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2020 Jar – Brand Showcase: Pipps by Pippa

Our last interview for 2019, just in time for the pre-order of our 2020 summer jars! 🎉 We chatted to Leanne about her brand Pipps by Pippa 🐾

Tell me a bit about yourself?
Leanne: I am an established marketer with over 10 years experience in the restaurant hospitality industry, and am currently studying my Masters Degree in Marketing and Data Analytics. This, coupled with a full time job and run Pipps by Pippa in my spare time – I am a very busy lady!
I am known to be passionate, fun loving and a go-getter that will stop at nothing to achieve my life goals – this is further encouraged by my supportive husband, Dan. I find it incredibly rewarding to be able to take all my life and working experience and pour it into Pipps by Pippa and really make it my own and watch it grow.🐾

Tell me a bit about your business?
We are a small family run business that are extremely passionate about creating luxury dog accessories for beautiful pups all over the world. We started exclusively in South Africa, and since immigrating to the UK we are currently in the process of expanding the business globally. All our products are handmade in South Africa by my Mom who puts love and care into every piece that she touches. The inspiration for Pipps by Pippa is our little Papillon, Pippa who is the heart and soul of the business. I manage the business day-to-day and focus on all our social media, recruiting brand ambassadors and choosing material with my Mom. My husband is also still very involved in the business as photographer and advisor.💖

Why did you start?
Pipps by Pippa started with our inspiration – Pippa, our gorgeous pup. We wanted the very best for her and when we went shopping to look for collars and beds, we simply could not find anything we liked and that would suit her personality. Initially, Dan decided that he was going to build Pippa a bed to fit into our Scandinavian styled home rather than just have a tatty mattress of the floor. Upon completion, we realised that this is something that the market needs, beautifully designed dog accessories that reflect your own style. We started off with dog collars and beds, expanding into leads and bandanas and 2020 will see some new and exciting lines launch in the Pipps by Pippa stable.🐶

What keeps you going?
This is a very good question! What keeps me going is the drive to make something of myself every day and, in the long term, the fierce passion to achieve and leave a legacy behind. Given South Africa’s current economic climate, I want to be an inspiration to other would be entrepreneurs, a beacon of hope and hopefully drive other people to follow their passion and dreams and never give up! The time will always be now to start making something of yourself. ✨

And what advice would you give your younger self?
I would say, do not delay on your dreams and goals, if you want something, go for it! Too many goals are stifled by fear and doubt, but passion will trump that. Don’t become stagnant, continue to grow yourself through podcasts, literature, talks and mentors – this will really help your mind focus and your dreams become your reality.🎉

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2020 Jar – Brand Showcase: Hello Dough

We chatted to Anne from Hello Dough ✨💕🌿 we will be featuring some of their awesome products in our 2020 jars!

Tell me a bit about yourself?
Anne: I am a mum of 2 kiddies under 6 years old , based in Cape Town.
I have a background as a (Montessori) Teacher and I love playdough! 🎼

Tell be a bit about your business?
Anne: Hello Dough is a premium scented modelling dough.
Hello Dough started as a craft activity with my students when I was teaching overseas and later with my own children. I launched Hello Dough a few months ago and it has been evolving since.🎨

Why did you start?
Anne: Hello Dough is a great learning tool to develop all of the senses. The possibilities of learning with playdough are endless. ✨

I am passionate about encouraging children to explore so I have created this fun , scented and colorful range of playdough.

What keeps you going?
Anne: The feedback have been great.
The response and support I daily get from other mums and little ones are very positive.
Nothing beats seeing a child playing with Hello Dough, rolling, squeezing our modelling dough. I am very thankful and grateful for all this support.

That’s what keeps me going. 🤗

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Anne: Be humble, work hard, dream big, be kind to yourself. And take the time to spend time with loved ones.. Time flies too quickly! 🌱🌷

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2020 Jar – Brand Showcase: Not i but we

We met with the beautiful Maddison and chatted about her brand @notibutwe 💕

We will be featuring their scrunchies & lip balms in our 2020 jars 🎉 by purchasing one you can make a huge difference 🌟

Tell me about yourself?
Maddison: So I’m actually from America, as you can tell from my accent! I’ve been working with S-Cape, which is a safe house for survivors of human trafficking – actually the only safe house of this kind in South Africa. So I’ve been working there on and off for about year and a half. I went to university in the states, then came here for an internship, fell in love with the country, and kept coming back, and just finally got my visa here!
I studied social entrepreneurship, and have had a heart to work with survivors in trafficking since I was about 16. One thing I saw in the residents is that they come from nothing and go back to nothing. So poverty was one of the main driving forces of trafficking, So economic empowerment was one of the main keys of restoration. So I started some random projects to try help this, we made pillows at one point etc. And then one day I was like, what about scrunchies?! (hair ties). Which have been selling really well. And we have also done lip balms for different fundraisers that also do really well, which is amazing! So we are trying to keep up with all the orders, and we are learning along the way but it’s exciting, and the residents at the safe house love to sew. 🌷

Tell me about your brand and how it works?
So right now we work solely with the survivors at our safe house. So ideally there will be a “job readiness” program with soft skills, budgeting, and also how to run your own business. And also along with making the products.
So the residents at the safe house can decide if they want to continue with the program, and then they are able to make the scrunchies, and they are paid per scrunchie. It’s been really cool to see them grow with this, there is still a lot of things to work out, but it’s a good learning experience – and that is entrepreneurship! 🙌

Why did you start?
I knew I had to start somewhere, and do something for the residents to earn incomes, which was very difficult to do as lots of them have very little education. So I thought if you could upskill people with simple things like this, and then give the option when they graduate from the programme if they want to continue with it, that would be amazing! And if they choose to leave they can at leave put it on their cv or can be a reference for them. ✨

What keeps you going?
Oh, that’s a good question! (laughs)
I just love the woman in the programme so much, and have such a heart to see them empowered and know that they can have work that’s dignifying and that they can have a better life, and that there is hope! 🌈

What advice would you give your younger self?
(Laughs!) ooh, so much advice!!
Don’t be so impulsive, think things through & not everything has to be a rush! 😅

Lastly, how do you take your coffee?
Americano on ice, cold and black – it’s hard to find the cold part here in SA ☕️❄️

#supportlocal #notibutwe #ittakesavillage

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2020 Jar – Brand Showcase: Urban Hound Social

We were lucky enough to chat with the husband & wife team from Urban Hound Social… next year we will be featuring some of their amazing products in our 2020 Jars! Here is their paw-some story…🐾🛍

Tell me a bit about yourselves?
Two pups and their ex-advertising agency Creative Director parents have just launched SA’s newest pup-focused fashion and lifestyle start-up, https://www.urbanhoundsocial.com/.
We’re creative entrepreneurs that want to make a difference in the country, while shaking up the pet industry.
Our mantra is doing good, whilst doing good business.
Married with two fur kids Rollo and Ally, living our South African dream.

Tell me a bit about your business?
Our mission: to shake up the pet industry by injecting the spirit of African design into locally handmade pet products that bring humans and fur children closer together.
We support local. We buy local. We employ only local artisans to handcraft every UHS item using only locally-sourced South African 3 Cats ShweShwe heritage fabric. So everything is made in and of Africa.
We will also gift a portion of our profits to Peke Rescue every quarter.
Our overall aim is to do good while doing good business in the hope of inspiring other South Africans to stay, to build and to support local, together helping lead Africa towards sustainable, dynamic and inclusive growth.
To have fun doing it.

Why did you start?
To channel our creative energy that gives back to pups, pup parents, the country and of course to ourselves, we’ve always wanted our own business.

What keeps you going?
Knowing that the more happy pupstomers that we have, the more we can give to peke rescue, the more we can employ local artisans, the more we can feed the economy and the more we can live our purpose.

And what advice would you give your younger self?
Start sooner!

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2020 Jar – Brand Showcase: Liwo Design

This morning we chatted to Lisa who owns Liwo Design and creates the most beautiful handmade jewelry 💎


Tell me a bit about yourself?
Lisa: My name is Lisa. I’m originally from Stellenbosch and I live in Franschhoek now. I studied jewelry design and manufacturing at Stellenbosch university. I finished my degree and then I started working in jewelry retail. Loved it and worked for another company being a goldsmith. Then I decided it’s time start my own thing. I had been “dabbling” in it on the side before but then in 2016 I quit my job and went full time with @liwodesign and it’s been wonderful! It’s has its ups and downs too but it’s been good.💕


Tell me a bit about your business?
Lisa: All of my jewelry is manufactured and designed by me, in my home studio in Franschoek. Having the studio at my house is nice as I can work after hours. My jewelry is made from sterling silver, copper, or brass. All hand-made. The only things I do import are the chains and butterflies (clips). 💍


Why did you start?
Lisa: I wanted to keep making jewelry. When I worked retail, creating It was a sideline hobby, to make extra money and keep my skills alive. I realized that if I studied it, then why not turn it into a business and make money from it. I love doing and working from home is great too.
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What keeps you going?
Lisa: The designs & people telling me they love the stuff I do. And people appreciating that it’s hand-made, and not made by a machine, and being local is important, and I try to use natural, eco friendly products.🌷


What advice would you give your younger self?
Lisa: Start your own thing earlier, even if it’s just part-time. But start it earlier and start it bigger! I think I waited too long. And to just go for it, don’t think – just jump! 🙌


How do you take your coffee?
One sugar, one milk ☕️

#supportlocal @ Koffi Terapi

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2020 Jar – Brand Showcase: DH Art

Yesterday I sat with DH Art and chatted about her journey with art and design. We will be featuring some of her beautiful cards and prints in our 2020 jars 🎨

Tell me a bit about yourself?
Dani: I’m Daniela Hammond, and I’ve been doing art since I was very young. I remember my parents gave me an art easel, and we did lots of chalk drawing and painting.
I did art for most of my life but never thought I could be a “professional artist”.
I went to Frank Joubert Art Centre and did Painting & Mixed Media it as a 3 year subject.
That’s where my passion for art was realised. Everything I learned at Frank Joubert nurtured me in the confidence to pursue art as a career. 🎨

Tell me a bit about your business?
Dani: I ended up studying Multimedia Design & Production at CityVarsity. I realised that art and design are really different. I didn’t realize design would be so much about typography, but I really enjoyed the challenge. I’ve been working as a Graphic designer for the past 5 years. I still do my watercolour art and I like to combine art & design to make something unique. I especially love drawing animals & nature. So I will start with something hand drawn, scan it in, and I’ll edit it digitally in photoshop. Then I will put them in formats so I can print them. 🌸

Why did your start?
Dani: I love seeing beauty in the world, and detail. Also making people happy and connecting with others. My mom always encouraged me to pursue art and keep on drawing. It brings me joy. 💖

What keeps you going?
Dani: My faith in God and expressing his creation by working from nature. 🌷

What advice would you give your younger self?
Dani: To not put yourself down, to keep on trying and to not compare yourself to others. 🤗

How do you take your coffee?
Dani: I love a cuppachino. Just give me coffee and a pastry and I’m happy! ☕️🥐 @ Pinelands, Cape Town

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2020 Jar – Brand Showcase: Lee-Ann Fourie Art

Yesterday i interviewed @Lee-Ann Fourie 🌸 we chatted about her journey and beautiful creations. We are very excited to include some of her products in our 2020 love jars 💖

Tell me a bit about yourself?
Lee-Ann: so I’m originally from the Freestate – I’m a farm girl!🌾 I love making creative things, especially things people can wear and also to use in their home. I’m self-taught, from scratch. And I’m actually Afrikaans. ✨

Tell me a bit about your art and your business?
Lee-Ann: My art is very colour co-ordinated. Each year I base my art colour scheme on the Pantone colour 💙 of the year. So it’s special because every year is different colours, but still the same type of things. So this is me, very bold and colorful! 💖

Why did you start?
Lee-Ann: At first it was just a hobbie. I would follow artists, and it turned into an interest of mine, which I never thought would be, because I never really thought of myself as “creative”. But I loved giving people gifts, and making gifts for family and friends.💝 •

What keeps you going?
Lee-Ann: People complementing and buying my work, supporting me. My family. And to be honest, in the beginning it wasn’t about selling anything, it was just my release, and it makes me happy. 🌷

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Lee-Ann: To start earlier, because I held myself back by trying to be perfect. And to push to do what makes your happy. To not always plan too far shards and do things in the moment, and see how it comes out. 🌱

And lastly, how do you take your coffee?
I’m not a big coffee fan, but no sugar. Milk. ☕️🥛 #supportlocal #supportlocalartists #localislekker

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2020 Jar – Brand Showcase: LionHeart

Yesterday we chatted with the lovely Nikki from LionHeart 💕🦁
She makes the most beautiful & delicious cakes & treats which we will be featuring in our 2020 love jars…🍪

Tell me a bit about yourself?
Nikki: My name is Nikki Albertyn, I am 29 years old. I am the founder & creative director of the online confectionery studio in Cape Town called @sweet.lionheart. We have been going for 3 years and hopefully many more years to come. I am also a trained Graphic designer, turned pastry chef. And a love to bake and all the pretty things in life 🌸

Now tell me a bit more about your business?
Nikki: so @sweet.lionheart has been going for 3 years now. We are a full team of girls, currently six strong 💪 and we make cakes to order, mainly birthday cakes, wedding cakes or for any occasion 🎂🍰💍🎉 and we also focus on hosting workshops to get like-minded bakers and in and around Cape Town to come and learn about our style and just to connect with our consumers in real life and not just online. 🍬

Why did you start?
Nikki: So because I came from a graphic design background and I loved being in the kitchen ( I was always more into cooking than baking) – I decided to do a part-time pastry course. It was the only part-time course available at the time that I could immerse myself in, and through doing that course I completely fell in love with baking & it was a really great way to match my love for design, being physical and edible 

And what keeps you going?
Nikki: Definitely my team. I absolutely love working with them every day. And also knowing that we are also working on exciting projects and just making beautiful friends. It’s difficult sometimes to be inspired but knowing we are all doing it together is really what makes each day bearable 🤗

What advice would you give to your younger self?
Nikki: Don’t take everything so seriously. Be okay with failure (it happens on a daily basis) it’s not as dramatic as you think, it’s what helps you get back up again and conquer things.

Lastly, how do you take your coffee?
Nikki: Americano with a little bit of Almond milk, no sugar. ☕️ @ LionHeart

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2020 Jar – Brand Showcase: Anushka Macrame

Yesterday I got to chat with Anushka du Plessis who creates these beautiful macrame keyrings and products. 💕

Tell me a bit about yourself?
Anushka: I’m 28 years old, I live in vredekloof brackenfell, l and I’m a foundation phase teacher – I’ve been teaching grade 2 for 3 years. And I love the beach 🏖

Tell me a bit about your business?
Anushka: So 3 years ago I was working full time, and studying. And after finishing my studies I realized how much spare time I had, so I started teaching myself how to make creative things. I started with embroidery and then I tried a bit of Macrame things. One thing lead to another, and it turned into something I really enjoyed making. And it’s really cool also because my grandmother used to do it, which makes the craft quite special to me.

Why did you start?
Anushka: so I got bored with the embroidery and wanted a new challenge. I have a lot of plants at home, and my husband said we need to make a plan now for more walking space, so I made a few plant hangers and it worked out very well. So then I also tried different shapes, big and small ones, and then also doing the wall pieces. And I enjoy working with the rope, it’s easy. 🌱

What keeps you going?
Anushka: …I enjoy it, and I keep doing it because I like doing it. And what’s interesting is that you can play around with the design itself with different colours and patterns. 🎀

And what advice would you give your younger self?
Anushka: Work hard, don’t be lazy and remember that you have more than enough time in the day. I think my younger self wasted a lot of time. Use your time wisely. 💕

Lastly, how do you take your coffee?
Anushka: No sugar, lots of milk 🥛 ☕️

#supportlocal #localcreativesza

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2020 Jar – Brand Showcase: Andrea Liang Art

Our next local creator is the talented @andrealiangart 🎨

We chatted with her about her journey…

Tell me a bit about yourself?
Andrea: My name is Andrea Liang, and I’m a self-employed digital artist. Previously I was teaching High school Science & now I’m doing digital art full time & I love it. 🎨

And tell me a bit about your business?
Andrea: So I turned to digital art during a really stressful time in my teaching career, it was the first time that I actually ever drawn digitally but it was such a great experience. It felt like traditional art, but gave me a real sense of freedom, to play with different colour, textures & compositions. I then began sharing my art journey online, and that is when I started realizing that it could be a feasible career path. I started getting some requests for commissions, mainly portraits, and then I just started branching out. 🌱

Why did you start?
Andrea: I have always had a love and passion for art, but I didn’t have the opportunity to go to art school, so it was something put on the back burner for many years. And then I revisited it at a time where I was feeling a bit lost and needed something for myself, something meditative. The cool thing about art is that you just get absorbed into it – there’s no real sense of time. I realized I could take my art further, especially digital art, and sharing it online. (the art community online is also pretty amazing & supportive) 🤗

What keeps you going?
Andrea: I guess it’s the sense of the art community and its support. The feedback I get from my audience and connecting with other creatives.
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What advice would you give your younger self?
Andrea: oh, so much! I guess the main thing is that I would tell younger Andrea, that she need not worry or stress so much about what the future holds and that life is not a straightforward path, so you don’t need to just be an expert in one thing. That it’s good to dabble and try out different types of careers and realize what fits your lifestyle and personality. 🌻

..And how do you take your coffee?
Andrea: At the moment, I’m making coffee on the stove, with soy milk ☕️🥛

#supportlocal #creatives