Thursday, May 30, 2013

Blogger Book Club

I am so excited to have found the Blogger Book Club!

Co-hosted by My Name Is Madeline, A Mile in Her Boots, and Confessions of a Busy Busy Bee, the blogger book club will tackle 12 books in 12 months. At the end of each month, the participating members will write a review of the book.

The club is open to everyone, and to join all you have to do is sign up at My Name Is Madeline. The books have already been selected, and writing a review is easy since they've come up with a list of questions to answer.

I think this book club will be a lot of fun. I've already ordered several of the books through my favorite site- PaperbackSwap. The site is free, and you trade your unwanted books with other members. You get credit for books when you send them, and use the credits to request books. Its a great way to clear your shelf of unwanted books and get new books.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sponsor Spotlight

We think our sponsors are great, and want to share them with you! Each shop is full of handmade goodness, and we hope you visit each one!

Lily & Bo  features boutique couture accessories that are unique, stylish and affordable creations for every occasion.
Etsy ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

One of Lily & Bo's newest items are the loopy bows, like this adorable Patriotic loopy bow.

Origami Delights provides customized and unique decorations for any occasion. "Each and every one of my items are personally folded by hand and all custom orders and items are crafted with your design input and ideas."
Etsy ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

Origami Delights specializes in custom orders, like these adorable fortune cookies.

Unique Creations by Tracy is a place for her to share the things she makes and sell them to others. "It can vary from my current crochet projects, to wreath making, to whatever else I might come up with in the future."
Facebook ~ StorenvyTwitter

Unique Creations by Tracy has lots of new items in the works, like these super cute cupcakes.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Bento Basics- tips for making lunch fun

I'm happy to introduce our guest blogger this week, Diana from Diana Rambles. She is a crafty work at home mom who has a great blog. She is sharing with us her Bento Basics, Part 1.

making lunch fun bentos
A few years ago I saw some cute lunches called bentos online and thought they would be fun to make for my daughter. I was familiar with the term bento from living in Hawaii and traveling in Asia. I loved the cute spin that I was seeing on these boxed lunches. As we approached Kindergarten, I decided that I was going to make cute bentos for my daughter's lunch each day. I wanted her to be eating a full, healthy lunch and to feel comforted by being apart during the day with my loving gesture.

I am starting this series of tips here at Diana Rambles called Bento Basics to teach others how to make sure your child is eating healthy with fun lunches.

Tip: Introduce new foods by making their food fun! I didn't want to be sending junk food in my daughter's lunch, so when I give her new foods or ones she's not a fan of, I make them cute by using a cookie cutter, decorating, or making it fun.

how to make bentos
Nutella introduced in a butterfly shaped sandwich. Skewered blueberries adds to the fun!
fish cute fun bentos
Introduced cantaloupe (starfish) and edamame in this under the sea themed bento.
cute butterfly bentos basics
My daughter won't eat peas at dinner, but she will in a cute lunch!
Tip: Making cute lunches doesn't have to be expensive! You don't need a lot of gadgets to make lunch cute. While there are lots of bento supplies out there, you can use simple containers, cookie cutters, and even make your own food picks.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Summer Wishes

Its time to break out the summer accessories in bold colors & fun textures. I've gathered a selection of my favorites from my wish list.

Here's a great pairing in ocean blues. The hair accessory is from Violet's Buds, the necklace & earrings are by Mystigail Adornments.
Deep Blue Sea by Violet's Buds
Ocean Waves by Mystigail Adornments

Ocean Waves by Mystigail Adornments

I adore this necklace by A Single Dream. It would be beautiful with a sundress, or even jeans and a tee shirt.
Bronze & Nectarine necklace by A Single Dream

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chai Tea Latte recipe

Welcome again to our contributor, GipsonWands. This time he brings us a Chai Tea Latte recipe.

I'll make a confession, I love chai lattes. In fact that's all I get when I go to a coffee bar. Unless it's a caramel apple cider (but that's a completely different post). So when I watched the barista make one for me and noticed that all they did was open a jug and pour it in a cup I realized I could do that, and way cheaper. I bought chai in tea bags to brew my own but it never came out right. So I started buying those packets of chai powder and they were great, but still way expensive.  So I did an extensive search (I googled it and clicked the first link) and found a recipe for a DIY powder mix which I just had to try.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fabric Challenge Reveal

It is time to reveal our creation from the Mad Maker's Fabric Challenge! This fabric was pretty far out of my comfort zone, but I really like the way everything turned out. You can learn more about Mad Mad Makers on their new website.

challenge fabric
Initially when I saw the fabric I thought about turning it into a skirt, which is what I did. I made this pink jersey knit skirt with the black lace overlay for my daughter. I included a pretty pink button that I got from Smalltown Dreamz. This was only the second skirt I've made, and I think it turned out ok.

 Once the skirt was done, I realized the outfit wouldn't be complete without a coordinating hair bow. I used the black lace plus the pink jersey knit to make a cute flower clip.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Thursday Game Night & Giveaway

Violet's Buds is hosting a game night on Thursday, May 23rd. To join us, go to the Facebook event page here. The multi-vendor game night will include deals from Lily & Bo, Mystigail Adornments, Misty Makes, Just Cheeky Boutique, Unique Creations by Tracy & Origami Delights!
All shops will have specially priced deals on Ready-to-Ship & made to order items, and for every 4 items sold we will give away a free item!
Once the game night opens, come back here and enter for your chance to win freebies using the Rafflecopter widget below (note: the widget will not appear until the game night opens). Don't miss out on the great deals & the following freebies:

Freebies will be chosen at random, and winner(s) will be selected at random by Rafflecopter. In the event that not all freebies are earned, they will not be given away. Freebies ship for free only to the US. The Rafflecopter widget will let you enter if you are from Canada, but please note you will not be eligible for the mailed prizes.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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. Your information may be shared with the sponsors, only for the purpose of sending the prize. 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. Prizes are non-transferable, and there will be no returns/exchanges on any of the prizes.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Time Flies Wordless Wednesday

We're linking up with Create With Joy's Wordless Wednesday. Here is my photo for this week, of my quickly growing toddler.

Join the link up here~

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Meet our Blog Sponsors

We would like to welcome our new blog sponsors, and thank our continued sponsors, by introducing them to all of our readers. I encourage everyone to visit these shops & blogs to see all of their creative work!

Lily & Bo features boutique couture accessories that are unique, stylish and affordable creations for every occasion.
Etsy ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

Origami Delights provides customized and unique decorations for any occasion. "Each and every one of my items are personally folded by hand and all custom orders and items are crafted with your design input and ideas."
Etsy ~ Facebook ~ Twitter

Unique Creations By Tracy  is a place for her to share the things she makes and sell them to others. "It can vary from my current crochet projects, to wreath making, to whatever else I might come up with in the future."
Facebook ~ Storenvy

Gramma Bean's Homemade Gifts  Handmade Gifts and Patterns
Etsy ~ Facebook
Mystigail Adornments  handmade jewelry,"What started as a secret santa gift turned into something I love and enjoy doing! I also take custom orders on hand stamped jewelry. All orders are shipped and ready for gifting."
Storenvy ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Coupons
Sticks and Tomes eco-inspired jewelry by the owner of Papyrusaurus

Inspired by Two creations that are useful, fun, and adorable

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Ad Space Giveaway

Do you own a website, blog or online shop (Etsy, Storenvy, Craftsy, Ravelry, etc.)? Advertising is a great way to bring traffic to your shop. Finding advertising that you can afford is sometimes a problem. But did you know that most blogs sell Ad Space on their websites? Placing your ad on a blog is a great way to bring in new traffic (and it costs a lot less than purchasing advertising elsewhere).

I have teamed up with some amazing bloggers to bring you a HUGE Ad Space Giveaway! 1 winner takes it all. This giveaway is open Worldwide and ends May 31, 2013 at 12 AM CST. Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. You could win:

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Chocolate Sour Cream Tortilla Cake

Chocolate & sour cream. Doesn't sound good does it? My husband decided he wanted this cake for his birthday. I promise that this "cake" is good-- and super easy to make.

You will need:
1 pkg, 10 count, large flour tortillas
1 bag, 12 oz, semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
16 oz sour cream
1/4 c confectioners sugar

Friday, May 10, 2013

A De-Stash Challenge

Hi, my name is Melanie and I am a Hoarder. More specifically, I am a tank top hoarder. I can't help it. I wear them year-round, to sleep, as a cami under a v-neck shirt, or lounging around the house. After all these years, I have acquired a sizable stash.

As styles change and improve, I have a stack of tank tops that are too short or aren't as comfortable compared to my new tanks. They are all still in wearable shape, but I don't wear them. I hate getting rid of something I *might* be able to use. Well, enough sitting around, it is finally time to turn these guys into something else.

First, I used this tutorial for turning a t-shirt into a tote bag from Daft Craft's blog. Since I was using a tank top instead of a t-shirt I was able to skip a few steps. The bag is really simple and cute. It doesn't look like much from the photo, but my daughter loves having her own bag.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Summer Portraits Tips

I'd like to welcome our guest blogger, Verte Photography. She has a wonderful summer portrait instructional for you. You can read more of her posts on her blog here.

Summer. The ultimate time to get outside, and focus on family fun! Many people take vacations, and attend family reunions, go to weddings... its all part of the Family Photo Season!

Today, I wanted to give you my top tips for capturing those family moments, without setting up a big "to-do" or stressing yourself out! You can add a lot to your basic snapshot by following a few basic photography guidelines.

1. Learn some basic poses. If your taking group images, nothing ruins a good portrait like poor posing. It doesn't need to be any big deal! By utilizing this basic triangle you can successfully shoot 2 - 20 people in a snap!

The Stair, is created when one subjects eyes are in line with the others chin.

You can easily add people, by going from a single stair to a triangle.

Now you can add as many triangles to your image as you have people!

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