Haak WoodWorks

 Kayla and Justin have such a fun attitude towards Haak Woodworks. Get to know them behind the scenes and don’t forget to enter our contest!
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1. How did Haak Woodworks Start?

Haak Woodworks started when I asked Justin to make a few hexagon shelves for our living room. After he questioned me on if they were in style haha, he agreed to make some. He’s seriously the best. A few friends who came by and asked where we had bought them, saying they had been looking for similar shelves and hadn’t been able to find any. We made a few shelves for friends and they loved them. A while later, when I was on a de-cluttering kick and selling stuff I didn’t need on Abbotsford Bidding Wars, I had the idea to try selling shelves there. I was surprised by how quickly they sold each time, but it was a little annoying to have to repost and watch the bids etc (also some people on Abby Bidding Wars can be a little crazy). My sister in law suggested we start an Instagram page to get the word out on what we had been making. Justin and I both didn’t have Instagram and we felt a little hesitant about joining that world… We’re quite private (him more than me) and not super techy or trendy or instagrammy (if that’s a word). But after some more thought decided why not? And here we are.

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2. What is the most life-giving aspect of your company to you?

The most life-giving aspect of our company to us… there are 2 things I think. The first is that it doesn’t take away any time from our family, in fact, it helps us spend more time together. We have fun with this! Justin builds the pieces (hexagons, tables, headboards etc) and I sand them and stain them and connect with the customers. We do this together in our garage with country music playing while the kids scoot around on their bikes or “help” sweep up the sawdust (which ends up being more of a mess but keeps them involved and they love it). It feels like a hobby we can all share together and it feels good to spend time doing something fun together instead of doing something like watch TV.

The second is that we’ve had opportunities to connect with some awesome people and local companies including Duft and Co, Spruce Collective, and Oldhand. These guys have just blazed the trail for local companies and they are so inspiring. We’ve also had the opportunity to donate some of our products for AMAZING causes including Casa De Luz, I Get To Legacy Chain and the Abbotsford Hospice. I think we sometimes underestimate the gifts we have and forget that collectively, small changes make a big difference. (Ok, let me stop myself here before I get on an inspirational rant. But seriously these guys are worth checking out if you haven’t already!)

 

3. What is the hardest part of starting your company?

The hardest part of starting our company also turned out to be the best and most freeing. Figuring out for ourselves that we could make this whole thing look the way we want and not having to copy a certain model to get there. At first, I thought we would need a Facebook page, an Etsy account, and “oh do I need to now add a blog about my family and post pictures of us making our products while wearing cute local clothing so people feel connected to us?” (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against family blogs by any means or sharing day to day life. It’s just not me.) It feels good to be authentic and relaxed about it all and to just enjoy it for what it is.

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4. What words of advice would you give someone looking into or starting a small business?

Words of advice for someone looking into starting a business: Be inspired by other companies but don’t compare yourself to them. You have something completely unique to offer!!

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5. What is your favorite item you make?!

My favorite item is the crib we made when I was pregnant with our first baby and is now being used by our second. It’s big and sturdy and holds a lot of special memories. But other than that I LOVE the plant stands we make. I think a plant adds so much to a room, and the stand just shows it off a little better in a nice clean way. We also like doing new projects and hearing ideas from different people. Right now we are making a “house bed” for a friend’s little boy and I think it’s going to turn out amazing!!

 

6.Most popular item?

most popular item is definitely the hexagon shelf. People just can’t seem to get enough haha.

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7. How can we support you well?

Man, we have felt nothing but support from the beginning. We’ve had great encouragement and feedback, some cool collaborations and we’re excited for what is ahead!

 

THANK YOU JUSTIN AND KAYLA!

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Enter to win a Two Shelves OR a Plant Stand (winner’s choice)

how to enter

  1. comment below about what you are looking forward to this summer
  2. like and share (for extra entries)
  3. tag friends in Instagram that would like this prize (one per comment)
  4. make sure you are following us if you have Instagram (Haak and F&M)

Must be 13 + years old to win. This is not a WordPress, Facebook, Instagram endorsed giveaway. Local Pick up only. We do not have shipping. Item will be from Abbotsford, BC. So if you have a way of grabbing it please enter!

 

contest closes Wednesday, June 27th at 11:59 PM.

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4 tips to get you outdoors, did you guess number 3?

A few weeks ago,we left the hustle and bustle of our regular day and met up with the two beautiful ladies behind Namaste Hiking Co.we spent a magical evening going on a brisk hike up Mt.Thom and while enjoying some quiet moments at the viewpoint, we sipped some amazing tea and had some delicious snacks. It was so calming to engage as a group in yoga ( despite Carla’s giggles and special poses). Here are some ways to get outside more often,

1. Find like minded friends – it’s so important to have one or two friends who are interested to get you going. Maybe similar lifestyles to be able to work around schedules or bring kids into it.sometimes this is hard, so maybe try social media platforms to see if there are any interests in your “friend” circles (facebook, instagram, bloggers,twitter,pinterest,linkdin?)

2. Start small– you don’t need to do the Grouse or Abby grind as soon as you have the motivational explore the outdoors. Just try out something close to your place,even a nice walk like the fort-to-fort trail.

3.find something that is organizedNamaste Hiking Co. was such a great intro to organized yoga as well as hiking.they have multiple types of explorations and you should check them out ! Let us know and we can be your new hiking buddies.

4.It’s all in your head- you need to understand every time you tell yourself you can’t, it really means you won’t. You need to start with your mentality and go from there. Believe you me, I am not perfect and constantly set ridiculous like,it’s to what I can and can’t do. You won’t become an outdoorsy person if you don’t try and say you can! Or find someone to keep you accountable.

We really enjoyed going on this little excursion and look forward to the many social media meet-ups! please check out Namaste Hiking Co!

 

Carla and Jessica

Feather and Mane's Mentorship Program

We are so very excited about what is happening over here at Feather and Mane. Carla and I have been dreaming big and one major thing that has been on our hearts for the past few months is finally ready to be launched.

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Mentorship With Feather and Mane

We believe that a strong Community is built upon relationships. Relationships not only with your family and long time friends but with your neighbors and like minded strangers you have yet to meet. Our dream to to create a place for people to come and share their hearts, dreams, and aspirations. We not only what you to be able to share your thoughts but to also be able to find the answers to your questions through different forms.

One way we have been planning to help this very idea become a reality is by creating a mentor ship program where people looking to take their business, blog or even just their dream to the next level, can find the help. We are firm believers in the power of mentorship in a persons life. Having both seen the benefits that a Mentor/ Mentee relationship has on our own lives, we are dreaming big for our new project.

What we are looking for in a Mentor:

  • Someone who has a few hours a week for a month time commitment to dedicate to providing wisdom, advice, or brainstorming ideas with their Mentee.
  • Someone who has had their own small business/blog for over a few months and feels confident in sharing their ups and downs thus far.
  • Someone who may be looking to expand but is not sure they have enough work to offer an employee.
  • Someone who loves to collaborate and see others thrive.
  • Someone who believes in “babes supporting babes” and wants to promote their product/brand in a whole new way.

What are some benefits of becoming a Mentor with Feather and Mane?

  • Sharing your love and knowledge for the thing you do and passing on your knowledge to someone who needs it.
  • Future collaborations with Feather and Mane and with potential mentee
  • Promoting done by Feather and Mane for involvement in program and future photo shoots
  • Mentorship Celebration and dinner party at the end of each Mentorship period with other Mentors.
  • Being Featured on our Featured Female blog spot.
  • Future monetary compensation (after test group has been completed. and all kinks have been ironed out, when we make money so will you)
  • We will only be taking a limited number of Mentors into our program. Apply and join our team, sooner the better.

What are we looking for in a Mentee?

  • Someone who is launching their business/blog and still have a bunch of questions of how to be successful.
  • Someone who is dreaming big but doesn’t know how to start.
  • Someone who may be looking to be hired by a small business or blogger but doesn’t know if it would be a good fit.
  • Someone who wants to break out on their own and start their own employment.
  • Someone with a few extra hours a week to dedicate to making their dreams happen.
  • Someone who is looking for advice on how to make their already existing business/blog grow.
  • Someone who needs accountability and support in specific areas of their business/blog
  • Someone who wants to meet other like minded individuals and grow a community of support around them.

What are some benefits for Being a Mentee with Feather and Mane?

  • Individual one on one time with someone already in the industry
  • Getting business questions answered.
  • Getting to experience what the pros and cons of owning your own business or running your own blog are.
  • Collaboration
  • Potentially earning employment
  • Becoming a part of a community of people who believe in supporting each other.

 

Our Goal for the Mentorship Program is that we can form a small business/blogger community that helps connect people exactly where they are at with their dreams and vision. We are dreaming big, here at Feather and Mane, and our Mentorship program is just the first step to help create the community and village that we have been planning to provide for all of you.

Please take some time to fill out one (or both) of the Questionnaires we have created. Also, as mentioned in the form if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please feel free to email us at featherandmane@gmail.com with the title of the Questionnaire as your subject header. We would love to provide you with more information as needed.

I Want to Be a MENTOR

I Want to Be a MENTEE

– Jessica (lioness)

Featured Female : Danielle

We are so excited to have Danielle as our first Featured Female of 2017.  We are wanting to start our year off with a “BANG” and getting ready to launch our secret project that we have been working on for the past few months. So, it just seemed fitting that Danielle would be our first featured female.

We are excited to share each month a female entrepreneur. Someone who is inspiring and hard working and making her dreams come true. Danielle is setting the bar high and we are so blessed to share this little snippet into her life with all of you. Not only is she a goal setter and an inspiration she is also someone we are proud to call a friend.

Introducing Danielle the founder of:

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Web pageVancitybusinessbabes.com

Instagram – @vancitybusinessbabes

Facebook – Vancity Business Babes

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Picture by @amberleighphotog

1. Why did you decide to start your own business? What inspired this dream and idea to take flight? and What do you do?
I spend some time working for other people in traditional jobs and I found out very quickly that it wasn’t for me. I wanted more freedom and flexibility with my schedule!
I first started partnering with a health & wellness company and started my own home based business with them. I loved diving into entrepreneurship and learning about marketing, social media, and also all the personal development that came along with it.
I Later launched a women’s networking organization that brings like minded ladies together to share their success, strategies and it is also a space to connect both for business but also to create community and friendships. I wanted to create events that were educational, fun and gave people an opportunity to connect in an authentic way.
2. What has been the hardest part of your journey so far?
I think the hardest thing about building your own business is believing in yourself and getting over “what will people think?” There is a lot of fear surrounding this. I think that is why it’s SO important to surround yourself with people that are going to lift you up and encourage you!
3. What Advice would you give someone who has a dream to start their own business, but doesn’t know how to go about making it become reality?
Connect with someone who has created a business for themselves, talk to them about your dreams and bounce around Ideas. Ask for advice and start to research what will be needed in order to build that business. Start with very small steps (30 min or less) per day but work on it every single day. You’ll be shocked at how much you can get done!
4. How do you gain new inspiration to keep your business fresh and appealing?
Asking people what they want! 🙂 The best thing you can do as a business is to connect with your clients and community you have built and ask them what they would like to see. The main reason you are in business is to serve them, so ask them how you can do that!
5. Who has been an inspirational person in your journey thus far?
That s a very hard question. I have many local connections who have been extremely inspiring to me! But I also have many, what i like to call “virtual” mentors. I listen to their podcasts and videos! One of my favorite podcasts at the moment is “Goal Diggers” by Jenna KutcherJenna Kutcher
6. What is your favorite part of your day?
When I first wake up! I do about a 10-15 min workout, then I make myself coffee and I sit and read for about 20 min. I am currently waking up extremely early: 4:30/5 am- But I am also going to bed around 9:30 pm
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7. How do you relax?
A bath is one of my favorite ways to relax, with bath salts, or a good hot tub! (I would love to have a hot tub in my own backyard someday! )
8. What brings you joy?
Time with family and close friends, and my Faith- I love spending my Sundays at church and going for breakfast after with Family! Favorite time of the week!
9. what would you hope to be known for one day? What do you want your legacy to be?
I want to be known as someone who was authentic, someone who made others feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable. I want to be known as someone who was encouraging and inspiring! 🙂

 

Thank you so much Danielle for taking the time to share with us a little from your journey. Looking forward to following you as you continue to change the world around you. 

-Jessica

Tea Party Anyone?

Jessica Barr was such a treat to meet at the Abbotsford Bakers Market. Jessica has such a creative business that we would love to share with you.
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My specialty is of course all afternoon tea treats, but I especially enjoy creating desserts. I love to turn anything from mini cakes to cookies into works of art. My favourite aspects of my business are decorating the desserts and laying the table. It’s all about presentation for me, and of course taste! My goal is to incorporate unique and bursting flavours into every afternoon tea. I also want everyone’s tea party to be everything they imagine, so I will help with anything needed to make that happen, from floral arrangements to finding the perfect venue.

Vintage Rose is also dedicated to accommodating all allergies and dietary needs. Having many allergies myself, I believe everyone should be able to enjoy a special treat despite their food restrictions! That is why we have vegan and gluten-free options and take any other requests.

Mention Feather and Mane on your tea party booking and receive 15% off !

Best seller at the Baker’s Market was the salted caramel macarons. The blackberry lavender scones were next in line. To enjoy these flavourful scones even more, add a dollop of clotted cream on top with some blackberry jam!
dsc_0597-1dsc_0579Vintage Rose Afternoon Tea comes from my love of baking and antiques. Why not combine two of my favourite things to provide people with beautiful tea parties that they can host right in their homes. My dream is to one day own and run a tea room, but not quite being able to make that happen at the moment, I wanted to pursue my dream with a first step. Working from home will also allow me to spend more time at home with our baby on the way!
I think everyone should experience a traditional afternoon tea, and I also believe that it should be served on real antique china. It’s just not the same without it!
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Vintage Rose will be at the Handmade for the Holidays market hosted by Loving Local on November 19, the Richard Bulpitt Elementary Annual Craft Fair on November 26, and the Winter Chill Market hosted by Vancity Makers on December 2 and 3.
Check out the vintage rose tea!
-Owl

Legit Confections

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Cassandra was so fun to meet at the Abbotsford Bakers Market. This was her first time selling in a more “legit” way and boy was she so happy with the results! she left the market sold out.

we are so thankful she took some time to share with us her company Legit Confections

 

1. what is your specialty?
Fudge! In a variety of classic and unique flavours.
 
2. best seller flavour?
Seems to be the classics- maple, chewy praline and chocolate
 

3. why did you start this company and how long have you been making fudge?

I have been making fudge personally for about 2-3 years but just started my company in the summer of this year. I was encouraged by family and friends to share my fudge at markets because they figured I would be good at it. I took a chance and have so far been enjoying it a lot.
take some time to check out her pages!
-Owl and Lion

Battersup Cupcakes and Sweets

Ange Rutherford was a delight to meet at the Abbotsford Bakers Market. She gave us some delicious peanut butter mini cookies!

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Ange with her Daughter. the reason she started baking,so she could work from home and spend time with her little lady.

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We asked her a few questions on how this all happened

When did you start Battersup Cupcakes and Sweet?

“In March 2015 I started this company” Ange explains I have been baking for friends and family for years and just challenging myself more each time.  Last February I was asked to make mini mouse cupcakes for my girlfriends little girls first birthday. Of course I did and when people saw and tasted them they were on me again to start this as a side business. After talking it over with my husband we decided to start up an Instagram/facebook account and see where it goes. Well I have been non stop busy ever since!! Abbotsford bakers market was only my second market and sold out at both. It’s so nice to have people coming back for my baked goods.” 

Why kind of baked goods do you make?

“Currently I make cupcakes (standard & mini) in a wide selection of flavours and special orders. Mini whoopie pies ( mini cookies with buttercream sandwich between them). And baked donuts!!! I will be adding new sweets to my menu come the new year! “
 

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Favorite thing to make?

  “That’s a tough one because I just LOVE to bake. But right now I think it’s coming up with different flavours for my fancy donuts. And of course the S’more cupcakes. “

Best seller?

Best sellers are by far the S’more and turtle cupcakes. With a closer runner up being the mini Peanut Butter cookies! “

Ange it was truly a treat to meet you this past Sunday afternoon! be sure to check out her facebook page and instagram or email Ange at battersup.cupca8s@gmail.com

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-Owl and Lion

 

Child Art into Styled Art

 

I put my sweet little kiddos and their little fingers at work today. Collaborating with my children makes my heart soar. Also so excited for us to work together and make a masterpiece. Today’s masterpiece is for my mom, their nana, and it just seemed fitting that her house warming gift be something that we all made together. Or as my son likes to call it: “Nana’s heater for her warmer house.”

Sure buddy, let’s call it that.

 

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This is the final Product.  I used a Tombow Monotwin pen to write over their beautiful picture after I altered it a little bit with watercolour paints.

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This is my Son’s painting. He used my watercolor paints and decided to paint his nana a flower. I tried my best to keep to his theme and just covered his whole picture so there was no white showing. I added in the background and a sunshine. I also added a bumble be by his request.

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This one is my daughters masterpiece. She used my Tombow dual brush pens because she was frustrated with how faint the colour was showing up when she tried using my watercolours. Her art lately is only “letter writing” and “people” so after she has used all the colours she wanted I added watercolor paints to create what I hope looks like abstract art and blends it all together. Then I added a twig wreath around the words.

The Words I chose are specific to my mom. I am sure they will bless other peoples hearts as well because their meaning rings true for us all in our own lives. For my mom my prayer is that  they give her hope and make her feel loved, not only by our Maker but by a family that is all around her loving her always.

I am excited to bring them to my dad and mom’s today not only to add to their art collection but to also get to see their new house. After living in an old 5 bedroom home for 20 years they have finally been blessed with being able to be the first owners of their very new house.They are so excited and we all know that means so am I!

 

Congratulations mom and dad!

 

-Lioness

Family Painting

Family Painting

We are going to redo out children’s shared room this summer and I wanted to add some of their own little projects to the decore. Problem is that they are only 1 and 2. Not much obvious talent in the art department… yet! So I was inspired by an Instagram project I saw and decided to collaborate with my children. #KMSlittlehandsproject

I love how it turned out. It is going to look great on their photo/art wall. I have a few other projects in mind that will need their help. This experience has only given me more of a drive to do more:)

-Lion