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post #16 of 35
Whew! I thought I was the only one who feels like they're going off the deep end when meeting a cake deadline! I too have a six month old, a two year old potty training, and several other *helpers*. Cakes are scheduled for AFTER 9 pm to make sure no little hands ruin my work. Of course I bake during the day so I have hours of angst over someone doing something to a fresh cake. Than after it is decorated I can hardly wait until it's out of the house and safe at last! On the upside, I have many little admirers who 'oooh' and 'aaah' over the creations, and who tell me that I'm the best cake decorator in thr whole world!
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post #17 of 35
It is like you all are reading my mind!!!!! icon_cry.gif


I feel this way everytime I am in the middle of my orders. I have to say that in order to keep sane I do organize my day. My daughter goes to preschool so I try to bake when she is in school. (so I don't have to listen to ....can I have some cake for 3 hours and tell her "no" because its for an order) I wait to decorate my cakes until they are in bed at night. During the day I make batches of frosting.

I try to make everything while the kids are asleep. It helps me keep fingers out and piece of mind.

Thanks to the author of this post!!! I am glad I am not the only one icon_razz.gif
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post #18 of 35
I couldn't just read and not post to this one, but really can't and much. I think everyone here touched alittle on my household too. I guess next time I get to freak out at my kids, I'll think of you all and know it's going to be alright!

Rose
post #19 of 35
I try to bake the cakes when my 2 year old is taking her nap, and I decorate them when she's asleep, after 9 pm. I always make one cupcake for her out of the cake batter, and she loves that I do this especially for her. Once I tell her that she'll be getting her special treat, she doesn't botter me while I work.
Emi
post #20 of 35
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Thank you so much to all of you who replied to my post. I am so relieved that there are so many others out there who are in my situation, and it is good to know that I'm not that crazy after all!!!! OR--if I am I have a lot of people who are crazy with me, so I can handle that!!! Ha HA HA LOL icon_lol.gif
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post #21 of 35
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Originally Posted by Daniela

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



I studied up too for a little bit before I got started, but I soon realized that I didn't completely realize what was involved until I tried that first cake!!! lol icon_rolleyes.gif Everything I'd read and looked at and thought about did help tremendously, but there's something to be said about exprience, even if it's a disaster!! icon_razz.gif That's what makes this site so incredible - that there's so many wonderful people willing to share their experiences and advice and even their failures...it really makes a big difference to us newbies who think we're just making a mess of it all!! lol

Good luck to you when you decide to dive in and give it a shot! Even if it is a mess, it can be a confidence booster 'cause you're sure to walk away with more knowledge and lessons learned about the cake baking/decorating world!! Let us know how it turms out! icon_biggrin.gif

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post #22 of 35
I have three kids too! I could have written your post even what all 3 of your kids were up to while you worked on the cake.

It is addicting to decorate cakes.
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post #23 of 35
My daughter is grown now...but,ditto to the rest of the above.
Sherryb
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post #24 of 35
ok - I wasn't going to say anything before - but I think I need to , just to see if I'm being really silly or not -

This is kind of "deep", but I'm hoping some of you can relate on some level and maybe it will help me see that I'm not the only one...lol.......

I had a sort of epiphnay yesterday. I had a bday party , which I did the cake for, for my 3yr old son and his cousin who's bdays are 4 days apart. I planned and organized the whole thing, that's just something I like to do. Doing parties - from the conception of the "theme" to the activities, food and cake - is something that I truly enjoy. It gives me the feeling of accomplishment that I'm otherwise lacking. I have 3 kids as well: 5 & 3 yr old boys and an 11 month old little girl. I know that being a mom is the most important job anyone can have and it is definitely the most rewarding, but for the past couple of years I've been struggling with "losing myself" - you know - just disappearing into everyone else and what you do for and because of them. So I started really getting into this party thing - well, that led to wanting to do cakes and here I am. As much as I say that I do it to make "them" (whoever that may be) happy, I am doing it for myself. I feel satisfied that I can do something, even though it's alot of work for me, that makes others happy and is something that is purely about the fun for them. I love the feeling it gives me and the fact that it boosts my self-esteem.

Speaking of which - that's something else that I've been struggling with for a while. Needing to find something to do that made me feel good about me and what I can do - outside of changing the diapers, cooking the meals and doing the laundry...lol. That's what doing cakes has begun to do for me.

I realized yesterday, while looking at my cake that I worked so hard on and saying to myself: " I wish it were a little straighter; my handwriting needs to be better; I need to do this or that better next time" - the thought came to me that: "Yeah - that's all true - but it's still a GREAT cake! Look at how happy your son is. Listen to all of those compliments you got!" What I came away from it with was this: Even though there's lots of room for improvement, it's okay. Which for me translated into: Even though you (me) need to lose weight, even though you have lots of faults, and no matter what other people think of you, you're still GREAT! It's ok that there's some lines that aren't perfectly straight on that cake, or on me!! It's ok that the handwriting is a little off kilter, or that I'm not the best at keeping up with the laundry. It's ok that the cake doesn't resemble something out of a Martha Stewart magazine, or that I don't resemble June Cleaver.....I'm still GREAT!!

I'm sure some of you think I'm nutty: She got all of that from a silly bday cake?? lol But, yes I did. It was just one of those "moments" that happen when you see something that translates into what you're feeling aobut yourself or in your life at the time.

And something I've learned about this site in the short time I've been a member - No matter how messy or how crooked or how horribly ugly icon_confused.gif a cake that's posted might be.....everyone here has nothing but encouraging, happy and positive remarks!! Ya'll even offer criticism or advice with a lot of tenderness and thought. It's just a shame that more people in the world, even those closest to us, don't treat others as well as ya'll do here.

Ok - I'm done!! lol icon_razz.gif Thanks for reading and thanks for the encouragement!! icon_smile.gif

Jennifer
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post #25 of 35
Jennifer,
I can relate to the whole "losing yourself" thing. Being a stay at home mom with one income in our family, if I can hand over a $100 check to my hubby for a cake I've done, I feel a true sense of accomplishment! Like I've contributed in a small way to our family. I know it sounds so 50's housewife, but I am truly that way.
So no, you are not nutty, and I think its great that cakes do that for you, cause they sure do it for me!!!
post #26 of 35
thanks, cakegirl! now I've just got to figure out how to start making money at this...lol. My husband would be shocked if i started giving him money that i make! lol but very, very happy nonetheless! thanks for sharing....btw - your cakes are really awesome! you've inspired me to try a few of them, too! hope you don't mind.........

Jennifer
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post #27 of 35
I don't mind at all....have fun!!!
post #28 of 35
Jenn, thank you for that post. I think I needed to read that. I struggle sometimes with losing myself too. I think it is a very easy thing to do when you are a stay at home mommy. I truly think it is the hardest (but very rewarding) job.
post #29 of 35
abbey - you're very welcome....good to know I'm not nutty!! lol
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post #30 of 35
Jenn, that was very thought provoking, and I think any mom, especially SAHM's are giving you big cyber hugs right now! Really makes me feel better about it all. I love doing the cakes, but it always seemed like a trivial side thing. But now, I realize it is something for me (to do, not eat icon_lol.gif ). Something to display my creative side, something that distinguishes me from "mommy".

Thanks so much! thumbs_up.gif
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