Our featured shop this week is Demon Milk, owned by Vivien, a clothing and jewelry designer. Read more about her, and then enter the giveaway to win your choice of two items from her shop!
I really love making clothing and jewelry, and I make so many items that I couldn't possibly wear them all myself. Sometimes the inspiration to create leads me far, far away from clothing that I would wear myself. I decided to open a shop so I can enjoy making stuff as much as possible. It's really more like a "self-sustaining hobby" than any thing else. I do it because I love the art that I make and I want to share it with other people.
I'm not very good at the social aspect of business but I'm doing every thing I can to rectify that situation. I've been trying to be more active and learn how to self promote.
I think the people who have had the most influence on me is probably my mother and my grandmother, because like me they both really love making things. My mother worked as seamstress for fifteen years, but my grandmother was the one who taught me how to sew when I was very young. I don't think that I would have the love and passion that for making my own stuff that I do if I didn't come from a long line of people that love to craft.
The thing that motivates me the most is that I just really love what I do. Making things is what set my heart alight, so the feeling I get when I look at a completed piece and the pride I have in myself and my work is all the motivation I'll ever need.
What I love most is the chance to learn new kinds of art. This summer I decided to learn tatting and I fell in love with the craft. I don't love it as much as I love to sew but I do love learning new forms of artwork.
Vivien's favorite things include English breakfast tea, lavender flowers in everything (honey, tea, cakes, you name it), the color red, baking, the color of the sky at night, loud music, soft cats, tatting lace, floral prints on fabric, silver colored jewelry, scary books, tea cakes, and spooky artwork.
You can find Demon Milk on Facebook, Storenvy, and Zazzle. Vivien is generously offering one lucky fan (US only) the opportunity to pick any two fashion items (clothing, accessories, jewelry) in her shop, with free shipping. Please note: international entries will not be accepted for this giveaway.
You can enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. The only required entries are to like Violet's Buds & Demon Milk on Facebook. Several optional entries have been added to increase your chances of winning. The giveaway starts 2/16/14 and ends at 11:59pm CST on 2/22/14. The winner will be announced on Sunday 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: 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. 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.
Would you like to have your business featured on Violet's Buds blog? Click here to fill out the application for Featured Shop of the Week. This program aimed to give fellow businesses added exposure, and to introduce our fans to your products!