Monday, April 25, 2011

GIRLS ARE FICKLE

Now, I say this because I have already had to warn my girl-crazy 6 year old of such things due to a precocious little female classmate who keeps changing her mind about whether my boy is her "best friend".  It's become quite the joke in our household, but I do hope that he has an easier time of it once real girlfriends are on the horizon.

I, however, am not a very good example of womanly certainty of the mind.  I rarely find myself pursuing initial ideas lately, but so far, I have been happy with my final decisions so I guess that something is working. 

The latest change of mind is regarding what our Easter cake what going to look like.  If you recall, I was originally going with a repro of the yellow/orange/red floral cake from a month or so ago.  It loved it, but this past week I had butterflies on the brain due to a current household science experiment and a beautiful picture that I had seen.  So, away I went with the painted chocolate technique and my fave carrot-ginger cake recipe.  This cake was the centerpiece, along with some chickie cakepops (design courtesy of Bakerella), and was a big hit at our family celebration.
So, guess I'm again happy with the change of mind...and besides, it's my prerogative, right?

Until next time!

Monday, April 18, 2011

FOR THE GIRLS

If one were to peruse this blog's craft gallery, one might think that I have a gaggle of girls in my household.  I seem to be producing a plethora of flowery, pinky and purple-y trinkets these days, as though I have a number of daughter closets to fill.  For those of you that know, the opposite is actually true.  I am actually the only representation of the fairer sex in this household full of testosterone.

Now don't get me wrong..I wouldn't have it any other way.  But the truth of the matter is that the "boys" are at the age where cutesy doesn't cut it and crochet patterns lend themselves to items that the chickies would much prefer.  I am constantly on the hunt for items to make for my men and others, but inspiration is few and far between.  Still working on that.

In the meantime, the boys are begrudgingly acting as my fit models and wow are they pretty!  There is, of course, a bit of bribery involved...they get to taste cake recipes in return.

Here is a pattern that I have been trying to get posted for awhile.  I love it.  Girls' cami embellished with crochet border and flowers.  This one is size medium, which will fit size 8.  Check out pricing page for a size chart.  I have two other designs, which are just a little different in terms of the types and quantity of flowers.  Until I get samples posted, I am happy to describe through email chat if anyone is interested.  Colors are also of your chosing (see photo) to statisfy the "particular taste" of the sugar and spice in your life.

Until next time!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

FEEDING MY PEEPS

This week, I had the honor of providing treats for a group of former co-workers at The Martin Agency.  My dear friend, and former Martinite, Marcee, now works for Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure and Departures magazines.  She was hosting a group from Ingenuity (the media arm of TMA) as a thank you for recent business.  They had lunch and a tour at Dave Matthews' winery in Charlottesville and dessert was customized cakepops, made just for the occasion.

Thank you, Marcee, for your endless support!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Proud owner of my own commercial kitchen..

This was a big week!  After having spent several consecutive days up to my elbows in bleach, I have passed inspection by the VA Dept. of Agriculture.  This means that my home kitchen is now certified as a commercial kitchen.

I have been consumed for several weeks with the legal and administrative part of getting this business set up - and am fully exhausted because of it.  I have so many ideas swimming in my head, keeping me awake most nights, but because of classes, legal, insurance, blog set up, etc, I have not had much time to nurture creative development.  Starting a business is a bear!  Anyway, there is still alot to do, but I am quite relieved to be checking some of the big things off the list.  Hope to tackle some of the creative projects in my head soon. 

I'm taking the weekend off for some r and r with my girlfriends, and then next week all I have left to do is get the official license and I am officially licensed, insured and certified.  This means that I am able to provide products for places that require that baked goods be "store bought".  My kids' school, for instance, will not allow treats for the kids to be home baked.  This certification should now allow me to provide treats for school events and other venues.

Before I head out, I wanted to share a pic of some pops that I made for a friend this week.  A teacher at her child's preschool is leaving and these pops are for the going-away.  We wanted to personalize them a little, so I made them her favorite color, and added "pop signs" with her initial and some messages from the kids and parents.

Have a great weekend!