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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Princesses and tea parties....

More catching up on some of the other fun orders I have had over the last couple of months....

If you've been following my last few {incredibly infrequent} blog posts, then you probably saw that I am a big giant Star Wars nerd.  In the initial Star Wars cookie post I mentioned what a tomboy I was growing up.  So I'm sure you can guess that I not a huge fan of all things princess, which is what all girl toys seem to be geared towards these days.  I look up to two princesses: Princess Leia and Wonder Woman {Amazon princess!}.  So you can imagine how excited I was when a customer contacted me about ordering Star Wars cookies and was wondering if I could make a Princess Leia cookie for the girls who would be in attendance at her son's party!  Now that's my kind of mom!

I searched around online looking for a not-to-intricate black and white drawing of the almighty cinnamon-bun haired Leia, and was lucky enough to find this great tutorial on how to draw her here.  Her face in the final drawing was exactly what I was looking for.

I did two test cookies first to see how she would turn out and she looked pretty good, except that her eyes looked like they were popping out of her head!  For the final cookies I choose to leave out the white part of her eyes because that is what was creating the bug-eyed affect.  I was pretty happy with the final draft!  Here she is flanked by Luke's X-Wing Fighter and everyone's favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett.

My other recent venture into princess cookies was for a mom who wanted actual princesses as cookies for her daughters birthday party.  She was looking for a combination of princess cookies and tiaras.  My first pass at the princess cookie was by using my 'girl' gingerbread man cutter, but since I needed to put hair on the princess, she ended up looking like she had a great big body and a little bitty head.

Not really the look I was going for!

After that I decided I would just do a princess design on an oval cookie.  Much happier with how that turned out!  Of course since she's a princess I had to 'glam' her up with a little disco dust :)

 And here are the tiaras to match!

One of the other 'girly' parties was a tea-party themed birthday party for the adorable two-year old daughter of Jeannine at Whimsical Printables.  She had designed these adorable invitations and water bottle labels for her daughters party so those were my cookie inspiration.

Stay tuned for more posts to catch up on the last couple months.  Since I'm doing new orders and designs every week, I wonder how I'll ever catch up the blog to the orders!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

To catch up....

I mean seriously, I am like the worst blogger EVER!  It's been a month since my last post, so as you can imagine, that's a lot of cookies to share.  Once again, I'm going to try to get back to posting at least once a week (back to?  was I ever in the first place?), so I'll just share a handful for now....

This first group consists of multiple orders from the same customer {probably my best customer!}

Cookie bouquet 'Thank You' for a retiring principal

Another cookie bouquet - assembly in the
adorable watering can by my crafty customer!

Thank you cookies with Dandy Dots

For the recent 'Teacher's Appreciation Week', I had some orders from customers for their kids to give their teachers cookies, and I also provided apple cookies for the Teacher Appreciation luncheon at our preschool.

Flower cookies that my kids gave to their pre-school teachers
(they of course signed the 'leaf' cards themselves:)

First Communion cookie bouquet sent by a
godmother from out of state to her goddaughter
on her special day

And the final two to share for today were for a very spring-like birthday party... 

I'll try not to make my next post a month away!

Monday, April 18, 2011

April birthdays....

As I've mentioned before, one of the great parts of doing what I do, is all of the amazingly creative women that I have had the pleasure to meet (well, cyber-meet in most cases!).  This month, two of those amazing women had birthday parties for their sweet little ones and I was lucky enough to be able to provide cookies for their creations.  In both cases I was provided with a copy of the invitation to use as inspiration.  The tiny aspect of cookies was all I provided, but as you'll see, both of these creative gals went well above and beyond a simple coordinated cookie for their little ones!

Kristin at {Stampin' Fanatic!} threw an adorably bright and cheery BEE-day party for her equally adorable daughter Grace's second birthday.  For more party pics check out Kristin's blog {here}.

BEE-eautiful invitation designed by Kristin herself!
The coordinating cookies 
And the amazing dessert table they were display on
Bee cake balls by my frequent partner in
sweets-crime, Terri's Treasures

Party photo's courtesy of {Stampin' Fanatic!}

The next April birthday I had the pleasure of making some sweet treats for was Jenny of {Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line}.  Jenny was throwing an "April Showers" themed third birthday party for her sweet little boy Noah.  The invitation that Jenny provided me with for inspiration was designed by {Pen N' Paperflowers}.  In this case, I used the super-cute embroidered-look design of the invite and transferred it directly to the cookies.  Jenny really did an amazing job with this party, right down to the fact that it even rained on the party day!  For more pics of her outrageously original party, check out Jenny's blog {here}.

How cute is that 'Grab an Umbrella' set up!!!!

Party Photo's courtesy of {Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line}

Thanks again to Kristin and Jenny for letting me be a part of their amazingly creative parties!  I look forward to working with both of you again soon!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

The birds and the bees.....

Well, not in the sense you're thinking, but sort of!  This past week I had two separate baby shower orders that featured birds.  One was an order placed by a very gracious mom-to-be.  She planned to give the cookies to her friends and family as a thank you for their gifts.  They have not found out the sex of their baby, and do not plan to, so are going with a very gender neutral nursery in non-traditional colors.  She sent me a few pictures of some of the bird-related artwork that will adorn the nursery walls for inspiration, and I went from there.  They definitely were not your typical cartoon-like bird cookie!

The parents to be had me include a tag on each cookie expressing thanks from them and the baby

The other baby shower order was for centerpieces to serve as decor as well as prizes for the guests.  This time I was provided with one of the invitations for inspiration, which also included birds (thankfully this time a little more of the cartoony variety!)

Thanks again to my customers for the fun creative orders, and congrats to the mom's-to-be for each respective shower, Julie and Honor!

Friday, April 15, 2011

I am a HUGE nerd.... STRIKES BACK!!!

Okay, so I hope you all get the Star Wars reference in this blog title, because if not, you clearly aren't nerdy enough to be reading this post....
First, let me apologize for being such a lazy blogger!  It's been nearly a month since my last post.  What the heck am I doing anyways?  Oh yeah, baking and decorating dozens upon dozens of cookies in between taking care of three kids while my husband is traveling for work again.  And playing on two indoor soccer leagues.  And trying to keep my house clean.  And laundry.  Have I mentioned how much I hate laundry?  Sorry, I digress.  The last few weeks have been very busy with orders for everything from baby showers and birthdays to the upcoming Easter of course.  I have a few different fun cookie orders to post along with stories to go with them, so hopefully I'll be able to find the time to do blog posts about them soon.  I did drop a very obvious hint to my husband that a laptop would be a great Mothers Day/Anniversary present (our anniversary is the day before :).  That would certainly help with the blogging.

Now, cue the Star Wars music....

After my last blog post which also showed that Williams-Sonoma had come out with another awesome Star Wars cookie cutter set, I received an order for the Star Wars ships for a birthday party.  I wanted to get them  anyways, now I had the perfect reason! Now, for the most part, I decorated them pretty much the same as the Williams-Sonoma ones, with the exception of the Death Star.  I'm sorry {WS}, but the Death Star is not blue.  I also added the little red dot at the center of the circle since that is where the big crazy laser shoots out that blows up Princess Leia's home planet in the original Star Wars movie.  See.  I told you I was a nerd.
For the photo shoot this time, I did not take the time to dig through all of our Lego's to find all of the Stars Wars Lego characters.  When I did that for the last Star Wars cookie set, I couldn't find Darth Maul's hood.  I finally gave up and just put girl hair on him (it was still black at least!).  When I was editing the pictures for the blog post, my 5 year old comes in and says, "Hey, that's not what Darth Maul wears!"  I told him I couldn't find his hood, so he goes downstairs and comes back with it from out of the toy and Lego riddled basement in less than two minutes.  This time I was lazy and just grabbed the few action figures I could find.
Everyone's favorite inter-galactic couple, Han Solo and Princess Leia
Leia - "I love you."  Han - "I know"
So romantic!
I'm pretty sure the guy on the right is actually a Jedi and not a bad guy,
but his light saber broke off his hand, so I can't tell ;)

"Use the force Luke!"

The Star Wars cookies have given me an idea for another cookie set featuring another favorite of the 70's/80's.  When I have time to play I'll do those for fun and you can see more of my nerdy side.  It's a pretty big side as I'm sure you've all guessed by now ;)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I am a HUGE nerd.....

Ok, so let me preface this blog by mentioning a few things that you all may not know about me..... I was born in 1974, I have one brother who is a year and a half older than me, and I was a great big tomboy growing up.  And by tomboy I don't just mean that I liked to play in the dirt and hunt for frogs.  When my grandmother insisted on buying me a doll at Christmas one year, I literally dropped it on the floor after opening it and ran across the room to see the truck or whatever other 'boy' toy my brother had just opened.  Of the few Barbies that I did have, we would get them into "car accidents" and then perform "surgery" on them (my mom said I wanted to be a surgeon when I was 5).  My favorite toys were Hot Wheels, Tonka trucks, and Lego's.  Lots and lots and lots of Lego's.  My brother and I used to save up our allowance and pool it together to buy new Lego sets.  We had so many that my dad built us a huge table in the basement that we could have our Lego city set up on at all times.  As far as movies went, some of my faves as a child (and still are) Raiders of the Lost Ark and of course the original Star Wars trilogy, which I have seen more times than I can count.

Which leads to the cookies.... When Williams-Sonoma came out with their Star Wars Heroes & Villains cookie cutters, my mom spotted them before I did and got them for me for my birthday.  I made some right away but never got around to frosting them in detail.  This week I had an order for them though, so I got to go all out.  I of course had to have fun with their photo shoot, and after about 30 minutes of searching through our massive Lego collection, was able to find most of the Lego Star Wars guys and their accessories to be my models.  True Star Wars and Lego fans will notice that Darth Maul is not wearing the hood he came with, but instead 'girl' hair and Luke's light saber is not the right color.  Our Lego collection includes all of the Lego's my brother and I collected as kids, as well as additional sets my 15 year old son had when he was little, and now the ones that our 5 and 3 year old little ones are adding.  So, needless to say, if I had a free six hours in my day, I would have searched through the pile and found all the pieces to make the Lego Millennium Falcon to also have in the pictures.  But fine, call me lazy ;)

Enjoy.. you know I did!

Luke, Obi-Wan, and everyone's favorite droid, R2-D2

"I see your Schwarz is as big as mine..." Name that movie quote!

The Dark Side

And now that I've seen the Star Wars ships cutters, you know I'll be getting these next!

Image courtesy of Williams-Sonoma (I did not decorate these!)