We are so thrilled that Vanessa from Heart and Home, an online gem contacted us to feature their shop as a vendor. I personally love the Jam Makers Set that will get anyone making jam in no time! And then there is the “Keep Calm and Come In” doormat - a classic item! You are sure to find something you like on their site.
More on Heart and Home from Vanessa, one of the co-owners:
Two years ago, my sister-in-law, Kathryn and I started discussing the idea to have an online gift shop stocking products that are unique, charming and with a touch of vintage. We wanted our online shop to be professional yet offer that personal touch. It has been a wonderful (and challenging) journey but we have learnt so much about sourcing products, branding, website design and IT. I used to be a financial manager in corporate and after having my first son I decided that I didn’t want to be driving into the city every day (from Melkbosstrand) and juggling work deadlines and children. I also wanted to do something a little more creative.
When I fell pregnant with the second son I decided to resign and work on our business idea that we had been researching for a year. Kathryn is consulting in corporate and will be joining me full-time in the near future.
We have found some lovely local suppliers, namely Peg and Thread, Nocturnal Affair, Mu and Me and Dolly Dinkle. We are amazed at how much talent there is in South Africa. We have imported the rest of our products to ensure that we have a unique selection of gifts. At the beginning of February this year, we finally launched our online gift shop, Heart and Home and we’ve had a wonderful response so far.
Heart and Home offers a complimentary gift wrapping service and each gift is wrapped in a red and white polka dot gift wrap and tied with a red Petersham ribbon. We also attach our customised “Special Wishes” gift tag with the personalised message.
Great news is that Heart and Home is offering a 15% discount off initial purchase after signing up for their online newsletter. More good news is that there is a Facebook promotion running until the end of March 2012 – if you like their Facebook page you could win a R350 voucher.
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If it is different, made with love and contains Italian parsley or rosemary, I love it! I'm inspired by my daughter, born Sept 2010, a good latte served with a pretty piece of cake or even better: a carrot and cream cheese-centered muffin. I live by the motto "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day". May you be inspired to live a lovilee life! -