Now that work is well underway on the garage conversion it’s time I had a serious think about it’s many functions and, most importantly, how I want it to look! (as if I haven’t already narrowed down the stye and colours in my daydreams, the only thing that has kept me going at times!) The room will be a blank canvas, I am, however, limited by the size of the room, the placement of the doors and windows, and the number of functions it needs to meet, which is unfortunate but I am thrilled to be finally getting a dedicated work space nonetheless!
When it comes to interior design I tend to pick one element that I have fallen in love with and run with it but in this case my two cake display cabinets have been the focus. They were bargains bought in Ikea and I was very fortunate to get two of them as they are now discontinued. They are actually Edlund linen cabinets and are grey in colour with glass door fronts and a drawer at the bottom with little white ceramic pull handles and a lovely simple print on the interior, complete with adjustable shelves. With grey as my starting point, my mind turned to what type of flooring I could choose, I love white washed wood so searched for laminate with a similar effect and hey presto, Homebase came up trumps! I think my biggest hurdle will be the kitchen units. Whilst they will only occupy the back wall I have decided to go with a grey tone, shaker style door front, to co-ordinate with my cake display cabinets, but until the walls are finished the space between is not definite so the cabinet size and configuration will be decided then. I will also be having an island with more storage and a large work surface; the stuff of my dreams!
The other half of the space will be my consultation area (get me!!!). It will of course feature my display cabinets, seating, coffee table, a co-ordinating floor rug, cakey literature and lots of pretty things! Up until now, when clients came to discuss their cake, they had to sit surrounded by kids toys! I will of course bring in a little accent colour too; I have always had a thing for jewel colours and with the grey and white combination I have decided on plum tones and then perhaps a little touch of pink.
There is one thing however, that I would like to do; I would like to display my wedding dress. As my focus is wedding cakes I thought it would add to the ambiance! Now, whilst my dress was not a meringue, it still has quite a full skirt, but I have seen dresses displayed in ‘shadow boxes’ and fell in love. My dress currently hangs on the back of my son’s wardrobe, what is the point in it just sitting there? Call me sentimental but I just can’t get rid of it! All I need to do now is find someone willing and able to make me a shadow box large enough to fit my dress, like this one!
Since drafting up this post we have progress, below is a photo of the conversion so far, as if we hadn’t had enough excitement in January, February is set to be a rollercoaster too!
As with most things I start off at full throttle but inevitably with tasks that don’t make money, bring pleasure or are absolutely necessary they are done as and when can be. I hope this blog to be cathartic to me if nothing else and perhaps a chronicle of things that mean something to me at any given time which would otherwise pass by and become a vague memory. So bear with me as I blog and find a rhythm, I live a relatively uncomplicated, but hectic life surrounded by the things that make me happy.
I have always been creative, and I guess in some ways a girly girl. Princesses, dresses, jewels, pretty things…these days I guess I show my more practical side, out of necessity mostly. I have also, always baked, even as a teenager, weekends would’ve been spent making cakes and eating cakes, what better way to spend your time when you haven’t yet learnt to drive and live down the Ards Peninsula. Yet never did I think that I could ever turn it into a business. As expected of me, G.C.S.E.s, A-levels and university followed and as you can imagine a BSc (Hons) Social Psychology and Sociology really helps in the world of caking! There was nothing else for it than to get an office job, get married, have a few special holidays, have kids and do nothing especially interesting to anyone except ourselves. I found however that having kids brought me a new perspective, whilst never really having much ambition, content with life as it was, I suddenly started to think about how my life would be for years to come. Working ever changing shift patterns, seeing little of my kids and seeing even less of my husband, how much could I actually take.
As I have said previously, I believe things happen for a reason so just as cakes had become a hobby they started to become a possibilty, a possibility to make a career for myself, doing something I love and was becoming increasingly good at. Being on maternity leave with my second child made it easy for me to continue on with a career break and then take the leap to set up Candytuft Cakes. The rest however hasn’t been easy. There have been times when I could have easily thrown it from me, having the kids all day and the late nights working have taken their toll but without the hard work I don’t believe I would have the business I have today. One of my uncles is very business minded and makes suggestions all the time on how I could expand, but at the minute, the selfish side of me is happy to be Mrs Candytuft.