All the way from Singapore to San Diego, California via the marvel that is the internet. Welcome to the forum, cakefat.
If you click on the "www" link in the little boxes at the bottom of my post, you can see my cake journey. My career was in specialized medical equipment for chronic pain and severely disabled children and adults. I never had a hobby in my life except for reading everything I could get my hands on. At the age of 56, I had long since given up any artistic endeavors.
In February 2010, I found a Michaels coupon for 60% off any regular priced item. (Since I'd never set foot in a craft store in my life, I didn't know that they had 40-50% coupons every day.) I went with my niece to see what I could buy with a 60% off coupon and ended up buying the Wilton 50 piece tool caddy. Then my niece saw a Wilton cake decorating flyer and I signed up for the first Wilton class.
Here are my first through sixth cakes made during the 4 Wilton courses. (The final "Mermaid" cake took about 30 hours to complete. It was the proudest "artistic" moment of my life!)
First cake: http://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/134
Second cake: http://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/131
Third cake: http://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/131#132
First fondant cake: http://christinascakes.shutterfly.com/pictures/90
Second fondant, first stacked cake:
Final, "graduation" cake at the end of my 4th course:
And this is my biggest project to date--a 100th Birthday cake display for my darling "gramma" ( (sister's mother-in-law). This was made a year ago in September 2011. It was my honor to make this as a gift for this wonderful woman.
Cake is a hobby that excites my passion, interest, and challenges me with every new project or technique and recipe. It brings joy to everyone who receives one of my hobby cakes. The most unexpected benefit? The wonderful new friends I've made at home and online.