Thursday, February 16, 2012

Every Day Should Pop!

We had a Blogiversary!!!

In the midst of last week Every Day Should Pop turned One-Year-Old! Although not EVERY day popped, I’m OKAY with that. In the beginning of this journey my mindset was that I had to make a new cake pop every single day... Why? Well, because I love ridiculous holidays, a good reason to smile, and I never shy away from a challenge. I quickly realized that making cake pops made me happy, and this was the perfect creative outlet for me.

This journey began February 8th, 2011. 
My husband had recently given me Bakerella's book.
 In my mind she was a genius and she introduced me to my new biggest love.
  I had a running list of cake pops ideas next to my bed. If you know me, you know that I don’t sleep well and I'm a terrible insomniac. I finally got tired of looking at the list and decided it was time to make a blog to share my pops. So, at 2:00am I headed down stairs and Every Day Should Pop! was born with this post. I knew at the time the idea might be crazy, but in the beginning I honestly didn't care. This blog was for me. I wanted learn how to make cake pops, expand my skills, and have fun. Visitors were just an added bonus. Maybe I’d inspire them or maybe brighten their day. Once I realized people were actually visiting this blog, the pressure was on!

Scrolling back through the archives, I realize there are more than a few ridiculous cake pops. In the beginning I was just trying to getting my footing by experimenting with different candy melts, fondant, and I even used marzipan and few times. Also, it wasn’t until late-August that I got a new camera. It’s definitely not top of the line, but it made a big difference!

I can tell you that making cake pops became a family affair. My boys were often contributing their ideas, getting me supplies, and occasionally passing out left over pops to neighborhood kids. My favorite was probably watching my son Evan sit at the kitchen table sketching out designs. We all really bonded over these little pops. My husband actually did most of the writing. There were many nights where we were laughing so hard, as we tried to tie in cheesy
 anecdotes with these posts. I’m grateful that through this blog I was able express things I don’t often talk about and re-live certain memories. Through out this whole process I tried to let you, the reader, in to who I really am, through the use of these little cake pops.

As fun as this last year has been, it’s been stressful at times too. I vividly remember making cake pops on
Richter Scale Day. Only to have my husband come home and tell me that he lost his job. Ironically our family was shook up that day and for many months to follow. He’s now back to work, but I can tell you that losing his job might have best thing that could have happened to us. We were able to accomplish some pretty exciting stuff and spend some much needed family time together.

Outside of the blog this year, I'm thankful for many of the opportunities that came my way. I've been thrilled sharing my cake pops with my friend Jen Carver's business, Banner Events. She is an amazing party stylist! Many of her parties have been featured on great sites like Hostess With The Mostess, PizzazzerieAnders Ruff Custom Designs,
Kara's Party Ideas and others. I look forward to contributing more pops to her creative events in the future! Also, about half way through this last year the crafting site Craft Gossip introduced my blog to their readers. It was the first time we received that level of exposure and it was such a thrill to receive such a positive response. I'm so thankful to absolutely everyone out there in the social media and blogging community who have shared my pops.

As I've said, this is all still a learning process for me. As I keep moving forward with this blog 
my goal remains the same. To have fun and continue to find my place in this creative blogging world. I hope to give more tips and tricks along the way.

It makes me happy to know that I have inspired many of you, and just seeing my pops represented on Pinterest makes me smile. Thank you for sharing in this journey with me! I know the sky is the limit, and I hope you enjoy making every day pop just as much as I do!

11 comments:

  1. Awesome job, Joey! It's ironic how some of the toughest times can force us to see the blessings we truly have! Miss you, neighbor. =) Amanda

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  2. I really enjoyed reading this. I started following you long before I started my party blog and am now a stalker, uh, follower of your FB and blog :) I'm SUPER excited that you're a NW Party Diva too. Woo Hoo!!! Your pops are out of this world amazing.

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    1. Tiffany- Thank you. I'm thrilled that you like my cake pops. This has definitely been a fun learning process. I'm slowly getting to know the NW party world. There sure is a lot of talent out there. I can't wait to check out your work.

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  3. Congrats on 1 year! What a thrill it has been to see you become truly remarkable at what you do and to incorporate your amazing cake pops into my events! I am so grateful for your friendship, creativity, talent and generosity!

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    1. Thank you Jen! I'm looking forward to more cake pops and great events! I feel honored to be included in your work. :)

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  4. I'm so happy that you started this blog! You having amazing talent and I adore your pops!

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  5. I have had so much fun checking out your blog and your pops. I am simply in awe of someone who can make such incredible cake pops! Your family and friends are very lucky to get to see your work and sample your treats. Happy Blogversary and good luck on year #2!

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    1. Thanks Carol- I'm so glad you've enjoyed the blog. Creating all the cake pops last year was a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to making many more in the year ahead. :)

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