One might say that I am a bit sPUNky at Halloween. No BONES about it…
This particular set is in Sister Bay, WI , participating in the GoBo cookie sale (funds used in the fight against childhood cancer). Massive quantities of good looking sugar. October 13-15. If you are near by, please consider supporting the cause!
The full set:
It takes a special family to host a student on internship for the whole summer; this is the thank you that went to that family. Can you guess where she interned/where they lived? Yep, you got it. Los Alamos, home to the famous Laboratory (ahem, nerd internship perfection) and birthplace of the first atomic bomb. This set was my homage to that notable (??? notorious) distinction.
Background stencils from the lovely Melanie at Killer Zebras. Silver Sheen airbrush color from Americolor Corp. Silver disco dust on “thank you” from Sunflower Sugar Art.
Mother’s Day 2017 brings attention to that mom who is fine and fancy, who directed the movie that was your youth, made things feel just right and comfy. Thanks for schooling us, Mom. We cherish you.
Dear Halloween: I get it. You’re spooky. All that creaking and moaning is very expressive. But I am just not that into the scary vibe. I’d rather flaunt my haunt with a flavor of fun. Turning word play possibilities into probabilities. Hope we can still be friends. My best, MMB
Here are the cookies that went out to the GoBoBakeSale this year (fundraiser for ALS).
How can you be incredibly, at the deepest darkest depths, sad and yet excited at the same time? Well, Megan is one of my favorite Zumba instructors (and I AM PICKY about my instructors!); this very same Megan decided to adventure in Spain! As in a permanent move!!! So excited for her. So sad for us. This was the platter I made for her before she left. Puns included. As always. Hope you’re loving life over there, Megan! Miss you!
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….
2016 Fathers Day set #2. Although this set could be for anyone who has been supportive! These particular cookies were for a guy that LOVES his breakfasts. Has been known to have breakfast for dinner or snacks some days. And, perhaps more notably, he is the MOST wonderful dad (okay, truth in lending, my hubby is the inspiration for these). He has been so supportive of our two girls and has doled out some hysterical and on point advice…unlike their mother, he gives it only when asked!). We are incredibly fortunate!
To make the waffle, I started with a square cookie and iced a square grid as shown below. While I let the grid dry, I made the egg, butter pat, and bacon on a separate piece of acetate (or use parchment paper) and let that sit overnight. Next, I thinned down a small batch of ivory tinted royal icing to a very runny consistency and poured that over the square cookie, letting excess run off. As that set up, I made the ‘syrup’ icing and peeled off the egg, etc transfers. I painted on some dimension to the small squares within the waffle and let that dry. Then I semi-poured, semi-helped (with a paint brush) the syrup icing to flow where i wanted it. Added the transfers and stamped the words. Quite happy with how the waffle turned out. The bacon needs work.
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!’