Sunday, May 22, 2016

The "Glamathlete" Graduates Today




When my Great-niece, Kendall, turned 16, I nicknamed her the "glamathlete" and chose "The Places You'll Go" as the theme for her cookies.  Two years later and she is still on the move.


Today is the day to honor Kendall's commencement with school traditions  .  .  . caps, diplomas, and the Grayslake North Knight.


Today is the day to respect Kendall's dedication to the sports that she loves.


Today is the day to congratulate Kendall on her accomplishments.


Today is the day to take pride in this amazing young woman who is on her way to new adventures at the University of Missouri at St. Louis.


 Love, Hugs,
and 
Cookies
for a
very, special girl.




References:
Mini-diploma with bow-http://www.madriscookiekitchen.com/ 




Saturday, May 7, 2016

Leann's First Communion



After months of planning and preparation Great-niece, Leann, made her First Holy Communion today.

She wore a dress adorned with flowers and her Godmother/Aunt Heather's veil.

Sisters .  .  .  Mary Grace, Megan and Leann .  .  .



Leann Rose, requested rose cookies for her party. . .


. . . doves, hearts and edible butterflies were added to the collection for this special day.



 Leann with her Godparents, Great-Uncle Matt and Aunt Heather.




Leann, Dad and Mom  .  .  .





It doesn't matter if she's all dressed up or wearing her casual clothes, Leann is one special girl!  Uncle Matt and I are so proud of you.




Love, Hugs and Cookies
for 
a very, special girl!



References:
Edbile  Butterflies--http://www.incredibletoppers.com/

Sunday, May 1, 2016

100 Years Young



Did you ever meet someone and know from that very first conversation that you were going to be great friends?  That's what happened when I met Ray. . .  my co-worker, my mentor, my friend.  Ray's life was brief but he touched the hearts of many.



Since Ray's passing,  I have tried to keep in touch with his family and his Dad and I have been "pen pals."  Mr C's hearing is not very good, so I write rather than call and send cookies when I can.

 This weekend, Matt and I traveled to Ohio to attend his 100th birthday celebration.


Many friends and family gathered for this special event and we were treated to a wonderful memoir of his life.  Mr. C told many tales, daughter Sarah took notes, and Grand-Daughter, Katie, designed the book. Here are just a few of the memorable photos that illustrated the story of his life.


Want to live to be 100?  Here is Mr. C's advice,  "I credit my big breakfast and my exercise bike for my still being here.  I now time myself and I go on the bike for 15 minutes, three times a day."



Congratulations on this 
amazing milestone.
May this day be filled with
sunshine and smiles, 
laughter and love.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Easter 2016




My Easter cookies this year were a bit of a departure from my usual "cute" designs, not a chubby bunny or carrot in site!

Last year, when I hand cut some Stargazer Lily cookies, I really liked them but the shapes were a bit strange.  I opted to purchase a lily cutter and design "pretty" cookies for the family this year.



A few pastel bunnies and water color eggs with pearls and gold lustre dust completed the platter for our family dinner.



Of course, I couldn't completely abandon my preference for "cute" cookies, so I made some chick puzzles for the younger children.


The cookies were bagged and tagged with a verse to inspire their creativity.


Finally, I couldn't resist making a few of these adorable little lambs inspired by Mike at Semi-Sweet Designs.  Mike has a template available, however, since I do not have a Kopykake, I did them free hand.


Happy Easter!

Happy Spring!

References:
Lamb tutorial:  https://semisweetdesigns.com/2015/03/28/easter-lamb-cookies/
Lily cookie tutorial:  http://www.cloughd9cookies.com/home/cookie-lilies
Lily cookie cutter purchased from:  http://www.thatsanicecookiecutter.com/store/p167/Lily.html

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Meg's in the Spotlight




Let's shine the spotlight on my Great-niece, Meg--not to be confused with her cousin, Megan.

Meg is a musician, lover of books, Harry Potter fan and  . . .

Student of the Month!





Congratulations Meg,
You are a Star!


 


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Willy Wonka

This weekend the "Friends of Thorp Scholastic Academy" will host their annual dinner and silent auction to benefit the school.  My niece, Jody, is an active volunteer and asked for my help to create a display to highlight the prize that was donated by a very generous teacher--dinner and laser tag for 4.  I just love the generosity of our teachers and parents!!!!!!

It has been a long time since I have seen the Willy Wonka movie, so I had to do some research to remember the characters.  Jody created the clever golden ticket which lists the prize and we eventually decided  a tower of cookies and candy would be a nice back drop for the special ticket.

Jody always creates amazing birthday parties for her children, and now  her skills are being used to create great celebrations for the school.  I keep telling her she could start a new career as a party planner.

  
Ready to Party!

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