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When my eyes gaze upon sweet treats, I can’t help but smile in delight. My love is the same whether it is a store bought ice cream sandwich or a warm donut right out of the deep fryer. And two days ago, it was a chocolate covered cream puff from a new store specializing in what else? Cream puffs. So, it is no surprise that sweet treats are conspicuously my stationery theme of choice.
When asked why sweet treats are my inspiration, I usually say because I like them so much. It is a short concise answer, and our graphic design professor once told us that you can’t argue with “I like it.” When someone asks why something taste so good, a lot of times you hear, “It’s just good” or “I don’t know, I just like it.”
But when asked to guest write a blog entry, I thought I should let you know that I correlate my sweet stationery subject matter with some of my early childhood experiences. Growing up, my siblings and I were not allowed to go crazy swallowing up spoonfuls of sugary cereals and eat candy whenever we pleased.
It was given to us as a reward for good behavior, like when I transitioned to the big potty during toilet training. Of course, our reward of 3 Plain M&Ms was taken away when my brother realized we could steal them whenever we wanted. We received them in times of celebration such as my 5th birthday, when I ate my first ice cream cake from Carvel. It also helped that I reminded my mom everyday. “I really want this cake, please?” We received candy on Halloween, Christmas and Easter holidays. Need I say more?!
Eventually, we learn that giving them can be just as fun as receiving them. I think my mom was really happy that I did indeed use my Easy Bake Oven until she became the sole recipient of all my frosted mini cake creations. Sweet treats are also fun to eat with others. Sitting on the front steps with my brother while licking our popsicles was one of the few times we would hold an automatic and very temporary truce.
Sometimes you can’t go to your local drive-inn where the car hops bring your order to the car window. You just aren’t able catch up and sip on homemade root beer floats that come in frosted glass mugs and nibble on beer-battered fried cheese curds with a friend. But you want to share this moment in time, and it is my hope that my food-themed greeting cards and stationery help bridge this gap and satisfy your stationery sweet tooth.