Here’s to new pursuits!…..

As I was talking to you about, raise your glass to new pursuits!  New hobbies, such a bitter pill to swallow, NOT. Steven has been ever so eager to see this train get rolling.  I was presented with the perfect opportunity to jump in with both feet, a baby shower!  Not just any baby shower, but our new grandchild no less.  Well, I can hear the skeptics, “You know this is a big occasion, do you think it’s wise to go all out now?”  Hell yeah, no time like the present, my 4th grade teacher Mr. Tobes used to say.

Our son informed us of their upcoming new member to his family like this……..


This was at Christmas, look at those adorable Oregon Duck booties!  As the time approached for shower-talk to arise, our son Shamus, let me know that our daughter-in-law Kacie’s Mom was going to host the shower for both sides of the families.  He knew I would be thrilled with the idea, I was sorta running on fumes.  Funny though, then I was kinda sorta disappointed not to be involved, who knew lol.  They decided on May to have the shower, Kacie was due in July.  Ooooh, around that same time Kellie, Kacie’s Mom, asked if I would consider making the cake.  Duh, of course I said yes.

It was about an hour later, I thought of all the questions I needed to ask.  How many people, theme, etc.  So, I texted and asked.  The theme was to be forest animals- foxes, squirrels, deer, etc.  Super, how many people are you feeding?  20-30.  Yikes, all ridey then, I had my work cut out for me.  I was so excited to be included and to contribute to this upcoming event.  The texted cake photo ideas that I asked for started arriving on my phone, we had lift off!

I set my laptop up on the kitchen table and started to research my theme.  I was pretty good at fresh floral cakes, but this was going to require fondant, dyes, and a whole lot of chutzpah!  I found a new friend in the “Cake Duchess” on youtube.  After acquiring all the tools and supplies I would need, I set out a schedule of what I had to complete on each day to successfully complete my mission.

My daughter Maureen came over the first day and we soon discovered that I was way more anal about how things should look!  She laughed at me and told me I was on my own, lol.  She was so completely right.  This was something I needed to do on my own, the mistakes would be mine and the failures too.

Deciding to start with the animals, knowing that they would be perfectly fine in an airtight container, in a dark cool location, until I assembled the cake.  The bunny was first……..


This little cutie, truth be told, took me 5 attempts until I was satisfied.  I became very adept at pausing and starting the demo on Cake Duchess.  I felt certain that if I kept at it they would soon look adequate?!?  But, I so wanted more than adequate, I wanted WOW.  It was a start and I was pleased with myself that I had completed my first task!

I had 3 weeks to finish “The Fondant Mission”…….Cyn



About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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