Things are changing at Casa Costello – after 6 years of business, Aardvark Cakes is taking an indefinite break. As of July 2012, no more orders will be taken and Baby T will no longer go to nursery. I have decided to enjoy my time with Tara instead of concentrating on business until at least she starts pre-school in a couple of years.
What has prompted this decision?
It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’m really lucky to have constant orders but the amount of cakes I have to take on to make it worthwhile paying for nursery mean that I could not confine my working week to the 2 days Tara was there. Most cake decorators will know that your evenings and weekends are constantly taken up with cakes, early nights are very rare and family life just seemed to suffer.
I still love doing cakes but recently I have felt tied to only being able to keep up with orders instead of enjoying creating different and exciting cakes. I never want to be a standard cake decorator – I want to be the best and with the time I have available, I just wasn’t able to do anything different.
What does it mean for the blog? Will I still be baking?
Of course, I will – I think it is in my blood now. I’m looking forward to experimenting with new creations and recipes but it will mean that the 3 tier works of art might be few and far between. If I feel like making a Gruffalo in my spare time, I will and I will enjoy doing it for me/us rather than for a specific order. I still want to get involved with baking projects - Dermot has even joked about me entering next year’s Great British Bake Off (I think he was joking!?)
Will I restart the business once all the children are at school?
Maybe, maybe not. I really don’t know – I am expecting to miss some of the business side but I don’t know whether I will want to try something different. Time will tell. I do want to carry on with my arty, crafty side and learn new skills though.
What plans have I got?
There are loads of things I intend on doing …
- Teaching my children to cook (and make cakes)
- Making playdoh – I’ve never done it and I feel like I’ve missed out
- Enjoying playing with the kids and spending lots of time outside
- Spending time with my friends whilst not worrying about meeting cake deadlines
- Carrying on learning new crafts – my new sewing machine is looking far too immaculate
- I love being involved with our new WI and want to make it as good as can be.
Am I sad or excited about the decision?
I’m really happy to be honest. It feels exciting that I am lucky enough to be able to spend these precious years with my 3. It has been sad telling certain people and some reactions have been lovely. The hardest was telling nursery that T wouldn’t be there after July as we and she love it but she will be back in pre-school.
So thank you everyone for your custom and support over the past 6 years of Aardvark Cakes’ life – Its been wonderful and I’ve met some lovely people. Its not the end, just a new chapter in the life of the Costellos – and its going to be great!