Hi, I’m Sarah, Paige’s mum. Let me tell you the story of how Sprinkles Delight came to be.
Paige has always had a passion for baking. It all started as a toddler with our supermarket packet mix cupcakes (did I mention I am not a baker). At the age of 6 she started declaring that she was going to be a baker when she grows up. Thinking it was probably a phase, as we never baked at home I didn’t think much of it.
The Benefits of Lock Downs
During Covid lockdowns we had 8 solid weeks with the kids home from school. As we work from home we made it a point to get out and walk with the kids an hour each day. Paige’s conversation topic was always around her dream bakery, what colours it would be, what equipment she would need, and what products she would make. “Mum, will you help me open my bakery?”,“Mum, will you work with me in my bakery?” were asked every day. To which I always answered “Of course”.
We started watching baking shows together, Great British Bake Off, Crazy Delicious, Baking Impossible and her favourite by far was Zumbo’s Just Desserts.
Following the Dream
I realised that this was really where Paige’s passion lied and decided to help her make her dream come true. We started baking together. We love being in the kitchen together but for Paige it was only part of what she wanted. She was determined to have her own business, age was no barrier for her.
While the baking was out of the blue, the wanting her own business was not a surprise. For as long as she can remember, her Dad and I have worked together from home on various different online businesses. Some very successful, some not so successful.
We started looking at local government regulations on at home baking businesses. A registered kitchen was required, with a separate space, separate fridge, separate oven etc. It became apparent that our little kitchen was not going to meet the strict requirements. Paige was devastated. Tears were shed. Her dreams were dashed.
Time for a great life lesson. Just because we were told she couldn’t do exactly what she wanted, does not mean she could not have a baking business. When life gives you lemons you make lemonade. So we set to work brainstorming what baking related business we could start up that didn’t involve selling baked goods.
Onwards and Upwards
Cookie stamps and cookie cutters caught our eye. While Paige couldn’t do this on her own we were determined to help her. The timing worked for us as a family. Covid had taken its toll on our business and it was time for something new. So we set to work to help Paige realise her dream.
Paige makes a great boss and she is learning that in life it often takes a team effort to get a business off the ground. The support of your family and friends plays a big part in any success story. The support of the women in the Australian baking community has been and continues to be extraordinary, we couldn’t have asked for a more supportive community. Thank you all so much!
To follow your dreams takes courage and determination, it may not go exactly as planned and there may be detours and changes along the way, but she will get there, this is one step along the road. We are so proud of her.
Paige continues to bake and improve her skills making cookies to photograph for the website and also raise money for charity (as donations are not the same as selling and does not require a registered kitchen). This fits perfectly with Paige’s personality as she is such a kind and giving soul.
She continues to work towards dream bakery and continues to imagine how it will look.
If you would like to see what Paige has been baking, please follow the Sprinkles Delight Instagram page. @SprinklesDelightAU
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