The Willard HomesteadThe Homestead, the Emporium and simple living on our funny farm.

  • Stocking at LilyPadLanding.com tonight!

    Gorgeous things at LPL tonight!
    www.lilypadlanding.com

    Our theme this week is “Wild Things”

    so we’ve got some hand dyed goodies sure to please your “wild” side!
    Hand dyed Silk in abundance!
    Love silk, but prefer some color to it?
    Now’s your chance.
    We don’t dye our silks often but we felt it was perfect for this theme!

    “Wild Berry”

     

    “Yellow Saphire”

     

    “Jungle”

     
     
    “Wild Thing” Wrap Wing Sample Package
     
     
    For those who need some Ultimate protection,
    our Ultimate Sampler Package in “Wild Berry”
     
    And, the very last of our “Zebra Minkee”
    Just enough for a pair of Thong Liners.


    And there’s more “Wild Things” for your pampering pleasure!
    So join us this evening at
    www.LilyPadLanding.com

    *And remember, Homestead Emporium prices at LPL
    include shipping in the US and Canada.

    Thanks for looking!

    There’s other pretty goodies created by fantastic work-at-home-mom’s
    in stock as well so be sure to check it all out tonight!

  • New stock and contest info.

    We will be leaving our previous contest open for the rest of the week as we’d love to hear more from our customers. Thanks so much for all the feedback so far everyone! 🙂

    I hope to have some polls put up by next week, asking questions about your cycle etc.. These will be annonymous polls with questions like;

    “How many days does your period last?”

    “How many days from the beginning of one cycle to the next cycle?”

    “Do you suffer from cramps?”

    Questions such as these, and your answers, will help us learn more about how to help others. Especially for the book/booklet we’ll be putting together for teens or those starting out in the world of cloth. 🙂

    In new news, we have our new stock up and previewing for tomorrow night! Come take a look, www.hyenacart.com/HomesteadEmporium

    This has been a bit of a crazy week. First we had to take our older computer into the shop to be worked on, in hopes that we can keep it going for a while longer yet. It’s 4 years old, but still quite reliable and a great back up. Well wouldn’t you know, my computer decided it ALSO wanted to make a trip to the shop!  Suddenly it didn’t like the mouse anymore, or any mouse for that matter, and I was left with a computer that only worked partially, and was behaving very tempermentally at that! So into the shop went that computer. I have yet to find out what is wrong with it. In good news though, I do have the old computer home again and it’s working well enough to keep things going, if not as smoothly as usual.

    This week’s stocking, you may notice the photos aren’t quite as large as usual. This old computer doesn’t seem to like my larger photos and would not let me upload my photos onto my regular photo hosting site. So we had to compromise and work with smaller photos this time. Hopefully you’ll still be able to get a good look at our products. 🙂 I really hope to have my computer back by the end of the week, hopefully in time for next week’s stocking.

    This old computer also decided it did not like the printer, so I spent an evening convincing it that the printer really wasn’t all that scary and finally by the next morning it was willing to work as a team. Thankfully they are working well together now, and I’ve been able to print out orders and shipping labels once again. I was beginning to get awfully worried at the thought of having no working printer for the next week… phew…

    So we move on, the store is stocked and there’s a variety of goodies for everyone. 🙂

    Here’s a few of my favs from this week’s stocking.

    Berry Burst Ultimate Regular Flow Pads

    “Playful” Ultimate Pads, I love the combination of these hand dyed velours & this fleece!

    And last but not least, some of my favorite hand dyed bamboo velour. The lovely Jenn, formerly of Celtic Cloths dyed this for me. This is the last of the fabric she sent me. I’m so sad to see it go. It was very tempting to hide these in my own stash… Set of two Medium Comfort Contour with a fabulous trim pink waterproof fleece.

    There’s lots more where these came from, and we’ve also sent along a listing to Vinh Thi Designs. A fellow mama (who has 8 young children) has lost her husband and everyone is pitching in to help her however we can. We’ve got a special swirl dyed set of pads which will be listed some time in the next few days. If you like our swirl dyed pads, please consider bidding on this listing. It’s for a very good cause and all the proceeds will go directly to this mama. If you can help in any other way, they are also accepting paypal donations.

    The details are here: http://hyenacart.com/VinhThiDesigns/index.php?c=37&p=51247
    Our listing should be up on this page some time soon: http://hyenacart.com/VinhThiDesigns/index.php?c=37

    We thank you for all you can do to help.

  • New stock, new product, and MORE fun!

    Introducing our newest product and come enter our contest to win a $20.00 gift certificate!

  • Special stocking & let's have some fun!

    We’ve got a special stocking for you at www.hyenacart.com/HomesteadEmporium

    Everything, and anything you could possibly need to keep you covered for post partum and/or your heavy flow needs!

    We’ve got our much loved Ultimate Pads, Ultimate II Pads, our new UltiMini pads in a variety of colors for you!
    Plus our wrap wing pads which offer great coverage in a shorter pad. Our comfort contoured inners allow these to still provide you with the comfort you’ve come to love in our pads. In this stocking our wrap wing pads come with your choice of trim waterproof fleece backing, or super trim PUL.

    Here’s a sneak peek:

    Ultimate Pads

     

    Wrap Wing Pads

    Waterproof fleece & PUL backings

     And there’s lots more to see, so come join us on Tuesday, Feb. 10th at 8pm Eastern, 5 pm Pacific time.

    Now let’s have some fun!

    Our family has been sick with a bad cold/flu. It’s been such a pleasant week (note slight sarcasm here…)
    Out of 7 of us, 6 of us have it, most are just getting over it after being sick all week. I held it off as long as I could, and then it hit me too. The only one left standing (figuratively) is my eldest daughter. She’s trying her best to keep from getting it at all. I’m not sure how successful that will be in a small home with 6 of us sick people. ha ha!

    Anywho… all that to say we need to have some fun around here and get over the dull days of this flu bug so let’s have a poll! I just noticed we have that capability here  on the blog, and by golly, I’m going to test it out! It looks like fun!

    So cast your vote in the poll. Let us know how you feel about contests. We’d like to have more of them here on our blog to spice things up a bit and show our customers how much we appreciate you! 🙂

     [polldaddy poll=1351108]

    Did you vote?

    Now, to enter our contest, just leave a comment here in the comments section. Tell us what you love about our products, or which product you like best. That’s it, that’s all you have to do.

    What’s the prize?

    We are giving away a $20.00 ‘gift certificate’ to the randomly drawn winner!

    So, all you need to do is leave a comment, and your name will be added.

    Don’t use cloth pads? That’s not a problem! Feel free to use your prize towards a custom order for some bamboo velour ’tissues’, facial mitts, or our bamboo velour ‘cotton balls/cosmetic pads’. We also have wipes, nursing pads, pacifier blankets and more.

       

    So tell your friends we’re giving away prizes here at our Homestead Emporium Blog. Share the link, and let us know. We’ll enter  your name again for every link back you provide. 🙂

    *Contest is closed and winner is announced here: http://homesteademporium.wordpress.com/

  • Stocking at LilyPadLanding.com

    Gorgeous things at LPL tonight!
    www.lilypadlanding.com

    We’ve got a great variety for this stocking!
    Here’s a sneak peek:

    Post Partum Package

     
    Koi Pond Wrap Wing Sample Package
     
     
    A Beautiful World Liners
     
    Journey Sampler Package

     
    Rose Nebula

    And more!

    Homestead Emporium prices at LPL include shipping in the US and Canada.

    Thanks for looking!
    There’s other pretty goodies in stock as well so be sure to check it out tonight!

  • New stock in the store!

    We’ve got lots of new stock in the shop.
    A large variety of hand dyed velours, some new & some are old favorites!

  • Stocking some Sunshine at LilyPadLanding.com tonight!

    Stocking a little sunshine at www.LilyPadLanding.com tonight!

  • A collaboration, and some customs.

    A collaboration and some custom orders to share with you. 🙂

  • Would you like to see how we work around here?

    I thought I’d share a completely different type of post today. A post sharing how we work around here. I think this may give our customers some insight as to why we’ve chosen the name Homestead Emporium. I’d like to give you a peek into our ‘world’, through photos.

    First off, we live on the west coast of Canada. I know most people believe we have a lot of snow, a lot of the time, but actually, where we live it’s normally quite the contrary. I say normally, because this winter, for the first time in the ten years we have lived in this area, we will have a VERY white Christmas indeed!

    Here’s a photo I shot the other day of my horse, which sums things up quite well.

    To give you an idea of the layout of our ‘homestead’, here is a photo of our home, and on the center/right you can see our workshop/cabin.

    Our cabin is where we do all our sewing, cutting, fabric storage etc.. Our home is where the computer is stationed. If you see the upstairs balcony off the front of our home (it’s the building on the left of the photo) that balcony is right next to where I am sitting at the moment. This area of our home is where I do all our packaging, listings, any computer/web work etc.. When I’m conversing with you all via email, I’m sitting just inside the house with french doors next to me leading to that upper deck.

    Here is my view from that deck.

    Isn’t it beautiful? As you can see, we live amongst mountains, and lots of evergreens. This area of Canada is absolutely stunning from it’s beautiful mountain tops (you can see one in the very far distance in the center of the photo) to it’s gorgeous ocean views (none which we have from our home, but it’s not far from here!)

    Here is the cabin, from the front. This is where we go each day that we work. My younger children come with me most of the time, and on this particular day only my middle child was home. Here she is with our little dog, and one of our medium sized dogs heading to the cabin. Only our little lap dog has the priviledge of coming to work inside with us though. The other two larger dogs can’t promise me they will behave, so they hang out on the deck, on my wicker outdoor furniture, waiting for us to come back out and play with them.

    When you are a Homstead Mama, you dress for success! Especially when the cold weather comes and you have to leave your nice toasty woodstove to go work in the cabin.
    This is what dressing for success means in my world…

    Rubber boots and a warm pair of socks! That will keep your feet nice and cozy for a short trip to ‘work’. ;)

    Once inside the cabin you’ll warm up quick, if only because of our ‘fake’ fireplace in here.
    We have a countertop and sink, which comes in very handy at times! We also have a full bathroom in here, which also comes in very handy! I wouldn’t get near as much work done without it! I’d be spending half my time taking children to the bathroom in the main house, and myself too of course.

    That table is where our snaps are put on, and where the younger girls  usually cut their cotton balls.
    Right now the counter top is loaded up with fabrics, it’s not usually quite this neat. ha ha! The table is usually covered in half finished projects from cotton balls to pads, all stacked and awaiting serging or snaps.

    The cabin is newly finished, and we’ve had our place for sale for quite some time, which is why everything is pretty neutral, and there’s no pictures on the walls. If this were a cabin I would be using long term, there would be MUCH of my photography ALL over the walls. Believe you me!

    For now, we remain inspired by the windows. Big beautiful windows which I absolutely love.

    To the right of this photo you can see where I have my machines. The bare table is where our eldest daughter and I do all the fabric cutting. This table is normally covered in fabric cuts, waiting for me to sew them together. My favorite place to work is at the serger, right in front of the window.

    Would you like to see the view I see as I work/sew/serge?

    I really am blessed to have such beautiful views everywhere I turn.

    On the left side of our cabin is an area we’ve deemed the children’s nook. This is where our children do a lot of their book work (we homeschool) and their reading. They also keep their dolls and some other toys in here, and LOTS of coloring supplies. They often use the round table for coloring as well.

    It wasn’t always this way though. Often people will exclaim how ‘lucky’ we are, but this has only come from a LOT of VERY hard work.
    The cabin we work in now, certainly didn’t look this way when we first purchased this place, and it was a FAR cry from being somewhere that I could work in! Here’s what we started out with.

         

    We’ve come a long way, and we’re glad to finally be done and enjoying the fruits of our labour!
    At one time, our entire business was crammed into our tiny house. And yes, for 7 people, it is tiny. Just over 600 square feet downstairs, and just under 600 square feet upstairs! We were all VERY glad when the cabin was complete and we were able to move the fabric, and machines out of the house! We feel very blessed indeed!

    I’d like to take a moment to thank everyone for your generous support over the past years. We truly appreciate you, our loyal customers!
    Without you, Homestead Emporium and our  Homestead, would not be the same!