My name is Athina. I am the founder, CEO, designer, creator and pretty much everything else behind The Faidrin Bear.
I am a 27-year-old creative young woman. I am a happy wife to Leo and mother to our daughter Angel, who is almost 2 years old. We live in our small home in the south-east of Melbourne, Australia.
I always loved creating things. From needle felt projects to drawing and sketching. However, I will admit to losing myself after becoming a Mama. Being a full-time mum is a lot harder than I had thought (surprise right?). I struggled to find myself again after the birth of my adorable little one. The one thing that has kept me connected to who I was before becoming a mother is The Faidrin Bear. It is the one constant that I was able to hold on to and continue to grow, thus helping myself grow as the new mother and person I now am.
You see, as a little girl, I remember coming home from school and watching my mother rush to work almost immediately. She would work long hours and rarely was able to be home before bedtime. I promised myself I would try my hardest to find a job that allowed me to be at home with my children and be the person who tucks them in bed and kisses them goodnight. A child's dream perhaps but it was this dream that allowed me to "blend" my pre-baby self to my post-baby self. My dream became a goal that was now achievable.
The Faidrin Bear not only provides me with an outlet that is all mine (as opposed to sharing everything with my mini-me), it also allows me to be home with my little one, whilst still making a difference in this world (however small).
The Faidrin Bear is meant to give joy and happiness to those who wear one of our designs (Mine and my 2-year-old assistant that is). Imagine a happy little bear trying to make you smile...? Did it work? I sure hope so.