GOURDgeous

Let’s talk about mistakes. I work incredibly hard not to make them. But I did. In my haste (4 different sets were on our dining room table that day) to get a friend her birthday cookies on time, I totally misspelled a play on words.  No pun pride that day.  Luckily, it was a dear friend and I gave them to her anyway.  She said she didn’t even notice (that’s how good a friend she is).  Despite my spelling fail, the gourds in the set turned out beautifully and the pun was perfect for the season.  And, here’s the most important part, the cookies are always tasty.

Bottom line, I just want to pass along a hug to those of you who like things just so, who strive for perfection.  It’s frustrating when things don’t go according to plan but mostly it’s US that care so deeply about perceived imperfection.  Others, not so much.  Here’s to continuing on. May the rest your day still be GOURDeous.

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Talisa

Talisa’s mom wanted some special cookies decorated with her name to go with her aqua, white, and purple mermaid party.  It’s important to know who the star of the show is…

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Hop to It

Ryan wanted her birthday to be centered around jack rabbits.  I did a cookie take on the invitation artwork (sorry I can’t give the artist credit/wish I knew who her/his name!) and added a few embellishments…

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I wanted a soft background with lattice work  (those rabbits had me thinking of Mr. MacGregor’s fence but with something sweet for 5 year old girl …). Stencil hero Killer Zebras came through again with just the right touch.

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After I flooded the cookie in pink and airbrushed gold sheen (Americolor), I put the base of white royal icing for the bunny (and the black eyes about 4 hours later).  They dried overnight before I added the details with my trusty Rainbow Dust pens.  Luckily I had some purple flowers I had made with leftover icing from another cookie set; they worked perfectly to sync up with the invite design. And the result:

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In MamaMayer’s garden…

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What a Crock!

So my amazing friend Lisa was fast approaching another birthday.  How could I make her laugh and let her know that she is showing no signs of aging? By expressing my sentiments in cookie, of course.

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Rose’ and Croquet Party

This box of cookies was taken to a Croquet and Rose’ themed birthday by a party guest. Got to love a cute theme that rhymes! And what could go wrong at a party that mixes excessive amounts of wine with a large mallet and heavy, hard ball?

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I may or may not have had to do some “research” about rose’ wine???????

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This Whole Thing is Rigged!

Um.  Oil rigged, I mean. As in derrick oil rig.  Old fashioned to remind this 80 year old birthday boy of his younger days, running his oil business.

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The event planner’s instructions were specific: a large cookie (yep, that’s a 6″ long cookie) with the rig exactly as he had drawn (the planner is quite the artist himself) on a light blue background.  Oh yes, and Mr. Johnson (the birthday boy) wanted green oil.  (Not that I doubted him but I had to look that one up; it is true that in some places the crude comes out green!)  The 6″ cookie cutter came from the ever.so.helpful Bobbi at Bobbi’s Cookie Cutters.

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Step 1: Bake 150 of these HUGE cookies.  Step 2: Flood and let dry over night. Step 3: Paint the background. Step 4: Hand draw (with Rainbow Dust double sided edible markers) the oil rigs. Step 5: Add green oil with second layer of icing.  Did I mention they wanted 150 of them? (The photos only show 100 of them.  The other 50 are on another table…)

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Here is my friend, Judy and Ray, the event planner! Thanks for having confidence that I could bring your vision to cookie life!

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Garden Variety

For the last 3 years I have made garden themed cookies for my green thumbed friend (best gardener ever) Kathy’s birthday. Here is the 2016 version. Hope she found them to be ‘cool as a cucumber!’

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