Saturday, June 19, 2010

My Fourth Project - Girly, Girl Turns Eight!

Here is a group of cookies I did for my co-worker's friend who saw the beach-themed cookies I did and wanted to order some for her daughter's eighth birthday. So I did some cookies with #8 cookies with sugar glitter, flowers, butterflies, bumblebees, ladybugs and a peace sign all decorated in a turquoise, chocolate, lavendar, pink color theme.

When she e-mailed me after the party, she was very happy with them and said her daughter was "in awe"! I was so honored to be able to make them for her. It made me feel good to make her and her daughter happy. "Thanks for the order, Veronika!"

Here they are...check 'em out!

The Third Time is Charm!?! (Or something like that!)

A co-worker was telling me that she was throwing her daughter a birthday party to celebrate her turning 12 at the beach for 27 friends. I thought, what an awesome learning experience to make cookies for her. (Boy, I speak quicker than I think.) It was definitely a learning experience!

I did a bunch of beach-themed cookies for her. She said she loved them! Her daughter was so excited. The reports that came back were that they were a huge hit!

Here they are!

My Second Attempt!

I have to admit, I borrowed this idea from a dear person on the web. It went along perfect with my theme. I put together a little digital scrapbook for my daughter and her hubby who celebrated their third wedding anniversary mid-May. You can view the scrapbook below. It was to the song "You and Me" by Lifehouse that was played at their wedding. Naturally, I had to make a cookie bouquet to compliment the song. Take a look and see what you think? Keep in mind, this was only my second attempt at making cookie bouquets. Be gentle!

After all of the time invested...they went at it like wild savages. Happy Aniversary kiddos!

Click below to view the video "You & Me" by Lifehouse to celebrate our kids third wedding anniversary!

My First Arrangement

This was my first attempt ever at making a cookie arrangement. About two months ago. I made it for a neighbor across the street who had surgery. Unfortunately, the flowers were so heavy that they broke as we sat visiting with her. I was mortified! She said not to worry, they wouldn't last long! She was so sweet about it.

The butterflies were added later in Picnik by my hubby.

I just love ladybugs, don't you?

I was pretty proud of these. But my, they are ugly!

My Cookie Experience

I have made my fair share of cookies in my life, but recently cookie making has taken on a whole new meaning to me. I never realized there is a real artistry involved in making cookies.

My experience with sugar cookies in the past was always the pile of melted dough that would come out of the oven at Christmastime that looked like a blob. Most of the time they were so burned that you could have used them as a weapon to defend your life, if need be. When the sugar was sprinkled on them (red and green, of course) it just did not stick. (Wassup wit that!) Remember those occasional blue or yellow ones? I never could figure how they related to Christmas, unless it was an angel (yellow sugar, of course).

When cookie bouquets started getting popular, I thought they were unbelievably cool. Recently, I decided to send a cookie bouquet as an anniversary present. When I realized how much they cost, I decided against sending it, as they were quite pricey. Soon after that I decided to embark on an adventure of my own to learn how to make cookie bouquets. (What was I thinking?) Wow, have I been learning a lot. Now instead of thinking they are charging too much, I find myself thinking, "They are only charging that much?".

I have a new respect for "Cookiers" near and far! It is hard work and many long hours are invested, not just with time (it is very time consuming) and money, but with creativity and lots and lots of love! A true labor of the heart.

Since embarking on this adventure I have met so many talented mentors who have never forgotten where they have come from, that they had to start out somewhere and now, many years later, are patiently and lovingly sharing their talents, giving priceless instruction, tidbits of wisdom, yummy recipes, gentle guidance, time-tested tips. Thanks to all of you.

This has been a wonderful adventure so far! I am a diabetic, so I have to limit my tasting and testing. But the joy that I have seen on the faces of my recipients makes me want to keep learning and keep making cookies.