I was asked to do a cake in November for January. Sure, I said, Give me the details.
Due to family sickness, travel, etc. on their part, the party date was changed like 4 times (January, February, March, back to February), the color scheme changed twice, the party theme changed at least 3 times. In the end, I was just not happy. The cake came out awesome, but it took me 19 hours to make. I work full time and it took me 19 hours of time that I could have been with my own family (One Saturday, David took Isabel out flying and they were gone a total of 6 hours while I sat at home.) They were given a DEEP DISCOUNT because they're fellow church goers. This cake, due to the number of servings, would have cost them about $250-$320 dollars. I won't tell you what I charged them. It's my own fault. In trying to be nice, I made myself unhappy.
I've resolved to only make cakes for my immediate family; sisters, nieces/nephews, my kids, etc. That's it. Unless someone wants to pay $250-$300, I am done undervaluing myself and making myself miserable.
On with the cake!
Her 16 favorite things, all around the cake. I didn't take a picture of the back, but you can see above all the things I made for it.