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~Spotlight Etsy: Amber of SweetAmbs~

Dearest Reader: I have come upon MANY a cookie in my day but not ever quite as lovely as these:

From where do these exquisite confections come, you ask?  Well, sweet reader, you are in luck! As today TSP has the utmost giddy in introducing one of our fabulous new Etsy friends Amber, from SweetAmbs Shoppe.  
TSP: What is your artistic background and how did you come about with your delectable creations?
I come from a very artistic family so creativity is something that has always come naturally to me, but it took a while to figure out exactly where I wanted to direct that creativity. It wasn't until after I graduated business school that I realized I could make a career out of something I loved to do, and so I enrolled in the Baking and Pastry Arts Program at The Culinary Institute of America. After spending a few months baking and decorating cakes, it occurred to me that I didn't really enjoy the baking so much as the decorating. I discovered that making cookies allowed me to spend less time baking and more time creating little works of art! 
TSP: What is your inspiration for all of the scrumptious works of art in your shoppe?
The inspiration for my cookie designs comes from things like fabrics, flowers, and items that I find in antique stores.

TSP: Are there any particular chefs that you're drawn toward that feed your creativity?
There is one cake decorator in particular whose work I'm particularly drawn to. Her name is Margaret Braun and she wrote a book called Cakewalk. I remember seeing her cakes when I first started decorating and I thought: That's what I want to do!
TSP: How would you describe your artistic style?
My artistic style uses traditional cake decorating methods in an unconventional way. I just love to create beautiful things.
TSP: What are some tips you might give to any beginner cookie creators just starting to get their hands full of flour?
One piece of advice I would give to crafters who are just starting out is to be patient. If you decide to open an Etsy store you might not make sales right away so it can be frustrating. A blog is a great way to get people interested in your product as is networking with other bloggers. There's no better feeling than doing what you love!

TSP: What can we expect in the future from SweetAmbs Shoppe?
Amber: One of my many goals for SweetAmbs is to expand the product line to include organic cookies.
TSP: What are a few of your favorite Etsy Shoppes that you'd care to share with dear Reader?
AmberBoojiboo has the cutest vintage-inspired aprons! I have one in a damask print that I wear every day while I work on my cookies. One of my favorites is JanetSpiegelArt, my mom's shoppe. She makes beautiful prints from her original pencil drawing and gouache paintings in bright, bold colors. Another one of my favorites is TweetheartWallArt.
They make really stylish wall decals, which is a great and easy way to decorate a room.

TSP is honoured to have had the opportunity to feature Amber from SweetAmbs; her personal blog is as much a feast for the eyes as her cookies so if you've enjoyed the interview, what are you waiting for darling reader? Click on over and indulge!