A friend of Saucy's decided to close her fabulous shop of vintage treasures and objects d'art. It was a blow to the entire community... so difficult so see that lovely spot to land, a place to gather and enjoy the simpler things, close its doors forever. Last night there was a gathering to say goodbye.
No average cupcakes would do this occasion justice. They had to be special, like the shopkeeper herself. They had to be classically beautiful with a nod to the past.
They posed for pictures among some of the treasures found over the years at Billie Jo's Petit Maison. Saucy cannot imagine running errands in that area of town and just popping in to see what's happening. It won't happen, because Saucy won't find herself in that area of town, ever again. She went there specifically to be inspired... now it will just be another vacancy.
You can download a handy little template for making your own cupcake wrappers here. You will have to cut one and adjust the template after your cupcakes are baked, to account for different sizes and cupcake rising. You can cut the top edge of the wrapper with a scalloped decorative scissor.
After you have the wrappers cut (Saucy used some magazines found at La Petit Maison long ago but you might also use craft paper or scrapbooking papers), secure them to the outside of your cupcake with a dab of hot glue. This will prevent the wrapper from slipping off.
Add a dash of hot glue to secure the wrapper in place when it is all the way around.
These fellas are gussied up with vintage buttons.
It might just be the timing, with Saucy's birthday passing passing by... it's all left her with a certain feeling of... uncertainty. Nothing lasts forever, especially a cupcake. Certainly there are people who don't appreciate these little vintage bits of the past, even they can't last forever. Time marches on.
Saucy can't help but wonder: is this some sort of cosmic opportunity for her friend? A chance she might not have otherwise taken, a path towards greater things? As we discussed the possibilities last night of online shops and the other outlets that Billie Jo's creations could have in the future, Saucy was reminded of a song.
Last night after the party, she opened a tender-hearted letter from another friend. It was true:
You can't always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need.
Reader, let's try. We may not get what we want... but we must ask ourselves, what do we need? Well, the short term answer is this: you need a cupcake.