I receive a lot of emails asking me where I get my boxes, my ribbons, freezer storage containers, and even some of my props. Over the years, I have always gifted my baked creations. It is not my style to put some cookies on a white paper plate, throw some plastic wrap over it and call it a day. Thank goodness for the Internet. Via the Internet, I am able to find just what I need beyond my local Box City.
Having a design business for 17 years, I was totally and completely into aesthetics. When someone walked in the door of my factory or my retail stores, it always had the “wow” factor. This wasn’t manipulated or conscious, it is just how I operate. And being organized and having a place for everything helped. Amongst all the chaos, I had to find order. Juggling 26 employees, a 6,000 square foot factory, 1 local retail space, 4 franchises across the country and Canada, 2 babies at home, was not an easy task. And at times, I wasn’t quite sure how I got through my days.
Hence, surrounding myself with beautiful things, creating something from nothing, and meeting fascinating and interesting people kept me going. Starting this blog nearly three years ago has given me some of those same experiences. The creativity in developing a recipe, creating the dish, photo styling it, photographing it, and then writing about it can all go back to aesthetics and design. Blending ingredients can be compared to creating a paint color. Picking fabrics to go with that color palate is similar to how the food gets styled. Finally, presentation. Admit it, we all love receiving something wrapped into a pretty little box, tied with a bow. I know I do. Makes one feel special. Packaging up a box of homemade cookies, jam, candy, or a cake should be treated no different.
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