Sunday, March 31, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week: Dandelion Wishes

We took a break last week, and are happy to be back! Our featured shop this week is a great one. I recently ordered from Dandelion Wishes, and am excited to share this talented doll-maker with you!

Dandelion Wishes is the creation of Mimi Panormios. She says, "I have such a heart for children.  I believe each one is a precious blessing.  I love creating special handmade toys for little ones.  I have had my etsy shop since 2008 but it wasn't until my son graduated from high school in 2010 that I really began to build my business."

  "My favorite part of having my etsy shop is the wonderful people that I have met.  Customers from as far away as Europe and Australia--people that I would never have met otherwise.  I love being a part of their special events providing gifts for first birthdays, first baby dolls, Christmas, Easter, baby showers, and just because I love you gifts.  It makes my day to receive photos of little ones snuggling their new little dolls." 

"The most challenging thing about having my own business is balancing my home life with my business life.  My husband Alex and I celebrated our 25 wedding anniversart in October of 2012 and we have one son (also named Alex) who is 21.  I also babysit in my home--Drew (3 yo), Claire (3 months) and my niece Emily (19 months)  I love all of my "weekday" buddies just like they were my own." 

"My day is filled with laughter and delight as I watch them grow.  Sometimes it does get a little busy here and I find myself sewing late into the night.  At times dinner is not the most delicious and when my son reminds me that he is on his last pair of socks I figure it is time to do laundry.  I do love my busy life and wouldn't trade it for the world.  Thank goodness for my supportive husband who encourages me everyday--and doesn't mind doing his own laundry and my yucky dinners :)"

Mimi recently has become super busy with orders, which she loves. "The greatest thing about being so busy is that my Mom has been helping me.  She is an amazing lady and love spending time with her.  She has had a great influence on my life and I strive to be just like her."

Mimi's favorite way to network is on Facebook & Pinterest. She favors soft, romantic colors, likes gardening, sewing, & relaxing by looking at Pinterest. Mimi enjoys most any food, but loves soup of all kinds. Her favorite season is Autumn, and she likes  a good cup of coffee with LOTS of cream. She says, "My favorite animal--I am a dog lover--I have three of my own--2 beagles (Geno, and Sassy) and a Golden Retriever (Mabel). I love to collect vintage children's book and vintage fisher price toys :)"

I want to share about the wonderful customer service I received when purchasing my daughter & niece's 3rd birthday gifts from Dandelion Wishes. I am personally not a doll-lover. I didn't really play with them as a kid, and I don't gravitate to buying them for my daughter-- until now. The personality of all the dolls Mimi creates are wonderful! I love her attention to little details like rosy cheeks, or a name embroidered on the doll ever so carefully. I sent Mimi a message to find out what her process was for making two custom dolls. I gave her a description of the cousins, along with a few photos. In a few week's time, she was finished with these two cuties.

the dolls Mimi lovingly created for my mini superhero, and my niece
I am in love with the dolls. Each doll came carefully bagged individually for safe travels, with lovely little tags. These dolls match each girl's personality so well. Somehow she even managed to make my niece's doll match her bedroom! (ok, that was pure luck, but its still neat) Mimi was always quick to respond to my emails, and was a pleasure to do business with.
V loves her superhero doll
Dandelion Wishes can be found online at Etsy, Facebook, and her blog. You can also view her Custom order price list on her Facebook page.

Lovey Dovey Softie--Pink Bunny

Dandelion Wishes is generously offering one fan their choice of a "lovey dovey," a pink or blue bunny, or a puppy. You can enter to win by using the Rafflecopter widget below. The only required entries are to like Violet's BudsDandelion Wishes on Facebook. Several optional entries have been added to increase your chances of winning. The giveaway starts 3/31/13 and ends at 8pm CST on 4/06/13. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize by contacting If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen. Please remember to stop by Dandelion Wishes & thank her for the giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. Your information will not be sold. 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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  1. I love the red & white dress!! Rylie Origon

  2. I love thanks!

  3. I would love one of these for my sweet grand daughter! They're so precious!

  4. Hi Melanie,
    Thank you so much for this wonderful feature!!! I love the photo of Violet and her new little friend!! That's my favorite part of making these little dolls--seeing them loved by precious little ones. Thank you again for featuring me. I am thrilled to be a part of Violet's Buds :)

    1. I am happy to share your wonderful work with everyone! Thank you for the lovely dolls you made for my daughter and niece.

  5. Her baby dolls are fabulous!!


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