It's in the Genes!
Libby and Samantha, aunt and niece, share a love of collecting vintage and antique items, especially when it comes to kitchenware and cookbooks. A random review of their email exchanges will likely find the trading of recipes.
Among many other activities, Libby runs a catering business with her son. When you pay her a visit at home, you will more than likely find her in the kitchen making something heavenly. Luckily, sampling is always encouraged. Samantha is a culinary school graduate and is the go-to person in the family when you need a dessert. They don’t like to brag (a lot), but when Libby’s cooking and Samantha’s baking are combined, some satisfied eaters have been heard to describe such an occasion as “magical.” It has been noted that they, along with other family members, must “have a gene” giving them a taste great food and an appreciation for vintage treasures.
The duo opened their first Etsy shop of vintage and handmade items while Samantha was living with Libby and her husband in Washington. While Samantha was taking photos of vintage tea cups for that shop, Libby suggested adding some sugar cubes and a few other items to the frame for a “tea party” look. After some brainstorming and trial runs, they found making sugar cubes was fun and added something special to their Etsy collection. With a sufficient supply of vintage items to pull it off, and the ability to make sugar cubes to order, they decided to launch a separate shop with a tea party theme and opened Candied Flamingo in February 2011.
Now that Samantha is back in her home state of Virginia and Libby remains in Washington, Candied Flamingo has become a bi-coastal, albeit small, operation. Though they currently reside on opposite ends of the continent, running Candied Flamingo is just one of the many ways they stay close. And, they have such a wonderful time doing it!
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We ask that you purchase a reserved listing (non-edible items) within 10 days of posting. We will notify you by private conversation when it is posted. After 10 days, it will be re-listed & it will be open to all Etsy buyers.
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Edibles will be shipped Priority Mail via USPS & are shipped Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday. (Items will be shipped after payment is confirmed). Depending on the day you place an order, please allow up to one week before your order is shipped to you. If you have questions concerning the timing of an order, please ask!
All edible items will arrive in a recycled kraft box with food safe tissue paper.
While none of our current edible items are prone to melting or quick spoilage, please make sure your items will not be left outside all day once they are delivered to you.
We do not offer international shipping on edible items at this time.
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Our edible sugar cubes are made in Virginia, and per the Virginia Health Department, we must inform you that any sugar cubes purchased are:
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