HAPPY HANDS HAPPY HEART
We absolutely love Happy Hands Happy Heart. We know in our house our hands are happy and our hearts are happy. All because of this product. And the lady behind it. She is a true inspiration. She is rocking the small business scene. And has made such an impact with her positive vibe, gorgeous feed and ah-mazing product.
Em is Mum to three awesome little people, 7, 5 and 2, who are also her business partners. She loves tea, the colour yellow, lounge room discos and rainy-movie-pj-days. We adore her. And we were lucky enough to have a chat about all things business, mum life and what is next for Happy Hands Happy Heart.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT DISCOVERED YOUR AWESOME BY NOW, COULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS, HAPPY HANDS HAPPY HEART.
Firstly, wow! Thank you. I am so thrilled that people like what I am doing.
At Happy Hands Happy Heart we produce a range of all natural scented playdoughs. Our playdoughs are created using fruits/ vegetables/ herbs and spices, to create our gorgeous colours, and each flavour is scented to enhance the feeling of calm and well being. We are all about encouraging calm creative play, in a natural and sustainable way. Our flavours include lemon, pink grapefruit, lavender, cinnamon, spearmint, blood orange, vanilla and mandarin.
We are passionate about encouraging creative and sensory play, so I have created something that encourages play based learning, is a perfect texture for encouraging fine motor skill development, encourages positive moods and is perfect for all ages (grown ups included).
WHAT MADE YOU START UP YOUR BUSINESS.
My anxiety was getting on top of me, and with some help, I realised that one of the pieces to the puzzle was that I was missing my creative outlet. I had always been a maker and creator, but with three little ones- I was struggling to find me time. So I started playing playdough with my little ones a lot. It was fun, calming, and worked to reduce my symptoms, whilst also spending quality time with my little ones. I thought others might like it as much as I did… so Happy Hands Happy Heart was born. When my hands are happy, my heart is happy! I decided I wanted my products to have the maximum benefits, so I created something that was unique, all natural, and enhanced calm and well being, all whilst remaining environmentally responsible. Pretty stoked with how it has all turned out, and how people have responded to my business.
WE LOVE YOUR IMAGES IN YOUR FEED. WE LOVE THE PLAYDOUGH ARTWORK. YOU HAVE QUITE THE TALENT. WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE HAPPY HANDS HAPPY HEART.
Thank you! For the last 14 years, up until the start of this year, I have been working as a freelance photographer (have popped that on hold to concentrate on playdough and I’m loving it). Before that, I was working in Visual Merchandising. I’m glad I’m still making use of all of my skills... I hadn’t really thought about that before.
AND WHAT COLOUR-FLAVOUR COMBO IS YOUR FAVOURITE.
It's kind of like picking a favourite child, they are each wonderful for different reasons, but I always come back to Lemon. It was one of the first I ever created. It’s my favourite colour. Lemon just always brings me to a content place and makes my house smell gorgeous and clean, even if it isn’t!
THROUGHOUT YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT SO FAR IS.
You can’t do it alone. And you need a magnificent tribe. I have been lucky to surround myself with sensational women who are amazing creatives, business women and mums. It is important to have a tribe around you that you can troubleshoot with, celebrate little wins with, get great advice, or just to chat too when it doesn’t seem to be working. These women always inspire and encourage me to do and be better and I’m blessed to have them in my life.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS.
Know your why. Why are you in business, why are you in this business? Your why will define your business. Your why cant just be about making money- small business is hard work- if you don’t have a meaningful why, you will burnout). If you know your why, it will make it easier to make decisions along the way- because all answers will come back to your purpose. Also have a clear idea about your brand and what it stands for, and don’t compromise on it.
WE ARE FOREVER SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT MUM-WORK LIFE BALANCE. WE HAVENT FOUNT IT YET. DANG. HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE JUGGLE.
You know, I think I have finally come to the realization that there is no such thing as a perfect work life mum balance. It’s all about being flexible. Know what you are not willing to compromise on, and work around that. But most importantly, ask for help when you need it. None of us can do it all on our own- and you know what, no one expects us to; no matter how much pressure we put on ourselves. My work / home life is tightly intertwined- sometimes it works brilliantly, sometimes it doesn’t. But again, if you know your why…you will make it work. Sometimes you have to make some sacrifices. (Mine is sleep!). Ha ha.
WE KNOW YOU JUST ROCKED A STALL AT THE MELBOURNE FINDERS KEEPERS MARKET. WHAT ELSE IS PLANNED FOR HAPPY HANDS HAPPY HEART'S FUTURE.
Yep, just finished up Finders Keepers Melbourne last week, then the fam and I are taking Happy Hands Happy Heart to Adelaide Finders Keepers next week. There are lots of things on the go at the moment, some new products, a few events, and finding time to sleep a little more!
TOP FIVE TO FOLLOW.
@seriouslymilestones An amazing friend, mama, and business!
@zotheysay Do I need to say more- love love love her. Hilarious, inspiring, and just a great human.
@thedesignfiles Great images, stories and inspiration.
@hurrah4gin Hilarious! Thanks for all of the laughs!
@clairecollected And yah she is back on insta. Colourful, fun, happy!
WORD THAT MAKES YOU LAUGH.
Bugaway. My littlest 2 year old love came out with this one recently. A combination of bugger off and go away. One of those ones we probably shouldn’t giggle at, but hey, we are human.
WORD THAT MAKES YOU CRINGE.
People that always see the negatives, and not the positives.
FREAKS YOU OUT.