About Kerri-Lee Benson and Comfee Cushions
A Message From Kerri-Lee Benson
I'm a self-taught designer & artisan who's been self-employed, as a crafter, since 2005, F/T. Inspired by colour & texture, motivated by preserving our environment, driven to design multi-functional items. Comfee Cushion is my unique design.
11+ Yrs In Business & Living My Dream
I became a full-time entrepreneur mid 2005. My entrepreneurial spirit was however in development from childhood; with two entrepreneurial parents raising me, I didn't know anything else! I was 11 when I sparked an idea to visit my best friend in New Brunswick. I was told I had to raise enough to pay for my own flight. And so it began... I created a flyer offering my services to walk dogs, babysit, wash cars, and do singing telegrams, which I delivered to my neighbours along my paper route for "the shopping news", in Oakville. Ontario.
That July, I bought my first solo flight to New Brunswick to visit my friend. Once I had a taste of self-fulfilling my goals, I was hooked. I realized the power of independently making my dreams come true. From that time on I made it my mission to use my creativity to allow me to make the life I wanted. Nothing could get in my way, I had dreams and I knew it was up to me to make them come true.
Comfee Cushions – Where It All BeganAs a designer, my objective is to marry function with beauty in all I do. In 2009, I stumbled across the device I now use in my cushion. As a creative opportunist, I immediately saw the value in it, and redesigned the application into what is now the Comfee Cushion.
Being somewhat intense about everything being efficient and purposeful, I am driven to always re-evaluate and try to improve the value and function of everyday items. I found a product at a garage sale that I was intrigued by, it was a pair of stationary slippers with plastic knobs in various places inside where your feet would rest, it also vibrated. I purchased the item for a toonie ($2 dollars) and took it home. I opened the zipper to find a vibration mechanism inside that ran on batteries. I used the foot slipper massage and loved the sensation but couldn't bare the look of it on my living room floor. This got me thinking about, how to better and expand the concept. I went to the drawing board and came up with a pillow designed to house the vibration mechanism, that I could cover with decorative fabrics. Having sewn my whole life, I made a first proto-type with some fabric I had left over from another project and the mechanism from my garage sale find. I showed it to friends and family and they all wanted one. I knew I was onto my next big idea. After months of sourcing and organizing I had a plan in place to start production, but first I needed sales. After setting up marketing, photos, banners, and business cards, I signed up for my first craft show. I have never looked back, and it's now been 11 years, that I have been making and selling my Comfee Cushions at craft shows and Online, across Canada, USA and now the world.