We recently caught up with Noelia Giraldes of HandLove by Nonnas design, who has a passion for creating beautiful decorative soft toys and scatter cushions for kids’ rooms. ‘I make all handLove by Nonnas products from start to finish. I choose the fabrics, I cut all the pieces, I design my own patterns, I hand stitch the appliques and I create them with plenty of love,’ she told us enthusiastically. Being handmade, every item is unique, with a range of fun and colourful materials giving each owl its own personality. ‘I use plenty of cotton fabrics, felt and rag sack, as well as shwe shwe fabrics, buttons, ribbons and stitching for special details,’ says Noelia, who admits she is yet to name the quirky owls. Noelia’s creative journey started just under a year ago, when her mother-in-law gave her an old sewing machine. ‘To be honest, I was quite impressed with what I could do, and by how much my friends and family liked my creations,’ says Noelia, who promptly started her brand, HandLove by Nonnas. ‘What I love most about my products is that a little part of me goes into every single item while I am sewing all the pretty fabrics together.’ These owls and other handLove by Nonnas products are available from the Crafters Market at Joburg’s Mall@Carnival and online at FromTheHeartEmporium for R225 each. Noelia also takes custom orders: ‘I love new designs and ideas and I am always open to new challenges.’ For more information contact Noelia on 082-322-7599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.