Sunday, November 25, 2012

Featured Shop of the Week: Spiral Sage

This week's featured shop is Spiral Sage, a shop with an endless supply of partyware, packing supplies, and all things cute & unique.

Spiral Sage is the creation of Crystal McElveen, a self-proclaimed office supply junkie (its nice to know I'm not the only one) and avid crafter. Her Etsy page started years ago and "has gone thru multiple changes. Currently I am offering handmade paper items including my most popular items my junk journals...I enjoy searching and finding unique papers and putting them together for others to use. My mother sewed and worked with wood, my grandmother was a knitter...I guess crafting is just part of who I am..I may go from one medium to another...but I continue to create."


Like many other crafters, Crystal says the most challenging thing about having her own business is, "remembering to step back from the business to take time for myself or clean the house."

When asked about her favorite things, Crystal said, "I love fall and spring, when you can see the visible changes in nature, the weather changes..you can feel a resting in fall and a renewal in spring...not too hot nor too cold...time to be outdoors and explore, enjoy."

 (giveaway after the jump...)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Small Business Holiday Shopping Guide

Hello Friends & Fans!
Are you busy finding holiday sales, coupons, and promotions? Many small businesses, crafters, & artists are offering great deals this week/weekend. We have gathered a list of fellow shops that have sales for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, & more. This season we ask that everyone shop with small businesses. We might not have the cut-rate deals, but shopping handmade will ensure you get a gift made with love. By purchasing with small vendors, you enable us to provide our families with a nice holiday as well.
Thank you so much for checking out the deals, and be sure to share them with your friends & family. If you have a small business, an Etsy shop, Storenvy, etc & want to have your sale info posted here, message me at violetsbuds@hotmail.com, or on Facebook.

Week/weekend long promos:
  • Violet's Buds Etsy shop- use code SHOPSMALLBIZ10 from 11/21-12/15 for 10% off your order (cannot be combined with any other deals)
    Mystery Grab Bags $40 worth of hair accessories for $15, ready to ship, no code required
    Headband Sale buy 5 get 1 free, no code required
    Violet's Buds Facebook only deal: Purchase one custom hair bow holder for $20, and you will receive one matching accessory and shipping FREE! To order, send a message via Facebook, or email me at violetsbuds@hotmail.com  **limited quantity available**
  • Heart for Your Home Etsy shop- Starting 8pm 11/22 thru 8pm on 11/26 get 30% off ANY item in stock with code: HOLIDAYCHEER12
    Heart for Your Home Facebook specials: (full details here) Buy One, Get One 50% off. To take advantage of this deal, you must message or email heartforyourhome@yahoo.com with your order, and mention code: HOLIDAY50
  • PandorasBoxJewels Etsy shop: Starting 8pm 11/22 thru 8pm on 11/26 get 30% off ANY item in stock with code: HAPPYHOLIDAYS12
  • Persnickety Etsy shop: use code HOLIDAY15 for 15% off from 11/23-11/26
     Persnickety Facebook special: Anyone who makes an order & pays the invoice during the holiday weekend on Facebook, will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Persnickety's etsy store
  • Origami Delights Etsy shop: Get 25% off all items in Origami Delights' shop using coupon code "TurkeyLurkey" which will be effective starting Midnight Thursday (23rd) through Midnight Monday (26th).
    Origami Delights blog will be hosting 30 Days of Thanks giveaway on the blog:
    http://www.todaylifehappened.blogspot.com
  • Flounce Etsy shop- use coupon code: GIVETHANKS for 40% off all necklaces. Sale starts Thurs 11/22 at midnight CST and ends Sunday 11/25 at midnight CST

A Game & A Giveaway

**Rafflecopter is working again. The giveaway is extended to Monday, Dec 3rd. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, Dec 4th. Thank you for your patience**
Recently on Violet's Buds Facebook page, I sought out other small businesses for a game. Each business had both a Facebook business/fan page and an Etsy Store. Once we had all 16 shops signed up, each shop owner had to create an Etsy Treasury using one item from each of the other 15 shops. Everyone was free to set their own theme, and we have seen some great treasuries so far.

Now, we need your help! We need our fans to judge which is the best treasury out of the 16 created. The winning shop will receive a shout out from each of the other participants. Then, just to make it fun, one lucky fan will receive a Violet's Buds Mystery Grab Bag (free shipping to US). Want to enter? You will need to "like" all 16 participating pages on Facebook, then you will need to choose 1 treasury as your favorite. You can vote once a day for your favorite treasury, but you are not required to vote for the same treasury each day. We will include several other options to increase your chances of winning.
Read more to enter the giveaway-

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Featured Shop of the Week: Daft Crafts

This week's feature is a little different than the previous features. While not (currently) a shop, we think Daft Crafts is a great community for artists.


"Daft Crafts was once a brick and mortar gift shop in Independence, MO, but health and personal issues caused the close of ours in June, 2012. In an effort to continue to provide the handmade community with an outlet for affordable promotions, and a way to keep connecting consumers with great artists, we relaunched our website Oct. of 2012 as a virtual artist promotion platform and a way to provide tried and true handmade business advice to artists. All of our contributors have been in the handmade business for years and bring a lot to the table and we are excited to combine and share our knowledge with the public and offer affordable advertising for artists!"

When asked about the challenges of having a business, Daft Crafts owner Cody says, "For us, we take tackle the challenges head on - marketing, branding, photography, all of those topics are discussed and covered frequently on our blog to help handmade business become the very best that they can be! "

Daft Crafts wants readers to know, "We are all about the daft handmade movement, and are soon working on an exciting new type of content to help sellers get into brick and mortar stores, and help readers discover brick and mortar handmade shops!" Some of her favorites include quirky, fun, colorful, and affordable crafts; they say twitter is their favorite platform for meeting other artists; and Storenvy.com is chosen as a favorite e-commerce platform because, "It's 100% free to use, totally customizable, and you can have unlimited listings!"

To read more about the Daft Crafts movement, and the story of how it started, I encourage everyone to read this post from their website. Then while you are there, take a look at their sponsorship options. They are by far the best in terms of cost & exposure. You will (hopefully) see Violet's Buds there very soon.

You can find Daft Crafts across the web at the follow sites:
http://www.daftcrafts.net/
https://www.facebook.com/DaftCrafts
https://twitter.com/daft_crafts


Want to have your business featured on Violet's Buds blog? Click here to fill out the application for Featured Shop of the Week. This is a free program aimed to give fellow businesses added exposure, and to introduce our fans to your products!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Featured Ship of the Week: Lilla Stjarna

It is time for our next featured shop, Lilla Stjarna, a place for "one of a kind jewelry for the everyday, made with love!"


LillaStjarna are pieces of the celestial skies created by Laila Alawa, who says, "I am a recent college, and I started first making jewelry when I was about thirteen or fourteen. Before that I liked to collect things, but when I realized just what I could make using some beads, wire and my trusty pair of bright pink pliers, I went crazy."






Laila was introduced to Etsy by her mother. She describes, "I learned about it as I learn about a lot of things in life: from my mom. She had found a beautiful handmade necklace that she was obsessing over, and I learned about the site through her obsession to share it with everyone. And now, of course, I share that obsession."


Thursday, November 8, 2012

7k Celebration Giveaway Winners

Thank you to all our sponsors & fans for participating in the giveaway! The winners have been chosen and are listed above the photo of the item won.

Violet's Buds custom item of your choice 
***new winner: Jody Y.

 Heart for Your Home Football Beanie size 0-3mo
winner: Shana L. 

Lil'K Designs set of 4 Cat Stitch Markers
 winner: Christi E.

 Memory Me Studio "Winter Stephanie" headband
winner: Jessica N.

Kaptured by Kara set of 3 headbands
winner: Kimberly S. 

Angel's Touch Boutique and Photography 11x14 handpainted canvas for Autism Awareness. Shipping to US included
***new winner:  Melissa O.

Winners have 48 hours to contact Violet's Buds or the prize sponsor to claim the prize. If a prize is not claimed within 48 hours, a new one will be selected. Make sure not to "unlike" any of the vendors pages. It is not polite, and you may miss out if you are selected as a new winner.

Thanks again, and congrats to all the winners. Also, please check out the Featured Shop of the Week program. This week is Jacaranda Designs Jewelry is giving away a necklace to one lucky fan! If you would like your business featured, just fill out the application for Featured Shop of the Week. This is a free program aimed to give fellow businesses added exposure, and to introduce our fans to your products!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Featured Shop of the Week: Jacaranda Designs

It's time for a new Featured Shop of the Week! This week's featured shop & giveaway is from Jacaranda Designs.


Jacaranda Designs owner/creator Jane Garnett, embarked on jewelry making about 6 years ago when she signed up for a jewelry making class at a local college. "I took lessons for about three years, became hooked immediately and it is now my passion. I opened my Etsy shop in October 2005 and Jacaranda Designs is now my full time business. I love working in my studio in my home and spend many hours in there, creating." Besides a passion for creating all things colorful and pretty, she is a volunteer IT tutor for seniors at her local library, teaching the ins and outs of social networking.

I adore these acorn earrings
Jane says,"I often get asked why I named my business Jacaranda Designs. The name Jacaranda Designs was inspired by the gorgeous Jacaranda tree. In the suburb where we lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, our street was lined with Jacaranda trees. The tree has a beautiful purple five lobed flower and when in bloom was simply spectacular. This year I opened a second shop, Jacaranda Hair, where I sell only hair accessories."

Thursday, November 1, 2012

7k Fan Celebration

We are so excited to have reached over 7,000 on Violet's Buds Facebook page! A huge thank you goes out to our fans, friends, family, & fellow shops for supporting us. Without the assistance of this network, we would not be able to share our creations with you.

The winners have been announced! Check this list to see if you won.

As our thank you to everyone, we're hosting a multi-vendor auction on Violet's Buds Facebook page. The auction will start Friday, Nov 2 and end Monday, Nov 5th at 8pm CST. Several shops are offering their items at great values, and just in time for holiday shopping. Go here to participate in the auction.

Additionally, we are hosting a giveaway! The giveaway will also start Friday, Nov 2nd, and end on Thursday, Nov 8th at 8pm CST. There will be one winner chosen for each item. To enter, you must first like all of the sponsor Facebook pages. Then, you can complete optional tasks to earn additional entries, including making purchases with any sponsor. See the list of coupon codes below. Here are the items you can win:

Violet's Buds custom item of your choice  

More after the jump...

Giveaway Roundup

We have been very busy lately, and would love for our fans to enter each one of the contests & giveaways that Violet's Buds is taking part in.
  • Origami Delights is hosting a 30 Days of Thanks giveaway on their blog. Day 1, you can enter to win a 6 petal red kanzashi flower by Violet's Buds. A new item & sponsor will be featured each day.
  • Lil'K Designs has started a Random Acts of Kindness program throughout the month of November. Fans are able to nominate anyone they think deserves a smile. Winners will be chosen daily by Random.org. The winner will receive a smile from that day's designated sponsor. Head by daily to nominate someone, and to check out the great sponsors.
  • Jewelry and Baby Bling by Dara is hosting an 18k Celebration. You have a few more days to enter for over 60 prizes, including a $50 Mystery Grab Bag from Violet's Buds.
  •  Violet's Buds 7k Fan Celebration Auction & Giveaway are now open.
  • Upcoming giveaway at 5M Creations, date TBA. 
  • The Featured Shop of the Week of November 4th is Jacaranda Designs, and she is giving away a cute necklace. Make sure to enter the giveaway!
Keep checking back with us as we add new links for giveaways, auctions, contests, & fundraisers. If you have a giveaway or other celebration on your page and would like to share, please post your links in the comments of this post.  Thank you!


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