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post #16 of 20
Gaupper....In the pasted I have run a cake decorating business and a creamic shop .Both out of my home.When I operated the ceramic shop I had over 100 students a week.I had regular hours set up BUT that did not matter to anyone..JUST because I was there they thought I was there to help anytime they showed up.I had 2 small children at the time and was a very busy mom.I had to learn to say NO..very hard for me to do.But my point is..if you want to operate any kind of business out of your home you must first set aside
regular times to work at it.If you don't all you will do is drive yourself and the rest of your family crazy.It's just me and my husband now..I am 64 years old...my time is my own.I do make cake's & cookie's on the side and I sell on eBay.But I still try to do it in a regular time frame so not to destract from my family.It's a fine line there but one that needs to be drawn if you expect to live any type of a normal life.You can get so bogged down with everything and that's when you can get discouraged.JUST don't give up you dream!Your cakes look great just hang in there.
post #17 of 20
sounds to me like you have cold feet. I think everyone has those doubts. I know i hesitate to commit to a cake for someone other than family. I always feel pressured to make it perfect. think about how you used to think the wal-mart & costco cakes were so beautiful when your eye was untrained. Our customers have that same untrained eye. I promise they don't notice a dimple in your icing or that maybe you think your rose doesn't look the greatest. we tend to feel like there is a bullseye around all our flaws.
post #18 of 20
Hi all. I can relate to everything that has been said. I made my mother in law a cake for Mother's Day. It was only the second rectangular shaped cake that I had ever decorated. The first was my mom's Mother's Day cake the day before. Anyway, I had this idea of make a two tone cake. I had no idea how to do this but I managed to get it done. Everything was going well and then I smoothed out the top of the cake and I started noticing these dark specks in the pink icing. Hmmmmm. I had no idea what was going on but I did know that I was sooooooo upset. I wanted that cake to be PERFECT. Now in reality, there's no way it would have even come close because I still don't have a clue as to what I'm doing as far as cake decorating goes. But I sure hoped that it would be nice enough to present to my Mother in Law. I finished it up in hopes that somehow the darker specks would disappear somehow. Well, instead as each hour passed the specks got larger. I finally narrowed the problem down to the paste color that I used. Well, that was just great. So, I knew what caused the problem but still had no way to fix it. I was so upset about it. I was going to toss it out but my hubby said that he thought she wouldn't even notice. Yea, right. He kept on and finally I said OK, and off we went to bring her the cake. I so hesitantly presented her with the cake, all the time hoping that it would accidentally slip out of her hands. No, such luck. She opened the lid and said, oh my gosh, this is the prettiest cake I've ever seen. I just looked at her in dismay. Then she said, I love those dark pink dots, it really brings out all of the colors in the cake, how did you learn to do that? I near bout fell over. She actually thought it was supposed to be that way. I just chuckled and never told her differently. So, see, what we see and know are flaws, may very well be overlooked as part of a beautiful designed cake by others. I am going to attach the picture of the cake so you can see for yourself. It was so funny. I'll never forget this Mother's Day.
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post #19 of 20
Hey everyone...well what a topic! I too have my doubts about my own skills even to the point of taking a class!
I have gone on and on for the last year about Earlen's Cakes. (It was her web-site that I stumbled on a few years back that inspired me to get into cake decorating)I refer to her many times in my "cake conversations" with my husband....I told him I thought she was the "diva" of cake decorating in my opinion. Well, yesterday for mother's day my sweet husband along with my wonderful daughters and son -in- laws gave me a gift certificate complete with airfare and hotel room to take a class with Earlene in Texas! I am thrilled and also scared to death. The first thing that came to my mind was...I can't even ice a cake smoothly....you have to know what you're doing to move on to her level! I think my family would of liked to see me act a little more excited when I opened the card...but all those fears and insecurity took over. I'm hoping I can muster up some courage along with all the experience I can fit in before taking the class in October!
See...it happens to all of us!
post #20 of 20
I can't agree more with ALL that has been said here, both the possitive AND the negative. I have looked at some of my cakes and wondered why I was even bothering. The cake I hated the most since I started decorating in Jan was the one in my profile that has the figuers on it. I KNEW how much better I could do. I was SO dissapointed in that cake. It was a donation for a local school's "fun night". I just got my second cake order today. The person who ordered the cake was the organizer of the fun night. She informed me that my cake...the one I HATED...was the first cake picked that night, and that it was talked about all night and at the next PTO meeting. I was amazed. Now she ordered a birthday cake for this week and let me know that she has another birthday coming up later this month as well. What you think is horrible even, other people, people who don't make or decorate cakes, see as amazing. I looked at your profiles (both of you) and see great cakes. Good luck to all us newbie's. We'll all make it. LOL
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Daughter KJ-5
Foster Son G-4
Newly Adopted Son-7/11/08-C-2
Former Foster Daughter S-went home 8/9/07
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hubby T-36
Daughter D-10
Daughter KJ-5
Foster Son G-4
Newly Adopted Son-7/11/08-C-2
Former Foster Daughter S-went home 8/9/07
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