I can still clearly remember, 4 years ago thinking, "Wow, now that I work for myself, I'll have lots of time to go places and do fun stuff!" um....... what was I smoking???? Oh, if only I could credit some delusion inducing drug on my naivete.... As those of you with your own businesses already know , it's nearly impossible to leave work. Sure, you may go home, but in this age of smart phones, you're never really "clocked out".
These days I find myself immersed in research for the latest cake project, and sometimes my personal interests intersect. Thank goodness for this , because I feel so sequestered sometimes, my only exposure to new things often comes from cake orders. When I had time to do fun things, I was quite the collector.I love to see things in multiples. Everything looks better in groups, I think.I guess I have always been a collector . Since childhood I have obsessed over one thing or another from miniatures to smurfs. I later moved on to vintage lunchboxes and my most recent love is urban vinyl and designer plush. But, again, I don't get out much anymore, ha ha! So, I was extra excited about my newest cake because it is a character called Tare Panda. Tare in japanese means lazy, so Tare Panda is a somewhat deflated, droopy panda who moves around via rolling. What's not to love? My client also wanted to incorporate the birthday girl's love of rock climbing too, so Hey, it sounds antithetical to me , but one rock climbing lazy panda, coming up!
So here's a glimpse at my lunch box collection, plush toys and the cake that reminded me that there's more to life than cake. Hush my mouth!