Monday, June 30, 2014

Happy Handmade Picks week 70

Here are my favorite items from Happy Handmade week 70

Rainbow Zag by ReWallet
Trist the Summer Camp doll by Kiser Krafts
Dream Big hoop art by Bugaboo Bear Designs

Happy Handmade is a weekly linkup on Daft Crafts for shops to share their handmade products. Its also a great place to discover other businesses and do some shopping! Share yours each week starting on Wednesday.

CreativeDaily Summer Fun for July

Have you been curious about #CreativeDaily? Ready to join in the fun for the month of July? Here are this month's prompts.

 

Here is how it works:

Each day, you upload a photo to social media that relates to the prompt as you interpret it,  and share a blurb about what the photo represents. Remember to use the hashtag #creativedaily so that other participants can find your photos, and you can make new friends in the community!

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. If you miss a day or few, it's not big deal - this photo challenge is just for fun!

Will you be participating in July's #creativedaily? Which prompt are you most excited about?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Bugaboo Bear Designs

This week our featured shop is Bugaboo Bear Designs and creator Amanda.


I'm a wife and Mom of 2 amazing kids, ages 5 and 2. Bugaboo Bear Designs is named after my son. I've been drawing, painted and crafting my whole life and have always looked at it as a hobby. But once I decided to start staying home with my children I decided to open up a shop and make things for others. I truly love knowing that other people appreciate my art enough to hang in their own home.


When you order from Bugaboo Bear Designs you receive the actual handmade piece. There is no printing, copying or computers involved in my designs.

I take great pride in creating all hand lettered, hand drawn and hand painted designs. I love designing sweet, fun and adorable pieces for your little one's room or nursery as well as original chalkboard art and other home decor. I guarantee your piece of art will be made with only the finest materials with attention to detail. 


I might be slightly obsessed with Harry Potter, chevron, chocolate and coffee. All of my favorite things. I love modern inspirational design as well.


The most challenging thing is definitely finding that perfect balance between crafting, social media, cleaning, cooking and family. I'm still working on it!

I create because it's what I love to do. Designing art and decor is very relaxing for me.


You can find Bugaboo Bear Designs on Facebook, Etsy, Twitter, and Instagram. Amanada is offering all fans 15% off the purchase in her Etsy shop with code VIOLETBUDS15 (code expires July 6, 2014). Also, one lucky fan has the chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Bugaboo Bear Designs. Credit expires 30 days after giveaway ends.


You can enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. The only required entries are to like Violet's Buds & Bugaboo Bear Designs on Facebook. Several optional entries have been added to increase your chances of winning. The giveaway starts 6/29/14 and ends at 11:59pm CDT on 7/5/14. The winner will be announced on Sunday and have 48 hours to claim the prize by contacting violetsbuds@hotmail.com. 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, but may be shared with the giveaway sponsor for the purpose of prize redemption. Violet's Buds is not responsible for any computer or website malfunctions during the giveaway. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Entrants found cheating, entering under duplicate profiles, or not following the instructions may be banned. 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 shops who do not follow through with prizes.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Show your WIP

Showing your work in progress is a great way to get fans interested in your products. Everyone loves sneak peeks, or learning how a product is created.


A simple image like the For the Love of Coffee hoop art piece in progress posted to social media outlets can engage fans, especially when paired with a question like "What decoration should I add to the cup?"

Want to learn more product photography tips, or see other makers with successful product photos? Check out our weekly series of tips on Daft Crafts!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Wordless Wednesday week 25

Enjoy this week's #CreativeDaily round up!

"pretty"
"purple"
"dragon" by Unique Creations by Tracy
"bubbles"
"cars"
"round"
"grey"
 Follow me on Instagram to see all of my Creative Daily photos and more!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Rustic Romance Crafts

Meet this week's featured shop Rustic Romance Crafts, and talented owner Kristen.


I started my business in January 2013. I had made a New Year's Resolution to be more creative and a trip to the craft store lead me to purchase burlap to make a Valentine's Day banner for myself. I made one and fell in love with the material. I started making them and selling them on local FB garage sale sites. They were a big hit. I went on to expand to wreaths and other seasonal decor items such as Fall pumpkins and Christmas stockings. In January 2014, I opened my shop on Storevny and in April, I launched my line of wedding products.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wordless Wednesday week 24

Happy National Day of Making! I hope #CreativeDaily and #JustCreateJune have you in the creative mood. Here's the round up of last week's creations!

"camera"

"one" cupcake for everyone to share? Otis is not amused
"two" lucky toadstool mushroom bobby pins
"three" Dr Seuss books from a garage sale
"what's that?" looking at a robin in a nest
summer = swimming & "watermelon"
"the letter A" is for awesome patterns my hubs
rescued from the trash for me

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Photography Quick Tip - Changing Backdrops

Looking for an easy way to change out your photo backdrop without spending a lot? If you have small objects, like hair clips for example, quickly change out your backdrop using scrapbook paper!



With a setup like I explain in this post, you can easily place a sheet of colored scrapbook paper behind your spacer. Solid colored matte finished paper works best.



Its amazing how much of a difference a simple change of color can make! If you have a medium-size product, try using solid colored poster board for this same trick!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Scrawny Girl

I'm excited to feature one of my favorite artists this week, Shawna of Scrawny Girl. I am a huge fan of her art and stickers, you could almost say obsessed. I hope you enjoy her shop as much as I do!

Hi! I’m Shawna Miller, the creator behind Scrawny Girl, where I make kawaii and quirky illustrated stickers, cards, prints, zines, and more! I have a fatal attraction to cuteness, that you can see reflected in my art and everyday life. I’m addicted to coffee, Hello Kitty, cupcakes, manga, and dying my hair.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Show your Mon-stor Love!

I am over-the-moon excited--  my favorite mon-stor maker has launched a limited edition line of tee shirts! The Lu & Ed shirts feature Tibly, the red mon-stor mascot, as drawn by Scrawny Girl! Pick up tee shirts in both kid and adult sizes!

These are limited edition, single print t-shirts, meaning after June 26th they will never be available again so snag yours now!


Adult Tee

To select your size, just choose adult or child size from the drop down menu, then click "reserve" - which opens a pop up window to select size from. Next, choose how you want to pay, enter your info, and boom, your done!
This is a one time print run - meaning this t-shirt design will never be printed again! You won't be charged until the campaign ends on June 26th, and only if the minimum number of shirts are ordered. Let's see if we can surpass the 30 minimum order goal! Tweet, Facebook, blog it-- spreading the word is appreciated!

Kids Tee
If this batch is a huge success, Lu & Ed will be launching a new design with Gabos through a Missouri printer, Tiny Little Monster (how appropriate is that?!). 

And if these shirts continue to be a hit, Lu & Ed may release a new design every quarter! Voice your opinion on their blog about which mon-stors you'd like to see on a tee!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wordless Wednesday week 23

Round up for week 23 of Creative Daily, including several Just Create June projects

no "acrobatics" for us today, we're just chillin
"butterfly" was flitting around me in the yard
sadly, i didn't capture it in my photo!

"paper" patterns are such a challenge for me

made a pair of shorts as an "I love you" gift
for #JustCreateJune

no "swimming" today, so there's crafting instead
"three words" Vintage Lace Flower
V took off her "shoes" to make daddy this gift for Father's Day

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Photography Quick Tip

When photographing your product (or any subject matter) it is important to watch the angle of the horizon or backdrop. When the background is slanted, it feels unbalanced, almost like the product is sliding off the frame.


Simply straightening the image (either in the camera or in an editing program) keeps your eye focused on your product.


If you'd like to read our full series of product photography tips, head over to Daft Crafts for our weekly posts!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Pelhuaz by Red

Our shop this week has been featured once before (read the first feature here), but we want to show you how Pelhuaz by Red is growing and changing.
Pelhuaz has exquisite indie jewelry. Each piece is made from start to finish with a creative and artistic soul in mind. Even though our jewelry still Simple & Chic, I feel that my designs have grown. It's been almost a year since the opening of Pelhuaz and I'm very pleased with how far I have come.


Friday, June 6, 2014

June Sponsors

Happy June! I'm pleased to introduce this month's collection of blog sponsors. Check out their shops and connect with them on social media.

http://rebelskein.storenvy.com
Rebel Skein loves creating fun and unique crochet accessories for you to express yourself through. You can find Rebel Skein on Facebook, Storenvy, Twitter, and Instagram.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZipperShop
Zipper Shop features YKK metal zippers, handbag, dress and invisible zippers wholesale. They also offer wooden buttons, coconut shell buttons, metal buttons, swivel clasps, and zipper pulls.You can find Zipper Shop on Facebook, Etsy, blog, Pinterest, & Twitter.


https://www.facebook.com/UniqueCreationsByTracy
Unique Creations by Tracy makes all things crochet. Her signature are adorable crocheted owls. Her line has expanded to include animals, dolls, loveys, headbands, garlands, hats, appliques, toy monsters & more. You can find Unique Creations by Tracy on Facebook, Storenvy, blog, Instagram,& Twitter.

https://www.facebook.com/PlumPapaya
Plum Papaya's mission is to bring joy and smiles to you and the ones you love with her handmade quilts, critters and creatures. You can find Plum Papaya on Facebook, Storenvy, Website, Twitter, Instagram and through The Whimsy Willows Congo on hyena cart.

http://www.bellamytree.com/
Bellamy Tree takes you back in time where little girls’ dresses featured full skirts and bows, and fluffy bloomers peeked out from beneath. Now you have a sense of what Bellamy Tree has to offer...but it gets even better! They offer a selection of boys clothes as well as girls, shoes and accessories. Find Bellamy Tree on Facebook, Storenvy, Etsy, Twitter, & Instagram.


https://www.etsy.com/shop/hamburke
Hamburke's features handmade hair bows and crocheted heirloom baby hats and booties and ecofriendly fabric sandwich bags and wraps. You can find Hamburke's Hair Bows online at Facebook, Etsy, Instagram, & Twitter.


Would you like to have your shop displayed on our blog, and shared on our social media? See our Sponsorship opportunities.  
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