|Our fun group . . . .we met up Friday night and spent the rest of the weekend together. |
MaryKate, Laura, Amanda, Julie, me, Susie, and Becky
|Meeting three of my cookie heroes! Sweet Sugarbelle, Arty McGoo, and Glory|
|Another cookie goddess - Maryann Rollins, the Cookie Artisan|
|Arty McGoo, making painting on a cookie look easy|
I also got to meet Julia Usher, see her amazing work, and get a cookbook signed. We had a great conversation about career changes - she started out as an engineer, then owned a bakery, and now writes cookbooks and teaches others her cookie techniques! Julia was so encouraging and inspiring.
I was blown away by the talent of my fellow cookiers. The entries in the Sugar Show contest were beyond my wildest imagination of what can be done with a cookie. Warning: this post has lots of pictures in it!
Many great vendors provided giveaways and door prizes, and there was a great packaging display by BRP Box Shop. The BRP folks were so awesome . . . I will be giving them my packaging business from here on out - small business, products made in America! So many ideas, so little time!
|My bags were full coming home! Much of this was free swag, but I bought some of it. |
Can't wait to wear my new "Make Cookies Not War" t-shirt :)
On Saturday, we got to play around with many of the tools and techniques we had learned about on Friday. It was great because I got to try out some things I thought I wanted and now know I don't need (airbrush), things I thought I wanted and now I must have (kopykake projector), and get some hands on instruction from some of my cookie gurus (fondant with Glory! Ribbon roses with Ali B!) - awesome!
There was also a "mystery shape" contest - everyone got a very odd-shaped cookie (turns out it was a stretched-out ragdoll cutter) and a few hours to turn it into something special. Once again, I was BLOWN AWAY with what my fellow cookiers came up with. The collage below shows a few of my favorites (yes, these cookies are all the same shape, and yes, they were all made in a few hours. (I will not be showing you my unworthy submission here!)
|The adorable lady with the polka dotted hat in the upper right corner won!|
|Hotel had free happy hour each evening, with awesome local beer|
|Saturday night banquet! Love these girls!|
|Amanda . . . if I ever go to Iowa, we're going out :)|
I am still smiling from how great the weekend was . . . . really really hope to do it again next year!