07 June, 2013


I think it's time to introduce myself.  I have a slightly outdated about SAS-does page but about me page is nowhere to be found.  Today I am changing this.

My name is Anna Sokolovskaya but on this blog I go by my shorter name, Anya.  For the past 15 years I've been living in Montreal, Canada where my parents and my sister came to from Uzbekistan (former Soviet Union).

Most of all I like learning new things: from computer science to psychology in University, from yoga and piano playing to ikebana and knitting in my spare time.  I also like to put my knowledge into practice and more often than not you'll find me knitting, paper crafting, sewing or trying a new craft.  I am rarely sitting idle without any project in my hands.  Right now, paper is my favourite medium.  I enjoy scrapbooking, origami, and bookmaking.  You can see some of my projects HERE or in my Etsy store - BRASS AND RUFFLES.

Having worked as an adult educator for over 5 years I greatly enjoy the ability to pass my knowledge, to inspire others, and to turn complex things simple and understandable.  This year I have started 2 new series GARDENING ADVENTURES and AWAKENING CREATIVITY that help me to realise my teaching "dream" and share my knowledge with you.

Nature and outdoors is truly my element.  I feel alive and fearless with a backpack, my walking sticks, on a long hike with Eric far away from civilisation.  We try to escape into the wilderness for a week or two every now and then but when a long trip is impossible I look for the nature in my backyard; working the soil, planting, and taking care of the garden.

This blog is about my creative endeavours, things I like to do, people I love, and everyday moments and thoughts.

And if, like me, you enjoy reading facts about others here are 10 random things about me
  • I am a chocoholic and an adrenaline junkie
  • I do not like taking photos but do not mind posing for one
  • I am 6'2''
  • I am very quite around people I do not know but get goofy and silly around familiar faces
  • I am not afraid of public speaking
  • I love the quietness of the early morning and the comfort of the late evening
  • Writing does not come easy to me but I am working on it
  • I love colours
  • I feel comfortable alone and need this time to "recharge"
  • I was born on Friday the 13th!
If you have any questions or comments, if you want to collaborate on a project or submit a post for the blog, or if you simply want to say "hi" leave a comment or email me at sas.does(at)gmail.com

Thank you for visiting SAS-does, for coming back, and for leaving your comments.  It makes me happy knowing that you read what I write and this blog would not happen without you!

Two years ago: WEEKEND COLOURS


  1. Yeah! Really cool sketch of yourself!
    I'm wondering how "being quite around people you don't know and being not afraid of public speaking" is combined in one person? ;)

    1. Thanks, Anna!

      I guess when it comes to public speaking, which mostly have to do with work, my inner extrovert takes over. Otherwise I am quiet and introverted with people I do not know.