I am kind of crazy. But in reality, who isn't? Everyone has their "thing", their "quirk". Mine is the obsession with creating things. My whole family is creative and like my mom always says, sometimes it's a curse. One of my professors in college called it, "creating your own personal hell". Either way, being creative isn't always as glamorous as it appears to be.
The problem with being creative is 2-fold. 1. In about a 10 minute period of time you can go from no idea to a completely crazy, elaborate plan that is not always realistic. 2. You take said plan and set out to accomplish it, with sometimes very little experience - because all creatives know: if you want it done right, do it yourself. And here is where the curse plays into the picture...
It starts out innocent enough, a quick browse on Pinterest, and flip through a magazine, and BOOM! The idea is born. The very painstakingly detailed plan. You buy supplies and maybe recruit a fellow creative, perhaps a family member (Mom!) and you get to work, detail by bloody detail. You would never hire someone to do something that you are perfectly capable of doing yourself (I have actually proclaimed these words several times in my life, much to my husbands displeasure)!
THE MINUTES ARE SHORT, BUT THE NIGHTS ARE LONG
Have you ever heard the saying about raising kids, "The days are long, but the years are short."? Well, sometimes my projects feel something like that. My most recent project was my son's birthday cake. Birthday cakes have always been a big deal around here. It all started on my oldest son's first birthday, when I made a little red wagon cake. From then on, I kind of set the bar (note: this is where "creating your own personal hell" comes into play). We have had Elmo, Ninja Turtles, an elephant, R2D2, dragon (with hand-crafted wings) dump truck, dog, monster and another monster. However, the latest cake, well, that took the cake (pun and all).
Talk about long nights! Luckily, my amazing mom helped me with this and the hours flew by. It took us 8 hours to assemble this bad boy and that doesn't include the several hours I spend the day before actually baking cakes. When all was said and done, we may have been sleep deprived, but the party was amazing and the cake made it to the party without any major disasters.
WELL WORTH THE WAIT
My son was so excited to see the finished product that he woke up early to catch a peak. To see the joy on my kids faces and hear the excitement in their voices is well worth the hours and hours (and hours) of work. Now, that is something money could never buy.
"I didn't say it would be easy. I said it would be worth it."
So, what did I learn from all of this? 1. When modeling with Rice Krispy treats, do so one day ahead of time. I can't even begin to describe the issues we had going on with that head! 2. Use high quality tinting from a bakery supply store, not the food coloring from the grocery store. 3. I am never making this cake again. 4. Finally, something I already knew: I will take taste over presentation everyday of the week and twice on Sunday. If the cake looks amazing, but taste like chalk, you have failed. Go homemade, it makes all the difference.
So, tell me, what is your quirk? Leave me a comment, it would make my day!