*Where are you from?
I am from Waldoboro Maine, but I was brought up on the ocean in Belfast, Maine. Although most people say that my accent reminds them more of New York City or New Jersey.
*How did you decide on your shop name? Why did you start your business?
My shop name was easy for my to choose. Maddie is my daughter and she can be a little devil. Maddie is also my little taste tester. I know they are good if she eats the whole cake ball. So thats how Maddie's Devilish Sweets got its name. I started my business because I wanted to do something I loved while bringing in a little but of money. I was trained as a pastry chef and love baking, so for me what I wanted to do was a no brainer.
*What are 5 things you want people to think when they see your product?
1. Wow those look yummy
2. That they are beautiful and well represented
3. That I take pride in making the goodies in my shop
4. Different events they could use them at
5. Heaven in a bite sized concoction
*What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?
I have a lot of addictions when it comes to supplies. My two biggest ones are Flavorings... I love to see what I can do by mixing different flavors, so I feel the need to have ever flavor possible lol. My second addiction is a little odd... I love different designed tissue paper. I pack things with tissue paper and love it when someone opens a package and thinks " wow this is gorgeous" even before they get to the product.
*What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?
I love spending time with my family. We are closely knit, and in the summer we have tons of BBQ's and picnics. I also write book and product reviews for a local newspaper and my blog. So I am always seen with a new product, figuring out how it works... what different things I can do with it, how it works ect. Also I always have my Kindle on hand or a book... just in case I find a few moments that I can sit down and read.
*Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?
I love making lollipops. I really like how I can come up with just about any flavor lollipop and have it come out amazing! I look forward to adding new flavors to the shop soon. I also really love making the Bacon and chocolate cake balls. They are unusual but people really seem to love them! and they always come out looking amazing.
*What keeps you motivated?
It actually doesn't take a whole lot to keep me motivated. I just really love baking and creating new goodies. I think that it helps that I am able to have my daughter at arms reach. She has a little set that has bowls and whisks with it... so when I am baking ... Maddie is baking.
*If you could give a piece of advice to a new shop - what would it be?
Be creative! I got this advice from someone else on Etsy. If you have a unique and quality product, you will be successful. Don't get into to something that a million other people are doing because you won't stand out and either will your products. Also a picture is worth a thousand words. I take about 30 pictures of each item from tons of different angles and then pick the one that looks the most professional. It gives your shop an amazing look and feel about it.
*Are there other places on the net we can find you?
My Blog: www.sparklingreviews.com
NOW FOR THE GIVE AWAY!The winner will receive 1 dozen Handmade Lollipops in a new surprise flavor from Maddie's Devilish Sweets! If you have allergies, or are a vegan/vegetarian, Maddie's Devilish Sweets will work with you and make the perfect Lollipops just for you :)
Here are the Rules to enter the Give Away.
Please leave an email so I can contact you if you win!
* For the first entry - Go to: Maddie's Devilish Sweets
Pick an item you would LOVE to try and come back here with the name and/or link.
For 1 extra entry - leave a separate comment for each one you do:
- Blog about the give away, and leave a link. (or add a picture with a link to the sidebar of your blog)
- Heart Maddie's Devilish Sweets on Etsy (please leave your user name in the comment)
- Mention the give away on Facebook with a link, let me know that you did
- FOLLOW Sparkling Review on Twitter
- Enter another give away I am hosting - just comment telling me which one you entered. (enter 10 give aways = 10 entries_
- Twitter about this contest with a link, let me know where (only once/day please)
@audreyscrafts Win 1 doz. Handmade Lollipops! 05/06
* 5 extra entries - purchase something from the shop - leave me a comment telling me what you purchased.
The draw will take place on: May 6 @ 8pm Central
This is open to US & Canada Only!
Good Luck Everyone!!
Audrey's Country Crafts is in no way responsible for the mailing of the prize. After the name is drawn I will contact that person. They have 2 days to respond before another name will be picked! The name and address will be forwarded. Thank-you for entering!!