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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!


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!


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.


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.


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.

Mimi & Munch

In case you don’t already know, my animals are like my children & are treated accordingly.  From sleeping in our bed, to eating the best food we can get them, to us not going away as we don’t like leaving them alone…  I would do anything for my fur-kids & can’t imagine my life without them in it.

They have been my biggest supporters throughout my health drama, & can always lift me out of a slump when I feel completely bogged down.  This means I am always on the hunt for another treat for them, & when I discovered Mimi & Munch I was super excited.

Besides the most divine treats, they also make doggy birthday cakes & all sorts!  This is a business that deserves our support, & I am sure that you will agree once you have learnt a little more about this amazing project.

Your name: Jade Factor

Business name: Mimi & Munch

Social media handles: Instagram and Facebook

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Tell me a little more about your business:  Mimi & Munch is an all-natural, premium dog treat business which is also inclusive of a dog ‘pawtisserie’. The all-natural dog treats are handmade in small batches using only the best quality ingredients thoroughly researched for their dog health properties. All of the treats are wheat-free, additive-free, sugar-free and salt-free and infused with so much love. The barkery side of the business aims at celebrating man’s best friend. Pets are part of the family so why not spoil them like you would your own child. On the bakery side our clientele is more diverse and we have families ordering cakes, pupcakes, pawty platters and personalised treats (doggie donuts, pooch pretzels, pupcorn, pawty packs) for their dog’s birthdays, adoption dates or as a gift for a friend’s dog.

Two Tier Unicorn Cake

Where did this idea come from:  Mimi and Munch was born out of pure love for man’s best friend. My beautiful family dogs; Mia, Bambi and Munchie are the love of our lives and watching them grow up, we began to notice their reactions to certain pet foods. Mia has always had very itchy skin, Bambi continuously licks her paws and Munchie struggles with his weight. After much research, I came to find that certain preservatives, additives, wheat flours and meat by product ingredients in dog treats cause sensitivity and allergies. Struggling to find a suitable treat, the opportunity arose to research the best human-grade food sources that are the most nourishing for dogs in their purest forms. I began baking with ingredients that provide beneficial factors such as shiny coats, fresher breath, and healthy eyes, tummies and joints. Only premium brown rice flour and rolled oats are used, so that all the treats are wheat-free. The best part was that our dogs loved them and responded well to them and when giving to friends and families as gifts to their dogs, they loved them too! This is when Mimi and Munch was born!

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Have you always had such a love for animals:  Absolutely my heart is filled with dogs! I wish that I could rescue every dog in the world. Animals give such unconditional love and they make the world a better place. I believe they were put on earth to teach humans the true meaning of unconditional love.

What makes your treats so special:  Each and every treat is pressed out by hand, made with so much love and the ingredients are selected for their absolute freshness and uniqueness in terms of dog health properties. Having unique flavours with functional benefits like a Carrot Cupcake for example which contains coconut oil (powerful benefits for dog joint health) puts Mimi & Munch in a unique and functional space when it comes to the market.

Personalised Pupcakes

What have been your most popular flavours:  Liver Lover is definitely a favourite (absolutely yummy)! The bedtime treats are soothing with chamomile and red apple whilst the carrot cupcake gets the doggies bright-eyed and ready to take on the day! We have also recently launched Bambi’s Butter which is all-natural peanut butter for dogs made with 100% roasted peanuts and coconut oil for nourishment- no xylitol, no sugar and no salt. I also customise treats if doggies have a specific allergy (like grain for example) and can bake specialised treats accordingly so that no dog gets left out!

Bambis Butter Jar

Where can people order from:  Currently, all orders are taken via social media whereby dog moms and dads can send their email address to me and I will send them the treat and menu and information. We are looking to launch a website in the new year! 🙂

Mimi & Munch Treat Menu (11) (click this to see their current menu!)

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Do you do custom treats/cakes for dogs parties etc:  Absolutely! I believe that pets are family and should be celebrated just as we celebrate our human family. On the dog pawtisserie side we have created luxury homemade, hand-decorated and personalised cakes, pupcakes, pawty platters (inclusive of doggie donuts, pooch pretzels, pupcorn, puparoons. pawty packs) for birthdays, adoption dates and gifts for dog friends. All of the bakery goodies follow the same health principles as the dog treats.

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Quote you live by:  “It’s the small things in life that mean the most.” “Everyone smiles in the same language”

Anything else you want to add:  Giving back is at the heart of what we do and every bag contains heart-shaped treats to remind the dog mom and dad that they are giving their dog the best- a treat that will not only nourish them but a treat that will also give back to other dogs in need. Paw it forward: An animal shelter is chosen each month and a percentage of proceeds from every bag purchased is donated to the shelter of the month. Vegetables and fruits used in the treats are sourced from local farmers to support and sustain local businesses. Treats are all-natural, wheat-free and made with quality ingredients. Handmade. Infused with Love. This is my promise to you!

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You guys, honestly, how amazing does Jade sound?  I feel like I have a new BFF & can’t WAIT to spoil my hounds with some treats soon – I think I should order a cake for them just because…  And those sleepy time biscuits are top of my shopping list!

If you love your dogs as much as I do, then this is a business you will WANT to support.  Please let me know what flavours you buy & how much your dogs love them.  And spread the word amongst your friends.  Let’s show our fur-kids just how much they mean to us.


Rogue’s Pawsome Bakery

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If you know anything about me, you know that my animals are my children & our number one priority!  They sleep in the bed with us; come on holiday when we go away (when possible); & I have cried nearly every time I have had to take them to the vet.  There are times that my husband & I have joked that they eat better than us!

I met Ilze through the Myasthenia Gravis support group, & we instantly just clicked.  We bonded over our love for fur-kids & zest for life.  Her kindness drew me to her instantly & we have just grown in our friendship since then.

When I had to go to Cape Town for an appointment with a specialist, Ilze offered to pick me up from the airport & took me to another friend’s house where I would be spending the night.  She took me past Frits Dog Hotel (a must-visit for everyone in Cape Town!) & we chatted like we had known each other for years!  She then gave me some treats to bring back for Stella & Lola, as well as for a fundraiser that I was doing for one of the local animal shelters.

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Now let me warn you, my dogs are flipping fussy!  They won’t even touch dog food bought from a supermarket, & oftentimes will just bury their treats rather than eat them.  I warned you, they are spoilt…  But these they gobbled down & sat as close as possible to us hoping to get another one.  What truly blows me away is that Ilze bakes these all by hand after hours – she works a full-time job, yet Rogue’s Pawsome Bakery is her true passion.  She lives beyond her diagnosis & this is her version of her “flowercrown”.  That’s when I KNEW I had to do a feature on her!

I asked her a few questions to get to know a bit more about this amazing business:

Your business name: Rogue’s Pawsome Bakery

When did you start: 2015

What did you do before this:  I’m fully employed at one of the biggest cellphone companies where I’m involved in knowledge management.

How/why did you start: I started this since I was going through some challenges at work, and health-wise.  One of my biggest passions is my dogs so I started baking for my dogs, & some friends started encouraging me to start a business.

What do you love most about having your own business: It gives me a chance to be creative and do something totally unique.  I love testing out new flavours (and so do my dogs!). Baking for the fur babies is my happy place.

What have been some of your biggest battles with running your own business: Getting my business name out there; exposure and building a stable client base…. Not creating debt but doing the most I can with what I could.

What is your main objective for your businesses: I want to grow my artisan bakery to be household name and go to turn when people are looking for something unique for their dogs.

You can visit their Facebook page here to find out more!

Ilze also makes birthday cakes for your furry-friends & currently has 11 different flavours of biscuits – make sure you keep an eye on her page to stay up to date with any new & exciting products she brings out.

I know I will be placing my orders soon for my spoilt brats!



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