Friday, August 28, 2009

Week ending 30 August 2009

Another week has passed, and on Tuesday, it's officially Spring. Mind you, my plants all think it's Spring already... the grape vine over my pergola is budding, as is my weeping Japanese Cherry, and my Silver Birch trees... I don't think they really got a decent Winter at all!

But onto Cupcakes - the whole reason you read, right?


The first two shots are my own "official" photos of the magazine shoot cupcakes. In the magazine they will be on a stand, and presented with a matching cutting cake, but I was playing around with some silk flowers in a vase and thought that they would make a lovely backdrop. I'm thrilled with the shots, and they now take pride of place in my design book... I only hope that the magazine shots live up to my expectations!

Camelia Rose Cupcake

Double Dogwood Cupcake

Now, onto orders, customers and this week in the kitchen.

First up was an order for some pretty cupcakes for a birthday party for a little girl, who just loves purple and pink. And daisies! So I combined all three elements and out popped these sparkling daisy cupcakes, with pink and purple fondant over vanilla bean buttercream (Vanilla bean and Chocolate fudge cupcakes), topped with a sugarpaste daisy and an edible glitter centre.

This week was packed solid with customer appointments, and it was a bit of a challenge on Thursday to get everyone covered, as I had to rearrange Tuesday night appointments as we had another Barney of a storm in Melbourne, resulting in a loss of power, and no way out of my garage (the door motor seized, blocking out even the manual override lever!)... so 3 appointments had to get squished into an already crowded Thursday, but we pulled it off, and got to everyone on time... thank you to everyone for understanding my dilemma!

Then during a design session, the "final" design for the next magazine shoot has completely changed - twice! But it's now completely settled, the cutters ordered, and we have also had word of the shooting date - September 22nd... so revealing the final design is a way off. I think you will be pleased though. I know I'm excited to get to work on it!

And my new website has had a facelift! I got to playing around during a sleepless night (after the power came back on on Tuesday night, actually!) - I hate the wind - and have come up with a completely new design for the website, as well as a new logo (which you can see in the pictures above, as well as on the greeting page, below)... have a look and let me know what you think. For now the "Sweet Boutique" is having a holiday while I investigate shopping carts, but it will be back.

Next week: Just when I think that I'll have a quiet moment to (a) get housework done (how does that iron work again??) and (b) re-acquiant myself with my husband... the phone rings, and the diary is suddenly full again! Now, I'm not complaining for one minute, it is after all, this is a business that I'm running!, I'm just, well, busy! Too busy to iron anything it seems, and too busy to roast a chicken for my husband on our anniversary (I know, the shame!) - which was last Thursday!

Tomorrow, however, is a new day, and, if my luck holds, that chicken is doomed!

Have a great week everyone!

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