Friday, August 27, 2010

Feature Friday

Today's featured shop is 1MaddieAndMe.  This shop specializes in custom girls clothing and accessories.  1MaddieAndMe offers everything from girls dresses to boo boo bags.  Here are a few items from this shop:

Check out this shop for deals through our Homefront Team Back to School sale. 

Friday, August 20, 2010

Feature Friday

It's that time again!  This week our featured shop is LilacAve.  This wonderful shop specializes in handmade soy candles but also offers soap, lotions and lip balms.  The owner strives for quality and eco-friendliness in her packaging and her products.  All products are thoroughly tested before being listed.  The owner of LilacAve is also Co-Admin of the Homefront Team, a Navy wife, and a mother to two adorable children.  I can personally attest to the quality of her candles and tarts (as I own a few).  Here are a few of her products:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Feature Friday

Today's Homefront Team featured member shop is Hawaii Body and Bath.  This shop has some wonderful bath and body products and as the name suggests, is located in Hawaii.  I recommend you read her shop announcement and/or profile.  She introduces herself and tells you a bit about her products.  It's an interesting read.  Here are a few of her products:

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Back to School Sales Continued!!!!

If you didn't catch it last week, here is a post of many many many fabulous sales the Homefront Team is having for back to school!  I recommend you check out the long list of Savings from the fabulous stores.  Since last week there have been some new developments though!

This adorable Tee is $15, FREE Shipping!
BananaBearBoutique is offering FREE Shipping for a limited time, and sale pricing on some new listings.  Her items are well made and incredibly cute!

This Clemson Bag is only $9.99
Also HeatherStrickland is offering 20-30% off select items!  Grab 'em now!

Pink Dorm Basket Tote
Green Dorm Basket Tote
Also you saw last week that LilacAve has some Dorm Baskets.  Well, now through August 12th, FREE Shipping on those baskets!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Feature Friday

This is our first Feature Friday and this week, we're featuring AsterJade Designs.  She is the proud wife (3 years) of a Marine and a mom.  Here is a short Q & A with our featured member:

I notice you sew tote bags, diaper bags, etc.  How old were you when you learned to sew?
I watched my mom do a lot of quilting while I was growing up. It wasn’t till my 22nd birthday that my husband came home with a sewing machine that I really got my start. My mom is the one that has taught me everything I know about sewing. I’d be lost without her! 

Is there any one thing that you've sewn (whether for your shop or for yourself) that ended up being your favorite?
Everything I make becomes my new favorite! The item that will always be the most special to me is the first purse I made out of my husband’s old uniform.

Do you ever find it difficult to run a business and be a military wife and mother?
It’s very hard! Usually the only time I get to sew is if my son is napping or down for the night. My husband tends to work a lot so if he’s home at night I want to spend time with him and not locked in my sewing room. Yet, I can hear my sewing machine calling me from down the hall… Thankfully he’s very supportive and encouraging of me and my projects. I always try to have some kind of hand sewing or knitting to do so we can still sit and spend time together.

In our convo, she mentioned her son was asleep at that time so I asked if he was an only child.
Yes, my little Emmett. He is the only child for now. He’ll be a year old in September. What a little character! He’s into and on top of anything he can get his hands on. Getting braver by the day

Is your Etsy shop a full-time or part-time business?
Very part-time for now. If it blossomed into a full time business some day I would be ecstatic! Once the kids are off in school I couldn’t think of a better job then sewing every day.

Do you ever find yourself feeling uncreative some days?  If so, what do you do to get back the creativity?
Definitely. To get the creative spark back I buzz around Etsy and see what other’s have made. Whether I’m looking at cake toppers for my son’s first birthday or looking for cute and easy dress patterns for a friend’s daughter. Seeing other people’s creativeness makes me want to get up and make something!

Is there anyone in your life who inspired you to be who you are today?
My parents really set a great foundation. Most importantly they instilled in me the importance of my faith in God. My husband has also has impacted me greatly. His hard work and dedication to what he does is very inspiring. I never dreamed I could be this blessed!

Here are a couple of her items:
 Marine Corp Shoulder Bag

Marine Corp Diaper Tote Bag

You can check out her Etsy shop by going to  Thank you for participating in the Q & A!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Welcome Wednesday!

This week Jaritas Creations joins the Homefront Team.  Jarita makes some gorgeous handcrafted pottery (personally a craft that I am in awe of). 
Jarita's husband has been in the Army since 1985, and they married in 1987.  Her husband has served in Iraq, and they have been at several duty stations.
Jarita started doing pottery after taking classes with MWR (morale, wefare, recreation) nearly 20yrs ago.  After dealing with some health issues, she restarted in pottery back in 1998, when she self taught herself to use handbuilding technique, as disability makes wheel throwing difficult. She has now added slab-building and Cone 6 electric firing to her repetoire, and continues to study, attend some workshops, and experiment to expand her knowledge and skills.
You can learn more about her, from her shop profile and her blog:

Here are some of her items listed in shop:

Bluesy Star Ornament
Mini Birdhouse
Wood Tone Bottle

Raku Planter

Welcome to the Homefront Team JaritasCreations!