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!
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? :)
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!
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**
I have an awful habit of redecorating our house every few months. Thankfully for my husband, I am pretty resourceful with items we already have and rarely spend anything. And thankfully for me, I have a patient husband. My fickle nature just gets the best of me sometimes and I need to completely overhaul art, pillows, and anything else I can DIY on a dime. I believe it’s the sole reason I’ve learned all the skills I have. I like change but I’m too broke to buy things.
It would seem that that fickle nature has followed me into my business branding. I decided to make a new logo and a new facebook cover photo today… because my son took a crazy long nap and frankly, I was bored. With any luck I will keep these as they are for eons and eons… but in reality I’ll probably play with and tweak them for the rest of my business’s life. I did want to share them with you because today I’m pretty pleased with them!
Remember to head on over to my facebook page to see all of my latest work!
Oh dear, did I just become a blogger? I’ve always wanted to blog, but setting this up was pretty spur of the moment for me. I’m not great at keeping up with things online, especially now that it seems like there are 50 different means of saying hello to someone, but I wanted to share something with you a bit more personal than a photo in your Facebook news feed. While I do feel I would enjoy blogging about a broad spectrum of things, I am going to try and keep the mission of this blog simple and unclouded.
I was reflecting back on my cake journey with my hubby yesterday and wow, have things sure come a far way in only 4 years! For those of you who don’t know, it makes no sense that I do cakes. I have a science degree from a state university and didn’t know what fondant was until 2010. Yet here I am, making cakes from scratch out of my home that people actually want to pay me for! (That still floors me).
When my husband and I were just married we attended a birthday party for one of my nieces. The cake my sister in law made for her was phenomenal. It was a tiger laying down with his head up in the air and his tail curled gracefully around his body. I took one look at it, picked my jaw up off the floor, and told my husband I wanted to be able to do that for our future kids too. A short time later I had my opportunity to test out my caking skills. I don’t have a picture of that very first cake… for good reason (it melted into a puddle of frosting, mushy cake and my tears) but that cake is very special to me. It was the start of my journey.
Not to leave you hanging, I DO have a photo of my second cake, which is a replica of my first… only less puddley.
Four years later, countless hours of pouring over books and tutorials and lots and lots of trial and error… I’ve made it to a place where I feel pretty confident in my abilities in the kitchen and I want to pass that along. So there we have it. I’m a blogger. My hope for this blog is that it would serve as a source of inspiration for you. I will post photos of some of my cakes (you can always see them all at my facebook page) as well as the occasional tutorial. And also, I’m always happy to take questions or tutorial requests.
Thanks for reading and Happy Wednesday :)