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Snuggle Bugs

Have you seen the story/image on Facebook that has been doing the rounds about having a toy made from Grandpa’s shirt so that the grandchildren can remember him?  When I saw this it really touched me, as I know I would have loved one of these from both my dad & my grandpa.  When I came across a company called Snuggle Bug Goodies, tears immediately came to my eyes & I was so touched by what Elaine is doing & that she has brought this idea to life!

Your name: Elaine Geldenhuys
Your business name: Snuggle Bug Goodies (Instagram can be found here)

When did you start: Wow very long ago in 2011 when we were planning our first baby, and I saw a need for baby bedding and room accessories. The business evolved and I ended up making alot of bears for nursery decor. Then one day someone asked me to make a keepsake and this venture was born.

What does your business do: I mainly make keepsake/Memory bears from old baby clothing and also for someone that has passed and you want to keep a momento.
But then I also make rag dolls, ballerinas, unicorns, cats, and bunnies.


Why did you start this: I love seeing the face of the person receiving one of my bears and them having that nostalgia of where the items came from or when they were worn.

What did you do before: I studied fashion design and was working in retail when I met my husband, and like most things in life plans change.

What is your favourite & why: The bears I make are each one different in their own way. So it is very exciting every time I get clothing to see how this one is going to turn out.

What are your average prices: the keepsakes are R230 and the rag dolls range between R150-R200

What quote do you live by: Having worked in retail I know what customer service is and should be, and I just believe that honesty is king.

Anything else you want to add: It’s difficult in today’s age having your own small business, trying to make a name for yourself and money. I’m a stay at home mom now with 2 busy boys making soft toys but i am loving every minute of it.


I wish I had known about these sooner as I really think they are something that will be treasured forever.  Please contact Elaine via either of her social media channels, or via email ( to place your order.  Remember that special person forever x


“That’s the thing about true love, dearie. It can slip through your fingers. It’s the most powerful magic in the world, the only magic powerful enough to break any curse. It must be protected at all costs.”
― Rumplestiltskin

Growing up I LOVED fairytales!  In fact, I still love them…  I think the idea of “happily ever after” is something that we can never grow out of.

Do you remember the story of Rumpelstiltskin?  He could spin straw into gold, & when I reminded myself of this, I knew that Melissa could not have chosen a more apt name for her business!

Rumpelstiltskin is her baby, & she creates handmade sewn toys (without a pattern I may add!) for so many people.  And one thing that really blew me away is that even though this is her own small home-business, she still finds it in her heart to give away her toys to others that are less fortunate simply to brighten their day.

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Earlier this year I was hospitalised for PCP Pneumonia & my lungs were taking huge strain.  They were only functioning at 30% & the doctors weren’t sure if I would pull through.  They quickly put me on to all sorts of treatment (I am still on antibiotics – 6 months later) & I was allowed to go home after 2 weeks.  And this is what I came home to!  A set of happy, healthy lungs!  This cushion reminds me every day about how far I have come & that I need to take care of & listen to my body…  After I had received this I knew I had to get to know Melissa more, & we have developed a special friendship – despite never having met in person.28869993_10159863299570198_6260597677885489152_n

Your name: Melissa Marneweck

Some interesting/fun facts about you:  I love baking and all things art. I’ve been a gym instructor; an ambulance assistant; arts facilitator; an author and lots more. I love learning new things and trying them out.

Your business name: Rumplestiltskin

When did you start:  2015 on Facebook. But I have been making toys since around 1995.

What did you do before this:  Arts facilitator for water affairs.

How/why did you start:  I’ve always loved sketching.designing and all forms of crafts and art.

What do you love most about having your own business: Being home with my son!

What have been some of your biggest battles with running your own business:  Long hours & having to do it all.

What is your main objective for your businesses: To help others and become a household name.


She sent me a unicorn cushion that she had made for me for my birthday, just to make me smile!  And believe me it did.  I love the magic, rainbows & positivity that everything around unicorns possesses.

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Please contact this amazing lady if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind toy/creation.  They each have their own personalities & are absolutely beautiful.  I feel truly honoured to have some of her toys in my home.


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