Meet Olivia, the designer behind handmade boho- & travel-inspired home brand, Wild Minds

Hi everyone! My name is Olivia and I am the mind behind Wild Minds :)

I design wooden (and hopefully soon, metal!) wall hangings, dreamcatchers and other bits and pieces for the home. I am hugely inspired by festival culture and style, and absolutely everything bohemian. I also love to travel, and that has introduced me to many different cultures and their spiritual symbols, which I have incorporated into several of my artworks.

Wild Minds began from my home in Cape Town around 3 years ago. I had designed place names for wedding tables which I had then had laser cut from wood. I realised how many possibilities there were with laser cutting and started designing decorative wall hangings (initially for myself) as I could never find exactly what I wanted elsewhere. When I got my first samples back, it hit me that I should make this into a business, and Wild Minds was born!

It has been a massive learning curve as I do everything myself - from the initial designs and hand-painting, to website management, sales, packaging & shipping and accounting to name a few. I would say that has been the biggest challenge, although it has definitely taught me a lot along the way!

Having your own business can sometimes be a real test - there are often days where I stop and wonder if my work is good enough, if I'm wasting my time on a pipe dream, and if I am ever going to be able to make a real success of it. Your confidence can take a real knock when sales aren't pouring in. However, when I send a piece off to the other side of the world or I get to collaborate on a custom design with a customer or another maker, it's really exciting and I love every second of it.

Receiving a lovely piece of feedback after a lot of hard work also makes everything feel worthwhile - I don't know if my customers ever realise just how much it means to me to hear how happy they are with something I have made just for them. When I think about all the people across the globe that now have a little piece of my artwork displayed in their home, I feel really proud of myself that I have managed to get to this point and I hope it continues!

The best part is that I get to be creative and do something I love every day. Even the more mundane tasks are just a reminder of the fact that I have built a little business by myself, and that's a great feeling.
 

My advice to other sellers out there would be to just keep pushing forward, keep creating and being inspired, and stay positive! Set backs happen, but when you put yourself out there to showcase your work, you are doing it because you are passionate about it, and thats the most important reason of all.

A platform like Hello Pretty is so valuable for us small business owners as it gives us the means to get online, get selling and extend our reach to people who may not necessarily have ever discovered our work. So make the most of it and enjoy!

You can find me on Hello Pretty under Wild Minds, on Instagram at @x.wild.minds.x and on Facebook at facebook.com/wildminds.sa.

This blog post is one in Hello Pretty's guest blog series. Each post is written by a person who is running their online store through South Africa's favourite art, design & craft marketplace.

If you'd like to more view guest posts in this series, and other posts where we interview local businesses, click here.

Wanna write a guest post on Hello Pretty? Email us at info@hellopretty.co.za to find out more.

 

8 unique Valentine's Day gifts for men 🙋 💝

Valentine's Day shopping is in full swing, and for a sentimental occasion like this, the order of the day is personal. You'll find some unique, personalisable stuff on Hello Man and Hello Pretty. Dare we say, the best unique personalised stuff.

The thing we're excited to show you today is the handmade brass vintage-style engraved wallet made by Trekker Grooming & Gear. They say:

"This Brass wallet is handmade from 100% South African materials, and designed to age gracefully over time, developing a patina unique to you. Each wallet we make will have slight differences, and no two will ever be exactly alike.

Add your personal touch! This wallet is designed to last a long, long time: Get it engraved on the back, ready to be passed on to the next generation."

Click here to shop.

Some favourite rings from La Mae's men's range:
LeftBrushed tungsten ring with polished sides. R1 600.
MiddleBrushed 6mm wide tungsten ring with rose gold plating inside. R1 600.
RightBlack tungsten ring with rose gold plating. R1 600.
 

Top leftSterling Silver Embossed Cufflinks. R900. Made by Eon Hoon Jewellery Design.
Another of Eon's beautiful contemporary designs.

Top rightSterling Silver Wallet Insert. R1 200. Made by RubyRose Jewellery.
Something precious for him to keep between his bank and loyalty cards.

Bottom leftA4 Stag Canvas Print. R300. Made by E.M.A. Photography Design.
A minimalist statement piece, available in different sizes.

Bottom rightSterling Silver Twisted Bracelet. R1 200. Made by MD Jewellery Design.
We love this unique solid silver bangle. It'll make high-quality addition to his wardrobe.

Jewellery SALE now on!

Ok. It's January. It's been Christmas, and holidays, and just generally... a lot. BUT: we have some incredible sales on jewellery (and more) on Hello Pretty and now's the perfect time for you to give yourself a pretty little pick-me-up.

In the photo above we have a solid rose gold and quartz ring from MD Jewellery Design that is on special with R500 discount! Usually R1 500,   now only R1 000  . For. Solid. Gold! No, there's no catch.

👉 Click here to shop.

These three beauts are from Glove Jewellery. Glove is special to us because they're one of our oldest sellers on Hello Pretty. The products featured in the list above are:

LeftHandmade sterling silver lion picture disc necklace.    Was R310, now R155.  
MiddleSterling silver / rose or yellow gold plated custom initial necklace.    Was R320, now R140  .
RightSterling silver giraffe picture disc necklace.    Was R310, now R155  .

 

LeftSterling Silver & Resin Earings. by Natasha Wood.     Was R750, now R650  
Top rightDainty Flower Bracelet by La Mae Jewellery.    Was R780, now R650  .
Bottom rightBrass Goldfish Necklace by SMITH Jewellery.    Was R875, now R400  .

 

Top leftDawn Bracelet. Was R200, now R100. Made by Lula Creations.

Top rightDusk Bracelet. Was R200, now R100. Made by Lula Creations.

Bottom leftReclaimed Porcelain Necklace. Was R600, now R300. Made by Nonnapot.

Bottom rightBlack Diamond Rose Gold Studs. Was R1 950, now R1 600. Made by MD Handmade Jewellery.

Are you sick of your kids yet?

It's almost the start of the new school year. After such a lovely long break with family, we're betting everyone is 100% ready to cruise back into their routines and kick 2020 off to a great start!

Our team is full-swing into planning and making goals for the year. We have some super sweet stuff in the works that we're excited to show you! In the banner above is 5 Things' A2 desk planner. Having a visual display of your intentions, and writing them down, is a very effective way to keep inspired and on-track. We're on-paper girls for that and having it all laid out in a structured way we can 100% recommend.

imadethat.studio is an awesome little business with a big heart. All their stuff is made from upcycled and off-cut pieces of fabric, meaning less in the landfills.

LeftAll Spice Leather Backpack - R1 850. Sweshwe-lined interior with lots of pockets
Top rightGenuine Leather Backpack - R1 850. Buy it, so you can borrow it.
Bottom right: Seventyfour Leather Backpack - R2 350. A thing of beauty in full-grain leather.

LeftGiant Pin Pencil Bag - R120. Made by i Spy.
MiddleLove | Evolution Hold-All - R145. Made by That's so ME!
RightVespa Pencil Bag - R179. Made by oli+frank.

Top leftYou Got This! Notebook - R85. New year, new teacher, new friends, new lessons - so dauntingLove & Sparkles is here to reassure.

Top rightShe Believed She Could Notebook - R150. Remind your kids: they can be or do anything they want to. A notebook from Cool Creations will do the trick.

Bottom leftWooden Spiral Notebook - R250. It's made of wood, but don't worry, it's varnished so you won't get splinters ;) From Nice.

Bottom rightFlamingo Notebook Set - R140. Flamingoes & feathers! A cheery, fun set of notebooks being sold by To the Moon & Back Paper Studio.

Tips and Tricks to having your stall stand out.

Hello Pretty Spicy Designers!

Hope you all are awesome and super excited for the Pretty Spicy Market.
The time has finally come for you all to take out the big guns and we are here to help guide you.

Market season has come, so that means the preps can begin! But lets be honest, the competition between vendors is killing… So let us help you to be your very best on the big day and the talk of the market.

But how will your stall stand out in a big crowd of others? Well, with the following tips and tricks of course!

First of all, maybe the most important thing to keep in mind is that the presentation of your stall must be on point. The lay out must be irresistible, So people have no choice but to check your products out.

You can do all kinds of different things to make your stall look cute and fun! Like a nice tablecloth, some flowers, hek even a Bicycle.The point is be creative! 

Don’t put to many items of a one product on the table you dont want it to look chaotic, Its not presentable and definitely not attractive.

Try to make your table look organized so that the people can have a nice overview of what you are selling and not end up being confused.

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