Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Falling for Autumn

My favorite season is fall. There is something comforting in the changing leaves, the chilly morning air, and the fun of picking apples. We have some exciting and fun things planned for the season. We are currently seeking vendors for an autumn themed party-style photo shoot. If you are interested in more information, please contact me at violetsbuds@hotmail.com
Starting Sept 2, we will feature a different shop each week on our blog. We will host giveaways for several of the shops, so check back to win some great items.
What is your favorite season?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Violet's Buds Featured Shop of the Week program

As a way to support fellow handmade and small businesses, Violet's Buds will showcase a different vendor every week. We're accepting submissions for this program. If you have an Etsy, Storenvy or other store, or Facebook fan page for your original creations, (this includes photographers & graphic designers) submit the form below. At this time we are not accepting submissions from sales reps (ex. It Works, Scentsy, etc). If you have more than one business page, please only submit the form once. You can list all of your businesses in the form below.

We do not require, but do reccommend that each Featured Shop give away an item or gift certificate during the feature

With the Featured Shop program, we hope to bring many more giveaways and special offers to our fans. Post any questions in the comments, or contact me at violetsbuds@hotmail.com.

Violet's Buds reserves the right to terminate this program at any time. Featured Shops will be selected by relevancy, form completion, timeliness, and may also be selected randomly at our discretion.



Has your shop been featured previously? Each shop can be featured once every 6 months. Please complete this follow-up form to be featured again.

Blog Launch Giveaway Winner

Thank you to all who entered Violet's Buds Blog Launch Giveaway! And a big thank you to all our sponsors as well:
Heart for Your Home
A to Zebra Celebrations
Silver Wings Designs
Crafty Kelli's Baby Accessories
Elizabeth Alta Jewelry
Soulvisions
Arielle's Custom Jewelry
BabySmiles Boutique
Gemstone Gypsy Gypsy's Wagon of the Unique
Spearmint and Thyme
ThreeTwentyThree Creations
SpunkyMunkyLegs
Retro-Rocket Graphic Design

We couldn't host a giveaway without these great sponsors! And remember, it is rude to unlike the sponsors page after the giveaway ends. We will be hosting more giveaways soon, so keep checking back.
The winner of the giveaway, as chosen by random.org, is



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Congrats Kimberly! You have 48 hours to claim your prizes.

The Fine Print:
This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  Participants are providing information to Violet's Buds and not to Facebook. Violet's Buds is not responsible for any computer or website malfunctions during the giveaway. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.
By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. You may not reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India according to Facebook rules. 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.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Here Comes the Bride contest winner

I would like to thank everyone who shared the Here Comes the Bride contest with their family & friends. Congratulations to the winning couple, Echo & John!
Echo writes, "John & I have been together for almost 11 years and are FINALLY tying the knot! Together we have 2 amainzg kids who are going to make the cutest ring bearer & flower girl EVER!!! We are planning an October wedding with a peacock theme. With the economy the way that it is, John being out of work with a back injury and everyone just assuming we were already married because we've been together so long, I almost thought we had missed our chance at our dream wedding. Wedding planning has been fun and a little stressful but I couldn't be more excited to be Mrs John Unick!"
Echo will receive a custom bridal hair accessory, or a custom keepsake garter of her choice.

Do you need accessories for your big day? Contact Violet's Buds at violetsbuds@hotmail.com to start the process!
*due to the low number of entries, we have decided to skip the voting portion of the contest.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Blog Launch Giveaway

Welcome to Violet's Buds new blog, and to the launch party giveaway.One lucky fan will win ALL of these prizes! The winner will be chosen & announced on August 21st, and will have 48 hours to contact Violet's Buds to claim their prizes.
Check out the list of prizes, and then enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. You must fill out the form & like each of the Facebook pages to enter the giveaway. We've also included several optional entries to increase your chances of winning, including a few entries you can do daily.
It is not mandatory, but it is nice to stop by the vendor pages and show them some love for donating to our giveaway.The prizes: 
Violet's Buds~ One custom item of winner's choice. Free Shipping to US & Canada

Heart for Your Home~ Angry Oinker Beanie size 6-12 months. Free Shipping to US.

A to Zebra Celebrations~  $25 Gift Certificate. Free Shipping to US

 Silver Wings Designs~ 1" Aluminum Hammer Disc Pendant with My kids ROCK, My boys ROCK, or My girls ROCK {winners choice} Comes with 16" silver plated chain. Free Shipping to US & Canada

Crafty Kelli's Baby Accessories~  $25 gift certificate. Free shipping to US & Canada.

 Elizabeth Alta Jewelry~ Winner's choice of Skeleton Key necklace from RTS items. Free shipping to US only

Soulvisions~  8x10 print of "Wrist Shatter," part of the mirror works series, taken with Nikon SLR film camera then developed, exposed and manipulated by Soulvisions. Free shipping to US.

Arielle's Custom Jewelry~ Black cat onyx bracelet with double-plated 925 sterling silver clasps. Measures just under 8 inches long. Free shipping to US.

BabySmiles Boutique~ $25 gift certificate. Free shipping to US & Canada

Gemstone Gypsy Gypsy's Wagon of the Unique ~ My World Is Blue Choker and Earrings Set. Free shipping to US.

Spearmint and Thyme~ Set of 2 "Something Blue" hair combs, AND Set of 4 "Something Blue" hair pins. Free Shipping to US.


ThreeTwentyThree Creations~ $30 Gift Certificate good for any items on website or Facebook page. Free shipping to US only. 

SpunkyMunkyLegs ~ Brown Lace Ruffle Legwarmers. Free US Shipping.


Retro-Rocket Graphic Design~ One custom digital logo or design (you will receive a digital file, no shipping required)
Excited to win these prizes? Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below!
The Fine Print:
This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  Participants are providing information to Violet's Buds and not to Facebook. Violet's Buds is not responsible for any computer or website malfunctions during the giveaway. Incomplete entries will not be accepted.
By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. You may not reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India according to Facebook rules. 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.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Violet's Buds' Here Comes the Bride contest

Calling all brides-to-be: Would you like to win a custom bridal hair accessory or a keepsake garter? Enter Violet's Buds' Here Comes the Bride contest! To enter, please submit a photo of yourself & your fiance (and your names), plus a short paragraph (at least 3 sentences) about one of these topics: (choose one)
(1) How you met
(2) Your relationship
(3) The proposal
(4) Your wedding plans

Send your photo & short paragraph to violetsbuds@hotmail.com with "here comes the bride" in the subject line. Submissions will be taken from August 4th to August 12th.

Starting August 13th, voting will begin on Violet's Buds blog http://violetsbuds.blogspot.com/
Each person may vote once per day until Monday, August 27th at 9pm CDT. Voting will take place only on the blog, liking photos in the Facebook preview album will not count as a vote. Sharing Violet's Buds blog and/or Facebook page with your friends & family is encouraged and an acceptable way to get more votes.

The winner by popular vote will be announced Tuesday, August 28th. The winner must respond within 48 hours to claim the prize. The bride will have a choice of a custom hair accessory or a custom keepsake garter including free shipping to the US and Canada.


The Fine Print:

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.  Participants are providing information to Violet's Buds and not to Facebook. Violet's Buds is not responsible for any computer or website malfunctions during the giveaway. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. You accept these terms & conditions by entering the contest, and are giving Violet's Buds permission to include your name, photo, & story on our Facebook page & blog.Entrants who are found to be cheating (ex. paying for votes, creating fake profiles to vote multiple times) will be disqualified.
By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. You may not reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India according to Facebook rules. 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.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Gathering Inspiration

What inspires you?
It's a question I've asked myself lately. My daughter is a source of inspiration for me. It is incredible to watch her learn, explore, & grow. She certainly keeps me on my toes, and there's never a dull moment.
I have never been a girly-girl, and I still am not girly personally, but I do like to dress up my little one. I love to put her in cute outfits with little pretties in her hair. After buying a few headbands & clips, I decided to try making my own. From the start, I was hooked. Making the pretty little things for my daughter & nieces grew into a fun hobby for me. I needed a creative outlet, and crafting was perfect.
As I continued crafting, I found myself inspired a lot by nature. I love gardening (both flowers & vegetables), and I like to replicate the look of flowers with fabric, ribbon, & buttons. Like these daffodils:

Lately, I've been inspired by customers. I have been in a lull with creating. I think its from the heat & being cooped up too long. I was fortunate enough to be asked to design wedding accessories for Heart for Your Home's creator's upcoming nuptials. You can see the wedding accessories here on our Facebook page. I had such a fun time making the bridal items, that it got me back in a creative mood.  Another customer and friend requested a hairbow holder in brown & pink, which I really enjoyed making as well. What I learned is every now & then I need to take on some different projects to keep from having crafter's block.

So, what do you do to keep from getting stuck in a crafting rut?
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