Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Finding My creativity again...

Crafting is my passion.

I grew up with a Father who could make something out of nothing, or fix anything that was broken with a little bit of patience,some kind of tool and some adhesive.

My mom taught us all the possibilities of glitter and Elmer's glue. She made us dresses, she made us matching bows... My wardrobe up to the age of 7 or 8 was completely made by my Mom.

Crafting has always been my past-time. I love scrap booking (sooo expensive) or making favors.

I posted some pictures of a few recent projects below.

My Sisters Wedding Centerpieces

Constructed our of card stock... Boxes adorned with my coworkers Initial and filled with treats.

Bridal Shower gift for Erin, A basket of camping supplies.

Then there is my true passion.
Sugar, Flour and Piping bags.
My love for making cakes started one day when I wanted to make something fun, that I could give to my greatest friend at the time Hayley. I stopped at Michael's and when I walked down the cake isle, my eyes lit up. I just knew that this was what I wanted to do.
Cake making is a craft that you perfect with time. It also requires a lot of tools, a good oven, a better recipe and A LOT of patience. It can get semi expensive when you make everything from scratch, which is what I started doing (Except my first two cakes)

My Very First Cake for Hayley's 22nd Birthday
My Second Cake - 4th of July 2006
Birthday Cake for Susie who we nicknamed "Princess" 06'
Rob & Jen's Birthday Cake 07'
April's Bridal Shower Cake 07'
Also, this was my first time making fondant.
My Sister's Baby Shower Cake 09'
-Spray food colored stars and black dust make the cake a little dark looking.
It was "Potty like a Rock star" themed.
My Beautiful Baseball Playing Boyfriends Birthday Cake
Icing a round object was the most difficult thing Ive ever done.
These are just a few of my Cake Creations.
Looking at these cakes makes me want to go home and make one after work :)
Thinking on it last night, I wish I could just quit my job and go to culinary school in Napa. I want to learn the art of baking and pastries. My dream is to own a bakery one day.
I just don't know if that can ever happen.
I feel like I would need to step out of my comfort zone and go for it, if I ever wanted it to happen... But how do you leave a full time job, when you have bills to pay? How to you really go chase your dream when you have responsibilities, and payments and credit cards and leases... Not forgetting no money in the bank. I was watching Oprah last night and she had a few people who had just chased their dreams and are now living their dream life, with their dream job. These people would just look into the camera and say "Just go for it! Chase your dreams!!" Um, Okay... Ill "Just go for it!" - If chasing my dreams means I may be without a roof over my head or without a car, and in major debt, I feel like its just not worth the risk?
What do you think? How far would you go to reach your dream? I know sitting at a desk from 8-5 is not what I was hoping to be doing at 26. Don't get me wrong, I'm very grateful for my job. I have incredible hours, benefits, counterparts. Not to mention a 401k and no micromanagement.
Should I just be mediocre? Do I just live with what I have and be happy with that?
*Sigh* Maybe Duff or the Cake Boss will read this, come knock on my door and take me away.
Until then, I think I better get back to work.

1 comment:

  1. I know how you feel! I've been a business owner and it is tough work. But honestly, if ever there was a time to do it, being 26 with no kids would be the best time.
    You'll never be comfortable taking that leap. There'll always be bills and responsibilities. So if you keep using that as your reason, you'll never get the courage to do it.
    If you can find a way to go to culinary school - even if it isn't the school of your choice - then I say go for it! Just make yourself take that one baby step! Xoxo