Let's get this party started!

Well the Kickstarter has ended and I am overwhelmed with emotions. All of the feelings are dancing around in my stomach: excitement, fear, joy, honor, pride, anxiety... all the old friends are here. 

Kickstarter has informed me that my money may take up to 2 weeks to come through, and because I needed to get this ball rolling, and also because I am impatient and chomping at the bit, I went ahead and bought the big guns on credit with the intention of repaying myself... So that money better some through! This means I am currently writing this on my new computer (!!!) and that these photos I am posting were taken with my new camera (!!!!!!!).

Chocolate Strawberry Cake drizzled with Strawberry Syrup and topped with Fresh Flowers

This camera is truly amazing. So much so that someone with very minimal photography experience (i.e. - me) can take photos that look this good! Expect to see my website looking a lot more professional! 

One of my resolutions, now that I have these incredibly efficient pieces of technology at my disposal, is to have a consistent blog presence, so I am stating here and now that I WILL BE POSTING WEEKLY. At the very least. You are all witness to these bold words, so hold me accountable! If you haven't heard from me in over a week than give me a digital slap on the wrist!

Although I have already said some enthusiastic thank you's it's time to hand out some more: To everyone who supported, pledged, and shared my Kickstarter, Thank You! This is all possible because you believed in me, and the importance of good cake. You rock. Never forget that. 

To get things started here are the first photos I took with the cookbook in mind! Justine was unavailable to shoot that day so I did it myself... in other words they probably aren't the caliber of photos we will be using ultimately.

These photos may or may not make it into the book, but I do love them!

I'm going to try sooooo hard not to share all of the photos we take for the cookbook. It will be painful, but necessary, to withhold all the beauty until the end. That being said, I will fold on occasion because my enthusiasm is bound to get the better of me... This is one of those times. But don't get used to it, I'm going to have to learn some self control!

The cake on the left is a Brown Butter Cake with Pistachio Buttercream, and the cake on the right is a Champagne Cake with Strawberry Champagne Buttercream and decorated with "preserved" strawberry slices. Both of these cakes were for a wedding last weekend for which the bride and groom gave me creative freedom, which I love. If you want to get the best work out of me, give me creative freedom and let me rise to the occasion!

So this is the beginning of the next chapter. I am so ready to take wedding season on head first, and chip away at Butter Bourbon & Botany in the meantime. I can't wait to start sharing my illustrations with you, and all of the progress we are making along the way. It's going to be an incredible creative zenith so stay tuned for more adventures in baking, creating, and living the dream!