We're OPEN FOR BUSINESS during COVID-19 lockdown! Some need-to-know info

It's bad enough that we're worried for ours and our loved ones' health, wellbeing, livelihood and whether or not we'll have toilet paper - we don't want you to lose your online shopping too!

Hello Pretty is business as usual, but remember: we're an online marketplace, not an online shop, just the same as Bidorbuy. When you buy something on Hello Pretty, you're buying directly from the person who makes what you've ordered. We provide the platform so that small independent businesses can sell their things to you.

By using Hello Pretty to buy directly from the creative talent whose hands are actually making what you buy, you're supporting a small business, and probably a little family. You're also supporting our own small business, Hello Pretty - we're an owner-run tiny team of 3 people and we want to keep doing what we love, which is to support other people doing what they love. Also: you do not need to don a mask and skulk down any aisles in fear, when you're shopping online.

So, as a shopper, here's the skinny: It's business as usual over here, but in order to not break the law, no orders will be shipped until we taste our glorious freedom from lockdown. So you should assume a minimum of a 3 to 4 week delay on receiving your order, over and above the existing shipping lead times that each seller has set.

We of course are here to protect you, should you run into any issues with your order post-lockdown. We are also communicating with our sellers and asking them to please be extra communicative with you. They and you will get one another's contact details when you place your order, so that you can be in touch with one another.

Thanks for your patience and understanding during this very peculiar time, and thank you for supporting us and our sellers. Our team will be here to assist any customers or sellers who run into any issues.

Stay safe, and we love you all for sticking with us,
Sam.

PS This situation is very fluid; pretty much everything is subject to change and we'll do our best to communicate if it does.

Unisex gifts for kids & babies 👶

Your baby's bedding should be as good as, or better than, your own, and we have the perfect option: the charcoal melange cot duvet set, made by Lola&Peach. Luxurious, soft, jersey knit. And at only R510 this one's a real winner if you're stuck for a gift. Also available in pink.

Not everyone wants to go the classic blue-for-boys, pink-for-girls route for their little ones. Or maybe you're shopping for a gift for a friend who's keeping their baby's gender a surprise. On Hello Pretty you'll find a boat-load of quality, unique options suitable for any baby or child,  so prepare yourself for an exciting browse-athon!
 

Our featured designer for today is Ruby Stitches Baby & Kids Decor. They have an adorable range of wall hangings for kids. We've featured their more neutral ones here, but they have in a whole variety of colours and styles (and animals!). One of our favourites is their rainbow wall hanging, which you get personalised with a child's name.

LeftButtons Bear wall hanging (personalised) - R440.
MiddleSnuggles Bunny wall hanging (personalised) - R440.
RightCuddles Bear wall hanging (personalised) - R440.
 

LeftCotton Teepee. R1 200. Made by Willow and Wolfe.
Kids adore a hideaway.

Top rightPom Pom Crib Blanket. R800. Made by Baby Couture.
All handmade, 100% cotton and it comes in three colour options.

Bottom rightFace Rug. R995. Made by My Little Sunshine.
We love this for a nursery playmat.
 

Top leftTwo-Rex Second Birthday Tee. R170. Little Lion Cub Boutique.
A terrific tee for the terrible twos!

Bottom leftNatural Baby Balm. R170 (was R180). Made by Le Naturel.
With tea tree, buchu and lavender oils.

RightKoala Onesie. R750. Made by Afreaka Clothing.
We all have koalas on our minds at the moment. 🐨
 

LeftTriblox 18cm Photo Blocks. R200.
Photoblox has loads of options for printing photos onto thick pine plywood.

RightRawrsome Dinosaur Cupcake Kit. R220.
What kid wouldn't want to create cupcakes looking like these little guys? Made by Annie's Baking Club.

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.

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