Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wake Up Happy

Its easy to wake up in a good mood when your room makes you happy!

collage by X37 Adventures
Room by room, I've been working with my husband on transformations to make our house functional and happy. Out with the old items that sat unused for years- time to donate or dispose!

Last summer my husband created a lovely set of shelves in our bedroom- and ever the resourceful guy he repurposed an old set of wooden bedrails to make them.

hoop art by Violet's Buds
chalkboard sign by Bugaboo Bear Designs

Over the last several months we've debated what should go on the shelves. Books? Handmade indie art? Photos? Candles? Finally we decided to bring into our space just the things that make us each happy-  a combo of it all!

Wand by GipsonWands
HP hoop by Allie & Milo
peg people by Landon's Toy Box
Owl art and owl amigurumi by Crafteroni & Cheese
Scooter hoop art by Homespun Happiness

Rainbow Rain hoop by Violet's Buds
Sunshine chalkboard art by Bugaboo Bear Designs
Scooter hoop art by Homespun Happiness
Photographer art print by ScrawnyGirl
Shake It hoop art by Kiser Krafts
Traveler Green by Little Green Guy
Sushi Hoop by Cardinal & Fitz
Elements collage by X37 Adventures

Can you tell which side of the shelves each of us decorated?

What special piece do you have in your home that makes you happy?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Happy Handmade week #97 Favorites

Who says that monsters can't be cute? My favorites from Daft Craft's #HappyHandmade link up from week 97 are monstrously awesome.

Which of these cute creatures are your favorite?

Check out more of the handmade goodness at Daft Crafts starting every week on Wednesdays!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Featured Maker- Just for Littles

In 2015 we are introducing many of our favorite makers, indie artists, and small businesses. The first maker on our list is Just for Littles.

You may remember Marella from her first feature here, and I'm happy to bring you an update on her shop!

What do you create, and how did you get started?
I create fun childhood keepsakes in the form of banks and figurine friends!

I started painting in college as a way to destress from my studies. I started selling my creations when I saw how much they make kids smile. One day I was talking to my teenage niece and she mentioned that everything she had from her childhood was gone. Because it was all plastic, and not meant to last a long time, it eventually just fell apart and got trashed. That's when I knew I wanted to make something kids can love their entire childhood and keep with them-perhaps even passing on to their kids someday.

What three words describe your shop?
whimsical, fun and cute

How do you celebrate reaching your goals?
When I reach a goal I celebrate by taking some time just for me away from work. Sometimes it's watching a movie or lunch and shopping date with a friend. However, I'm usually so excited that I want to jump back into it and get more done!

Which other makers inspire you?
I'm inspired by the things I see in life everyday-especially nature and jewelry! I love the way colors and textures play off each other in these formats.

I am incredibly influenced by the great children's entertainers who came before me, namely Walt Disney and Jim Henson. Their work is beautiful and intricate, yet appeals to children of all ages. Plus, it's incredibly welcoming to children, and that's something I'd love Just for Littles to be.

What is one thing you couldn't live without?
I could never live without music! I listen every day I'm in my studio working, but I'm also a part time classical musician. I need to play my instrument and connect with other people over great music.

Share your current business goals
My current goals are to continue to grow Just for Littles. I've recently branched out from just banks into figurines as well. They're small and durable enough that kids can handle them without mom worrying they'll break easily. My next step is going to be into more wall art, including canvases and wooden art. But you're going to have to wait to see those!

Do you have an assistant?
My chihuahua Gracie is my best assistant. She's usually always in the studio with me while I'm creating, and always offers great advice-even if her contribution is just napping!

Just for Littles is offering all fans 20% off an entire order with code VIOLET20

Just for Littles is on 

Would you like to have your shop or small business featured on our blog?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Happy Handmade week #96 Favorites

We're over halfway through the month of January, and I've spent a lot of time this month organizing and cleaning. I'd love to set the mood in my newly cleaned craft space with some great handmade products. All my favorites from #HappyHandmade week 96 would look great in my room, and some would help keep me organized too!

Reclaimed Wood Art Display/Card Holder by Moose Country Crafts

High Five Narwhal by Squshies

Blue Ombre Mobile by Life's Gems

Ampersand Art from Be You Not Them

What piece from the HappyHandmade linkup would you most love to decorate your space?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy Handmade Week #95 Favorites

Are you a Potterhead? I know lots of Harry Potter fans, and this week's collection of #HappyHandmade favorites from Daft Craft's link up is just for them!

Which Harry Potter character is your favorite?

Link up your handmade products at HappyHandmade weekly starting on Wednesdays at

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Featured Maker Program

Starting in 2015 we're changing our featured shop program slightly. Now each maker may be featured once each calendar year. If you would like to have your shop featured in 2015, please fill out the form linked below, which is the first step to getting on the schedule. Shops will be scheduled on a first-come basis, and giveaways may be run as time allows, but are not required.

As before, Violet's Buds will schedule the features based on submission date, form completion, and relevancy. If you have questions, feel free to contact us.

Go here to fill out the 2015 Featured Maker Questionnaire

Monday, January 5, 2015

Happy Handmade Week #94 Favorites

We're kicking off a new year with our favorites from week 94 of #HappyHandmade, the original linkup for handmade products, courtesy of Daft Crafts and all the talented makers that take part each week.

To start 2015 on the right foot, I've chosen items that bring a smile to my face.

Which pieces make you smile?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A New Year of CreativeDaily

I don't know about you, but 2014 flew by quickly for me! I am so grateful that I participated in #CreativeDaily so that I can reflect on 2014 in photos.
If you want to join in the fun for 2015, you can start at any time! Here are the prompts for January, and you can always learn more about #creativedaily at

I hope you will track your year in photos as well!
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