Threadless, the awesome T-Shirt company, and as cake people you're probably familiar with Threadcakes, the annual contest where people make cakes based on a T-shirt design. If your not familiar, then go check the links above and then come right back - I'll wait... ;-)
Seriously, I have been wanting to participate in this contest for at least 2 years, and this year I finally made the commitment to participate. I literally spent days just looking through t-shirt designs to find the perfect one. I finally found Bonsai Cats, a shirt I had seen previously and fell in love with. I'm a big gardener, Chaddy likes his ninjas, and we're both big fans of kitties, so this design worked for everyone. The design also lent itself well to cake, and I thought that while challenging, it was something we were capable of creating.
The Threadcakes rules require LOTS of photo proof during the baking and assembly of the cake. That was an unusual addition to my workflow, but I managed it OK. My biggest problem was one that most of you are very familiar with - TIME. I didn't allow myself enough time and we were both rushing around the night of the deadline. We finished the cake, took all the photos, and then cut and ate part of the cake (one of the rules) and got all the photos uploaded with only 20 minutes to spare before the midnight deadline.
So now all the entries have been turned in and the judges are now scoring each of the entries. Hopefully they will announce the winners soon, There are some super talented people with some great entries this year, but I remain hopeful that I at least have a shot of placing. Keep you fingers crossed for me, OK?
UPDATE: A day before this post went live, Threadcakes announced the winners of the contest for 2012. We didn't place in the top five slots, but we were selected as a finalist! Considering all the great cakes that were entered, we can be happy with that! If you want to see my entry along with the original t-shirt design and my progress shots, just click here to go to my Threadcakes entry.