Thursday, March 13, 2014

Movie/Theater Theme Cookies

A set of cookies in celebration of a young lady becoming a teenager!  Her mom requested a set with a theater/movie theme.  This is what I came up with..........





I sure hope she approves of them.....cuz heaven knows how OPINIONATED today's teenagers are about ......EVERYTHING!  Especially teenage girls!!!  I speak from first hand experience.
My dearest, darling daughter became one this past summer, and holds nothing back when expressing her opinion on any and everything.







I refer to this as that 'movie thingy', but upon doing a google search learned that it is called a clapboard or clapper.  Who knew??  Thank you google!!




In the pre-tech days, one always noticed that these clapper things were written upon with chalk. I assume for ease of erasing and rewriting.  Now, they're digital.  I was going for the 'retro' look here, and used Wilton's white icing color painted on with a small paintbrush. It provided the effect I was looking for, but still remained tacky after a day of drying.  In the future, I'll be sure to try a white gel paste instead in hopes that it will dry


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Happy 13th Birthday, Ryonza!









Sunday, March 9, 2014

Jewelry Cookies

Back in November, I was asked to make cookies for the grand opening of Sorrelli Jewelry's

second retail location in Montclair, New Jersey.  I had free reign on cookie design with

the only stipulation being that it would be my interpretation of a piece of Sorrelli Jewelry.  

First of all, I'd never heard of Sorrelli.  After doing a search, OMG!!!!  Boy do they DO jewelry!!! 

Narrowing it down to 3 designs was exhaustive.  Their jewelry line is extensive and soooo 

beautiful!!  I decided to pick a pendant, an earring, and a brooch as inspiration.  Since

the grand opening was during the fall, I decided to use the rich, warm, earthy tones of fall.....my

FAVORITE time of year.

This is what I came up with:

The pendant cookie







The earring cookie







The brooch cookie (my fave)







If you're into jewelry, go have a look see at Sorrelli's website.  The collections, the colors, the styles, the sparkle, the designs.........definitely eye candy, my friends.






Friday, March 7, 2014

Butterflies, A Mustache, and Mardi Gras


What does one have to do with the other you may ask?

Nothing really, other than the fact that I used butterfly cutters  and a mustache cutter to make my Mardi Gras 2014 edition cookies.  

I know this post is coming after Fat Tuesday, but hey.....it's a new post!  And for me, that's quite an accomplishment.

So.....when looking for cutters for this year's cookies, I knew I wanted to add a lil' Cajun flair with the crawfish and alligator theme, but I also was looking for a different Mardi Gras mask.  Not wanting to hand cut, and disliking the mask cutter that I own because the dough always gets stuck and I hate having to deal with that, I did what Sugarbelle does and went looking through the collection to re-purpose a cutter into a mask.

Enter the butterfly and mustache cutters:





                       

This is how I re-purposed the 2 butterfly cutters to make a Mardi Gras mask:










The mustache cutter is pretty straightforward.......just flip it upside down and you have a mini Mardi Gras mask.



The finished products......





The whole collection of Mardi Gras cookies,  2014 edition:






And Mardi Gras 2014 Cajun style.......








             crawfish







                 alligators











     and some 'Throw me                somethin' crawfish.





Happy Mardi Gras!


Friday, February 21, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Ice Skating Cookies

Ice Skating for a National Championship


Blog:  "Hey? Who's that at the keyboard? Someone is actually uploading content here? Oh geez!  Can it be?  Finally???"

Me: "Yes, blog, it's me.  No excuses, no promises....just a post."  

**Mental note** I have a newfound abundance of  admiration for bloggers who post regularly! 

I AM NOT ONE OF THEM


Now, on to the post.........

Best of luck to the Miami of Ohio synchronized ice skating team (who knew? thought this was just in swimming) as they compete for their 10th consecutive national championship in a few days.





I used the girl cookie cutter designed by Karen of Karen's Cookies to make these little ice skating girls.  

Till next post.......eventually.......



Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hello Blog....Yes, It's Me.......

Hello blog.......Yes, it's me...after all of the neglect!


It seems appropriate to reintroduce myself to my blog since I've been away for sooo long!

But, I'm back.....again.....hopefully on a little more regular basis this time.

No catching up this time...just moving forward.....

Recently, I posted these cookies on my facebook page:




and  promised to show the method I used in making the speckled eggs.
I learned this technique YEARS ago in a decorative painting class, and figured it
would give me the effect I was looking for.

This method is quite simple, and requires nothing more than:

*gel paste food color.....I used chocolate brown
*a stiff bristle paint brush, or new, unused tootbrush will work well too
*alcohol based extract, or any kind of 'drinking' alcohol will do

Step 1

Mix a drop or two of extract/alcohol with a few drops of gel paste food color to thin it out a bit. 



Step 2

Place your eggs that have been basecoated onto wax paper or parchment to protect your work area from speckle splatters.  I speckled mine right after basecoating.  It could be done dry as well.



Step 3

After dipping the brush into thinned gel paste, using the tip of index finger, gently flick the bristles of the brush while holding over and slightly the the side of the egg to make the speckles.
Be prepared for a stained finger. 





The amount of paint on the brush, as well as how close you hold the brush to the egg will determine the size of the speckles.


Here you can see how a fully loaded brush, held closer to the cookie, produced larger specks, in contrast to the much finer specks made after much of the gel paste had been flicked off, and the brush was held a little farther away. 


Using the same thinned gel paste and a fine liner brush, I added some 'paint' details to the outline of the birds and to define the carrots.

Experimentation will help you find the perfect speckles for your egg.

Happy Speckling




 



Sunday, December 4, 2011

What a Character...in Cookie Form

I really have a whole lotta catching up to do with postings on this blog and I really have no rhyme or reason as to  where to start.  So while perusing pics that need posting...
some trends or tendencies are beginning to take shape.  Today's posting is one of them.

Character Cookies

Toy Story

Here, in no particular order, are some of the many different charcter cookies that have been requested....

Thomas and Friends



Sesame Street


Jack Jack of The Incredibles


And last but not least....
those infamous birds that are EVERYWHERE now.....
even showing up as toys for dogs!!


Angry Birds


And don't forget to nominate a needy person/family for my 'Spreading Some Christmas Cheer' cookie give-away.  I'll take nominations until Dec.15.  You can nominate someone for some special treats by commenting at the end of this post.
Or, you can leave a comment on my facebook page here.







Thursday, December 1, 2011

Spreading Some Christmas Cheer


I'm back to blogging....again.
It's been so long since I last posted anything, I'm embarassed to say....I ALMOST FORGOT how to log in and write a post!!!

I think my blog must be saying.....who the heck is this!!!!
I'm getting the hang of though.

So several hundreds of dozens of cookies since that last post.......(reason why I haven't been posting)  brings me to today's post.  I won't even try to catch you guys up to what all's been happening cookiewise since then.  Instead, I'd like to ask you, my faithful followers....(if there are any of you left!)....to help me to help spread a little Christmas cheer to some of our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

God has so abundantly blessed me this year with an amazingly successful business that I am so passionate about, and I want to share my blessings with those in need.....those who have fallen on hard times.....those who are quite deserving of a little Christmas cheer.



What, you may be asking, do I need of you?  I'm asking for your help to nominate some deserving individual/family, who is in need this Christmas season, to be the recipient of a gift of one of my Christmas cookie collections. 




I will randomly select 5 deserving people/families from comments left here on my blog, and on my facebook page, to receive a gift of my Christmas cookies.  Leave me a comment, telling me why your special nominee is deserving of some special cheer this Christmas.


I will accept nominees until midnight, CST, on December 15. 

In your comment, please provide your email address so that I can notify you if your nominee is the winner.  Cookies will be shipped to arrive prior to Christmas directly to winning nominees if I am providred with a shipping address.  If the address is unknown, then they will ship to you, so that you can present them to the winner yourself.

Thank you for helping me to help make someone's Christmas a little bit sweeter.








Monday, July 18, 2011

Anniversary Week

Today, July 18, marks the 1 year anniversary of the opening of my Etsy shop.
It has been a wonderful first year filled with many blessings.
To help in the celebration of this milestone, two lucky people will be the recipients of 1 Dozen Cookies of their choosing!!

Here are the 'cookies of choice' of the lastest winner of one of my giveaways.......


The winner of these decided to give her winnings to her husband for his birthday.  She told me that he was a big fan of Marvel Comics.  I never dreamed Marvel Comics characters were so numerous.  I chose these because they looked more 'cookie friendly'.  By that meaning.....easier to do!  Besides, these are the more familiar of Marvel Comics characters.

Little did I know that I was making cookies for an illustrator and graphic artist!  Talk about pressure!




.....but I guess I passed the test........
His response, " As a professional illustrator and the lucky person to receive these as a birthday present from my lovely wife, I can tell you they are works of art to behold and delicious. Amazing work, well done, thank you."

Said his wife......"Thanks again Kay for making his birthday terrific!!! Its been a tough year but you just made it totally perfect!!"

That makes it all worthwhile for me :)

So now you have 2 chances to win some cookies to make someone else's day too.....or maybe make your day!

For all of the details for your chance to win, go visit Mrs. Robinson's blog by midnight this Thursday, July 21 to enter for chance 1 .....and for ANOTHER chance.......Noelle and Kerry over at Sweet Crafts and Cakes are sponsoring a 'sweet giveaway' of my cookies.  Their giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, July 22.  Go check them out for all the details.

And finally, starting today until Friday at midnight, purchase any listing in my Etsy shop and receive an 18% discount!  Simply use coupon code ANNIVERSARY1 at checkout.

Thank You for a fabulous first year!!






 
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