Sunday, December 30, 2012

Featured Shop of the Week: The Wrappery

After a brief hiatus during the holidays, we are back to featuring a different shop each week. This week is The Wrappery: Designer Yarn Wreaths, who will be giving away one custom wreath to a lucky fan!

Keep reading for an exclusive coupon code & enter to win a 9-inch custom-designed yarn wreath.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A few more holiday crafts

Last week I posted about the snowmen ornaments I made for my aunt.  I decided that these two were lonely, and made two snow kids to go with them. I added skinny ribbon loops stitched to the back of each snowman. Since I wanted to give my aunt the option of leaving them out during the winter & not just for the holidays, I attached a button to the bottom of each snowman. Now they will stand upright on a shelf. I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out.

Last year my daughter & I made handprint ornaments as gifts to her grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts & uncles. I was running behind on time, and out of ideas. Thankfully Shoregirl's Creations shared a link to the most adorable button tree ornaments. Lucky for me, I have tons of buttons collected from my grandma, and from garage sales.

I sorted through my button collection (which is separated by color, thanks to my husband!) and made little piles for different tree sizes. The longest part of the process was sorting, maybe because I had a toddler "helping" me. I used elastic thread to string up the buttons on the first few, but realized the weight of the tree might snap them. I found some cheap ornament hooks that worked just as well, and gave the tree a little stability. I didn't have the star ornament for the tree topper, but used a little crystal bead. After making several green hued trees, I decided to try a few with my abundant white & cream color button stash. I think I like them better! What do you think?

Next I think I will try the button garland, also from the blog UK lass in US. I'd love to hear your favorite handmade holiday gifts.
Take a look at all the fun projects happening at I Gotta Create! linky party

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Sunday Social

Sunday Social

Linking up with the fabulous Neely and Ashley for Sunday Social.

Today's questions are:
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Anything with chocolate is fine with me!

What is your favorite smell? 
I love the smell of apples, especially Yankee Candle's Macintosh

What is your favorite commercial?
I like Maria Bamford as the crazy Target lady.
What is your favorite day of the week?
Fridays are nice. Hubs gets off work early, and if I have done all our errands early, we can spend a lazy evening together.
What is your favorite way to waste time?
I like to watch Law and Order - Special Victims Unit or Snapped marathons while being on Facebook, or snooping around Etsy. 
What is your favorite article of clothing? 
I have an addiction to goofy, colorful socks. Since its winter, I prefer knee high socks. They are so much fun!   

If you would like to link-up, answer the questions, grab the button & link up at: Ashley's Carnival Ride Sunday Social.

Then visit Created By Laurie for the Meet & Greet blog hop!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Last-Minute Crafty Gifts

As I discussed in last week's post, Handmade Holiday, I wanted to give all (or nearly all) handmade gifts this year. I traded with fellow crafters for many presents, but I have a few more people on my list to make gifts for.
My aunt loves snowmen. Last year I created this snowman couple as a mantle display. I used cheap yarn for the inside of the bodies, wrapped the outside with soft fluffy yarn, and finished them with buttons, ribbon, & a felt hat. This year, I decided to take a look in my crafting stash to see what other snowman item I could make. I found the rest of the white fluffy yarn from the snowman (or snow people?) couple. I always have felt, buttons, beads, & sewing supplies on hand. While looking through the supplies, I came across a needle felting set that a friend gave me.
I decided to make ornaments rather than full size figures from last year. I started by rolling 3 yarn balls in increasing size for each figure, with the largest the same size as a cotton ball. I used an alligator clip to hold each ball together until I was ready to needle felt.  This was my first real attempt at felting, and it went pretty well. When the 3 snowball pieces were sufficiently felted so they wouldn't fall apart, I sewed them all together in the center with some white thread. Once they were stable stacked, I put a little fabric glue between each of the 3 snowball pieces. For the boy, I cut a strip of red felt & fringed the ends to look like a scarf. I used the needle to felt the scarf onto the snowman's body. For the girl I cut out pieces to look like earmuffs, and attached them in the same fashion. I picked out some tiny beads for eyes, and felted 2 orange carrot shaped noses. I strip of black (for him) and in red (for her) became the mouth. I finished the girl with tiny ribbon in red, green, & white as a scarf. For winging it, I think they look pretty good! I'm debating on making 2 snow children to go with them.

I am still looking for ideas for making an ornament for my daughter to give her grandparents. Last year we made salt-dough handprint ornaments, which was a lot of fun. I considered doing it again, but I think I'd like to do something new.  Time is running out, so I need to come up with something soon. If you have any ornament ideas for a 2.5yr old, I'd love to hear them!

Here is the finished snowmen ornament family!

Linking up at:

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Handmade Holiday

Like many holiday seasons in recent years, we don't have a lot to spare. Gift giving had become a luxury, so I've focused my efforts on making gifts. It was great for anyone who like hair accessories, but impractical for most recipients.
I was happy to find a large trading community within Etsy this year. As a member of both Yay for Trades & Trade-a-holics, I was able to trade hair accessories with several shops to get gifts for my friends & family. Gifts that I wouldn't otherwise be able to purchase. The connections I've made with several shops has been great. Not only have I been able to get holiday gifts, but I have made a few friends & business contacts. As a thank-you to those shops, I'd like to present this handmade holiday list.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

New Fabric Jewelry & Giveaway

In my quest to craft & create new items, I am continually inspired by my daughter. I was gathering up scraps one night post-crafting, and I had a few inches here and there leftover from headband elastic. Never one to throw out something I might be able to use (I can thank my grandma for that trait), I collected them for later. As I was considering how to use the little pieces, I came up with an idea- I could take the leftover elastic and make jewelry. V has reached the pretend-play stage, and is starting to incorporate costumes and props. She is still young enough that I don't feel comfortable leaving her unattended with small-piece items like plastic toy-store necklaces, bracelets, & rings.
Showing off a fabric bracelet and mini crown

I've been Nominated!

Thank you to Parlo and Logi for nominating me for the Liebster Award!
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"Liebster" is a German word meaning sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, or welcome.
The Liebster Award is granted to new, up and coming bloggers with great potential and fewer than 200 followers.
According to the rules of the Liebster Award, I am to answer 11 questions posed at the nominating website, list 11 random facts about myself, choose 11 people to whom I will pass on this honor, and then make up 11 more questions which the new recipients must then in turn answer.
(this reminds me of the MySpace note games from years ago)

11 questions:
1. Where is your favorite place to eat?
 I love sushi, and a few of my favorite local sushi places are Hikari, Kokoro Maki House, and Edokko
2. Why did you start blogging?
 I started blogging as a way to share my favorite shops, tutorials, and to host giveaways.
3. Who is your biggest inspiration?
My daughter is my biggest inspiration. She is the reason I started Violet's Buds, and she keeps me going.
4. What’s your favorite song?
That's tough, I have so many songs that I love, depending on my mood. The 3 that I never get sick of hearing are Magic by Ben Folds Five, Change by Blind Melon, and Man It's So Loud In Here by They Might Be Giants.
5. What was your first ever screenname?
6. What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage?
 Pineapple juice & Malibu
7. If you were stranded on a desert island would you rather have electricity and your gadgets, or the actor/singer of your dreams? The actor of my dreams
8. What do you do for a living?
I'm a homemaker and I make hair accessories.
9. If you could change your name, what would you choose?
I've always liked the name Autumn. I'm a hippie at heart.
10. Dinner or dessert?
11. What high end/luxury item would you buy if money wasn’t an issue?
I would love to have a brand new car that is either a hybrid or electric.

11 Random things about me:
1. I have volunteered with Pit Bull rescue as a foster home.
2. I played clarinet in the school band from 5th grade through freshman year of high school.
3. I have an addiction to novelty socks, and I do not own a pair of plain white socks.
4. I have a  Bachelor of Science degree in Photography from CMSU (now UCM)
5. My husband & I own and ride 49cc scooters.
6. I have seen Ben Folds in concert 10 times.
7. My favorite movies are Fight Club, Snatch, Labyrinth, The Breakfast Club, and CHASING AMY.
8. I am a couponer.
9. I do not like Disney movies.
10. I am the oldest out of 9 grandchildren on the maternal side of my family.
11. I drive a 5-speed manual transmission Saturn.

11 questions for the nominees:
1. What is your favorite scent?
2. Do you prefer home cooked or take-out meals?
3. What is your favorite blog?
4. What are your hobbies?
5. Chocolate or Vanilla?
6. How many pets do you own?
7. What is your favorite way to relax?
8. What is your favorite holiday?
9. What was your (or your child's) Halloween costume this year?
10. What one indulgent item would you buy if you had unlimited funds?
11. What is your favorite flower?

Blogs I nominated:
Clippie Dips
CPC Creations, Props & Designs
Forever Lovely
The Linden Life
Sarcastic and Straightforward

Here are the rules should you choose to accept the award:
1. Thank your nominator and link back to the nominator’s blog in your post.
2. Answer the 11 questions posted by the nominator.
3. List 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
5. Nominate 11 other fabulous up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers for the Liebster Blog Award.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Link-ups, Blog Hops & Networking [oh my!]

Lately, I've been searching for good blog hops, link-ups, and other methods of bringing more traffic to Violet's Buds blog. The more traffic we have, the better exposure our Featured Shop of the Week will receive. If you know of a blog hop, link-up, or other virtual socializing event, please post about it below, and we will add it to the list.
So far, I've taken part of Parlo & Logi's Linked In Tuesdays & F-it Fridays:

Parlo and Logi

Created by Laurie's Sunday/Monday Meet & Greet and Blog Hop

Caseta de Paper's I Love my Online Friends GFC Blog hop

The Things We Find Inside

Alderberry Hill's Make the Scene Monday

I Gotta Create! The Wildly Original Crowd's Party On Wednesday

The Sunday Social at Ashley's Carnival Ride
Sunday Social

Are you hosting a hop, Linky party, or participating in one you'd like to share? Please share it below. I'm happy to add it to the networking list.

Game & Giveaway winners

Thank you to all who participated in our Etsy treasury-building game, and to all the fans who voted! The fan who won the Violet's Buds mystery grab bag is...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Featured Shop of the Week: Lu & Ed

Remember the feature we did on Daft Crafts 2 weeks ago? The creator behind Daft Crafts, Cody, is also the owner of Lu & Ed, our featured shop this week.

 Lu & Ed has been "making monsters fun-ctional since 2009. We offer creative and innovative storage for children in the form of Mon-stors© - they hang from a door knob or hook and need to be fed daily, be it toys, laundry, or, well, anything! If they skip a meal, they tend to get a little testy, so encourage your kids to clean their rooms daily! We also make a variety of fun Monster Stuffies, and smaller Mon-stors © for use in the car or on the go."

Cody adds, "They are a lot of fun and each one has it's own story and personality. The large ones are big enough to hold an entire load of laundry or about seven Build-a-Bear sized stuffed animals, the small ones are good for in the car to hold diapers, wipes, toys, books, DVDs, etc. I also make stuffed monsters and monster totes for kids!"

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