I'm a return customer, so I can assure you over the quality of her products and the exquisiteness of her designs. My girl is crazy with her hair pins and she is the cutest ballerina due to her fabulous clips.
Melanie is so talented that she has a variety of products to offer. She also made me a fabulous hoop for my Tinkering Room.
She knows that I love orange, so she did a fabulous job here. Melanie granted me this interview and I would love to share it with you, as I know you gonna love her and her products, as much as I do!
Let me present you my beautiful friend Melanie, and her adorable (and always happy) girl!
Pelhuaz: What's your name?
Pelhuaz: What's your superpower?
Melanie: Being a mother is a superpower, right?
Pelhuaz: Who do you consider your sidekick and why?
Melanie: My husband is my sidekick. Well, he's more like the superhero and I'm the sidekick, but I'm ok with that!
Pelhuaz: If you were on an island and could only bring 3 things, what would you bring
Melanie: Endless Dr Pepper, my crafting supplies, and my laptop with a magical battery that never dies (the island was wifi, right?)
Pelhuaz: What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Melanie: I'm usually busy singing to the radio or my cds of 90's music. If I am thinking of anything its usually about what errands I need to accomplish.
Pelhuaz: What was the last movie you went to see?
Melanie: The last movie I saw in theaters was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Pelhuaz: Tell us about your Small Business… Describe your store and products?
Melanie: Violet's Buds is the place for handmade accessories for you and your little flower. I create hair accessories for all ages, plus special occasion pieces for weddings, prom, new moms, and maternity sashes upon request. Recently, I've added a line of handmade hoop art. I love turning fabric flowers into home decor!Violet's Buds items are unique in that the majority of the fabrics used are either remnants, or are upcycled from clothing & linens. Beads, pendants, & buttons in Violet's Buds accessories and art come from old & sometimes broken costume jewelry, old clothing, or scouted out at flea markets. Also, plan to spend as much time, if not more, on the marketing, advertising and promotion of your shop as you do the creating. Social media is a key tool in meeting and interacting with potential customers.
Pelhuaz: What is your favorite item available at your store?
Melanie: I'm obsessed with hoop art at the moment.
Pelhuaz: What motivates/inspires you?
Melanie: I am inspired by my daughter, nature, and the craft supplies I come across. I find that I am always inspired to create after a crafting date with my maker friends.
Pelhuaz: How much time off do you get/take in a week?
Melanie: Time off? what's that? I work when I can around my preschooler's schedule.
Pelhuaz: When is your Store Anniversary?
Melanie: March 01
Pelhuaz: Imagine that I’m planning to open Pelhuaz, and I don’t know a thing about managing a Small Business, what will be your best advice?
Melanie: First, know that you aren't alone. We all struggle to get started, and keep going. I would highly recommend finding a community of like-minded crafters, either online or in person, to become a part of. It is so important to have a good support system with people that will build you up, allow you to bounce ideas around, and have fun.
As I normally do, I looked around Violet's Buds Shop and picked my favorites:
I love coffee and so is tea. This Tea Time Hoop Art is a must have.
This Rainbow Pattern Flower Hair Clip is so colorful, perfect for Spring.
The Blue Sky Bobby Pin Set is so adorable. Love the pattern.
In order to share the love Melanie and I would like to giveaway until Saturday May 17 at 11:59PM for 2 lucky winners some fabulous prizes. The winners will be posted on Monday, May 19 post. (Only 1 price per winner)
A beautiful hair clip from Violet's Buds
A cute charm from Pelhuaz
Enter the giveaway here:
It was fun learning a little more from my dear friend Melanie. I hope you enjoy the interview and good luck at the giveaway.