Updated: February 19, 2021 08:13 PM
Created: February 15, 2021 04:06 PM
Susan Laine has been baking up a storm in Ely. She's now completed more than 200 LovELY cakes during the pandemic. "The whole idea is to have it come from behind the scenes, and let people know they are lovely."
Folks nominate someone they know, who has done a good deed in the community. "Once the love started, everybody wanted to be a part of it. And we weren't talking about COVID. We weren't talking about politics. We were talking about lifting up people we see every single day. And letting them know they are lovely to us."
She crossed the 200 mark last month. It went to the Ely Honor Guard, after the funeral of beloved veteran, Bob Niskala. Members of the Ely American Legion Post 248 dedicated and donated the cake.
Cakes have gone out to places like the North American Bear Center, restaurants, and resorts. First responders, schools, and health care have also been recipients. It's helped her become an artist, and she appreciates being embraced by the artist community.
"I had faith in God before, and now I have a deeper faith in him, to see all the good things. Being happy and positive, that's my job now."
She's even branched out with Luv Babbitt cakes. And she couldn't do it without the support of her husband, Curt. He received the 100th cake.
As for the future, she doesn't see it stopping anytime soon. "I love making these cakes. And writing the cards and celebrating. We're not out of the woods by any means. And there's lots of opportunities for people to be lovely."
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