Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sensational Shop Saturday - Violet's Buds

31 Days of Sensational Shops went so well that Sensational Shop Saturday was created to continue to feature awesome handmade shops!

Today's Sensational Shop is Violet's Buds - run by Melanie!

Tell us about you - the creator!

I am a happily married SAHM with an energetic preschooler and three dogs. I have a bachelor's degree in photography, and I like portrait and product photography. I enjoy reading, crafting, and am passionate about animal rescue.

Describe your shop and what you sell

Violet's Buds is filled with handmade hair accessories for all ages, photography props, flower ornaments, and coming soon-- hoop art!

The majority of the fabrics used in my pieces are either remnants, or are upcycled from clothing & linens. Beads, pendants, & buttons in Violet's Buds accessories come from old & sometimes broken costume jewelry, old clothing, or scouted out at flea markets. I am lucky to have a grandmother that loves to quilt from upcycled fabrics, and will often send bits & pieces of her leftover fabric, buttons, and zippers. This allows me to reduce waste, and give new life to otherwise forgotten items. Additionally, the majority of Violet's Buds pieces are one of a kind.

What is your favorite item to make? Why?

I love to create fabric flowers, and have been really enjoying creating hoop art lately. Hoop art lets me explore other fabric creations that don't lend themselves well to hair accessories.

How and when did you start your business?

When my daughter was 6 months old I decided to try making her some cute hair accessories. It quickly became an addiction, and I began making clips and headbands for my nieces and friends. After encouragement from friends and family I opened Violet's Buds in March of 2011. I started by selling headbands and clips for young girls, and have expanded to include hair accessories for all ages, fabric jewelry, photo props, newborn crowns, and holiday ornaments. I also make custom maternity sashes and wedding accessories upon request.

Anything else you would like to add?

My favorite part of having my handmade shop is the network of fellow crafters that I have found. I have made some great friends, and been inspired by so many other talented shop owners!

Where can buyers find you?

Thank you so much for stopping by to meet Melanie of Violet's Buds! I'll see you next week for another Sensational Shop Saturday!