Sunday, January 25, 2009
I spent some time yesterday updating my etsy store. I've added some fun new vintage things, fake cupcakes, a new recipe card design and my "Make Cookies Not War" cookie cutters.
I'm really uncomfortable expressing my political views and that sort of thing here. I sort of wish I'd never taken things in this direction with the whole "Make Cookies Not War" thing. I had been watching the news coverage of the conflict between Gaza and Israel. On ABC they did a story about the effects of the conflict on the children there. It made me so mad! How can any leader of any country or organization look at suffering children and think that what they are doing is okay? So I decided I could try to raise a little money to send to Save the Children.
Anyway, it seems to me (though I've not recieved any negative comments) that not supporting the decisions of our world leaders = not supporting our troops. BULL! I am aware that the world is full of truly evil people and I am very grateful that there are people who are willing to make terrible sacrifices to keep us safe and protect our way of life.
Remember Connie from The Constant Baker? She is trying to raise some money so she can send 12 dozen cookies to a Colonel in Iraq. Please visit her blog for details. She's doing such a nice thing!
…& that's IT for me & politics!
Etsy isn't the only thing I've been updating. We've starting working on some redecorating projects around our house too! I'm so excited. We're putting new flooring in the kitchen, living room, entry and hallway. It's just a nice medium to dark shade of wood laminate. I'm going to do a lot of re-painting too. That should really brighten things up. I'll post pictures when I'm done. The down side is, with my kitchen is in shambles, I won't be doing much baking for the next couple of weeks so I'm not sure I'll have much to share with you here. We'll see.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Pared down, modern clean simple designs have their appeal. In fact my plans to redecorate my house involve a lot of paring down and simplifying. (I'll post my inspiration photos at Flying Time)
You just gotta let the frilly out!
The wedding cakes in this 1960s Wilton Cake Decorating Book are so, unrestrained, over the top, hilariously frilly. Not a speck of cake is left unadorned. After seeing this I couldn't help myself. I just had to make some ridiculously frilly, super tacky cupcakes. As I was working on these I was reminded of those 1980s Jessica McClintock prom dresses with the puffy sleeves and all the lace. Those were the days…
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.”"Armed and Dangerous" post about my new cookie gun, both Allison of The Lark and Potty Mouth Mama posted "Make Cookies Not War!" in the comments. I like that slogan.
Okay… I'm not one to get involved with very many big causes. Taking care of my own family is really about all that I'm capable of. However, if I can use Sugar and Meringue to promote peace and friendliness without being too pretentious about my own less than charitable ways… that'd be pretty cool!
I've started a "Make Cookies Not War" flickr group where you're welcome to post your own homemade cookie photos or ideas about "baking for peace", and (in an effort to be more charitable) I'm going to sell vintage cookie cutters with "Make Cookies Not War" tags attached in my etsy store (as soon as I get some cute tags designed). I'll donate the profits to Save the Children.
Monday, January 5, 2009
I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be able to do this interview. Cheryl Day, owner of Back in the Day Bakery, is a very accomplished baker. Her cupcakes have been voted the best in the country. She's been in several magazines, the New York Times, and even appeared on the Paula Deen Show. (here's a link to that show) Located in Savannah, Georgia, her bakery is a tourist destination. It has that vintage/retro/shabby chic look and feel that I absolutely adore. I've wanted to visit Savannah for a long time and if I ever do get to go there, her bakery will be the first place I go! It's so sooo kind of her to take the time to answer my questions about starting a bakery business and to allow me to share them with you.
Here's what Cheryl wrote for the "about me" section of her blog Buttercream and Roses–
It all began with an easy bake oven. I am a newly-wed and own a bakery with my husband in Savannah, GA. I have the best job in the world, and I'm on a path to discovering the people who share my passion for life, learning, baking, and growing as a person. I love everything about baking and the fascination with what you can do with a few simple ingredients. It is impossible to measure the happiness I bring to others on a daily basis and the joy it brings me in return. Baking from scratch is a lost art and I am determined to carry on the tradition of baking from the heart.
So, it all began with an Easy Bake oven (the best toy ever!) Do you remember anything special that you made with your Easy Bake?
The "Baby cake" that I make was inspired by my early days of baking with my easy bake oven.
I read that your grandma and your mom taught you how to bake. Do you have any special memories of baking with them that you’d like to share?
Ah Memories...I lost my mom at an early age, so baking is all about memories for me. Just the other day I was making buttermilk biscuits and I found myself day dreaming about my mother's hands showing me how to dock the tops with a fork.I always find comfort in knowing that I can reach in the pantry and gather just a few humble ingredients, bake something delicious and be transformed to my childhood.
What did you do before you opened your bakery? Did you go to college? If so, what did you study? Did you always dream of having a bakery? What lead to the decision to open Bakery?
Sunday, January 4, 2009
I can't believe I haven't posted anything since December 15. I guess time really does fly when you're having fun. We had a great Christmas and a happy New Year with lots of gatherings of family and friends.
My son's 8th birthday was on the 23rd, so I thought I'd show you some of the Star Wars cupcakes I made for him. The Vadar and lightsaber cupcakes were inspired by flickr user Kati Peck , the R2D2 cupcakes were my own idea/design.
I can't wait to see what this year has in store for Sugar and Meringue. Maybe this will be the year I really get things off the ground. I've had some very encouraging things happen lately. I don't feel like I can talk about them 'til they're official but I will say that I might be getting some exciting recognition. I hope I can build on this recognition. We'll see what happens.
So now what?…
I see oppurtunities. I have a chance to get some great recognition. But… I don't have a liscensed kitchen. I can't persue most of these oppurtunities without a liscensed kitchen.
If I manage to find a kitchen space… I will need to figure out how to pay for it. All of the recognition and opportunities I've been talking about are "maybes" and they won't generate any income for a while.
I have a good job. But it's full-time, leaving me with little time to work on building a business and not nearly enough time to produce (let alone market) enough cookies and cupcakes to pay for a kitchen space. In this economy, can I risk giving up a good job to start a business?
I guess, I just need to take things one step at a time and see what happens. I'll go to work, take care of my family and then devote what time I have left to business planning. I think, as long as I'm working hard towards my goals, whatever is meant to happen will happen.
If only I were a Jedi…
May the force be with you in 2009!