Monday, May 9, 2011

Sponsor Highlight + Giveaway :: Craft Buds!

I'm so excited to introduce you to today two great crafty ladies, Mary and Lindsay, of Craft Buds!

Craft Buds


Tell us about yourselves!

Hello FW&MP readers, it’s great to meet all of you! I’m Mary and I’m a stay at home mom to an amazing little boy and wife to a great husband. Besides blogging I do freelance graphic design work and I enjoy sewing, crafting, gardening, and baking.

And I'm Lindsay, a friend of Mary's in the real world and blogland! My husband and I will celebrate our 5-year anniversary this year, and we are still trying to figure out where to go on vacation. Any suggestions? I love to travel, sew, and meet new people.


Tell us about your blog, Craft Buds! How did it start?

Mary: We were both running separate blog sites and started talking about the possibilities of a combined site. We had both been posting sewing/crafting tutorials so we decided to combine those with interviews, business tips, featured bloggers, giveaways, a master giveaway list, linky parties and more! Craft Buds was launched in March of this year. We chose the name because we hope to help people grow their blogs and online businesses as they find inspiration and information at our site. “Buds” also fits since it’s a collaboration between friends. Lindsay is a professional editor and I’m a professional graphic designer so combine that with our blogging, crafting and sewing hobbies and we make a great team.

Craft Buds


What are some of your favorite projects and recipes from your blog?

Mary: One of my favorite projects is the numbered bean bags. They’re great for kids to play with and they’re educational too. I also like the tote bag tutorial because I use this bag all the time. Lindsay’s Twitter for Crafters article is another favorite because it taught me a lot I didn’t know about Twitter!



Lindsay: And my favorite tutorial is Mary's hooded sweatshirt to cowl neck tutorial. It's so clever! I also loved what fabric designer Jennifer Paganelli had to share with our readers about starting a handmade business. And Mary's Bunny No-Bakes are adorably appetizing.



Where do you see your blog going in the future?

Mary: Eventually we’d like to sell e-books and patterns while continuing to offer tutorials, free patterns, business tips and all the other regular Craft Buds features.

Lindsay: Also, we just really want to be a resource for people with creative dreams, who just need that extra push to get going. I love the connectivity between creative bloggers, and the ability to help each other out.


If you could have one famous blogger follow your blog, who would it be? (I know mine would be Pioneer Woman!)

Mary: That’s a tough one! MADE by Dana is one of my favorites for crafting/sewing. The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle is a favorite for baking with her incredible cookie creations.

Lindsay: I'd be pretty pleased if Martha Stewart was a Craft Bud. :)




Did somebody say, Giveaway?!

Craft Buds is happy to give away one $20 gift certificate to Fabric.com (selling general crafts supplies, too!) to one lucky FW&MP reader. The giveaway is open worldwide (international shipping available from Fabric.com).

To enter:

{you must be a FW&MP follower}


Check out the tutorials at Craft Buds and leave a comment here with your favorite!

For extra entries:

2. Follow the Craft Buds blog via Google Friend Connect, RSS or e-mail subscription.
3. Like Craft Buds on Facebook
4. Tweet, blog, or share about this giveaway on Facebook (include link -- one entry for each)

Feel free to copy the below tweet:

Did you check out the great giveaway running from @foodwinemodpodg and @CraftBuds?? Winner gets a fabric.com gift card! http://bit.ly/mD30Oe

This giveaway closes at midnight (cst) on Thursday, May 12.

Thanks Mary and Lindsay, you rock!

76 comments:

  1. I like the http://www.craftbuds.com/my-peeps-shirt-with-free-printables/


    thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  2. Love the Love shirt.
    Happy Monday.

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  3. The Tote bags are pretty neat!

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  4. I love their diaper pouch and change pad tutorial!

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  5. I like the ruffled Pillow tutorial!!!

    britfrintner (at) hotmail.com

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  6. The diaper pouch and changing pad tutorial looks fabulous!

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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  7. I follow Craftbuds via GFC

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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  8. Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/yes_teacher/status/67635326511890432

    sarah at yesteachercrafts dot com

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  9. I love the ruffled pillow tutorial.

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  10. I follow Craft Buds via GFC

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  11. I love the sweatshirt idea! I wish I still have little ones here. I think I will make one for me!

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  12. The girls have been asking for covers for their hair straighteners. Love the tutorial! I will make them for Christmas. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  13. Following Fw & MP on GFConnect...
    michelletripper(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  14. I tweeted!
    michelletripper(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  15. Already follow Craft Buds!! and get the emails too!
    michelletripper(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  16. I follow Craft Buds on google follow!!!!

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  17. I am a fan of Craft Bud on facebook!! That is how I got here!!!

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  18. My fav tute so far is the bean bag tutorial for kids!! This is a great gift to make for a child to play and learn!! And so simple to make!!!

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  19. I like the tutorial about making bias tape. Thanks for an awesome giveaway! :)

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  20. Already following the Craft Buds blog! :)

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  21. I already "like" Craft Buds on Facebook. :)

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  22. I follow FW & MP on Google connect

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  23. I posted on Twitter (Dawn_1117)

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  24. The All-in-one Picnic Blanket Tote tutorial is genius!

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  25. I follow Craft buds via google connect.

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  26. I loved the tutorial on the Ruffled pillow on craft buds.

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  27. I liked Craft buds on Facebook.

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  28. Thanks for the great giveaway
    I am a follower
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  29. I love the Totes Big and Small tutorials! =) Great giveaway!

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  30. I am a follower of Craft Buds via GFC!

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  31. new GFC
    fave: 10. Ruffled Pillow
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    xoxoxo

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  32. Follow the Craft Buds blog via Google Friend Connect
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    xoxoxo

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  33. Like Craft Buds on Facebook as deanna time
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    xoxoxo

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  34. tweet
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    xoxoxo

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  35. share on FB
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    xoxoxo

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  36. I'm loving the ruffled pillow. So cute!
    millybry at gmail dot com

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  37. I follow Craft Buds on GFC as Milly.
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  38. I like Craft Buds on FB as Milly Bryant.
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  39. Tweet! http://twitter.com/#!/wyomingmom/status/68066490938703872
    millybry at gmail dot com

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  40. I shared on Facebook:
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=123285607751926&id=100002414310811
    millybry at gmail dot com

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  41. New follower and I love the tiered plate stand tutorial!
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  42. Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/momtoemmett/status/68068953813037056
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  43. I love the Tiered Plate Stand!! :)
    And I'm a new follower. :)

    Thank you!

    crystal@averyjamesphotography.com

    http://averyjamesphotography.blogspot.com/

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  44. i like the tutorial for the totes!
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  45. I"m a follower via GFC. My favorite tutorial is the ruffle pillow tutorial. What an awesome way to add flair to the living room. I'm SO doing this.

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  46. I follow Craft Buds via GFC. alyssa jackson


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  47. I like craft buds on Facebook.

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  48. I tweeted this giveaway!
    http://twitter.com/#!/alyssabjackson/status/68118974600192000

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  49. I shared this giveaway on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?id=100002329378576&sk=wall

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  50. I'm a follower! I loe the tutorial on how to make diaper clutch!

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  51. Love the bias tape tutorial!!!

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  52. angiebestboss@gmail.com
    Alpha bits are too darn cute!

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  53. angiebestboss@gmail.com
    I like craft buds on FB

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  54. angiebestboss@gmail.com
    I followed craft buds at GFC

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  55. i follow this blog

    i love the Easy Drawstring Tote, it good for everything!

    nitzan.sc at gmail dot com

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  56. GFC blog follower- mframe00
    I love the Tote Bags tutorial.
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  57. I Like Craft Buds on Facebook- Michelle Frame
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  58. tweet- http://twitter.com/#!/mframe00/status/68269969145729024
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  59. I love the ruffle pillow tutorial. I have always wanted to make one of those!!
    kweight@byu.net

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  60. I follow Craft Buds with GFC! I have been following for a while now:)
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  61. I "like" crafts buds on Facebook!
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  62. I tweeted about this giveaway!
    @scrappincorner

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  63. I follow Crafts Buds with GFC
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  64. I love the tutorial for the tote bags, they're much more stylish than my usual reusable shopping bags!

    cllnscreations at gmail dot com

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  65. I tweeted about it too here http://twitter.com/#!/cllnscreations/status/68337022191931392

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  66. I like this pillow http://www.craftbuds.com/plum-peachy-ruffled-pillow/

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  67. i love the ruffled pillow tutorial

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  68. following via google connect

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  69. I like Craft Buds on Facebook

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  70. and i tweeted from ashlee's boutique

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