It’s been 4 months since my last post. Wow I have gone a few weeks before, but never a few months. What’s up with that? :)
4 months, what have I been up to the past 4 months. Well, I wish I could say I was developing a new product that would change people’s lives forever and I had become a million, no billionaire. But no. Jason and I have been busy with life. He finished school and graduated with his associates degree and drafting certificate (very proud of him). I’ve been working at promoting my SweetHeart Cupcakes business and also working part-time at a local retail store. Plus there of course is Mr. Cameron who has been busy with school and Cub scouts. Jason and Cameron stay pretty busy with that. Jason what a guy, not only does cub scouts, but now he is a cubscout leader for Cam’s pack.
Jason and Cameron have had a campout, pack meetings, derby races, hiking trips and even went and played in the snow for the day at Mt. Hood. A few weeks ago Cameron did graduate from a cub to a um, o no I don’t remember the name now. But he received patches and a new hat, scarf and guide-book.
Here they are leaving for their big camp out a month ago.
Now for SweetHeart Cupcakes well I have been busy. I created a Facebook page, a new blog, business cards, shirts, hats, magnets and so on. We have sold gift certificates, cakes and cupcakes. We found a commercial kitchen to rent, got all our licenses and even applied at several farmers markets around the area. Unfortunately the farmers markets haven’t worked out. I was either placed on a waiting list or just immediately declined because they already had their quotas for bakers. But that’s ok because I am now onto even bigger things that will keep me moving forward.
Heres a list and pictures of some of the things I have been doing.
2 peas in a pod for a twins baby shower.
Jared’s Jewelers to introduce Le Vian’s Chocolate and Strawberry Diamonds
Lots and lots of Birthdays.
And most recently a small tiered congratulations cake.
And Many Many more.
On top of just taking orders and making cupcakes, I have been trying to promote my business. But with like $0 in the budget, I have had to be creative and work hard. Facebook pages are free and I have used it to run contests like our new summer flavor contest. The winner received a dozen of their chosen flavor.
Pina Colada was the winner and they were pretty darn good.
I have also started making YouTube videos to help promote. But I haven’t finished a single video yet. The one I did ended up not to bad, but it stopped recording more than half way and I didn’t know. So I finished the whole baking project to find it didn’t record. Finding time to make these videos with Jason, Cameron and the 2 dogs, is not easy. I can’t afford to rent my commercial kitchen for recording videos and it’s always so busy and loud around our home. But I will continue to keep working on it.
Here’s the video that almost made it. It’s bad actually, so feel free to laugh your ass off. :)
I have decided to slow down promoting the business and registered for pastry and baking school with Le Cordon Blue. I’m so freaking excited. I get to polish skills I already have and learn new ones. I”m going to be AWESOME!!!!!(just kidding) :) But seriously I get to learn everything from baking breads, pastrys, pies and cakes, to candies, chocolates, blowing sugar and more. WOW I can’t wait!!!!!
Jason has helped push me and well I”m extremely excited he has. Now I get to learn all this awesome stuff. I even applied and was awarded some grants and scholarships to help pay. Graduating from Le Cordon Blue will not only make me better, but help me promote my business even more. So here I go back to school and ready for it.
SweetHeart Cupcakes is my registered business, so I’m not leaving it but I will be baking off just during school. I have commitments that I will keep, and I will still take orders when I can but overall I will be holding back on promoting so hard.
Our long-term goal is to have our own bakery or should I say cakery. Jason and I have even discussed doing a bed and breakfast. He would run the hotel part and I would run the bakery and breakfast part. :) Again as I said long-term goal. I like the ideas though.
I start classes on August 20 and its a year-long program with 8 weeks of internship before I get my diploma. I hate this picture, but I was being fitted for my uniform. No scarf or hat yet, but on their way.
Jason and I took a long weekend and enjoyed ourselves up in Mt. Hood for Erin’s wedding. We did wine tasting, drove the fruit loop, checked out fun shops, the Maryhill Museum and just had a great weekend.
This next week is going to be busy again and fun. Jason’s Mom rents a beach house in Newport every year for her birthday, so we will be going to that next week. Plus he has family coming from the east coast to join. Cameron has his big cubscout camp this week and the Fourth of July parade.
After that I have my brothers Wedding reception/family reunion and then school starts. It’s going to be a great summer. Maybe Jason and I can try to fit in a small camping trip or two.
It’s late and I’m tired, so Good night all.