I haven't been here in months, having (yes) closed my beautiful dream bakery in December, so this will be just a note to say hi to all my friends here, and a HUGE heartfelt thanks for all your tips and advice and shared commiseration over the last 12 years!
I loved all my years of baking and decorating, but I'm done. Over it. Moved on. The website is closed, the phone is off, the equipment has been sold. I don't care if I never see another cake or crumbcoat another tier, ever. Nothing's wrong...I just, burned out. It was great, and I got to work with the best vendors in the Inland Northwest, worked with tons of lovely customers (and some wackos), saw my cakes published in national blogs, CC magazine, and on Gordon Ramsey's Hotel Hell TV show, got invited to be on Cupcake Wars back in the day, and won plenty of Best Of titles around here, so that's all cool, but it was time to take my life back.
It's a long story that I won't tell here, but if you really want to see some of where my life has gone since last year, you can follow my new blog for the whole story, beginning here:
P.S.--especially to indydeb and some others, you guys have been AWEsome, and to everyone else, keep up the great work--I always got so much inspiration from CC and will always direct people here when they need cake help!
PPS- Sorry if I've missed PM's from anyone, but I never get on here any more. If you need to reach me, I can be reached on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yahoogardener or through the blog at firstname.lastname@example.org, but please don't ask for recipes or cake instructions... lol (gahhh)