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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And its off to market we go…

Its going to be a very busy weekend for handmade by me. We are going to be participating in 3 different markets over the weekend. Firstly we will be taking part in our usual Bay Harbour Market all weekend long. And for the first time we will be joining the Lock Stock Market which is in conjunction with Die Plattelande food market at the Palms Lifestyle and Decor Centre on Saturday . And then on Sunday we will be joining the Blue Bird Garage Food and Goods Market in Muizenburg. There’s live music there and lots of wonderful things to buy and to eat, so come on by for some lunch. If the weather is great, all the markets will be worth a looksee as there is plenty of outdoor area to sun yourself and have an ice cold beer. If the weather is bad, everything is covered and you can come and escape the wind or the rain, or just to have a good time. I’ve heard really good things about these two new markets and am very excited to see what they are like to sell at. Here’s hoping we have a really successful weekend ahead! Don’t forget to come and say hi : )

And to get you ready for what you might find at the market, here are a few new available products to purchase…

Of course you can always get ahead of the crowds and shop online here.

More vintage aprons…in new designs…
MINI Blue Origami Birds, Birdy Num Num & MINI Black Origami Birds

my brand new Cup O Tea napkins

Birdy Num Num napkins

MINI Origami Birds napkins in black

handmade by me.

Cats and dogs go home…

Remember the bespoke design “cats and dogs” I created for my friend’s serah and paul? Well they sent me some pictures of their lovely cushions and napkins in their apartment and I would love to share them with you!

If you want to see the original post I did….including the super cute photos of their cat Greebie and their dog Bluff…and for more information about my design…click here.

And so….here’s how things turned out!



Handmade by me.

NEW: tea towels, greeting cards and gift wrap!!!

Tea towels and greeting cards in all my designs are now ready to purchase online at my Etsy store. Feel free to have a look and see if there’s anything you fancy.  All tea towels are printed onto a cotton linen canvas which is the best of both worlds really, linen for quality and cotton for softness, and they will last. Don’t forget about my Save the Rhinos tea towels, I’ll be donating 10% of any purchases to www.stoprhinopoaching.com

And after my valentine card became so popular I decided to make some others using my designs. These are printed onto a silk card and folded into A6 size, and are available in mixed sets of 5 different patterns, with plain white envelopes included. There are 2 different sets to choose from. See below.

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I am also starting a gift wrap service where I will wrap your purchase nicely and include a message from you in a card with the same pattern. ie if you choose to buy a vintage floral cushion cover for a friend’s birthday, I’ll wrap it up, write your personalised message into a card with the vintage floral pattern on it, and send it to the address you choose when purchasing. Please ask if you want to know more about this.
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The card sets…

handmade by me.

Merchant & Mills Sewing Notions Set – Kaufmann Mercantile Store

I don’t often blog about things that I didn’t make….but I absolutely couldn’t resist! Besides this is a pretty good exception considering this blog is all about sewing and making things. Oh how I dream of owning this sewing kit. It would also really go so well with my gorgeous 1960s wooden sewing box my lovely fiance gave me for christmas. (SIGH).

Don’t you agree….?

You can buy it from the link below for my birthday in April (hint hint barry : ))

Merchant & Mills Sewing Notions Set – Kaufmann Mercantile Store.