Thursday, June 18, 2015

Awesome Elliot is Five

Great-Grandpa, "Papa O," always says Elliot is AWESOME.  Papa O thinks everything he says or does is "awesome," because of the challenges he faced as a preemie.  Fortunately, this tiny preemie is now an active, engaging, five year old.


Cookies have been a part of  Elliot's birthday celebration since he turned one. . . Cookie Monster, Buzz, Diego, Lightening McQueen and now Spiderman.

Every year I think that Elliot is going to ask for Chicago Blackhawks cookies because he is a "super" fan.  By the age of 3 he was skating, falling asleep while singing Chelsea Dagger, and wearing his very own jersey.



Perhaps the Hawks are too special to be reduced to cookie form??????  In addition, now that Elliot is old enough to have input into party planning, we have discovered that he doesn't seem to see the need for a party "theme." Last year he asked for a Spiderman cake and Lightening McQueen cookies, this year the combination is Spiderman cookies and an NFL cake.




I think the birthday boy will be happy with his cake, cookies AND the gift of another Stanley Cup Championship the same week as his birthday.  Three championships in his five years--who knows how many more he will be able to celebrate in the future!!!


 Love, Hugs, Cookies,
and 
a Stanley Cup Championship,
for a very special boy!

Hawks win, Hawks win, Hawks win!!!


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Good-bye Mustangs, Hello Tigers


Congratulations to my great-niece, Megan, who recently graduated from Chicago's Northside Prep High School.


During her 4 years of high school,  Megan embraced all that a large, urban, multicultural, high school had to offer.  Megan worked hard and played hard, earning numerous awards for her efforts.




Megan's love of Latin led to a state championship with her Certamen team, and spring break trips to Italy and Greece.



From the time Megan was a little girl, she has talked about being a veterinarian, so as she leaves a large, Chicago, high school behind, to embrace the learning environment of a small, southern, rural university .  .  . I knew that I had to make her cookies that represent the mascots of the schools.


Good-bye Northside Prep Mustangs, 
Hello Sewanee-University of the South Tigers!


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


References:

Horse Cookie Tutorial--SweetSugarBelle
Tiger Cookie Tutorial--100 Animals Book by Lisa Snyder, The Bearfoot Baker

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bee . . . Well


Fortunately, after a broken wrist and four months of therapy, I will be able to say good-bye to my therapists today.

This whimsical cookie collection is a gift to show my gratitude for their patience, guidance and support.  In February, I wasn't sure if I would ever be able to write with my left hand again, but an outstanding team of therapists have helped me to return to my normal routine which includes decorating cookies.

I first made these cute little bees for my co-workers when I retired in 2010.  My decorating skills have definitely improved since then!



In an effort to conquer my fear of my airbrush, I am trying to use it for a few cookies here and there.  I thought polka-dots would be a nice addition to this collection.

Flower cookies are always a challenge for me, so I am constantly looking for new design inspiration.  This collection is based on a beautiful design by the amazing Jill FCS.  My petals were a bit wonky, but they made me smile.



Unfortunately, as my therapy comes to an end, a friend is now facing rest and rehab for a broken ankle.  I made some extra cookies and a different bee hive to take to Denise when I visit her this week.   Maybe the cute little bees will make her smile.




As I finished this collection I decided to add a few of the cute little lady bug RI transfers that my "Sugar Sister," Donna recently made and shared with me.  After all, lady bugs are supposed to bring good luck  .  .  .  Let's hope for an injury free second half of the year.


Special thanks to:

- Aileen Master who graciously gave me permission to use her design when I made them back in 2010.
-Tutorial for the roses can be found on SweetSugarbelle's blog.
-Jill FCS


Sunday, May 31, 2015

Good-bye EG, Hello U of I


Graduation season continues. . . this weekend we are celebrating the achievements of a family friend. It was fun to have the opportunity to visit an old friend, the Grenadier.

Since Dorothy is planning to attend the University of Illinois, I made some t-shirt cookies that were hidden at the bottom of the tray. 


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Celebrating a Silver Anniversary




My niece, Kelly, and her husband, Bucket (aka-- Scott), are celebrating their Silver Anniversary.  Since my family is big on "traditions"--Lamb Cakes at Easter, Grab Bags at Christmas, Cheesy Potatoes, Cheesecake. . . I have decided to make the vintage car cookie my "traditional" anniversary cookie.





In addition,  I hand cut Stargazer Lilly cookies, to represent the beautiful floral bouquets that Kelly's Mom made for the wedding party.


When I made the surprise cookie delivery, Kelly told me that the car reminded her of the figurine that she had on top of her cake.  Ooops--I had completely forgotten about it.  Big dresses and Precious Moments, so much a part of that era.



Love, Hugs and Cookies to a very special couple.




References:

Lily Cookies           http://www.cloughd9cookies.com/home/cookie-lilies

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Hats Off to Logan


HATS OFF to my great-nephew, Logan, as he celebrates his high school graduation.



HATS OFF to Logan, my hero, for facing the medical challenges he encountered during high school with grace, dignity, and humor.  He showed maturity beyond his years and opted to attend classes even when he wasn't feeling his best.


HATS OFF to Logan, for accepting the challenge of rigorous courses.



HATS OFF to Logan, for his participation in school activities.


 HATS OFF to Logan, for winning the, You Make A Difference, award so many times that I have lost count.



 Love, hugs and cookies to a 
very special guy!




References:
Standing boy cookie design tutorial--SweetSugarBelle

Monday, February 2, 2015

Maddy is Sweet Sixteen!




A wonderful girl  is celebrating a special birthday.  From first born and first loved. . .to loving big sis, great-niece Maddy, is now SIXTEEN!



Cookies as unique and special as the girl who is celebrating, was my goal for this collection.


Maddy has been a member of her high school golf team for two years.

Every birthday needs cake!  I added the skulls because when Maddy came to visit us at Christmas she was wearing a jacket that had a tiny print that included skulls.  Little brother, Kyle, said, "it's inappropriate," but I thought it was very fashion forward.

February means Valentines, so here  is an assortment to show Maddy how much she is loved.


Maddy has a new job at an orthodontist's office which requires data entry.  A word of CAUTION, if you eat the skulls in this collection, you might need the services of the ortho!!!!

A few characters from, Mario Kart, a favorite game.


For Maddy's artistic side.



Maddy is adventurous and loves to ride on the family's snow mobiles.



Of course, if your birthday is on February 2nd, you have to have Groundhog cookies!


Cookies are even fun to unpack when they arrive in the mail


Love, Hugs and Cookies 
for  a very 
special girl!

References:
Letter Design - LifesABatch
Groundhog - SweetSugarBelle