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Hi All,


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:

 

http://itsa-long-story.blogspot.com/2013/06/yeah-its-like-that.html

 

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 itsalongstoryblog@gmail.com, but please don't ask for recipes or cake instructions... lol   (gahhh)

 

wamly, goodbye-

 

Stef

Not doing cakes any more, moved on...

Now blogging about life after cake and other randomness here:  http://itsa-long-story.blogspot.com/

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Not doing cakes any more, moved on...

Now blogging about life after cake and other randomness here:  http://itsa-long-story.blogspot.com/

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post #2 of 22

Oh wow! How does that happen, so I can avoid it??? Cake has been my life for 25 years, and I am still dreaming about it, lol.

 

I have "copied" (poorly) some of your gorgeous cakes, favorite a bunch more, and regret not getting to see anymore fresh designs from you. Please have fun!!!

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Beginners, be sure to parrot advice and get your post count up as fast as you can. After all, it's not what you know, it's what people THINK you know.
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post #3 of 22
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Originally Posted by Annabakescakes View Post

Oh wow! How does that happen, so I can avoid it???

One way to avoid it: delegate.
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BTW that vegetable garden is impressive. Our ~500sf potager is a lot of work, I can't imagine keeping up a garden ten times the size without help.
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I've always admired your work.  Good for you!  You only go through life once.  You might as well enjoy it!

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Have fun in your new adventures!  Your work was amazing.  I can understand burnout in the cake industry!  I'm just starting, but will never, ever own a bakery.  My intention is to take a lot of breaks in between cakes.

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And dang...it's hard to say goodbye to a BMW!!

post #8 of 22
I'm sure it was a really hard decision but it's clear you already know you won't regret it. Enjoy the garden!
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post #9 of 22

Thanks so much for sharing I read your blog and you crack me up about "facebook" hence the reason I don't even have one. I will for business but that is it.

Its ok for businesses to brag righticon_wink.gif

I'm so sorry that you got burnt out, but heck i'd love your garden too especially since mine is sad sad sad.

post #10 of 22

Glad to see your happy i adore your work! Question, did you ever have any interns/employee's? If so may i ask how many i want to start everything off right if possible.

 

Edited Iphone 

post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 

It's been half the summer, and I thought I'd post an update, in case anyone's wondering wth? did she DIE? (no)

 

http://itsa-long-story.blogspot.com/2013/08/good-trade-memoir-of-ex-wedding-cake.html

 

carry on-

Not doing cakes any more, moved on...

Now blogging about life after cake and other randomness here:  http://itsa-long-story.blogspot.com/

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Not doing cakes any more, moved on...

Now blogging about life after cake and other randomness here:  http://itsa-long-story.blogspot.com/

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post #12 of 22

read your princess story! hilarious!

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Hey everybody! Check out google.com ! This is clearly an attempt to direct traffic onto that site and away from cake central. Because everyone knows you can only have one browser open!
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post #13 of 22

:(, but I understand. My knees, wrists and feet are on strike, threatening to sue if work conditions don't improve lol, you will be missed.

 "So find what YOU like best and make it your own! After all, It’s YOUR sandbox, I Just PLAY in it."

 

 Gretchen Price

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 "So find what YOU like best and make it your own! After all, It’s YOUR sandbox, I Just PLAY in it."

 

 Gretchen Price

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post #14 of 22

Oh, I so feel you...Your list at the end of that post should be mandatory reading for everyone who says "Having a cake business would be so much fun!" I'm sharing this on twitter, and i'll be following you there too. :)

post #15 of 22

Congratulations Chef Stef! Enjoy your family and retirement. I'm right behind you. I'm retiring this December myself. I've enjoyed most every moment and I'm sure I'll miss it somewhat but my priorities have changed too and I'm looking forward to spending more time with my grandchildren. And I understand completely that employing a good staff is not as easy as it sounds and the best solution to burn out for everyone. Those of you who have family and friends that step in and help are very fortunate but for those of us who have everything on our shoulders it can certainly be a heavy burden. But that's another story for another time. I've been very successful over the years with my business and I'm hoping to pass on my customer base/vendor contacts along with my retail location to another who has plenty of passion and big dreams. For me it's time to be just grandma! 

Jeremiah 29:11. If you build it they will come. Do what you love, and love what you do!
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Jeremiah 29:11. If you build it they will come. Do what you love, and love what you do!
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