Saturday, November 12, 2011

Crafter Interview: Cakes And Kids

I've always been amazed and in awe of how people can take fondant and create such adorable toppers. Cake Boss is one of my favorite shows. I love the cakes they make, but it's the toppers that catch my eye. I love watching them create them!

Julie from Cakes and Kids is one of those amazing fondant artists! She actually has two Etsy shops. In one, she offers adorable cupcake and cake toppers and the other shop contains a fun selection of party supplies.

Cakes and Kids started in January 2010 after Julie was laid off from one of her day jobs. She started her business to give her something to do while she looked for another job. Julie used to run her business on the side while working a full time job. However, 2 months ago, she left her day job to run her business full time. She says, "My family definitely depends on my business income." (That's great!)

She works very long hours to keep up with all of the orders, but she's definitely not complaining! Lots of orders means business is good! I asked Julie what the best and hardest part of running her own business was. She replied, "Not having to answer to anyone else - other than my customers of course :) It's definitely not a 9-5 job!"

Julie's best selling product on the fondant side is her owls and the party side is her paper straws. I asked Julie what her favorite product that she sells is and she said, "It's hard to choose a favorite, but I love my little 3D whales." (They are all so cute. I would have a hard time choosing, too) She is hoping to add some additional Christmas/Holiday designs to her fondant shop and she has some fun ideas for new products for her party supply store. (The first of which is some themed cupcake pop kits)

I asked Julie what her future business goals are and she said, "My short term goal is to get my website up and running so I can sell there as well as on Etsy. Long term... I want Cakes And Kids to keep growing so that I don't ever have to go back to a corporate job." She may also start participating in craft fairs for the party supply side of her business in 2012.

When asked if she had any resources that she would like to share, she replied, "I frequent the Etsy forums and am active on Facebook. I love working with party and even planners to provide them with fondant or party supplies for styled parties as that provides me with some nice exposure."

Julies earliest memory of making something crafty is that she remembered knitting her Dad a tie when she was about 7 years old and he wore it too. "Bless his heart", she says. Sadly, Julie lost her Dad, suddenly, two weeks ago. (I'm so sorry Julie. My thoughts and prayers are with you.)

Julies advice for others that would like to venture into selling their own handmade items is, "Just make sure that whatever you are doing is something that you love to do."

You can visit Cakes And Kids by going to the following links:
Cakes and Kids on Etsy - Fondant Toppers
Cakes and Kids on Etsy - Party Supplies
Cakes and Kids Website - Currently under construction. Julie is turning it into a store that will combine all her products!

Thank you so much, Julie, for the opportunity to interview you and share your story with my readers!


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