Monday, September 30, 2013

It's A Fight

It's a FIGHT. Yes, it is. I joined the fight against Cancer in 2007 when my father called me and told me "you better sit down". The call came about a week before my Black Belt test. I had been practicing karate about 3 hours a day and building up strength in preparation for the big test. Then the rug was pulled out from under me. My father had Cancer. Esophageal Cancer. Cancer in his throat. He couldn't swallow. He had already lost a ton of weight. I told him he would be okay. I told him he could fight. I told him I would be there.

Over the next couple days I'm going to share some cookies that I made (9 designs). I gave them to the biggest supporters of the LiveStrong Challenge fundraising campaign we did.

My friend Tami, of Tami Rena's Cookies, posted butterfly ribbon cookies that she had made. I immediately contacted her and asked her how she made them. She had made them by hand-cutting her cookie dough. I don't do that. Ever. I hate to hand-cut cookies. So I asked her if she would mind if I made a cookie cutter using her design. Being the incredibly kind and generous person she is, she was more than happy to share.

So she drew out her design on paper and scanned it and sent it to me. I made some minor changes, making the sides aspect and sent it to her for approval. Then I made the cookie cutter and sent her the first one. Then we went to the LiveStrong Challenge and continued the fight. Here are the cookies that Tami made using the cookie cutter I sent her.

Aren't they incredibly beautiful! She is so talented!
 So then I made some for my LiveStrong Challenge supporters. You can get one of the butterfly Cancer ribbon cookie cutters designed by Tami Rena here in my Etsy shop
 I started by drawing the ribbon and while it was still wet, I added sanding sugar.
 After the outline and sanding sugar were completely dry, I flooded the white butterfly wings and the cancer ribbon. After that was fully dry, I used white icing to add some details to the butterfly wings.
 Then I decided to also make a Cancer ribbon with Angel wings available in my Etsy shop. I was really happy with both designs (butterfly wings & angel wings on a Cancer ribbon).

 and I made some regular Cancer ribbon cookies too (cutter available in my Etsy shop). I used the inset as a press instead of cutting out the center hole.

I also used my oval watermelon cookie cutter and made it into a LiveStrong bracelet (available in my Etsy shop).

 So that's the first 4 cookie cutters that I made in this year's fight against Cancer. I didn't tell any of my fundraising supporters that I would be sending them cookies, so they were pretty excited when they arrived. I am so very appreciative for their support. Together, Eddie's Angels has raised $24,537.00 in the fight against Cancer. We have been blessed by incredible support.

Thank you to Tricia-Rennea, Illustrator for making these perfect bicycle clipart images for our team. I sent one to each of our supporters to use as their profile picture to show they supported the fight against Cancer.
I had this onesie made for little Abigail for the LiveStrong Challenge
 Cutie Patootie right?!
Then we went to the LiveStrong Challenge to do our part in the fight.
and when we finished, we still had smiles
 someone loves her grandma
 It was a rough day, but we finished. In memory of my dad, Ed Ducey.

 When you know this little angel is waiting at the finish line, you can push through that wind to get there. When it was REALLY rough on that 100-mile ride, I thought of all the people that donated and showed their support in the fight against Cancer.

 oh and let me just say, that Mellissa Anne, if you ever do this to my bike again, you're in really, really BIG trouble!
More cookies in this fight tomorrow.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Roller Skate Cookies and Cookie Cutters

Do you remember the movie Ice Castles? The old one. I know, I'm dating myself. I loved it. I loved ice skating when I was a very young girl in New York and then loved roller skating when we moved to California. I could do the full Ice Castles routine on my roller skates substituting a single axle when Lexi did a triple in the movie ;-) I skated every day. For hours. I still own 2 pairs of roller skates to this day. No wait, make that 3 pairs.

So when a customer asked me for roller skate cookies, I was more than happy to make them and I had a lot of fun with them too.

Cookie Cutters Available HERE
Tutorial Cards Available HERE
Download Free Printable Cookie Bag Toppers HERE
and then I even made a roller skating person
and I made a girl set
and a boy set
ok, truth be told, I made A LOT of roller skate cookies
I started by making a nice sized roller skate cookie cutter available HERE
 and then I outlined my design
 I had almost a full table of roller skate cookies
then I filled in the colors and added a large candy dot to the wheels
 and that would have been fine, but just for fun, I made a few of these roller skate guys too and I was so happy with them and my customer enjoyed the extra surprise too. Cookie Cutters available HERE
 here is the roller skate dude outlined
 Pretty fun together huh. They were perfect for their roller skate theme party.
 Are you a roller skater? Did you even buy those sneakers with the hidden wheel on the back heel that you could pull out and skate around while you were walking? Yaa me too.
and then I bagged them all up for Duncan's birthday party.

I'm still muddling through trying to get all my pictures transferred from my old computer. What a boring, boring, boring thing to do and hugely time consuming. I need an assistant to do the boring stuff while I just play cookies. Yep, that's what I need.

I don't have a picture of Abigail roller skating just yet, but this is a picture my daughter took when she asked Abigail if she wanted to go to Grandma's house :-)
Have a great day everyone!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Slow Poke Smelling The Flowers

Do you stop to smell the flowers? I'm ashamed to admit that I don't. I'm a list gal. I'm always on a mission. Even when I'm on a super long bike ride, my cycling buddies remind me to look around and enjoy the scenery. I'm much better about it than I used to be though. Today I'm working on cookies that are NOT my style. You know, the pink and bright colors and unicorns and happy things ;-) that's my style. So the cookies I'm working on today are a stretch for me. But the ones I'm going to show you today are from yesterday and I love them. They ARE me. Cute little turtles that are stopping to smell the flowers.

Cookie Cutter Available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
Free Printable Cookie Tags Available HERE
I started by making a cute little turtle cookie cutter and leaving enough room for a flower on her head. I was going to name her Teresa the Turtle, but a quick question out on Facebook came up with lots of ideas for names. I decided to go with customer April's suggestion of Tinka the Turtle. You can get your cute Turtle cookie cutter HERE
Then I outlined the design, again keeping enough room because i wanted a flower on her cute little head. Notice that I also left some room between her shell and her neck. I wanted it to look like her little head was looking up to smell the flowers.
They are cute by themselves, but...
even cuter with flowers
That cute little flower on her head came from DecorationDreamz4U Etsy shop. Carol makes the pretty royal icing flowers that I don't have the ability to make and she ships them super quick too. Can you tell I have a bit of an obsession with royal icing flowers?
So I needed to make a mini flower cookie cutter. You know me, I don't do minis. I really like big cookies, but I thought they would be fun as accent cookies. I think I made the right decision ;-) So I made a small 2" flower with 8 petals on it.

and then I made a whole bunch of flowers
Because you know, turtles are slow-pokes anyway so they might as well stop to smell the flowers
and then I packaged up the cookies WITH the cute minis. I used my heat sealer to close up the turtle and then put the minis in and used the heat sealer again to keep them in place. Pretty fun huh! Oh and I made some cute turtle cookie tags and shared them for you too just click here to download and personalize them for your own turtle cookies
and guess who was my inspiration? That stinkin adorable cutie patootie Abigail!
Now back to those cookies that are not quite by style, but very interesting. Have an AWESOME weekend and don't forget to stop and smell the flowers!

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