Saturday, January 31, 2009

Camo Box Giveaway

THE WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN!!!! Melissa of ALLthangsOLDbutNEW2u (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5863875) is the winner of our Camo Box Giveaway! Congrats and enjoy!


Sure, we’ve all heard of the Little Black Box, a business that helps consumers to learn about online Indie retailers before they purchase. How do they do it? Indie artists submit sample and full-sized items, business cards, promotional material, and coupon codes. Consumers then buy these boxes and get an opportunity to sample the goods before they buy, if they so choose. The only thing is the buyer doesn’t know what they are buying. What honestly is the fun in that?
Why not get a chance to sample all the goods, but to know exactly what it is that you’re getting first? Even better, why not get the box absolutely free? The Etsy Team Homefront is doing exactly that with their Little Camo Box Giveaway. You ask why is the box camo? Well after all, Little Black Box was already taken. Besides, the name didn’t quite suit the team whose spouses and family members wear camo on a daily basis (please note, ammo boxes shown to the side are just for fun, not part of the giveaway).
Yes, we said Giveaway! We’re giving you the chance to win your very own box filled with goodies made by talented Homefront team members. What’s even better is that the winner is going to receive their Little Camo Box just in time for Valentine’s Day…our present to you. You can keep everything in the box for yourself (I certainly wouldn’t blame you if you did) or you can give away items to your loved ones as Valentine’s Day gifts. Regardless, we are quite certain that you will love everything in the box, and hopefully come back to these generous Homefronters for more!
What do I have the chance to win, you’re asking yourself? Goodies galore…please take a look:


From wastenotwhimsy, a very feminine and romantic pendant banner/mini bunting, just the thing for prettying your home for Valentine’s Day. A beautiful pair of blue and brown fishhook earrings are sure to pretty your ears just as nicely too.
From dunkdesigns, two “Girl With a Heart” mini note cards or Valentines, perfect for showing that special someone just a little bit of extra love.
From Kristynskreations, an absolutely gorgeous black and red eye mask. What better gift is there for a weary loved one than a good night’s sleep?
From WanderingWhimsies, a beautiful salt dough Valentine heart ornament, painted to look like a delicious sugar cookie. While it looks yummy enough to eat, I personally think it would look better hanging from a hook in your loved one’s home.
From EllaBearBowtique, an adorable cupcake and polka dot hair bow, the perfect gift for the perfect little girl.
From sewlittletimeinnc, a corner embroidered bookmark. Slip it over the corner of a book’s pages and it’s a wonderful, thoughtful gift for the avid reader in your life.
From monsterbugblankets, a set of four cute, heart-shaped, chunky crayons. What’s better than chocolate for Valentine’s Day? Chunky crayons that look like chocolates! The best part is these crayons won’t make your little ones ping off the walls like chocolate will.
From mrsdstahl, a card pack filled with five delightful cards, perfect for a number of occasions. Included is a stunning red and black card for giving the love of your life, three pretty thank you cards, and a simple but beautiful blank card. This is a wondrous gift that keeps on giving.
From TwoSeasideBabes, a set of six 100% cotton Valentine’s facial scrubbies. In red, white, cream, and three shades of pink, these large facial scrubbies are sure to pamper those loved ones with even the most sensitive of skin.
From smokeymountainscents, a delicious smelling bar of Honeysuckle soap. Soften your skin with mango and shea butter, just in time for all those kisses and caresses.
From geekdetails, a “You Fill My Hearts” print and four subtly geeky buttons. You can’t tell me Dr. Seuss doesn’t just make you smile? Spread the love and pass on a button to someone you love.
From TheChameleonsAttic, a wonderfully creative floppy disk notebook. Show your loved ones From TerisTreasure, a delightful little cup cozy for that environmentally-friendly person in your life. Show how much you care about them, and the environment, by giving them this pink heart cozy.

From cutesieclips, a sweet felt hair clip, a wonderful treat if you have more than one princess in your life. This heart clip also looks fantastic clipped on hats, purse straps, and any number of other places you would like to show it off on.

So you’re quite eager to win this Homefront Camo Box right? Of course you are! Then here’s what you need to do…simply leave a comment stating why you would love to receive your very own Valentine’s Camo Box courtesy of the Etsy team Homefront. The winner will be randomly chosen on the 8th of February and will receive their box just in time for Valentine’s Day! Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

Another member of the Family!

We are proud to announce the new arrival to the Homefront Team! Liz of FrayBabybibsnmore, gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl named Hannah Claire. She arrived on January 21st at 4:15am Central European Time and weighing 7lbs 12 ozs and just under 21 inches long. Congrats to Liz, hubby, and big brother Luke!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Get to Know Teris Treasure


This weeks blog posting is a up close look at the Etsy Homefront Team Leader, Teri, from TerisTreasure. Teri is born and raised a Midwest gal, married a US Marine, and is the proud parent of 2 daughters. Teri began quilting at 8 years old, and now works full time on her online shops. She has a shop on Etsy, Hyena Cart, and 1000 Markets (see below for links).

The story of Teri and her Marine, Jason:
My husband saved me, he is my hero and a straight gift from God. I was a single mother at the time we met. Jason couldnt have came at a better time in my life where I had found who I was and what I wanted in my life, from what he tells me, he was drawn to my strength and confidence, since he was looking for the right woman for him and a wife, knowing what a woman would have to go through being married to a soldier. We met one day, long distance since he was in Alaska and I was in the U.P., we talked for about 6 months and one day, he told me he was going to marry me. We courted, like the old fashioned stories always told, getting to know each other on a personal level and one day, he called me and told me he was coming to see me, he would be there in a few days. He came to Marquette and asked me to marry him, then met with my father and asked his permission to marry me, a week later, we were married! He has since taken my daughter as his own and we now have Kaelin, which completes this little family of ours. I moved up to Alaska and lived there for 4 years and we now reside at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for his 3 years as a Drill Sgt.

Teri, has an incredible shop, full of table runners, table toppers, coasters, pot holders, gift tags, refrigerator magnets, and more. All of her items are made by hand, and can be correlated together for a fabulous home d├ęcor in your kitchen. Her items come to you very well crafted, and wrapped in luxury, boutique-like feel.

I recently inquired many questions and insights from Teri, and here is what I found out.
Q. What is your favorite part of owning your own business?
A. My favorite part of owning my own business is that I can stay at home with my daughter and not have to put her in day care, unless I want to! haha I also like I do not have to ask to have a day off and I can work as much as I want, or as little.
Q. I see you’ve been on Etsy for a year. What is your biggest lesson learned?
A. Wow, this is a hard one, I am not sure if I have 1 biggest lesson because I am still learning as I go. Customer Service MUST be top priority! Go over and beyond and make each item special, as far as wrapping or packaging. I always write up a Thank You no matter how large or small the item is. Photos and descriptions have to be your best! Natural light and different angles take the best pictures.
Q. You are our fearless leader for the Etsy Homefront Team. What do you see ahead?
A. I am hoping to focus on giving back to the community! I think we have a great start on it and I really am hoping to help out other people! I strongly feel that when God blesses you, you should carry that on and help out people that may need you! I feel our team has grown so large that if 1 person once a year gives an item to charity, our team could really help out! I feel the Homefront team will always have work to do on it, but now that I am more established with it, I can focus on other things besides organizing the team. I am so thankful for the help of the team members that are such a asset to this team and to me!

See and Purchase Teri’s Work@:
http://www.teristreasure.etsy.com/
http://www.teristreasure.1000markets.com/
http://hyenacart.com/AmericasHandmadeHomefront/

And here is a link to her blog: http://www.teristreasure.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Welcome to the NEW Homefront Blog

Hooray, we are starting a more active blog, to really share what we on the Homefront Team do. Homefront is comprised of military spouses and retirees who sell their artistry online and on the Homefront. We have many shops, with many different unique ideas and products, all made by hand.

This blog is to introduce us to the online world if you've never seen us, used as a way to spread informative information, and to help support our teams.


Homefront members sell on sites, such as Etsy, Artfire, Hyena Cart, 1000 Markets, and Ebay. Please be patient with us as we build the blog more and more. In the coming weeks we plan to have weekly blogs with featured artists, giveaways, how to run a home based business, and many other helpful subjects. Please join us by following us, and we LOVE comments!

So welcome, and you will soon see the beautiful, work, lives, and thoughts of our talented group. Support us, as we keep the home fires burning on the Homefront!