Hi Everyone! We are a mother/daughter team from Richmond and Burnaby, BC. My name is Karen, and my mom is Sheila.
I work full time as a Data Manager & Analyst. A lot of people might find the kind of work I do overwhelming, but I love working with numbers and (occasionally) messy data! Things like addressing data issues and writing up mathematical formulas in data queries give me the satisfaction and challenges I need to feel motivated in my work, so needless to say I love my job.
But I mean, who doesn’t get stressed once in a while, be it at work or in our personal lives. Paper crafting is my stress reliever. I have been passionate about paper crafting since I was a kid. I started out with absolutely no budget for crafting and I would salvage every piece of reusable/recyclable material that came my way (ex. a ribbon on a clothing tag or a trinket that was attached to a lollipop stick) for a potential craft project. Then I got interested in origami and attempted to incorporate them into greeting cards. Later I became more tech savvy and realized I could use my printer to print out sentiments on my cards. When Jonathan and I were planning our wedding in 2011, our goal was to do as much DIY as possible in order to save money (the DIY part was definitely my goal :P), so of course I explored making our invitations. I came up with the design, figured out how to print the text in the format I needed using my printer, and then I realized I had to make 100 invitations! So I decided to splurge on a paper trimmer, a scoring board (because it was a tri-fold invitation!) and my very first border punch. Then one thing leads to another. I joined a card club and had the opportunity to play with many more fancy crafting tools. That was when I officially started using quality cardstock, rubber stamps and all kinds of embellishments to fulfill my passion. I got to say I’m more in love with paper crafting than ever!
My primary interest is in card making, but I also make gift tags, note cards and even “words of appreciation” mementos at work.
Enough about me. My mom, on the other hand, is an extremely creative and talented sewer. We went back to Hong Kong for a visit in 2008, and my aunt gifted my mom this pair of sock cats.
When my mom and I first saw them, we were like “Sock cats? Like socks that you wear?? How do you use them to make stuffies?!” My aunt explained a bit, and we got even more intrigued. That same year we travelled to Taiwan. We walked into this bookstore, and guess what! We saw a book on sock animals! And inside this book my mom saw this cute little pug, and said to herself: “I can totally make that!” So we purchased the book, and after we got home, having no instructions whatsoever, she cleverly found her own way to make and embellish it into this cutest creature ever.
This was the beginning of my mom’s journey in making sock animals. From the all-time favorite sock monkey to subsequently creating nearly a hundred of her own designs, she has truly enjoyed every moment she spends in sewing these sweet little guys that make people smile.