Award for YouTube hit

2014-12-04 00:00

A WOMAN with an off-beat knack for fixing and building bagged herself a Channel 24 award on Monday for the best YouTube channel.

SuzelleDIY, whose colourful character belongs to Julia Anastasopoulas from Somerset West, has brought lots of ­colour to the “Do It Yourself” circuit, with her YouTube tutorials with a quirky touch.

Dressed in 50s styled dresses, bright make-up and big hair, this self-proclaimed boeremeisie shows the average person the ins-and-outs of doing things yourself.

Channel 24 spokesperson Herman ­Eloff said it was incredible how many votes SuzelleDIY had received.

“She has an amazing support base. People can associate with her and like the realness about her,” said Eloff.

“I just love her videos. They are ­hilarious.”

From peeling many apples in a matter of minutes to making braaipaai (pie on the braai), her tutorials are not only ­useful but often have the audience in stitches.

Alongside her is her trusty sidekick and best friend, Marianne, the polar ­opposite to the glitzy Suzelle.

“I was so excited [about winning the award]! I really didn’t expect it. Marianne jumped for joy when she saw the trophy,” said Suzelle.

“We put it on the shelf in the room where I do all my DIY so we can look at it all the time.”

Suzelle said the inspiration behind her DIY videos stemmed from her creativeness and need to inspire people whenever she can.

She said her favourite episode was the making of the braaipaai, and then setting an umbrella alight by accident.

“I love to be creative outdoors on a sunny day.

“We did have a bit of a drama with the umbrella, but luckily everyone was okay and the braai pie was still a real crowd pleaser,” said Suzelle.

She also draws lots of inspiration from magazines and Internet videos. On the odd chance that she is not working or filming SuzelleDIY, she is “dancing for exercise, cooking, and going out for ­koffies with my best friend”.

“I’m just a regular girl from Somerset West with a flair for the braai and some DIY.”


“I’m just a regular girl from Somerset West with a flair for the braai and some DIY.”

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