Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grizzly Cheerleader Cookies



My friend Kristine asked me to make some cookies for her cheerleading team's end of season celebration.  Kristine spends countless hours coaching the cutest group of little girls, and I was so excited to make these cookies for her!  

I was very happy with how these cookies turned out - and Kristine tells me the girls loved them! 

Thank you for the donation, Kristine!

Each cookie had her own little personality, with different hair and bows (have you SEEN those big bows cheerleaders are wearing these days??)

Cookies and trophies for the girls - I hear they were really excited!

The cookies turned out cute, but not nearly as cute as the real thing!  These are some adorable little girls!






Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pinterest Party Cookies


Last weekend, a group of friends got together to try some new recipes and crafts from one of our favorite website addictions:  Pinterest!   It was a really fun night:  everyone brought something to eat and we made a couple of crafts together.    Lots of laughing and glitter flying!

Check out this spread!  Lots of tasty food and drinks, all found on Pinterest


This glitter ornament craft was my favorite!



Stenciled Cross Cookies



My friend and 3-day team mate Julia asked me to make some cookies for her son Joey's confirmation celebration.   I had been wanting to try stencils with royal icing (something I learned at Cookie Con!) and this was the perfect opportunity!     I made white-on-white cross cookies with ivy stencils, finished with a little sparkly disco dust.  Hope Joey and his friends enjoyed them!

Thank you for the donation, Julia!




Monday, November 5, 2012

CookieCon!

I just got back from one of the most fun events I have been to in a very long time!   I spent the weekend at CookieCon, an amazing cookie art convention and show.  It was a great event in so many ways.  I met dozens of incredible women, and we laughed together, learned together, and we were inspired together! 


Our fun group . . . .we met up Friday night and spent the rest of the weekend together.  
MaryKate, Laura, Amanda, Julie, me, Susie, and Becky
On top of that, I got to meet some of the fabulous bloggers who have taught and inspired me from afar - in real life! That was just amazing. Now when I read their blogs, I will hear their actual voices and see their faces. Love it!   It was so fun meeting and learning from Callye, Elizabeth, Glory, Pam, Ali B, and Maryann.  It was also great to meet Karen and Mike from Karen's Cookies, the couple who put on this spectacular event.  They are a first class pair!


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!