I'm pleased to announce our first featured shop of 2014 is Epic Stitching & Handmade Design.
Epic Stitching & Handmade Design was a revival of individual creativity for owner Mel. After spending 8 years as a Magazine Art Director and creating items for business, Mel decided that she needed to design items that were to her passions. Thus came the creation of an Etsy store, Epic Stitching & Handmade Design.
The primary items sold are Kumihimo bracelets and jewelry. Kumihimo is an ancient Samurai technique that was used to create armor. It's strength and durability are unmatched when used in a fiber application for jewelry.
Being severely allergic to metal Mel had finally discovered a way to make beautiful jewelry she could wear for more than a few hours. And that both men, women and children could appreciate and wear alike.
While Mel still works full time (administrative work) to pay the mortgage, it is no longer as a designer so that all her creativity goes into the Epic Stitching store.
Custom items are accepted and encouraged. Have something made just for you!
As I work a full-time job, Monday to Friday, the biggest challenge is staying connected with the Etsy groups & community. I can either have time to keep up with customers, advertising and orders. Or chat in groups. Obviously customers come first! And the accounting is just so monotonous. :)
All my items are made by me, and tested out first by myself, friends or family. Many of my items have been worn for months and months on end before they get to the store for sale. Including: test in ocean water for 10 days (satin cord, no wear seen at all!); toddler sucking on a kids bracelet for weeks on end (bracelet looked fine as was the child); pull tests on necklaces/chokers to ensure they will not come off even with a baby pulling on them for hours on end.
Mel's favorite colors are purple & orange, and her favorite food is candy. She likes to relax by stitching. Her favorite season is autumn because she enjoys all of the colors. For her favorite animal, she says "Ohh, this is hard I have 3; snakes (as I own 3), turtles (which I hope to one 1 soon) and tigers (which I have been told is against the law to own)."
You can find Epic Stitching & Handmade Design at Etsy, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. During the feature, she is offering 15% off for any purchase in her Etsy shop with code VIOLET15.
Mel is generously offering one lucky fan a gift certificate worth $25 for use in her Etsy shop, including international shipping anywhere in the world (no tracking number available).
You can enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. The only required entries are to like Violet's Buds & Epic Stitching & Handmade Design on Facebook. Several optional entries have been added to increase your chances of winning. The giveaway starts 1/5/14 and ends at 8pm CST on 1/11/14. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen.
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. 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. Violet's Buds is not responsible for featured shops who do not follow through with prizes.
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