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…
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.
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:
In MamaMayer’s garden…
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.
I am so happy for Katherine- that she is graduating from high school and heading to Pitt to study neuroscience. But, dang, she is the youngest of the swim kids with whom our children hung out! All this growing up is happening! An era of chlorine is over (I mean, even Michael Phelps is retired now). Yikes!
In any case, it was one last graduation set to make. I made two platters: one focused on the nerdy inclinations and the other on her future university, Pitt.
For the Geek inside us all (okay, maybe not ALL of us), I focused on some biological responses. #nerdsrule #chemistryiseverywhere Those stamped clever/nerdy sayings came from pencils I bought from Newton and the Apple.
But my favorite was the Myelin sheath dress. (I try to come up with my own clever creations whenever possible. I think this is another Mama Mayer original.)
Lastly, here are a couple of close ups for the Pitt cookies. I have a thing for puffy cookies….
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.
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.
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…)
Here is my friend, Judy and Ray, the event planner! Thanks for having confidence that I could bring your vision to cookie life!
The occasion was a jazz brunch for the ladies. A New Orleans vibe with all the ‘instrumentation’ of their music was requested. With a nod to the piano and the color theme of white, black, and mint, I stamped, stenciled and gold highlighted my way to these cookies.
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!’
Bellah turned One in style. Her party was a Minnie Mouse theme in the colors of pink, white and black. I added some gold because who doesn’t like gold with pink, black, and white? Last fall I listened to a legal discussion about trademarked characters and so (hopefully) I tap danced my way around any infringement. Yep, it really is something you have to be careful about. The things you never think about. Those unintended consequences.
Baby showers are such happy occasions. Happy events make for happy cookies! I kept with their blue, grey, and elephant theme and tried not to put any junk in that trunk.
There is no way to candy-coat this; I’ll just have to say it out loud. MY MOM IS THE SWEETEST! Happy Mother’s Day 2016!
Okay. I am devoted to the Rainbow Dust double sided professional food pens. I’ve used them for years, highlighting hand painted cookies, outlining where royal icing designs should go on blank cookies, stamping letters for message cookies, and for little itty bitty lines as needed on these cookies.
For this gathering, the seal for the University of the South was requested. I wanted a festive and pretty way to display them so I used the seal as a flower petal with a simple rose for the center- using the university colors, of course. The order was for 40 seals but I made 42 (so I could have the correct number of petals for 6 “flowers”). Advanced planning and thought is incredibly important for a successful cookie presentation. Don’t forget to consider this planning and prep time if you are either the buyer (it’s a lot of work!) or the seller of fancy decorated cookies. The devil is in the details.