Friday, September 19, 2008

Friday Feature No. 26 -- Featuring Sweet Pickles Pottery

Whew! I'm getting in under the wire! In my time zone, it's still Friday, so here we go. It's been a SUPER busy week, so I apologize for the delay. My baby is turning 15 on Monday, and we are having his party tomorrow, so we've been getting ready for that.

Today, we are featuring a fun little shop called "Sweet Pickle's Pottery". I first heard of this little shop last year, when I had some Christmas banners listed, and Melanie bought one from me. She has some of the cutest pieces...harvest platters, soap dishes, Christmas ornaments, personalized birthday plates and more!

By the way, Melanie is offering 20% off on anything in her shop, if you let her know that you found her on The Downtown Boutique!!!

Let's find out a little more about Melanie.

TDB: What is the story behind your business name?
Melanie: Oh gosh! Its just silly.. My sister and I were throwing names out there.. And we both love pickles.. Dill ones.. And Dill pickles didnt sound quite as cute as sweet pickles!


TDB: When did you start creating pottery, and what got you interested in it?
Melanie: When i was younger I think I was probably around 13. My aunt got me started in ceramics.. and I've always loved it since then.


TDB: Are you currently working on any new or different projects?
Melanie: I am currently working on a Christmas line.. As well as some Thanksgiving and Halloween pieces. Also I am on playing with clay forming my own pieces. We shall see how that goes! It's kinda a work in progress! I'm not very patient, I like to have something right now to paint on!


TDB: Besides pottery, what other hidden talents to you possess?
Melanie: I love to draw and sketch I have painted murals on my childrens wall as well as for friends and family. Also I LOVE to cook. I am constantly making up new recipes.. Bless my husband's heart for being such a good sport when I do that! I would love to write a book someday as well.


TDB: What does a typical day in your life look like?

Melanie: Kids up, breakfast, off to school. Workout (when I am in the mood) then home to clean...work on projects on, as well as off etsy...dinner, then its time to start all over again the next day! Oh and usually I make a trip to my son's school once a day.. (I'm in charge of Birthday Buckets for PTA this year so there is always a delivery it seems!)


TDB: If you just found out you had one month to live, what would you do with your time?
Melanie: Probably spend it with family on a very long cruise!!

TDB: What are three random things about you? And yes, you can divulge any little secrets that you don't normally share.
Melanie: I lived in Montreal as a child and spoke fluent French. Can't speak a lick of it now! Although, my daughter is enrolled in it this year so maybe she will teach me!, My husband and I have moved 3 times in the last 6 years. And I would love to have my own Bed and Breakfast someday!



Thanks Melanie, for sharing this little bit of your life with our readers here on The Downtown Boutique. I'm am always so amazed at all the moms I run into on Etsy, who have these fabulous businesses going, and they manage to juggle husband and children as well! Yes, I'm one of those jugglers too!

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Melanie is giving away one of her darling "Cookies for Santa" plates. You may choose to have it personalized if you wish.



To enter: Please go visit Melanie's shop, Sweet Pickles Pottery, and then come back here and let us know what your favorite piece is.


Please make sure your email address is either in your Blogger profile, or included in your comment. We will never "spam" you, so you don't need to worry about that. If there is not an easy way to get ahold of you, you will not be put in the running for the giveaway. You may choose to include it in this format so that it doesn't get those computer generated spams:

downtownboutique at sbcglobal dot net


Earn an extra entry by creatively writing about this giveaway on your blog. Please leave a seperate comment if you blog about the giveaway.


Deadline to enter is extended: Friday, September 26th at Midnight PST.


Giveaway is open to US RESIDENTS ONLY, due to shipping costs.

129 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oui Paris Eiffel Tower Soap or Lotion Dispenser

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

Gianna said...

I love the Sugar and Spice And Everthing Nice Baby Plate and Cup :)

Anonymous said...

I like the little bluebird tray. It's so darling. Thanks for the contest. Charlotte
charlottewinters@cox.net

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Anonymous said...

Oh, what a lovely shop. My absolute favorite is the Mad Hatters Tea Party with Alice. It's soooo pretty. I remember my tea set when I was a little girl. Looking at this set brought back such sweet memories. Thanks for the contest!
marlenennc@yahoo.com

Jenn S. said...

The Little Whimsy Owl Dish is really cute.

kygirl said...

Palm Tree Itty Bitty Polka Dot Bowl is my pick.

Christy said...

What a great website. My children would love the santa plate. My favorite item is the Teachers Rule Custom Personalized Gift Plattter. I would love to get this for my daughter to give her teacher. Thanks so much for the great giveaway and for showing us such a great website. ecghick@yahoo.com

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Kimberly L said...

My favorite item is the This Little Piggy Holder.

brn2lisn(at)gmail(dot)com

michelle lopez said...

i really like the birthday plate, the cookies for santa plate, and the teacher plate with all the kids on it. thanks michelle lopea bill110@optonline.net

Sonya said...

I really like the Teachers Rule Custom Personalized Gift Platter. This would make a great gift for a teacher. Thanks

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Mad Hatter teaset. Just great as is all the items!

contact susan wiener, swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

cdziuba said...

I take care of my granddaughter several days a week, and I'd love the I love the Sugar and Spice And Everthing Nice Baby Plate and Cup. It would be so nice to feed her from those. cdziuba@aol.com

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Sandy said...

Turkey Day Platter Bowl that is cute- but would not put turkey on it- would put treats on it

Shannon said...

The turkey day platter is adorable.

Dixie said...

Gotta love the Turkey Day platter!
It reminds me of the one my Grandmother used to have.




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Patricia said...

I love anything with blue birds on it. So, I pick the little blue bird tray.

Anonymous said...

I love the sugar and spice plate.

kcutting@townisp.com

jffryclough said...

'teachers rule' and we love anything christmas

Steph said...

My favorite item was the Turkey Day Platter Bowl.

Maja said...

angelina115@hotmail.com

Mad Hatter tea set.

jenny said...

i must say thay are all realy nice but the one thing i'm looking for is one that you can put a turky on or some other kind of meet

Roseann K. said...

I like the turkey day platter bowl. Thanks!

CrazyDaisy said...

I like the Custom Housewarming Plate

Roxy said...

I love the Little Whimsy Owl Dish.

hockiemack@hotmail.com

bonnieann said...

the little bludbird tray is precious

Ken said...

How can you beat the "Cookies for Santa" plates? They're perfect. Please accept my entry.

Beverley said...

Custom Like You Wedding Plate

peg42 said...

What a beautiful plate this prize is. I also love the Happy Birthday Plate. Thank you so much for this giveaway.

janetfaye said...

I like the Turkey Day Platter Bowl.
Perfect for Thanksgiving.

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I blogged your giveaway:

http://grammyjanetsplace.blogspot.com/search/label/September%20Blog%20Giveaways%202

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

arbrashears said...

All of the work is simply beautiful! I love (as would my daughters!) the The Original Create Your Own Tea Set Fit for A Little Princess. The coaster set was also fabulous. Thanks so much for the chance!

arbrashears(at)msn(dot)com

Pat said...

I love the Whimsy Polka Dot Cake Plate.

Anonymous said...

Love the birthday initial plate!

Jen
billnjen@embarqmail dot com

Mia J. said...

I like the Whimsy Polka dot Cake Plate.

Shel said...

Oh the "Whimsy Swirly Kind of Flower Dish" is adorable..so many fantastic pieces, it's tough to find just one as a favorite.

Stacy said...

The Sugar and Spice And Everthing Nice Baby Plate and Cup is pretty cute.

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Anonymous said...

I have to say my favorite is a tie between the martian bowl (how ADORABLE is he?!) and the monogrammed birthday plate. I mean who doesn't love the polkadots and their initial on the plate:)
~Tricia
tjcrabb @ mchsi dot com

cstironkat said...

I like the Happy Turkey Day plate. The Cookies for Santa are adorable too. Thank you for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I really like the custom wedding ornament. It'd make a great wedding gift.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

windycindy said...

What a fantastic pottery shop! I really adore many of her creations.
The "Fall Harvest Platter" is wonderful and so is the "Birthday
Plate!" Great keepsake. Please enter me in your fun drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

hale said...

Polka Dot Cake Plate

Terri Fisher said...

I really like the personalized birthday plates. What a neat idea!

tfisher83 AT myexcel DOT com

Jean said...

I like the Mad Hatters Tea Party, as I collect tea sets

Valerie said...

The Mad Hatter Tea Set my little 2 year old loves to have a tea party. Very nice products here.

kdkdkd said...

I like the Happy Birthday Plate, that would be fun for my kids special days

sweetsue said...

The cookies for santa plate is my favorite! I also really like the Sugar and Spice And Everthing Nice Baby Plate and Cup.Cute stuff!

idahomom said...

MadHatters Tea Set

LIDARKSIDE said...

I like the "The MAd HaTTeRs TeA PArty WiTh ALiCe".

Becca Ann said...

Cookies for santa plate!
xxbeccaannxx@gmail.com

redron said...

Whimsy Swirly Kind of Flower Dish

Bonnie said...

What a great sweeps I love your Little Whimsy Owl Dish....it's adorable! Thanks for the chance to win a great prize!

fancyfeet48 said...

My favorite item was the Turkey Day Platter Bowl

Anonymous said...

I really like the Mad Hatter tea party set. My little granddaughter and myself would love to have tea with this nice set.





Bshaw75015@aol.com

kristilb19 said...

The LiTTLe Snail BaBy PLaTe and CuP SeT is my favorite! Cute shop!
kristilb19@yahoo.com

M.A. said...

I like the Personalized Family Platter.

coriwestphal said...

This plate is so cute! My kids would love to leave cookies on it. My other fave is the Hungrey, Hungry Cootie one. Thanks for the great contest!

Dumaurier said...

I like the Turkey Day Platter Bowl

hminnesota said...

This Little Piggy Holder is my choice.
herry123_us@live.com

DOODLEGIRL said...

The MAd HaTTeRs TeA PArty WiTh ALiCe

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this! I really like the All things are Possible Tile. just beautiful and so true. Thank you!
tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

Tobye said...

I like the polka dot cake plate. Adorable.

mogrill said...

The Whimsy Polka dot Cake Plate is my fave!

littlelatina said...

I like the little snail baby plate

MaggieM said...

My two favorites are: the Little Snail Baby Plate & cup set for a little boy, and the "Cookies for Santa" plate. I hope I win!

amy m. said...

I love the birthday plates. They're so cute, with your initial on them. Something special for your special day!
aarmatthews at yahoo dot com

AmandaK said...

I just love her Fleur de Lis Pumpkins Set. I'm a huge fan of Halloween, and this is just so beautifully done!!

Tracey said...

The Hungry cooties Itty Bitty Bowl is just adorable.

blueviolet said...

I love the ITtY BitTy PoLkA DoT PoTs. Those are just lots of fun!
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

vboackle said...

the cookies for santa plate.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm from New Orleans so I'll have to go with the Fleur De Lis Mardi Gras Candle Holder.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

jepnet said...

Whimsy Swirly Kind of Flower Dish is fantastic. It is friendly and whimsical.
jepnet(at)netway(dot)com

valerie2350 said...

mad hatter tea set :)

Kasey P said...

The personalized birthday plates are a great idea!
beausdorei at gmail dot com

Kari said...

I love the turkey day platter bowl!!

bavaria said...

what for neat items ! i just love the Fleur de Lis Pumpkins Set and the turkey day platter bowl and the Cookies for santa plate ... and ..and :)

thanks bunches !

Patti Sherman said...

My cakes would look exquisite on the Polka Dot cake plate pms3237@aol.com

kim d said...

Palm Tree Itty Bitty Polka Dot Bowl is great



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Christine said...

I like the Whirly Swirly Kind of Flower dish.

jnmacdonald said...

I like the whimsy polka dot cake plate.

judybrittle said...

I think The MAd HaTTeRs TeA PArty WiTh ALiCe is adorable. Thank you so much!
judybrittle(at)aol(dot)com

Belinda said...

I like the the Turkey Day Platter Bowl.
Thanks!
1bmore @ gmail . com

dolls123 said...

Stop Me Before....Tile
luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

Anonymous said...

My favorite is the Turkey Day Platter!
luvpink816@yahoo.com

bfox74 said...

I like the Turkey Day Platter.

Karen said...

I like the turkey day platter :)

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Smooshy said...

i love the turket day platter bowl!

kaylee8 said...

My favorite pottery piece is the Polka Dot Owl Cookie jar!

silverbele said...

I like the Owl cookie jar

TNT2008 said...

I like many items in this adorable shop but I picked the Teachers Rule Plate. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7485004
As a former teacher, this would have been something I would have purchased for my classroom. Cute shop!
Tote-n-tots at live dot com

dhunt said...

cute!

Cherie J said...

I love The MAd HaTTeRs TeA PArty WiTh ALiCe.

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

AICORP said...

I like the Polka Dotty Owl Cookie Jar

paula h said...

I love the Turkey Day Platter.

Jinxy and Me said...

The Martian Bowl is so cute!

Renee G said...

I love The Original Create Your Own Tea Set Fit for A Little Princess set. This looks like so much fun.

rsgrandinetti@yahoo.com

JMARIE said...

I really like the Mad Hatter Tea Party

Thanks,
gordyneve@yahoo.com

Erma said...

I like the Turkey Day Platter Bowl thanks.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

krboothe said...

My favorite is the Personalized Family Platter...

krboothe@bellsouth.net.

Anonymous said...

my favorite is the mad hatter tea set. I would love to use it with my grandchildren.


dzeolla(at)optonline(dot)net

Helen said...

I adore The Original Create Your Own Tea Set Fit for A Little Princess.

shelly1212 said...

the birthday plate is cool

Brenda S. said...

I love the Sugar and Spice And Everthing Nice Baby Plate and Cup. Thanks!!!

Storm said...

I like the Little Bat Halloween Tile! :)

stormraven at gmail dot com

Teresa said...

My favorite is the Whimsy Swirly Kind of Flower Dish! Thanks!

Millie said...

My favorite item is the This Little Piggy Holder.Thank ou so much for the chance to win such a great gift!
cadewill14[at]yahoo[dot]com

Shelley Slider said...

I love the Turkey Day platter!

jssslider@hotmail.com

Lisa said...

I like the The MAd HaTTeRs TeA PArty WiTh ALiCe. angel_2417@yahoo.com

theolotto said...

I like the Turkey Day platter.

Anonymous said...

Polka Dot cake plate. ahmaur(at)hotmail.com

Emily said...

She sells Seashells... The pottery is absolutely stunning! What great gift ideas! Christmas is such a big important time around here, and making those special cookies for santa is always a great tradition with the kids. It would be outstanding to have our special plate for that... What a great idea!

Sandy said...

I like the LittLe BaT HaLLoWeeN Tile (but I'm in a spooky mood today) - there are lots of cool pieces at this shop.

justicecw said...

Really cute stuff...so creative. I like the Harvest plate and the Halloween come in for a bite :) thanks for the chance, justicecw@hotmail.com

carissaad said...

All You Need is Love Wedding Personalized Custom Plate is my favorite.

Thanks!

carissaad at aol dot com

KD said...

Whimsy Swirly Kind of Flower Dish is my favorite piece!

kristenpuz at yahoo.com

klp1965 said...

i love the Pumpkin Candy Holder

arvard said...

The Little Bluebird Tray is really cute.

Sahm Lee said...

Little Alien Martian Bowl would be sooo cute to have! thanks for the contest!

lunadelmar said...

my goodness what cute thigs , I want everything ! but I love those darling Fleur de Lis Pumpkins Set for Halloween
Thank you for the great contest
lunadelmar_99@yahoo.com

bndraldy said...

My favorite is the Turkey Day Platter Bowl. How cute!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

Samantha P said...

i really love the Whimsy Polka dot Cake Plate! so cute!

Anonymous said...

I like the Turkey Day Platter Bowl.

Swtlilchick said...

I love the Sunny Sunflower Little Anything Holder.It is so colorful and pretty.I am crazy over sunflowers,is one reason I picked
this.I love your craft,very nice.Thanks for the giveaway

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

donna444444 said...

I like the All You Need is Love Wedding Personalized Custom Plate.

Anonymous said...

I just love the Teacher's Rule Custom Personalized Platter! How adorable and what a great gift it would be.
LuckyTJG@cs.com

masonsgranny59 said...

I heart the Turkey Day Platter Bowl.

ldrnc2000 said...

The Personalized Family Platter Custom is cool! I would love to win! Thanks so much for the giveaway!