Happy Easter

I’m back again 🙂 I had another special request for a birthday – this time it falls on Easter. Some friends of mine made their own custom invites for their daughter’s birthday that had a really great color palette. They sent me a digital copy of the images of the eggs on the invitation so I could try to match the colors.

Here are the images from the invitation:

Screen Shot 2016-03-24 at 10.06.29 PM

And here is what I came up with:

IMG_20160323_083643IMG_20160323_083710IMG_20160323_083700

Matching colors can always be a challenge, but I think I was pretty close on these. The darker the color, the harder it is to match without using too much coloring. One thing to always keep in mine when making royal icing is that the colors become richer and more vibrant after they sit for a while – at least a few hours, if not overnight. The navy blue originally looked more like a dark grayish-blue to me. But once I let it sit overnight, I was very pleased with how it turned out.

I have 2 more batches I need to get moving on this weekend. Shapes that I haven’t done before and one is actually to use as a fundraiser at my nephew’s school. Stay tuned!

❤ LL

Advertisements

Baby Boy Shower

I made some cookies for a baby shower that a friend of mine attended this past weekend. I’m really loving the color of these. This springtime weather we are having lately is very fitting for the pastel spring-like colors!

I hadn’t broken out my sailboat cookie cutter in probably 5+ years, so that was a fun one to make. The teddy bears are easily one of my all-time favorites. I made half the bears with the solid brown flood icing and the other half with different designs using all of the colors in the batch. I know some people don’t like a ton of icing on their cookies, and it’s also fun to play with different designs.

IMG_20160310_212522


IMG_20160309_234402IMG_20160309_234420

I’m really happy with how they turned out and it sounds like they were a hit at the party! Thank you, Jennifer! I am already working on my next couple of orders, so you will be seeing those soon. I will be making some for a St. Patty’s Day birthday and also some for Easter.

❤ LL

 

Tyler’s Dirty 30

My friend (and one of the sweetest guys I know), Tyler, turns 30 this week. I was fortunate enough to celebrate with him, his beautiful wife Rachel, and a bunch of his friends in Asheville, NC over this past weekend. I have been dying to visit Asheville since I moved to North Carolina! What a great reason to finally go.

Rachel asked if I could make some cookies for the weekend, and of course I was happy to. Considering what I knew what we would be partaking in most of the weekend, here is what I came up with and the process from the beginning of the design to the finished product:

The cookies were a big hit 🙂  I’ve also gotten several orders in the past week, so look out for some more posts. I have a unique order I did around Christmas that I need to dig up the pictures for as well. Better late than never right?

I know it’s been several months since my last post – sorry about that. I bought my first home last September and I’ve been a little busy furnishing/decorating/painting – so so so many DIY projects. LOVING it! I may post some stuff on here about them just because I’ve become slightly obsessed.

❤ LL

Kids love cookies!

I’m a little late posting this, but better late than never right? The awesome company that I work for (https://www.atlanticbt.com/) has regular events for employees, family, friends, and clients. Each one has a different theme and a couple weeks ago, we had a family fun night with everything from cotton candy and popcorn to face painting and fun games outside for the kids. I thought it would be cool to set up a table to decorate cookies with kids (and adults!). I was hoping a few people would be interested in checking it out, but had no idea how much of a hit it would be. It was really cute to see them all get so into it. I made a few sample cookies, but left almost all of them blank and brought several bottles of icing and cups of sprinkles for them to play around with.

11041439_10153013503101381_5039945652532857460_o

11144954_10153014275981381_4005695638596325837_o (1)11412085_10153014276006381_4888112046650775106_o 11741175_10153014275871381_781231320348540596_o What I was most impressed with is how creative they got with the interpretations of what the shapes were of the blank cookies. I wish I was that creative!

11754287_10153014276001381_363724933963747323_o

When the night was over, all the cookies were gone and we had a pile of sprinkles and some icing leftover. I consider that a success.

Thank you to all who came out. Hopefully we can do it again soon 🙂

❤ LL

Ohio Wedding

These cookies were made for a bridal shower/bachelorette weekend in Ohio for a wedding taking place on July 3rd. A dear friend of mine asked me to make cookie favor bags for the bride and her request was inspired by the last batch that I did for my brother’s wedding. So I was able to pull out the edible markers again and try something a little different out with those. We were originally going to use the bride and groom’s initials, but it looked a lot better when I wrote out their names instead. I added the wedding date at the bottom with the pink hearts to add a pop of color and match the other small cookie hearts in the bag. The wedding colors are blush pink and bright pink with touches of silver – so that’s where the silver diamond rings came in.

As I mentioned in my last post – it is very important to let the icing sit for several hours (ideally overnight) before writing with the edible markers to prevent bleed. I even left them under a ceiling fan overnight. Can’t be too cautious right? 🙂

 

20150623_005538

Ohio Wedding Cookies

Ohio Wedding Cookies


April showers bring May cookie flowers

So I went months without posting, and sadly without baking much, and now I have 2 posts within a week! First of all, Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! These flower cookies were an order I received from a friend and former coworker of mine for a mother’s day gift for his mom 🙂 Thank you, Mitch!

20150510_215614

20150510_215534

20150510_214846-1

Now let’s not forget about the dads. Father’s Day will be here before you know it – June 21st! For all the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill peeps – check out humblymade.com for some awesome locally designed and printed tshirts! My personal favorite:

r-tee_2048x2048

❤ LL

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I traveled to South Carolina for a birthday party for a dear friend this past weekend. Her sisters threw her a beautiful Cinco de Mayo themed party and I thought it was a great opportunity to make some cookies! It’s been a long time since I posted. I need to get better about this.

The cookies were a hit and I’ll be making more very soon!

20150502_184423

Now for some real margaritas to celebrate today!

❤ LL

Party like it’s 2015!!!

Happy New Year!

I wanted to put up a quick post of my latest batch – and first batch of 2015!  I was asked to make some cookies for a party to match the black/white/gold decor that also incorporated chevron and polka dot patterns.  It was a new challenge for me, which is always fun.  As much as I loved making all the Christmas cookies this season, I was ready to change things up a bit.

I decided to go with the gold sprinkles that I use for the diamond ring cookies.  I highly recommend these sprinkles over regular sanding sugar.

pearlized sugar

Chevron Cookie

Chevron Cookie

Chevron & Polka Dot Cookies

Chevron & Polka Dot Square Cookies Chevron & Polka Dot Circle Cookies

 I’m really happy with how these turned out.  It’s not something I would have thought to try on my own, which is what has made this blog so great for me.  I’ve been able to share my creative outlet for those that are interested, and in return you have presented me with challenges and suggestions to try new ideas.

Until next time 🙂

❤ LL

She Sells Sea Shells

I was able to try out another new cookie cutter this week – the conch shell!  I had a sea shell cookie cutter, but hadn’t used it in a few years.  I was asked to make shell cookies for a rehearsal dinner for a beach-themed wedding and I wanted a couple of varieties of shapes.  Since I had never made the conch shells before, I wasn’t sure how I was going to decorate them, but it kind of evolved over a the course of a few days.  I kept adding a little more detail until I was happy with the way they looked.

So they started out like this…

ImageThen I decided to make them a lil different on the other side…

ImageBut it still felt like something was missing – so that’s where the rest of the detail came in.

Image

Image

I’ve made these sea shells before, but I forgot how much I like them 🙂  I was sticking to all pastel colors, and I tried to keep them in colors that would compliment each other since they were going to be packed in pairs and tied with navy blue ribbon.Image

Image

ImageImageImage

I even threw in a few of the octopus cookies for fun 🙂  How cute is that lil guy all wrapped up?!

Image

I know that’s a lot of pictures, but these cookies were a long process.  I really enjoyed making them.

I love love love summertime, so these summer-themed cookies are just the best!

Until next time…

 ♥ LL

About Time!

About Time!

Just a quick post to say a very special THANK YOU to my awesome friends, Andrea and Justin, for giving me this adorable octopus cookie cutter!!! I was very flattered that they thought of me when out of town and picked up this lil guy. He’s a great addition to my collection. Justin was also really impressed with how quickly I put it to good use!