Today’s fabulous Guest is Maria Davis of Love & Sugar Kisses!! Her fabulous cookie work is, well, fabulous! At Love & Sugar Kisses Maria creates edible art for life’s sweetest occasions! From fondant toppers for your cakes & cupcakes to chocolate covered Oreos topped with fondant decor, she helps to add sweet finishing touches to your event. Maria believes that it’s those touches that make an event special, memorable & unique!
What is your business? Baker/Desserts Specialist
What three things/people have contributed most to your success? 1. The connections I have made with other bloggers & business owners. The relationships & friendships I have formed have been invaluable in helping me grow my business & maintaining my sanity! And getting to know so many amazing creative people has made having a business so much more fun.
2. Social Media: specifically Facebook & Instagram. I have done very minimal advertising & have grown my business almost completely through social media promotion. I can’t overstate how important it has been.
3. My family, my husband & children. Creating for my children is what inspired me to learn how to work with fondant & my husband has supported me completely as I have struggled with the precarious balance between building a business & being a mom & wife. He has been my biggest cheerleader! There are days when it gets rough & chaotic and I question why I even have a business, but when I hear my daughters tell me about dreams for their own businesses, I know I’m setting a great example.
For a woman (or anyone starting their own business), what three things are most critical for them to be aware of? 1. You have to have a support system of your peers. It’s wonderful to have friends & family to rely on, but nothing can replace sharing with others who walk in the same shoes as you and completely “get it”.
2. You can NOT do it all. You just can’t, so stop beating yourself up about it. No one can and you will not be any different. Some days you will feel like superwoman and other days you will feel super helpless…accept it.
3. Be mentally & emotionally ready to fail…at something. I don’t mean that your business is going to fail, but everything is not going to go perfectly all the time. No matter how much you plan, things are going to happen that you didn’t expect. You will make mistakes…learn from them and move on.
Why did you choose your career/business? I never woke up one day and said “I’m going to open a custom cake business and then an etsy shop”. It just evolved. I had always loved baking and being creative. When my oldest daughter was born, I wanted to make beautiful cakes for her birthdays so I taught myself how to decorate and work with fondant. Then one day someone asked if I could make a cake for their child and it just grew from there. Ultimately, I love making people happy so this definitely was a perfect fit!
What is your biggest personal achievement to date? Wow…that’s a tough one. When I first started making custom cakes (which is a part of my business I no longer do), my customers were people I knew…friends, family…friends of friends. Then suddenly I was getting requests for orders from complete strangers. I remember thinking that these people weren’t just being nice because they knew me, they honestly liked my work. It was both a flattering and frightening moment because suddenly my business felt bigger and more legitimate.
If you knew then what you know now, what would you tell your 18-year-old self? Travel…travel…travel. I could not appreciate then how much my life would change after getting married and having children…how being responsible for the well being of others would define me. I wish I would have been more adventurous and a little more selfish.
How do you define success? Success is such a personal thing. For me it means getting up every day and being happy to get to work and do something I love. It also means to reach a point where I have invested so much time in my chosen craft that I could be considered a master or expert by others. The first part is easy and I’ve achieved that, the latter will hopefully come with time.
What “rules” do you live by? 1. Everyone deserves to be treated kindly & fairly, just by virtue of being human. 2. I don’t have all the answers and neither does anyone else, so we should all just cut each other some slack. 3. Life is short…fill your time with people & things that make you truly happy. 4. If the question is “would you like dessert?” the answer should always be “yes please”
Where do you find your best inspiration? For my work it’s hands down from my customers! I have been so grateful to get asked to be a part of some of the most beautiful, creative events and I always strive to make my creations deserving to be a part of them.
What has been the worst piece of advice you’ve been given? “You should really think that through more”. I believe in going with my gut and my first instinct is usually the best
What is your secret indulgence? Jalapeno potato chips & salted dark chocolate
Tell us one thing about you that we don’t know about that might surprise everyone? I worked and lived on the south rim of the Grand Canyon for 6 months in my early 20′s.
Describe your style in 5 words: 1. minimal 2. Jeans 3. Heels 4. Lip gloss 5. sunglasses
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? Definitely my mother. She passed away 8 years ago and this grown up motherhood version of me would love to talk to her!
You never leave the house without _________: my sunglasses
Favorite Carnival/Fair food: caramel apples
Favorite Smell: lemon
Favorite Sound: ocean waves
Favorite Book: too many to choose
Favorite Word: fabulous
Favorite Penny Candy: wait there’s candy that costs a penny???
Favorite Physical feature: My smile
You can follow Maria on her page at http://lovesugarkisses.blogspot.com and
on her Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LoveSugarKisses
Thank you for reading about Maria as our Special Guest