{RECAP} SNAP – A DIY’ers DREAM CONFERENCE.

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You know me, I’m a believer of the very convenient philosophies: “Better late than never” as well as “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission” haha. Therefore; a few months late but here’ s my short recap of my adventures at SNAP!

I must say, it was one of the coolest conferences I have attended…. and I’ve been to many many many ranging from technology to food to design. I had a great time for lots of reasons. Keep reading  and you’ll see why…

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{RECAP} 2013 – AN UNBELIEVABLE YEAR!

2013 TMS Recap

At the end of every year, I like to take time to look back and reflect on what was  blessings and adventures occurred during that time. I do this with my personal life and with The Marshmallow Studio. You really learn a lot about your strengths, your weaknesses and it helps set new goals for the upcoming year. For me, doing annual recaps of each year on this blogs has helped me document the growth in my marshmallow skills, and my marketing abilities. Oh and to see the progress of my photography and Photoshop skills too which have a long way to go still haha.

{PLEASE NOTE: Below each image there will be a link you can click to see the full post for that project which will include additional photos and details.}

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{RECAP} 2013 BOOK TOUR

This post is way way overdue.

I owe you guys pictures from my mARTshmallows book tour.  Although I have already written about the major events and shows I attended as part of my tour, here are the details to the other stops that I missed.

I’m bringing you to San Diego, New York, Miami, Hollywood and Dallas.

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Let me start off by saying that I am extremely appreciative of each and every single person who helped me organize my tour, came to see me, helped me spread the word, and supported me with encouragement on my pics and status updates I posted along. You guys all rock!! I am so very thankful to have you in my life. Book tours aren’t all glitz and glamour and can be very scary to take on as a self-publisher. Luckily, our was a total success!

I’d also like to thank my husband, my parents, my mother-in-law, Rocky and Melissa for helping me with the boys. I could not have done it without you!!!!

In 5 months we made 10 out of 12 scheduled appearances — WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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{RECAP} INTERNATIONAL BAKING INDUSTRY EXPO 2013

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I was fortunate enough to have attended the International Baking Industry Exposition a couple of days ago. IBIE is North America’s largest, most comprehensive trade event. It’s held every three years at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It attracts more than 20,000 baking professionals from every segment of the grain-based market from all around the world. I am already counting down the days until the next event in 2016!!

IBIE 13 Recap from TheMarshmallowStudio.com

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MARSHMALLOW ROSES WEDDING CAKE

Marshmallow Roses Cake by The MarshmallowStudio HERO

I love this cake so much that it took me almost two months to show it off to the world. I made it during my demo class at Cake Camp 2013 (read full recap here). I wanted to find the perfect backdrop and time to photograph it.

At last, here is my Marshmallow Roses Wedding Cake!!

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{RECAP} CAKE CAMP 2013

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Two years ago we scrapped up our saving and headed to Las Vegas to try our luck at Cake Camp. Fast forward two years and here we were again except this time we lived in Las Vegas and I was teaching too.  I cannot believe how fast time had flown by and how much we have accomplished as a business, a family and a sugar artist in this time.

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THE PARTY WITH AMY LOCURTO

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A few weeks ago, you guys might remember me talking about a super cool secret project I was making pops for. I shared a few sneak peek photos on my Instagram profile. Then a couple of weeks ago I was able to share what the big mystery was all about and who and what they were for.

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I had made marshmallow flowers and butterflies to match Amy Locurto’s new Rainbow Party Collection from her new line with Pebbles, Inc.  She was having a booth at the 2013 Craft and Hobby Association Winter Tradeshow and wanted to display them in her booth along her beautiful new bright paper goods. Of course I was honored she asked me and jumped right into this opportunity. It’s not everyday someone you totally admire asks you for something.

Here are a few screen shots I saved from other’s posts:

 

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I am thrilled to announce that the items are being shipped and distributed as I type and they should be available at a store near you very soon. Meanwhile, you can shop online:

You can read how Amy made the display for our Rainbow Butterfly Marshmallow Pops above here!

 

SAN DIEGO CAKE CLUB 29TH ANNUAL CAKE SHOW

What an experience….

Although I am not a cake decorator, I am a sugar artist so I believe it’s very important to participate in local cake clubs and network with my fellow artists.  As you may already know from my previous posts, we are members of the California Cake Club (3 Cs) and the San Diego Cake Club (SDCC). Every year for the past 29 years, the SDCC has puts together a Cake Show Competition to benefit a charity and allow local artists to showcase their talents. This is the largest show of it’s kind in California.

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EVENT-SOLUTIONS IDEA FACTORY / CATERSOURCE 2012 LAS VEGAS

Last week I attended the Event-Solutions Idea Factory / Catersource Tradeshow 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. I had a blast, learned a lot and meet some really cool people. I loved the energy in the air and the creativity As some of you may already know, I have two degrees in event management and worked many years in this field. One of my biggest passions are events and all aspects of design. Every year I look forward to this show because there are soo many new things to see and learn about, not to mention the amazing tablescapes designed by some the country’s top event designers. This was my fourth time attending the show and every year it seems to keep getting bigger and better. I will be back again next year!

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OPERATION SHOWER – SUNSHINE SAFARI FLAMINGOS

 This is a way over-due post but one that I really wanted to write and share with all of you.

As some of you may already know, we have had the opportunity twice now to design and donate custom marshmallow pops for the beautiful organization Operation Shower.  There are soo many reasons why I feel dearly toward this organization to name them all, I just hope to be able to continue donating our products and time whenever possible. You too can get involved by donating here or through their Amazon wishlist. After learning that they were hosting the January shower in San Diego, I immediately volunteered to provide pops and also to come help set up for the event. I was stoked to finally meet the wonderful team behind this organization and the 11 talented designers that were being involved.

Here’s the cherry on top of my ice cream sundae… I got to make new friends, hang out with a fabulous group of ladies, and I even heard our Flamingo Marshmallow Pops were a favorite on the sweets table with the future-mommas!

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3 C’S DEMO AT ABC CAKES ON 10/8/11

I got something cool to share with you guys :)

A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to be invited to do a demonstration at ABC Cakes Shoppe and Bakery in Orange, CA last Saturday, 10/8/11 for the California Cake Club Fall Quarterly Meeting. Although I’ve been teaching for a year now, something about doing a demonstration in front of sugar art professionals made me a little nervous. Boy, am I glad I accepted the offer and came out to Orange, California because I found a gem…

   

The store is located in a cute little strip mall off a main avenue, with an ample parking, and great signage so you can’t miss it. I was welcomed by this big o’ Gingerbread Man Baker in the window.

    

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