Meet the newest make-up artist in town
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Miso cute cooking course
Here’s her story
“I always wanted to run my own business, and was always dealing/working with kids or food or education, but never combined the three that is education, psychology and focusing on kids with learning disabilities” she says. After having her boys, she realized how important it is to eat and feed them healthy food. Growing up with ADD (Attention deficiency disorder) herself, she wanted them to avoid having to deal with it as well. Soon enough she realized learned that sugar and nutrition in general, plays a big part there. As she began observing changes in their lives, she wanted to share her knowledge with other parents and children. Dana’s business Miso cute cooking course started off as kids cooking courses, focusing on healthy cooking healthy eating. Soon she was asked to run adult workshops and birthdays. And that’s how she took off and there’s been no looking back. You can know more about Dana and her business here.
Story crafting with Lemady Rochard
Once her kids were a little older and she settled here, Lemady began by selling paintings and prints on Etsy and also helped a local playgroup in her area to do story time, craft activities and singing. While she worked with kids she realized that kids require more time and materials than what the playgroup allowed. It was around this time that the idea of story craft that had been growing for a while really took shape. Her experience in management job came handy while she set up her business here. Lemady now runs story craft classes for kids of different age groups. Storycraft sessions explore themed arts in a unique way incorporating story-telling, drama, craft and music. The idea is to let the little hands explore using different media such as paint, pastels, collage and clay. In their creative projects children are encouraged to seek inspiration from the stories and draw on their imagination which also results in some interesting and unexpected creations. Storycraft sessions are offered at Mal Raum, Bahnhofstrasse 3, Ruschlikon 8803 You can read more about her business here. The other ongoing dream is obviously to write (and illustrate) that book!
Foundations for learning
A new beginning
It was after the demise of her husband in 2008 that Sylvia decided to start a foundation in his memory, dedicated to helping children with learning difficulties. The learning extended to parents and teachers too. Foundations for Learning opened its doors in January 2010 with her colleague Paul Decker a clinical psychologist offering educational and psychological support. As of July 2015, there are over 25 practitioners working with the foundation offering learning, psychological support, educational assessments and training courses for teachers in English. Sylvia’s foundation is in Schwäntenmos 4, 8126 Zumikon. Sylvia started foundations for learning along with her colleague Paul Decker a clinical psychologist offering educational and psychological support. FFL has over 25 practitioners working with the foundation offering learning, psychological support, educational assessments and training courses for teachers in English. Sylvia has worked as a learning support teacher and on many projects with many international schools in Switzerland. It is with this network and years of experience in the field both in Switzerland and globally that she finds specialists to work with her. You can know more about Sylvia’s foundation here
The business of cakes
While experimenting with new crafts Reka tried her hand at miniatures and quite enjoyed it. With kids around her, she realized it would be fun to try her hand at baking. Once she got her basic baking skills right, she moved on to trying themed cakes for children. Initially testing various themes at home, she then began taking orders for friends in Zurich for themed birthday cakes around kids’ characters like Peppa pig, Mickey mouse, Barbie, Princesses and many other such themed cakes. She enjoys making handmade toppers for her cakes. Reka’s baking skills evolved in her time spent in Switzerland. Reka is looking forward to having her own cake shop soon! As of now she is putting her skills to test, by baking cakes for all occasions for her friends and contacts in Zurich. You can browse through her themed cakes here
Becoming an entrepreneur
Tala noticed an ever increasing number of Expats coming to live in Switzerland and realized that there was an obvious gap in the market for English-speaking lifestyle consulting and bespoke design services. With her background in Event management, Tala began organizing English social events as a hobby. Soon the word got around of her fun packed parties and her hobby soon turned into a full-fledged company. Her stationery designs include invitations, cupcake toppers, bottle wrappers, tent food labels, mini posters, Thank You labels, banners, candy bag toppers, chocolate bar wrappers and much more. You can have a look at her website for more.