Tonight I stepped outside my sewing comfort zone and did something new: I decorated my daughter’s 1st birthday cake! With fondant! This may seem like a no-brainer to those of you who are cake-decorating whizzes, but if you only knew some of my past confection-decorating stories, you would cheer for me right now.
The great thing about sewing is that it’s given me the confidence to try all kinds of creative things that used to be intimidating. “Crafty” things, or anything creative beyond writing or music used to scare me.
But now I’m expanding. I swear, sewing has made me smarter. It’s made me think in new ways, learn my fractions, practice math and exercise my mental faculties by designing. Sewing is not for the weak of mind!
Along with confidence, sewing has shown me that if you want an item with specific characteristics, sometimes you have to just make it. That’s what happened with this cake. I didn’t want anything too fancy, just a sweet little white and pink princess cake for my baby girl. When I couldn’t find what I was looking for (and the lady I wanted to hire to make the cake was busy), I decided, why spend $20 on a cake with Abby’s name on it from Stater Brothers, when I could make and decorate it myself? Why not?!
That’s the attitude that got me sewing. And while I don’t expect to become enamored with cake-decorating any time soon, I sure am glad to have experience with fondant, because birthday cakes will be a lot more fun in this family from here on out.
Little side note: it took me twice as long to make this cake as it did for me to give birth to Abby. (!) But don’t worry, she was a quick one. 🙂