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It’s been a doozy of a week. My mom was here for the beginning of the week and relax is not in her vocabulary. But that’s a good thing as I needed a good get off the couch kick in the butt. Mom’s are great aren’t they? No, really…she is the best and I have no idea how she new I needed her here, but she knew.
Well my first class teaching didn’t happen. Long story short, the store (that shall remain nameless) where I “teach” is not cooperating and/or communicating with me effectively and refuse to listen to direction, so the people I thought were signed up for my class…weren’t, and the ones that were actually signed up sort of got screwed. I have never apologized for something I wasn’t at fault for so much in my life. But they are all set up to attend next month assuming a few more sign up as well. The good news is, said store is getting a new store manager, and also promoted a new CSM that has been on my side since day one, so hopefully next month it will all turn around and I can start earning some money, rather than spending it on classes that don’t happen. I did some practicing though while preparing for the class [that didn’t happen]. These are the flowers for Course 2 Lesson1.
<p>I took some time off from the Hexagon afghan to work on a baby blanket for a baby shower that I’m supposed to go tomorrow. It started off great until I got a bright idea and changed direction. Note to self: go with your gut and stick to the original plan. I hate the blanket and dread working on it, even though I’m so close to finishing it. It’s safe to say the blanket will not be given as a gift tomorrow. I mean it looks ok at a glance, but the perfectionist in me see’s the added row to make them connect, the square that I connected from the wrong side, and the misalignment of a few smaller squares to the larger square. </p>
<p>Tonight I’m off for some much needed girl time, and then we are headed to hit some garage sales in the morning. 🙂 </p>
A few weeks ago, I signed up for a craft exchange with a friend on Facebook, with full intentions of crocheting a quick scarf and calling it even. Well, said friend invited us to her 40th birthday party. Since, I have cake decorating skills, and she needed a birthday cake, I went with that instead. She sent me a link to the cake she wanted, and I obliged. My numbers didn’t cooperate, and tried to break, nothing a few strategically placed leaves couldn’t fix. Also I wasn’t excited about the buttercream border so I used fondant beads instead. I also used this tutorial for the roses. Much thanks for that tip, it definitely was faster than the gum paste roses I had planned to do. I think I’m happy with the outcome; the birthday girl was thrilled! Its a win!
Tomorrow I have a two layer topsy turvy cake to make. I got a final head count, and decided maybe the kids at the party might like cake pops better. So here they are.
It’s definitely not a fabulous job but,it didn’t suck like the one earlier in the week. So I’m calling this one a win.
I am mortified to say I made this piece of crap cake. It didn’t start out horrible. It was all going great until I lost my patience with the transfer. I was tired and cranky and just wanted to wanted to go bed. So I flipped it before it was ready which meant it didn’t stick. I had pull it back off of course messing up all the lines. Then in an effort to make it more stable I added more buttercream. I threw it in the freezer and went to bed. Got up morning and put the transfer on. Now why didn’t I do that to begin with last night? 😦 grrrrrr I am a perfectionist and this is so not my kind of work. I tried to talk the teenager out of taking it to school. But its her boyfriends birthday and she is insisting. The good news is, I have another cake to decorate tomorrow and I will recover from this cakewreck and come up with a masterpiece!
So tired. Two days in a row up at 6:45am is tough. I get up at 7ish every day but usually just to get the kids going and out the door and then sit to have my coffee. But the last two days I have had to be up and out the door for training. Wow, now I know why I don’t miss working and wouldn’t trade being a SAHM more anything. But, aside from the rough part of it, the class is done and I have a certificate to show for it.
For the last two days I have learned to make (allegedly) more difficult gum paste flowers. While I do work with gum paste often when making cakes, I don’t use it to make flowers often. So even though the flow of the class was very easy to follow, and sometimes a bit slow, the process of making the flowers was sometimes a bit frustrating. I should probably spend just a tad more time practicing. So here is the finished product (ignore the random leftovers on the side)…
So now I’m going to pour myself a glass of wine, and curl up with my crocheting and some Golden Globes.
Well the new year always brings reality. The reality is, I have gained far more weight than I should have. I’ll skip the whining and get straight to the solution. I headed back to my cardio kickboxing class tonight, but not before signing up for Weight Watchers. I said I was going to hold myself accountable, this is my start. Meal plan is in production, my husband has taken on the job of doing the cooking, and he has even decided to join me on my point system. I’m also thankful for my friends who are being incredibly supportive, not sure I could muster up the courage to do this without them. So here I go…
Now onto the more fun stuff. This weekend I get to go to a Wilton training seminar. I’m going to be learning how to teach their new Course 4 Advanced Gum Paste Flowers. For 2 days I will be elbow deep in frosting and gum paste. So excited. I also got my act together today and filled out all my course paperwork for the classes I’ll be offering over the next 3 months. I don’t get paid unless someone signs up, and so far, no sign ups. Fingers crossed for the coming months.
Now onto the crochet. The CAL is coming along well. I’m almost caught up. I have 7 done. Hopefully by tomorrow I will be all caught up and won’t be scrambling. Also it will allow me to get back to the granny ripple blanket I am working on for my daughter. She is very anxious, and reminds me at least 5 times a day that she is waiting, impatiently. Pictures tomorrow.