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post #16 of 28
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thats exactly what i mean! because i only do the as my hobby-my family/friends dont understand.
i hear "what do you mean you are gonna spend all weekend doing a cake?" or "why do you do all this work and dont make any money?"
then i have to explain it again for the one thousandth time.....
that probably is the most frustrating part of having a hobby that gets eaten and for the sole purpose of enjoyment. and alittle bit of therapy too.
oh well i refuse to get discouraged.
thankfully i can come here and vent or get encouragement.
Wilton Method Instructor. If you're lucky enough to be on a beach...you're lucky enough.
DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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Wilton Method Instructor. If you're lucky enough to be on a beach...you're lucky enough.
DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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post #17 of 28
sorry your feeling so down ,im sure your friend understands she will if she is a true friend, as for your grandchild money cant buy the love we have for them or the love we get back from them they are precious.
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post #18 of 28
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thanks -laidback, i havent heard from her so i dont know what happened with the cake.
as for being a gramma, i LOVE it! i wasnt planning on being a gramma so young, but i wouldnt trade it for anything in the world. she is also my name sake and im her godmother. we have a very special relationship.
now that i have one- i want more! im greedy. didnt realize how much i miss having little ones around. thats why i do so much volunteer work - enjoy working with kids. i also think it helps keep you young.
Wilton Method Instructor. If you're lucky enough to be on a beach...you're lucky enough.
DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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Wilton Method Instructor. If you're lucky enough to be on a beach...you're lucky enough.
DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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post #19 of 28
First of all, Ms. aundrea, can you be MY grandma? lol. I'm sick (cough, cough icon_lol.gificon_lol.gif ) Really though, your grandaughter is SO lucky to have you. My only grandma doesn't really care to have a relationship with us. icon_sad.gif She's really into herself and her sympathy needing hypochondria thumbsdown.gif As for my kids, we live too far from my mom since DH is in the army. Thats a good thing tho, cuz my baby sister is their age, and my mom has "dysfunctional favortism" issues. Oh well, I'm sure thats more than you wanted to know. lol. icon_redface.gif

As for the cake, I saw your cake and if you hadn't said something, I would never have thought something was wrong with it! As a matter of fact, even though I know you said it was messed up, I just can't see it! I don't know about the shifting, but in the picture it looks great. icon_biggrin.gif You definitely should NOT give 1/2 back. All of your cakes are beautiful. I kinda agree with your family. You SHOULD get paid for your beautiful work! I'm glad you feel better.
Cake and Kids: You make one and swear you'll never do it again. But before you know it, you got another one in the oven.
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Cake and Kids: You make one and swear you'll never do it again. But before you know it, you got another one in the oven.
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post #20 of 28
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hi sugarnspicediva- love the screen name.
i consider myself lucky to have the relationship i have with her. i was close to one of my gramma's growning up we had such a bond. i miss her so much! she passed when i was 17. my other gramma who is still living lives in another state and we were never close. shes 97 and ive let all the past stay in the past.
i can relate to your situation.
ive made it a point to be close to my grandaughter (and hopefully future grandchildren icon_biggrin.gif ) because most of her grandparents are either passed, or have move far away.
as for the cake, it looked presentable i guess. but with all the stuff left off-i just felt bad. and disgusted. im actually making a little cake right now for work tonight, kinda redemption.
i just hope to finish it before i leave. im also waiting for the furnace guy to show up, hes already late ugh!
and i just peeked at your pics....nice work! love your roses thumbs_up.gif
Wilton Method Instructor. If you're lucky enough to be on a beach...you're lucky enough.
DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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Wilton Method Instructor. If you're lucky enough to be on a beach...you're lucky enough.
DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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post #21 of 28
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Originally Posted by leah_s

The way the pros do it day in and day out, is that our (at least my) schedule revolves around cake. The cake comes first. No I can't go to the neighborhood party (last Friday). Sent DH with the small chocolate fountain. Everyone took good care of him. No I can't cook dinner on any Friday night, ever. No I can't go out either. Yes, dear, I really am pulling an all-nighter. I don't have grandkids to watch, but honestly, if I've taken money for a cake, the mom would be taking care of the kid. Cakes are my business. The family and DH enjoy the $ I bring in, so they have to honor my schedule. Period.

That's the difference between caking as a hobby and caking professionally. When its a hobby you have options. When its a business, you put your customers' needs above your own.

And after all that, I'll bet your Elmo cake was fine.



This is a great point. I am very particular that on certain days certain things must get done and if not, I don't go to sleep until they do. It's the only way I can keep on schedule.

I'm sorry things didn't work out this time. Live and learn. icon_smile.gif
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post #22 of 28
Aundrea, I gotta be honest with you....I like the elmo cake more than I like the castle cake (not that the castle cake is bad, cuz its great)...so you definitely are being too hard on yourself. And, I think this is what makes you a wonderful cake artist...you ran out of time, you improvised, and still ended up with a beautiful product.
I hope you stop beating yourself up about this, and instead start reminding yourself about what talents and blessings you have.
Looking forward to seeing more of your cakes!
Sandi
post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by aundrea

i hear "what do you mean you are gonna spend all weekend doing a cake?" or "why do you do all this work and dont make any money?"


We could say the same thing about lots of other hobbys that don't even have the illusion of making money! icon_twisted.gif

Golfing? Walking around on a big yard for miles and miles in the hot sun to hit a little ball into a hole? And pay a big fee for the privilage of doing so? And you're going to spend all day Saturday doing it? icon_confused.gif

Deer Hunting? You mean you're going to get up before the butt crack of dawn just to sit in a tree hoping to shoot a deer? And for all of that uncomfort, you still might come home empty handed? icon_confused.gif And you paid HOW much for that equipment?

Puttering in the Flower Beds? You mean you're going to kill your back and legs and hands by digging in dirt and messing around with flowers in the hot son on a Saturday? why would you do all of that work and not get paid for it?

Scrapbooking? You're going to spend a butt load of money to put pictures in an album in a 'fancy' way just so they can still be just some pictures in an albums? (In my personal opinion, this has GOT to be the biggest waste of time that I'll never get back in my life!) icon_eek.gif

Camping? You mean you're going to pay a fee to go to a camp site, leave an air conditioned comforatble home to sleep on dirt and cook in a primitive way? And you paid how much for the euipment to do this?

You're going to spend ALL DAY volunteering in a soup kitchen? And not get paid for it?

Yeah .... we're going to do all of that. Because we ENJOY it! And when we're all done with our soup kitchen duty, and our scrapbooking, and our camping with our family, and making our house look pretty with the flower beds, then we're ALSO going to enjoy the time we spend making our cakes.

And we're going to do it Just Because!
post #24 of 28
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amen to all of the above!!
now if you any of you will come over and talk to my family/friends i would soooooooooooo appreciate it! haha.
but seriously- thank you all so much for making me feel better when i was a bit down last week-end.
this was a lesson learned.
***muah's**** to all of my cc'ers.
Wilton Method Instructor. If you're lucky enough to be on a beach...you're lucky enough.
DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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Wilton Method Instructor. If you're lucky enough to be on a beach...you're lucky enough.
DANCE as though no one is watching you, LOVE as though you have never been hurt before, SING as though no one can hear you, LIVE as though heaven is on earth...souza
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post #25 of 28
i love you indydebi!!!!!!!!!! preach on girl icon_smile.gif
post #26 of 28
I have to agree with Leah. My daughter was in the hospital for 5 days and my mom stayed with her because she got sick during graduation. I had commited to those customers and there was no going to be with DD til the last order was done.
Though I have to say that as pros we still get interrupted a million times a day while working on a cake. It is not our family and friends it is other customers. They all think they have to personally talk to me and that my employees are props that are incapable of writing an order up.
I started as an out of the home baker and expanded to my own shop so I have played both sides and have to say both sides have distractions. I like to get into a cake zone and not be bothered. Many days you will see me ipod earbuds in and volume LOUD! icon_biggrin.gif
post #27 of 28
I get grief about all of that, but also I have gotten bit by the challenge of "trying" to compete in some of the cake shows....okay, i want to challenge myself and see what I can do and how well (or not) I do against other cake designers out there....so I get complaints from my family why I am spending so much time working on a dummy cake that isn't for sale and can't be eaten...most of the complaints originate with DH (do I have to say dear?), but honestly, why is caking not taken as seriously as any other interest or hobby or talent or job? Honestly, the amount of work and time and talent it takes to make a successful cake rivals a lot of hobbies and day jobs that I know of, certainly my day job and I went to college for that! Having cake and cookie decorating as creative outlet is what saves me!
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post #28 of 28
aundrea - I just had a look too and I also think you are being WAY too hard on yourself! Maybe dont think of it as an un-finished cake, but rather one that you changed the design along the way. Part of the creative process, often times my cakes look alot different to what I had originally planned! Haven't we all had a cake we just wanted to see the back of! It's really cute and it was afterall for a little girl who I bet thought it was the best thing ever!
"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before." Mae West.
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"When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before." Mae West.
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