December 2014 archive

We Love You 2014: A Review Of The Year

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Throwback – who remembers these (cheeky) stickers? It feels like ages ago, but really it was just the beginning of a crazy year to come!

2014 has been one hell of a time as I’m sure you will agree, and I thought it would be best to give you loyal lot a little insider peek as to how we’ve been chugging along. If you’re reading this post (and continue too) I’m going to take an arguably safe assumption that you’re aware of our business – we do Instagram-printing, just in case you didn’t know..

When we launched (formerly 250gram) our service in January this year, we had already scoped out the South African playing field of eCommerce, and not surprisingly (for good reasons) we had our eye firmly fixed on the King of Customer Service itself – YuppieChef – as our company/brand goal. Putting the nature of our business aside, what should be common in every establishment is a kind of healthy, honest relationship with its’ customers, and we wanted to hit the ground running by putting this aspect at the forefront of absolutely everything we did. Of course this is not to say that our product/offering was given second rate attention, but more that through achieving this service oriented goal, our customers would have a naturally positive user-experience of everything Nifty250 during our start-up phase.

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The Easiest DIY + Hashtag Search

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We’ve got a whole lotta Nifty Christmas DIYs planned for the blog and thought we would start with the easiest one ever (actually they’re all pretty easy) as well as use this post to show you a little ‘secret’ or under-used functionality of our site – which we think once you’ve discovered you’ll love..

For this DIY you’ll need:

  •  to order some Nifty prints!
  •  string & pegs – we got ours from Typo

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Dates To Remember

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‘Tis the season to be jolly, and oh how jolly we are! Christmas orders with the sweetest notes are streaming in and we’re going into overdrive to make sure we get all your orders out on time. If you’re already imagining the manic panic of shopping centers, online shopping will be your saviour – a couple of clicks from your bed with a nice cup of tea, no parking, walking for miles and presents delivered to your door, what could be better?

Here are the important dates you need to know, if you would like to give Nifty prints as gifts or use them for DIYs during the festive season..

17th of December is the final day we will be taking orders where we will guarantee that the order will be delivered by Christmas. You will still be able to order Nifty gift vouchers (you can choose to send them immediately or at a later date of your choice) which will be emailed to the recipient after the 17th.

19th of December the Nifty team will be off on a well deserved holiday until the 5th of January – all orders placed after the 17th of December will only be shipped in the week of 5 January, and we’ll be trying our hardest to get them out as quickly as possible.

Keep your eyes peeled to the blog, we’ve got tons of super easy and fun DIYs for turning your Nifty prints into Christmas trees, baubles and gift cards!

Alice Toich – Nifty Weekend Takeover

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A few weekends ago we had the rather lovely Alice Toich take over our Instagram account, we’ve been followin’ her via her beautiful photographs for ages, from her New York (she landed up on Humans Of New York) & Paris trips, to her mad painting & baking skills! Her weekend was filled with painting for her final fine art exhibition, writing essays, doodlin’ cakes, whipping up delicious food and a little sun gazing..

We caught up with Alice to talk about very serious things like the great macaron vs. cupcake & sprinkles vs. chocolate chip debate, plus we found out that her greatest extravagance is of all things, butter!

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Raw & Roxy

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetRaw & Roxy in Woodstock is one of those gems you want to tell everyone about because it’s so great, but you also kinda don’t want anyone else to go there, for fear of not being able to get one of the 3 tables available.. Raw & Roxy is all about raw food (as you may have been able to tell from the name) which is 99% vegan friendly – they do use honey (not vegan friendly, because bees) in some of the desserts, but have lately been substituting a lot of it for coconut blossom sugar. The food is all ridiculously healthy, nothing has been heated, it’s also extremely tasty and satisfying.

The little restaurant in the Woodstock Co-op which is the building on the corner just before the Old Biscuit Mill and you have to walk through a furniture store to get to where it is tucked away. There are only 3 tables, with seating for about 15 people and a few bar stools too, every time I’ve been for lunch it’s been full so you may have to wait a few minutes for a place to sit. You get a generous portion of kale chips as you sit down, these are so well spiced and moreish. The menu is really simple there are 5 different main courses available, or if you can’t decide what you want you can, ‘try it all’ – a huge plate made up of the 5 different options, so you can pick your favourites before your next visit. A medium plate will set you back R70 and a large plate is R90 – as someone with a fairly large appetite I have struggled to finish a medium, and although the food is raw, because of the nutty sauces it is quite rich.

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