1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a Stay-at-home Mom with three kids: 21,20, and 7. My family and I live on a small 1/2 acre Urban Homestead just outside of a small town in Texas. We garden, have a small flock of chickens, and live as organically as we can while teaching our children to live a self-sufficient lifestyle.
2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?
I have been creating in the kitchen since I was tall enough to reach the stove with a kitchen chair. I was about 4 yrs old. Put away the calculators! We don’t need to do the math, let’s just say it has been a LONG time (Smile) As for how my business got started: Well friends and neighbors found out about what I could do and the next thing I know I am creating goodies for Teachers, Schools, Churches, and local Realtors. My husband found Etsy and told me I should expand. And here I am! I have tried some of the other on-line venues but none of them have been able to compare to Etsy. These folks really know what they are doing!
3. Do you sell your treats anywhere else?
My primary focus is my Etsy shop. However I also give "special offers" to my Facebook Fans (http://www.facebook.com/littlesnowflakes) in my Facebook store. For my “local” customers I also make custom cakes, Wedding Cakes, and cupcakes. Of course recently at the urging of one of my regular Etsy customers, I started selling and shipping Cupcake Kits.
4. How did you choose your shop name?
I am from Texas and my husband is from Rhode Island. When our youngest child was born we called her "daddy's little snowflake". One day my husband surprised me with the domain name LittleSnowflakes. I built my business around the name.
5. What are your favorite things to do?
Family time is my favorite thing: watching movies, working in the garden. I love to create; painting, sewing, woodworking, AND cooking. When I have time I enjoy reading a good book.
6. What inspires you?
I would have to say that my Granny was the biggest creative inspiration in my life. That woman was AMAZING! She herself was a self-taught cook. She was faced with the task of raising her three younger siblings and had to learn HOW to cook so that they could eat. With her background she felt it was very important that I learn how to cook as well. However, her creativity lessons didn’t stop there. She also taught me sewing and painting. Believe it or not those skills have also helped me in the Edible Arts Field
7. Of all the different treats you make for your shop which do you enjoy making the most?
Lately my internet customers have been keeping me busy with Custom Fortune Cookie orders! I have been making them for Brides, Baby Announcements, and Birthday Favors. Who knew a Fortune Cookie could be so versatile?!
8. Which yummy treat is the most popular?
Next to the Custom Fortune Cookies, I would have to say that my Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles are the most popular. Especially as we get closer to Christmas.
9. Which handmade possession given to you do you cherish?
The oil paintings that my Granny painted. I have 4 but my favorite is a simple painting of a chicken yard. Even though it was one of her earlier paintings, I still think it was her best work.
10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.
Oh my ONLY three? There are so many wonderful artisans here on Etsy it is really difficult to choose only three :-( Ok, here goes:
Lucky Dog Treat Company
A Time 2Bee Unique
Ashley Jacobsen Photography
Thank you so much to LittleSnowflakes for being my featured shop this week. It was wonderful to hear about how supportive your family is of your business. You have to go to this shop and check out all the yummy treats she has to offer. I warn you though, there may be some drooling involved. If you are in the mood for something homemade, sweet and delicious and dont have the time or maybe your not so skilled in the kitchen, then you need to take a look at this shop.