Typically I am not the largest brittle fan as I find the creamy texture always ends up lodged in my teeth. I was more than pleased to find this wasn't the case with Happy Place Products, minus a couple tiny stubborn pieces that were well worth it! The texture was creamy but light leaving a warm buttery taste lingering on the tongue. I couldn't resist a late morning tea in the grass ravishing more than my fair share of the delectable treats. We are very satisfied customers! So much so I had to get to know the lady behind the tasty tid bits a little better!
Can you tell us a little more about yourself and Happy Place Products?
"I just moved from my home in beautiful Alaska and relocated in Maine. I'm still getting used to it. I love to bake and make sweet treats so Happy Place Products is where I can do that so that other people can enjoy. My dream is to own an actual sweet shop of my very own but that might be a few years out. I have trouble narrowing my focus and like to make other things too... I have several ideas for shops on etsy but I might just lump them all together. Someday soon I could be selling my brittles, cupcakes, paintings, vintage dresses, herbal wreaths and handmade jewelry on Happy Place Products. Why not, right? It's my happy place."
I completely understand the focus issue! You seem to be inspired by many things, what is your main inspiration?
"My Mom always inspires me because she's so creative and crafty. She can never just sit and do nothing. I'm also constantly inspired but other lovely ladies with their own blogs. I can't help but want to create when I'm done reading about their lives. Music is also a constant source of inspiration - I always feel so ambitious when I'm listening to a good song... Also Martha Stewart - That lady is insane."
Other than finding your focus have there been other obstacles you've faced with your business?
"Lots. moving across the country, creating new and interesting recipes because there are a lot of similar shops to mine on etsy, earning enough money to go into my candy shop fund. There are always obstacles but that's what makes it worth it."
It can be hard to stand out above the crowd. How are you overcoming these things?
"As long as I enjoy what I'm doing then I don't notice any obstacles. I'll get there eventually because I love what I make so I know that other people will too. I'm honest with what I put out there and I'm willing to stand by what I sell. It's difficult to mail hard candy and sometimes things happen but I'll always make it right because the best part of selling what I make is knowing that someone out there is enjoying it."
Such a wonderful outlook! Any advice you'd like to give us about chasing your dreams?
"Just keep plugging away I guess. I'm certainly no success story so I'm not sure how much my advice is worth but I've learned to just keep at it and to keep making friends along the way. That's really what it's all about."
There is no greater success than finding and doing what you love! I am sure there will be great discoveries and adventures in your future!
Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us and offering our readers a chance to enjoy your brittles, of their choice, from Happy Place Products!
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