Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Ahoy Matey!

I've been slacking in the blog department.  I didn't think anyone noticed until Sunday when my friend Betty alluded in a roundabout way that I was neglecting my blog,
"When the heck are you going to update your blog?"
She's the really shy, quiet type.

I thought I'd blog about these cookies I made recently for my friend Courtney.  She was throwing a nautical party for her husband and asked if I could make cookies to match the invites and printables she was using.  I immediately fell in love with the graphics and isn't that color combination to die for!?

I had so much fun making these because the style is so unique and definitely has that vintage vibe I love.  If you like these cookies, you have to go check out all the details of the party {and see my cookies in action!}.  Courtney did an amazing job putting it all together and her party was featured on Amy Atlas' blog Sweet Designs.

Well, I know it's short and sweet, but it's an update!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Yes, Virginia, there is a CookieCon

Have you ever wanted to be surrounded by hundreds of cookie obsessed people?
    Me too!
Have you ever wanted to learn new cookie decorating techniques and try them out?
     Me too!
Have you ever wished you could meet your cookie friends who live in your computer in person?
    Me too!

This November all of the above is happening!  I am so beyond excited that CookieCon is going to make all our cookie dreams come true.  Mike and Karen of Karen's Cookies is heading up an incredible convention and cookie show in Salt Lake City on November 1-3.  Just LOOK at that lineup of presenters...  What?  What was that?  You see MY name on that list?

Okay... I can't even pretend to be blasé about this!  I am beyond excited, over the moon, terrified ecstatic about being asked to demonstrate some of my techniques for the conference goers.  When Karen asked me if I was willing {after squealing and running to tell Mr. John} I did stop for a moment and ask myself if I was possibly being punk'd.  Me?  I'm going to teach alongside:

I mean, I'm not one to toss this word around lightly, but can we say "COOKIESTARS!"

I would have gone to this no matter what and you can believe I'm going to be sitting there soaking in every single word.  So, are you coming?  Tickets go on sale June 1st.  I can't wait to meet all you cookie-crazed lovelies!

Here are two "Public Service Announcements" I created just for CookieCon.
Please to enjoy:

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

I love Mother's Day!  It's a day I get to sit back, relax and ignore the dishes.  The kids proudly bring me lunch sacks that have been decorated with sponge stamps dipped in paint and closed with a colorful pipe cleaner or egg carton flower and Mr. John tries to predict my every want before I ask for it.  I don't ask for any of these things and that is the best part.  As I'm typing this I hear Mr. John rallying the troops to work together to make sure the house is vacuumed and sparkly for my big day.  

The other thing I love about this day is that I share it with two amazingly wonderful women.  (I share it with lots of women the world over, but literally I share it with two).  My mom and Mr. John's mom.  I am so lucky to live close to both my moms and am able to spend time with them on this special day.  

My friend Jacki of Blissfully Sweet asked me several months ago to be a part of a tribute for her mother and dedicated to mothers everywhere.  With contributions from stylists, photographers, cake and cookie artists, it is so amazingly beautiful and inspiring and you can see the whole collaboration here in this e-zine.  

For my contribution I made cookies that are based off of photographs of my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  I wanted to convey how grateful I am to be a part of this maternal line.

Here is an excerpt of I wrote about the cookies:

 "...I thought of how I am always trying to live my life to make my mother proud and how much I look up to her.  I know she feels the same about her mother and I immediately saw an endless thread that has bound generations of loving, faithful, hard-working women to me.  Such a nurturing, loving legacy to pass down through daughters!  

Each of these hand painted cookies are based on photographs of my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.   They span from when she was a baby in her mother's arms, to when she became a new mother, and four generations gathered to celebrate.  While this collection is of my own heritage, I hope it inspires you to think of the remarkable women who instilled lessons in your life..."

I am proud to bear the title of mother and proud that I have such amazing examples to pattern my life after.  Happy Mother's Day!   

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

ALS Awareness Month

Today marks the first day of *ALS Awareness month.  It's something I didn't know a whole lot about before I met Anita of Sweet Hope Cookies.  She is an amazing, funny, and generous cookier who donates 100%... that would be ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of her proceeds to the ALS association to find a way to treat and cure this fatal disease.  I know it's hard to wrap your head around such awesomeness!  When you order from Sweet Hope Cookies you get beautiful and delicious (delicious is a major understatement!) cookies AND all of the proceeds benefit a wonderful cause.

*ALS stands for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Anita's brother passed away from this disease one year ago.  In her own words she was inspired to start Sweet Hope Cookies:
  • To honor my brother Randy by continuing his legacy of compassion, generosity and caring      toward others living with ALS.
  • To advance awareness and knowledge about ALS.
  •  To provide support to those living with ALS and to advance medical research so that one day a cure for this relentless and merciless disease will be found. This is why I donate the materials and time so that 100% of your donation goes directly to the ALS Association.
This day also marks what would have been Randy's 64th birthday.  Anita has posted a 13 day tribute to her brother and her memories give us a glimpse of what is lost every day for 15 families as that is how many people die of ALS in this country every day.  

My hope is that you will read Randy's story.  It is in turn hilarious and touching and it is all told through my favorite medium: COOKIES!  I've gained a new awareness of ALS through "meeting" Randy and I will forever be changed by it.  I hope you will too.  Happy birthday Randy!  

What you can do:

I had the honor of creating this Randy cookie for Anita that was featured today on his birthday and final tribute post.

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