Birch Beauties

My parents live in Iowa…well, they live in Iowa for a few more days, but after the new year they are packing up and moving east to be closer to my family and I. I am a very lucky daughter! Unfortunately, they are leaving an AMAZING network of friends. The group of 10+ women that my Mom has become incredibly close with call themselves the “Laughing Ladies”…and they really are! I’ve witnessed it myself! The Laughing Ladies are wonderful, loving, women and I couldn’t wish for better friends for her to have. Hands down both my parents and their friends will go through withdrawals over the next few months ;)

As a parting gift, some of the Laughing Ladies bought my parents a beautiful beautiful painting that weeks before on a little shopping day trip my Mom had fallen in love with. They were sneaky! They bought the painting that same week as the shopping trip and even had the owner of the shop make stories up about the painting when my Mom went back a week later to show my Dad the painting and buy it for herself. When the Laughing Ladies gave my parents the painting, they made my Mom promise not to write them thank you notes. Well…my Mom can be sneaky too ladies ;) Below is the beautiful painting and her non-thank you card cookies :)

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Piped the birch trees on a solid black background

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Sorry for the lack of rotation! Added a brown background to the bottom leaves

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Piped butter colored and gold colored leaves on top of the birch trees

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Last step was to add the red leaves on top of the brown background and using an edible pen add the black dots to the larger birch trees

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Mom and Dad’s new painting

 

Holiday Spirit

Over the past few weeks I have been busy decorating an assortment of Christmas and Holiday cookies for various customers. It’s easy to say it’s kept me amazingly busy, but more important it has really pushed me in the Christmas spirit. It’s hard not to be excited when you’re making snowmen and reindeers. I sang Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to my daughters the day after I made these little guys…(and have sang it every day since at her request haha)

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One of my customers wanted to give her employees a decorated cookie along with a cookie that said Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays so I piped up these adorable cookies…

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Another customer ordered 6 dozen favors for their corporate holiday party. As much as I tried, these did not bring snow our way…yet!!

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I made these simple cookies for my daughter and the other adorable kiddies to enjoy at her day care…

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It has been a wonderful holiday season so far and we still have another week to go. I am done decorating cookies for 2012 and am going to truly enjoy my time off with my adorable little girls and my amazing husband as we wait and watch for Mr. Claus :)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

 

Ga Ga Over Onesies!

Goo Goo Gaa Gaa…the past two weeks were full of adorable baby onesies! One order for little girl onesies to coordinate with a tutu themed 1st birthday and one order for little boy onesies matching a baby shower invitation. Now that my daughter is over 1 and technically no longer considered a baby (in my books they’ll always be my babies though!!) it was fun decorating these cookies and reminiscing about their baby months :) Awww Yep…I’m a softie for babies ;) Hope both parties enjoy their sweet little baby onesies!

Another 40

It seems like I made a lot of cookies for 5 year olds and 40 year olds this year. One of those 40 year old birthdays was none other than my own hubby :) He’s definitely like a good wine…keeps getting better with age :)

Here are the fun cookies I made for his party. I started with a cupcake cutter and squeezed it while pushing it into the dough so it elongated the cutter into a more beer pint glass shape. I also cut off the cherry on the top from the dough so it was more rounded like a head of beer.

I just couldn’t imagine giving little kids beer designed cookies, to I modifyed the design slightly and made the kiddos root beer instead!

Super Twins

Another set of twins is turning 5…such a fun age! I swear kids are excited about everything at this age. This particular adorable boy and girl are lucky enough to have Mom throwing them a Super Mario Bros themed party. How cool is that!! I remember going over to my next door neighbors house growing up and us sitting in her basement playing this (and many other) video games on her Nintendo. Totally get why it’s still a beloved game for tykes these days…however I bet the graphics are much much better ;)

Super Cool Mom wanted a Mario cookie and a Princess Peach cookie for the little ones to take home with them as thank you’s. She sent these images along and below is my process for trying to replicate.

  

First night was spent outlining these little guys. Took less time thanI thought thanks to my trusty Kopykake Projector…

Second night I started filling…

Third night I finished filling and added the finishing details!

Voila!!

It’s a Mans World

And based on the men I know, their world would involve fire somehow. I don’t know what it is, but men seem to like fire.

A recent order came in requesting favors for a husband’s 40th birthday party. There was no “theme” per say but she did say she was going to have a few things printed up with “40 & Hot”. My thought process went from Man…Hot…Fire.  Flames!  And so I designed these 40’s that are on fire.  Super fun to make and in my opinion a super cool and unique theme for such a milestone birthday.

Dew my inspiration from this cool car flame

Wanted it to be a fuller flame around the 40 so I drew it up using a Bic marker

Then went to town :) Happy Birthday Curt :)

Oh and I have to thank Pinterest for this order. Small world it is…the super nice woman who placed this order lives in Bellingham, Washington…where I WENT TO COLLEGE!!! I couldn’t believe it. Testament that social media does in fact work :)

All Things Boy – Part III

When I first started making cookies, I would see everything as a cookie. I wondered “Can I do that in a cookie?” or wondered if I had the ability to decorate something so fabulous “Can I really do that??” Oddly enough, the characters from the movie Cars was one of those. Last week I had the opportunity to give it a try and push my skills out of their comfort zone. I am happy happy happy that I did! I love how they turned out (everything except for the cratering in the windows…those damn craters show up even when you do everything and I mean everything to prevent them!! grrrr).

Happy Birthday Mason…your Grandma loves you tons (proof as she hand carries these cookies on a plane from Connecticut to Utah)!!

All Things Boy – Part II

I’m going out on a limb here since I have two girls and am an only child so I have very limited exposure to little boy birthday parties, but when I think of boy party themes I definitely think of sports. Don’t get me wrong, many many girls are into sports just as much as boys are, but little boys live for kicking, hitting and throwing things ;)

So when an order came in last weed for soccer balls I was super excited!! The favors are for twin boys who were turning 5 and having a soccer themed birthday party at an indoor soccer arena. I hope these cookies were a huge “kick” ;)

All Things Boy – Part I

Not too long ago, before my summer vacation, I was lucky enough to have a couple weeks of girlie cookie orders. Now…the boy orders are flying in! Love it!

My daughter has a set of Legos. It’s a farm scene. She loves it. This farm set is my first experience with legos. No idea why, but I never had them as a kid. So when an order came in for a lego head and a ninjago I was like “whose-a-go what?” Apparently, ninjas have invaded legoville :) There are photos of these cool dudes everywhere online! Some might say suspicious, others would say mysterious…I say hooded coolness!

Happy Birthday Hunter!

Hunter’s brother is also having a birthday party and picked a super cool theme. His theme brings back happy memories of my childhood :) I grew up watching Yogi bear and Boo Boo. Yogi always so silly…so funny…so happy…so hungry!

Happy Birthday Caden!

All Things Girlie – Part II

I was very excited this cookie order came in. It was so much fun creating birthday favors that were so girlie! Eesha’s Mommy noted that her daughter was a fabulous little 5 year old who was really into Barbies and Princesses and would love little cookie favors for her birthday party. I was given design control and found an adorable little princess image, which turned into my inspiration for her cookies. I hope she likes her little black haired beautiful princess cookies!

Happy 5th Birthday Eesha! May all your princess dreams come true this year <3

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