My shop started with an idea and a dream. My dream was to be a self employed artist who loved her job. The idea was to create unique sculptures as wedding cake toppers. That dream and that idea became reality for me.
But the real story is how I got to that idea and dream. In early 2011 I was faced with losing my job, I was given 3 months notice. In that time I had some hard questions to work out. I could go and get another graphic design job, working for a low wage and doing a job I only sort of liked. I could go back to school, but I already had 6 years post secondary education, including a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sterile Supply Certificate, and Advanced Wed Design Certificate. There were no other programs that I wanted to take or could afford. That dream I had to be a self employed artist...was that a possibility? I decided that since I was young (in my 20's) that taking that leap of self employment would be better now then later. With the support of my amazing husband (then boyfriend) I was able to take that leap and give it a try. I had no idea if it would work out or not, and there was a lot of anxiety and unknowns. But it did work, and I am so thankful to the people and clients who have supported me in my journey.
I have never been happier in my life then I am now. I love going to work every morning, I enjoy the over time and fulfilling almost every role in the business, and there are a lot of them! It doesn't feel like work when you love doing what you're doing.
I love when brides tell me I've made them something so special they will treasure it forever. It is an honor to help someone with their special day and to be a tiny part of it.
Each order is unique and has it's own challenges. It is a blessing to be able to do what I do and I treasure that every day.
I think you can tell from my toppers that I love animals :) I want to give back to animals the joy they bring to me, so I donate some of my proceeds monthly to the World Wildlife Fund.
I love that people are enjoying my cake toppers! Recently I have been featured in many treasuries on Etsy, a huge thanks to everyone who included me! I have also been included in many collections on ArtFire. I have also been featured on several blogs. One of them being http://asignatureexperience.wordpress.com/2011/08/22/custom-cake-toppers/<
I appreciate the kind words and encouragement I have received from customers, bloggers, and artists alike.
My passion is my art! I would like nothing else than to be able to create art for the rest of my life. And I love sharing my craft and helping others find joy in custom works of art just for them.
Each topper I make is unique and individual, they are fun to make and they are fun to receive. I work on each piece for several hours and love every minute of it.
I do take custom orders if you can't find what you are looking for.
Take a look at my website www.mycustomcaketopper.com
Visit my other shop for my custom jewelry creations http://www.etsy.com/shop/hollysart
---*** All items in this shop are copyrighted unless inspired by another artist. Reproduction is strictly prohibited unless permission is granted by creator ***---
My greatest thanks to gingerbabies and theaircastle for their support and inspiration! Jen from theaircastle helped inspire my turtles and little birds on a branch.