Another FAB picture by Dutch photographer in Cape Town Ruud van Gaal!
Yay, it’s beginning to look a lot like… Christmas! I know, it’s early days, but now is the time to get ready, beat the December rush! especially if you’d like something custom made, just for you. Like the fabulous Custom Christmas Baubles Fiona Steyn of Creative Tootsies makes, and you can win your own custom bauble, just read on below!
Hi Fiona, tell us a little about yourself?
“My name is Fiona Steyn and I live in Bellville. I am under construction, a work in progress going on 40.
I love being creative and working with my hands. Born and bred in Cape Town, I also had my feet steady in the west coast.
My grand parents had a farm there, Holbak. That is where I became ‘mens’. We, my brother and myself, worked and played on the farm. We helped with the sheep, carried water to the farm house and we even had our own ‘boshuis’. Years passed and I had to start working. Loved what I did but the hunger for more was calling loud and clear.”
Have you always lived in Cape Town?
“Yes I have. Conceived in Parow. Born in Parow. Stayed in Goodwood and then later moved to Bellville.”
What does Cape Town mean to you?
“Cape Town is a slow brew of mixed cultures, people and sommer bietjie van alles. I love Cape Town. The sea, mountains and then: the people.”
How did you get started creatively?
“So just before I had my son, I HAD to start something as I was not going back to work. Hubby (then) said I must stay at home. I can NOT sit and do nothing. CREATIVE TOOTSIES was born out of an idea to help my friend
make ends meet. It started out with bead work and then turned into anything I can put my hands to. Vinyl is my favourite.”
Please tell us about your personalised Christmas baubles!
“Christmas, like any other birthday, is extremely important to me. It is your special day, yours alone (and the person who gave birth to you) Jesus is our SAVIOUR, so celebrating His birthday with Him every year is so special!! That is His promise to us that He will always LOVE us.”
What can our readers win?
“Oh goodie – ONE lucky reader can WIN 4 hand painted xmas baubles WITH their name on!! ONE lucky ready will win ONE transparent bauble, 8cm that can open (with their name on) with a mini surprise inside.”
Okay Lucky Readers: please like and share this article on Facebook and you may be singing under a very specially decorated Christmas Tree this year! Want lots of custom baubles? Check out Fiona on Facebook!
Laundry. One of life’s certainties: there’s always More. Laundry. But in Cape Town at least you don’t have to deal with it yourself anymore, because there’s an app for that! We spoke to born and bred Capetonian David Shleifman, who came up with the rather dashing Washr app: it picks up your laundry and brings it back, clean! How is that for a great idea? And loyal eFoodies readers get a 10% discount, see below!
David, how did you come up with the idea for Washr?
“I came up with the idea when I realised that walking up and down to my local laundromat and dry cleaner was becoming a little bit of a pain. I searched around and there was no easy to use app or mobile app around that I could to get someone to my door with a big bag, pick up my stuff and drop it off within 24 hours without leaving my apartment. That was all I needed to create what is Washr today.”
You make it sound so simple! Did you always want to start a company of your own?
“Yes, I’m 29 and I have always known that I would be an entrepreneur from a very young age. I have a keen interest in marketing and really like watching people challenge themselves by building businesses from the ground up.”
Any washing tips you’d like to share?
“Did you know that you are able to unshrink your clothing?
-) Fill up a bucket of lukewarm water.
-) Add 1 table spoon of hair conditioner
-) Soak the piece of clothing for 30 minutes and gently stretch the piece of clothing back to it’s original shape.”
Thanks for that 😉 So you did your own laundry before you started Washr?
“Yes, prior to starting Washr I used a laundromat as much possible but being very close to Long Street as we know the only other thing more annoying than doing your own laundry is finding a parking in town.”
Perhaps that can be David’s next app, solving the parking problems in Cape Town? Until then, our lucky readers get 10% off their first time using washer using the promo code ‘eFoodies10’ within the Extra Info box in the order form! So forget going to the laundromat this weekend, why not go outside? Check out our 4 Fab Reasons to Go Outside
A very relaxed group of zebras by fab Dutch photographer Ruud van Gaal
The Proteas or Sugarbush – Suikerbos in Afrikaans – are in bloom right now at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. The Protea traditionally has been seen as a bringer of hope and change, so why not go and have a look? The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a wonderful place to visit anyway, and one of our Five best places for a nice cup of tea! So go on, get out there…