a flamboyance of flamingoes…

Today we have a whole flamboyance of flamingo inspired things to show you! While the northern hemisphere is slowly starting to thaw out, and we’re just getting to enjoy the best part of our summer, the whole world is going crazy for these crazy beautiful birds!

We are especially excited about this really beautiful tropical inspired wedding decor shoot that Wedding Album magazine did recently using our Pink Flamingo napkins. How beautiful is this wedding spread? Makes me want to go back and do mine all over again : )

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This young lady in Australia had her surfboard customised using our Pink Flamingo linen cotton fabric. How cool did this turn out? Makes me want to go surfing immediately!! Thanks so much to her for sharing these pics with us!

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We are so delighted that our Pink Flamingo Wallpaper has been featured in the latest Woman & Home magazine, as part of their Home Edit! These little deco inspired birdies of ours are sure to liven up any home!

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We spotted some flamingo trend forecast inspiration going on on instagram…we may be a little biased, but we’re super excited that they chose to use our design : )

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And while we are at it…here are some of our favourite Etsy treasuries featuring all kinds of flamingo inspired beauties. If these don’t get you excited about flamingoes, I’m afraid nothing will!

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Celebrating Winter with Visi…

To be honest, right now we’re celebrating the exciting fact that our placemats are in the latest issue of Visi magazine : ).  While they, on the other hand, are celebrating winter (and what a day to do that too). We’re just so delighted and honoured to be featured as part of their “32 reasons to celebrate Winter…No. 7 because it looks great on paper.”

I love having people over for dinner, especially in Winter. Not only do you get to cook heartwarming and tasty tasty dinners, and use all the pretty bowls and plates you’ve collected over the years, but you don’t have to leave the comfort and warmth of your own home, and you don’t need to hold back on the vino because you aren’t driving home afterwards. For those who are slightly less comfortable with the idea of hosting a dinner party, look no further than our decorative placemats, guaranteed to make your table look so beautiful, again and again, even if the food doesn’t quite work out!

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Our placemats are available in sets of 4, in 4 different designs, and available to buy directly from the Handmade By Me online shop and various awesome stockists.

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We would also like to let you know that Handmade By Me is having a SALE!!! We need to make some space for our new range which is launching next week, so we are marking down any end of range items or bits and pieces we have lying around including a ridiculous discount on all our Vintage Aprons : ) which are going to be made-to-order from now on. Now you really can look and play the part of hostess perfectly!! Check it out here…only while stocks last!

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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!!).

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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…

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Pretty Proteas Placemat

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leapin’ lampshades…

And so I am back… at the drawing board, as they say…and I am delighted to let you all know that I am officially happily married to the love of my life : ) Thanks so much for all the messages and lovely wishes, we really had such a wonderful day!!

And with that I have some completely different rather lovely news…my custom made lampshade boxes are all made up and ready to go, which means that from now on I can officially offer overseas or countrywide shipping/courier on any of my lampshades. Hurrah! 

Below are some images of a few new (and a few you’ve seen before) lampshades I have made to order for clients recently, including a smallish Pretty Proteas shade and a large Birdy Num Num shade, which are both about to make their ways independently over to Ireland to help brighten up their new homes.

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As most of you may know I custom make lampshades in any size and in any design, so if there is something you might have your eye on, or if you would like me to recommend something to brighten up any room, please do get in touch. I can make any size if you prefer, but my 3 standard sizes are a 200mm diameter bedside or desk drum, a 300mm diameter bedside, desk or standing drum, and (not for the feint-hearted) a big beautiful 500mm diameter standing drum.

For any more information, or to purchase any of these, please head over to the lampshade section of the Handmade By Me online shop : ) or pop into SAM on Bree Street in Cape Town to see which ones they already have in stock.

Getting hitched : )

You may have noticed it has been a little quiet on the Handmade By Me blog and facebook page lately….well thats because I am getting married to the love of my life in 4 days time!!! And even though we are keeping things very small and simple, there are still a million and one things to do before the big day!! I find myself feeling very fortunate that I work for myself and can be pretty flexible when I need, but it is still so difficult trying to juggle two very important things! Needless to say, Handmade By Me is going on holiday for a week or so. We have only a one day honeymoon to look forward to (that was silly?), but we have lots of friends and family over from Ireland so we will be eating and drinking and driving round the countryside making sure they have the best holiday ever (and come back and visit again soon ; )).

And so I leave you with some lovely magazine loving for Handmade By Me this February…

Starting with this really lovely feature on me and my new Cape Town cushion covers and tea towels featured in the “Discoveries” section of the latest Condé Nast House & Garden magazine…

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And then my Origami Birds cushion cover featured in Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Living” section…

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All of the above and more are available to buy from the Handmade By Me online shop : ) and various stockists!

Now available from…Zola (New York)

I am super delighted to let you all know that Handmade By Me is now being stocked by Zola, a beautiful, modern and very unique wedding registry website, based in New York!!! There’s a lot more to Zola than just beautiful gifting ideas, you can buy experiences, and dining, or create a honeymoon or even a wedding fund! This is exactly what we were looking for when we started planning our wedding, and I could kick myself for not having discovered it sooner!!
Here is a little more about what it is that they offer below; or to really see what it’s all about, have a look at their website www.zola.com (warning: it will make you want to get married all over again).
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“We are called Zola and we are creating a wedding registry that aims to meet the needs of modern couples. Our goal is to offer products and experiences that couples can get excited about and also better reflect their lives and styles. Today’s engaged couples are passionate about many things – adventurous experiences, decorating their homes, food and wine, world travel, outdoor activities, and more.
Zola is the only site that allows couples to register online for products, experiences, services, cash funds, and anything else from any store. We take care of all transactions on our site, which means your loved ones won’t find themselves bounced to outside sites, and you won’t receive duplicates of third-party items. Say goodbye to those extra gravy boats.
You can customize your registry to make it you – upload your own photos and give show your personality through your registry.”

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To the happiest of new years…

I can’t believe that it’s already January again : ) Its 2014 this time, and I have a very good feeling that this year is going be awesome. There are so many exciting things already on the cards…Cape Town is deservedly the World Design Capital 2014 (which means there will be lots of fun to be had and beautiful things to look at in the mother city), Handmade By Me has some new product and design ideas in the pipeline (plus I am going to start painting again which I cannot wait to do), some of my best friends are finally moving back home to this beautiful city, some of my best friends are getting married, beautiful babies are on their way, and most importantly I am getting married to the love of my life and I can’t wait!!!

There is a lot to be excited for this year!

And with that I wish you all a fantastically happy and healthy year ahead!

To mark the first Handmade By Me blogpost of 2014, I thought I would leave you with this little article I discovered by surprise in the latest issue of Ideas magazine. It’s an article all about blogs, and my little Handmade By Me blog which I started right in the beginning, before I even had products to show you so I filled it with soup recipes, has been featured alongside some great local well known and established blogs. I am honoured!

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Introducing my new Wedding Napkins…

For all you people out there, who like me, have lots of friends tying the knot at the moment, I have have a new genius gift idea which you can pretty much give to everyone! Introducing…. my new Wedding Napkins. Custom printed and handmade napkins made using beautiful photographs taken on that special day.

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I recently came up with this idea when I was trying to think of something completely unique and different to give to my friends for their wedding gift. I am always that person who thinks that I would rather give something a little more special than just choosing off their registry…specially when you’ve missed all the good things, and all that is left is a paper shredder (go figure??), and/or a cook book of some kind.

Anyways there we were in this beautiful beautiful location on a farm in the middle of nowhere in the Karoo. I think I must have instagrammed alot of pics to try and show everyone just how beautiful this part of our country is, and THAT is when I had the idea to use this beautiful setting to help create a wedding gift that will not only be unique, but unforgettable too.

Instead of using my not so amazing nor good quality instagram pics as I had planned, I got in touch with Shannon Bradfield, official (and brilliant) photographer and groom’s sister, to see if she might be able to let me use some of her beautiful shots. She was totally on board and sent me all high res shots I needed….and voila! A set of 6 beautiful photographs turned into a set of 12 beautiful napkins.

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Available in sets of 6 big napkins or 8 smaller napkins. You can pre-purchase a set of Wedding Napkins at my online shop. I will email you an image to print out and give to the lucky couple to let them know about your super awesome and very special gift on the day. They can then put me in touch with their photographer and help choose which images they would like to use, or I can choose for them. I’ll get them printed and made up and will post/courier them straight to the lucky couple’s door!

If you would like any more information please check out my online shop or email me directly. I am happy to help : )

Now available from…The Wedding Gift List and Not The Mall…

I am delighted to let you all know that a lovely selection of handmade by me products are now available through The Wedding Gift List, an award-winning online gift registry service as well as through their lovely fresh online shopping portal called Not The Mall.

The Wedding Gift List is an award-winning online Gift Registry service for bridal couples and their guests.  Since 2007 it has fast established itself as the most stylish and personal wedding registry specialist in South Africa.”

“And brought to you by the team behind the award-winning online gift registry service The Wedding Gift List, Not the Mall is a fresh new online shop in South Africa, offering all those premium or unique brands you may normally struggle to find in your mainstream mall shops.”

Have a look yourselves, there’s plenty o’ lovely to see. I also noticed that shipping is free if you spend over R500…happy shopping!!

Now available at…Bespoke Wedding Registry

First of all let me warn you that this place is one amazing idea! For any of you who are getting married anytime soon this is THE ONLY place to have your registry. They can do ANYTHING! They can organise ANYTHING. You can have ANYTHING! It is amazing and I must say after thinking I would never want a registry for my own wedding, I might just have changed my mind after seeing what these guys offer! Obviously they are now stocking Handmade by Me so you can have all the lovely cushions, napkins, tea towels and aprons in the world, but what is even cooler is that if you want it, you could have a room wallpapered in Pink Flamingo!, or you could have your dining room tables reupholstered in the lovely Origami Birds. I just think this is the best thing EVER! Take a look yourself and see what you think…all you already married people start planning to renew those wedding vows ; )

Bespoke is a personalised wedding registry service that offers you the opportunity to customise your gift selection with a curated collection of the finest brands and stores on offer. Select what you want and where you want it from, and we’ll take care of the rest. You’ll have a wedding registry that’s tailor-made to suit your style, and your guests will have an easy, secure and effortless way to spoil you for your big day.”