Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Featured Artist: Week of 09/28 - 10/04

What a wonderful way to start our artist feature…..with SUGAR and Keeping It Simply Sweet offers it by the box full.

Chocolate Coconut and Almond Clusters

The artist behind these simply sinful creations is Micki. She is the happily married mother of two boys from Tennessee.

Micki has taken and passed all of the required classes in her area in order to be a licensed food handler. All of her items are made in a Health Department inspected and passed kitchen. All of the items she makes are made with the finest ingredients available and no preservatives have been added to make them last longer.

Campfire Smores Gourmet Popcorn

All of Micki’s gourmet popcorn weighs at least 1lb, giving you lots of ooey, gooey goodness but be careful your….your family may devour it before you even know it has arrived.

I had a few questions for the popcorn queen and here is what she had to say:

1) How long have you been making gourmet popcorn, homemade marshmallows and candies? I started making them in April but didn’t start selling them until this summer.

2) Where do you get your inspiration from? Friends, Family and combinations that sound so good to me.

3) What does your family think about you gooey creations? Well they all have gained some weight since I started making goodies…lol

4) What is your favorite item that you offer? I really can’t pick any one item…I Love them all. I will not make something I will not eat myself.

5) How long have you been a member of Etsy? I joined around the first of the year, but the shop opened in April.

6) What is your favorite part about the Etsy community? The wonderful friends I have made.

7) Any funny candy/popcorn making fiasco’s? Well not popcorn..but lets just say that hard stage candy does not do well when it hits cold items….lol I’m still finding that sticky mess in places I would never have thought it would be.

Cinnamon Red Hot Homemade Marshmallows

By now I am sure you are drooling on your screen and ready to order one of everything but I wanted to provide you with one more thing that will convince you that this woman has some serious talent when it comes to sugary, sweet goodness….customer feedback. All of the feedback you are about to read are from real customers. ENJOY!

Delish!! Crispy and buttery sweet. Just the right amount of seasoning. Made the mistake of giving some to the kids, now I have to hide it!! I’m going to order a gooey chocolatey one next time. This would make a great gift for the popcorn lover.
Thanks so much KISS!


Oh, YUM. I mean YUM! Popcorn that is coated in ooey-gooey cinnamon-ey goodness…I love a good cinnamon roll, and now I have an entire batch of popcorn over which I can delude myself thinking it must be at least a little more nutritious than a Cinnabon, right? lol…even if it isn’t, it’s TOTALLY worth the indulgence! Complete, melt-in-your-mouth incredibleness.


Ahhh. Does it get any better than you? Tres fabu! To die for. Partner is noshing as I type this! You have no idea! I shall be back for more and more and more and did I say more? (smile). Perfect shipping!!


Delicious!! Your popcorn doesn’t disappoint! My daughter LOVES the cinnabonn with raisins gourmet popcorn, and thinks it;s such a special treat. She carefully eats out every plump little raisin first, and then savors the popcorn! Thanks for making such a yummy product for my daughter and I to share for some special time!

Lacking a sweet tooth? It’s alright, Micki has great popcorn for lovers of all things savory.

White Cheddar and Black Pepper Gourmet Popcorn

I hope you enjoyed our first feature as there are many more to come and I hope each of you take a moment to stop by Micki’s wonderful store!

Weekly Featured Artist

There are so many talented people on etsy that many slip through the cracks which is unfortunate for buyers and sellers alike.

This is my attempt to help those artist get the exposure they deserve and to help etsy consumers find some really great products they may have otherwise missed out on.

Each week (Starting this Sunday) I will present you with a new artist. Each blog will include pictures of available items, background information on the artist, comments from previous buyers and a link to their store.


Also, if you know someone who you would like to see a feature on, please let me know so I may contact the artist.

Why people love Etsy.

No need to elaborate. Just turn up the sounds and watch.

Huge Pre-Holiday Sale

Cafemom Etsy Moms Pre-Holiday Sale

Starting October 1st and lasting until October 31st the talented Cafemom Etsy Moms are having a Pre-Holiday Sale! Each store is offering a great pre-holiday promotion. Be sure to check out all of the shops to see what each talented Cafemom Etsy Mom has to offer!

To get your Pre-Holiday Sale discount use the Code “Moms Rock” in the notes to seller, to receive discounts in the following Etsy Stores:

Rockerchic For Girls

Funky Stuff for your Punky Princess!

25% Discount on purchases over $20

The Curious Spork

A Sporktakular Mix Of Ladies Clothing and Jewelry

25% Discount on purchases over $10

Turtle Girl Crafts

Everything Your Baby Needs to Stay Hip and Funky

15% OFF Everything before Shipping (Excludes Special Orders and Shipping Costs)

Lil’ Turtle Mama Crafts

Everything Mama Needs to be Funky

20% OFF Everything before Shipping (Excludes Special Orders and Shipping Costs)

Handmade By Andrea Baker

Aprons, business card cozies, grocery bag cozies, sewn goods.

25% Discount on purchases over $10

Mama’s Little Monkeys

10% off orders over 10$(EXCLUDING Wendy’s Children’s Wear)

Fleur De Ink

15% off orders over 10$


(Gypsy/witchy-style jewerly)

30% Off aside from custom

Rock Mama Punk Baby

Handmade punk rock baby and mommy things too!

Free Shipping on all Skull Caps from baby to adult.

31 Summers

20% off all orders over $15 (before shipping)

Mountaineer Candle Company

Specializing in gel candles, soy candles and wax dipped bears.

10% off purchases over $15.00

CurlyMonkey Organic Apparel for Baby and Kids

Free Shipping on orders to US

Ms. J Creations

Hair Accessories and a little more

10% off orders over $10 before shipping


30% Off all orders, excluding custom OTHER THAN baubles.

Bauble special orders qualify for the discount.

Little Daisy Designs

Sweet Clothing for your Little Sweetie

10% off all orders

Free shipping to all US orders

Windy City Soaps

10% of all orders over $10 before shipping

Cinnamon & Spice Crafts

15% off orders over $10.00 (before shipping)

Little Papoose

Free Shipping


Unique children’s items and hair bows

10% off orders over $15 before shipping, excludes custom orders and oopses

SugarBug Slings

Ring sling infant/toddler carriers

Free Priority Mail US Shipping

1/2 Price Priority Mail International Shipping (that’s only $6.50 anywhere outside the US!!!)


Handmade Fun Felt Goodies!

20% off $10 or more (before shipping).


Handmade Infant Gifts and Children’s Hairbows

Free U.S. Shipping

Brooke Ann’s Boutique

Get 10% off all orders over $15 before shipping

Style Accents

Children’s clothing and bedding. Fashion accessories for mom.

10% off on orders over $15, before shipping.

busy little elf

Handmade toys for boys(and girls), delightfully whimsical prints and more

15% off orders below $25(excludes shipping)

25% off orders over $25 (excludes shipping)

Cozy Cabin Creations

Purchase 2 or more items and first class shipping (U.S. only) is FREE!

Hiccups Boutique

FREE SHIPPING on ALL purchases over $20!

Andrea Evans Design


25% OFF EVERYTHING IN ENTIRE SHOP!!! (excludes shipping)

Bows For Baby

15% discount on an order over $10 before shipping.

Create Me A Canvas

Free Shipping US orders only

Sassy and Dapper

20% off

Me and Matilda

10% off all orders over 15.00 (excludes shipping)


10% Off all orders over 20.00 (excludes shipping)

20% Off all orders over 50.00 (excludes shipping)


Creations for mama and baby

Free US shipping on any item

Kaleidescope Jewels

15% off (excludes shipping)

Do Not Disturb

10% off all October Orders

15% off all Hoiday Ship Cakes

Honeybee’s Creations

15% off everything(excludes shipping


Fresh and fun photo jewelry.

10% OFF Everything before Shipping (Excludes Shipping Costs)

Creations by Toni

20% off all orders over $15.


Magnifique offers Bath Bombs, Powdered Bath Fizzies and Yummy Lip Balms!

20% Off All Orders Over $15 Excluding Shipping. FREE SHIPPING for Silicon Valley Residents!

Meagan’s Designs

25% off everything

Kaedan Krafts

BOGO 1/2 off

Trinity’s Tutus

10 percent off everything in store ( excludes shipping)

ae baby

a boutique for mom & baby

10% off all purchases in October, excludes shipping

Little Lovlies Boutique

Free Shipping within US Only for all orders over $20.


custom tutus for princesses of all ages!

10% off your order OR Buy 2 tutus and get free shipping!

Donna Pool Designs

25% off all puzzle balls and photographs

Through the rainbow

Free shipping on fabric appliques only.


20% off all orders over $15


Sock Monkeys, Sock Plushies and more….

Free U.S Shipping, With the purchase of Two or More items

Leaky Mouth

All Items– buy one get second 1/2 off!


20% off anything you see!

Hopscotch Square

anything in my store 10% off (not including shipping)

carry kids clothes (infant-toddler) baby blankets, aprons, “play”capes, hairbows

Tizz Olsen

20% off all WRAPPED baby wraps. including custom made, and lil’ wrappers

Store Happenings

What store you ask? Well Mountaineer Candle Company of course. Never been to it you say?? Well, click here to see what you are missing.

The store looks a little barren right now but I promise that will change as time goes on. The following are some new items you will see listed in the up coming weeks:

~Wick-less tarts
~Tea lights
~Break apart Melts
~Soy Massage Candles
~Candles for Fall

Another thing you will want to watch out for is my FIRST EVER contest and giveaway!!! It starts October 6, 2008. I will not tell you what the contest will be but the winner will receive:

These are my harvest mega melts. Each one of these wickless tarts weighs 3 oz. The winner of the contest will receive a set of 4 for a total of 12 ounces of smelly goodness. These melts have a total burn time of about 120 hours.

Getting to know me.

What is your name? Chasa

Hold old are you? 28.

Where do you hail from? The Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

What is your favorite color? Blue

Who is your greatest inspiration? I have two, my mother and my grandmother. They have done and continue to do seemingly simple, yet amazing things in their life times.

What brought you to candle making? Actually I bought a couple of candle making kits as a gift project for my family for Christmas. Things just kind of blossomed from there. I get a great deal of joy out of making candles.

What other mediums would you like to work with? I would love to try my hand at making bath and beauty items and jewelry. I would also like to work with polymer clay.

Do you have any pets? Yep, a black cat named Onyx.

What is your dream? To own a brick and mortar store. Either a book store featuring my candles or a metaphysical/bookstore that features my candles.