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Sunkissedstudio Design

Some time ago I wrote a blog about Samantha’s business, Sunkissed Handmade. I am a huge fan of her beautiful headgear, flower crowns, mermaid crowns and every single design she presents.  This past week I saw another post on her page where she showed the fact that she can now turn you/a loved one into a MERMAID, as well as creating digital art of your pets.  Now I don’t know about you, but I have always dreamt about being a magical being and this honestly excites me so much.  Plus I know that my animals are royalty at heart so her creations are right at the top of my birthday wishlist!

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Your name: Samantha Hanlon

Business name: Sunkissedstudio Design

Social media handles: Design – Facebook; Handmade – Facebook and Instagram; Photography – Facebook and Instagram

Tell me a bit more about how this business came about:  I have been running my own business as a freelance photographer and designer for almost 12 years now. Before I decided to work for myself, I worked as a fashion designer for suppliers to top retail stores and international brands.
I have been focusing on my photography and crown-making mostly, but when this lockdown started, I realised that it would need to change my focus.
My clients have come to expect a certain level of pretty, light and happy imagery from my photography and a delight for princesses, young and old, in my crowns. I wanted to offer the same feeling but in something digital.
I decided to promote my design page and particularly the fantasy portraits, as a whimsical escape from the harsh reality of life. They make the perfect gift in a time when we can’t leave our homes to actually give loved ones presents, and there are no courier costs involved. The A4 digital image can be sent to anyone with an email address anywhere in the world!

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Have you always been so creative:  Yes, absolutely.
I studied Textile design and then fashion design and worked in the fashion industry for many years as a graphic artist and designer, which is where I honed my photoshop skills, which came in handy when I started doing photography. I always have a creative project on the go.

Please can you tell me a bit more about the specials you are running at the moment:
I am currently offering A4 digital portraits for just R250 each during lockdown.
I have a variety of themes to choose from but an happy to make custom orders too.

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Where did these ideas come from:
I have always photoshopped fantasy images for fun, usually for birthday cards or making memes.  It always makes people so happy to get something personalised and meaningful as a gift.

Which have been your favourite mermaid & pet portraits:
I have to say, one of my favourites is the mermaid – purrmaid portrait I did of my cat Lilly.
I enjoy doing each artwork and love hearing how much my clients love them.

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Can people still order from you during lockdown & how will they receive their images:  Yes! I email your digital file to you, so it’s easy.

Who do you think your ideal clients would be:  My ideal clients are the same amazing people who love my photography and crowns.

“They are day dreamers and night thinkers, they love music, books, movies , art, sunsets, forests and oceans and all things that make this world a more beautiful place. They are people with imagination.”

What do you need from people to create these images:
I need 3-5 photographs emailed to me. I do offer some guidelines as to which sort of images work best.  You can email these through to me.

How has lockdown affected your business:
I have been unable to run my small business, I am a single mother and also support my parents and handicapped brother. So quitting is not an option.
Thankfully creativity is my super-power and I can draw on my experience and talent to keep providing for my family.

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Quote you live by:
“A person who is a master in the art of living makes little distinction between their work and their play, their labour and their leisure, their mind and their body, their education and their recreation, their love and their religion.
They hardly know which is which and simply pursue their vision of excellence and grace, whatever they do.
Leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing. To them they are always doing both”
― James A. Michener

Anything else you want to add:
Please support small businesses at this time. There is no such thing as an “essential” or” non-essential” business.
Every business is essential to the person who earns a living from it.

“Have courage and be kind….and keep day dreaming”

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Please follow all of Sam’s beautiful pages and support her artistic talent.  These would make great birthday gifts, lockdown happiness, anniversary gifts, or even simply just-because.  If you have always dreamed of magic, or if your daughter/niece/friend has a vivid imagination; why not make it a reality.  Or if your pets personality makes you picture them as a dame from the 1920s, or a court jester, or even a student at Hogwarts – make this happen by contacting Sam.  Her talent truly knows no bounds and she is one of the kindest people I have ever dealt with.

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VA-Tungsten

I scour the internet daily for competitions that I can enter – and hopefully win something. I have been quite lucky, but husband is forever saying to me, “Can’t you enter a competition that I benefit from as well?” So around Valentine’s Day I entered a few competitions with goodies for HIM, & I won the best prize of all – a ring from VA-Tungsten.

Warren used to work in finance. So yes, he was that man that was smartly dressed in a suit, with his hair combed and perfectly polished shoes. Unfortunately he was retrenched, and searched for over a year for a job. He knew he didn’t want to go back into this industry, and I have to say that I was grateful for this too. I feel like he lost a bit of his soul whilst working as a financial advisor, and he often came home more stressed than is healthy. So when he told me he wanted to work with cars, I was super excited – not only for him, but also for us as a family as I could see his happiness returning in leaps and bounds.

So he joined with 2 mates and began their business of car restoration. He works hard every single day and comes home filthy dirty, and stinking like oil and grease. But boy oh boy is he happy! And that makes me happy.

Back to why I was so excited to win this ring for him though… His original wedding band has my dad’s wedding ring melted down into Warren’s ring he had – so it holds a lot of sentimental value. And working with his hands, as well as getting down and dirty in the engines and running of cars meant this was getting scratched and damaged during his daily activities. He started to remove his ring when he left in the mornings, and this is just made juju in my opinion! So having a hardy tungsten ring was the best option.

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Plus did I mention how flipping gorgeous his ring is? We were given the choice of any ring on their website, and we spent ages scouring through what they have available before settling on TUR750 as what he wanted, and then popped into our local jeweller to get the correct sizing before placing our order. Within 2 days the ring was delivered to my office and it was even better than I hoped.  It is heavy, bold & absolutely gorgeous.

Keep reading to learn a little more about them…


Your name: Jason Steyn

Business name: VA-Tungsten

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Social media handles: Facebook, Instagram and Website

Tell me a bit more about what you do: We supply men’s Tungsten, Damascus and Silicone wedding bands.

What makes your jewellery different to others: Our service. (this I can definitely vouch for!)

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Do you do custom pieces: We used to, and maybe if we have the time.

Who are your target audience: Ladies and Men who are getting married mostly, and also ladies buying gifts for their partner or spouse. Also guys who have lost their rings.

Where can people buy your products from: We supply retailers throughout the country, and from us through our website, Facebook or phoning us on 031 205 0319.

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How did your business start: 15 Years ago from a “Tikkie Box” telephone on the road.

Is there anything else you want to add: We try and make our part in the wedding process as stress free, and joyful as possible for the bride and the groom.

Quote you live by: In the Bible it says “By the measure you measure, it will be measured unto you, pressed down, shaken and overflowing.”

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Tungsten Wedding Rings
The Ancient Egyptians believed that the vein that runs through the third finger on the left hand flowed directly to the heart. The Romans called it the Vena Amoris, meaning ‘Vein of Love’. As a ring has no beginning or end, it symbolizes love and unity…

Tungsten carbide is the new, most popular metal today for men’s wedding ring. The heavy weight and luxurious finish of a tungsten carbide ring speak of commitment, strength and an everlasting bond. The metal will always maintain its beautiful, scratch-resistant finish, making them the perfect choice for your loved ones wedding ring.

At VA Tungsten, we identified the need within men’s jewellery for a hard wearing, affordable ring that offers durability and sophistication. Men’s wedding rings up to now have been limited to very simple designs, and with much of a selection. Most of the men’s rings available today that are made from expensive, precious metals are all prone to scratches and abrasion, and some of these metals are almost impossible to remove in an emergency.

Tungsten is one of the safest metals on the market and with its unique comfort-fit design, they are not only comfortable to wear, the comfort fit acts as a cushion which helps the ring grip onto your finger. Our hand-picked selection of rings includes black-plating, ceramic and carbon fiber inlays that are fused into the metal, giving you a unique variety of tungsten rings to choose from. Our exclusive range of tungsten rings are a fraction of the price when compared to other precious metal wedding rings, but offers the same feeling of elegance and class. They are modern, bold and above all, strong!

For information, please contact us on 031-205 0319 or email sales@va-tungsten.com.

Tungsten Carbide – ‘A tough metal for a tough guy’

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Warren now wears his wedding band daily, and with pride. And we have got so many comments about how much other people like it too! I was also so impressed by the level of care I received during the whole decision of which one to choose, and the speed at which this was delivered to us.

If you are looking for a new wedding band, or even just a ring for a special occasion, I would really recommend you visit their website or pop Jason a message to find out more.

Enjoy!


 

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