Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas 2013 Roundup

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted here!   It has been a really busy couple of months, and while I keep my Facebook page updated, I just haven't made the time to keep the blog up to date as well.  New Years resolution number 1 for 2014:  to do better with that!   Over the next few days, I'll catch up with my busy November and December cookies!

First up:  Christmas cookies - LOTS of them!  This was my first Christmas "officially" in business, and thanks to a lot of great customers, it was a great success.

The "gingerbread man" sugar cookies shown above were my first order of the holiday season 2013.    A local photographer, Catherine from CLC Snapshots, asked me to make them for a "cookies with Santa" photo shoot.   The photos turned out just adorable . . . . I love seeing kids enjoying my cookies, especially in such a cute setting!   I also found out that Catherine is a neighbor who lives just down the street . . . I hope we can collaborate again soon!  Look below for an example of her work, and make sure to check out her Facebook page for lots more!

For the third year in a row, I had the honor of making lots of gingerbread people for my neighborhood's Winter Wonderland holiday kickoff!  It really is a great event -  here's my long post on it last year - and I love making lots of gingerbread people for it.  Many friends and neighbors have told me they look forward to my cookies as part of the event's growing traditions!  Thank you for asking me to do it again Tracy! 

 Next, a really special cookie exchange.  I am a member of an online group of wonderful cookiers who chat online and share lots of cookie ideas, techniques and support.   One of them organized a fun online gift exchange.   The cookies above are the ones I made for my recipient, along with a box of cookie cutters, a dish towel, and some other goodies.  I mailed it off to her  . . . and the USPS lost it!  After a week of waiting and watching the tracking number, I called the post office in her town in Georgia.  They claimed it had been delivered correctly, but she never got it.  So upsetting!    Through a weird series of events, the package turned up across town at an acquaintance of her husband's, and she finally ended up getting it! 

I made this set of cookies for a company holiday luncheon.  It was fun to make festive cookies incorporating their wolf paw logo and non-traditional Christmas colors.   It's hard to tell from the photos, but I used lots of disco dust glitter and silver airbrushing.   The employees' children got individual personalized cookies too.  Thank you for this order, Bambi, it was a lot of fun!

 Here was another set of sparkly cookies I made for a friend's annual Christmas party.  She asked for a candy-cane themed platter and I put this one together.  Thank you Melissa!

I love reading magazines, especially holiday issues!  When I spotted the December issue of Good Housekeeping on the newstand, I LOVED the cookie tree on the cover.  I bought it and put it aside, hoping to have the opportunity to make them.  I ended up making 8 dozen assorted trees - some for an order (thank you Kathy!), some for a neighbor's cookie exchange (thank you Janet!) and some to take to my parents' house for Christmas day.  On a whim, I took a picture of them next to the GH cover and posted it on their Facebook page.  I was so excited when they shared them a short time later!

I was so excited by the success of my Thanksgiving placecard cookies, I decided to offer some for Christmas as well.    I ended up making well over 100 of these for a number of orders.  Thank you to everyone who ordered them, they were a lot of fun to make!

Last but not least, these three pictures show the cookies I took to share with my family at Grandma's house on Christmas day.  Chocolate cakeballs, oreo snowmen, more trees, and of course the placecards!  My mom added these cute candy pops along with them for a very festive table.

1 comment:

  1. Holy Moly you were busy! I love them all! You sure showed up Good Housekeeping!


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