Sunday, September 23, 2012

A New Season

It's the first full day of fall and the Chicago temperature of 50 degrees definitely suggests that the seasons are changing.  I have a love-hate relationship with fall.  Love the crispness in the air, football (GO BEARS), and the beautiful colors.  Hate the shorter days and the snow that is sure to follow.

In my cookie world, fall is my favorite season, there are no mistakes on pumpkins and leaves.  I haven't started baking fall cookies yet, but decided to put a few pictures together of fall cookies from the past.

I tried to use nature for
inspiration in this collection.

Quilt Cookie Inspired by Cookie Crazie

 For my Mom's 80th birthday in 2010, we had a quilt made that included the name of every family member.  I contacted Pam (Cookie Crazie) and she graciously gave me permission to use her unique quilting style on cookies that were part of the collection I made as a thank you gift for the woman who made the quilt.   If you are not familiar with Pam's work you can view all of her beautiful designs on her blog:

Inspired by SweetSugarBelle

This Scarecrow collection was created using the tutorial that Sweet Sugar Belle posted on her blog.  My Brother-in-Law said they looked like snowmen dressed up as Scarecrows for Halloween!  Don't you just love the honest, constructive criticism from family members?  Lesson learned, next time make the face a little darker.

I can't imagine there are any cookie decorators that are unfamiliar with Calleye's work, but just in case, you can check out her step-by-step instructions for the scarecrows here.

Thanks to SSB's creativity and willingness to share her decorating tips,  I have become a better cookie decorator.  

I have some new designs that I plan to make this fall, so I'm looking forward to decorating cookies in the weeks ahead.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Owls for a Baby Shower

Have you noticed owls everywhere?  It seems like no matter where I go there are eyes staring at me.  I have to admit, I'm old enough to remember when owls were "in" back in the seventies so I guess the current craze is retro.

When it comes to making cookies, I've skipped the owl craze until now.  A friend is hosting a baby shower this weekend and asked me to make some cookies for the event.   A tulip shaped cutter was used for the teal and brown cookies.  The mini owls were an after thought and turned out to be my favorites.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Megan is Sixteen

Megan, my great niece, is celebrating her sixteenth birthday. The cookies that I made for her were designed to reflect her special interests, including: Latin, Soccer and Running.  Her younger siblings were my "design consultants" for the cookies.  Mary Grace (7) said "blue and soccer. "  Leann (4) said, "green and apples."  The result is an eclectic collection of cookies.

Happy Birthday to a very special person, we are blessed to have you in our lives.
The traditional collection. . .
The bows were inspired by Ali Bee's very helpful tutorial:

The Latin cookies. . . I used the internet as my source for the Latin version of "Happy Birthday,"  I hope it's correct.

Finally, the sports collection. . .This was my first attempt at making soccer balls and I was very happy with the result. The mini shoes were inspired by my good friend, Donna.  You can view here work at:

Ooops, I forgot to get a photo of the apples.  However, since Leann is only 4, I think she will be too busy eating Megan's cookies to notice that a picture is missing from the blog.

My great nieces, Kaley and Chiann, celebrated their 16th birthdays before I started blogging, but I thought I'd share pictures of their cookies.

I am very fortunate to have a large extended family.

Playing Hard Can Lead to Ouch

Kyle, my ten year old great nephew, was looking forward to a large family gathering at his homecoming football game, but it was not to be.  Playing hard at recess resulted in a fractured knee cap for the little guy.  Hopefully, this set of cookies will bring a smile to his face when they arrive in the mail.  Get well soon tough guy! 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Special Stars for a Special Friend

Cookies for a very special friend with a card. . . "Perhaps they are not really stars in the sky . . . Perhaps they're openings in the heavens where our loved ones shine down to let us know they are happy."  I wish I could be there with her right now to give her love and support in person.  However,  since distance makes it difficult, I'm depending on phone, email and the US mail to deliver some cookies baked with love!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Happily Ever After

It is always fun to make cookies for a wedding.   Last summer it seemed like a friend or family wedding occurred on a weekly basis and I used the same cutters over and over. I made yellow dresses, brown dresses, blue dresses, purple dresses. . .cakes, rings, hearts, and even Disney influenced cookies. This summer only one wedding, so I had lots of fun last week making 5 dozen dresses for a shower.  I have to admit that white-on-white cookies with just a hint of bling, are one of my favorite designs, there is something elegant in their simplicity.

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