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Cakey by Davy

Lockdown really screwed a lot of us over!  So many people have lost their jobs, and just have no idea where to turn.  I know of families that are starving, and friends that have no idea when their next income will be received.

And then, a friend introduced me to Davy.  I gave him a call to find out more about this business that started during lockdown, and I KNOW that he is going to change the world one delicious cake at a time.

Davy lost his job at a well-known restaurant during lockdown where he had been a cleaner.  His new baby was only a few weeks old, and they had no idea how they were going to survive.  But Davy doesn’t give up!  He hustled, taught himself to bake by watching YouTube videos, and now is able to stay at home to look after their children while his wife is at work.  He then bakes from 5pm – 12am to ensure that his cakes are fresh for any orders that he has, and he has really found his creativity and passion.


Your name:  Davy Tsopo

Business name: Cakey by Davy

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Social media handles:  Facebook and Instagram

Tell me more about you:  Im Davy Tsopo. I am a father of two boys – Craig is  7 years and Travis is 5 months. I am married to Tatenda, who is a very hard working woman.

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Tell me about your business:  I bake delicious cakes!  I specialize in Vanilla, Carrot and Chocolate cakes, cupcakes and muffins.

How did you get into this business:  When Covid19 pandemic forced us into lock down I started teaching myself how to bake by following videos on YouTube. It was theory only because my oven stove was not yet connected. When we finally moved to level 4 of lockdown, an electrician connected my stove. I started doing muffins for my family and then moved to cakes. It was fun because I was teaching myself and I enjoyed it.

When did you start baking:  It was end of May when I started selling my muffins and cakes, and it was a huge relief for me because i was getting something for my family to eat. In June I officially started baking and I have never looked back. I have lovely friends who supports me. I can mention a few – Charlie K, Inge, JP, Luschka, Tania, in UK my friend Tendai in UK, –  all these people played a big role in starting this business.

How much are your cakes:  My cakes cost R150 medium and R250 for large.

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How can people order from you:  Most of my customers order via Instagram and Facebook but some order through my friends.  You can whatsapp me on 084 430 7326 to order yours.

Where can people collect from:  I’m located at Linden, Johannesburg.

Why do you love baking so much:  I’m loving baking because I’m learning new things everyday.

How has this business changed your life:  I lost my job at Brian Lara as a cleaner. Now I can feed my family and pay bills.

Quote you live by:  In order to write about life first you must live it.

Anything else you want to add:  Thanks so much for supporting me. I’m still new in this industry but I’m loving each and every support I’m getting from all corners of this world. Stay safe one day we gonna conquer this Covid19. Peace, love and harmony.

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Guys, please support this wonderful man.  Davy is so humble, so kind, and honestly just wants the absolute best for his family.  Order your next birthday/anniversary/just because cake from him in Linden; and tell your friends about how delicious they are.  I am going to be sponsoring a giveaway with him, so make sure you keep an eye on his social media for when this is happening.

And if there are any bakers who would be willing to take Davy under their wing to teach him more and help him to really achieve his dreams, please contact me or Davy directly.  The fact that he has managed to achieve all of this through just watching YouTube videos shows that he has a natural talent, and with a little coaching could be the next big thing!  He would also really appreciate donations of baking goods to help take his business to the next level – he was mixing everything by hand (37 cakes for Father’s Day were all beaten and mixed by him personally), and recently received a large mixer to help make this process easier and quicker.

It has been so lovely getting to know him better, and I know that you will all adore him too.


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Dear Deer

During lockdown I received my very own satin pillowcase.  I had been wanting one for ages, and then finally I managed to get one – from a local business nogal!  I also got a Moyoko Unicorn Brush (with argan-infused tips) after reading so many positive reviews and realising that I need to start taking better care of myself.

Chelle from Dear Deer was so helpful, and my parcel arrived with my very own hand sanitiser and set of gloves – this will never go amiss during this time as I’m sure you can agree.  I have seen a difference in my skin and hair, and don’t wake up with such knotted curls any more.  In fact I often have to fight husband for it as he likes the feeling of the satin against his skin too – I think perhaps I should have ordered more than one!

Chelle has very graciously allowed me to interview her about Dear Deer, and I really appreciate her time, and her passion that she has poured into this,


Your name:  Chelle

Your business name:  Dear Deer

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Social media handles:  Facebook, Instagram and Website

Tell me a bit more about your business:   Years ago Justine came to my desk at work and asked if I could make her a satin pillow slip … I thought she was nuts but since that’s what I love most about her I happily made her one … then two … then her sister wanted, then some of her friends … soon I was making so many I thought “hey I could make a business out of this” … so I did!
At the time my mother was dying of cancer and it made me think about when my time came to pass thru the pearly gates what good had I done in my life to deserve my wings up in heaven so I decided Dear Deer would be an awesome way for me to raise funds for all the charities I hold very close to my heart, so for many years the only profits I took I donated to charity.

I will always be thankful to Justine not only for being one of my most loyal and inspiring Dear Deer darlings, but for the constant support always believing in me and my little business. Your kindness and the years of too much fun (and bubbles) and side splitting giggles mean the world to me.

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How did you decide on the name for your business:  Wish I had a good story for this but I don’t lol

Where did the idea for this business come from:  I just loved the story Bambi when I was little and that scene from Cinderella when all the woodland animals were dressing her for the ball … that’s pretty much my logo inspiration 🙂

What are the different products that you stock:  Satin pillow slips & now face masks, and I’m now starting to stock a few of my other fav beauty brands 🙂

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I see you are also making beautiful face masks – tell me about these:   Polyester satin is known to be less absorbent than cotton (and many other fabrics).
Because of the quick-drying properties and smooth satin surface, it is also known to be antibacterial and hypoallergenic.
Daily washing is recommended. PLEASE also wash before 1st use.

There is a little pocket opening you can use to insert a surgical mask (or a dried wet/baby wipe).  Cut them to the shape of the mask and insert for added protection. Remove when you wash your mask every evening.

Elastic can be adjusted for better fit.

Dear Deer satin is also Vegan & Peta approved.

Please take note that the masks have not been medically approved.
After not being able to find a mask myself, I decided to make one (OK, a few) after doing a ton of internet research.
They’ve been made according to my high standards, which I feel complies with my own safety and wellbeing.
Hopefully this will reassure you!

I feel like wearing ‘something’ is better than having nothing at all,
even if it’s just to prevent us from sneezing or coughing on others.
It also prevents us from touching our face.

I encourage you all to STAY HOME, be responsible and most importantly, be kind and helpful to others.

Why did you decide on satin pillowcases & not silk:  Dear Deer is PETA approved!

We support beauty without cruelty 100%. We believe that all animals and insects are equal, and we would never exploit that in the name of vanity.

The process involved in making silk is an unethical practice. Silk worms are sensate and produce endorphins along with physical responses to pain. Along with that, in the name of beauty, satin is a much better alternative to silk as polyester doesn’t absorb moisture like natural fabrics do, therefore keeping your skin hydrated and looking great.

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Why do you recommend satin pillowcases:  Besides all the awesome beauty benefits it’s just nice getting into bed and feeling like an absolute princess 🙂

Being a polyester material, satin doesn’t absorb moisture the way natural fibres like cotton do. As we all know, one of the many reasons our skin can look tired, dry and lined is due to lack of hydration. Sleeping on satin minimises facial lines, wrinkles and puffiness.

Another plus? Satin won’t absorb your expensive night creams.

Sleeping on satin not only has great beauty benefits, but satin is also hypoallergenic and come recommended by plastic surgeons after cosmetic surgery. Doctors also suggest sleeping on satin for cancer patients during chemotherapy and radiotherapy, due to their skin becoming very sensitive.

Dear Deer pillow slips help your hair maintain it’s natural moisture and this helps prevent dry frizziness, split ends and breakage.

They also keep your hair looking shiny and help your blowouts last longer.

How can people order from you:  From our online store.

How has this lockdown affected your business:  It didn’t really most of my products are listed as essentials 🙂

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Why do you encourage people to support local:  I encourage woman to support each other more, share your learnings and inspire each other to well !
You will be surprised how much those you are helping will help you too.

Quote you live by:  Be kind, and success comes to those who put in the work !

Anything else you want to add:  So much lol but considering everything that is going on in the world right now, I would like to encourage woman to support each other, specially in business, there is more than enough room for us to all shine and be successful 🙂

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Have you ever slept on a satin pillowcase?  And did you feel a difference?

If you haven’t yet, I would really recommend you purchasing one from this great business.  Believe me, you will thank me for it!

To sum it up, these are some of the benefits of using a satin pillowcase:

  • Maintains natural moisture balance in your hair & skin.
  • Prevents hair loss, split ends & damage.
  • Helps your blowouts last longer.
  • Prevents dry, frizzy & dull hair.
  • Keeps hair shiny.
  • Gentler on eyelashes, extensions & braids.
  • Minimizes facial wrinkles & puffiness.
  • Won’t absorb face creams and serums.
  • Soothing on the skin after facial treatments or procedures.
  • Anti-aging.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • Recommended by doctors for chemo patients.
  • Great for preventing knotty “bed head” for babies & kids.

She has also added some stunning beauty products to her online store, so it really is a one stop shop!


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T. Knots

In case you haven’t already seen, I am currently running the most amazing competition alongside T.Knots, O Nutricia Collagen and Charlie Loves Studio.  These small businesses really fill my life with such joy, and the idea for the giveaway came after spending some time chatting to Taryn and completely falling in love with what she has doing, her beautiful creations, and just her entire being.

Yesterday I received my very own T.Knots creation and I immediately knew where I was going to hang it.  This has a place of pride at our front door, in our little patio area.  It looks stunning, and even husband agrees!  I cannot wait to tell you more about this wonderful woman and show you more of her work.


Macramé is a form of textile produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques.

The primary knots of macramé are the square (or reef knot) and forms of “hitching”: various combinations of half hitches. It was long crafted by sailors, especially in elaborate or ornamental knotting forms, to cover anything from knife handles to bottles to parts of ships.

Cavandoli macramé is one variety that is used to form geometric and free-form patterns like weaving. The Cavandoli style is done mainly in a single knot, the double half-hitch knot. Reverse half hitches are sometimes used to maintain balance when working left and right halves of a balanced piece.

Your name:  Taryn Wessels

Business name:  T. Knots

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Social media pages:  Facebook and Instagram

Tell me a few fun facts about yourself:  I didn’t think I have a hobby or a talent and lockdown showed me I have both of those by making people happy with my Macramé magic.

What inspired you to start this business:  I unfortunately lost my job in the Hospitality Industry and I needed to look for something funky and modern but different to do and therefore I made a few knots one day and Viola!!

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Please explain Macramé to us:  Macramé started in the 1970. This means that you are using creativity and your passion for making something unique by using different knots. Macramé is all about UNIQUE!

Have you always been a creative:  I haven’t been creative, and a month ago I started using my hands and creating this beautiful products. I do come out of a incredibly creative family!

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What is your personal favourite piece that you have created so far: My personal favorite so far is Macramé Hibiscus! DEFINITELY!

Do you do custom pieces:  I do any custom picture that you send me! (Off course it will be unique)

Why do you encourage people to support local:  Because there is a ton of fantastic talents out there and so many people lost jobs during this pandemic and by showing their talent they are making money!

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How can people order from you:  By popping me a email, or by popping me a DM on my Facebook Page or Instagram.  And of course I am always available on my phone (0836569919)

Quote you live by:  “Everything happens for a reason”

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In my previous blog about the Tiny Dollhouse, I said that my ideal room would have a macrame wall hanging, and now I actually have one of my own in my home!  I know that I will definitely be getting more of these stunning pieces, and definitely have my eye on some of the plant hangers as I have been wanting more greenery inside for ages – especially with the theme of our bedroom and the generosity of space that we are blessed with.

When I showed my mum my new acquisition last night, she said they used to have similar items hanging in their home and I think it is so amazing that trends seem to do a full circle and always return.

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway on both Instagram and Facebook if you would like to own some very special pieces from South African businesses – or place your order for a unique piece.


 

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