Slikkepotten kakbutikk Buildout

Katrine and I had our work cut out for us once we took over the chocolate shop and began turning it into Slikkepotten kakebutikk. We had less than 3 weeks from getting the keys to our Grand Opening! The place was pretty dirty and needed a few new coats of paint. So we put the word out to all our friends in the area that we needed help and boy do we have amazing friends!
Since I knew I wouldn’t have the time to blog about this for a while, I took the time later that night to write down my thoughts about the day. I thought I’d share them now:
Tonight my heart is so incredibly full. I feel so unbelievably blessed and happy. What I thought was going to be a very stressful and exaughsting end to a very stressful and exhausting week turned out to be a day full of friendship and fun and an outpouring of the spirit.
This week was an extremely stressful week. I had 3 major cakes due before Wednesday, my first-ever cake decorating class to teach on Thursday, and five cakes due at the end of the week, on top of trying to get Slikkepotten up and running and launched. I averaged about 4 hours of sleep each night if I was lucky and felt in a constant state of panic.
Our new location was in desperate need of a scouring. It was awful and filthy and needed lots of paint and scrubbing. We knew there was no way we could do it all ourselves and still be able to make our grand opening deadline, so we created a Vennerdugnad (Norwegian for group service gathering thing) event to invite our friends to help out. We expected around 11 based on the response on Facebook and we were thrilled! We had a huge list drawn up and we figured with 11 people we’d be able to get most of it done. Yay!
This morning I had cakes to finish, so I showed up for the cleaning a little late. When I finally made it, I found the place PACKED. My friends and Katrine’s friends were already tackling the grime at an incredible rate! They would finish their jobs and beg for more! I was completely blown away! More filtered in throughout the day and I think when all was said and done we had at least 25 people who had come to help. We blew through the painting and the place was soon actually clean! Everyone was so cheerful and so willing to help us get even the worst tasks done without the slightest hesitation. A few ladies from church (Stephanie and Carrie) cleaned nasty closets, on top of pipes, and in the disgusting floor drains (places Katrine and I were afraid to touch) and wouldn’t let us tell them they didn’t have to clean there.Two of my Young Women beehives stayed and cleaned and painted and worked so hard for 7 full hours, and afterwards all they could talk about was how much fun they had getting the chance to serve. We laughed and all had a blast! They made friends with each other and the Norwegians helped the Americans with their Norsk and all everyone said was how much fun they were having. I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole day!
We quickly finished everything on the list Katrine and I had made (and hoped we MIGHT be able to finish) and still people were wanting to help so we started scrambling to find tasks for them to do that we couldn’t dream we’d actually be able to accomplish before opening, or even in the first year. The place looks absolutely incredible!
At one point all 8 of the missionaries showed up to help and they stayed until the last possible moment. They (and all the other ward members who came) brought such a wonderful spirit with them that people noticed. One of Katrine’s friends, while painting alongside the elders, began asking questions about the church because she “could see a glow about them”. Over half of the people that showed up were members from the ward and they defintiely made their presence known in the best possible way.
I can’t even express how utterly overwhelmed I feel right now by such an outpouring of friendship and support (I’m actually bawling a little bit as I’m writing this). Having so many people show up who were so supportive and excited about our little cake venture was awesome in the truest sense of the word. They all believed so much in what we are doing and were so excited for us that they were willing to give up an entire Saturday to get down and dirty to help us out. I often feel so stressed out and disheartened by this whole thing, so you all have no idea how much this meant to me. I often feel so inadequate and terrified of failing. But to see so many people who believed in us and supported what we are doing was more uplifting than you could ever imagine. It reminded me again of what a presence our Heavenly Father has in my life and how he blesses me in small ways that turn out to be huge ways. To you it might have just been a day of cleaning, but to me…I haven’t felt such an outpouring of love and service and freindship like this in a very long time. What I thought would be just a typical dugnad turned out to be a day I will treasure forever. I’m grateful I will be reminded of it everytime I walk into work and see the lovely paint job and know that we can start our cake shop fresh and clean. My heart is so full and I thank you all from the very bottom of my heart! I hope to be as good of a friend as all of you were to us today.

My favorite picture. All of our “helping hands”!
Of course we had to have cupcakes for all of our hard workers!
The day our signs went up! Chelsea’s Cool Cakes never got a sign, so I felt pretty legit!
Katrine pulling up the floor protection after all the painting was finally done.
Check out the difference in the tile grout after giving it a good scour! Eww!
Chris, the amazing husband that he is, pulling late hours to help us assemble all the tables and chairs that needed to go into the shop.
The shop slowly starting to take form!
The kitchen/cake decorating area coming together.


We worked and worked and worked, but we finally made it just in time for our Grand Opening! We seriously could NOT have done it without all of the amazing support of our family, friends, customers, and collegues who banded together to help in whatever way they could. We are eternally grateful to each and every one of you for all of your selfless acts of kindness and encouragement!

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