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Sometimes I Feel; Emotional Development Resources

I met Sarah when she bought one of our Rare Bears in an online auction, and I immediately clicked with her when she came through to collect the teddy.  We sat outside and spoke for ages, and have stayed in contact ever since.  Her heart is so pure, and she honestly does all she can to make the world a better, happier, and safer place.  She volunteers her time at a local safe house, and helps many kiddies realise their emotions that they are battling through, as well as actually overcome any negativity that they have been carrying around unable to fully understand.

She very kindly sponsored one of the prizes for my current giveaway, and I really think her products should be in every home, as well as every school.

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“It’s a lot easier to be angry at someone than it is to tell them you’re hurt.”

– Tom Gates


Your name: Sarah Allen

Business name: Sometimes I Feel; Emotional Development Resources

Social media handles:  Facebook, Instagram and Website.

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3 fun facts about you:
1) I’m an artist as well (I especially love doing pet portraits and wildlife drawings/paintings)
2) I’ve been told I have a memory like and elephant and I usually remember the things I’m not supposed too
3) I LOVE chocolate

Tell me a bit more about your business: Sometimes I Feel are children’s emotional development resources to help them learn about and explore different feelings.  I believe that I can’t change the world but I can change the world for a child; and I believe you can too!

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Where did the passion for this come from: I am firstly an OT and Play Therapist working here in Johannesburg as a volunteer in underprivileged communities and babies home. I originally come from the U.K. and when I saw how few resources we have to meet the needs of the children I was working with here, I decided to create my own. Originally for my own practice (as I’d brought some from the U.K. but the kids couldn’t connect to them here) but then it developed as more people saw the books and cards and wanted them, so I decided to start producing more. As I grew in confidence, my passion and creativity also grew to create new and innovative products to meet the needs of parents, therapists, educators and children across this country.

What makes your products different: They are specially geared towards South African children. I have spent hours working with the children and learning about issues/feelings/emotions that effect them and have created resources to meet their needs. They are also multi ethnic which many products currently in the social and emotional sector currently are not. My products are always used and tested by a range of South African kids to ensure that they work in our context.

They are South African produced and made; I work closely with a South African printer here in Johannesburg. The paper we use is Non-Tearable and Wipeable to make them long lasting.

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How do you get inspired for your books: By the children I work with daily, their continually inspire me; I see the need, the passion, how they respond to my products and that’s what encourages me and drives me to create new products for them. I’ve been so inspired by the response of the people I have met who have bought, used, engaged with my products; the fact that businesses would sponsor print runs to get them to the children who need them fills me with joy and pushes me on to create more to meet peoples. Our country is lacking in high quality South African resources inspired by our diverse communities and environment; This also inspires me to also ensure that I am creating culturally relevant and diverse products.

How can people order from you: You can order directly from me, via my Facebook page (I have a shop on there) or email address (sarahallen40@icloud.com)

Who do you think would benefit from owning these: Schools, Therapists, Parents and children

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I see you have recently done a new book – please tell me more: So I’ve actually produced 2 new products that I’m excited about. I’ve created the Sometimes I Feel 2 Book set which carries on from the first one but explores different emotions, is slightly more advanced but follows the same principles as the first one.
And the second is my new Conflict Resolution game for teens and tweens; exploring different scenarios that adolescents face and how they might deal with them, I’m an interactive way.

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What was your very first book/product you wrote/created:
It was the Sometimes I Feel book set; I wrote the book to help younger children learn about feelings and begin to name them. I also wrote it for the educators I was working with at the time in the townships to have a resource to use with their children in the classroom to discuss feelings like sad, happy, angry, scared.
I then added in the flashcards because the book was a great starting point but it didn’t go far enough. Teachers, therapists and parents needed something tangible to help their children identify how they were feeling at any particular point or when discussing certain topics so I made the flashcards to stick in the wall or lay them out on the floor and the child can point to how they are feeling which opens up a discussion.
Often children (and adults) don’t have to words to express how they are feeling but they can point to a picture that reflects their feelings.

If you could recommend just one thing for people to start off with from your range, what would it be: I would start with the Sometimes I Feel Book Set (You get a book and a set of flashcards for R300) it was the first product and my initial go-to. Followed on quickly by the Sometimes I Feel Board Game which the kids LOVE. It puts into action what you have learned in the book and gives you ways to manage your overwhelming feelings.

What do you do in your spare time: What spare time?! 😉 I like to take my dogs for walks, watching movies, hanging out and laughing with friends, explore this beautiful country and play the piano.

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Have you always had such a big heart for others: Yes 🙂 my favourite dress up costume as a child was a nurses outfit so I think my care for people has always been there.
I knew I would probably go into a caring profession.

I love connecting with people, meeting people from all different walks of life. But I especially have always loved young children; their excitement, zest for life and their capacity for love, despite some facing so many challenges.

Quote you live by: ‘Tea helps everything’ 😉 and ‘Just do it’

Anything else you want to add: 🌟 Personalised Books are now available for you children, grandchildren, kids birthdays, cousins…make your child feel extra special with this gift 💝

🌟 They are written and illustrated by me. They rhyme for ease of reading and have proven to be very popular so far!

🌟 Follow this link to view the stories and the options (prices start from R199! 😊

Buy here!

 

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I absolutely adore all of Sarah’s creations, and I am sure that you do too!  These are wonderful resources to help speak through any emotions, events, or issues that your children/family/students may be experiencing.  And I remember always wanting a personalised book when I was growing up.

If you haven’t yet, please enter our competition on Facebook here, and on Instagram here.  Entries close on Friday and you really don’t want to miss out!

Thank you Sarah for allowing me to interview you, and for all you are doing to bring joy to the world.  I am so lucky to know you.


 

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By KatyJane

If you don’t know this about me by now, I LOVE finding South African artists and discovering new styles of art.  There is nothing more special to me than receiving personalised gifts, and really seeing the time, effort, and love in the choice of spoiling.

Katy-Jane has such a unique style of art that is full of soft colours, happy memories, and absolute inner beauty.  Her art evokes such joy whenever I see a new piece, and I often see that these are used to capture very special moments.  I am thrilled to bring you an interview with this talented #GirlBoss below.


Your name: Katy-Jane Huemer

Business name: by Kate

Social media handles: Facebook and Instagram.  Personal Instagram.

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Tell me a bit more about yourself: Currently I’m in the process of building my own sustainable Fashion Label. Sustainability within the fashion industry sits extremely close to my heart and if I can make a slight difference to our ever so growing world; why not? Local is lekker.
I have two years experience working as a Freelance Fashion Designer/Creator in Cape Town. I’ve done work for brands such as Woolworths and Markhams, creating CAD’s, Techpacks and Prints. I’ve also done my fair share of Internships… Truworths, Crystal Birch and Aisha Baker.
At present, I am a short course Digital Design Lecturer at Design Academy of Fashion. Teaching to both part-time students and industry workers. I help people fall in love with the digital fashion world. Before venturing into the design world I spent four years of my life in the hospitality industry, owning and managing my own coffee shop, Blonde&Beard.
I have a love for people, I have a love for serving people and a huge soft spot for coffee.

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Have you always been artistic: YES – I grew up in a very creative and artistic household. My Mom and Sister inspire me daily – I actually send through every illustration to Mom to get her approval before sending off to it’s new home (she’s my bestie and biggest inspiration).

How would you describe your style of art: Quirky and unique? I guess I find describing my art very difficult, I’m not someone to boast 😉

What makes your art different to others: The amount of love that I pour into each illustration, this is my magical remedy 💛

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How can people place an order with you: Placing an order is super easy and user friendly; one could just hop onto my Facebook or Instagram page and pop me a message OR they can also mail me at katyjanehuemer@gmail.com

What emotion do you hope people feel when they see your creations: HAPPINESS | I strive to portray happiness and emotion throughout all my illustrations.

Which is your personal favourite piece of art that you have done: A personal favourite of mine is pretty much anything animal / pet related. I LOVE drawing up Pet Portraits – who doesn’t love staring at a cheerful doggy or beautiful kitty all day? There’s an innocence about them that tends to bring me peace & calmness.

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How did lockdown affect your business: Lockdown actually enabled me to start my illustration business so I’d 100% give lockdown a thumbs up from my side.

Why do you encourage people to support local: I think by supporting local you are supporting your country or better yet even your home town; there’s just something so special about this. To me it brings a community together, makes us stronger as a ‘whole’ and allows small businesses to grow and get the recognition they deserve!

Quote you live by: “So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring your flowers.”

Anything else you want to add: I’m a HUGE coffee Lover!

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Are you not completely and utterly obsessed over this art?  I am crushing hard on her artwork, and absolutely loved chatting to Katy-Jane.  You can feel her positivity and happiness bubbling out of every pore, and she was an absolute joy to get to know.

I’m definitely going to be placing an order for a piece of work for our home soon.  An anniversary gift, wedding present, birthday surprise, or something to celebrate a special occasion – it would suit any of these.  Please tag me in your pic if you get one done!  I would love to see how they turn out.


 

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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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Oodles of Doodles Creations

As I am sure you know by now (if you have been following me for any time), I love to find artists in South Africa.  I have found some really talented men & women, & have some super special artwork displayed in our house because of that.

I have had an idea for a new blog image for Flowercrowns & Treatment for some time, but have been looking for a style that really spoke to me & reflected who I really am in 2020.  I wanted something fun, colourful & happy!  And it was time for an update as I am no longer that sick little girl that I was just over a year ago…

I spent hours googling artists in South Africa.  I looked at their images, I spoke to friends & I asked for advice.  And then, finally, I discovered Oodles of Doodles.  I knew I had found something really special, & instantly wanted to have a picture done.  And you will see why this is my new feature image now!


Your names: Mish Roodman and Shaun Roodman

Business name: Oodles of Doodles Creations

Social media handles:  Facebook, Instagram & Website

Tell me a bit more about what you do:  Oodles of Doodles Creations is a small yet powerful graphic design company that is ready to take on all your design needs and boost your brand. As they say ‘dynamite comes in small packages’ and that’s exactly what we are. A dynamic duo ready to tackle all your artistic needs. With many years of experience in the industry, our team is able to translate your ideas into reality and make your design dreams come true. But what makes us very special is our Caricatures.
Shaun is a very Talented caricaturist and towards the end of last year he decided to follow his dream and add it as a service with our company. It really took off from there. People were falling in love with his fun unique style on them.
All you have to do is send him some photos of yourself and he will draw you and your loved ones, even your furbabies.

What is your pricing for these orders:
We offer 2 options.
Black and white line art or full colour.
Black and white R250
Full-colour R400.

This is for one person. But you can add other people in for an additional cost.

Add more people in your drawings, Limited to 2 adults and 2 children per drawing.
R50 pp – Line art
R100 pp – Full colour
We can also add your fur babies.
R50 – Line art
R80 – Full colour
All prices are per person and per fur baby.

How long does it usually take you to complete an order:  It depends on the season. About a week. But over the festive season we were swamped so it was 3 weeks.

How can people place an order:  Via Facebook or email.

Have you always been artistic:  We have both always been very artistic for many years. We both met at Animation college and have been dating ever since.
It has been 10 years now.

Why are you so passionate about what you do:  Shaun is passionate about his drawing as it takes him to a different world. It lets him escape his usual hustle and bustle of work that is more corporate. It allows him to express his artistic flair in a fun manner that brings joy to others as well. So many people enjoy his work and seeing the fun they have with the caricatures brings him joy too.

What has been your personal favourite piece:

I would say, Christian and James. They both just captured the people’s personalities so well.

Quote you live by:  It would have to be “Excelsior” by Stan Lee a huge role model to Shaun since he was a child (even to me)
“You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory’. – Stan Lee

Anything else you want to add:
Shaun hopes to keep drawing his amazing caricatures for people and we also hope that you look at the rest of our company for other amazing branding solutions.


I’m sure you can see why I was so attracted to the work that they do, & now, I cannot wait to show you my new official image for Flowercrowns & Treatment…  Drumroll please!

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Finished product with colour!

I couldn’t be happier with how this has turned out, & really love the idea of using a unique image to portray your personality on your website, email signatures & social media channels.

What do you guys think of my new pic?


 

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Mini Me

Do you remember receiving Lego as a child & coming up with all sorts of exciting creations, as well as bringing your dreams to life?  I LOVE building Lego, & have always had a special interest in the different Lego people & how their individuality is displayed.

I was so thrilled to discover Mini Me & see all the different options they have in order to create your very own unique figurine.  What a special gift & you can really go crazy with ideas & additions!  You choose everything from hair, face, accessories & animals; to torsos, legs & headgear.  You then choose if you want this on a plexiglass stand, keyring or simple stand – all dependent on your preference & what this will be for.


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Delivery nationwide is very quick, & each order arrives safely in these little plastic containers to ensure none of the tiny pieces is lost.


I am SO excited about my figurine, & can’t wait to show it off…  It is so typical of me & I have a little chuckle every time I spot it on my desk.

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Yes, that is a Kittycorn on my shirt, a flower on my cheek, a tutu, a selfie-stick, & of course a pet unicorn!  The plexiglass stands are also personalised so can make a great memory/recognition gift for a life event.


Their social media pages (Facebook & Instagram & Twitter) are filled with inspiration, competitions & discount codes – so make sure you follow them all to keep on top of these.

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With Christmas just around the corner, these would make such a special gift.  I have ordered one for husband as well & absolutely LOVE how that turned out too – with his travel coffee mug, laptop & cellphone, it captured his business side perfectly!

May our Mini Me’s live forever in love & happiness!


 

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