And we’re off…

As most of you know, I got married last year, and instead of spending all our money on our wedding, we decided to spend some of it on travelling the world. And so we decided to keep our wedding smaller and our honeymoon bigger. And now finally the time has arrived, shortly after a year after our wedding, for us to go on holiday. I can’t even tell you what a wonderful feeling it is, 5 whole weeks of holiday ahead…New York, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. I am planning on sharing some photos of our trip along the way here, so if you want updates (or to live vicariously through me) you can subscribe to our blog here and/or follow us on instagram, facebook and twitter.

We will still be processing orders and making lots of pretty things while we are away, but please just bare in mind that we may take a little longer than usual to get back to you, and all custom orders or queries will have to wait until we return. For those who are looking to buy, you can still order through our online shop, or have a look through our list of lovely stockists.

We will be back in the beginning of May and I am delighted to let you know that pretty much soon after, we will be teaming up with our favourite friend Windowsill again to bring you lots of beautiful textile and plant related goodies at Kamers which is on this year at the City Hall from 7-10 May.

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SAM is also having their annual summer sale for the whole month of April. We have put some our products on sale along with a fantastic bunch of other designers – we are just so sad to miss out on all those bargains!

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I am going to leave you here with some fantastic media love that we have been so very fortunate to have had over the last month.

Firstly, our Geometric Green Cushion Cover was featured in Good Housekeeping‘s trend section. These gorgeous sorbet colours just make me want to eat lots of ice-cream, don’t you?

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Our Birdy Num Num Cushion Cover was featured alongside some pretty vintage floral inspired products in Essentials magazine.

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And a selection of our super cool new phone covers were featured in Drum magazine’s Better Life section.

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And by the time we get back, I am delighted to let you know that these guys will be on the shelf and available from our online shop and various other stockists : ) Thanks so everyone who helped us decide which patterns to go with on facebook. We love all your input!

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See you back here very soon with some photos of all the awesome and amazing places we’re hoping to find along the way! Its all too exciting!!

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We are so proud to have our Pretty Proteas placemats featured in Glamour‘s Shop ZA section this past month! And no better time to remind you all to consider shopping local this Christmas : )

Order now from the Handmade By Me online shop to have your lovely locally made items delivered straight to your door…or have a look at our various stockists to see where you can find lots of lovely local gifts this festive season.

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Remember we are offering you all R100 off all scarf/sarongs for the month of December only! This is only available through the Handmade By Me online shop and SAM (South African Market) as part of their Birthday month!

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And to avoid any awkward late gift arrivals, or just to make sure you get all your goodies in time for Christmas, please take note of our Christmas order deadlines for the Handmade By Me online shop.

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A little something special for you this Christmas…

With Christmas right round the corner, everything is a little crazy this time of the year, so… we have decided to give in to our end of year craziness and offer you all a little something special to say thanks for supporting us this year! We are going to be offering you R100 off all of our scarves/sarongs throughout the month of December. That means our scarf/sarongs have been reduced from R540 to R440 each! With savings like that, why not add in a few extra items, skip those post office blues, and have your order couriered to you overnight! (Just so you know the post office is actually back in action, the strike is officially finally over as of today…although delays are still expected.)

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This special will only be available online in December through the Handmade By Me online shop, BUT because our lovely stockist SAM (South African Market) is having their first birthday this month we are going to join forces and offer you the same special there too! And to kick that all off, SAM are having a Birthday party next week for First Thursdays Cape Town, and you are all invited. There will be chocolate and there will be bubbles…and there will be 10% off a fantastic selection of perfect-for-Christmas gifts! You do not want to miss out on this one, hope to see you there!

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The scarf/sarong discount will be only while stocks last, but also available on any scarf/sarong orders placed in December so best you get your Handmade By Me shop on immediately… from December 1st : )

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WIN with Visi and check out our new catalogue …

So with the arrival of our new range (and after weeks of editing photograph after photograph) we have a new catalogue of products to show the world. We are still adding to the collection of products as we go along (as you do small business style) but we wanted to show you the collection so far and see what you think!

But before you do, we have a big fat giant announcement: Handmade By Me and Visi magazine are having the biggest and best giveaway EVER!! One lucky reader can win an orange geometric lampshade and cushion cover from the exciting new range, worth R1 180. All you have to do is go to this post on their website and answer one seriously easy question!! And these two beauties will both be yours : )

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And then back to our pretty new catalogue…here you go…have a look and let us know what you think and which is your favourite new design!

You can download a copy of our 2014/2015 catalogue below, and for wholesale prices and retail opportunities please email me directly.

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We are also still stocking all your favourite designs as well. But we will sadly have to say good bye to a few, which you can still get your hands on quick before they sell out at the Handmade By Me online clearance sale, and/or from SAM.

Have a lovely weekend!

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We’re having a SALE…

In order to make some space for our new range, we have decided to have a sale of some of our items which we are planning to discontinue, or keep on but as made to order in future (aprons). And we may have been slightly lightheaded when we priced our sale items, but seeing as we never go on sale, here is your one-time opportunity to take advantage of some Handmade By Me goodies for super discounted prices, and get your hands on some great gifts for future birthdays and other surprises : )

The sale is available at the Handmade By Me online shop and also at SAM (South African Market) where you are welcome to pop in and have a look. We have some great products on offer including some super cute napkins and tea towels.

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Shop the online sale here.

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Its all happening this (First) Thursday…

So first of all our new range is FINALLY up and available to buy from the Handmade By Me online shop as well as our shop on Etsy : ) We are still in the process of shooting the entire range so we will be adding new products all the time as we go along, but being who we are and what we do, you can pretty much order any product in any design. So if you don’t see what you are looking for give us a shout and we’ll make it happen! We have also already had a few orders for our Design Your Own Cushion Cover, and I must say it is just so exciting to see what creative and meaningful ideas people have come up with. Click on the link below to find out more.

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The new range is going to be stocked at SAM (South African Market) from tomorrow onwards so if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, please pop in and have a look. And in order to make some space for our new range, we are going to be joining the rest of the designers and putting some of our older items on SALE from tomorrow evening onwards. There will be food and there will be wine so come say hi and grab a bargain.

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Then just down the road on Long Street there is a new Pop-Up Space launch! This Pop-Up Space is one of the World Design Capital 2014 projects and from what I hear there are a whole lot of different things going on there, from food to products, and it will all be on show tomorrow night. We are supplying them with a few products so we will certainly be popping in to see what all the fuss is about! For more information check out their events page on facebook.

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And last but certainly not least, we thought we would share this lovely feature on our reusable decorative placemats in the latest issue of one of our favourite interior mags, Condé Nast House & Garden.

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Introducing our new range…

Thanks so much to everyone who came to see the launch of our new range. We really had such a fantastic evening and couldn’t have done it without you!! For those who missed it, here are some pics of our beautiful little spot in the Department of Design, as well as a little powerpoint presentation below that will run you through all our new designs and products, including our exciting new easy-to-use Design Your Own Cushion Cover tool : )

Anyone who wants a look at our new products, pop into SAM (South African Market) on Bree St this First Thursday, there may even be a little giveaway, who knows ; )), so we do hope to see you there!

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Here’s what we had to say on the night…

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We are busy editing the photos of our new products which we will be sure to show you real soon! In the meantime, please email us if there are any images you would like to feature and we will see what we can do to help speed things along. If anyone is interested in purchasing any items please email us with any orders, or if you are a stockist, please email us for a wholesale price list. The Handmade By Me online shop will be updated as soon as our photos are ready : )

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First Thursdays and the Ideas-Idees Trunk Show

Wow again its been quite a week here at Handmade By Me and as much as I wish I could just tell you all the exciting news at once, I am just going to have to calm down and let you know as and when I can. In the meantime here are a few exciting things taking place over the next week…

So first up is First Thursdays this evening! The ever beautiful Chandler House has been undergoing a little move around and will be debuting their new exhibition space – The Voorkamer.

“In Traditional Cape homes, the Voorkamer was a space used to show off the good pieces of an family’s collection and where one would entertain Priests, Government Officials and In-Laws. Our Voorkamer will similarly showcase beautiful and unusual objects that can be enjoyed and added to one’s own collection.”

Their first exhibition in the Voorkamer will be a Collection of Alphabets by the 20th Century British Typographer David Kindersley. I, for one, have a serious crush on type and fonts, and all things related, so I definitley won’t be missing out on this!

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The lovely SAM will also be open tonight and they will be featuring some fresh new designer products. I have had a sneek peak at some of the new items to arrive in store lately and they are definitley worth a visit!

And then next weekend it’s the Ideas-Idees Trunk Show at Simondium outside Stellenbosch. The idea behind this is to feature all designers and makers of things that the magazine has featured in the past, so it is really going to be quite a collection. Great news for everyone is that the market is indoors, so no matter what the weather, it’s set to be a beautiful weekend. I am also going to have some Handmade By Me products on special so it really will be well worth the visit…even if you just come and visit me : )

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Here are some pics from last year’s event. How beautiful are these spaces? I better start working on mine, I had no idea that this is what is to be expected…(gulp).

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I am delighted to let you all know that our Cape Town and Elephants designs are now available as tote bags? Totes amaze? We know….and just cannot stop using that expression!! Our not-so-heartfelt apologies!! : ) We launched them at Kamers at the Castle this last weekend and they flew off the shelves.

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They are R320 each and are available from the Handmade By Me online shop, Hello Pretty, Chandler House, and more stockists coming soon.

Speaking of Kamers, thanks so much to everyone who popped in to the absolutely gorgeous Chandler House space to say hi and support us. We had the best time and still cannot get over how absolutely beautiful the Castle was as the venue to host this. What an honour to be a part of something so unique! Some of you may have seen these already but here are a few (slighty blurry) sneak peeks of our products at work. (I only wish I had taken more!)

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For some more beautiful pics from the weekend check out Your Little Blog’s post…see if you can spot our lovely Delft placemats : )

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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