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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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

My Ultimate Wishlist, is your's the same as mine?

Okay, we all have them. The invisible list of “if I was a bit richer I could get” list. Yours probably looks different than mine, but IF I could I would get these items I have been admiring forever.

 

The List for me personally.

Via Apartment Therapy | Bacalis Apartment:

Stendig Wall Calendar. I have googled this calendar multiple times, I would love to put it above my bed, or as a fun large calendar by my computer. Anyways. this one is a long term love relationship for me. (photo via Pinterest)

LetterFolk is also awesome! check them out on instagram!

Short-Sleeved Raglan Dress – Tessa Hughes:

Tessa Hughes Raglan Short Sleeve dress! oh man, I bought her Luxe pants a year or so ago, and I envision wearing these items together. (photo via Pinterest)

 

How about "stressed, blessed and rodeo obsessed":

Be Still Clothing company has some AWESOME shirts that I think my youth would love. Even though I naturally stay away from phrases on shirts. I feel like these ones are pretty awesome. check them out!

The "Babes Supporting Babes" Crew | GREY – BRUNETTE The Label:

Brunette label. I love this sweater! I love going to markets, supporting small businesses and knowing that all these ladies are amazing entrepreneurs!

Stores and other items I stare at Constantly

Montrose and George

Spruce Collective

Borealis Manufactory

Bella and Wren

Nettles Tale swimwear

Camp brand goods

These are just a few items I have been ogling over the past while.

 

 

for kids! oh boy, this could be big….

Stores I support first and constantly look in and hope something I love will be in my price range.

Little Bean and Co

Watermelon Tree

Once Upon a Child

Bella and Wren has some cute items as well for kids

Spruce Collective Market

Minimoc/ borealis manufactory

Jax and Lennon

Little and Lively

tumble and roar

wheat kids clothing

VONBON!!! this one is an ultimate fave

devons drawer

whistle and flute

Padraigs

darling and bandit

Kpurnaturals (good for the whole family, not clothes, but a daily essential)

and the LIST GOES ON! (I will fix the links so all the shops asap!but check them out on Instagram)

 

So now you know how obsessed I am at looking at clothes… hopefully you still like me after this post. ENJOY these awesome stores I shared with you if you are in Abbotsford or Fort Langley.

 

  • Owl (Carla)

 

 

Legit Confections

NOTE* sorry! something is causing an error! so this post will be getting the kinks worked out ASAP!

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