Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Year of the Tiger


I decided last night that the name of my blog needed to be changed. 'Blue Jeans Jewelry' just is not going to work for all that I would like to write about. The jewelry hobby/business that I have started is only a small part of what I enjoy doing and what I find interesting.
Nearly 13 years have gone by since I developed an interest in cakes. Thanks to my Mother-in-Law, her talent, and her interest in my work, I've done countless cakes over the years for my friends and family. The Chinese New Year cake you see here was done this past February as a celebration of The Year of the Tiger, the sign my husband was born under. Each sign was painstakingly hand-painted in edible ink on fondant. The cake is iced in buttercream, and the tiger is also done in buttercream, but on a separate piece of fondant to give it some height. This July, I will be doing my little sister's wedding cake, and a scrabble cake for a dear friend of mine whose Mother-in-Law will be turning 90. I've often been asked if I had considered going into business with my cakes. The answer is yes, several times, but the commitment needed to do that is huge, and would take all the fun out of my hobby. With the jewelry, I can remain flexible. I can make as many pieces as I want, I have an outlet to sell pieces that requires next to no investment, and I can stop at any time. I have learned that in order to remain creative, I have to remain flexible, open to whatever piques my interest next. If I tie myself down, I get in a rut, I feel cornered and the fun disappears. Once the fun is gone, what is left?

4 comments:

  1. Wow you made that cake geez your good !

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  2. Beautiful cake! I totally relate to what you are saying about making a commitment out of what you do for self fulfillment.

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  3. What an amazing creation! Cake decorating is such a fun creative outlet - as long as it tastes great, you can just go wild and not worry about mistakes. Your cake is a work of art!

    I would like to pass on the Kreativ Blogger Award to you! http://inspirationalbeading.blogspot.com/2010/05/kreativ-blogger-award.html

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  4. Wow Andrea I am amazed by your talent; grats

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