SuzelleDIY is gaining popularity with her DIY web series on YouTube.
JOHANNESBURG – Meet Suzelle – or SuzelleDIY as she is known to her fast-growing fan base – a simple, small town, Afrikaans girl with a flair for DIY, dinner parties and braaing.
Suzelle is the star of her own "bite-size, do-it-yourself web series" which she has uploaded onto YouTube, and which has subsequently become something of a hit with a cult following spanning the planet.
"My hobbies include DIY of course! entertaining friends, listening to music and I also like to make scrapbooks and dance for exercise. I don&39;t have any pets," she told eNCA.com in an interview from her home in Somerset West in the Cape.
She has shot an interesting range of short segments offering handy advice on subjects such as her popular "How to make a braai pie" and "How to make bobotie in a pumpkin" tutorials to "How to peel a lot of apples" in which power tools make a feature, and "How to get fluff off your jersey" using only masking tape. While some have been done alone, others feature her best friend Marianne.
"Me and Marianne have been best friends since we were were in Standard 6, she often helps when we shoot the DIY episodes," Suzelle said, explaining the presence of the extremely silent, solemn-faced blonde woman who pops up from time to time – at least on one occasion with a heck of a lot of fluff on her jersey.
Suzelle – unlike Marianne it seems – has always dreamed of being a TV presenter. So, using her DIY abilities and creativity, she came up with the idea of starring in her own DIY show on the internet after her neighbour, Hennie, showed her how Youtube works.
"It&39;s so easy! Hennie films and edits it – he&39;s very good at computers. But we can only shoot on Saturdays because Hennie has school. We film it at my house and sometimes in the garden. I dream of having my own DIY studio one day," she explained.
And the response has been positive.
"I can&39;t believe it! The videos have a lot of hits. Which means they have been watched lots of times. Sometimes people say really nice things in the comments underneath which is very nice. Also a lot of people have sent me emails and I even went on the radio and on the Expresso show. Lots of people have sent me pictures of their braai pies, even some people from overseas! I&39;m so happy people love the videos," Suzelle said.
Suzelle loves "lovely bright colours and prints and flowers and accessories", as can be seen in her outfits and kitchen decor.
"I love Charlize&39;s sense of style, she always looks so glamorous on the red carpets," she said.
Her ideas come from reading DIY books and magazines, as well as inspiration taken from the internet.
"The apples idea came from an oveseas chef called Jasper van Ramshorst who needed to make a lot of strudels so thought of using the drill. I thought it was very creative so I decided to try it."
For now she is content making her DIY videos, dreaming of one day travelling and even having her own SuzelleDIY studio and being on TV.