Going Cake Crazy

It’s 11:11pm as I’m writing this. Chris is in bed asleep while I wait for the last cake of the evening to come out of the oven. I know, I know… another post about cakes.

Are you guys tired of hearing about this bakery? I am. I feel like that’s all we ever talk about these days. I haven’t blogged in a while so I wanted to write about something cool, perhaps another recipe… but unless you want a recipe for cereal that’s just not going to happen. Because you guys… life is crazy right now! Cake crazy. Cuckoo cake crazy. Chaotic cuckoo cake crazy. Critically chaotic cuckoo cake crazy.

…Oh dear…. there it goes. My sanity…out the window.

Chelsea’s Cool Cakes really has been our life lately though. Both of us!

Any free time either of us has is spent at the bakery trying to do all that needs doing in order for me to move in in the next week or so. While I’ve been struggling through a few over-booked weeks of cake orders, Chris has been going over almost every day after work and doesn’t get home until 8, which is just enough time to eat dinner before we both crash for the night, only to do it again the next day. Every day.

Our apartment is a complete and utter disaster.

We’ve been surviving on alternating nights of cereal and pasta-roni for dinner because we both lack the energy to cook. As a result, our digestive health has gone the way of our sanity.

Both of us have lovely paint streaks in our hair.

The only thing keeping poor Skittles entertained is the egg she’s sitting on.

We haven’t seen or talked to any of our friends except for the kind souls who have come to help us paint (and last Saturday when Anna and Mike invited us over for pizza and a movie…which we almost fell asleep in >.<)

I tell you all of this lest you think opening your own business is full of sunshine and rainbows and butterflies. It’s not. It’s full of hard work. Freaking hard work.

But you know what? We are making progress and there is a light at the end of the tunnel! A great big glowing light of exciting awesome! Business is growing already (I have 13 wedding cakes and counting booked so far for the summer!) and I’m finally starting to get the big, awesome cake orders I’ve been working for. The studio looks awesome with it’s fresh coat of paint and is actually coming together! Despite all the crazy… we are happy :) The paint globs in your hair and the frosting globs on your clothes seem rather satisfying at the end of the day when you know you’ve worked your butt off for them.

Exciting things are coming in the future :)


For now though… here is this picture:


Painting the bakery


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3 Responses
  1. Stefanie says:

    Wow, that is intense. You have 13 orders already? That’s impressive! Keep working hard, this is a big job and you are up to the challenge! I take it that you’ll live in Stavanger for a while? Like, longer than 5 years? Also, have you ever done this type of construction before, all the ripping down, prepping, painting.. and i’m sure a whole lotta other stuff in between? Or is this all new to you? Keep up the good work!

    • ChrisandChelsea says:

      Hi Stef!

      Thanks for your encouraging words! I definitely need them! We have never done this type of construction before. I painted for 3 years for BYU’s theater department, but that was meant to be seen from 40 feet away so we didn’t have to be very precise or technical. This painting for real is a big learning experience! But worth it in the end I hope! We are planning to stay at least 5 more years or so. We don’t foresee any reason to leave in the near future, so we figure we’ll plan for 5 years or so and go from there :) We are opening this shop without taking on any debt so that if we decide to leave sooner we’ll be able to close up shop much easier. But who knows! :)

  2. Dad says:

    Sounds like our little entrepreneur is feeling the stress and excitement of being…well, an entrepreneur! Wish I could come paint for you. Maybe there will be some touch up for me to do in August. Tried to Skype you a few times recently but get a constant “offline.” Hopefully, we’ll talk to you soon! Love, Dad.

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