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!
 Kayla and Justin

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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Featured Female: Carlee

I have been so honoured to be one of the many who have watched this beautiful lady go from a single beautiful girl to a married stunning mama. Now as she stands in the middle of owning her own little business we are proud to help spread the word about this amazing lady and the company she started.

 

Name and Business:

Hi I’m Carlee from Tumble and Roar Apparel, an online based kids apparel company. I design all my products myself and have them either printed or sewn locally in Vancouver. I started my shop in December of last year, so I just passed my 6 month mark!

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How many years have you been pursuing this passion of yours and what brought about this passion?

I am a mom to a 2 year old boy, Luca and he is the inspiration behind Tumble and Roar Apparel. Prior to becoming a mom, I worked in fashion retail management for many years and clothing and dressing people up was one of my passions! When Luca was born, I started to get into shopping locally for him. I loved finding unique pieces for Luca and supporting local shops was much more rewarding than buying from big box stores.

Around the time of my sons 1st birthday, I started to get that feeling like I was losing myself a bit in mommy-hood. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a stay-at-home mom and I find it so rewarding to spend my days with Luca. I feel extremely lucky that I don’t have to work outside the home right now. But I also felt like I needed something else in my life that was ‘mine,’ that I could work on and use as a creative outlet; this is where the idea of Tumble and Roar Apparel came from.

Tell me about your family

My husband and I met in University, we both were recruited to play for the Trinity Western varsity soccer teams. I grew up on Vancouver island and my hubby Nick grew up in Montreal, so when we met you could say we were quite different; think island girl meets city boy. We became friends fast and by our second year we were officially a couple.

We married in 2010 in Nick’s hometown of Montreal and welcomed our baby boy Luca in 2014.

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How do you balance work and home life?

Oh this is a sticky question! I would love to say that I have dedicated hours for my Tumble and Roar workload and that I have a Pinterest-worthy, beautifully organized workspace…. But that isn’t always the case. Life with a toddler is unpredictable and chaotic, so I try my best to do the majority of my work for Tumble when Luca is napping or asleep for the night. But emails and orders need to be checked and filled and that sometimes happens right in the middle of lunchtime or backyard playtime. It’s a complete juggling act- and sometimes I feel like a super mom and sometimes I feel like a super failure; but in the end, the work gets done and the playtime never stops with a 2 year old!

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What is your goal for you company?

My goals for Tumble and Roar really correspond with my family life. I want to run a successful at-home business that brings me joy and fulfillment, but this business cannot get in the way of my first priority: my family. This business fulfills a passion of mine, but I do and always will put my job as mama bear first!

I love the creative process of designing something from nothing and seeing it come to life! When I receive photos back from customers of their little ones rocking one of my designs, the feeling is indescribable! My goal is to make my customers happy; I want them to love my designs and the quality of the pieces. Being a mom myself, I only create and sell items that I would dress my own child in. I focus on creating unique pieces that are high quality and comfortable.

What is your outlet?

When I need to clear my head- I go for a run or head to the local yoga studio. These two activities are my outlets; they are my therapy.

What motivates you?

I am SO motivated by some of the amazing people in my life; especially my fellow mama friends. I am always so humbled and inspired by how strong and selfless these woman are. Spending time with other moms is so rewarding to me because it is such a community and every family is so different and dynamic, but all these moms are killing it and are rock stars in my eyes. These ladies motivate me to be a better mom, better wife, better friend, and better business person whenever we connect.

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What sucks the life out of you?

There’s a saying we used to use in my old occupation of ‘eat the worm.’ This message relates to your ‘to do’ lists and conquering the thing on there that is most annoying, most bothersome and most difficult. A common habit is to ignore that ‘worm’ and check off all the other items and are more enjoyable. (Isn’t is so satisfying to check items off a list?!?) However, that ‘worm’ will just haunt you and weigh on you until it’s done; hence ‘eat the worm!’ Get rid of it first!

When I don’t ‘eat the worm’ and the same daunting task rolls over on my weekly to do list from week to week…. the life gets sucked out of me! I really should learn from this lesson, but it’s one that repeats itself much too frequently- oops!

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Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In ten years I see myself being THAT carpool mom, driving kiddos to school and activities and loving the mom-life. I hope I’m sitting on the soccer field sidelines with my other mom friends, with coffee in hand, watching our mini’s play their little hearts out! My hubby will be there on the sidelines too- probably coaching!

What does your dream retirement look like?

I hope it’s filled with family, friends and happiness; whatever that may look like in 30+ years 🙂

Thank you so much Carlee for your honest answers and for sharing your creativity with the world. So inspired by your heart for motherhood and for making something that is your “own”. Keep it up lady.

Also, Thank you for your generous donation of a T-Shirt for one of our very lucky followers.

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Stay tuned tonight at 6pm PST for the announcement of our give away! Check out and follow tumble and roar and you will soon become as in love with their toddler clothes as we are.

Instagram : @tumbleandroar

Facebook: tumbeandroar

Web site:  tumble and roar 

 

-lioness and Carlee!

 

Tumble and Roar Give away!!

So Excited to feature Tumble and Roar this Friday as our “Featured Female” Mom-preneur. To get you all as excited as we are, we have collaborated with Tumble and Roar to give one of our lucky followers a beautiful “little treasure” tee.

Look for this Picture on instagram and follow the rules.

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Come back to the Blog on Friday to find out more about the lady behind this tee and to find out who the winner is!

Good Luck!!

-Lion, Owl, and our generous sponsor Tumble and Roar!

Working Mom Part 5: Carla

What a special treat it is to feature the better half of our blogs duo, today. Carla Thiessen is my sweet and beautiful and feisty little sister. Her compassion for people and her heart for the lost is what has inspired me for the better portion of my life. She was always that little girl who would be sitting beside the crying kid at any event, with her arm wrapped around them patting their back in comfort. She was often found joining in with tears with every broken heart. Whenever I got in trouble, as a child, and was being given a time out in my room she would find her way up to my room and sit on the floor beside me for the duration of my punishment. That being said she was also our families troublemaker.
Her heart for adventure and love for family have been her drive through most of her life decisions. Along with her husband and their 2 beautiful children, she spends her days inspiring people around her to love deeper and give freely. Her love for Jesus is so authentic and I you instantly feel relaxed and at peace when you are in her presence. I am a lot biased as to how amazing she is, but all it takes is one visit and you will be as convinced as I am. After many years of following her life, I am proud that she is being featured in as small of an audience as this one is. To get to know her better, not only read this interview but continue to follow as she posts under the name, Owl. Who knows why we use code names, we just enjoy it!
Carla Thiessen
Mother to two children : 2.5 and 7Months
Youth Pastor : Bakerview Church
The Owl Portion of Featherandmane.com :  Meet Owl
1. Besides being a MOM, what do you do to help provide for you family? 

I am the youth pastor at Bakerview MB church www.bakerview.org and I have a blog with my sister 🙂

2. How many hours a week does it take up? What times of day do you normally take to work?
My hours range a bit week to week. But between 30-35 hrs on average per week. I work two weekday evenings sometimes all weekend and Tuesday-Thursday day time office hours.
3. What has been your outlet amongst all the craziness of motherhood and working outside the home?
My outlet has been friends, and spending time with my kids intentionally. Like letting my daughter sleep in my bed with me at night cause she wakes up and I want to cuddle, or exploring outside with my son so he can tell me everything he sees. My outlet is seeing what God has blessed me with and trying not to take it for granted. I also love a lot of aspects of my job that would of been an outlet before I was on staff. I love spending time with youth and hearing their stories. I also enjoy spending time with parents.
4. How does your husband support you?
I went off maternity leave with my second at 3 months and my husband took 4 months of paternity and just went back to work yesterday. I don’t know many guys who would actually do that. He supports me every day by watching the kids when I work evenings and weekends and up until yesterday during the day as well. He doesn’t make me feel guilty and tries to be involved in what he can at Church.
5. Do you think your children know you have another job other than being their personal chauffeur, cook, and bed time snuggler?
My eldest is very aware of my job, he knows I go to work and that it’s at the church, he knows where my office is and where the youth room is, he knows a lot of the youth and leaders and during the week he doesn’t like me going to work. He either demands he comes with me to the nursery or to play in the gym or go to schools at lunch with me. He is 2 1/2 and is well aware of life, and we have made it quite crazy with moving and paternity and now living out of boxes for a month. But I feel like it is making him more attached which I love.
6. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
Monday. Because I get to spend all day and evening with my family and know that I don’t need to be anywhere else. Monday’s are like my weekend.
7. What is the hardest part about working as well as raising a family?

Feeling guilty! My jobs has so many opportunities to do more and it impacts both ends, family and ministry, so it’s a constant tug a war of choices. So I sometimes feel

Guilty about going to work and I sometimes feel guilty of not being there for someone or spending extra time on something.
8. Who is your hero and how do they inspire you?
Missionaries are my heroes, it might sound glamorous living in another country, but a lot of people have young families with no relatives around to help, or the culture is so hard to reach. They inspire me to reach all cultures in Abbotsford and be a missionary in my town. They inspire me to learn about evangelism and share with my neighbours and friends and family about who God is.
9. if you could travel anywhere with anyone who would you go with, when would you go and where would it be?
I would go on vacation with my husband, and maybe another couple friend or our best friend Heidi! And go somewhere hot like Cuba, or Thailand, or even somewhere in Europe would be fun.
1o. What would be the best present to receive on Mother’s day?
A song that my son made up about how much he loves me. I dunno, everyday is Mother’s day, right? lol
Such a Pleasure interview you my sweet sister. Praying your family treats you with as much love as you pour into them. Happy Mothers Day!!!
-Lioness, Sister to Owl.