Saturday, May 31, 2014

Get Creative in June with CreativeDaily

Are you enjoying the #CreativeDaily photography challenge? Lu & Ed has just released the list of prompts for June. I hope you will join us!

Stay inspired daily with #creativedaily, the monthly photo-a-day challenge geared specifically towards creatives, artists & small business owners!

The goal of #creativedaily is to inspire people to document their life and indie biz journey through daily photos & snippets of text, encouraging them to fill each day will a little bit of creativity while fostering creative community & new friendships through social media.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Children's Fingerless Gloves product review

Recently, Lily & Bo gave my daughter the opportunity to test out her Child Fingerless Gloves.

The fingerless gloves are hand knit and soft. My daughter was so excited to have "princess gloves" and wants to wear them all the time-- even in 80 degree weather! I know these will be a staple for her wardrobe in the fall and winter.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday week 21

We're nearing the end of May, and it will be time for a new month of CreativeDaily soon. Will you be joining the fun? Here's my shots from the last week.

"favorite food"

"back in the good 'old days" I was able to spend more
time with my grandma, my favorite "family" member
"makers gonna make" a decision on what to do next!

"bought this" beautiful bunny from Kiser Krafts


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Balsamic Mushrooms recipe

One topping to top them all- Balsamic Mushroom recipe from GipsonWands

Balsamic mushroom- topped sloppy joes
Today I'd like to share with you a great topping I made almost by accident- Balsamic Mushrooms. My wife loves reduced balsamic vinegar on her asparagus and I love it as a topping for salmon. I was making a risotto the other day to go along with some pan seared tilapia, and I wanted a great topping. I didn't want to just make a mushroom risotto and the reduced balsamic vinegar drizzle so I thought, "why not somehow combine the two?"

It was so delicious that I made it again later that week and topped mashed potatoes with it, again to top pizza, for sloppy joes, and yet again for an omelet. The best part is it's super easy.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Plum Papaya

This week our featured shop is a creator of creatures, critters, quilts and more. Welcome Tessa of Plum Papaya.

I am a stay at home mom who loves to sew and create for our family and yours. We are a family of five that is composed of my husband, my self, our darling daughter, the dog, and our one eyed kitty. The name Plum Papaya comes from my family's love of Hawaii. I wanted a fun name that reminded me of that love that was a little quirky.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Product Photography Tips- Backdrops

Violet's Buds is writing a series of photography tips posts for Daft Crafts. You can read more in-depth suggestions here.

Not all products are created the same, and neither are backdrops for photographing your items. It is important to experiment with various backgrounds to find what works for you.

GipsonWands photographed this series of his hoop art on a variety of backgrounds as an example of what works, and what doesn't.

As you can see, some of the backgrounds distract from the product, while others make the piece stand out.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CreativeDaily & Wordless Wednesday week 20

Can you believe we're already 20 weeks into 2014? I love looking back over the year through the CreativeDaily photos! Here's the roundup from last week.

my work-in-progress bin is a "craftastrophe"
"tools of the trade"
"walking" with great friends on a
thrifting adventure
sick kiddo "wearing" the afghan I picked up thrifiting
"currently" photographing GipsonWands crochet
hooks in action
starting a sushi-wearing "trend"
lighting a "fire" of ambition to complete the knight hoop
Check out the full list of #CreativeDaily prompts

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Hooked on Crochet by Kim

This week I'd like to introduce our featured shop Hooked on Crochet by Kim.

I grew up in a small town and learned to crochet when I was 10. I crocheted for a little while and then life took over. I stopped crocheting until just recently at age 24, now I am addicted and cannot seem to stop!! I started back up crocheting gifts and stuff for my friends and family, then started getting a bunch of requests and special orders. I took off from there and now I am crocheting all the time and couldn't be more happy when I see people wearing or using my creations :)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Product Photography Tips- Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important factors in creating beautiful photos of your products. Today I'm comparing various lighting techniques. All of these photos are straight from the camera with no editing. (its recommended to edit photos as necessary, but that is for another post)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Week 19

Happy Wednesday! I hope you are enjoying our #creativedaily photos, and joining the challenge as well. Follow Violet's Buds on Instagram to keep up with all of our photos.

"in my hand" are monster hands!
my trusty "glue" gun
making a birthday cake for daddy
she'd add "glitter" and sprinkles if we allowed her!

Join the #CreativeDaily fun!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Cherished

Meet this week's featured shop Cherished, and the owner/creator behind the handmade work, Alecia.

Cherished is homemade jewelry and sometimes other things like barrettes and magnets. I try to make simple and classy pieces with funky or slightly different twist.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Worldless Wednesday week 18

Happy Wordless Wednesday! Check out the roundup of the past 7 days of #CreativeDaily posts. Follow us on Instagram to see all our photos.

"April Showers" make for perfect Kale growing weather
awesome swag from Pelhuaz and Landon's Toy Box
"fresh picked" from the mailbox
"made local" homegrown chives are great in salads
and have pretty flowers
"cold" beer in a frosty mug after a hot day
"hot" day at the park
"green" lettuce is growing nicely
See the list of May's prompts here.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Coloring Time

Recently my husband created this coloring sheet incorporating the flower and ladybug from Violet's Buds logo, and I'm happy to share it with you!

click here to download
Download the image, print as many copies as you'd like, and get artistic! Keep watching our blog, Twitter or Facebook page for announcements on an upcoming coloring contest.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Twisted Thread and Hook

I'm pleased to feature one of my favorite shops this week, Twisted Thread and Hook and owner Magda.

I created Twisted Thread and Hook out of love for crafting. I've done many different crafts throughout my life, however, crocheting was always the craft I came back to over and over again. I wanted to sell fine thread jewelry – I would crochet original designs with a very thin thread and a tiny hook. However, I realized that this was not something that I was totally committed to so I stated researching. Somehow, I went from the very tiny hook to one of the biggest hooks.

Now, instead of straining my eyes, I'm working out my arm muscles handling heavy rope! After I made my first cotton rope rug, I was hooked. Rope give rugs such a different texture and look from the traditional rugs. It also lets me incorporate another thing I love which is water and beach. Many of my designs are nautical themed.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Happy Birthday Kiser Krafts!

Our wonderful friend and talented maker Kelly is celebrating her birthday with a sale in her Storenvy shop! From May 2nd to May 10th you can save 20% on your entire purchase with code BDAY at

She has a variety of adorable items from toys to decor, and specializes in one of a kind sock animals. 

Check her Facebook page and Twitter frequently for announcements on upcoming giveaways she is participating in, plus send her some birthday wishes!

You can find Kiser Krafts on Storenvy, Facebook, Twitter, blog, and Instagram

What is your favorite Kiser Krafts item?
My favorite is the Violet lion that my daughter has, and adores.

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