Good morning everyone from a very rainy Nenagh. Our Internet was down for 24 hours which initially sent me into a bit of a panic but then I realized that maybe this would be good for me just to relax a bit and not be glued to the computer all evening.
But I'm back this morning! And I am finally posting about the wonderful work of Christina Sanne, who has made a business out of creating these delightful Sock Dogs. Her company, Red Rufus, was formed at the beginning of 2010.
I find these just adorable and I just love hearing how businesses get started. The story behind Red Rufus?
Well, as you might expect, it has something to do with a dog, a particularly red dog, an Irish Setter named Rufus who came to live with Christina and her family at the end of 2008. They fell in love with him instantly. And for Christmas that year, Christina made her three children a sock dog. Christina told me" they were amazed and overwhelmed that I had done this and showed my creations to anyone that was willing to look. Very soon people asked me to make Sock Dog for them and the seedlings of a small craft business were born.
I continued to make commissions for people and was persuaded to do a craft fair where I sold out! Slowly my confidence started to grow and I realized that I could actually make something out of my SockDogs. At the beginning of 2010, I formed the company, designed a log and got to work on making a website."
Christina's SockDogs are made with a pair of socks, cut, sewn and stuffed to look like a dog- then she embellishes them with ribbon, buttons, wool, felt and fabric.
Her greatest inspiration is Rufus- she told me that he is a wonderful companion and a friend. And for those of you who are not dog lovers....I know exactly what she is talking about! Christina takes him for walks every morning and she loves watching him interact with all his dog friends- their antics- their individual traits. All this keeps Christina going with new ideas.
At a quick glance this trio really looks like a bunch of real puppies waiting in their basket. So sweet...!
Christina continued to tell me .."I am inspired by fabric, colour, ribbons and buttons and could spend hours looking and dreaming. I love interiors, design and fashion and do get inspiration from all these things."
Christina told me that "they lived in New York for five years and before that in Russia, Luxembourg and Germany and in all these places she saw a love of craft and traditions of old being kept up. In Russia, out of necessity, were the felt shoes and warm knits. In Germany the wonderful tradition of the Christmas market and the wooden toys. In Luxembourg again the Christmas Market and international fairs. And in New York, although not as crafty as such, there is a tradition of reclaiming objects and art in general which always inspires me."
Many thanks to Christina for sharing her charming story!