Monday, February 25, 2013

Two Peas in a Pod - My First Twin Cake!

It just so happened that right in the middle of all my preparations for the craft fair I attend every year, I had an order for a diaper cake. And not just any diaper cake, a twin cake. I was thrilled with the opportunity, but a little stressed since I needed to make it along with all the cakes I was working on for the craft fair. That'll teach me to procrastinate on craft fair prep. Regardless, I was overjoyed with the concept of this cake - Two Peas in a Pod.

My first thought was to create tiny pea pods out of washcloths. I had no clue how to go about doing it, but I figured it out and they came out adorable. My customer loved them! And, not only could I add them to this cake, but I also have that accent in my back pocket should another pea pod cake be requested!

I continued on with the rest of the cake, a green and yellow cake, with blankets wrapping each tier. Because the budget for the cake was a little tight, I wasn't able to get a large plush topper (or two) that are commonly seen on top of cakes so I was struggling to come up with a cake topper and just about had decided to add just the paper shred. Fortunately, inspiration hit and I came up with an idea to create a giant two pea pod for the top of the cake. As one additional decoration for this cake, I added some "Two Peas in a Pod" decals to accent the cake. I also added lettering along the bottom tier that read, "Peas in a Pod."

I loved this cake. My customer was thrilled that I was able to add a topper for the cake and keep within the budget. I finished the cake just in time to deliver it on my way to Dallas for the craft fair, so it worked out great, even with my minor time crunch. This truly was an exciting project for me.

Craft Fair 2012

2012 marked the third year I'd attended this annual craft fair with my mom and brought along my diaper cakes and baby gifts. In the years before, I brought the jewelry and accessories I made. I still bring them, but I try to focus more on my diaper cake items since they seem more popular an I enjoy making them more as well. I was ready with more inventory than I'd had in the past and was ready to go.

As it turned out, I didn't quite have the space for everything I brought with me. I tried to make do with what I had. Larger items were placed on display and smaller items filled in the small amounts left on the table. A few items just couldn't get placed out and I figured they would just come out and full empty space as items sold.

I was optimistic. Too optimistic, it seemed. I actually sold more of my other items than I did my baby gifts. My sister did purchase a buggy, but aside from that I returned with most of the inventory I arrived with. I was disappointed, but this is par for the course, so to speak. Diaper cakes do not sell well at craft fairs and it's not just mine. I had intended to make more small items in hopes of them selling better than the larger items, but I did not have room for everything and maybe I should have held back on the diaper cakes on the table. Live and learn. Perhaps next year I will try to bring some mini cakes and leave the larger ones at home. We will see.

I still enjoyed the time with my mom and sister and that's the real reason I go to this show anyway. Not that I wouldn't welcome more sales, of course.