November 7, 2011

One of my lovely customers is Emily from Candy Couture in Perth.  Emily puts together some of the most gorgeous candy and dessert tables for her customers so I thought I would ask her a few questions about how she got started and where she finds her inspiration.  Pictures of her most recent party are included so sit back and meet Emily from Candy Couture
How did your business get started?

A friend of mine introduced me to the concept of styled dessert tables / lolly buffets; I fell in love with it straight away. Who couldn’t love something that looks that gorgeous and tastes that yummy?
I love design and styling and have an insatiable sweet tooth as well, it seemed to be right up my alley.
I created my first table for my daughters ‘fairy princess’ 1st Birthday party, complete with cupcake tower, floral arrangements, stationary, backdrop…the works. It was just going to be a one off for her special day, but I got so much enjoyment out of putting it all together and seeing the end result that I decided this was something I would really love to do.
I had been searching for ideas of something that I could do work wise that wouldn’t impose too much on my duties as a mother of 2 children under the age of 3. This was perfect, something I can do primarily from home and at my own pace, and a way to be creative and expressive in my work.
My business ‘Amani Candy Couture’ (Candy Couture) specialising in creating, one-of-a-kind, beautiful, custom designed dessert table and candy buffets for special occasions, I like to incorporate a cake or cupcake tower, delicious sweets, chocolates and candy. I want the table to capture the essence of a particular event, be it a theme such as my ‘Casino’ themed party I did recently or a vintage style for a gorgeous vintage / shabby-chic wedding.
The best thing about having my own business is being in control of how little or how much work I do, having my own business allows me to put my family first if need be. It has also been so amazing to put in the hard work and gain recognition for everything I am doing for my business, I have become incredibly passionate about it and have high hopes for it to grow and expand into the future.

What do you draw on for inspiration?

I draw inspiration from a range of things,
: Different seasons, gorgeous bright flowers and coloured candy for summer or icy blues and whites for winter wonderland ideas in winter
: A gorgeous piece such as a bird cage or a beautiful backdrop can inspire the rest of the table
I like to follow along the gorgeous blogs of very talented ladies working both in Australia and the United States. I love looking at etsy to see all the different; on off things they have which can be incorporated into dessert tables.
I like to be involved with my clients and use their own personality for inspiration by asking questions about different styles and colours that they love to see what I can come up with.
One of my most recent favourite tables I created was for a ‘Burlesque’ themed 30th. This style was right up my alley; I had so much fun designing it. I went for a sexy, demure look: Black lace, pink satin ribbon. Crystal candle sticks and tea lights gave it a gorgeous dimmed lighting effect. A manikin wearing a lace up corset as a backdrop and a custom made black ruffle table cloth set the scene.
All candy was pink and black displayed in gorgeous lolly jars from Sweet Style.
How do you like to relax when you are not working?

When I am away from work there is nothing better than spending time with my family, in summer we take our boat out and spend as much time as we can at the beach and have bbq’s and picnics.
 I also say on occasion you can’t beat putting the kids to bed, getting a babysitter and going out for a nice dinner and a few drinks just my husband and I. 
You can see more of Emily’s beautiful work on her website here
or find her on Facebook here
Corset Chocolates by Gorgeous Gourmet
Corset Sugar Cookies by Sweet Cheeks Gifts and Treats


November 2, 2011

Have you heard the news – Down that Little Lane is now live!
Down that Little Lane is an exciting new online store that has just opened it’s virtual doors and I am so proud and excited to be part of it.
After two years of hard work owner Tessa has created a beautiful place to shop by sourcing the less commercial and more bespoke products and services.  The site is beautifully designed, easy to navigate and full of all the most wonderful things you could ever want.
I was most honoured when Tessa invited me to be part of her exciting project.  Down that Little Lane is an online multi store where sellers host their own shop – the point of difference here is that it is by invitation only so the emphasis is on quality and not quantity.
 As an opening offer DTLL is hosting  wonderful giveaway where you can win a beautiful piece of Uberkate jewellery just for registering.  Do go on over and visit but be warned – you will need your credit card as there is so many gorgeous things on show!


November 1, 2011

It has been a while since I have received a blogging award but last week the lovely Mel from Georgica Pond has awarded me a Versatile Bloggers Award.  Mel and I recently caught up in real life at the ABCD Bloggers meet-up – both of us knew there was something familiar about each other and when we started asking questions it turned out we went to high school together! How funny is that!  (It has been 25 years so we were excused for not being able to pin point exactly how we knew each other).
Anyway do pop over and see Mel’s lovely blog – she is nearing the end of a major reno and has done the most amazing job!
The rules of the award are that you must tell 7 things about yourself and then pay it forward to some blogs I love and read.  So as I have in the past listed 7 things about me I had better come up with 7 new and random things that I haven’t mentioned before – I have added a twist and today they will be Christmas related – what better way to kick of the season.

1.  My favourite Christmas present ever from my husband was the one I received last year – my beautiful Ubercircles by Uberkate.  I have four medium circles – one for each of our girls with the name and birthday beautiful stamped on their own circle – I wear it every day.
2. Before kids I was very big into my running and used to meet my running group every Christmas morning for a run and breakfast by the beach – meant I could eat twice as much for the rest of the day!
3.  Growing up when the milkman used to deliver milk my dad would always order each of us a mini bottle of Chocolate milk to drink with breakfast as a special treat.
4. I spent the Christmas of 1990 on top of a mountain in Switzerland at a ski resort with my best friend – we wanted a white Christmas and this seemed to be a guaranteed way to get it.  We had no other family with us as we were travelling for a year so it was actually pretty lonely!
5. My uncle sat me down on christmas day when I was 12 and said that seeing as I was about to start high school it was time I was told that Santa wasn’t real (my parents were not impressed and yes I was naive).  My first question after the shock and disbelief was “does that mean the easter bunny does not exist as well”!
6. Growing up my Grandfather was a Santa’s helper in the department stores.  One year my mum and dad left Pops “Santa pants” at the bottom of our fireplace and pretended that Santa’s pants fell off when he was going back up the chimney!
7. Christmas is my favourite time of the year – I know that is not random but I just had to say it – I love the fact that we are in the middle of summer and spending time with our favourite people – I just love it. 
So now to tag some other blogs that I love and read around the globe – lets see if we can find out 7 random Christmas things about them.

Katena – Taylor Made Baking
Sharnel – My Life My Loves
Lou – Loo’s Boo’s and Shoes
Jess – Oscar and Ruby
Jaclyn – Little Paper Trees
Nina – Stylizmo
Meredith – Count it All Joy
Melissa – Miss Sew and So

I look forward to continuing some fun Christmas posts in the coming weeks – bring on the festive season.