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Stall Profile :: Calm Body and Home

Introducing Sandy Cousens, founder of health and lifestyle business Calm Body and Home. I’ve been in the interior design field for nearly 15 years, starting as a mural artist for…

Introducing Sandy Cousens, founder of health and lifestyle business Calm Body and Home.

I’ve been in the interior design field for nearly 15 years, starting as a mural artist for the residential and commercial sector. This organically lead into colour consulting, interior styling then renovations, opening up a retail store and then the joy of furthering both my design and art skills.

What made your pursue your creative passion?

I’ve always found art to be a form of meditation for me, and through a health journey, that enhanced my spiritual journey, I realised I wanted to be a compass to my sons and live my passion; so hopefully I’m showing them that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?

It was after meeting my now husband 15 years ago, and deciding to pursue my creativity. However, my real passion, Calm Body and Home eventuated about a year ago, and I’ve just launched the new site, products and social media these last few months.

What does your brand consist of?

Calm Body and Home is all about gently guiding people to live a healthier and calmer life. Through my design, I’ve created a series of artworks, aromatherapy products and workshops that are geared towards living a holistically healthier life.

Where is the label designed and made?

Everything is created on the Gold Coast.

What inspires you?

This life that I’ve been so blessed to have, my sons, my health and the beautiful souls I get to meet daily.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?

Eventually I would love to see someone running the Calm Body and Home products so I can concentrate on the creative and host more workshops to spread the word. I’ve been blessed to meet people from the UK who have shown interest in my products so I would love to see them over there and even team up with like souls to host some workshops abroad too. I would love to see people realise that it doesn’t have to be expensive to be healthy and by using the kits I’ve created, people from all demographics can do just that.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?

I’m in my forties, and as much as I don’t like to use that as an excuse, I’ve never used social media up until recently, so this has been a whole new expertise and learning experience - but I’m getting there! A challenge is always good for the soul (!).

What is the best thing about having your own business?

The feeling of achievement, being able to attend events at my children’s school and having such beautiful comments of how it’s helped people in various aspects of their life. It’s such a blessing.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?

Have all your ducks in a row, be brave with social media, but most importantly live your truth; don’t suffer from ‘comparitonitis’, as by living your passion, you will raise your vibration and attract like souls or those that need to be attracted to you. If you live your truth, all will unfold at the right time.

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Stall Profile: NIKKE HORRIGAN

We’ve personally been there before…..When life throws a curveball at you and your nine to five falls comes to an unexpected end, you turn the negative into a positive and…

We've personally been there before.....When life throws a curveball at you and your nine to five falls comes to an unexpected end, you turn the negative into a positive and create your own path. It's the push you need to follow your passion and create a job you love.

That was the case for boilermaker turned coal miner turned entrepreneur and designer Nik Horrigan who joins TVM for the first time this Sunday with his label, NIKKE HORRIGAN.

We were inspired by Nik's story and thought he was the perfect fit for our recently launched TVM Startup Stall. We chatted to Nik about how he got the kick start he needed to launch his business.

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I grew up in a small suburb in Ipswich called Brassall. I did a bit of everything, my dad pushed me to become an apprentice boiler maker and plumber. But I wanted to see the world so joined the navy to become an aircraft tech but I hated being told what to do - so that didn't go down well! Then I found myself working as an underground coal miner.

What made your pursue your creative passion?
I felt that I was different, a bit of an outsider growing up. I always wanted to live my life with a certain sense of identity and live in a way that allowed me to be happy. I always had good fashion sense growing up close with my mother. But it was after I was unfairly dismissed from my job when I was working at an underground mine, everything changed. I promised myself that I wouldn't let myself be treated like that again. And I started focusing on what I love.

When did you take the plunge and start your own business?
I've been chipping away at if for a few years on and off while I was working. But it wasn't till last year when I lot of personal things happened to me that I knew I had to make the change. So I quit my job and travelled Europe to reboot. And I told myself, "If can get through it all, I can do anything". I had seen the light at the end of the tunnel, and I realized I have what it takes, so I launched the label at the end of last year.

What does your brand consist of?
At the moment it's tee's, shirts, jeans, shorts and headwear. But I'd like to get into eyewear, underwear and fragrance in the future.

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Where is the label designed and made?
Crazy story, I tried make my clothes in Australia but none wanted to work with me because I was a no-body. I decided to take the leap of faith and buy a ticket to China and bang on every factory door until someone would help me. So long story short, I got lucky and found an Australian factory based in China, and the strangest thing was that the owner and I went to the same school in Ipswich!

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What inspires you?
That life is what you make it.

What are your plans for the brand and where do you hope it takes you?
I'd like to see the label become a lifestyle brand and compete with the major high end brands like Saint Laurent, Balmain and Alexander Wang. I hope to travel the world and live in different places and meet people from all walks of life.

What were the biggest challenges when launching your brand?
Patience and investing money and time into yourself. It's hard not to compare yourself with people around you because when you choose a non-traditional path in life there's not a lot of people around you.

What is the best thing about having your own business?
It's very fulfilling.

One piece of advice for someone hoping to start their own small business that you wish you’d been told?
Think twice before you sign something.

CONNECT WITH NIKKE HORRIGAN:

Find Nik Horrigan at TVM this Sunday 18 September +

Website:  nikkehorrigan.com
Instagram: @nikkehorrigan
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Stall Profile: Kiss Create

Recreate. Revive. Reclaim. Meet Amanda Kitchen, of Kiss Create, a long time TVM stall peddling painted and up-cycled vintage furniture and homewares. Tell us about how and when your label was…

Recreate. Revive. Reclaim.

Meet Amanda Kitchen, of Kiss Create, a long time TVM stall peddling painted and up-cycled vintage furniture and homewares.

Tell us about how and when your label was created?

I have created and worked with design for the last 16 years working for myself. My first business dizzi dezine was online designer wedding stationery. I needed a new creative outlet and sold dizzi and started Kiss Create. I had been painting furniture for my own home and family from my early 20’s and had always had a passion for colours and styling. I have also had an obsession with vintage since I was a young girl. I am a keen collector and don’t like to throw away things that can be re-used. So with my loves of vintage, painting and recycling I came up with Kiss Create.

What pieces are included within your range?

My range is forever changing depending on my finds. Each piece is unique. I do always have my old windows that I have upcycled into photo frames as well as a dresser each market, which is a favorite of mine to do. Every woman and girl needs a Kiss Create dresser. My door tables with 50’s legs and chairs are also proving popular.

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What is your creative background?

I have always loved photography and anything creative. I created an online DIY stationery mega store for brides as well as designing a new range of wedding stationery each year. I worked with Cosmo bride and other bridal magazines as well as won awards while in the wedding business.

Where is the label designed and made?

I work from home surrounded by a rainforest with lots of space and nature. When I find a piece of furniture I normally have a vision of how I would like it to be after the makeover.

Sometimes I turn off that path and it ends up being something totally different. I love being able to work in my own creative space away from the hustle and bustle.

What inspires you?

Ohhh so much. The internet is an amazing tool as well as home magazines. I am always looking at old buildings and colours as well as my travels through Europe & Africa. I love mixing new colours and playing around with different techniques. I am forever learning.

Latest collection consists of?

I have an amazing Barn Door Table with benches made from another door as well as a large sized coffee table made from a bed base with 4 drawers and the top being old tounge and groove. I love these one off unique pieces.

Of course there will be retro and mid-century pieces as well as kids & nursery furniture.

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What's on your mood board?

Colours, painting techniques, samples of collected vintage wallpapers, Styling tips, & photos.

What’s your creative space like?

I am lucky to have a few spaces to work in. I have my outdoor studio which is in a beautiful rainforest filled with birds and wallabies. I also have a few verandas to work on if the weather is not too good as well as my workshop and storage area which is where I have all my wonderful paint, tools and stock. There is my photography studio where I take all the pictures of my makeovers as well as my office .

What music do you listen to while designing/creating?

I have JJJ playing in my workshop all the time. At the moment I am loving Dan Sultan, first Aid Kit, Angus & Julia Stone and some oldies Rodriguiz, Xavier Rudd & Ben Harper.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Visiting my salvage yards, Auctions, Op shops and Collectors I buy from to pick up stock.

Cleaning, sanding, painting & distressing furniture as well as accessories. Styling and photographing the refreshed pieces. Working on my blog/website and uploading daily photos on Facebook and Instagram. Quoting and getting in touch with my lovely customers that have requested me to paint their furniture. I also try and fit in custom paint jobs where I go to my customers house to paint their furniture.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

So many, all of them. I Love Crystal Creek Flowers as each market day I buy flowers for different vases or bottles I am using for styling on the day. All the vintage stalls of course are fave’s. Love the coffee and juice guys and the music is always amazing. I am also loving the fashion for both me and my 4 daughters.

Favourite reads/blogs?

Real Living magazine. A couple of blogs I have been following at the moment is Vintage Revivals & Coco & Kelley

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

I am a vintage label lover so whatever label I can find is my favorite. I love the Village Market rack sales.

What are your plans for the remainder of 2014 and beyond?

I now have an amazing collector that I am working with who finds me the most amazing retro & mid century pieces.

I am forever playing around with new techniques and colours. I will be releasing some more pieces using wallpaper as well as some metallic colours.
There will also be some amazing upcycled furniture using quality pieces and fine workmanship. Exciting times.

Why TVM?
It’s the best market of course. I love that it is a boutique market and so many amazing stalls. It’s wonderful to be working with other creative people and there is so much well chosen talent.

TVM are so professional and amazing with marketing and design.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

The vibe and music is always good. Lots of lovely people both stall holders and customers. I love that I can share my passion with others. x

Connect with Kiss Create:
Find Kiss Create at the next TVM, Sunday 16th November 2014 at Burleigh Heads State School 8:30am - 1pm
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Stall Profile: Paradise Pantry

This one is for the tastebuds! This weekend at TVM Paradise Point, we welcome new food stall Paradise Pantry. A divine selection of fresh, healthy ready to eat products, made locally…

This one is for the tastebuds! This weekend at TVM Paradise Point, we welcome new food stall Paradise Pantry. A divine selection of fresh, healthy ready to eat products, made locally by Holly Shelley.

With a menu including rice paper rolls with optional satay dipping sauce, choc walnut biscuits with peanut butter cream and strawberries/banana, paleo pumpkin bread with avocado slices, sweet potato brownies (vegan), it's safe to say we're pretty excited! And for all those Paradise Point pooches, there's even banana peanut butter dog biscuits on the menu!

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Tell us about how and when your business was created?

I created my blog Paradise Pantry a couple of months after moved to Paradise Point in May last year. I am incredibly passionate about healthy food and wanted to share some of my ideas, and so a food blog was born. I was struggling to come up with a name but then my boyfriend (genius) came up with Paradise Pantry, I loved it. It’s a great way to share my recipes, get inspired by other food blogs and communicate with my friends and family interstate and overseas.

What products are on the menu?

All healthy items, I want to give people options if they are vegan, paleo, vegetarian, gluten free etc. Or if they are just looking to live a healthy lifestyle.

There will be ricepaper rolls, all filled with fresh veggies and rice noodles and a choice of turmeric tofu, soy marinated mushrooms and chilli, sesame pumpkin. Also optional dipping sauce will be available, sweet chilli or homemade satay.

Sweet potato brownies (vegan), no bake lemon tarts topped with blueberry chia jam (gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free), choc, acai and coconut bliss balls or choc walnut biscuits topped with peanut butter cream and fresh berries or banana, paleo pumpkin bread with avocado slices (paleo, gluten free), seed crackers with hummus topped with roasted chickpeas and last but not least peanut butter, banana and parsley dog biscuits, we can’t forget to treat our best friends!

I use organic ingredients where possible. Free range eggs and most of my items are from a local health food store. Please ask if you want to know specifics.

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What is your background?

Healthy food lover since I was born, I grew up in the bush with a massive veggie garden and health conscious parents. I became more and more interested in what food could do for my body in high school. My health journey continued as I discovered ideas and recipes when I was living in Canada and had to cook all my own meals. Now I’m currently studying Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University here on the Gold Coast.

Where are you based?

In my small yet beautiful kitchen in Paradise Point, QLD.

What inspires you?

I can spend hours looking at food blogs, scrolling through instagram, reading nutrition articles, hearing about new food items and flavours just waiting to be made. I love hearing people discover how healthy things taste amazing and then start their own health journey. I hope to encourage more people to make healthier choices, because what we eat is such a big contributor to our overall health. 

What's on your inspiration board?

My to make list. Little facts about what certain foods are good for. Photos of my boyfriend, nature and our dog Blaze.

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What’s your creative space like?

Clean, everything has its spot. I try and make it fun and pretty though with pops of colour and quirky little finds. I love having photos that remind me of fun times, they always make me smile.

What music do you listen to while in the kitchen?

Coldplay, Pierre Lapointe, Chet Faker, Asegir, Triple J.

A day in the life of you consists of?

Having something delicious and nutritious for breakfast before heading off to uni. I love options that are quick during the week. Banana granola, smoothies, chia puddings and breakfast muffins would be a typical brekky. Pancakes and eggs on weekends. Then there is a day of going to lectures and labs, my lunch will usually consists of a salad I’ve made the night before. If I’m at home I’ll get a bit more creative and make veggie sushi or miso salmon. I’ll make my boyfriends lunch in the afternoon and have a smoothie or kombucha. Dinner is usually packed with veggies, such as baked sweet potatoes, raw pad thai or cauliflower crust pizza. A peppermint tea and loving chocolate / pana chocolate are my favourite dessert options.

Favourite TVM stall (besides yours of course)?

I love Hatha yoga, and Galerie Wa. Wish I had more cupboards to store both things in! I’m obsessed!

Favourite reads/blogs?

Green Kitchen Stories, My New Roots, Sprouted Kitchen, Teresa Cutter, Nutrition Stripped, This Rawesome Vegan Life.

What are we likely to find you wearing on market day? Any favourite labels?

I love my Lululemon and Hatha gear, so comfortable yet stylish. Country Road is a dangerous shop for me to walk into, I love their clothes as well as their homewares. Oh and exciting news, a beautiful fashion boutique called Hidden has just opened in Paradise Point. I bought clothes from there that I’m sure I will be wearing on market day. Definitely an apron, as I don’t want to get anything dirty!

What can we expect for the remainder of 2014 and beyond?

I’m always trying new recipes and would like to change the Paradise Pantry food options with the seasons and customer preferences.

Why TVM?

Because it’s the best market I’ve ever been to, full stop. The quality of each stall is amazing, and it has such a great vibe. You can feel the passion in the air from the market stall holders and the excitement of customers findings all these cool things. Sounds cliché, but its true. I noticed there was a gap in the market for healthy food options and I wanted to fill it. Paradise Pantry in Paradise Point? Yes please.

What do you love most about attending TVM?

Well I haven’t been as a stall holder yet but I’m sure it’ll be fun, I’m quite nervous as I want everything to be perfect. It really excites me to think people (will hopefully) buy my food! All I can say from a customers perspective I couldn’t wait until the last Sunday of the month, every time I’ve gone I’ve found something I love.

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