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Around the bakery with Lily these days

 

Lily has been such a trooper coming to work with me as much as she does. On paper it’s super adorable that she gets to grow up in a cake shop, but in practice it’s different every single day. Some days are great and she’s happy, cheerful, well-napped and content to play with her toys. Other days (usually Fridays, our busiest day of the week) she’s overtired and refuses to let me put her down anywhere, which makes it extremely difficult (and stressful) to decorate cakes on a deadline. I’ve learned to do a lot of things one handed!

 

It’s definitely a big challenge, but I love that I get to spend so much time with her, even on the cranky days. It’s such a blessing to watch her be social, explore the shop and interact with our customers.

 

Munching on our baking tools. She also enjoys banging cake tins, scrunching pastry bags, and pulling apart cupcake cases. Someday we’ll figure out how to turn all of this into useful labor ;)

 

bakerybabe2Mommy’s little “helper” during photoshoots.

 

Enjoying a playtime break in her playpen.

 

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Slikkepotten hat and Harry Potter shirt. This girl is definitely MY daughter :)

 

On particularly busy days Chris will come hang out with Lily after he gets off of work so that I can have an extra hour of Lily-free time to finish up projects. This is Lily’s “Daddy is tickling me!” face and it melts my heart every time I look at it!

 

I just love my little bakery buddy!
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

Enjoy!

Cake is life…. at least it has been lately.

Hey folks!

We’ve been quite busy around here this week. Going a little crazy actually! I just wanted to give a quick update on the bakery/studio since that’s pretty much been our life lately. Yes… Chris included! He’s been going to the studio almost every evening after work this week to throw up some layers of paint while I’m busy working on cakes for clients. We also got a TON done over the weekend thanks to some seriously awesome friends. And I mean AWESOME friends! We got the entire place sanded, washed and primed thanks to them and we really can’t thank them enough!

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Saskia and Desi

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Yrjan and Daniel

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My super hot husband

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Joanna and Benjamin

Also, here are some photos from my first ever wedding fair! It was up in Haugesund (a semi-neighboring town) 2 weeks ago. While I only got 3 hours of sleep over the course of the 3 days leading up to the fair with all the preparations, it turned out to be pretty successful and definitely worth it! Bring on the wedding cake season!

 

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Chelsea’s Cool Cakes‘ booth

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Desiree Photography‘s Booth

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Samples!

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New business cards for the occasion.

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Rockin’ my brand new chef’s coat! 

So yeah…things are plugging along here with Chelsea’s Cool Cakes! Let me tell you, it’s an insane amount of work starting up a cake shop. And to be totally honest… there are days when I want to scrap the whole thing because I don’t feel like I can pull it off (today may or may not be one of them). But I just keep telling myself that it’ll be worth it and I just need to take it one step at a time.

The hard is what makes it great.

Wise, wise words.