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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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Oh My! How Rude!

If you are one of those fun-loving people, who sometimes has a bit of a potty-mouth, then you are definitely going to love this company!  Life is too short to be taken seriously & when I found “Oh My! How Rude!” I let out a great big laugh/snort & I immediately knew who I could order some of these goodies for.

Please note, if you are easily offended or can’t handle some cuss words, this may not be for you…

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Your name:  Natalie

Business Name:  Oh My!  How Rude!36479486_1874686982838939_6026020531411615744_n

How did you come up with this name:  Initially the name of the business was “Potty-Mouth Moments”, & I wasn’t so sure about this as I didn’t know if people knew what a potty-mouth was.  I knew I wanted to do a swing back to the old days & I looked at “Oh How Rude!”, which evolved into “Oh My!  How Rude!” which is meant to be said in that shocked prim & proper voice when you see our products.

Social Media Handles:  Facebook, TwitterInstagram & Website

More about the products that we sell:  These are rude, cheeky sayings on items!  Currently we have t-shirts, mugs, pens, notebooks & greeting cards with a variety of sayings to suit different events & personalities.  Our Christmas range is coming out now too, which is mainly mugs & greeting cards.  Something to look forward to (in about 2 weeks) is our  water bottles, mugs & aprons that we are bringing in; & eventually we will be adding towels, pajamas & all sorts of other fun things.

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Why do you love what you do:  I just like the hustle!  I love the idea of being busy, getting designs together, & actually running the  business-side of it is really interesting.  I do this & another business (TDW OnlineInstagram & Website) selling clothing too.  I enjoy dealing with printers, getting designs done & dealing with clients, as well as doing custom-made things.  It’s all very interesting!  I also knew I didn’t want to work for a boss so that is also really nice.  On the clothing side it is amazing dealing with designers, as well as factories & manufacturers & pattern-makers.  The whole process is extremely interesting.

How can people order from you:  People can whatsapp me on 066 269 7926; they can DM me through Facebook, Instagram or Twitter; or you can place your order directly through our website.

Some of my favourite products:  The mugs & the notebooks definitely – I’m a bit of a notebook freak so I do love these!  More designs are coming soon so there are currently only a few on our website at the moment, but keep an eye out for our new fun ideas.  My favourite mugs currently are “What The F*ck”, “Resting Bitch Face”, & I think “Calm Your Tits” is just awesome.  The Christmas ones are quite interesting – they are funny & will definitely make you have a laugh over these when you are drunk at Christmas.

Why are your goodies different to others:  I’m not actually sure that you can get these products in store where they are using these naughty words, as I don’t know if they are allowed.

Why do you think people enjoy these:  I’m not really sure!  I think it may be because of the shock-factor; people often want to say some of these things but don’t feel they can so they get away with it as a joke on a mug/card/pen & then it seems funny to more people.  It’s like a cute rude!

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What is the quote you live by:  I don’t really have one that I live by, but I guess an important one is just to “keep going”.  Things push you down, or don’t work out as planned, life does what it does but you need to get up the next morning & just keep going.  Remember your long-term goal & keep working towards that!


Gosh these all make me laugh so much!  Aren’t you sick of getting the same sayings on all cards & memorabilia for friends & family?  Then you know it is time to branch out, step out of your comfort zone & be a little bit naughty.

Friends & family beware, Santa may be delivering some of these to your stocking!


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