I'm gonna screw this up!!

Decorating By Melvira Updated 23 Apr 2009 , 3:11am by tonedna

gailsgoodies Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:09pm
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Now I'M scared!!!!

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jlynnw Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:11pm
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I bet she has physco powers too! I heard she can go MELVY at any time. Run, save yourselves! Pay homage to the goddess where ever you can!

tonedna Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:12pm
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gailsgoodies Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:22pm
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jlynnw, did you say psychic powers or psychotic powers?

Edna, she has goddess powers, too?!?


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Gail

Melvira Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:32pm
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Screw all you guys, I'm goin' home. You know, I've been treated worse by better people, so... *sob* so... *gasp* so... just waaahhhhhh *running out of the room crying*

gailsgoodies Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:46pm
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I bet she has physco powers too! I heard she can go MELVY at any time. Run, save yourselves! Pay homage to the goddess where ever you can!




Wow, I think she just went "MELVY"...come back Mel...we're sorry!

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gailsgoodies Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:50pm
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Screw all you guys, I'm goin' home. You know, I've been treated worse by better people, so... *sob* so... *gasp* so... just waaahhhhhh *running out of the room crying*




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tonedna Posted 19 Apr 2009 , 11:53pm
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MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....comebackkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk..CC is not the same withouth you! *sobs*...I still have a bucket for you!...lol
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gailsgoodies Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 12:01am
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...I still have a bucket for you!...lol
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Ohhhh, that's evil! icon_evil.gif
Gail

Melvira Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 12:29am
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And to think I was all excited to tell you guys about my amazing opportunity. Not so much now. icon_twisted.gif

jlynnw Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 12:35am
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Oh, Mistress Mel, please tell us all about your new opportunity. This thread is all about you. All for you and we only want to hear about how things are good for you! Please tell us, we are truly sorry and we will place nice. Really we will, please come back and tell us all about you. We will miss you! icon_cry.gif

jlynnw Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 12:52am
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psst, edna, can you dump the blood and put in some warm fuzzy beverage, I don't know, maybe the sexy boy stuff, Johnny, Jose, Jack, Jim something like that and include a straw? Maybe a funnel!

Melvira Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 1:23am
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jlynn, you are the back-stabbinest hoochie momma in this here forum! icon_lol.gif

tonedna Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 2:32am
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jlynn, you are the back-stabbinest hoochie momma in this here forum! icon_lol.gif





ok...this had me cracking up.. icon_lol.gifEdna icon_biggrin.gif

Melvira Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 3:12am
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Hahahaha, I do what I can!

So, seriously, what would you do if someone walked up to you and handed you the key to a pretty little building that had plenty of retail space, a modest but usable (already licensed) kitchen, and told you that you could do whatever you wanted in it and all you had to pay were the utilities you used? No rent, (but she maintains ownership of the building)she keeps paying the insurance, property taxes, etc. at her own loss. And she takes no 'cut' of what you sell, you have no financial obligation to her whatsoever beyond the utilities. And it's not a shared space, you get the whole building all to yourself. And... the icing... if you get into it and a few months down the road hate it, you can walk away scot free, having invested nothing, no contract to keep you there or make you financially responsible for anything. On the flip side, if after 6 months you find it to be prosperous and you love it, she will be willing to sell you the building if you choose. Is this like a dream? Is this woman insane? She was running it as a gift shop and tea room, and has even stated that if I want to continue to sell the gift stuff she'd hook me up with her wholesalers, and as for the stock that is currently in the store, if I want to keep it in there and sell it (remember, she's already paid for it) she will split it with me 50-50. And she doesn't mean the profit. If something sells for 10, I get 5, she gets 5. icon_eek.gif
The back story: She has been running this place for many years, put 60k into it for renovations, etc. Now she has just started having grandkids, she wants to retire, but she doesn't want the building to sit empty. (Small town) She is so desperate to have a biz in there that she is willing to do this. And she specifically wants me in there. She is super impressed with my work and thinks that I am 'just what this town needs'. icon_redface.gif
Hmmm... I have a lot to think about. thumbs_up.gif

jlynnw Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 3:52am
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recovering from the beat down, sorry to be a back stabber. I guess that is my lot in life to be the slime of the earth that clung to your shoe!

I think this lady see that you have talent and may need a hand up. She had the place and it worked for her. She is now willing to give you the opportunity she had. If you don't like it, you can walk. What will the terms be like in 6 months. Is it really affordable for you? Is the time right for you? I would really like to say go for it. I also know not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but if it sounds to good to be true, I would do a bit of research and then try it. I am so excited for you. In all honesty, I know you don't seem to care for me but I do wish you the best of luck.

Going to bed to lick my wounds.

tonedna Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 4:02am
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I say have all written down in a contract! Sounds awesome, just make sure is all written and signed at the dotted line...
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gailsgoodies Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 10:29am
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WOW! That really sounds like a dream come true! Listen to Edna and get it in writing!

See good things DO happen to good people! thumbs_up.gif
Gail

GrandmaG Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 10:44am
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Sounds like a great opportunity! Is it in your home town or would you have to move?
A lot to take in and think about for your family! icon_smile.gif

Melvira Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 11:44am
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In all honesty, I know you don't seem to care for me but I do wish you the best of luck.




O..M...G... that had better be sarcasm. You got all serious there for a minute, so I can't tell... icon_confused.gif
The best part is that it's only 2 realllly short blocks from my house. I mean, if I threw a rock really hard, I'd probably hit the front door. But with my luck, I'd hit the front window! icon_rolleyes.gif

pastryjen Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 11:45am
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Wow...what a compliment to you, Melvira. Congratulations.

Eisskween Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 11:56am
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Just got back from vacation and was reading this thread. I have deduced the following:

1. Melvira, your cake turned out beautifully! It's gorgeous. Your work is fabulous and don't know why you were doubting yourself. KUDOS!

2. Not only are the most fabulous cake decorators on the planet on CC, but also the best group of ladies with the greatest sense of humor.

I really do love this place and all of you!

Best,
Karen

JGMB Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 12:12pm
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Originally Posted by Melvira

So, seriously, what would you do if someone walked up to you and handed you the key to a pretty little building that had plenty of retail space, a modest but usable (already licensed) kitchen, and told you that you could do whatever you wanted in it and all you had to pay were the utilities you used?




If I thought that I were capable of running a successful business (and I have a good feeling that you are icon_wink.gif
"Thank you, Fairy Godmother!!!!!!"

I can't wait to hear what happens -- it's not often that an opportunity like this falls in a person's lap -- take it and run!!!!!!!

jlynnw Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 12:41pm
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OK, so it is walking distance from the house, so you will get your daily exercise in, as if working all day in a bake shop ain't enough. Close by for your babies. What about them, are they in daycare/school? Your son's surgery? Will you be able to take care of all of it. I know you are like a super hero, but will it be too much? We don't want to hear about you on the evening news! Listen to Edna, get it all in writing, every little detail. OK, now that that is out of the way, what are you going to call your shop? Will you have employees? Where do I send my application? Does the job come with daily or just weekly beat downs? What all would you do? Do you want to continue to serve food? The menu would be what, something similar to this party you did? Do they have many tea shop bakeries and the like around? OHHH so many questions.

Sarcasm? It is just one of the many services I offer! icon_lol.gif
Say thanks to your fairy godmother and see if she has family in my area!

aquamom Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 1:59pm
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The best two pieces of advice I ever received are t
1. Trust your gut.
2. Add extra vanilla to the cake batter ( I got that one from CC).

elvis Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 2:28pm
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You lucky, lucky girl! You'll regret it later if you don't at least try-- this kind of thing never happens! Awesome.

tonedna Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 2:55pm
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Now I started thinking about names... icon_lol.gifEdna icon_biggrin.gif

jlynnw Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 4:29pm
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like that Edna icon_biggrin.gif

tonedna Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 5:48pm
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like that Edna icon_biggrin.gif





lol...I can even see a logo..a cartoon sexy lady dress in a black catsuit holding a cake in her hand and a spatuka in the other.... icon_lol.gifhaha
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Melvira Posted 20 Apr 2009 , 5:51pm
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You lucky, lucky girl! You'll regret it later if you don't at least try-- this kind of thing never happens! Awesome.




Exactly my feelings. I said to my hubby last night, "You know, in a month, someone could walk up to me and offer me the same or better... but how likely do you think that is?"

The good thing about the shop is that most of my work would continue to come from sources outside of town like it is now, so I would not be stuck having to keep a store front open for hours and hours every day. I could have it open any time I want for any walk-in biz, but that wouldn't be the main source of income. So it wouldnt have to take away too much from my SAHM-ness. That is my main concern, that Im still here for my boys as much as they need me, until they are in school, then I have my days free.

I have several businesses that want to buy from me for resale, but I've previously had to say 'no' because that is one of the limitations of my legality the way I operate now. So, those types of accounts would be the money makers. The handful of people that would want to sit in there and slurp coffee and nurse a single cinnamon roll for 2 hours would not be where the money is. (Think: Bluehairs playing cards for 2 hours but its cool because they were friends of my Gramma and would be supportive of me in this endeavor)

If I got into actually serving food, there are 2 sources of competition. We have one full service restaurant (that is closed on Mondays) in town and one gas station with a miniature kitchen that makes sandwiches, pizzas, etc. I don't really want to give them a ton of competition because we keep things friendly around here. I'm telling you, 500 people in this town, that's no joke. You dont crap where you eat! But I would be doing a completely different type of food, so I don't think I'd really be direct competition.

Opening to the public with food is really something that would come more down the line anyway, if I felt I wanted to do that. At first it would mainly be corporate accounts, and my continued cake customers. This would be a wonderful, attractive place to meet my brides, instead of in my kitchen.

I do have a couple people that are chomping at the bit to work for me, but that will all depend on how things are going. I've made it very clear that I can't afford to pay anyone YET. If the wholesale accounts are profitable, I may pay someone to deliver them. If I choose to do in-house food consumption I may pay someone to care for the customers. That person may be one in the same, it's hard to say.

Another idea that Ive kicked around for years is sort of a restaurant. I call it Take It or Leave It dinner service. Essentially, I cook what I feel like cooking that day and there is a sign or something letting you know what Ive got (voice mail msg you can call in to if you dont want to come over to find out) and then you decide if you want to take it or leave it. It would be mostly a carry out biz, perhaps even in-home delivery for the people in my town. I am an excellent cook, so it might be popular for people who are having to drive 30, 40, 50+ miles to get home after work and just want a decent dinner they dont have to cook. Options, options, I can see SO many options!

As far as names go, my current cake name is pretty durn lame because I wasn't all hardcore into it when I started using it. It was just a silly little notion I used... but if I am going to open a shop I want a cool name. I've looked into the availability of some pretty neat stuff, but I keep coming back to a few that strike me. Since I live (and the shop would be) in Lost Nation, I have kicked around ideas that include that name. In part or in whole. I just haven't really decided yet.

My, my, my... look who's wordy. Sheesh.

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