Karen is the founder of fab Sydney company Glottogon (Glo-tog-uh-nn (noun) from Greek meaning “tongue, language” and “generation”) who design and produce the most delightful range of puzzles books and activity cards you ever did see. (You can find them in our little store now!). In the meantime, here’s Karen …
Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
I am Karen; Scottish by birth – although I sound as if I have never left and I am certain the accent will be with me forever!
I have lived in Sydney since 2004, I’m married to Sam and we have a little girl and baby boy – Ollie 3 & Dims 9 months.
Life is hectic, fun and very (VERY!) noisy – which we think is wonderful and thankfully our neighbors are generally supportive.
Who inspires you?
On a day to day basis, the team of illustrators and designers who work on our Glottogon products. They take all my garbled ideas, sketches and madness then turn it all into beautiful, unique collections – amazing!
For always and forever, my parents. They taught me to dream and I hope I can pass that passion on to my children. Dreams are without boundaries, they grow as we do and we should all be helped to reach for them.
What can’t you live without?
Apart from Sam and the kids I think I would need to say my laptop. I miss it when it’s not beside me. When it’s in another room I start to get anxious in case I miss something!
Do you have a favourite blog/s?
Lots …however to list just 3
How do you like to spend your spare time?
Trying to find some! When I can, I flip/read/scan through every magazine I can lay my hands on. I LOVE glossy magazines, always have, ever since I was a teenager – I have been known to intently pore over junk mail pullouts if the pictures look good. There is something quite addictive about hearing the pages turn, reading the featured stories, and then there are the fashion shoots.
Magazines are even better than my laptop, I think, which means I am showing my age. I can sound very last century sometimes!
Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Online shopping – why push the supermarket trolley when it can be delivered to you?!?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
My life has changed so much in the last 5 years I truly cannot imagine the next 5. Simply, I wish that our home is still full of happy, mayhem and that business is good enough that I can indulge in every magazine on this planet!
What is your favourite quote?
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them – Walt Disney