May 13, 2011

Garden Giveaway #6 Sponsored by The Whimsical Spoon

Hello, my dearest readers! I am SO SO SOOOO excited to have this sweet owner and beautiful shop ~ a bakery selling on Etsy! ~ featured in my garden to-day!


I had the pleasure of "chatting" with Casey, the sweet and generous owner of this lovely bakery!


~The Interview~ 


Me: Good afternoon, Casey! I am so delighted to have you here in my garden to-day! Thank you so much for joining me! 
Do you mind telling me and my readers a little bit about yourself?



Casey: Thank you! I am so glad to be here!

Well, let's see... I have always been a crafty person. Being home schooled since the 3rd grade, I was able to get my school done and hurry on to my favorite hobbies. I would crochet, knit, paint and bake. Baking was always an adventure for me and my favorite past time. I enjoy creating some thing that is not only appealing to taste but also beautiful to look at. I am now married and a mother to one beautiful boy. Even though so many things have changed since the 3rd grade, baking is still my favorite hobby...


Me: What inspired you to start an Etsy shop and how long has it been in full operation?


Casey: Well first off, I love Etsy. I am huge fan of supporting local and small businesses. It's even better that these items are homemade! 
With baking as a hobby, you send a lot of items off to family and friends... they finally convinced me to open a shop on my favorite website! After getting things in order and setting up shop, I opened The Whimsical Spoon on January 30th 2011. 

Me: What is your inspiration for your products?



Casey: I am an old soul, so naturally, I am a fan of vintage items. The colors...the shapes...the story...

I try to use these things as inspiration. I love how just the look of something can make you happy or excited. I would love to think that my French Macarons could have this reaction. That's my goal. 

Me: Your shop's name is quite lovely...can you explain the concept behind it?

Casey: Thank you! You know, I wish there was a great story behind this name, but I'm sorry to say there is not! Once, when baking with my much younger sister, we were talking about the spoons we were using to scoop cookie dough onto a baking sheet. We thought it would be quite nice if at that point, they did some of the work themselves, so we could take a break. After some giggles of the thought of spoons working on their own, we named them and they had their own stories...

I guess this stuck with me and The Whimsical Spoon came about! 

Me: So, what is perhaps to you the most enjoyable part of being an Etsy owner and baker?


Casey: Etsy, to me, is a community. This is the most enjoyable part for me. Also, trading items with other sellers is quite nice too! 

Me:Tell us, what are a few of your favorite Etsy sellers/shops?


Casey: A couple of my favorite shops would be Garlands of Grace and CrazyBoy. Garlands of Grace has a lovely selection of elegant head bands and CrazyBoy has a shop full of classy purses/bags! Yes, I am a girl who loves accessories. 

Me: Being an experienced Etsy owner, could you share a few tips with the beginner Etsy owners among us?



Casey: My best tip for starting a shop on Etsy, is to find someone who appreciates your product and knows how to take pictures. Your image will sell your item! Also, be very description when selling. A buyer wants to know exactly what they are getting.


Thank you so much, Casey, for allowing me to interview you! 'Twas a joy and pleasure indeed to have you here to-day. I hope that your business grows and flourishes this 
year with many sales!

~A Peek Into the Shop~

One certainly cannot host a tea party without yummy treats! 
Do you know what a macaron is? 


macaron is a sweet confectionery made with egg whitesicing sugargranulated sugaralmond powder orground almond, and food coloring. The macaron is commonly filled with buttercream or jam filling sandwiched between two cookies. Its name is derived from an Italian word "maccarone" or "maccherone". This word is itself derived from ammaccare, meaning crush or beat, used here in reference to the almond paste which is the principal ingredient. It is meringue-based: made from a mixture of egg whites, almond flour, and both granulated and confectionery sugar.
~Wikepedia


Remember the beautiful French macarons we were sampling yesterday at tea? This was one of the first Etsy shops {bakeries} I stumbled upon in search of these pretty, dainty, and delicate treats, but what I found  instead were pieces of art! 


Casey sells the most scrumptious-looking macarons you ever did see!
Flavors including...



Vanilla bean...


Cinnamon...




Dark Chocolate...


 {*swoon*}

White Chocolate Raspberry...




{I <3 heart this!}

Blueberry...


Lemon...


{I heart this!!}

Pistachio...


And even Peanut Butter and Jelly!!!

She also sells other delectable treats such as...


Sponge Cake...


Golden Caramels...

And the most delicious-sounding...


Chewy Honey Snickerdoodles!

She's also not shy about custom orders, and I know she would be happy to create a masterpiece specially for you. 

~The Giveaway~

I was absolutely squealing with delight when Casey offered one of her twelve {or twenty-four? ~ Will have to check with the owner on that ;)} piece sampler box towards my May Garden Party!

{via} {note: not from Etsy shop}

How blessed I know the young lady who wins this will be! The sampler box includes flavors such as White Chocolate Raspberry, Blueberry, Peanut, Vanilla Bean, and Lemon!

This sampler box is worth $25...how very generous of her, no? 
Special, SPECIAL thanks to Casey for contributing this lovely sampler box towards my May Garden Party. You have been such a blessing!  

~How to Enter~

Required: You must leave separate comments per entry you complete. 
Required: You must complete the mandatory entry or else all other entries will not count. 


~Mandatory Entry~
Follow this blog 
{you must be a follower via Google Friends Connect, private following does not count}.  
&
Visit Casey's shop, coming back here to tell me what flavor{s} sounds yummy to you. 


You may earn extra chances to win by....

Heart Casey's shop.  

Add Casey to your circle.

Enter my Modest Fashion Week. 

Mention this giveaway in a post including this button I have created. 



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Paste the button {above} on your sidebar.

Follow my photography blog {or let me know if you already are}.  

Purchase something from Casey's shop. {worth ten entries; leave ten comments}


All entries above are worth one extra entry unless stated otherwise.




For those who do not keep a blog...


Leave a comment, letting me know that you would like to enter. You must include your name and a way for me to contact you.


Visit Casey's shop and let me know what your favorite macaron is. 


E-mail three friends who you think would be interested in entering this giveaway. {worth one entry per person you e-mail}

77 comments:

  1. I am a follower now and I want to try the dark chocolate macaroons.

    katietamblingson at yahoo dot com

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  2. I follow you and blueberry or chocolate is what sounds yummy to me. :)

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  3. Already following your lovely photography blog

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  4. I would like to enter this giveaway, but I don't keep a blog. My e-mail address is emmygirl1995@yahoo.com. Oh, and I follow your blog. :)

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  5. Oh, white chocolate rasberry is the most mouth-watering for me! Sounds absolutely yummalicious!

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  6. I have been following your photography blog for a little while and like it a lot.

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  7. I added Casey to my Etsy circle.

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  8. My favorite macaron is the cinnamon one. It looks so delicious!

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  9. Hmmm...favorite thing about Grace's Garden Walk.....well, first of all, I love all the pictures you have of the painted ladies- Beautiful! And the modesty displayed and written about is so encouraging. Sometimes I feel like an "odd ball" dressing modestly when I know a lot of other teenage girls are looking at my wearing skirts and thinking, she's wierd. And it's so encouraging when I see others wanting to serve the Lord in modesty.

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  10. Oh my! Everything looks so yummy, and I love her shop name! The pistachio flavor sounds like it would be amazing!

    & I am a follower.

    -Many Smiles!

    ashley_c_014@hotmail dot com

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  11. My favorite flavor would be....Lemon or dark chocolate!! I simply could NOT choose!!! =)
    ~Hannah L.
    galloping4god@charter.net

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  12. Ohhhh....this would be sooo lovely to win!! =)
    ~Hannah L.
    galloping4god@charter.net

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  13. I follow your blog. The Vanilla bean macaroons sounds delicious!

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  14. I already follow your photography blog.

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  15. I love your lovely garden pictures and giveaways and blog parties too!
    ~Emily

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  16. I follow you and my favorite macaroon is the dark chocolate ones.
    ~Emily

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  17. I follow your photography blog already!
    Emily

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  18. I love them so much I put the button on my sidebar: http://www.sweetserendipity02.blogspot.com
    Thanks!
    Emily

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  19. I would like to enter!

    1 entry

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  20. By the way, that first anonymous one was me!

    My favorite macaron is the blueberry ones!

    1 entry

    Rachel

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  21. I emailed Lauren of Spinning Barefoot about this giveaway!

    1 entry

    Rachel

    P.S. I now have 3 entries

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  22. I am also following your photography blog. :)

    ~Melody

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  23. I follow your blog!
    And I'd have to say either the white chocolate raspberry or the cinnamon macaroons sound absolutely heavenly!

    ~Melody

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  24. My favorite thing about Grace's Garden Walk is how you treat this just like a garden that we can come and visit you in. It is so very sweet and refreshing. And I love how you seek to have this blog be a blessing to others, not just yourself. :)

    ~Melody

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  25. I think the Vanilla bean Macaron looks the best:)))

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  26. Grace, I meant to say in my last comment that I added her to my circle.

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  27. My favorite thing about Grace's Garden Walk is how sweet and Godly everything is. I also love, like Melody , how you treat your blog just like a Garden.

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  28. I follow your blog! and I think I would enjoy...chocolate macarons!

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  29. The second picture of you is very pretty!:)

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  30. I pasted the button to my sidebar also.

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  31. Yummness! I'd have to go for the chocolate, all the way. And I follow. http://www.etsy.com/listing/67114703/dark-chocolate-macarons-12

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  32. And I added her to my circle...

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  33. I entered the Modest Fashion week!

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  34. And I already let you know what one of my favorite past posts from you was. ;)

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  35. I follow your blog. I think the Vanilla Bean and Dark Chocolate flavours sound the best =)

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  36. I 'hearted' Casey's Etsy shop

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  37. I follow your photography blog.

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  38. I would love to enter!! I love all your sweet giveaways thing month! =)
    ~Hannah
    galloping4god@charter.net

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  39. My favorite would be the Lemon or double chocolate....can't decide!!
    ~Hannah
    galloping4god@charter.net

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  40. White Chocolate Rasberry is the most mouth watering flavor for me! It sounds so yummalicious!

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  41. I am already afollower of you photography blog. And.......I love it!

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  42. Well, as I said before, I am very encouraged by the modesty displayed and written about on this blog. Oh and we can't forget the lovely painted ladies pictured all over this blog! I absolutely LOVE them!

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  43. I follow you... the lemon sounds incredibly yummy!

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  44. I would like to enter>

    Rachel

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  45. I emailed Lauren of Spinning Barefoot.

    Rachel

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  46. I went to her shop, and my favorite are the white chocolate raspberry macarons.

    Rachel

    P.S. I now have 3 entries

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  47. I follow you, and I'd like the extra chocolate ones the most. ;)

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  48. I added Casey to my circle...

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  49. I entered your modest fashion week...

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  50. The button is on my sidebar.

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  51. These look so yummy! I would love to try them
    I am a public GFc follower
    uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  52. I would love to try the "dark chocolate macaroons" from the shop
    uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  53. I am a public GFc follower of your photography blog

    uk7ss@yahoo.com

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  54. I follow your photography blog!

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  55. Ooooo! Yummy! I'd love to enter.

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  56. Blueberry sounds like the greatest flavor to me!

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  57. I put the button on my sidebar! www.vesseluntohonour.blogspot.com

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  58. I follow your photography blog. *grins*

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  59. What if she doesn't have anything for sale?

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  60. I follow your blog!
    The lemon, white chocolate raspberry, & blueberry macaroons sound the best to me, as well as the chewy honey snickerdoodles!

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  61. I follow your photography blog!

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  62. I already follow your blog. :)

    ~Johanna

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  63. Favorite flavors from Casey's shop:

    Pistachio
    Blueberry

    Maybe others. Her Etsy shop site isn't working right now.

    ~Johanna

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  64. I already follow your photography blog.

    ~Johanna

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  65. I am a follower of this blog, o' course! And, Grace, just to let you know..the button on the sidebar advertising this giveaway does not work. :( I had to search this one out through all of you posts! :/

    Anyways..ooh, lemon sounds delightful! <3

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  66. I'm a follower of your photo blog! :)

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  67. I follow you of course. :) The Dark Chocolate ones sound good.

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