Sunday, June 30, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week: Crystalized Designs

I am pleased to introduce you to our featured shop this week, Crystalized Designs


Hi! I'm Crystal from Crystalized Designs and I love everything crochet! I taught myself how to crochet and it became a huge part of my life when I was put on bed rest with my second child. Not being able to do much, I started making photography props for when my son would be born and I have only gotten more in depth in crochet. I started by working off of others' patterns. When I joined one of my favorite designers testing groups, I was encouraged to start designing myself. I love coming up with new idea, using new stitches. But I still also love to work off patterns from the countless other great designers!!


My biggest challenge of having my own business is taking the right amount of time out for my family. Because crochet is something I love to do, I often find myself putting off things that shouldn't be. My children are growing so fast and several times a week I catch myself mid-stitch, put down my project and go play with them. Before I know it, the won't want to play with me and I don't want to look back and think, "if I only hadn't crocheted so much!"

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Small Business Saturday Flash Sale

Good Morning Everyone!!

I'm so very, very excited about today's Small Business Saturday because we are doing something we have never done before. We are hosting an A-List Member FLASH Sale. What does this mean?

It means TODAY ONLY you can receive 30% and MORE from some of our A-List Members!
All you have to do is click on the ads below to go to that particular shop! 
If you buy something we would love for you to share with us what you bought (or from which store) on Twitter using #FlashAList!!






















We are continuing with the link up for this week as usual! Please visit the shops in the link up that are participating in this sale and like or follow their shops!

Head to The Streeter's Small Business Saturday for the link up!







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Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Finds

This is a collection of some of my favorite handmade items. I picture a quiet day at the pool or beach with these fun finds.
Pineapple Lace Barefoot Sandals (pattern) by Heritage Heartcraft. This is part of a series of 5 patterns.

Grapevine necklace by Mystigail Adornments.

Butterfly Bracelet by A Single Dream.

August mason jar hugger by Zeeuh, for a cool drink.

Scrappy tote in Partly Sunny by Sew Beastly

Vegan Lip Balm by Gnarly Whale

And then, when you get home...
Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub by Peace Love & Bath Products.

What items would you want for a relaxing day at the pool?


The Best Etsy Coupons for VioletsBuds

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Flower Garden ~ Wordless Wednesday

I must admit, I'm a little behind on blogging. The summer weather and activities are keeping me occupied. Other than swimming, one of my favorite activities is gardening. We are having a rough year with our vegetable garden, but our flowers are doing very well. Enjoy some flower photos from our garden this Wordless Wednesday!
bougainvillea
lavender & lily
light pink Hollyhock

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week: Creative Touch Designs

The featured shop this week is Creative Touch Designs, a boutique specializing in custom wedding bouquets, accessories, jewelry and more. Keep reading to find out more about this shop, and enter the giveaway!


Owner Liz Lee describes, "My business actually first came to light right before my husband and I married. I decided I was going to do a DIY wedding. I made all my bouquets, boutineers, and flower girl head bands. I enjoyed doing it so much that I did it for a few friends weddings."


"Then decided I would start making hair bows and then I threw in some jewelry and Tutus! My shop is a mix of all things creative."

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week: Mystigail Adornments

Our Featured Shop this week is one of my favorites, Mystigail Adornments. I received one of her pretty bracelets and I love it!


Mystigail Adornments owner, Susan describes how she got started- "Back in November, my oldest daughter received some handmade beaded jewelry from her friend for her birthday. It was gorgeous, so I started talking to the friends mom. She gave me a few pointers, and it seemed easy enough, so I made a couple pieces for secret santa gifts. Then I was hooked! I started making gifts for friends, and one of them, and my husband, encouraged me to sell them. I had already had a name picked out, and it seemed perfect for a business. It's the combinations of my daughters' names: Mystik and Abigail = Mystigail.

After a few months, I decided i wanted to get into hand stamping. I was even more hooked!"

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pancake-a-holic's ongoing experiments

GipsonWands brings you another guest post, this time its all about pancakes.


Breakfasts on the weekends are a big thing for me. I’ve tried to instill a love of breakfast in my daughter. It seems like every weekend I have her asking me to make pancakes and I’m all too happy to oblige. She loves to get on a step ladder and watch me make them. But just buttermilk pancakes can get boring so I’ve been spicing things up by adding creative ingredients.
So, for you’re reading pleasure I’ve decided to collect some of my better recipes, they haven’t all been winners.
I’ve fallen in love with the “just add water” type of buttermilk pancake batter (I found a large package of it at Sam’s Club) and have had some great success with it. The mix makes adding extras easy.
Strawberry shortcake pancakes
1 cup mix plus water per pkg directions
1 teaspoon Lemon extract
1 tablespoon Freeze dried strawberries slightly crushed (optional)
Sliced Strawberries for topping
Whipped cream/cool whip

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Featured Shop of the Week: Unique Creations by Tracy

 We are happy to announce our Featured Shop of the Week program is back! This week we are pleased to feature one of our blog sponsors, Unique Creations by Tracy. She has a great shop, and is giving away a custom owl to one lucky fan!


Unique Creations by Tracy was started in April 2012. Owner Tracy says, "In January 2012 I made a goal to learn to crochet.  Within a month I had friends and family asking me to make things I was crocheting from pictures I share on my personal Facebook page.  After multiple inquires I decided I would open up my own store on Storenvy.  I named it Unique Creations because I was unsure at the beginning if I would just sell crochet items or other crafts too that I make so I wanted to leave it vague.  The crochet items took off and so that is now what I sell.  I make hats, loveys, headbands, owls, pillows, stuffed animals, and much more.  Besides what I listed I also do some custom crochet items for customers if they are looking for something that I don't all ready make."


Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Best Homemade Iced Coffee

Once in a while I pin something on Pinterest that I remember to try, and that turns out great. This ice coffee recipe is one of those pins. The recipe is adapted from Craving Comfort with the Homesteading Housewife.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Red, White, & Free!

Violet's Buds has its Independence Day celebration collection ready to wear! To kick of the collection, we are giving away a red, white & blue clip to one lucky fan. Keep reading for your chance to win.

"All American" fascinator


We have anything you need for summer parties, 4th of July celebrations, backyard BBQs, or simply for fun.


Monday, June 3, 2013

Pack Your Summer Camera Bag

Contributor Verte Photography has another great photography tip post for you!

Summer is almost synonymous with vacation. Regardless if your taking a day trip, stay-cation, road trip, or flying abroad.. I've got your back with these 5 tips on what to pack in your camera bag!




1. Rain/Sand cover.  This is a really great item to pack in your bag, and simply leave there. Most are plastic and fold down to take up virtually no space. I love these little bags, because while they are designed for photographers shooting in rain, or humid conditions they also make great added protection around the pool, lakes, and ocean!! Protecting your camera from water is HUGE! Nothing fries out electronics faster then water! Except possibly sand! I couple of little sand crystals in your lens (Dslr, or point and shoot alike) and your looking at some $$ for repairs or possibly purchasing a new one all together!





This little bad boy can be found in many forms from Amazon or your local camera shop. The plastic covers aren't really made for long term use, but with care you can get more then your monies worth since they start at only $6!



The heavier duty bag for SLR style cameras is WELL worth the investment! Again I found this one online at Amazon starting at $12 and is built to be the last one you would "need" to buy!

Now, these are designed for larger slrs... they would work fine for bridge cameras with lens that extend out... but they make them for point and shoots, as well as other electronics like ipads, phones etc. Just remember your looking for a bag to shoot with, not simply something to protect from splashes... if you have to take it out to shoot, it wont help!

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