Saturday, June 30, 2012

Cherry Time!

My favorite place to go it Traverse City, MI.  Where cherries are abundant, and so are the local wineries!  I was lucky enough to live there for a few years after college, and I have missed it like it's my home ever since I moved away.  Now my family and job keeps me 5 hours south, but I'm able to visit several times a year.  My little sister lives there now, and just bought her first house.  Visiting will be comfortable and I'm sure we will wear out our welcome.  Maybe if I bake her a lot of cookies we can stay longer. 

The National Cherry Festival starts in July 7th and consumes the whole city for a week.  Although it is insanely busy with "fudgies," what the locals call the tourists, it's a beautiful and fun filled time to visit.  So in honor of Cherry Festivial I'll be passing out these cookies to all my friends. 

Have I mentioned I'm loving ruffles on cookies lately?  So easy and fancy looking!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Jessie, from Toystory, Themed Birthday!

I was able to do these cookies for my second cousin Morgan who turned 3!  She is a big fan of Jessie from the movie Toystory.  I had my, also 3 years old, daughter dig out her Jessie doll from her toybox so that I could find some inspiration.  It's so fun to do something different and get creative. 

Happy 3rd Birthday Morgan!!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Teacher Appreciation

Teaching is my full time job (second only to being a mom), so I put a little extra teacher love into this platter.  This order was for a repeat customer, who was giving them to her son's teachers for teacher appreciation week.  What a great gift!  I know I'd love to walk into my lounge and see these.  Thanks for the business, Denise!  And as a teacher I can appreciate her business, Pre-K Success, to help prepare our young minds for kindergarten.

Detroit Tigers

These cookies were for my amazing Aunt Sue who retired!!!  She is one of the most generous and caring people I know.  I wanted to do something special for her retirement party and surprised her with these Detroit Tiger cookies that she could give as favors for her guests.  (she's a Tigers fan).  I used some Avery labels, along with their online templates to create a simple sticker for the back of the gift bag. 

Congratulations Aunt Sue and enjoy retirement!

Norah's first birthday party. 
I was able to create a variety of treats for a repeat customer (thank you!).  Cake pops, sugar cookies, shortbread monogram cookies, lollipop cookies, cupcakes, and an owl smash cake (no picture of that one). 

Happy Birthday Norah!


Color alert!  How bright and cheerful are these? 

A very simple design, but I think the colors make them exciting.  I added a little disco dust for extra sparkle and shine! 

Gotcha Day

This order for a friend celebrates the adoption of their daughter from Guatamala. They have a party every year on the day they "got her."  What a fun celebration and I was honored to create these cookies for them. When designing them I tried to find a way to celebrate her own cultural heritage.  These pinata cookies were so much fun!  I will revisit this cookie cutter again.