Monday, November 24, 2014

Happy Handmade Week 90 Favorites

Wow! Daft Craft's #HappyHandmade, the original handmade linkup, is celebrating Ninety weeks! My favorites this week are for all my bird loving friends.

Little Who wallet from BirdsandBagz
Amigurumi Knit Penguin from Crafteroni and Cheese
Embroidered Punk Birds by AmeliandaMediaStudio
What is your favorite bird?

Don't forget to check out the #StorenvyFlash30 list to see which of these and your favorite shops will be offering 30% off everything on Cyber Monday!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Friday, November 21, 2014

Do you want a Snowman?

Don't worry about getting your hands cold building a snowman when you can decorate your home with these cute pieces!
Surprise Snowman from Kiser Krafts
Amigurumi Knit snowman by Crafteroni and Cheese
Crochet Snowman from Unique Creations by Tracy
Rustic Wooden Snowmen from Be You Not Them

Frosty the Snowman print from Ink and Dirt Designs

Each are from shops participating in the StorenvyFlash30 sale on Cyber Monday. You can learn more about the sale, how you can save 30% on your entire purchase, and see the full list of participants at

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

November CreativeDaily

Have you been following along with #creativedaily? Its the first photo challenge geared directly towards creatives & makers, hosted by Lu & Ed. Take a look at the new month of prompts!

The prompts force makers to think of creative ways to tell their story, share their indie biz journey as well as share their life and processes through daily photo uploads & bits of text, encouraging them to fill each and every day with a little bit of creativity, while fostering creative community & new friendships through social media. If you miss a day or few, it's not big deal - this photo challenge is just for fun!
How it works:

Each day, you upload a photo to Instagram or other social media outlets that relates to the dated prompt.. Be sure to add the #creativedaily hashtag to group to photos with the other images from this collective.

Click the #creativedaily hashtag to find out what others are posting and make new friends by liking & commenting on their photos! 

This collective is such a fun way to make new creative friends, discover new brands and share your own story. 

Which prompt do you have a great idea for already? 


Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Handmade #88 Favorites

Very soon it will be time to decorate for Christmas, so this week my #HappyHandmade picks are all holiday decorations.

Button Seashell crochet ornaments by My Twisted Thread

Surprise Snowman by Kiser Krafts

Art Print from Landon's Toy Box

What is your favorite way to decorate for the holidays?

Don't forget to check out the #StorenvyFlash30 list to see which of  your favorite shops will be offering 30% off everything on Cyber Monday!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Vintage Wedding Gems

I'm happy to share this week's featured shop, and fellow Handmade in KC member, Vintage Wedding Gems, and owner Brie.
photo by Click Photography
Vintage Wedding Gems was born when I found a set of vintage clip-on earrings that I knew would be perfect for a friend's wedding. The earrings were vintage skeleton keys, with a heart as one of the key's bows. I just knew they would be perfect as a something old, and as a gift for my friend's day.

I had self taught to sew over the last few years, and with a little research, trial and error, and resizing, I made a glamorous wedding garter keepsake and toss garter set that she loved. Sometime over the following weeks I decided I should make and sell wedding accessories.

photo by Click Photography
I love the character of vintage materials, and hope my clients feel a connection with the past and the romance of the mystery of who owned the materials. 

I strive to use vintage materials as much as possible, such as garments for lace, silk, and netting, vintage jewelry as centerpieces, vintage hats as bases and fabric scraps from wedding dress makers.

I often use new materials for custom orders, if that is what the client prefers. But we keep our costs down by using vintage and reclaimed items, and we love being ecofriendly.

photo by lani michelle photography
It’s sometimes hard to balance the business with family and a full time job, especially when deadlines are shortened. But I’m always encouraged when the bride falls in love with the piece.
photo by Click Photography
I am motivated by the members of Handmade in KC. It is their dedication and the way they encourage each other that keeps me creating. I'll have a month where I only sell 1 item, and the next I have 6. So I just try to look back at what I've sold, what people are saying about my products, and get encouragement from those in Handmade in KC to keep strong and not give up.

I’ve recently expanded into additional lines for everyday wear, home, and baby. These lines, and additional Wedding Gems, can be found at

photo by Click Photography
Brie's favorite things include-
Blog: Style Me Pretty
Way to Network: Handmade in KC and Thursday Therapy for KC wedding vendors
Color: Not to be boring, but I love creams and ivories, for the versatility with other colors
Food: Frozen yogurt
Store: Franchesca's
Actor/Actress: Audrey Hepburn,
way to relax: glass of wine and crime tv shows
Beverage: wine and water, not mixed
Season: Autumn
Animal: cat, specifically my fat cat Zippy

photo by lani michelle photography

You can find Vintage Wedding Gems on Facebook, Storenvy, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter. Plus, look for her new shop Life's Gems on Facebook, blog, and Storenvy
Now through 11/16 you can save 25% off any purchase in both Vintage Wedding Gems and Life's Gems with code violetsbuds.

What pieces do you like best from Vintage Wedding Gems and Life's Gems?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

StorenvyFlash30 Cyber Monday Sale

Have you heard the news? The #StorenvyFlash30 sale is happening again this year! You won't want to miss the amazing Cyber Monday sale where you can save 30% in 50+ Storenvy shops. Head to Lu & Ed's blog for full details and the list of stores.

Set your alarms for December 1st and save big!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

HandmadeKC Wishlist

I'm pumped for the HANDMADEKC sale starting today, and these are just a few items from my wishlist.

Hey Paul Studios
Hang Ups in KC
NiChern Designs

You can view the full list of participating shops at Handmade in KC and save now through November 7th!
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