Sunday, February 24, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week: Just Cheeky Boutique

This week our featured shop is a fun clothing & accessory business out of Texas, Just Cheeky Boutique. Owner Jessica Johnson says, "Just Cheeky is here for all your custom clothing needs! We offer handmade embroidered clothes for babies, children, and adults! We also specialize in bows, tutus & upcycled hats."

Jessica explains, "I have been crafting since I was little. I've been helping my mom sew and cut out patterns for as long as I can remember. I am trying to expand my sewing ability (through my awesome mom's help!). I got into embroidery about a year ago and started making work shirts for my husbands company. I love all the different things that embroidery offers! If I could play on the embroidery machine every day, I'd be a happy girl!"

"Crafting is my passion. I love being able to create something that people can enjoy. I also love taking pictures and all kinds of photography. My business is fairly new so I'm still learning!"

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week: Luvin Pictures Photography

It is a new week, and time for a new feature! This week we have Luvin Pictures Photography, a Texas based portrait, nature & fine art photographer. Take a look at her work, then enter the giveaway below.

Photographer Joanna Biggs says, "I am finally doing what I love. After the birth of my child (we were told we couldn't have children), I decided if that miracle could come true, the dream of doing what I love could as well.  I have a long way to go before it is my full time job, but I love capturing memories for people.  I love seeing their faces light up when you nail the shot and it is going to be the big one over the mantle place."

Monday, February 11, 2013

Handmade Valentine's Day Gifts

This year I decided on a whim to create a Valentine's shirt & coordinating hair accessory for both my daughter & niece. It was so easy and luckily, I had everything on hand to complete the project! For each gift, I used:

keep reading to find out how you can win a Violet's Buds clip today! giveaway closed

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week: EchoLand Bags

EchoLand Bags is our featured shop this week, and we are very happy to share this great business with you.
EchoLand Bags
EchoLand sells one-of-a-kind, handmade wristlets, clutches, bags, and purses. EchoLand Bags make great gifts and are all handcrafted in a pet-free, smoke-free environment, and they even do custom orders!

Owner Sarah Defibaugh says, "One of my first sewing projects as a kid was this awesome 80′s pink lace sleeping bag for my doll, so I guess you could say that bags have been my thing for awhile.  Currently,  am obsessed chic fabric and designing really useful, functional, bags that are totally unique.  Opening the shop has given me the opportunity to connect with SO many amazing people.  The name of my shop is a shout out to my grandparent’s farm in Canterbury, CT. They have both passed away, but I love that their legacy lives on.  Oh, and creating my own designs gives me the freedom to name my bags after my friends, which is also super fun.  I am blessed to have the opportunity to work at something I absolutely love to do!"

When asked about the challenges of having her own small business, Sarah answered, "I think balancing personal time and business time is probably my biggest hurdle.  I'm the type of person who gets really excited about something and wants to be immersed in it all the time.  I really have to make sure I make time for my primary jobs--mom and wife :-)"

EchoLand recently added the EchoLand Kids line, which includes purses and backpacks in fun designs & fabrics. Sarah is also a blogger, and has two categories in which she writes: Loving Life & Loving Biz. I personally enjoy her Gratitude Project posts.

EchoLand Kids Purse in Butterfly Prints
Sarah loves to read, and she also likes to run. In addition to her blog, Facebook, Twitter, & shop, you can see the collaboration between EchoLand and Lu and Ed for the Team Lu and Ed project.

Sarah is generously offering 10% off in her Storenvy shop to our fans with coupon code: thanks. We encourage you to take a look around her shop and tell us which item is your favorite. Stop by EchoLand's Facebook page and send her some love. 

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!

Holiday Collaborations & Giveaways Galore

We have so many exciting new things to share with our fans & customers. As Valentine's Day draws near, we are already focusing on new products for St. Patrick's Day & Easter. This year Violet's Buds has teamed up with Crafty Kelli's Kiddos and Three Owls Boutique to bring customers coordinating items at a special price.
Violet's Buds has an album of exclusive hair accessories made-to-match Crafty Kelli's Kiddos St Patrick's Day shirts & skirts. These clips & headbands are only available through our Facebook page, and all of the clips have been discounted just for this special collaboration. Crafty Kelli's Kiddos is offering all Violet's Buds fans any St. Pat's shirt from Crafty Kelli's available options for only $20* (shipping is $3.50 in US and $6.50 in CAN). Shirt sizes are up to 10/12. Mention Violet's Buds sent you to claim the deal!

*Please note that Crafty Kelli's Kiddos' items are made to order, rather than ready to ship. This special price is only available for a limited time, and may run out depending on the volume of orders. Contact Crafty Kelli's Kiddos for availability & ordering.

See all of Crafty Kelli's Kiddos available designs here

Three Owls Boutique is offering a 10% discount on their chunky necklaces to any fan that makes a purchase with Violet's Buds, Crafty Kelli's Kiddos, or both. See Three Owls Boutique for details on products & how to order.
We will be adding new items as we get closer to Easter, and Crafty Kelli's Kiddos will list the Easter specials soon.

Violet's Buds also collaborated with Pretty Socks for February's Sock of the Month, Leprechaun Hats. Customers who purchase the Leprechaun Hat socks from Pretty Socks will get Violet's Buds Shamrock clip for only $6 (reg $8) plus FREE shipping in the US.

 Keep reading to find out how you can win items from Violet's Buds

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Birdwatching & The Great Backyard Bird Count

For the past several years, I have become increasingly intrigued with the feathered visitors to our backyard.
Now that I am home full-time with a growing toddler, bird watching has become a passion of ours. We like to sit and watch the birds on the back deck while we have breakfast. We are working on identifying birds, like the "daddy Carm-in-al" above, as well as counting how many birds we see. Our daughter enjoys when we see a morning "bird party." If they aren't at the feeder when she is ready for them to be, she asks, "more birds, please?"
sparrows & house finches

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week: Creative Hats and More

My favorite part of the Featured Shop of the Week program is finding new shops to love! This week's feature is Creative Hats and More.
Creative Hats and More started about 3 years ago when owner, Elaine Noonan, started crocheting and knitting hats and scarves for her kids and grandchildren. She says, "I would bring items into work and people would start ordering them. I love to create and design. I have now expanded to photo props, gloves and scarves. My photo prop items include hats, headbands, blankets, novelty hats, and seasonal items. I make a variety of hats in any style you would want. If I don't have it,I would love to try. I am now on Etsy and Facebook. I love working with different fibers. I love hand painted yarns. I never get tired of it. I also do knitting."

Keep reading to find out how you can win a hat from Creative Hats and More!

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