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post #1 of 30
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I think that my days of selling cakes are over. I'm so beat. Does anyone else ever get tired? Does this mean I'm not a true artist? I feel like all I ever do is wash dishes, put them in the dishwasher, put them away, wash dishes, put them in the dishwasher.... Can anyone relate or am I a big wimp?

Natalie
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post #2 of 30
I'm sorry you're upset. Perhaps you just need a few days off to relax? Nothing wrong with that!
post #3 of 30
Come on I wish I had a dishwasher!! With four kids the pile of dishes aare always big so making a cake is like a reward for myself even if I have to wash a little more! icon_biggrin.gif Don't give up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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post #4 of 30
I feel like that every time I look at the disaster I've made after cake decorating lol .. it looks like a cyclone went through my kitchen when I bake and decorate cakes .. I've always said I wish I could just open a shop, pay someone to come in and make the icing and clean up after me.. I'd do all the rest lol .. alas, I cannot afford that and neither do I have a business built up to do that either lol... but I can definitely relate to how you feel ..

I will say this, you're WAY, WAY too talented to "QUIT" .. you'd see something out there you'd just have to try and you'd be right back into to it again icon_wink.gif
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Cheryl a/k/a ntertayneme (n-ter-tayne-me)
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post #5 of 30
I think I've been crying in the kitchen at 2am with batter and icing, asking myself the same question at least 4 or 5 times every year. icon_cry.gif

My husband gave me the best answer..."If it's not fun or satisfying anymore, then it's time to quit."

Then the next day I get a "thank you" call or a fun order is placed...and I realize I just needed some rest!
post #6 of 30
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Originally Posted by ngerland

I think that my days of selling cakes are over. I'm so beat. Does anyone else ever get tired? Does this mean I'm not a true artist? I feel like all I ever do is wash dishes, put them in the dishwasher, put them away, wash dishes, put them in the dishwasher.... Can anyone relate or am I a big wimp?

Natalie
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I can relate!!!! and NOOOO, you are not a whimp!!!! Sometimes I feel like I am not getting NOTHING accomplished!! icon_cool.gif I just seem to walk in circles and the mess is still there... icon_cool.gificon_lol.gif

I think I do spend too much in the kitchen, especially when we make cakes, work with fondant flowers and stuff and we don't have anyone cleaning behind us (like those famous chefs on TV icon_lol.gif )

So, walk away for a while, take a deep breath and jump back into it. It is going to be OKAY!!!! icon_smile.gificon_smile.gifthumbs_up.gif
Its always about cake!!
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Its always about cake!!
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post #7 of 30
Don't give up! I too, feel that way sometimes. I think what's kept me going is the desire to learn more and try new things. This forum has helped me so much in that area. My husband surprised me for Mother's Day and gave me a trip to Chicago so that I could attend one of Wilton's cake classes. It was sooo energizing! I came back and wanted to do MORE and try new things. Wouldn't it be fun to have something like a "cake club" in your area? Someplace where you can share ideas etc. in person?
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post #8 of 30
I hear ya! What should I be doing right now, practicing on my cakes, but noooooo, Im on Cake Central! It can be a bit discouraging if you think of all the prep work and then the clean up that is required. It would be so nice if you could start with a cake that had already been baked, torted, filled and covered, then all that was left to be done was the decorating!!! But, if you truly love to do it, you just keep going, or take a break for awhile. Good Luck, I feel your pain!!!!
post #9 of 30
Quote: Does this mean I'm not a true artist?

I'd say it means just the opposite! Most artistic people I know are not very neat and tidy. Creative minds are just not wired that way. LOL The artist brain wants to forge forward, try new things, experiment, and create - NOT clean up. icon_rolleyes.gif It is our curse and our blessing!! Take a few days away from it and you will find that it will be the only thing you can think about. Take heart, I think everyone gets overwhelmed with the mess we make sometimes. (Including our dh's! LOL)
Time that you enjoyed wasting wasn't wasted.
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Time that you enjoyed wasting wasn't wasted.
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post #10 of 30
I don't have a dishwasher, what I do that seems to help me is do dishes and clean up as I go...then when i'm done with the cake, there isn't a huge mess left to clean up. I of course keep out the necessary things and the things I use repeadtly.
post #11 of 30
I know how it feels. I cn relate. I felt like quitting yesterday!! I was trying a pocketbook cake and I had to deliver two of them by 11am. I started decorating them since 8am that morning (thinking I have enough time). Then one cake fell flat on the turn table. I wanted to cry. Even when I was finished the cakes looked horrible and my husband made me very aware that they looked horrible. I felt and still feel like I don;t want to even bother. It takes a lot of time to bake and decorate these cakes and it's hard when you have small children because as a mother you cannot neglect your children. Then you still have to wash the dishes after and clean up the mess, cook, clean the rest of house and not to mention, take care of hubby (ladies you know what I mean) all this and before you know it, the day is done, you're exhausted and you still get to relax. But when you get another order or when you see a picture of a nice cake, you forget everything you felt when you were frustrated and you get up and go again - then of course, the QUITTING feeling comes back. I say, we are all talented. We all love what we do (you have to, with the little profit you make). We are all here for each other and quitting is not the answer. KEEP THE FAITH everyone! It'll pay off in the end and always remember to pray!!!
post #12 of 30
Sometimes to make it easier for me on clean up, especially because I do a lot of my cakes with 100% Crisco buttercream and stuff gets greasy, I use a deep bowl (sometimes I use the top of my cake keeper), put hot water in it, soap and put tips, decorating bags and stuff I used for decorating there. Let it sit overnight, and its much easier to clean in the morning. So, my kitchen is clean and all of the tools I used for decorating are in one spot... waiting to be clean but not necesarily making a mess in the kitchen.
Its always about cake!!
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Its always about cake!!
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post #13 of 30
icon_surprised.gif I know that I have been there! Just take a little time to breathe, then get back in it. I just slowed way down to like 1 or 2 cakes a month versus 1 or 2 a week, and I got a lot less stressed. Just hang in there!!
post #14 of 30
You need a break, badly! There are two kinds of stress: the kind that invigorates, and the kind that deteriorates. If you're feeling the second kind, back off for a while. Tell your clients that you're on vacation for a month (or longer!!), and you can't do ANY cakes. Don't think about cakes, don't look through cake books, don't even look at Cake Central! (hope I don't get tarred and feathered for that!) At the end of your vacation, hopefully you'll be refreshed and ready to start again. If not, then maybe it really is time to move on... and don't look back! Listen to your own feelings and you'll be fine.
"When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees." Kenneth Kaunda
i.e. Don't give up!
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"When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees." Kenneth Kaunda
i.e. Don't give up!
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post #15 of 30
I concur word for word with Tazalexis and MariaLovesCakes!!!!!

Sometimes I want to quit right in the middle of decorating a cake or cookies. I want to quit when I've been at it all day long and it's 10 at night and I have about another hour's work. I just want to scream sometimes!!!! icon_cry.gif

Having a 3 yr old and a 7 mo old doesn't help me a whole lot either. I have to really stretch a cake project into an all day event, which sucks because no one gets fed dinner when that happens.

Walking away and taking a break really does help. Cleaning up as you go works for me because I know I am the only one who will clean up the mess and darnit if I want my kitchen to be a total bomb when I finish!

Just take a break from decorating for a while and like others have said, you'll see something you just have to try and make and you'll get inspired again.


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