SuzelleDIY: How to Make a Vertical Garden

Build a Vertical Garden Out of Soda Bottles:

DIY queen, Suzelle, recently uploaded this brilliant video tutorial demonstrating how one can create a pretty impressive, yet inexpensive, vertical garden. Well suited to apartment living or small areas where floor space is limited, vertical gardens can also liven up a dull and dreary wall on your patio or balcony. It is also the perfect way to keep your culinary greenery close at hand – just fill the containers with your favourite herbs like basil, rosemary, sage, etc.

The concept of vertical gardening has been all the rage for quite some time – as Suzelle said herself, “these are very ‘hip’ at the moment, so if you want to be in fashion you should make this“…

Oh, and loving her rendition of Oasis’ Wonderwall… LOL

D.I.Braai This Heritage Day

Tomorrow South Africa celebrates National Heritage Day (oh and yay public holiday)!

Thanks to Jan Braai‘s National Braai Day initiative it has now become semi-traditional to celebrate our rich individual AND shared heritage with a braai!

“The National Braai Day initiative aims to position National Heritage Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration. We call on all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September every year.”

No matter our race, language or religion, we as South Africans share one common custom – to celebrate around a cooking fire. It is known by many names: Shisa Nyama, Braai and Ukosa to name but a few. When we want to celebrate, relax or make merry we light a fire and start grilling – this is what we, as a nation, share.

Looking for some unique braai ideas? Check out the clips below:

Want to try and braai something a little different this Heritage Day? In this clip SuzelleDIY will show you how to make “Boerewors Bagel Dogs“. It may sound kind of weird but it looks delicious – think bread-on-a-stick meets boerewors roll. Furthermore, she is absolutely hilarious in this video – as the Afrikaans folk would say: “sy is op haar stukke“! The “I’m the Wolverine!” and “…now I’m Edward Scissor(s)hands” comments had me in stitches!

Who said the braai is just for chops, steak and wors? Why not try a dessert on the braai?! In this clip SuzelleDIY and Bush Cook Guru, Justin Bonello, illustrates how to make “Braaied Brandy Banana Splits“. Looks yummy! Shame poor Justin – remember jealousy makes you nasty Suzelle!

D.I.Braai – “becauseanybodycanmakecreativedessertsonthebraai

Hope you all have a happy Heritage Day tomorrow!

 

SuzelleDIY: How to Make a Loadshedding Survival Kit

Surviving Load-Shedding:

In this video, SuzelleDIY shows you how to make your very own load-shedding “survival kit”. It is a clever idea – keeping all you necessities in a handy toolbox that you can easily find without stubbing your toes in the dark.

The kit includes various lamps, lights and candles for all your illumination needs.  I also love the idea of storing your favourite card or compact board games in the toolbox to keep you busy while the power is out. Suzelle even illustrates how you can make a temporary phone charger with a battery!

Suzelle DIY – How to make a Terrarium

Suzelle DIYI am sure most of you have seen the hilarious “How to make a Braai Pie” video that recently launched Suzelle DIY – “a bitesize do-it-yourself webseries” – into local stardom.

I can completely understand why Suzelle has taken country by storm. There is something so distinctly South African about her quirky yet helpful DIY clips. Her humorous portrayal of a certain Afrikaans stereotype is SO easy to relate to and love. I especially love the videos that feature Suzelle’s silent and awkward best friend, Marianne.

In the video above Suzelle walks us through creating a beautiful terrarium – a perfect and creative gift for a friend or loved one. D.I.Why? Because anybody can!

Interesting titbit: Suzelle is the alter ego of Capetonian designer, artist and illustrator Julia Anastasopoulos. Julia’s beautiful hand drawn works can be seen all around town – on the walls and windows of some MyCiti bus stations, as well as a gorgeous illustrated mural in the children’s section of The Book Lounge in Roeland Street. Julia, who has a background in theatre, teamed up with talented filmmaker and animator Ari Kruger to create the beautifully styled and shot Suzelle DIY.

Love Suzelle DIY as much as we do? Want to see more of her videos? Be sure to check out her YouTube channel: here.