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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

2010 Sales Rep Opportunities and Kits **UPDATED**

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We won't be accepting any new sales rep for 2009, but we will have new sales rep kits available for 2010 starting on January 4th.  January 14th.  
(Sorry everyone, I'll be putting out the new promised updates later on this evening)

If you contacted us about becoming a sales rep in the past few months and didn't hear back, please let us know.  Thanks!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Its Crunch Time...

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The next few weeks will be VERY busy! We are doing our best to reply to everyone's emails as quickly as possible, but we really appreciate your patience. Pre made bags will be up for sale next week!

Monday, November 9, 2009


There's a bunch, lol!

1. We have a new customer service team starting today! They'll be able to answer your emails and phone calls much quicker than the way we had things set up in the past, but please be patient as it will take a few todays to get everything up and running. If you've contacted us in the last week or so, and haven't heard back from yet, we do apologize, and that's what we are working so hard to correct- thanks for your patience.
2. The last day to order for Christmas is DECEMBER 1st. If you are sending in a uniform, we must receive your uniform by this date! Orders are guaranteed to be delivered by December 24th, so if you will be traveling, please list your gift's final destination as the mailing address.

3. We'll have Christmas stockings for sale next week- these are not custom orders, they are all pre-made, so you'll get them ASAP, and there will be a limited quantity, so when they are gone, they're gone!

4. We'll also have a limited quantity of pre-made purses for sale during the month of December, for all your last minute gift needs!
5. And lastly, we'll have a brand new purse style for you real soon- a smaller bag with tons of pockets and compartments, so stay tuned!

In Our Prayers...

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Sunday, October 11, 2009


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We are STILL hiring seamstresses in the Enterprise/Fort Rucker area.
Please contact us for more information:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

San Antonio Area Fans

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Hero On My Arm will be featured on News 4 WOAI's morning tv show, San Antonio Living, tomorrow morning, Monday October 5th.  The show airs at 10 am.  We'll try and get a video to post here for everyone outside the area, too!

An Open Letter- What Hero On My Arm Means To Me

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This is for all our friends, our supporters, our employees, our customers, and yes, even our detractors.

As the holiday season is fast approaching, and before we all get crazy busy, I wanted to take a moment, catch our breath, say some well deserved "thank you"s, take stock of where we've come from and where we are going.  

First, and most importantly, thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of our seamstresses, past and present, who work so hard to make such beautiful purses for us.  

Thank you to everyone that has supported me in starting this wonderful business, my husband for all of his support, my mother in law for all of your skill and knowledge behind the sewing machine, and my own mother for all of your help and fabulous embroidery skills.  Thank you to all of our sales reps (over 40 of you now, all over the world!) who put yourselves out there everyday, who fly without a net, and help me more than you could ever know with your support, ideas and enthusiasm.

Thank you to all of our customers, both past and present, you are the reason that we are here, and we are honored everyday that you entrust us with your uniforms and allow us to create treasured keepsakes with them.  Thank you for your patience when we are running behind, thank you for your kind words to us and to others and thank you for your support. 

To those that criticize, we thank you too, because you reaffirm what we are doing and why we do it.

So what's next for Hero On My Arm?  Big things!  We hope that you'll stick around as the business continues to grow, expand and thrive- you are the reason that we are here.

With Love,

New Pictures

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Custom designed wristlet, front:
Wristlet with smaller strap:

State Patrol medium Abigail:

Police Officer small Abigail:

Flight suit Jacqueline, with single, adjustable strap:

Sales Rep Kits

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We finally updated the photo for the 2009 rep kit, they are available to purchase here. Email us first to make sure we are accepting new reps in your area. There are 2 each Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps rep kits left in stock (we are currently out of Army rep kits, but will have more shortly). The three locations that we are NOT accepting new reps at this time, but that we get the most inquiries about are:

Fort Hood, Texas
Nellis AFB, Nevada
Fort Lewis/McChord AFB, Washington

Even if there is already a rep in your area, you can still be added to the waiting list as well.


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It'll make you cry, but in a *good* way.
(All the people in the video are real, not actors!)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Upcoming Events...

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September 12th and 13th Boone, Iowa
Pufferbilly Days

September 12th Mountain Home, Idaho
Air Force Appreciation Day
9am - 5pm
Carl Miller Park (off American Legion Blvd)

September 19th Fort Dodge, Iowa
Fall Festival

September 19th Harrisonburg, North Carolina
Central Piedmont Mommies/Harrisburg Presbyterian Church
10am to 3pm
4815 Highway 49 South

September 29th Newton, Iowa
Girls Night Out

September 26th and 27th Indianola, Iowa
Warren County Log Cabin Festival

October 3rd Kansas City, Missouri
Missouri Wine and Jazz Festival

October 3rd Johnston, Iowa
Camp Dodge PX

October 10th Little Rock, Arkansas
Marshall Road Baptist Church

October 10th Urbandale, Iowa
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Arts & Craft Boutique

October 24 Saginaw, Texas
Saginaw High School

October 31st Grimes, Iowa
Grimes Holiday Bazaar

October 31st and November 1st Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Fort Leavenworth Holiday Bazaar

November 7th and 8th Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Fort Campbell Holiday Bazaar

November 7th Washington, Iowa
Holiday Extravaganza

November 14th and 15th Killeen, Texas
Fort Hood Holiday Bazaar

November 14th Daleville, Alabama
Fort Rucker Hollyday Mart

November 21st Pleasant Hill, Iowa
Country Holiday Craft Show
The Four Mile Elementary PTA

November 22 Ankeny, Iowa
4th Annual Holiday Vendor Fair Extravaganza, DMACC

December 5th San Antonio, Texas
Jingle Bell Jamboree
10am to 4pm
Wagner High School

December 5th Redfield, Iowa
Christmas Festival

More coming soon!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Purse Party Anyone???

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Are you interested in hosting a Hero On My Arm purse party in your area? Or having a presentation at your next spouses club meeting? Have an event that you'd like to see Hero On My Arm at? Contact one of our sales representatives and let them know, they will be happy to help you:

Alicia in Quantico, Virginia


Amy at Macdill AFB, Tampa Bay, Florida

Brandy in GUAM

Amy in Iowa

Bliss in Vicenza/Caserma Ederle (and sometimes DFW/Austin)
Brandy in Colorado

Brooke Martin at Fort Knox, Kentucky

Cassandra at Fort Sill, Oklahoma

Chelsea at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada

Tiffany at Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Nevada
Dawn Baker at Fort Carson, Colorado
cell 719-200-5685
home 719-559-8727

Fontaine at Camp Pendleton, California
(please put "hero on my arm" in the subject line)

Jennifer at Fort Sam Houston, Lackland AFB, Randolph AFB, Austin, San Marcos, New Braunfels, Seguin and San Antonio, Texas

Kelly at Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Jenn at Fort Hood, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Texas

Jessica at Fort Hood, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Texas

Gladys at Fort Hood, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Texas
Se habla espanol.

Melanie at Fort Hood, Texas
Pam at Fort Hood, Texas

Jessica in Richmond, Virginia

Kala at Ft. Wainwright, Eielson AFB, Alaska

Keriann at McChord AFB, Fort Lewis, Washington

Larissa at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas City and metro area, Missouri

Lisa in North Carolina

Natasha at Fort Campbell, Kentucky

Paula in Newburgh/Evansville, Indiana
(812) 760-9337

Sarah at Mountain Home AFB, Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho
(208) 284-4737

Sarah in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky
(513) 295-1912

Stacy in Narrows, Virginia

Tiffany at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri

Tiffany at Warren AFB, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Tracy at Fort Polk, Louisiana

Tricia Noah at Carswell NAS/JRB, Dallas Naval station, Shephard Air Force Base and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Tawana in North Central Texas

Valerie at West Point, New York

Whitney at Little Rock AFB, Central Arkansas
(817) 300-9460

Winter Miller in Massachusetts

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Just a bit of what we've been up to lately...

In pictures!

Stay tuned, lots more updates are coming!

Welcome Home

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18 years after his FA-18 Hornet was shot down during the first night of the Gulf War, Navy pilot Captain Michael Scott Speicher was finally flown home to Florida today. He will be buried tomorrow in a private ceremony. Welcome home American Hero, and God Speed.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Minor Changes...

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We updated the website today- it is now officially heroonmyarm.com  It used to be polkadotdoorboutique.com (even though typing in heroonmyarm.com would take you there).  This was a long over due change, however if you were on the website today, you may have run into some broken links.  They should all be fixed now.

Our email addresses will no longer be @polkadotdoorboutique.com either.

So both of these:


can just be deleted.
**Slight update- we did get these forwarded, however if you emailed us directly through these email accounts any time Saturday through Sunday morning, you should re-send**

If you would like to contact us by email, we can be reached at:


If you happened to email us today, and didn't hear back, please try resending to the new emails.

The contact us form on the website still works, and didn't have any downtime today.

Clear as mud, yes?

A Trip Down Logo Memory Lane...

Early 2004...

making these.

Mid 2004...

making these

Fall 2004...

We find our calling!

Introduced 2007...

What do you think, do you like our logo, or is time for another update?

P.S.- Can you tell purple is Seneca's favorite color?  LOL.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Old Becomes New Again...

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This bag had its beginnings way back in 2006:

It was commissioned as a custom design, and made not with an actual uniform, but just was camo fabric. After we made it, we added it to the photo gallery, and moved on. Then requests for it started pouring in. We named it the Jacqueline. But most people wanted it made with their uniform.
This is where we ran into problems. The dimensions didn't work with the size of the pockets already on the uniform, and uniforms (especially the older, starched ones) didn't gather the same way that fabric straight off the bolt does. So when we made this bag using a uniform it ended up looking like this:

Still cute, but definitely not the same bag. Admittedly, we kinda gave up on this bag for a while. It was just too confusing to have on the website, and we relegated it to custom order only status. After some proding from one of our retailers that we needed to sort out the Jaqueline bag confusion, we're finally ready to launch a new version:

This is our new Jacqueline bag! Its available now on our website HERE. This is, like our other bags is made out of a uniform, but if the uniform has slanted pockets (like the new Army and Marine Corps uniforms) they will get straightened to make this bag. The dimensions are 14" x 8" x 6" with 20" double straps connected with metal hardware. The new Jacqueline also comes standard with a zipper closure and metal feet at no additional charge.

Hope you like it! Leave us a comment and tell us what you think.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Upcoming Events...

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Fort Rucker Freedom Fest
Friday, July 3rd
Andrews Avenue Fields (between Dean & Crusader Streets)
4 pm to 11 pm

Fort Lewis Freedom Fest
Saturday, July 4th
Cowan Stadium
11 am to 10 pm

We'll have premade Hero On My Arm purses and be taking custom orders, hope to see you there!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Navy Girls...

...Get the cutest bags!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Email Issues...

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We are in the process of emailing everyone that has a current order with us and updating them on the status of their order.  Several times last month, some of us were out of the office and had some of our various email accounts forwarded- we just realized that there had been a problem with (and thankfully were able to fix) this, but unfortunately, we're afraid we may have "lost" a number of emails in the process.  Our sincerest apologies if you've had any trouble in contacting us- we're trying to remedy this as speak by touching base with everyone.  Can we blame the technology???  Probably not, but it was worth a shot!

If you are trying to get in touch with us, the correct email to use is:


Saturday, June 6, 2009


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It was on June 6, 1944, that Operation Overlord- the long anticipated Allied invasion of Nazi-held Europe- went into action. What came to be known as the 'D-day landings'.

On the French beaches and in those hedgerows, many made the ultimate sacrifice. Over two thousand Americans, British, Canadians, and Australians died that first day, trading their lives for a single ambition...so we could live free.

The allied commander of the D-Day invasion, Gen Dwight D Eisenhower gave the order of the Day-

"Full victory- nothing else"

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Be Our Friend/Fan/Follower...You get free stuff!

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Congratulations to our May Hero On My Arm contest winners!

The Army Wife Network poll (What is your favorite Hero On My Arm purse style?) result was:

the Abigail, with 48% of the votes!

Our entries for a free Abigail bag were:

1. JazzerGyrl

2. Nttjcook

3. FlyAArmy

4. Wayfunmommy

5. Proudwifey

6. Mamacita

7. Kristin/Pround USMC Mama

8. She's Unstoppable, unpredictable

9. 11 months down/3 months to go

10. Brandi Boyd Bollinger

11. Shelly Vermeylen

12. Amy Marek

13. Lindsay Belsha

14. Billie Freitas

15. Christina Frescas Salazar

16. Janna Nielsen Devore

17. 4-Ever & Allways

And our winner is:

4. WayfunMommy!

We also had a MySpace Comment contest running, our entries were:

1. SPC. Dutton's Wifey
2. PIA
3. Chloe
4. Kudos For Kiddo
5. Heather
6. Fontaine
7. Loke Times Infinity
8. Mrs. Stefan
9. Rachel
10. Live, Laugh and Love
11. krystine ann
12. Michelle Ma
13. Amos
14. 4'SENUF
15. Whole Again
16. PFC Tiahuel's Wife
17. Mrs. Amanda Huner
18. John & Sarah
19. Jackie
20. Amy
21. Sharon WinGrace
22. Jess
23. She's unstoppable
24. Mr. & Mrs. Nunez
25. Kristin/pround USMC Mama
26. Mamacita
27. 4-Ever & Allways
29. Crystal
30. Haley
31. Geralynn
32. Michelle
33. Denita
34. Mike Stropes Wifey
35. Joshua's Wife

And the winner of a $50 gift certificate is:
3. Chloe!

Anybody reading this that has NO idea what we are talking about, here's how you can stay up to date with all the latest Hero On My Arm information and contests, in 3 easy steps...

Step 1:
Follow us on Twitter- HERE!

(Tweeters get something really cool this month, too!)

Step 2:

"Friend" us on MySpace- HERE!

(There's still another $50 Gift Certificate up for grabs here)

Step 3:

Become a Hero On My Arm Fan on Facebook- HERE!

(Our Facebook Fans also have a great giveaway coming up, you won't want to miss it!)

Okay, well I think we've given away enough free stuff for today- Congrats to our winners!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Sales Rep Updates Next Week!

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I know that quite a few of you have emailed about our sales rep program- we will have an update on the website next week.  You'll be able to see exactly where there are already sales reps (great to know for throwing parties and ordering, too!) and also some answers to the most commonly asked questions about the program.  Its our goal to make it as clear and informative as possible, so please be patient with us.

And to everyone that has already emailed, I've gotten back with you briefly, but I will speak to you all again once we've finished all the updates.  If you (or anybody reading this!) has any questions about the program that you want answered, please let us know.  You can leave a comment, or send us an email.

Our team is growing, we hope you can join us!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


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We are sisters – bound not by blood but unity of spirit. We share many of the 
same experiences, hopes and fears. You carry some of my thoughts and I 
some of yours.

You understand the chest I have labeled “Special Memories” that grows 
heavier and heavier as it is moved from assignment to assignment. I 
understand your box marked “curtains” which contains several different 
sets, each of which fit one window in all of the U.S. and Europe.

You know what it is like to plant a tree, knowing someone else will sample its 
fruit and enjoy its shade. I know how you paused hanging a picture in post 
housing to hear for a moment. . .the echoing footsteps of the families who 
preceded you. I also know that you never write in your address book in ink. 
To us, home is not so much a geographic location as it is a place in our 

The evening news is more than a 30 minute blitz of information; it is often 
the compass that directs our lives. I have stood in your shoes and you in 
mine on docks, piers, flight lines and terminals of every description around 
the world. Waving good-bye and whispering a silent prayer. To us the words 
“Support Our Troops” are more than a logo on a bumper sticker. We wear 
yellow ribbons around our hearts everyday; because we know that 
everyday a military family is separated by time and distance while that 
military member stands watch at freedoms door.

We come from all walks of life. We are homemakers, workers, professionals; 
and in our number are those who also serve our country on active duty or in 
the reserves. We are different and yet we are the same. Sometimes I see 
your face in my mirror. Sometimes I dream your dreams. So, we come 
together today to celebrate our similarities and explore our differences in 
the spirit of friendship and unity. I am honored to count myself among you.

~Author Unknown

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Memorial Day Upcoming...

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 25, 2009.  

Those of us here at Hero On My Arm hope that you all have a safe holiday weekend.

If your loved one is deployed, we hope that they return safely, and soon.

Because of this job, we get to meet some truly wonderful people.  One of them was kind enough to share something that they had written, and give us permission to pass it along.  Thank you very much for that.

Even though she gave us permission, I have removed the soldier's name for PERSEC reasons, but other than that, it is unaltered.

"My son-in-lawn has been home one week. He is half way through his two week R and R. A week from today he heads back to Iraq. Two weeks out of a year to be home. Two weeks to throw a baseball with his 11 yr old son. Two weeks to play with his six month old baby. Two weeks to be with this ten yr old daughter who is caught between dolls and lip gloss. Two weeks to do the normal day to day things with his wife. Two weeks out of 52.

I was thinking today of what he is going to miss in the remaining nine months of his deployment. He will miss watching his baby take his first steps and dive into his first birthday cake. The baby will babble "Da-Da", but he won't be there to hear it. He will miss the baby's first Halloween and Christmas. During this year the little girl will perhaps box up her dolls because she is now too old to play with them and his son will turn twelve and maybe decide he wants to play basketball or get a cell phone. He will miss sharing his day with his wife or the simple pleasure of watching television with her. He will see them on a computer screen- thanks to modern technology. A GOOD THING, but a poor substitute.

There are those who say to me "Well, he chose to be in the military," How true. But, what if he and the thousands of other men and women of the armed forces had not  chosen this way of life? What would happen? What would it mean for this country if no one wanted to be a soldier?

How wonderful it would be if we had no need for the military. However, considering the history of mankind, I seriously doubt that the United States of America or any other country would be willing to be military free. So, if these men and women did not voluntarily go into the armed forces, a draft would probably be ordered. Men would be asked to serve, whether they wanted to or not. And I have a feeling that it would not just be men, but women too, who would be given the opportunity to go to war. 

(My son in law) is much on my mind. This is not his first deployment. He was deployed for 15 months, home a year, and now is deployed again. That's a lot of time to be away from one's family. A lot of homesickness and a lot of missing. 

And what is it like for those left behind? Children miss their father. A wife cries because she misses her husband. They all try to help with the chores and mom goes into "Super Mom" mode. She works full time as a nurse, takes care of the children, cuts the grass,cleans the house, runs to the doctor with a sick child when she is sick herself, and sleeps alone. Her number one helper is thousands of miles away. All of this, counting the days until this deployment is over- knowing that it is likely that in one year , they will do it all over again.

And what is (the soldier's) mother feeling during the year her only child is in Iraq?  I was fortunate to be at Ft. Hood the day he deployed the first time. He was put on a big, shiny white bus to be taken to the airport for the long flight to Kuwait.  I watched his very brave mother's stoic face crumble as her son looked down at her from the window of the bus. As the bus started to leave, she started running beside of it, She ran until she could not keep up with it anymore and dissolved into tears.  "I am so angry" was her mantra. Sacrifice.

Yes, he chose this life.  I wonder why. I wonder if he would do it again.  Whatever the reasons for the choice, we owe him and every other man and woman in the military a debt of gratitude. The next time you see a soldier in uniform, THINK- really THINK- about the sacrifice he or she is making, And think of the sacrifice of the family left behind during a deployment.  Because if it weren't for them doing their job- it might be YOU doing it.  Or, it might be Your son- or Your daughter making the sacrifice."