Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
We'll be taking some well deserved vacation time - the shop will reopen again on January 10th. We may pre-schedule some Eye Candy or Hockey Friday posts, but that's going to be it until then.
See you in the new year! Happy holidays!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
|photo by Justine Kamionsky|
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
What: One of a Kind Vancouver
Where: in the Flavours section of the NewVancouver Convention Centre
When: Thursday - Saturday 10am - 9pm / Sunday 10am - 5pm
Why: Because you deserve a 10 minute treat!
How: any which way you can
We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
A big HUGE thank you to everyone who came out to Urban Craft Uprising this weekend! We had a great time and we hope you did too. Sales were good (which we like) and I, personally, had a great time buying some Christmas presents for my family and stocking up on Secret Stash Sea Salts.
The Quick Announcement:
Susan and I are heading up to Vancouver for OoaK first thing tomorrow morning, so any Etsy order placed between now and next Monday will ship out on Tuesday December 14th. That's still plenty of time to make it through the US for any Christmas celebrations you might be having. Our last shipments of 2010 will be on December 18th, after which we will be taking a well-deserved break to play in the snow and spend time with our families.
Friday, December 3, 2010
What: Urban Craft Uprising
Where: at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (in the first level of the Pacific Northwest Ballet building)
When: Saturday & Sunday from 11am - 5pm
Why: Because you like candy and need to buy holiday presents!
How: by hook or crook, plane or train.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
“Well, this didn't work out too good. I ordered these for Thanksgiving but they are all gone. They have been all gone since the box was opened and everyone grabbed one. These lollys are ecstatically tasty. Whatever you think you need, order a billion times as much and they may last you a month. O.K., you have been warned!”
We totally endorse this advice :-)
photo by Kevin Keeker
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Winter UCU this weekend!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Susan and I would like to say THANK YOU. We are thankful for our friends and families and that we are relatively well-off in this crazy world. But also: YOU ARE AWESOME. Without you, we wouldn't have a business. We wouldn't be pursuing our dreams to make the world a little bit happier with sugar on a stick, nor would we be learning so much about ourselves and how the world works. And that is all because you make it possible.
Thanks. From the bottoms of our hearts.
Now go stuff yourselves on turkey (or a vegetarian turkey-substitute) and watch some football. You deserve it.
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
- Salted Caramel
- Root Beer Float
- Maple Sugar
- Sweetheart (Honey-Jasmine)
Friday, November 19, 2010
Today, it's going to be music.
Susan loves music. Going to shows and seeing new bands and discovering new tunes is one of her favorite things to do. I, being a working suburban mom, don't really have either the time or the opportunity to do that. I rely on Susan to introduce me to new music and I love that she loves sharing and recommending bands and songs that I would otherwise not hear of.
So when she IMed me before a recent trip down here to ask if I wanted her to make me a CD my response was "Of course I do!" The CD she made was wonderful and both I and my daughter like listening to it.
Here is the full playlist:
- Rill Rill - Sleigh Bells
- I'm in Your Church at Night - Active Child
- Windstorm - School of Seven Bells
- Walls - Shout Out Louds
- Higher Than the Stars - Pains of Being Pure at Heart
- God Knows I Had Plans - Mary Onettes
- Coast of Carolina - Telekenisis!
- Zero - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- The Lessons: The Exploding People - Cloud Cult
- Designer Skyline - Owl City
- Swim Until You Can't See Land - Frightened Rabbit
- Beautiful Amnesia - Visqueen
- 5 Years Time - Noah and the Whale
- Song Writes Itself - Pela
- Angela Surf City - The Walkmen
- The Weekenders - The Hold Steady
- Stadium Love - Metric
- Bloodbuzz Ohio - The National
- Wolves, Live@KEXP - Phsophorescent
- Threads - This Will Destroy You
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Please contact us – firstname.lastname@example.org – to claim your tickets and a free candy sample. We just need your mailing address and you’ll be all set. We’re excited to meet you next month :-)
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Do you live in Vancouver, BC? Are you going to be visiting there soon? Like, say, between December 9th and 12th? Would you like two FREE tickets to the One of a Kind Vancouver Show (adult admission is otherwise $10)?
Leave a comment below before 9 pm Pacific time tonight. Tell us the name of your favorite Vancouver restaurant and your favorite dish there (a link to their website would be double-plus awesome). Hey, we need to eat while we’re in town, right?
We’ll pick a winner at random from among the commenters. Check back tomorrow to see if you won. We will ask you to e-mail us your postal address so that we can send you the tickets and a bonus candy sample. Now, how awesome is that?
p.s. Become our fan on Facebook so you get advance notice of the next giveaway. We have a total of 3 pairs of tickets to give away…
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
That said, I'm not very good at actually creating those settings for everyday. Sure, we've got nice dishes (I love Villeroy & Boch) and matching napkins (which are always wrinkled because who irons napkins every week?) and sometimes even flowers sitting on the table. But during the week with a 7-year-old and a business to run, who has time? Getting everything on the table is more the goal, not making it look good.
Monday, November 15, 2010
During November 2010, all orders totaling more than $60 (excluding shipping) will receive a free 6-pack of those lovable misfits: the Charm School Dropouts.
Friday, November 12, 2010
This is the series promo video on YouTube.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
When I first got to Silicon Valley, I used to take my daughter over to a neighbor's house. The kids would all play together and we would sit and have tea and cookies together. It was a lovely little ritual we had. Now, of course, there's no time for such leisure, and I often eat my pick-me-up while I'm volunteering or emailing or helping my daughter with her homework. A little bit of candy, like a Salted Caramel lollipop, is often just what the doctor ordered.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
If you’d like to become one of those wonderful, smart, beautiful, creative people who’s incorporating lollipops into a party, huzzah! Here are a couple of cute ways to display the lollipops.
If you’re putting lollipops at individual place settings, BlumeBuds combine a name card with a little test tube for holding a flower… or better yet, a lollipop :-)
If lollipops will be part of your dessert table, this peacock-shaped holder from Jonathan Adler is elegant and would look impressive filled out with colorful suckers in beautiful packaging… such as our Greatest Hits collection.
We’re always interested to hear of ways to display lollies creatively – so drop a link in the comments if you’ve got one, or shoot an email to thischarmingcandy [at] gmail [dot] com!
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Does any of this sound familiar?
- Your project team has a regular 7 am conference call with colleagues halfway around the globe.
- Your six-month-old is up. Again.
- You're signing in runners at a Sunday morning 5/10k run.
People are coming through for you at unreasonably early hours of the day. Bring a creative treat to show your gratitude for their dedication: Breakfast Tray lollipops honor the tastes of morning and are sure to bring smiles to tired faces (though maybe not to your six-month-old).
Blueberry Muffin, Sweetened Grapefruit, and Maple Syrup. Now that’s what I call a sweet morning!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
This Charming Candy will close out our 2010 craft show schedule with a four-day extravaganza in gorgeous Vancouver, British Columbia. We are so excited to be making our first appearance in Canada, the birthplace of our favorite sport – that’d be hockey, for those of you who are new :-)
If you’re anywhere near Vancouver, BC, come to the One of a Kind Vancouver show. It will be an incredible source for thoughtful and creative gifts for anyone on your list. We’ve been browsing the list of artisans and getting pretty excited ourselves.
Western Canadians who’ve been considering buying our beautiful small-batch confections can save considerable time by getting them in person and not having to deal with waiting for shipping and customs that’s part of the territory when buying online. Everybody wins!
DATE: December 9 - 12, 2010
TIME: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm Thurs-Sat / 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday
PLACE: The New Vancouver Convention Centre
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC, V6C 0C3
Seniors (65+) $6.50
Students (13-17) $6.50
Children (12 and under) Free
P.S. – become our fan on Facebook and you might win complimentary tickets to enter the show! Details soon.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Recently I’ve noticed a rack of 2011 calendars for sale in the grocery store… which I’m taking as a sure sign that holiday shopping season is upon us :-)
Even if you’re not yet ready to start buying lovely handmade lollipops for all the lucky folks on your list today, you’ll probably be ready in early December. Great news for Seattle area residents! This Charming Candy is thrilled to be a vendor at Urban Craft Uprising Winter 2010, Seattle’s biggest indie craft show with the world-famous swag bags for the first 100 customers.
Buy handmade for the holidays!
DATE: December 4th & 5th
TIME: 11am - 5pm
PLACE: Exhibition Hall @ Seattle Center
Exhibition Hall is in the basement of the Pacific Northwest Ballet building on Mercer Street, roughly across from Teatro Zinzanni.
Monday, November 1, 2010
If you happen to be one of those super-organized people who is already starting their holiday shopping*, we are kicking off the season with a special promotion. During the month of November, if you buy more than $60 worth of candy** from us on Etsy, we will throw in a pack of Charm School Dropout lollipops for free! Buy candy as gifts for your friends or as a Thanksgiving dessert and you'll get some extra for yourself. You can relax for ten minutes, enjoying a delicious lollipop, and get a small kick of sugar-energy when you're done.
* Will you come help me organize my life? That'd be awesome!
** Not shipping, just candy
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I've done NaNoWriMo before. It can be quite the slog, but so much fun when you're done. You've written a book!
Picture yourself halfway through the month: it's November 15th, you've got 20,000 words written out of your 50,000 required. It's late, you've got a deadline at work that you've been slacking off on because you're trying to get this particular scene juuuuuuust right. But hey! You suddenly remember that you've got exactly what you need: lollipops! Blueberry Muffin lollipops, to be exact. Why Blueberry Muffin? Because they have a great warm muffin taste combined with the zing of blueberry that leaps out at you to give you that kick in the pants you might need about that time.
(We also recommend our hazelnut-coffee flavored Lickanthrope lollipops to remind your body of caffeine without actually making it so you can't sleep.)
Good luck with your novel!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Lots of people, particularly kids, have trouble clearing their ears when the cabin pressure changes in an airplane. One technique for unclogging your ears is to swallow or yawn.
Eating a lollipop is one way to stimulate your saliva production and increase the number of times you swallow. If you’re traveling for business or pleasure anytime soon, be sure to include lollipops in your carry-on bag. Even if you’re not headed away on a tropical vacation, try our limited edition of sweet-tart tropical flavors: mango and pineapple suckers.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The next full moon is this weekend – October 23 2010. Whether your personal werewolf beliefs involve lunar-induced phase changes or not, we can all agree that Lickanthrope lollipops are a
ridiculous delicious pun on lycanthropy.
Hazelnut-Coffee lollipops can be part of your Halloween plans if you remember to order by this coming Sunday, October 24th. It’s the day after the full moon, so you can remember it that way :-)
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Happy Halloween to all vampire fans! If your Halloween plans include True Blood, Twilight, or vampires in any form, Blood Suckers will delight your friends.
The cool, tingly flavor of anise mimics the vampire’s cooler-than-human body temperature… and the clean sweet taste of apple presents the temptation of eternal life that lurks in the vampire’s kiss...
If you’d like to have seductive, deep red Blood Suckers (or any other flavors of lollipops) at a party you’re throwing or attending, you should order from our Etsy store by this coming Sunday, October 24th, to ensure delivery in time for the 31st.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
witch which… Halloween is just around the corner! If you’d like to have This Charming Candy at a party you’re throwing or attending, you should place your order by this coming Sunday, October 24th, to ensure delivery in time for the 31st.
Do you have your costume yet? I still need to get a key part of mine ready. Ack!
Monday, October 18, 2010
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
Come to EtsyRAIN this weekend! Susan will be selling yummy candy at the Intiman Theatre in the Seattle Center.
Friday, October 8, 2010
This is it! We've been selling lollipops for one whole year, and we're still around! Yay us! Forgive us for being so thrilled, but this is a Big Deal.
To say thank you to all of you, our customers, twitter followers, facebook fans/likers, blog readers, friends, and family, we will be giving away Greatest Hits collections to 5 lucky people today.
All you have to do is leave your non-anonymous comment in today's blog post telling us what your favorite flavor is. At 5pm Pacific Time, we will choose 5 commenters at random and notify you that you've won. One comment per person please.
Here's to another fabulous year!
Thursday, October 7, 2010
- popular Salted Caramel (from the Spice Rack)
- yummy Pistachio-Marshmallow (from the Adventurer's Pack)
- kid-riffic Pomegranate (from early-2010's Fruit Basket)
- inviting Maple Sugar (from the Breakfast Tray)
- fragrant Honey-Jasmine (aka the Love Triangle's Sweetheart)
- warm Root Beer Float (from Celebration Time)
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The NHL season starts tomorrow! Philly plays Pittsburgh tomorrow night for their season opener, and San Jose starts its season with a game against Columbus in Stockholm on Friday.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
When I was in college, I used to buy women’s magazines such as Cosmo simply to collect Lancôme advertisements featuring Isabella Rossellini. The woman is the very definition of Eye Candy. I found this scanned-in ad on flickr:
Yup, I had that one up in my dorm room.
credit: veronique3 on flickr
Thursday, September 30, 2010
One of my jobs is putting the stickers on the bags - you can see sheets of lollipop labels sitting on the left-hand side and some bags sitting on top of them, and sheets with all the stickers removed on top of the books.
Most of what I do is computer work, and my trusty Mac is peeking in on the right-hand side of the picture. (That's a dark corner of the desk, which is why it's not pictured.)
And yes, that's a Stieg Larsson book sitting on my desk, waiting to be returned to the friend I borrowed it from.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
- The bad boy – he’s irresistible and ends up in a Love Triangle without even batting an eye.
- The sweet one – Celebration Time is popular with everyone, wants to hang out and have a good time; he parties but not too hard :-)
- The nice boy – the Breakfast Tray is an early riser, gets his homework done on time, offers you a ride to school when he sees you standing at the bus stop. Awww.
- The jock – snowboarding, bungee jumping and capoeira? Definitely the Adventurer’s Pack. He’s XTREME, man. Mmm, I bet he smells really good.
- The serious, shy one – the Spice Rack writes poetry and seems grown-up for his age. Don’t break his heart!
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Sometimes people are surprised to learn that I don’t make This Charming Candy at home. I’m quick to let them know that any food that’s for sale to the public must be made in an approved facility by people who know safe food handling practices.
It’s somewhat similar to artist renting time in a studio. For example, many of my crafting colleagues use the excellent facilities at Seattle’s Pratt Fine Arts Center to do metal, jewelry, glass and other projects.
So, I rent a professional catering kitchen in which to make our delicious lollipops. I’ve met some great people who work for and who rent from the kitchen. I love having access to a large workspace and tools and equipment that I don’t have at home. Did you know that the dish sanitizing cycle in a professional dishwasher takes only about 90-120 SECONDS? How cool is that!
This picture happens to have been taken on a Sunday, which is why I appear to be alone in this large kitchen. Sundays tend to be quiet days in the catering business. When I’m making candy on weekdays, I have a lot more company!
photo by Kevin Keeker
Monday, September 27, 2010
A friend mentioned that having one of our lollipops handy during his long, traffic-y commute just might make it suck less.
That’s a theory worth testing! Do you keep a stash of charming candy in the car for long trips and boring commutes?
Friday, September 24, 2010
- Someday, Tegan & Sara (alternative)
- Perfect Day, Hoku (you know, that song at the beginning of Legally Blonde)
- Today is Gonna be a Great Day, Bowling for Soup (uh, yeah, the theme song from Phineas & Ferb)
- Ordinary Day, Great Big Sea (celtic)
- Constructive Summer, The Hold Steady (more alternative)
- Pocahontas Proud, Gretchen Wilson (country)
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
One summer, our friend Mark visited me while I was vacationing down the shore with my family in Ocean City, NJ. He took this amazing picture of the Wonderland Pier’s Ferris wheel when it was shrouded in nighttime fog. It’s one of my all time favorite photos.
photo by Mark Handel