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post #46 of 94
Hi Everone ... I'm new to your forum. I started with the Wilton classes in 1996 - went crazy for a few years then stopped decorating for a while. I started back up a couple years ago and was pleasantly surprised when I discovered I had so many great tools and gadgets already! That STILL doesn't stop me from buying now ....

My theory is that I've just decided to accept my "addiction" and let the fun continue! icon_biggrin.gif
post #47 of 94
This is completely me -- I had to laugh when I saw the title.

Because I'm living with my boyfriend and his parents, all of my cake stuff has to be condensed into an area of my room. It gets so overwhelming and as I was cleaning on Sunday, I had an outburst of frustration because I have nowhere for my stuff.

Then I had this brilliant idea that, since my boyfriend's room isn't used (except for a few things that aren't major... clothes, lap top... etc), I suggested to my boyfriend that we remove his bed from there and I can store all of my cake stuff in there...

My boyfriend looked at me like I spoke a foreign language or like I deeply offended him or something....

lol

But, I am trying to cut back, myself, because my space of storage is very limited. I walk into a store and whether it's ingredients, bakeware, gadgets, etc., I feel like a little kid in a candy warehouse. I just get so exited. In a matter of minutes I'll have my arms full/cart full.

But what I'm doing now, even though I still get so excited (let me tell you, I never thought I'd get so excited over a pan... I never would've believe it), I try to take step back and ask myself if I really need it, and if I really need it right now. Majority of the time it's "No, but it just looks like so much fun! It's soooo cool!" Even though in my mind I try to come up with reasons why I *need* it.now., I still force myself not to. I decide that if I really have to have it or I need it, I can always come back for it, or I can always order it online.

Then I feel a moments depression, but when I get home and see all my stuff and containers of stuff... I feel a little bit of relief in my decision.
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post #48 of 94
Well, sound like they are talking about myself here icon_cry.gif . I started this addiction one year ago, to be honest, i never, never, have no attachment for anything but cake books, dvd, item and so on and so on

You know i writing this and i feel like an intervention to myself icon_redface.gif you know the program that the family gather together to give the addict an ultimatum icon_cry.gif

I move to a new house 4 moth ago, and it was a eye opening to me, the storage unit in my old house, was full of cake decoration, my kitchen o god, i thinks i will need psychiatrist for this. I even has the same book twice( i bought, storage, forgot about it and bought it again icon_cry.gif ) Now i am trying to make an inventory of all what i have so i do not buy the same twice. I have to be honest it hurt me a little when i see all of this, all of this money i could give my family a nice vacation or buy something nice, and the worse part of it, i stop making cakes, i think i am not really good a this, but i still buying books.

Everyday, i try to be the first to get the mail, jajaja sound funny now that i saying it, i soon as i see the mailman i run to see what is for me, i even get a little down when i do not get a package, well i hope i am not the worse case here. icon_sad.gificon_cry.gif
post #49 of 94
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Originally Posted by MimiFix

Hello, my name is Mimi




My name is Mimi too and I'm also an addict!

The only up-side is that it completely cured me of my infatuation with shoes and purses (as enchantedcreations mentioned)...I don't care about them at all now and have given most of them away, in fact.

My most recent impulsive and unnecessary cake purchase was a small microwave...I don't even do enough projects to justify it really, but at $45.00 AND free shipping (Wal-Mart site), can you blame me??

(My MMF has to microwaved throughout the process of modeling anything, so now I don't have to make so many trips to the kitchen to use my regular larger one)

I also needed a stand (from Target) so I would be able to wheel it into the closet when I'm done icon_biggrin.gif

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post #50 of 94
I just wanted to add buying cake decorating supplies cured me of my addiction to buying scrapbooking supplies.
post #51 of 94
I, too, am addicted! Everything always looks so interesting and fun to work with. Not sure there is a cure. I have a huge closet full of stuff! Even if it started as a hobby it had to turn into a business to pay for all the stuff I have. I LOVE everything!
post #52 of 94
Fortunately where I live there are very few cake decorating supply stores with very limited offer. I bought a major part of my cake decorating stuff on-line from the USA and UK (specially for fondant). I love checking for 'NEW!' stuff on-line, seems that every month people come with new ideas and techniques for cake decorating... I also had to cut my expenses on cake decorating - usually I proceed in this way: add to the virtual cart everything I like, then I see A VERY EXAGERATED total that I of course cannot afford icon_redface.gif and start deleting the items. In the end I never go over my expenses limit (20 USD, 50 USD, 100 USD depends on what I REALLY need for my next cake orders). I do all fondant, gumpaste, icings and fillings at home and bake from scratch, at least I save in this way. I also found that some sofisticated (and pricey) decorating tools are not always necessarilly needed (sure, using them for decorating speed up the process) but other techniques using tools you already have can be applied. Next time you go for shopping try to set yourself a limit and think if a new decorating tool you want to buy is REALLY necessary to achieve the effect you want to create or if it can be done with other tools you already have at home. But I agree - buying cake decorating stuff IS really addictive! icon_lol.gif
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post #53 of 94
I'm so addicted that I changed my route I drive when I go visit my daughter in Atlanta. I make sure I go thru Tucker so I can stop at The Cake Art store then I cross over to Jimmy Carter Blvd to swing by the Nicolas Lodge International Sugar Art School. It's right off I-85 which is on my way to Duluth!! Sounds perfectly reasonable to me LOL And I usually buy something at BOTH places !!!! I love my cake addiction !!!!!
post #54 of 94
Thanks for the chuckle! I only had a chance to read one page and that was enough for me! I had to leave the room I was laughing so hard! Love the crack cake addict. I guess I have to go to that support meeting as well! My only saving grace is that I don't live close to Hobby Lobby or Michael's. Then I think, if I am going to make that trip, do I really want to drag my four kids through kicking and screaming that mommy is going into another craft store? Then I go online and cringe at the shipping. (I do have to say that Jennifer Dontz's shipping has been a great deal though) I also make sure that I have the cash before I order anything. That helps too. Of course, my DH is almost as bad as I am when it comes to looking at everything as a cake gadget!
post #55 of 94
I think I finally curbed my addiction after buying everything at Michaels and lots of things from other cake decorating supplies stores. They are stored everywhere, closet, pantry, cabinets, and I even have a rolling cabinet full of stuff. I just decided to ignore the 40% off coupons (though they still tempt me at times) and only get things I need for a cake. I can proudly say I've used about 90% of what I bought, but I'm still waiting to use the other 10%. I also do the want vs need talk to myself prior to getting anything and it's helped a lot.

I love the idea an earlier poster had about swapping items. That would be great!
post #56 of 94
I don't even sell cakes, and I think I bought every item Michael's had available before my 3rd Wilton class was over! (They had to love me there!) Now, it's every time I go to ICES or a cake class. What's worse, I will read posts on CC about some product people love and I buy it, not even needing it! (Cake suppliers must love CC). I am going thru my stuff as I am moving and I realize I don't like the Wilton stuff much anymore. Some works great, but I like the better cutters because I get a better cut. I must have 30 character pans,, and only used maybe 2 in 5 years. icon_smile.gif I started adding up receipts and realized that I have a problem. In addition, I found a cake store about an hour from my house that sells more professional pans and fondant so now I am hooked. I bought a 40 lb box of sweetex when I don't even bake but a couple times a year! What a waste. Is there a cake intervention?????
post #57 of 94
i work at hobby lobby teaching wilton classes, and i have my own side business. try ignoring all the coupons when u are able to get an additional 15% off for being an employee. lol we just moved into a new house and we had to get a 3 bedroom just so i have a room to store all my stuff. plus it is in my dining room and kitchen too. i try to not buy anything anymore except what i need for class or for an order, but sometimes i cant help myself. especially when i go to a bigger cake supply store or tulsa. i actually have to bring an extra suitcase just to lug my stuff back. how sad it that. i might need an intervention too lol
post #58 of 94
I'm so glad it's not just me!

I only have one cake supply shop near me and it's quite pricey, but I do have easy access to the internet. It's gotten to the point that my husband actually sent me a text message at work a few days ago that said "goes without saying that you have a package" because I'd been having cake supply deliveries every single day for about a fortnight!!

I feel like Gollum "MY precious....."
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post #59 of 94
Hi, I'm Debra and I'm a cake supply addict. I am so glad to know I'm not alone. I also don't make enough cakes to support the amount of supplies I own. My new thing is to make a project once a week and use something new for each one. This week is the paisley pan set. next week is edible gems!! ( that one is a new skill wish me luck)
post #60 of 94
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Originally Posted by kittenzl

Hi, I'm Debra and I'm a cake supply addict. I am so glad to know I'm not alone. I also don't make enough cakes to support the amount of supplies I own. My new thing is to make a project once a week and use something new for each one. This week is the paisley pan set. next week is edible gems!! ( that one is a new skill wish me luck)

LOL, welcome to our 'intervention' group icon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
What a great idea! 'do a project once a week' thank you! thumbs_up.gif
I'm also a hobby baker and nope, I can NOT justify the amount of cake tools I own, yikesss!! icon_surprised.gif
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