Your Name and Shop Name(s): My name is Brenda Stephens and my shops are http://bstep401.etsy.com/ and http://lazybuttpants.etsy.com/
Tell us a little bit about yourself: I am a stay at home mom to five sons plus one German exchange student. I home school my youngest two. I love to sew and can make about anything as long as the motivation is there!: ) I love to garden and preserve our own foods as much as I can.
How/Why did you become involved with HOST?: I became involved in HOST in the beginning back at Christmas 2007 when HeatherRLange asked if anyone was in need. That Christmas I sent out tons of pants and things for children without gifts. Later I became the team president and after two terms as president am now serving as the team's volunteer coordinator. I love to help other people and I think the ideas behind HOST are great! I would love to see HOST become bigger and even more effective than they are now!
Any advice you would like to share with others?: Depends on what type of advice you want! If you are a person in need, I recommend that you don't stop hitting the pavement until your needs are met. Yep, it is tough and hard, but in general people don't starve that are doing EVERYTHING in their power to keep it together. These times we are going through are rough and are only going to get tougher for awhile. Just keep moving forward even when it feels like you cannot possibly go any further forward. As far as Etsy is concerned. Just keep on keeping on. Normally you will not become a success overnight, although there are those that do. You must work really hard to become successful. Be open to criticism.