Etsy Spotlight Artisit: Clineff's Confections

17 January 2010

Clineff's Confections is a great place to go if you are looking for adorable and edible fondant decorations for your cupcakes ( I would even use them on a cake!!).

Where are you from? Tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in a small town near Charlotte, North Carolina. I am happily married with two boys and a dog. My older son lives near Washington DC and my younger son is a junior at North Carolina State University. 

Fondant  Cupcake Toppers - Red Pirate - Hand Made and Hand Painted - Edible Cupcake Decorations

How did you decide on your shop name?

Clineff is my last name and I wanted a business name that would be easy to use on the internet. There are so many businesses with cake or cupcake or sweet in the name that it is hard to get a URL or user name that isn’t already taken. However, no one is using a business name with Clineff in it! It is a really rare last name. If you see another Clineff online, I am probably related to them! 

Fondant  Cupcake Toppers - Monkeys - Hand Made and Hand Painted - Edible Cupcake Decorations

Why did you start your business?

I started my first business when I was 12 years old. My parents would exhibit at craft shows and I would rent a booth next to theirs and sell handmade jewelry. I’ve worked at jobs throughout my life but I have always had my own business as well. Clineff’s Confections is currently a full time business for me. 

Fondant  Cupcake Toppers - Girl Monkeys with Pink Bows - Hand Made and Hand Painted - Edible Cupcake Decorations
What or who inspires you?

Creatively, I am inspired by the other cake designers that I see on the web. There are some really talented people out there! 

Spooky Ghost with Tombstone Cupcake Toppers - Edible Fondant Halloween Cupcake Decorations
What do you like about being a seller?

I like meeting new people online. Also, although I usually work more than 40 hours per week, I really like that I can set my own schedule. This was really helpful when my boys were living at home. Oh and I like waking up in the morning and having new orders in my inbox!

Fondant Cupcake Toppers - Pink Swirls - Edible Cupcake Decorations

What’s your supply addiction; is there a specific color or type of supply you just can’t pass up?

My cupcake toppers are made from fondant and paste food coloring so there isn’t much choice there. However, for personal use, I like beads and felt and polymer clay and anything purple and paint and watercolor paper and glitter and...

Fondant Cupcake Toppers - Footballs - Edible Cupcake Decorations

What do you do when you’re not being an artist? What activities do you enjoy?
I love spending time just hanging out with my husband. I also love spending time with my boys when they are home. I also love to read.

Fondant Cupcake Toppers - Barn Yard Friends - Hand Made and Hand Painted - Edible
Which item in your shop did you enjoy making the most and why?

I really love making all of my toppers. However, my favorite part is the design process because that is when I get to be the most creative.

Fondant  Cupcake Toppers - Baby Pink Safari Animals - Hand Made and Hand Painted - Edible Cupcake Decorations
Are there other places on the net we can find you?

I am on


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