I love customization. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to make these "Pigs with swine flu" cookies for a Pandemic Response Team of tired nurses who are working round-the-clock to combat the H1N1. Apparently they were a big hit, and rumor has it that the Chief Medical Officer of the company might have taken one to a meeting with some bigwig at the CDC. You can damn well bet that if I ever have a resume for this stuff, it will say, "Clients include: Maggie's mommie, Teagan's mommie, and the CDC."
My favorite part is the snot. Ewwww.
(I'ma get vaccinated now, because making this set has def. set me up for "ironic punishment")
Also, this view is much different now, but it's been a gorgeous commute for us this October:
Oh candy corn, how I love thee. I wrote a haiku, and made 97 cookie yous, to show my adoration.
Yellow & orange
honey infused tummy aches
yet i cannot stop
(also, I am so proud of my Halloween birthday present bowl from LBPS. I'm
going to make the raven a santa hat so I can use it year-round. Love it
love it love it.)
The rest of the set includes ghosts, pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns. What? Ghosts always wear bowties.
All ready to go!
I know I said I'd update with songs and witty stories, and I plan to, but I am very very busy these days, and tired to boot. My plan for this week is: Get work done, stay sane, and try to have some fun. We'll see how it goes.
I've been too busy to carve pumpkins this year. I know, weird. But we finally got around to doing one this evening, so I could indoctrinate Pookie into the fold. Teach her the ropes, show her how to gut a gourd, draw a face, drop a lighted votive into the top in such a way that it lands without going out OR burning your hand. Okay, that last one, and anything with an exacto knife, may actually be lessons for next year.
Our rudimentary "must be finished in 6 minutes because that's the attention span of a 2 year old" jack-o-lantern turned out decently, I thought. She did try to feed it yogurt and then asked when we'd be eating its head. What are those Baptists teaching her at school, anyway?*
*Apparently it was picture day at school today. I didn't get the memo that it was CHRISTMAS picture day, so my child went flouncing in wearing a black and purple Halloween shirt, polka dot skirt, and bright purple tights. Maybe I'll just Photoshop in a turkey, ships and a dreidel somewhere in the pics and do a "fall/winter holiday card" this year.
In other Pookie-news, she has finally fallen in love with the light-up skirt and fairy wings my aunt got her for Halloween last year. It adds something to the overall effect when she pokes at the lit up transluscent threads and proclaims, "Those are fiber optics!" Ah, the magic and wonder of childhood.
I have compiled a list of more halloween songs, but I left it at work. I'll try to get them posted tomorrow.
I was busy all weekend and busy again today, so no witty comments from me now, I just wanted to update on a new order I delivered to a (thankfully!) happy client.
The theme was a Victorian tea party for a little girl's 6th birthday, so I made dark pink and purple fondant teacups and flowers to rest atop miniature cupcakes her mother made. It's a small world, after all.
A friend called me up to do some cookies for her son's 1st birthday, and she sent me this photo of the themed set she was using. Well, I'd been secretly looking for an excuse to make some brightly-colored animals, so I of course jumped at the opportunity to make these.
Here are the inspiration animals. Let's be honest, I blatantly ripped them off.
After careful study of the source material (ie: looking at the printout while stuck in traffic), I realized that I'd have to make a whole set of cutters to get the shapes right, so that was the first order of business:
The lion is actually 2 cookies, stacked on top of each other. I didn't make his mane as its own cutter, I used an existing sunflower-shaped cutter and rolled it flatter. The giraffe head is also the zebra head, I just cut off the horns and changed the ear position a little bit after cutting them out.
So I got to work, and the hardest and most time-consuming part of this set was definitely the array of bright colored icing that had to me made and matched. The hippo alone has seven different colors, some piped on, some painted with a small brush. Yikes. (I'm not insane, really. My friends have started referring to it as OCDetail)
The kid's name is "Teagan," despite my husband's insistence that it is actually "Triscuit," so I made his name and jazzed it up with yet more icing. I'm kind of glad I won't be at this party - there is kind of a lot of sugar going on in these cookies...
Cookielion on the prowl:
As an unlooked-for bonus, I realized after making the cutouts that the hippo head doubles nicely as a portly owl: