Much like The Leaky Boob itself, The Vintage Honey Shop started out as a hobby for Jennifer and Melissa; an outlet for their creativity and crafty side. Encouraged by family and friends, their handmade items have turned into a local shop where they can both make and sell their paper and fabric creations. With their online Etsy shop, these items are now available for people all over the world wide web. Their handmade teethers are their most popular items and you have the opportunity to win one today through The Vintage Honey Shop giveaway on TLB. See below for details and get to know Jennifer and Melissa a bit better via the following short interview.
TLB: Tell us what TLB readers should know about your company
Jennifer & Melissa: We both co-own and run our handmade shop, The Vintage Honey Shop. Not only are we best friends, but we are sister-in-laws! (We married a set of cute brothers!) We are both originally from Northern Ohio, but moved south to Nashville, TN. Our business sells a variety of handmade fabric & paper items, but we are known for our teething necklaces.
TLB: What inspired you to create your business? What’s the story behind the name?
Jennifer & Melissa: We decided to open up our shop on Etsy because our friends & family would tell us that we should try to sell our crafty items. We decided to go ahead and take the jump…and The Vintage Honey Shop was born! We started our shop as a hobby, but it has turned into a business that we love and enjoy!! Our business is the perfect fit for us. We are able to express our talents, hobbies & interests while running our shop, but best of all we are making products that others enjoy & love!
TLB: How do you balance family life and finding time to create and run your company?
Jennifer & Melissa: The short answer to a very difficult question is that FAMILY COMES FIRST! We both stay home during the week, so when we are not running our kids to school, reading books to our kids or snuggling them in our arms, we do our sewing, crafting and returning emails. We do a lot of our business during the early mornings, during naptime or after the kids go to bed. We have also become great multi-taskers out of necessity! The majority of the items we sell in our shop are ready to ship, and the ones that are made-to-order we allow enough time to be able to hand make them without putting stress on ourselves & family to hurry to get them out. We really enjoy our business and everything that comes with it, but we make sure that our husbands & kids come first!
TLB: How would you describe your mom fashion style? How do you like to dress yourself up when you’re out with your kids?
Jennifer & Melissa: When we are home with our kids, we will be honest…we would NOT want The Fashion Police to critique our style! We pretty much rock our p.j.’s, workout clothes and jeans & t-shirts! Comfort comes first!! When we go out without our kids, we like to accessorize, put on our skinny jeans & rock out boots! Our biggest fashion tip to women to spice up your outfit is to accessorize with bracelets, earrings & necklaces!
TLB: What is your favorite breastfeeding tip?
Jennifer & Melissa: Find support! If you feel alone, having breastfeeding issues or questions, you don’t have to do this on your own. If you are having a problem, someone else has had the exact same one as you! Call your pediatrician’s office to find out when & where local breastfeeding support groups meet or find support on breastfeeding websites such as The Leaky B@@b! Above all, follow your heart. Mama’s have good instinct…don’t worry about what others may say or think!
Jennifer & Melissa, from The Vintage Honey Shop are giving away 1 Teething Ring Necklace to one very lucky Leaky!
Retail value $25.00
This teething ring necklace is the perfect accessory to wear at home or away! They make great breastfeeding/nursing necklaces to wear while feeding. Not only are they cute, but they serve as distractions for the baby whose hands like to grab everything (like Mama’s hair, face & glasses)! Since it is close to baby’s eye level, it promotes those first fine motor skills of grasping, all the while nursing & bonding with Mama!
Currently Leakies can find this and other nursing/breastfeeding necklaces in the shop of The Vintage Honey Shop.
Good luck to everyone! Please use the widget below to be entered. The giveaway is open from January 28, 2013 through February 4, 2013. A big thanks to Jennifer & Melissa and The Vintage Honey Shop for their ongoing support of TLB and all breastfeeding women; please be sure to visit their Facebook page or follow them on twitter (@theVHshop) and thank them for their support of TLB and this giveaway opportunity.
This giveaway is restricted to U.S. residents only.