Friday, February 27, 2015

Over. The. Hill.

Fortieth birthday cookies are purely entertaining to make. Maybe that's because I'm not 40 yet (close but not yet).

I had a client who's husband requested my cookies for his 40th Birthday - and we decided to go with the standard black and white motif.  True "over-the-hill" theme.

I had planned on using my airbrush to add some background fun on the plaque cookies. Only when I was cleaning it out...I lost the teeny-tiny piece that goes by the trigger.  Down the drain.  I almost cried. Actually I cursed.  Loudly.  But it didn't bring back the lost piece.  Sidenote: anyone know if you can buy pieces to airbrushes?

Either way I think they still turned out pretty neat.  Yes, neat "over-the-hill" cookies.


Happy 40th Birthday Ryan.  I hope you had a great day!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday Window: A Blue Baby Shower

This post isn't much.  Shockingly it's about sugar cookies.  Can you believe it?  

I'm starting a new thing called Wednesday's Window.  Just a few quick pictures of something I've been working on.  A snapshot.  

For the first installment baby cookies.  Specifically baby shower cookies for a little boy.  Simple, cute and fun.  Isn't that how they should all be?

Happy Baby Shower Day!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Neeeeeeeigh....that's a horse sound

When you turn 16 you want horse cookies right?

No?  Well for my cousin's daughter she's way more into a horse as her form of transportation than a car. However I don't think she'd turn down a car.  Just my gut feeling.

Gabby loves anything horse related.  She always has, even when she was young.  At a family dinner years ago my brother tried convincing her that he road across Oklahoma on the back of a horse named Mr. Ed.  It was the best story ever - that he continued to make up on the fly.  The rest of us had a hard time not
laughing out loud and I think Gabby wasn't entirely sure that he was making it up.  He had great answers to all of her questions.  My favorite was when she asked what he fed Mr. Ed - and Matt  replied "Cheerios" in a very matter-of-fact tone.

Even though we tried to convince her of my brother's horse past - she never wavered from her love.  Thus, horse sugar cookies to celebrate her birthday were perfect.

I started with just a few frosting colors - thankfully left over from orders earlier that week and some extra mixing to get more brown!

I was torn bewteen trying to do entire horses or just the heads.  Heads won out.  Simplicity seemed smarter.

A flooding of brown.

And a quick white strip of white flood frosting while the brown was still wet.  Then they dried for about 3 hours.

I needed the base layer to be hard enough so I could do the horsey details.  Yes, horsey.

That means eyes, a halter and hair...ummm a mane.

I also made some accompanying cookies that were to have horseshoes on them.  

The final cookies turned out pretty cool.  Consider me shocked.  I was prepared to be completely unhappy with the horses.  

Happiest Birthday Gabby - I hope turning 16 was awesome!  Mr. Ed wishes you a fantastic day too!

Monday, February 23, 2015

WAIT...did Valentine's Day happen?

Oops - seems 2015 is the year for me to post holiday cookie photos AFTER the holiday has passed.

Some might say I'm just slow.  I prefer to think that I like extending each holiday to last the entire month.

You saw the "chocolate" boxes I made a few weeks ago.  However,  I did make more Valentines cookies than just the "chocolates."

Beware there are lots 'o pictures below...

I like Valentines...especially ones like these.

Happy (late) Valentines Day!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Welcome Home!

My best friend asked if I'd make cookies for their new next door neighbors.  She originally asked if I'd make them New Year's cookies however we had a little pipe leakage at our house which deterred me from making cookies for little bit.

That disaster at home gave me some extra time to think of something different to do for new home and neighborhood cookies.

Plus this gave me the perfect excuse to use the new cookie cutters I got from my parents for Christmas.  They're awesome. 

I decided to try something different.  Painting on cookies. I first flooded everything white and waited for them to dry overnight.

Then I used different airbrush colors, watered them down a bit and started painting, overlapping colors as I went.

I love how they turned out.  Such a rainbow of colors and so happy.  Cookies can be happy right?

Here they are.  I was also trying out different backgrounds to see what looked best.  I think my favorite is the last one.  The cookies seem to pop more.

Either way, the new home owners loved them, or so I was told.  Now I can't wait to paint more. Seriously, how have I missed all the fun on this?