Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Flower cookies for a flower artist

When I saw Sugarbelle's tutorial on making these brush embroidery flowers a few weeks back, I filed the idea away in my head to try sometime.    I had the perfect opportunity last week when my mom invited me to go to a craft show with her to see her dear friend Patty.  Patty makes incredible silk and ribbon flowers and sells them at craft shows and online at her website www.Fullblooms.net.   We stopped by to see her at her booth and dropped off this little gift.   She was doing great business that day - her booth was wiped out! 

Love this technique, and will definitely be trying it again!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Big or Small . . . Save them All!

As most of you know, I donate all sales from my baking to a cause very important to me - Susan G Komen for the Cure.  As a participant in the annual Washington, DC Komen 3 Day walk,  I have committed to raise money each year in the fight against breast cancer.     2013 will mark my fourth year participating in this incredible event, and over the past three and a half years, I have raised over $15,000.

When I first signed up to walk in the 3 Day for the Cure in 2010, I did it as a personal challenge for myself - I didn't have a personal connection to breast cancer. Since that time, I have come to know many people who have been affected by the disease - so many wonderful survivors and family members of people taken too soon, the cause has become something I truly believe in. I am a firm supporter of the Susan G Komen motto - we do this "because everyone deserves a lifetime."

A little over a year ago, the fight became truly personal.  One of my oldest and dearest friends called me with the news:  she had breast cancer.    A year later, I am so happy to say that through early detection and medical intervention, she is a SURVIVOR.  Not only that, she is walking with my team this year!!   I am so grateful to all of the doctors, researchers, and fundraisers who have made this survival a reality, I am more committed than ever to continuing the cause.  Everyone deserves a lifetime.

I made this platter of cookies to take to a fundraiser my friend Paula had last night.   Our walk team, Team Think Pink, has the motto "Big or Small, Save them All!"    Here it is in cookie form.

Will you be my bridesmaid cookies?

A new bride asked me to make cookies for her to give to her friends as a sweet way of asking them to be in her wedding party!  What a fun idea!   I made each of the eight bridesmaids a pink dress like the one shown, plus an "invitation cookie".    The two flower girls got the little white dress shown.

This is going to be a great wedding party!  Thank you for the donation, Christin!

18th birthday "favorite things" cookies

This platter of cookies was for a friend's son's 18th birthday.   His two favorite things right now are his camera and his Mustang!    Hope Matt enjoyed them, and thank you for the donation, Angela!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

These cookies were so much fun to make . . . Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael - otherwise known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!   Character cookies have always stressed me out, but my Kopykake projector once again saved the day.
These are for party favors for a five-year old's birthday.  Hope the kids enjoy them!   Thank you for the donation, Marie!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Logo cookies for a church event

A friend asked me to make some cookies for an event at her church, Grace UMC in Manassas, VA.  They are launching a campaign, called "Lighting the Way", for a building expansion project, and she asked me to make cookies to serve at a reception for the leadership of the church.

The logo for the campaign looks like this:

So I used elements of the logo to make a tray of cookies, adding in some stars and chevrons in the color scheme.    

Hope the event was a big success, and thank you for the donation, Sandy!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Some recent cookies

It's been a busy week . . . with field trips, soccer practices, some home improvement, a little "real" work, and lots of cookies!

First up, I made logo cookies for a friend and neighbor who is a realtor.   I used the logo on his business cards to make these house cookies . . . they turned out pretty well, I think.   I made half regular vanilla sugar cookies, and the other half chocolate.   Thank you for the donation, Bryan and Sharon!

Next, a friend of a friend asked me to make cookies for her grandchildren.  She wanted to be surprised, but asked for a dozen suitable for girls, and another dozen for boys.  Here's what I came up with:  butterflies and sports balls.  Hope your grandchildren like them, Beth!  Thank you for the donation!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cherry Blossoms and Butterflies

I was asked to make a set of cookies for a brunch that will take place after a family gets together to participate in the National Cherry Blossom Festival 10 mile race this weekend.  This is a special get-together for them, as they have formed a team called "Kinley's Kiss," in memory of baby Kinley who passed away last year, shortly before her second birthday.   Her aunt asked me to make these cookies, and to include butterflies as they have a special connection to Kinley's memory.   This collection includes cherry blossoms, yellow butterflies, and some sparkly pink and green "K" monogram cookies.    I hope they help the family celebrate and honor the memory of a sweet little girl who was taken way too soon.

Thank you for the donation, Amy.  And thank you for letting me be a part of this special moment in remembering Kinley.

Disney Vacation cookies!

I was asked to make a tray of cookies as a gift for a family whose vacation to DisneyWorld was cut short before they ever got there by a serious accident.  They are still recovering, but well enough to start planning another trip.   Amy wanted to send them some cookies to wish them well.   I made this set of Mickey ear hats - one for each family member - along with some stars and polka dots.   Hope they have fun in the "happiest place on earth".

Thank you for the donation, Amy!

Friday, April 5, 2013

"Having a Ball" 90th birthday cookies

When my friend Sabrina asked me to make cookies for her grandmother's 90th birthday celebration, I knew it was a perfect opportunity to try my hand at recreating the amazing Ball jar cookies I had seen at one of my favorite cookie blogs, Krista's Cookies with Character.    While mine are not nearly as detailed as Christa's, I think they turned out pretty well for a first attempt at this much writing on a cookie!  Piping 65 of these was quite an experience. . . . my hand was sure tired when I was done!

Thank you for the donation, Sabrina!  Hope Grandma Viola's birthday celebration is a smash!

Baby Bottle Favors

I made these baby bottle cookies for favors for a baby shower this weekend . . . the parents don't know the baby's gender yet, so I made them neutral.  Love these spring colors!

Thank you for the donation, Jess!  Hope the shower goes well.

Used my new labels for packaging!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Fire Engine Cookies

This was a fun set of cookies to make!  My little friend Henry loves fire engines, so his mom requested fire engine cookie favors to share at school and a platter to share at home!  I don't have a fire engine cutter, so I used my Kopykake and some clipart to make these ovals.   Hope Henry and his friends like them!

Thank you for the donation, Madelyne and Steve!