Monday, July 30, 2012
I'm not suffering from Lindsey Lohan-style exhaustion (that would be a way more fun thing to write about), it's more about how hard it is to balance work and family life in a way that works for me. I fully expect that Susan will make This Charming Candy a success that eventually takes over the world and everyone will have delicious candy in their pockets at all times. Or, more accurately, in their bellies. :-)
I've learned SO MUCH over the last 3-4 years about all the ins and outs of running a business and customer service and what I can handle and more. I wouldn't be the person I am today without Susan and all y'all out there who have eaten our candy, been our taste-testers, fans on Facebook, followers on Twitter, and lent their support.
I'll miss you.
Friday, July 27, 2012
We’ve always accommodated customers who request a shipping service upgrade, but of course it takes time & communication back and forth about the available options – and when time is of the essence, that might not be so appealing for you either!
So it’s welcome news that Etsy is finally, finally, enabling sellers to provide more than one shipping speed if they wish to. Technically, this is a beta test for Etsy - we're among a small number of sellers who have signed up to test these features before they're made available to all sellers.
At the bottom of most of our listings, you’ll now see a selection for overnight shipping. We’ll be using USPS Express service, which takes one business day and offers delivery on Saturdays.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Sheri and her husband have created a wonderful supportive environment for Seattle’s alternative artist community and they have several art shows scheduled for the rest of this year. Read this interview for more details about Tasty and its upcoming events. Briefly:
- Opening July 13th is Creatures Featured. It’s our first tribute show, raising money to send to AmeriCorps St. Louis.
- September 14th we open Erratic Expressions, a mixed media show
- October - the Fairy Tales and Fables show will feature paintings of storybook characters.
- November 9th we open a show based on Greek Mythology called Tantrums, Tragedy’s & Temptations
- The December exhibit will be the 3rd annual Under $100 show, selling affordable (and often underpriced) art to the excited public.
Monday, July 23, 2012
... and here is Dorklandia buying our last one on Sunday afternoon.
We had a blast, and we hope you did too. See you soon, SF!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
We hope to see you!
Friday, July 20, 2012
At Urban Craft Uprising, we were delighted to discover loose teas from Flying Bird Botanicals of Bellingham, WA – Kate picked up some green jasmine tea and I snagged a white ginger lemon blend.
I can’t vouch for Kate’s, other than it smelled super good, but mine is really smooth and makes a fantastic afternoon tea – white tea being quite low in caffeine compared to black or even green tea. Scout does a great job of sourcing her ingredients, and it was a pleasure to meet and talk tea with her. I hope we’ll run into her again! And if not, of course she ships from her Etsy shop.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I don’t normally blog my lunches – but given that Watermelon-Basil is one of our most popular flavors I knew this was worth sharing with you.
It’s a simple salad of heirloom tomato, chunks of watermelon, basil chiffonade, and feta cheese crumbles. Top with a sprinkle of sel de mer, and you’re good to go!
Monday, July 16, 2012
In my years of making hard candy lollipops, I’ve only ever had one batch crystalize – and that was back when I was still just learning the ropes at home. Until last month, that is…
I was taking the temperature of the syrup and as I moved the probe across the pan, I heard a strange, faint creaky sound. I looked more closely, and I could actually see sugar crystals forming on the bubbling surface of the syrup. This batch was a goner. I grabbed a sheet pan, sprayed it quickly with nonstick spray, and poured out the syrup into it to cool off before discarding it.
The clumpy crust that remained in the pan also shows off that crystallized residue very nicely:
On reflection, I’m pretty sure I know what happened. There are several prep tasks that I do while a batch is cooking, such as putting the sticks into the molds. I was running a little behind schedule, so I turned the burner off temporarily while I continued getting set up. The crystals probably formed around the rim of the pan just above the level of the syrup. When I turned the burner back on, I should have checked for crystal formation.
In fact, I probably should have just turned the burner way down so the cooking process wasn’t interrupted.
Well, and in fact, I should have been a little more organized in the first place, and not started cooking the batch before I was ready :-)
Saturday, July 14, 2012
We’ve barely gotten over the excitement from Urban Craft Uprising’s summer show in Seattle, and Renegade San Francisco is right around the corner. Admission is free! Bay Area friends, we’d love to see you. We’re in booth #9!
When: 11 am – 7 pm, July 21-22, 2012
Where: Fort Mason Festival Pavillion, Marina Blvd & Buchanan St.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The feature is print-only as far as we can tell. My mom kindly photographed the newspaper though:
|photo by Susan's mom|
The charm of these treats is their flavor combos: tangerine clove, watermelon basil, and my personal favorite, salted caramel. Are you ever too old for a flavor like vanilla cardamom? Artisan candymakers from Seattle produce these gluten-free and dairy-free lollipops, available individually or in custom orders for parties.
This Charming Candy lollipops, $3.25 each at Capogiro, 119 S 13th Street, or etsy.com"
While we're mentioning Capogiro, the shop mentioned in the blurb, did you know they have been voted best gelato in the world? Congratulations to them!
The blurb is now available online - http://www.philly.com/philly/food/162537216.html
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
|photo by Kevin Keeker|
I dug up this photo from the archive... Back when the Celebration Time variety pack had only 3 flavors, we posed them in front of a photograph of fireworks - a picture Kevin had taken the previous July 4th. I've always loved this picture.
Have a happy 4th, all.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
I'm curious if Jesse & Nicky will have any new scents this summer...
Monday, July 2, 2012
|This summer's poster for UCU is just gorgeous!|
WHEN: July 7-8, 2012 from 11am - 5pm each day
WHERE: Exhibition Hall, Seattle Center