This week you’ll have the chance to win over $400 worth of sustainable and ethical products. Sophia. has teamed up with a few like minded businesses who are just as passionate about giving back to the community and taking care of the environment as we are! We’re excited that there are so may small businesses out there who are striving to be as sustainable and as ethical as possible.
Without further ado, here’s what’s included in this ultimate prize pack!
@sophia.mulheran designs Bohemian Plate and Mandala Notebook
@biomestores Reusable Keep Cup and Reusable Cutlery Set
@_ajana_ Lemongrass and Ginger Gift Pack
@thetravellingkimono Sapphire Travelling Kimono
@afewfavouritethings Organic Crystal Infused Balms
@littledishandspoon Sustainable Beeswax Food Wraps
The giveaway will be starting today at 6pm and will run until Friday the 18th of May with the winner being announced on the 20th of May! It will be taking place on Instagram ONLY so head over to instagram.com/sophia.mulheran.designs now to enter!
All you have to do to go in the draw to win is:
1. Like any Instagram Post relating to the giveaway
2. Follow all of the contributing businesses tagged in the post
3. Tag a friend!
It’s that simple! Good luck xxx
Over the past year, I have created many artworks, all of which are completely unique and have been intricately designed. These are never before seen pieces and its about time that they get the recognition and exposure they deserve!
The Underwater Jungle
This piece was inspired by the desperate need of wanting to rid the ocean of plastic pollution. Far too much litter has been dumped into our oceans and if we don’t start doing something NOW, the effects of this pollution will be irreversible.
Instead of having our oceans littered with plastic, we’d much rather they be littered with marine life, for example, the jellyfish which plastic bags are so commonly mistaken for by turtles. Upon eating a plastic bag, a turtle has almost no chance of survival because the plastic causes huge air bubble in their stomachs, meaning that they are not able to swim below the surface to catch food and avoid the sun. Too many tragic ocean deaths have occurred due to our pollution.
It is my hope that this artwork opens peoples eyes to the damage we are causing and inspires them to make changes in their everyday lives to help solve this problem.
Medium: Ink on paper
Hours of work: 90 hours
Sale Price: $750
Although I’ve drawn mandalas over and over again, it’s something I never get tired of. Each one turns out completely different to the last and the possibilities are never ending. I wanted to create a mandala bigger and more detailed than I have ever done before and so the “Mystique Mandala” was born.
This piece took a whole other level of concentration and an extremely steady hand. As always when I start a mandala, I never know how its going to turn out and this artwork was no different!
Medium: Ink on paper
Hours of work: 120 hours
Sale Price: $830
Another jellyfish! Although this piece is naturally linked to the ocean, it actually resembles something completely different. This singular jellyfish alone in the vast ocean represents people who aren't afraid to forge their own path. The ones who aren't scared to dream, sing their own tune and stand out from the crowd.
Personally, I think this is something that everyone should be aiming for. To be completely unique and not have to rely on other opinions to shape who they are. Lets all be dreamers, achievers, go-getters, free and happy!
Medium: Ink on paper
Hours of work: 70 hours
Sale Price: $330
The Earth Day 2018 campaign is to end plastic pollution! We will all be rejoicing when this day finally comes and our planet can breathe again. Did you know that every year in New York alone, enough single use plastic bags are used to stretch to the moon and back 13 times! (Earth Day Organisation).
It’s disgraceful that we’ve allowed the problem to get this bad but luckily if we all take action now, there’s things we can do to help end plastic pollution.
Make sure you get on board before Earth Day on April 22nd! Below is the official Earth Day Organisation 2018 Campaign:
A World Without Plastic Pollution - Earth Day 2018 Campaign
From poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, from littering our beaches and landscapes to clogging our waste streams and landfills, the exponential growth of plastics is now threatening the survival of our planet.
In response, Earth Day 2018 will focus on fundamentally changing human attitude and behavior about plastics and catalyzing a significant reduction in plastic pollution.
Our strategy to End Plastic Pollution will:
• Lead and support the adoption of a global framework to regulate plastic pollution
• Educate and mobilize citizens across the globe to demand action from governments and corporations to control and diminish plastic pollution
• Inform and activate citizens to take personal responsibility for the plastic pollution that each one of us generates by choosing to reject, reduce, reuse and recycle plastics
• Work with universities, school teachers and students to End Plastic Pollution
• Work with other organizations and networks and make Earth Day 2018 a platform to End Plastic Pollution by developing resources that others can use and build partnerships.
• Promote the work that cities and local governments are doing to tackle plastic pollution
• Empower journalists across the globe to report on the problem and its emerging solutions.
Earth Day Network will leverage the platform of Earth Day, April 22, 2018 and the growing excitement around the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2020. We will work with key constituencies and influencers to build a world of educated consumers of all ages who understand the environmental, climate and health consequences of using plastics.
We will engage and activate our global network of NGO’s and grassroots organizations, campus youth, mayors and other local elected leaders, faith leaders, artists and athletes, and primary and secondary students and teachers.
We will organize events in all continents of the world, build a global following and activate citizens to join our End Plastic Pollution advocacy campaigns.
In sum, we will use the power of Earth Day to elevate the issue of plastic pollution in the global agenda and inspire and demand effective action to reduce and control it.
The Sophia. contribution to the 2018 Earth Day campaign are our sustainable and reusable jellyfish tote bags. These sturdy, stylish and practical bags were made in collaboration with Ocean Crusaders in a bid to stop the use of plastic bags and work towards a more sustainable approach. 50% of the profits from the sales of these bags are going directly to Ocean Crusaders to help fund their beach clean ups and their work on educating the public.
Earth Day is on the 22nd of April but to ensure you do your bit to support the campaign, purchase an eco-friendly tote bag here: https://www.sophiamulheran.com/limited-edition-products.html
This is the moment you have been waiting for! The official Garden Party album from the March photoshoot in New Farm Park is now live and ready for viewing. Kiara from Kiara Liese Photography has captured all of these incredible images and what a beautiful job she has done!
I would once again like to thank:
Roxanne from Lovely Occasions for the beautiful set up, Jess from Jessie Emma’s Cupcake Creations for the delicious floral cupcakes, Holly from The Bloom Closet who decorated our table with the most gorgeous bouquets, Sonya from Ate on Queens who supplied the mouth watering grazing platter as the centrepiece, Are from Zion Studio Prints who created stunning gold foil prints for the day and Tash from Gold Wedding Hire who supplied her incredible gold and copper cutlery to go with my very own Sophia. mandala plates, copper bowls and plates, timber rounds and notebooks.
Now enjoy scrolling through all of these stunning images! Make sure you let me know which is your favourite photo and what you like most about the photoshoot!
A stunning picnic adorned with beautiful bouquets, delicious treats and handcrafted boutique items… what more could you possibly want!
Last Tuesday, wonderful women from around Brisbane came together to merge their talents into a wonderful garden party set in New Farm Park. It was an incredible day and none of it would've been possible without these incredible women and their seriously amazing talents.
Everyone had plenty of fun showcasing what they do while the day was being captured by Kiara from Kiara Liese Photography. The purpose of this gorgeous garden party was to collaborate with like minded and complementing businesses while bringing together Boss Babes in the Brisbane community and it was a huge success!
I’d like to personally thank:
Many of our sustainable and ethical homewares and stationery were featured in this photoshoot. They included:
To help you recreate your own garden party at home, I’m offering a special 15% discount code for you to use to shop from my entire collection. Simply enter the code PARTY18 at the checkout and the discount will automatically be applied. There’s only 5 discount vouchers available so get in before they all run out!
Thanks again to all these incredible women who work so hard everyday and spread their passion wherever they go! Tuesday was a terrific day and it was an absolute pleasure working with you all!
Make sure you keep an eye out for all the photos from the event and let us know what you love most about the garden party!
We are so excited that the Queensland Government is phasing out plastic bags by this year and that our environment will soon be cleaner and greener. This movement is in line with the sustainability and eco-friendliness that Sophia. supports and to celebrate this incredible change, we would like to announce that the newest products being introduced to the Sophia. range, are environmentally friendly tote bags!
These durable bags are a replacement for plastic and can be used over and over again for grocery shopping, as a beach bag as well as everyday use. Make sure you purchase your hand designed bag to have ready for when plastic bags are no longer an option. Do your bit to make Australia cleaner and our oceans free of plastic.
We are thrilled to announce that we have just launched our jellyfish tote bags in collaboration with Ocean Crusaders, a Brisbane based organisation who work tirelessly to clean our oceans and educate the public.
“The greatest issue our oceans face is that the world is unaware of the problem we are causing. The convenient plastic bag and plastic products are everywhere and no one thinks of where they are going. Humans slaughter thousands of dolphins, turtles and sharks and hundreds of whales every year with little knowledge of what damage we are causing. With representatives across the globe and growing constantly, our education program is a unique learning tool and available to everyone free of charge.”
Sophia Mulheran designs has created an intricate jellyfish design for the purpose of printing it onto reusable and eco-friendly cotton bags to use for shopping and every day use. The jellyfish symbolises the plastic bags that turtles mistake for food and looks to the future when our environment will hopefully be free from this toxic and harmful waste.
Across Queensland, plastic bags will no longer be available in retailers and so these bags are the perfect alternative. These carefully designed tote bags are great for everyday use as well as raising awareness for our precious sea life and reducing plastic waste.
50% percent of the profits are going straight to Ocean Crusaders to help them to continue the work they already do as well as supporting their many campaigns. If you’d love to do your part and stop using plastic bags while supporting wonderful initiatives, then purchase your very own tote bag under our “Limited Edition” section.
If you’ve got feedback, questions or queries about this campaign, make sure you let us know!
Struggling for Valentines date night ideas? Thats ok, we’ve got you covered! No matter how big your budget is, you’re sure to find an idea that caters to your needs…
- A picnic in a romantic spot - Lay a rug out on a grassy spot (bonus points for an awesome view) and adorn it with soft cushions, flowers, a bottle of wine and a selection of yummy treats. If you haven’t got the time to set it up, or need some help with the creative side of things, check out our friends at Lovely Occasions who set up the most beautiful picnics. Spoil your special someone with a beautiful twilight picnic experience this Valentines Day at Southbank Parklands. The perfect night awaits when you surprise your loved one with a jumbo heart balloon and a beautiful picnic just for two. Relax in Southbank’s tropical gardens under the stars or gaze out over the water at the pretty city lights. Spend some quality, uninterrupted time together enjoying a gourmet picnic hamper and dessert for two. Lovely Occasions has everything planned so all you have to do is enjoy the evening. Book here: http://bit.ly/valentinepicnic Website: www.lovelyoccasions.com.au
- Dinner for 2 - If you’re in the cooking mood, a beautiful home cooked dinner might be just what your partner needs. Create your partners favourite dinner and then finish the night off with a wonderful dessert. Here’s a beautiful cake recipe from the talented Flour & Frost team. They create stunning custom cakes and desserts and have created this recipe for everyone to use.
Flour and Frost Signature Cupcakes
3 cups - flour
2 1/2 tsp - baking powder
1/2 tsp - salt
1 cup - softened butter
1 3/4 cup - sugar
2 - eggs
2 tsp - vanilla bean extract
1 1/2 cup - full fat milk
- A night out - It might seem cliche but dinner at a nice restaurant and a trip to the movies afterwards is always fun. Check out your local cinema and search for nearby restaurants for your best options.
If you’ve got another awesome date idea or already have your night planned, let us know in comments below and help add to the list…
Did you know that a third of the planet’s food goes to waste because of cosmetic reasons? It may be because of small blemishes, because they’re too large or too small or simply because the colour is slightly different. To help reduce this staggering statistic, you can do your part by shopping at places that provide otherwise rejected fruit and vegetables.
According to National Geographic, if food waste were a country, it would be the third largest producer of greenhouse gases in the world after China and the U.S. And the food waste from our planet would be enough to feed 2 billion people! Wrap your head around that!
To add to the fact that most of our food isn't sustainable, are food miles. Calculating road transport alone, our shopping basket has still travelled 21,073km which is almost equivalent to the whole way around Australias coastline. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions estimate for all food transporting trucks carrying 25 items on any given day is the equivalent of 2,830 cars driving for a whole year! And that’s just for one shopping basket with 25 items! (Community Environment Park’s Food Miles Report, 2008).
As you can see, our food choices are far from sustainable but lucky there’s things you can do to help reduce food waste and food miles. Some major retailers have set aside sections for this kind of produce and businesses such as Uglies Snacks have come up with an awesome plan to take imperfect potatoes and turn them into delicious chips!
By also choosing to shop locally, you’re helping to reduce greenhouse gases and we can guarantee that your produce will be fresher and a lot tastier!
Our beautifully hand designed mandala plates have been manufactured right here in Australia by Picture Products, meaning that our carbon emissions due to freight are reduced. We're proud to support another Australian business and think that Picture Products does an exceptional job at transforming our designs into plates.
Want to know the most exciting part? Their office and factory runs entirely off solar power, meaning that each and every plate has been produced carbon neutral. They also use recycled packaging to ship the plates to us!
Why are they melamine and not ceramic? While we are looking into ceramic options for the future, melamine is a terrific option for now. Melamine is extremely durable and virtually unbreakable, it’s easy to clean and is dishwasher safe. They’re perfect for any occasion not only because they’re elegant enough to use for a dinner party but they are also durable enough for picnics, outdoor use and they’re even kid friendly!
Each plate has taken more than 12 hours to design and has been carefully hand drawn. We currently have eight different designs but have plans to create more in the near future. If there’s a colour scheme that you’d like to see available, make sure you let us know!
The mandala plate displayed here is a custom design for one of our very special and loyal customers.
As we're only a few days away from celebrating Australia Day and all that this wonderful country has to offer, we’d also like to raise our glass to everyone who creates and supports Australian Made products. Not only does it support local businesses and economy, it also helps our country reduce emissions by cutting back on travel miles.
There are so many wonderful people out there working like crazy to build their businesses as well as making the effort and taking the time to ensure their products are eco-friendly, sustainable and ethical. We take our hats off to every one of those businesses who are helping to make a difference.
There’s changes you can make every day to help small businesses and Australian made products by simply checking the label and deciding to make a change. Your choices and positive impact can go a long way. So next time, think before you shop and help celebrate Australia!
Slowly but surely, Sophia. is growing! Not only have we launched our online store both on our website and on Etsy, but we have also secured our first few businesses to stock our products.
We'd like to thank:
- The Collective Store, Wynnum
- Frond Flowers, Manly and;
- Wynnum Manly Tourism & Visitor Information Centre
For helping to get Sophia. products out into the public and for supporting all that we're about.
If you would like to see Sophia. products come to a store near you, make sure you let us know!
We also have an exciting new range of products coming to our online store so make sure you stay up to date with our posts and keep checking back in!
We’d like to reach out to The Collective Store in Wynnum for being our very first store to stock Sophia. products. This beautiful and charming little store is filled with handmade goods from all over Australia and has helped to get our products out into the community as well helping to get Sophia. up and running.
If you’re interested in supporting local businesses and extremely talented artists and creators, then making a trip to The Collective Store at 104 Bay Terrace, Wynnum is definitely worth it. Help to spread the Sophia. message of “A little piece of love” by encouraging the growth of these individuals and small businesses. A little bit of support goes a long way…
Welcome to Sophia.
We are dedicated to bringing a touch of colour, creativity and elegance into your home while simultaneously providing a sustainable and eco friendly approach to homewares and design. It is our endeavour to spread health, love and happiness.
Now that we have officially launched, you can find us on Instagram and Facebook and purchase Sophia. products both online and in store. As we expand, your ongoing support is much appreciated and you’re not only helping to get Sophia. off the ground but also helping spread our message of “A little piece of love”
With your support, Sophia. has gone plastic free and intends to continue to continue to work towards the most eco friendly and sustainable outcome for all. Behind the scenes, Sophia. is more than just homewares and design. It is our goal to provide support to those in developing countries as well as giving back to the community. With each purchase, you are helping to support our initiative while bringing a little piece of love into your home.
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