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why oh why do i keep doing this????????

post #1 of 35
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Yesterday I spent about 5-6 hours (from start to finishing cleaning up) making a cake for a good friend. about half way through the decorating my baby had woke up from her nap and was crying, my two year old was tugging on me, and my four year old was begging to help with the icing, AGGGGGGGG! icon_cry.gif Well, this was when I was wandering- why in the world am I making this cake. Why didn't I just say NO! I then spent the rest of the evening worrying if my friend would like the cake or not. WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME???? Why do I continue to put myself into these hellish situations? I guarantee you it was not for the 15 dollars profit I made on the cake.
I've thought about this a lot and here is what I came up with:
Despite the stress deep down I really love making cakes icon_biggrin.gif
I love the way it made me feel when my friend loved the cake, and everyone at the party was like oh you're the one that makes the great cakes!!!
SO yesterday i hated it today i love it. crazy crazy crazy!!!!!!
donna
mommy to three dd, and new baby BOY!!!
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donna
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post #2 of 35
lol.. not crazy at all ddog .. I always look at the disaster I make of my kitchen and when I'm totally exhausted, completely stressed out and I see the mess I have to clean up, I always question my sanity as to why I keep doing this to myself.. by the next day, I'm dreaming of the next creation I'll try lol .. we're addicted!! icon_biggrin.gif
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Cheryl a/k/a ntertayneme (n-ter-tayne-me)
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post #3 of 35
I'm the same way Cheryl! I was up till 3:30 am this morning finishing up on the wedding cake. I freaked out all morning because I had never done the roman pillars before. Everything went great! I had so many compliments on the cakes! After I finished setting it up I took pics, then looked back & said, "WOW" I MADE THAT???? What a wonderful feeling!!!! Nothing beats it!!! I do it for me!!!!! AND THE MONEY!!!!!! icon_smile.gif
"Learn from a turtle... it only makes progress when it sticks it's neck out"
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"Learn from a turtle... it only makes progress when it sticks it's neck out"
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post #4 of 35
I have the same problem with my 3 year old son! After he takes a nap he expects me to hold him for at least 30-45 minutes when he wakes up. I also have a seven year old daughter that loves to "HELP" with things! Sometimes I get very stressed! I have also been up till 3:30 when I took too many cake orders. But when it all settles down...and the mess is cleaned up...I can't wait to start all over again! icon_smile.gif
traci
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post #5 of 35
I understand how you all feel, Been there done that. I now have no or little distractions when I make a cake and all the years of making them with distractions has paid off. I have a lot of experience, supplies and patience. My hand is not as steady as it use to be and I end up with a swollen one on some occasions if there is alot of piping to do. But in the end "I JUST LOVE IT" too. icon_biggrin.gif
post #6 of 35
I'm in the same boat. I have an autistic son who takes a lot of my time and a second grade girl who has at least an hour of homework every night....and you want me to make WHAT for you ? and for FREE???
I get sucked in every time. Even when I charge, I always undercharge. But the look on someone's face when they see I cake I've put a lot of time into is all worth it.
post #7 of 35
Wow! You guys took the words RIGHT out of my mouth. I worked all day on a practice cake. Not a cake I was hired to do -- a PRACTICE cake. I have a three yr. old daughter that I'm trying to potty train. I have an 18-mth. old son and my husband is AWESOME, but I still feel pulled in 20 different directions while I'm trying to bake and design a cake. I start thinking the EXACT same thing: "Why am I doing this? I should be doing this or that with the kids or for the kids." Then the guilt starts to set in. Anyway, I feel so much better that you guys go through the same thoughts. Thanks for letting me vent.
I wish you all the best of cake!
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I wish you all the best of cake!
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post #8 of 35
That sound a lot like my household! I have a 6 month old who is still nursing, a 2 year old who is potty training, and one that just turned 5 and is starting homeschooling in a few days. Things are busy around here anyways, but then I get last minute orders for cakes and everything becomes hectic. I think to myself, "I've got 3 kids. I'm already very busy! Why do I keep doing this?" But I know I love decorating cakes and it's wonderful in the end when the recipient loves the cake too. thumbs_up.gif
post #9 of 35
I feel the same way. I work a full time job and love cake decorating. I love it so much that I will take a last minute order which will cause me to stay up until 2am and still having to report to work the next day. On top of that I have a 15 month old daughter and she requires my attention until she goes to bed. I often ask myself why I do this but the next day I'm hoping to get more cake orders from the cake I just made. The compliments I get keeps me going and the fact that I love to do it.
post #10 of 35
I too sometimes question my sanity while taking on another cake, mostly when I have several other orders for pies, cookies, cheescakes and I think I don't have the time to decorate a cake too....but then I start baking the cake and the creative juices start flowing and before I know it, I'm done and am so excited about the whole process that when asked to decorate another cake, I just can't wait.......I like to think of it as not be addicted but being passionate about cake decorating!
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Live, Laugh, Love!
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post #11 of 35
It is so wonderful hearing everyone talk about their stressful situations. Even though it takes a lot out of you, you all have one thing in common, you love what you do and I can't wait to share my first cake experience with you all. (I'm sure it'll be stressful as well)I recently discovered this website but I haven't made my first attempt just yet. I'm still doing some reading first because I don't want to try it until I completely understand what is involved. !!! icon_biggrin.gif
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post #12 of 35
That is exactly why I didn't get the cake I was making for the contest here done. I had the cake all baked and crumbcoated and then my daughter got strep throat. I am also trying to potty train the two year old. My husband is now out of town on business, but at least my daughter is better so I am going to try and finish it today, just for the practice. Pictures coming up sometime after midnight tonight. icon_wink.gif
post #13 of 35
I go through the same thing. It seems like everytime I get in the middle of a project that all heck breaks loose in the house. I too am trying to potty train my 3 year old son and I have an almost 8 month old who is now crawling everywhere. Not too many chances to get the kids away for an afternoon to finish a project. I was up until after midnight finishing my last Harley cake and after all was said and done, I hated it! I've been thinking about putting the kabosh on all future projects until the kids are old enough to wipe their own bums and make their own PB&J sandwiches!

I've got way too much $$$ invested in my cake decorating supplies to just let them sit dormant for that long so I just limit my projects to two a month.

You are not the only one who feels that way. Just keep at it when you can and first and foremost, LOVE YOUR CHILDREN!!!!! I have to keep telling myself that on occasion and all is well!


Amy
post #14 of 35
I'm with everyone else in this topic. A 4 year old who will stand on a chair and watch my every move and has to help but everything in the mixing bowl, half of which ends up on my counter top. I also have a 16 month old who is my little devil. She will take everything out of the cabinets I just but everything back into, and when I tell her no no, she laughs in my face. Although once I get started decorating it's worth seeing my kids happy being part of something I love doing. thumbs_up.gif
nothing is more relaxing than decorating a cake or reading to your kids
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nothing is more relaxing than decorating a cake or reading to your kids
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post #15 of 35
With the exception of the baby, I could've written this post! Glad to know others feel the same!
It's hard to be optimistic when your "fat" pants are tight.
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It's hard to be optimistic when your "fat" pants are tight.
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