The Post surprise gift, you should do so right now. I can officially (and very secretly) say that handmade by me will be joining up with Presents In The Post in the upcoming few months. Now I can’t say when, and I can’t say what, but what I can say is that it will be gorgeous!!

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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Presents In The Post…go here right now! With their beautiful illustrations, great selection of past presents and lovely photographic inspirations its pretty hard to resist.

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Presents in the post is a Surprise Present service and an online Shop. If you sign up, Raj will send you things by local makers in the post. Makers of things to hang on the wall, Makers of things to wear on your feet, Makers of things to DIY, Makers of things to take on a trip, Makers of things to keep up your pants, Makers of things to give to a friend. As soon as all the presents have been delivered and unwrapped, the shop will be open for perusal. A chance to explore more things made by the monthly maker.”

How it works.

  • Sign up.
  • Pay R250 for one surprise present made by a local designer or artist.
  • Tell us if the present is for a boy or a girl.
  • Customise your present by clicking on your favorite picture.
  • Decide if the present is for you or a friend. If its for a friend, write them a letter.
  • Wait for your present in the post.
  • Once Raj has delivered all the presents, check out the shop for more designs by the monthly maker.

Awesome!

Neighbourgoods Christmas Night Market this friday!

For anyone who’s still wondering whether they’ll make the pre-christmas postal deadline, Handmade By Me is all stocked up and will be at the Neighbourgoodsmarket Christmas Night Market this Friday 14th of December. Any person will tell you, this is where the best selection of christmas goodies can be found. For any of you still wondering what to get who, pop in here, there’ll be something for everyone guaranteed.

Hope to see you there!

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Christmas presents all wrapped up and delivered to your door…

I am offering a one-stop shop for all your Christmas presents this year! Its as easy as pie and you get to avoid any last minute christmas nightmares! All you have to do is send me a list of the Handmade By Me items you would like to buy and I will do the rest. When your items are ready I will gift wrap them individually and deliver them to your door. If you live in Cape Town you are very welcome to come and collect directly from me. For everyone else I have extremely reasonable courier fees and they can get the goodies to you within a day or two. For overseas customers I will use the post office. If any South African customers want to post items overseas I can do this for you and save you the hassle of doing it yourself. Please bare in mind for any orders not in stock I will make to order and the fabric can take around 3-4 weeks to arrive so it is best that you get your orders in as soon as possible.

There are 4 ways to best view my selection of products, here on my blog, my Etsy store, Hello Pretty and handmade by me’s facebook page.

Please note that I can customise orders for you too. If you see something you want, but its not available in the design you like, chat to me I am happy to help!

HAPPY EARLY NO FUSS (HANDMADE BY ME) CHRISTMAS SHOPPING!