And all of a sudden it was March and 70 degrees and my mantle still looked like Christmas… oops. I whipped this little guy up this morning and wanted to check in to share a it with y’all! “He is not here; HE IS RISEN as he said!”
One of my all time favorite verses found in Matthew. Our precious Jesus beat the grave and saved the souls of those who trust in him whole heartily. Praise the Lord! I hope you have an wonderful Easter filled with family, friends, and lots and lots of Jesus!
Download your own 8×10 copy HERE. Happy Easter!
With our sweet little girl due in a mere four weeks and Christmas coming in a mere five, I decided today was as good as any to throw together a little advent calendar! It’s nothing fancy, but it’ll suit our needs this holiday season. It’s full of fun activities, acts of service and each day has a story to read out of the Jesus Storybook Bible (perfect for our 2 year old little guy this holiday season!)
I found the idea for doing an advent calendar based on the Jesus Storybook Bible here at homewiththeboys.net and loved the idea! It is one of the Bibles we read to our little guy each night, so it would be super easy and age appropriate for our us this year! Erin, the voice behind homewiththeboys.net, writes, “There are 21 Old Testament stories in this Bible. Each one ends with a short paragraph about how the story relates to Jesus’ coming. Follow that with three stories about the birth of Christ and you have 24 days worth of material to go through with your family starting December 1st! And it helps tie the whole Bible together for even the littlest ones in your household!”
Simply download the PDF (found at the end of this post) and print it on your home printer. Cut out the advent activities and the numbers. I scrounged up 25 semi-matching envelopes and taped the numbers to them, then stuffed each envelope with an advent activity and taped them up on our chalkboard using some washi tape. I planned their order intentionally, keeping the stories in order of how they are laid out in the Bible, and also keeping weekends in mind for bigger activities like Christmas cookies or sledding so my hubby can join in on the fun! There are even 7 blank activity cards on the last page, allowing you to customize it however fits your family best!
Below you can see all the activities and stories.
And here is what one looks like all printed and cut!
Download it for free HERE!
I think I’ve come to terms with the fact that my blogging and caking days are short lived… although I doubt you’ll ever fully get rid of me! My focus has just shifted to my job as mom and wife… and now designer?? It’s true. (… kinda?) I at least am having fun pretending. My little Etsy shop, Land of Mae, has taken it’s place in the forefront of my little momtrepreneur world because, let’s face it, I can’t get away from creating. It’s rooted deep!
Today I was decorating for fall and just couldn’t find a print I loved for our mantel. What’s a girl to do?? Whip out her husband’s fancy pens and some cardstock to draw her own, of course! And I wanted to share the print with you! It’s really nothing fancy, and it’s completely untouched, so you get all the awesome bleed lines from the pen and the wonky lines from my shaky hand… but I’m kind of liking it as is :) I hope you enjoy!
Click HERE for an 8×10 PDF!
Just a quick check in to share my latest cake! Isn’t she pretty? :)
A few snapshots from this weekend’s wedding order!
Excuse me for just a second while I grab a box of Kleenex. It’s been on of those days where I can’t turn the waterworks off. You could maybe blame it on the pregnancy… it’s certainly not abnormal for me to cry at the drop of a hat these days, but today something extra heavy is on my heart. Today I handed off a cake to a family to take to their sweet little girl’s memorial service.
I was recently contacted by a recruiter at Icing Smiles Inc. asking if I would be interested in becoming one of their “Sugar Angels”. I had never even heard of Icing Smiles, but immediately dug into their website and was so impressed with what I saw. A non profit organization that partners with bakers across the country in order to provide free cakes to critically ill children and their siblings. I always love blessing friends and family with cake and cupcakes, especially in times of need, but I never thought I’d be able to use my caking abilities to bless my community in a larger sense. I was sold.
A couple weeks after signing on, I received my first “Call to Action”, as they call them. It was a request for a “zebra and pink princess cake with a ninja turtle tier” for little Emma’s memorial service. Sweet Emma was a fighter, but passed away when she was about a month old. This weekend her family celebrates her life on what would have been her first birthday. Her momma requested I include a ninja turtle layer in the cake as well, I believe for Emma’s big brother to enjoy.
Since the family asked me to pick the flavors for them, I wanted to give them something telling them what each tier is for reference. Normal people would have written it on the box. I’m not normal people. I’m the kind of person that takes 2 hours to design a custom cake menu… and it was too precious not to share.
So, yes, a very emotion filled weekend but I truly do feel so honored to be able to bless the family in this way. I hope the cake brings them some joy! And if you know of anyone you feel may be eligible for an Icing Smiles cake, please check out their website here!
Yep… the blog as officially taken a back seat. More accurately, the trunk behind the back seat… because it’s pretty well fallen off my radar. I’ve been so busy chasing my little guy (who is two in less than a month!!), growing this lil’ babe, putting together a big boy room, putting together a nursery, planning birthday parties, planning vacations, playing with my little Etsy shop (Land of Mae!)… and you know, little things like laundry, dishes, meal planning and the sort. OOF! I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way, but yes… I have not posted in a long time :) So I thought maybe I should just check in, say hey, let you know we are still around and maybe post a couple pictures of recent orders.
As I said before, I’ve slowed down on my cake orders to focus on some other aspects of life right now, but I have a lot of stuff coming up I’m super excited about! I’ve recently volunteered with Icing Smiles, an incredible organization that organizes bakers to provide free cakes to critically ill children and their siblings. I actually have my first Icing Smiles cake this weekend, so be on the look out for that. I can’t believe I had never heard of their organization before, especially being in the business I am! So if you know of someone who may be eligible, check out their website for more information! They are nationwide! http://icingsmiles.org/
Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Oh dear… it’s been over a month since I posted last. Sorry about that! I have a pretty good reason, I promise!
About two month ago I started NEEEEDING a nap every day. I lived for my son’s nap times so I could nap too. Then came a strong aversion to anything sweet (READ: CAKE AND FROSTING), an overwhelming desire to hug the porcelain throne every afternoon between 3pm and 7pm and then there was my super nose. I could smell the faintest offensive odor from a quarter mile away. It could only mean one thing…
I’m pregnant!! Baby Welch #2 is expected to make his/her arrival around December 19th.
Since finding out I have cut back my orders significantly, given the lack of energy and nausea. I do have plenty coming up on my calendar though and I will continue to make cakes until mid October, when I will start an extended maternity leave. To be really real with y’all… I don’t know what the future of The Welch Cupcakery looks like right now. I quit my desk job when my son was itty bitty so I could be a stay at home momma, and I intend to keep that my job numero uno. I do plan on keeping up all my licensing and such but we will just have to play it by ear once our little darling makes their arrival. I don’t think the cupcakery will ever fully go away, but there may be a time of hibernation while I raise my babies.
So, that’s why I’ve been MIA. We feel so blessed and humbled that God has gifted us another babe and cannot wait for this Christmas season! Lord willing, it will be a very special one indeed :)
And if you love the sweet little retro oven cupcake holder, you should hop on over to check out Claudine’s etsy shop! She has so many adorable printables!
I spend most of my cake making nights making bright colored, fun kiddie cakes (which I love!) but I get reeeeeally excited when a elegant wedding cake order comes my way! (…although I’m not taking on any more wedding orders) This was today’s cake. A gorgeous four tier, soft, elegant and understated cake. *swoon* And because making a 4 tiered wedding cake and two sheet cakes in 36 hours with a toddler is, in short, exhaaaaaaaausting…. my brain can’t come up with any more full sentences right now. So I’ll leave you with a few pictures. :)
Well I’ve been told for years that I need to rework my prices, and it’s something I’ve always known, but it was so hard for me to charge for my work! If I had it my way I’d give cakes away, but my husband doesn’t care too much for that idea :) And as a momma now, I want to make sure any time taken away from my darling little boy is time well spent. When I started this business in 2011 I had no intention of making cakes, and didn’t even know how to! But as time passed, my cake knowledge grew and I have somehow turned into a full fledged cake lady…. only I never really figured out pricing for my cakes. With that said, the last few weeks I finally decided it was time. I’ve been doing some market research and tried to align myself a little closer with other local cake businesses. So after three years, I have finally updated my menu and my pricing! I will be pricing each cake individually, based on labor, complexity of design and materials needed but the base prices are listed on the menu. If you already have a cake on my calendar, I will honor my old prices, but all new orders will be following these new price guidelines.
Also, you’ll see I’ve added plain ol’ white cake to my menu! In the past I’ve always used a vanilla bean cake, but I thought it would be nice to also include a true white cake for the diehards out there ;)
**DOWNLOAD MY NEW MENU AND PRICE SHEET HERE**