Summer has flown by!
I can't believe our trip to Europe was over a year ago already.
I can't believe my niece is over a month old and our family week at the beach has come and gone.
August was filled with an order for 700 cookies and various other cookie occasions!
Here's what has kept me busy at the end of the summer.
I donated two dozen cookies to a silent auction at my real job for our mini walk to end Alzheimer's.
The winner wanted spiderman cookies for her grandsons.
I love repeat customers. Sarah works at a different local retirement community and is always thinking of fun reasons to need cookies for her residents. These card cookies went to a bridge group.
Over the past year, my husband and I have been blessed to be part of a small group. We've met some new couples along the way and have gained some great friends in the process. These cookies went to one of the couples who were waiting to find out the sex of their baby. They had their doctor's appointment on the same day we threw them a surprise party so I had to make boy and girl cookies.
The Z's are having a little boy!!
Believe it or not these cookies and the U of R cookies actually went to the same couple's baby shower. Speaking of repeat customers, Shira ordered these cookies right after she told me about the order for 700. She's been keeping my kitchen busy!!
A co-worker ordered these cookies for her daughter's 7th birthday party. (Thank you, Shelley!) I was so thrilled with how these cookies turned out...then I sprayed Luster spray on them. I loved them being all sparkly until I tried taking pictures of them. Do you know how hard it was to get a photo without Prince Eric's hair looking gray from the reflecting light??!!
Another co-worker wanted some cookies for her daughter-in-law's baby shower. They chose a vintage wooden block theme and wanted some onesies, too. P.S. Miles just made his appearance into the world and he's adorable!!
One of the coolest things about this cookie journey is figuring out how people find out about me. See if you can follow this...
My sister's mother-in-law brought her neighbor and good friend to my sister's baby shower. The neighbor, Jackie, saw my cookies and told her sister-in-law, Donna, about them. So...Donna then contacted me to make cookies for her daughter's baby shower. I loved the girly color combination. Of course, I also love the little birdie, polka dots and swirls! Thank you, Donna!
Speaking of repeat customers, Julia ordered some red wagons for her son's birthday several months ago...and then she ordered these cookies for her mother-in-law's 70th birthday celebration. The flowers and colors matched the invites and it was a champagne celebration! Julia gives me absolute creative freedom, which I love! Thank you so much Julia!
Last year I made some beach themed cookies for Patty to take to her beach destination wedding. This year, to celebrate their 1st anniversary, she wanted some fun and whimsical cookies to take back to the beach. This was the set I made for the couple.
Carey found me via a friend's instagram feed...which I think is pretty cool. She wanted some dump truck cookies for her son's 2nd birthday. I used the dump truck and the colors from the invite.
Jenn and I have connected because we are both pretty vocal about our struggles with infertility. Our husbands are police officers together which makes our connection even stronger. Believe it or not, Jenn and I have yet to meet in person...thanks in part now to our husband's different schedules, but there are these common invisible strings of understanding what it's like to be a police officer's wife and dealing with infertility. Jenn ordered some cookies to take to a Bon Voyage/Birthday party for a group of their close friends. Coffee date soon Jenn!!!
Yari wanted a variety of superhero cookies for her two son's joint birthday party. These cookies were way beyond me and I relied on tutorials and google searches big time! Not because they were challenging design wise, but because I literally have no clue about anything superhero related. I'm not totally incompetent and definitely know Batman, Superman, Spiderman and the Hulk...But that Avenger dude?...Thank goodness for google!
Another connection I'm grateful for is my sorority. I've had many sorority sisters order cookies over the past few years. Annemarie asked me to make these cookies for her boyfriend's brother's 30th surprise party. Much to my police officer husband's dismay...I did make firefighter cookies! I absolutely love how this set turned out. Annemarie also gave me creative freedom. As silly as it sounds, I'm quite proud of thinking to have Mike is 30 written in the fire extinguisher spray and Happy Birthday, Mike written in the water spray from the hydrant hose. The 3 in the 30 is a fire hose and of course, I had to throw in a little Dalmation print in the 0.
Julia's (from earlier in the post) sister-in-law, Caroline, wanted some cookies to take to Clemson's first game of the season. She's a huge Clemson fan (by marriage). Coincidentally, we both graduated from the same college which does not have a football team. This makes it super easy to root for another school's football team! I was nervous for a little while during last night's game, but Clemson pulled through. I know Caroline enjoyed being a part of ESPN's Game Day at Clemson and seeing them win! Check out what Caroline's been up to over at her blog... Virginia Sweet.
Phew...that was a long post!
And now, I feel I can officially close the cookie chapter of the Summer of 2013.
Here's to what's in store for the fall!!!
Bring on my most favorite three months of the year!