26 September 2012

This week's spotlight is Jen Schaffer, owner of Creative Crafts by Jen!

What exactly do you sell in your Etsy shop?


I currently sell handmade and hand painted wreaths, photo frames, headbands, hair clips, elastic hair ties, and loose flowers. I am working on adding hand painted wooden signs and ornaments, along with gift wrap supplies before the holidays. Preferably as soon as I can :) 




What inspires you?
 My mind can be inspired by almost anything, so a thought may strike at any moment. On a more personal level, my husband and my family are always supporting me and inspiring me to do more of what I love :)





What is your favorite thing to create?
       Thats such a tough choice! But my favorite thing to create would probably be headbands/hair clips and the small wooden signs I am currently working on.



My husband is in the Army & currently stationed in Florida. Its hard to be away from my friends and family, but, my husband is a great support system. My shop helps keep me occupied while he is at work. I was attending college for Professional Photography and am now working on transferring to UMUC online for Liberal Arts. 



So how did Creative Crafts by Jen start?



Creative Crafts by Jen came about because I constantly kept having ideas for things everytime I would see something. Finally, one night I brought up the idea to my husband, he thought it was a great idea, and soon after I started creating!

When you aren't crafting what do you enjoy doing?
When I am not crafting, I enjoying spending time with my husband (and friends and famili if we were still back home). I also like playing with our kitten, Bubbles. As I spend the week a home, I like to get out and go places on the weekends. :)



 My shop is only found on the fabulous (and addicting!) world of Etsy:

I promote myself by posting the link to my shop on my personal FB page, "pinning" my items on Pinterest, joining teams on Etsy, and word of mouth. I recently created business cards to spread throughout our neighborhood.



What surprises people about you?

 When people first meet me, I'm usually more of a shy person. So they are usually surprised to find that I am fun, big hearted person with a sarcastic, joking, loving personality. :)






19 September 2012


Welcome to our spotlight!  Today's featured member is Heather from H.L. Photography.  


 What is your name and your shop name? 
My name is Heather Lynn Roper and my etsy shop is H.L. Roper Photography



What do you carry in your shop?



I carry origional Prints, different sizes matted, Bag Tags, magnets, etc




Tell us a bit about you, the creator behind your shop. 



I was Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, moved to Louisville, KY for grad school, completed my doctorate in December of 2006. I Joined the Army Reserves Aug '06 and went active duty Oct '07. 


I have 2 dogs both Lab mixes. I lost the oldest of 3 almost 3 yrs ago she was an aussie/lab mix. All of my dogs have been rescues.






How did you get started creating your product? 
Growing up I don't remember when I got my very 1st camera. in fact I do not recall a time when I never had a camera. My mother used to yell at me for wasting film. My very 1st SLR was once my dad's. 





What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
This is the only time I get to take photos. I should have more time for this in the near future. 
Any other places that you can be found online? 



I can be found on Twitter: roperhl




What would surprise people about you? 


I'm about to be medically retired from the military




15 September 2012

The holidays are right around the corner and so many people are already starting to shop!
Here are some fall finds and great gift ideas all handmade by Veterans or their spouses.

Everyone loves soap!  These graphic glycerin soaps make great gifts for adults and children, check out LOGI soaps on etsy!  Also check out SmilingOtisStudios for more bath and body products!



Scarves are a great fall gift, come by YADinc to browse her gorgeous selection...Find more handmade scarves from our team members: ScarfLadyDesigns




Maybe even that time to start looking around for that special gift for that special teacher!


Children's toys, get them something truly unique this year!  


For the man that has everything, the one that is so hard to shop for...Check out GlensWorkshop for one of a kind priceless pens.





14 September 2012

Friday Extra

Enjoy your Friday, everyone!  Take a look at the blog....looks awesome, doesn't it?!  Be sure to check out where your shop is listed.....let us know if the category you are in works for you....if not, send a message.
Leave a comment; let us know you were here!
Have a great weekend....as always, remember our deployed troops and their families and friends....

13 September 2012

New Member Thursday.......

Thursdays are for new members, but since we are all new members of this great team, today will be used for introducing yourselves in the comments section....getting to know the team members.

12 September 2012

Contests, Coupons, and Giveaways!

If you have any coupon codes, a contest going on, or a giveaway, post it below in the comments section!!

11 September 2012

Tuesday Treasury

Post your treasury choices in the comments section below....link them here so everyone can see and enjoy!  (Use team members only, please)...

'Fall is nearly here!' by omalleyam

Team Squared Away weekly team treasury challenge!


HAT & LEG WARMERS B...
$12.50

Upcycled Green and ...
$20.00

LM Frilly Crochet E...
$25.95

Rustic Wooden Bushe...
$23.00

Shabby Chic Lace Fl...
$4.50

Fall Leaf , origina...
$42.00

FALL burlap banner ...
$24.00

9-12 Month Crochete...
$23.00

Brown Sable Mink Fu...
$65.00

Crochet Scarf - Gre...
$110.00

FALL Wedding Guestb...
$19.50

Green Pillar Candle...
$11.00

Pouch Party Favor -...
$9.95

Handmade Journal Ma...
$155.00

Romantic Coffee Sac...
$29.99

Crochet sweater, co...
$64.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

'Beauti-fall' by samanthamartin27

Squared Away Week 3 Team Treasury Challenge!


Crochet Scarf - Red...
$110.00

Brass and Brecciate...
$32.00

3 Pocket Small Wall...
$7.00

Orange and Ivory Ne...
$25.00

Autumn Splendor Hea...
$75.00

Red Heart Shaped Le...
$7.95

Upcycled Bronze Vic...
$5.00

Stress Relief bath ...
$23.00

Pearl Earrings with...
$15.00

Fall pumpkin hat-re...
$12.00

Pine cone bowl fill...
$12.99

Simple Red Heart Pe...
$20.00

Autumn photography,...
$15.00

FALL Sign/Subway St...
$24.95

Falling leaf wreath
$40.00

Smoky Quartz & Copp...
$26.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house