It is our pleasure to introduce Heather Bontrager of BlueBarnHillCrafts and BlueBarnHillSweets. Heather creates crocheted and upcycled items, as well as sweet treats, at her home in Indiana.

denim teddy bear upcycled handmade by BlueBarnHillCraftsIN
Denim Teddy Bear
Giveaway: With any purchase from either shop, if you put in the notes that it is from this blog I will give you 3 FREE teddy bear lollipops - sorry no choice of flavor or color.

Introduction to you: I am a stay at home mom to 7 ... their ages range from 9 mo. - 12 yrs.  I also homeschool, homebirth, and homestead as much as possible . As soon as we had our first baby , my husband and I agreed ... if at all possible I was going to stay home and raise our family ... so i started doing craft shows a few times a year , that was awesome ... I still love craft shows , but don’t do near as many now , I do try to do our local farmers market as much as possible  ... I have family and friends who call me up and say hey I need a gift , every now and then , and I dabbled with my Etsy shop for a while , but i have recently decided i need to spend more time with my Etsy shop and make it more of a business . I also opened a second one recently to separate my sweets from the crafts :) We have had to make many sacrifices , but it is something I know I will never regret. The years spent raising our kids is time we will never get back .  

Brown Coffee Teddy Bear Lollipops by BlueBarnHillSweets
Coffee-flavored Teddy Bear Lollipops

How did you get your start on Etsy? I started on Etsy because I had relatives and friends across the country that wanted to buy from me and it was kind of hard to always "tell" them what I had on hand. I started listing stuff so they could see exactly what I had on hand . 

How did you choose your shop name? When we bought the house that we live in , we bought it with the intentions of staying here as long as God willing (I dont like moving so I hope it is our home till we are too old to take care of it)  and when we did, we had no idea it was a historical landmark . We did choose the location because it is on a main highway , and we thought that would be perfect to have a produce stand . But after we moved in people started filling in the history of the place for us ... and it was called Blue Barn Hill ... so we decided that anything we do will have that in the name , so locals know just where we are :) 

Baby Doll Bassinet Purse by BlueBarnHillCraftsIN
Baby Doll Bassinet Purse
What does a typical day look like for you? There is no typical day around here ... everyday is simply an adventure. :) Life with 7 kids keeps it interesting ... I had to give it all to God a long time ago , because i like to have a plan and stick to it, and that just doesn't happen most of the time . Most mornings we spend cleaning up, then after lunch the little kids take a nap and that is when we do school, in the spring and summer after that we try to get outside to work in the garden and with the animals. We also do activities with a homeschool group once a week  and are at church every Sunday morning, night and wednesday nights . After all the kids are bathed and in bed, my hubby and I have some time to talk, then he watches tv and that is when I have time to craft  (most times I have a crochet hook going even when we are talking :) ) That is also when I get most of my computer work done . I wish I had more time to craft , but most nights I get about 2-3 hours of crafting time and 1-2 hours of computer time.
Cotton Spa Gift Sets and Facial Washcloths by Blue Barn Hill Crafts
Cotton Facial Washcloth
If you could be anywhere in the world for one day, where would it be? I would go back to Florida , I was born and raised there and lived there until 5 years ago. It was paradise and I miss it terribly. :( 

What is your favorite Bible verse? Philippians 4:6 "Don't worry about anything . Instead Pray about everything . Tell God what you need and thank Him for all He has done."

It sounds so simple , but it is something i have to remind myself of often ... Don't worry about ANYTHING . WOW that's hard .. Pray about EVERYTHING . WOW again , how many times do we as humans want to fix it ourselves or handle it ourselves ? ... TELL Him what you need , and THANK Him for all He has done . I am so blessed even in the hard times , I must remember to THANK Him for all He has done , and tell Him what iIneed , not complain about how things aren't going my way .

Pink Cotton Spa Gift Set Beauty Facial Care by Blue Barn Hill Crafts
Spa Gift Set in Pink Cotton

What is your favorite listing to feature? I love the spa sets:

It is something I use and LOVE . And  they make wonderful gifts 

Where else can we find you on the Internet?

Comments (6)

On June 5, 2013 at 2:41 PM , sammysgrammy said...

I just met SuperWoman. 7 homeschooled children, homesteader, craft show vendor - not to mention laundry, cooking, cleaning, and just relating to the 8 other people she lives with. I had fun rummaging around your shop, too.

On June 5, 2013 at 3:37 PM , Sara/WormeWoole said...

Amazing story and great shop! Thanks for sharing with us. ~Sara

On June 5, 2013 at 11:06 PM , Heather Bontrager said...

Thank you for the feature ... and for the kind words . :) God is Good all the time :)

On June 6, 2013 at 7:53 AM , MYSAVIOR said...


Love the small washcloths.


On June 6, 2013 at 8:57 AM , Joyce Butler said...

Thanks you for sharing your life to us. I like your crocheting especially the gloves.

On June 6, 2013 at 11:03 AM , Handiworkin' Girls said...

Thank you again for the interview, Heather!

Love the spa sets - especially in blue. It is such a calming color scheme. :)