Now available from Orikami in New York…

I am so happy to let you all know about this gorgeous new origami inspired shop called Orikami, which was recently launched in New York! Not only does Orikami stock a selection of items from Handmade By Me (origami birds of course : ) ) but they have the most INCREDIBLE collection of all kinds of other beautiful origami inspired products from around the world. See for yourself, having a browse through this shop is in itself a treat!

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ORIKAMI is a specialty concept store inspired by the ideals of traditional Japanese origami. The brand’s name is rooted in Japanese language: “ori” meaning folding, and “kami” meaning paper.

We source unique, handcrafted products from both new and established designers around the world to bring you specially made items in one convenient location.

Orikami is the only store where you can shop for a variety of origami-inspired products, offering a judiciously selected mix of accessories, furniture, décor, gadgets, and nursery items.

The store’s signature is based upon the values of minimalism. We look to the clean, sharp lines of origami and aim to bring that same form of simplicity into our lives. Our Orikami picks bring art into your home or office space, while remaining to be one of the most unique pieces you will own.”

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How absolutely gorgeous are the DIY origami napkins? I wish I had thought of those!

And just a little reminder that we will be CLOSED for a little break from the 17th December to the 5th of JanuaryJanuary 16th which is this wednesday is the last day for any orders from the handmade By Me online shop for Christmas. Please note that at this stage, if you want your order to arrive in time for Christmas, be sure to select the courier option when checking out.

For all your holiday Handmade By Me needs, have a look at our list of stockists, you might be surprised where we pop up : )

Find out more:
website: www.handmadebyme.co.za
facebook: www.facebook.com/handmadebymeblog
twitter: @handmadebymeSA
shop: shop.handmadebyme.co.za

 

We’re having a 1 week only Apron Sale…starts tomorrow!!

Yay we’re having a 1 week only Apron Sale where you can get 10% off all Handmade By Me aprons, both vintage and chef styles (while stocks last of course). And its all kicking off at SAM‘s Sale of the Season tomorrow between 3pm and 9pm as part of First Thursdays Cape Town! Also as of tomorrow, the Handmade By Me online shop, Hello Pretty, and Etsy will all be hosting the Handmade By Me 1 week only Apron Sale online, but if you really want first dibs on something you have had your eye on for while, I would recommend popping into SAM tomorrow so you can get your hands on that discounted apron straight away, and save on postage : )

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Unfortunately the sale only applies to stock which I currently have, which means you need to email me sera@handmadebyme.co.za to check if I have what you want in stock before purchasing so that I can reserve it for you. Alternatively if you really really really want ; ), I can make to order for you at the sale price, but that can take up to 5 weeks. Don’t say I didn’t warn you : )

And if Aprons are not your thing (huh?) come have a beer or glass of wine, and peruse all the lovely things also on offer at the Sale of the Season at SAM tomorrow anyways. There are a whole lot of awesome local brands (see below)) also taking part in the sale so you’re pretty much guaranteed to walk away with something fabulous!

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Now available at…Wonen+

I am delighted to let you know about a fantastic new shop that has recently opened up in Pretoria. It is called Wonen+ and of course they stock lots of handmade by me products : ) amongst many other beautiful pieces for your home. It is the sister shop to Cinnamon Lifestyle, and as far as I can see it looks absolutely gorgeous!! Filled with all kinds of beautiful home decor and interior products, this is a shop that is not to be missed!

Here are some pics of what you can expect to drool over at Wonen+

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Check out their facebook page for more details…

Awesome Autumn Minestrone Soup in winter again : )

Some of you may remember this post (awesome autumn minestrone soup (even though it’s winter))…or possibly the fact that when I started my blog, to get more readers onto my site, I used to make soups, all kinds of soups, make them look pretty, shoot them, and then blog about them along with their recipes. I stopped doing this after while, mostly because Handmade by Me started taking off and I had way more exciting things to blog about, but also because I started getting sick of making and eating soups!

This soup below is one of my alltime favourites, and after going through a whole bunch of recipes to help me decide what to make for dinner tonight I remembered this little gem of a meal . I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, its so tasty and hearty and it needs absolutely nothing else with it! I am actually really looking forward to making it again. If you are into soups, I have loads of other delicious and super easy recipes posted in the earlier days of my blog. Here is the post I did over a year and a half ago…

awesome autumn minestrone soup (even though it’s winter)

This soup has a pile of ingredients in it but it is oh so worth every one!!! I got this recipe off jamie oliver’s website and have simplified it quite a lot otherwise you’d be there cooking all day : ) If you want to grow your own beans, and cook them for an extra half an hour, and add some more ingredients to the list, feel free to use his original recipe….or….for anyone with no time on their hands and the desire to create the perfect 1 pot meal here ya go….

The Recipe: Autumn Minestrone Soup
Serves 6

Ingredients:
1 400g tin cannellini beans
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
olive oil
4 rashers smoked pancetta or bacon, preferably free-range or organic
2 small red onions, peeled and finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 sticks of celery, trimmed and chopped
½ a head of fennel, chopped (if you can’t find fennel crush 1 tsp of fennel seeds…don’t leave it out!)
3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
a small bunch of fresh basil, leaves and stalks separated
2 x 400g tins of good-quality plum tomatoes
a glass of red wine
2 small courgettes, quartered and sliced
200g baby spinach, washed and roughly sliced (including stalks)
565ml chicken, ham or vegetable stock, preferably organic
55g dried pasta (I used spelt pasta which is great if you want something wheat-free)
a block of Parmesan cheese, to serve

Method:
To make your soffrito, heat a good splash of olive oil in a saucepan and add the chopped pancetta or bacon, onions, carrots, celery, fennel, garlic and the finely sliced basil stalks. Sweat very slowly on a low heat, with the lid just ajar, for around 15 to 20 minutes until soft, but not brown. Add the tomatoes, courgettes and red wine and simmer gently for 15 minutes.

Now add the spinach, stock and beans. Put the dried pasta into a polythene bag, squeeze all the air out and tie the end up. Bash gently with a rolling pin to break the pasta into pieces. Snip the end off the bag and empty the contents into the soup. Stir and continue to simmer until the pasta is cooked.

If you think the soup is looking too thick, add a little more stock or some of the reserved cooking water to thin it down a bit. Then taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the torn-up basil leaves and with some extra virgin olive oil drizzled over the top. Put a block of Parmesan and a grater on the table for everyone to help themselves. Heaven!

Now available at…Veldt Deli in Glasgow!

Yay handmade by me is now available in Glasgow, Scotland!!! I am super delighted about this as Veldt Deli is the gorgeous creation by an old friend of mine who is South African and her Scottish husband. Veldt Deli is Glasgow’s only Scottish/South African fusion deli where they make their own home-made Boerewors, Biltong and have daily bakery specials such as Koeksisters, Malva Pudding, Melktart and Peppermint Fridge Tart. From what I’ve seen so far it looks unbelievably welcoming and delicious and I can’t wait to visit for myself and try one of their red espressos made with homegrown Rooibos tea with a side of milk tart and possibly a koeksister : )

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There they are in the window : ) They opened their doors last week and after only 4 days they had this amazing write up in the Herald Scotland. If you’re still not convinced (are u kidding me??) then check out these gorgeous photos below…this should get your mouth watering and make you want to book yourself on the next flight out!

You can keep up to date with all kinds of specials on their facebook page and their new website will be up and running soon.

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Magpie Motel Pop Up Shop…

There’s a new pop up shop in town (well… in Hilton) and its set to be pretty impressive!! Its the first of the Magpie Motel pop ups and there is a wonderful selection of all kinds of lovely things to buy! Not to mention a great range of handmade by me goodies : )

Its on all day from the 13th to the 16th of March which is next week, please spread the word and pop in if you live close by. The shop will also have one or two cafe tables for you to sit at, order a coffee & have a homemade sarmie (for only R30!). It is also kiddie friendly, with loads of garden space and a small kiddies playground next door. If you are looking for any more info, check out their facebook page.

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MAGPIE MOTEL popup shop was born out of a pure love of anything she deemed beautiful, pretty, stunning, original, and genius. The original Magpie running the shop, is genuinely obsessed with beautiful things. Magpie Motel offers a collection of must haves in your nest, from clothes, to bags, to home decor, to kiddies bit and pieces, to food, you name it! She aims to reveal the brilliance of others, constantly searching and discovering.”

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I am delighted to let you know that Handmade By Me’s first market for the year will be The Treasury Market THIS saturday in conjunction with the Slowmarket at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch. We have been at this lovely outdoor market before and I must say it is one of my favourites. It is on all day in the most beautiful venue, and if the weather is gorgeous you can hang out on the grass with an ice-cold beer, have something delicious for lunch, and listen to the live music and just relax. Look out for the special Treasury Market marquee where everything is handmade and beautifully selected and only features on the first saturday of every month. I myself found quite a few brilliant gift ideas last time, like the handmade superhero cape and matching eye mask I bought from Lula by Emma for my little godson (an incredibly genius idea for kids really!).

So I hope to see you there! Please spread the word, just because it’s January doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy go out and yourself just a little bit : )

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And along with that great news, I am so happy to say that Mr & Mrs Lifestyle Design is our latest Cape Town stockist! Tucked away in Kloof street, this shop is even more tempting than the chicken aoli sandwiches from across the road at the Tamboerswinkel! (…well almost ; )). But nevertheless this is a shop you don’t want to miss out on, if you’re in the area beware the lovely selection of items stocked here, you will want to take home everything!!

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“After a year of travelling through Indonesia, Argentina and India Cecil and Sarah Jane Bosman have returned to open their new store on Kloof street, Cape Town – Mr and Mrs Lifestyle and Design. The store is a treasure trove of beautiful cottons, ceramics, jewellery, furniture and clothing. Mr and Mrs Hosts a range of South African fashion designers including I Love Leroy , Take Care , Two , Silverspoon, Amanda Laird Cherry , Christopher Strong and Missibaba. Mr and Mrs stocks something for everyone, their current stock includes: hot summer fashion ranges by leading local designers, giftware, homeware, jewellery as well as imported furniture.”

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