Thank you to everyone who came out this past Sunday for the Kristina’s Confections and ShaDeeLa Open House. We had an amazing turnout and I was so excited to meet so many new people.
A HUGE thank you to my best friend, Jess, who spent half of her vacation helping us get the house and the products ready for you all. She vacuumed, she baked, she washed, she photographed, she flooded… the list goes on and on. I can’t thank her enough… but I did let her sample a bit throughout the week! At least it’s a start.
Another big “thank you” to God for making Mr. C (my godson and Jess’s son) so adaptable. Jess just strapped him on her back and went to work. He cooed, he giggled, he even helped a little (well, if grabbing for the vacuum cord counts!).
Lastly, a HUGE thank you to my mom for sticking with me until the wee hours of the morning two nights in a row. And for passing over the small breakdown I may or may not have had. Just think, in a couple more years, we’ll have this down pat – no late nights, no minor breakdowns. Then again, what’s the fun in that?!
I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we all did. And, more importantly, hopefully you found some great gifts and sweet treats for the holiday season!
Photo Credit: all photos taken by Jessica Lighthart… thank you, thank you!
A number of friends and family members told me I should start a baking business. I dismissed them all. I loved baking, but simply as a hobby. As a business? Crazy talk.
That was until my mom and a dear friend put the wheels in motion – without so much as a discussion with me (isn’t that how it usually goes?!). Mom came home one day and said we were having an open house in a week. My logo was set. A flier was in the works. I just need to get to it.
After pleading my case, I was able to get all to agree to push the date back. Beyond that, we were full speed ahead.
For the next three weeks, I worked on flavor combination, cookie shapes and my vision (you seeing a theme yet?) for the set-up.
Table one was everyday – chocolate, vanilla and peanut butter. And twinkle lights. Everything looks better with twinkle lights.
Table two was fall – apple with caramel swiss buttercream, carrot cake and pumpkin with maple spice swiss buttercream.
Table three was winter – triple coconut, sample holiday cookies and sugar cookie medallions to taste. The pink tinsel tree was a gift. It’s officially my mascot. I love it – pink tinsel, teal garland, twinkle lights and all!
By the end, I sold nearly all of my cookies-to-go, had orders through December and requests for custom cookies.
And so began… Kristina’s Confections.