Monday, February 23, 2015

Happy Handmade week 101 Favorites

Its time to celebrate another week of handmade goodness from indie shops! My favorite pieces from week 101 of Daft Craft's #HappyHandmade are cute animals.










Check out more of the handmade goodness at Daft Crafts starting every week on Wednesdays!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Featured Maker- Pelhuaz

In 2015 our goal is to introduce our favorite makers, indie artists, and small businesses to our social media friends and followers. This week's featured maker is a lovely jewelry creator, (and super sweet person) with a definite sense of style, Pelhuaz.

You may remember Zeide from her previous feature here, and I'm happy to bring you an update on her shop- especially since her new website launched last week!


What do you create, and how did you get started?
I make fabulous indie jewelry. I always loved to create crafts and jewelry and back in 2013 I started an online business in a hosted e-commerce site where I showcase my creations. After much consideration, I recently decided to start my own business in my own website. A very exciting step for my business.


What is your business mission and goal?

Life is too short to wear boring jewelry! That statement covers almost everything. Pelhuaz have exquisite indie jewelry intended to make you apart, look your best, and feel beautiful. I'm a strong believer that an accessory needs to do that... accessorize. For that matter it has to be simple, modern and chic.

My goal is to develop pelhuaz.com to it fullest potential and being able to help my Handmade Community in the process.


What three words describe your shop?
Indie, Handmade, Modern

 How do you celebrate reaching your goals?
Most of the time, by doing a happy dance! :D I'm a Mama of a 7 year old and a 4 month old, so my time to celebrate is limited. I love to dance and my kids enjoy looking at a crazy Mama doing her happy dance. If is related to Pelhuaz, I like celebrating with my followers with a giveaway.


Which other makers inspire you?
Well, there are so many crafty friends out there that inspires me...

KRMBAL: She is a doll and is always happy to help. I owe her my beautiful logo.
The Indie A List: When I had no name at the handmade community, Kristina took a leap of faith and accepted me at the Indie A List. Being a A Lister gave me the opportunity to have resources that I wouldn't have without them.
Adore by Nat: She is a friend and a fan and I love her hard work. Even she's miles away, she's always around. Nat is responsible of my cute tags.

Violet Buds: She is a great support and a genius with the camera. The reason my photos looks as look at they do is because of all the tips and suggestions.

Kelly, Cody, Tracy, Hilary, Brittany, Kendace, and so many more that are always there to cheer me up and provide feedback when needed


What is one thing you couldn't live without?
My family... When I read the question, that was the first thing that pop's into my head. I'm not sure who I be without my Girl K, my Pelon (Boldy) and my Tiny Human. They are part of me and I need them as I need the air I breath.

If you ask me for material things, I need praline, bacon, The Black List and coffee. :D


What are you working on currently?
Right now, I'm in the great adventure of managing my own website. It's being a great experience as I've learn to program, mess things up and turn it back the way it were.


You can find Pelhuaz at


Pelhuaz is offering one lucky fan a Made With Love necklace, with free shipping! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway starts 2/18/15 and ends at 11:59pm CDT on 2/25/15. The winner will be announced on Thursday and have 48 hours to claim the prize by contacting violetsbuds@hotmail.com. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen.


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Fine Print:  Participants are providing information to Violet's Buds. Your information will not be sold, but may be shared with the giveaway sponsor for the purpose of prize redemption. Violet's Buds is not responsible for any computer or website malfunctions during the giveaway. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Entrants found cheating, entering under duplicate profiles, or not following the instructions may be banned. By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.  International players may enter but may be responsible for the shipping if they wish to redeem their prize. If you are not willing to pay shipping, do not enter. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items. Violet's Buds is not responsible for shops who do not follow through with prizes. 



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Monday, February 16, 2015

Happy Handmade week 100 Favorites

Happy week ONE HUNDRED of Happy Handmade!! There should be a celebration for reaching such a milestone! What's a celebration without a cute mascot? So, I say-- let's bring on the unicorns!







Chase Your Dreams hoop art
(yes, this is mine but the unicorn didn't want to be left out!)



A huge thank you to Daft Crafts for hosting the #HappyHandmade link up every week! We love sharing our handmade pieces, discovering other makers, and doing some shopping too!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Featured Maker- ScrawnyGirl

In 2015 we are introducing many of our favorite makers, indie artists, and small businesses. This week's featured maker is a kawaii artist that I'm obsessed with, ScrawnyGirl.

You may remember Shawna from her first feature here, and I'm happy to bring you an update on her shop!

What do you create, and how did you get started?
I create kawaii vibes with wearable art, inspirational prints + stickers. I'm pretty much taking over the world and making it cute.

My love affair with art and all things cute began at an early age with the influences of Hello Kitty + Lisa Frank. I later went on to graduate from ASU with a BFA in Studio Art, even though my art was considered "too cute" by my professors. Scrawny Girl made its online debut in November of 2013 via Storenvy where I began selling dolls, doing custom illustration work for several small businesses + starting the sticker of the month club.


What three words describe your shop?
quirky, cute, whimsical

How do you celebrate reaching your goals?
Coffee, sweets (including but not limited to: cupcakes, french macarons, Pocky, + gelato), a little retail therapy, and sometimes just watching anime with Asian take out (I love all Asian food, but I love love kimchi!).


Which other makers inspire you?
I am super inspired by Mab Graves (http://mabgraves.com/), her art is amazing and mind blowing. My goal is to own at least one of her pieces by the end of the year. Fingers crossed for a Sailor Moon piece!

What is one thing you couldn't live without?
Sadly, I can't live without my iPhone...I use it for everything (mostly taking pictures of my kiddo) and running my business. Even though I love how easy it makes life, I do put it down and live life (that's one of my pet peeves is people on their phones all the time).


Share your current business goals
My current goals are growth, community + an aesthetic that screams Scrawny Girl. Also, world domination.

I just launched my new website- www.scrawnygirl.com Thankfully I was able to get my domain moved so no one has to update any of their feeds! Woot!


You can find ScrawnyGirl at




ScrawnyGirl is offering one lucky fan a Cutie Grab Bag! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway starts 2/11/15 and ends at 11:59pm CDT on 2/18/15. The winner will be announced on Thursday and have 48 hours to claim the prize by contacting violetsbuds@hotmail.com. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway





Fine Print:  Participants are providing information to Violet's Buds. Your information will not be sold, but may be shared with the giveaway sponsor for the purpose of prize redemption. Violet's Buds is not responsible for any computer or website malfunctions during the giveaway. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Entrants found cheating, entering under duplicate profiles, or not following the instructions may be banned. By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.  International players may enter but may be responsible for the shipping if they wish to redeem their prize. If you are not willing to pay shipping, do not enter. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items. Violet's Buds is not responsible for shops who do not follow through with prizes. 



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