— PROVERBS 30:24-25
If you’ve been following this blog and my 1-year old business, you know that I occasionally make cakes for friends. The Blu Sash leaves the baking and cake decorating to the professionals the rest of the time. Once in a while I will have a friend ask me to make a cake for a special occasion and I will oblige as I love to experiment and try something new.
A few weeks ago a dear friend called wanting me to make a “Mad Hatter” cake for his wife’s birthday and I was more than happy to do it. I knew mine wouldn’t be Cake Boss quality, but I thought it would be fun to give it my best. It was a late night with a few rough patches in the wee morning hours. At 2 am I was trying to glue the fondant base back down to the cake with frosting. The fondant was splitting apart due to the weight of the top two cakes [note to self: more dowels next time]. At 3 am I said a prayer, put the cake in the fridge and trudged off to bed hoping the morning would not present a toppled cake. The next morning the frosting had set up nicely, I put on the finishing touches and viola, it was done!
It was handed off to my friend and I held my breathe as I waited to hear that it had made it’s long journey through the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, without incident. The news came and it was safe at home. What a glorious feeling! A job well done, despite my fears of the cake’s stability. I couldn’t wait to hear about Emillee’s response upon seeing it!
Then the news came. The bad news. Ants. Ants had found the cake during the night between delivery and birthday party. A crushing blow to all involved! Nothing could be done and the cake was a loss.
I feel so heart-broken for Ben that I am seriously thinking about making him a cake to take her for Valentines. It was such a sweet, loving gesture and then the ants had to come and crash the party. You can’t blame them though. They were just doing their job. Frosting, cake and raspberry filling are hard to resist!
Here are my wishes for you in 2011: May you have your cake and eat it too!
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I love all things vintage. If it’s old and once belonged to someone else …. I love it. Instantly. I love to ponder the story behind the item. I wonder who once wore this brooch? What was she like? What special occasions did she wear it to? When I am in an old building I immediately want to know it’s history, it’s story, what tales it’s walls might hold.
When Kevin, a good friend of my sister, contacted me about designing her save-the-dates and wedding stationery I was beyond excited. Kevin has a timeless elegance to her. Her classic design tastes and love of bygone eras were evident from the start of our conversations. While there were classic and vintage elements that Kevin and Nate wanted to incorporate into their wedding there was also a small hint of modern sophistication to what they were planning. I tried to season their Art Deco inspired invitations with a sprinkling of that modern elegance and hopefully captured the mood of their day in their “Deco Love” wedding suite.