Monday, May 2, 2016

Giraffe Birthday Cookies

Hand Painted cookies are some of my favorite cookies to make, they are also often the most challenging.

When my wonderful co-worker asked me for a set for her daughters 20th birthday I was thrilled.
Her only request was that I incorporate giraffes some how.

Giraffes you say... no problem!  I loved making this set, not only did I get to hand paint some fun cookies, I also go to work on my flower piping and did some stencil work as well!

Check out the whole set, doesn't it just give you warm fuzzies!  The mamma giraffe and baby were by far the favorite of my co-worker and her daughter.  
Below you will find close ups of all the individual cookies.  

These little mini cookies might just be my favorite of the set.  I love the color combo and how whimsical they look.  

Finally the silhouette cookie.  Silhouette cookies are quickly becoming my favorites.  I really like how they turn out and once I have a stencils for them they are super easy to make.  At the moment I hand cut each of the stencils I use.  But I now have a giraffe stencil so any takers for some super cute giraffe cookies?

Hope you enjoyed the overwhelming cute!  Stay Sweet Everyone!!!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sweet Seattle

Hello again everyone,
Sorry for the brief hiatus.  Just because I haven't been posting doesn't mean I haven't been busy making cookies.

I have almost a year of backlogged cookies to share with you!  Lets start off with a set that was made a little over a year ago as a Fathers day present.  The client wanted a set of cookies that reflected Seattle, the space needle, fishing, pine trees and a fishing boat.

I was provided with a photo of the fishing boat and after that I had permission to go wild, all while hitting all the requested design ideas.

Google was my best friend for this project not only did it help me figure out exactly what the client meant by "those really tall pine trees that you find around the Seattle area" but it also helped me get a good idea of what the Space Needle actually looked like.

The pine trees by far were my favorite to paint.  There was something so satisfying about laying all those different colors of green.  I loved paining the trees so much that in true Bob Ross style I even made a family of happy trees :D

I couldn't forget to represent the city of Seattle so I decided to paint a cityscape and found a lovely print on line to recreate on a cookie as well.  

Now on the the fishy part of the post.  With some help from the client I learned the lucky reciepient loved salmon fishing.  Another quick Google search taught me all about the salmon you would find in  Washington.

I always love the drawings you see in old field guides so I decided to go with that style for my fish, and if you are fishing you defiantly need a fishing rod so I made a few of those to go with the fish as well.  

Thanks for sticking with me though the hiatus, and be sure to check back I have loads of updates waiting.  
Until then Stay Sweet Everyone!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dr. Seuss Cupcake Toppers

I get asked quite often if I make cupcakes or cakes for sale.  As of right now I do not because of lack of freezer space (which is needed to make super nice looking cakes) However I am super excited to tall you all that as of the end of Nov. the hubby and I will be moving into our first house!!!! Which means cakes may be in the future for Something Sweet.

Until then I have a great alternative for those of you who want cupcakes and Something Sweet from me.

Cupcake Toppers! You provide the cupcakes and I provide the decorations.
These toppers were for a sweet little boys birthday who happened to love Dr. Seuss

The Birthday Boy was very well read and loved several Dr. Seuss books which gave me a lot of inspiration to draw from. 

Of course there had to be Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.  I decided to add the Lorax one of my favorites and One Fish Two Fish because of the fun illustrations.  

Stay Sweet Everyone!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Antique 1st Birthday

By now most of you know my favorite orders are..... I would like some cookies, for this event, decorate them as you please.

It gives me a chance to try out a bunch of different techniques that I haven't had a chance to try on other cookies.

This next set was exactly that.  I got to play around with gumpaste, stenciling with icing, and adding cool texture to cookies with sprinkles and then airbrushing over it.

Hope you enjoy the cookies in all their Antique themed glory!

Stay Sweet Everyone ^^

Monday, June 1, 2015

Swimming themed Grad cookies

It's graduation season, which means lots of fun cookies in school colors.  This next set is one I hold near and dear to my heart because not only did I get to make them for a Mankao West graduate (my alma mater) but they were swimming themed cookies as well which is one of the many activities I took part in while attending West. 

It was fun to think up different color and design combos for these lovely ladies.  

However I do have to say these were some of the most difficult cookies to work with.  From time time to time I have a client provide me with a special cookie cutter that they want me to use.  I will gladly do it too, but this cutter was a doozy.

Small shapes at sharp angles make for a cookie that doesn't release well from the cutter, and to top it all off the cutter had guide lines built into it to distinguish the different parts of the cookie. 

These guide lines in theory are great, they keep each cookie looking the same as far as swimsuit and cap placement.  However in reality they are a nightmare, the guides were set so low in the cutter that I couldn't make the cookie very thick or the whole thing would have fallen apart.  

After baking the cookies were equally as fragile because of how deep the guide lines cut into the cookie. It's a good thing I made a few extra cookies because these poor girls kept loosing their heads.  

Had the cutter been one of mine I would have cut the guide lines out.  If you are ever having issues with a cutter it is always a safe bet to remove sharp angles form the cutter by bending it a bit and remove those guide lines.  While they make decorating easier (in some cases) it's not worth worrying about the structural integrity of your cookie.  

After all the girls were decorated I was still a bit worried about a few breaking.  The last thing I want to do is give a client a bunch of broken cookies.  To hopefully make up for any broken cookies (once they were put on happens) I made this lovely focal cookie.  The flags read Congrats Ally and the starting blocks display the graduation year.  

Here is a closer look at the little swimmers ready to start off their blocks.  I am so happy with how this one turned out.  Plus how cute is that crowd of cheering people.  I will for sure be revisiting this cookie design in the future.  

Congrats to all you grads out there!!!

Stay sweet everyone :D

Friday, May 29, 2015

Mankato Ballet Company Alice in Wonderland

For those of you in the Mankato area and looking for something to do this weekend, go and check out the Mankato Ballet Companies performance of Alice in Wonderland.  I hear it is going to be magical!

I love making cookies for local businesses, even better is making fun Alice in Wonderland cookies for a local business. 

It was fun trying to incorporate the poster design in to a mini cookie.  All in all I am pleased with how these turned out. 

Let's be honest here the first thing that probably comes to your mind when you think of Ballet is pink and point shoes.  I thought it was appropriate to add both to a few of the Alice cookies. 

Hope you all enjoy the Ballet if you decide to go this weekend.  If you missed it above here is the link to the Mankato Ballet Companies site so you can get all the information you need if you plan to attend this weekend. 

Stay Sweet Everyone!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lorax Baby Shower Cookies

It is so nice to see how timeless Dr. Seuss and his stories are.  I have had so many requests for Dr. Seuss as of late.

This set was made for a lovely local gal for a baby shower she was throwing for her friend.
I loved making this set, airbrushing the Lorax as well as the Truffula Trees really helped add to the whimsy of this set.

The book covers gave me a great chance to use my fun new americolor food coloring markers.  I love these guys, they are so vibrant!  I got mine from Global Sugar a few months ago and love them! I highly recommend adding a set to your cookie/cake decorating arsenal.

The all time best part of this set was the delivery, the lovely lady who ordered the cookies was an acquaintance form high school.  It was so much fun to sit down and catch up over a cup of coffee.

Hope you all enjoy this set as much as I did.

 Stay Sweet Everyone!