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Duty, Honor, Country

posted Monday May 31, 2010 at 05:00 PM by Anne Yorks — 1 comments

I always feel so honored when customers hire me to make cookies for some of the most important occasions in their lives. I think it's pretty cool that my cookies get to be a little part in big events like baby showers, weddings, bridal showers, birthdays, anniversaries...the list could go on.

This graduation season I was commissioned to create a unique cookie favor for a graduate at West Point. My customer did a little research and provided me with a few ideas on symbols that could be used on the West Point cookies. 

Whenever I take on a custom cookie design I always feel a little nervous...especially something of this importance. Obviously graduating from anywhere is a big deal, but West Point? I don't know that just anyone can make it through such a prestigious institution.

As often as possible, I like to discuss cookie ideas with my customer and if time allows, I try to either create a sketch that I email them or a sample cookie. In this case I created a couple cookie ideas for the customer.

This sketch is a banner cookie that uses elements from the graduate's class crest. There were a lot of images on the crest, but the most prominent was the eagle head and the class motto, "Loyal Til The End".

The other image that I used was the golden helmet with the phrase, "Duty, Honor, Country". 


Here are a few snaps of the actual cookies.


After writing 'Duty, Honor, Country' that many times...it's burned into my brain forever.

Because I was curious about when the United States first starting using the eagle as a symbol of freedom, I of course had to google it and found the following on wikipedia (I have noticed that I resort to wikipedia a lot. Sorry for that. It's just so convenient). 

The Bald Eagle is the national bird of the United States of America. It appears on most of its official seals, including the Seal of the President of the United States.[43] The Continental Congress adopted the current design for the Great Seal of the United States including a Bald Eagle grasping thirteen arrows and a thirteen-leaf olive branch with its talons on June 20, 1782.[44][45] The founders of the United States were fond of comparing their new republic with the Roman Republic, in which eagle imagery was prominent.

Good to know right? Especially since an eagle can be found everywhere!

I loved making the golden helmet cookie. Did you notice I used luster dust to create a 'golden' sheen on the helmet? It was definitely time consuming, but I think it made the cookie pretty cool looking. Maybe you can see it better in this picture?


The crest was a fun cookie to do. The eagle head did not leave a ton of room for the amount of writing I needed to put on the cookie, so I definitely needed to use the #1 icing tip. It made everything fit just perfectly! Don't these cookies look like little soldiers all in a row? 


The customer was so nice. When I delivered the cookies she gave me a big hug. I don't mind hugging my customers. I think it's kind of cool that the cookies can get that reaction.

She told me the cookies were a big hit at the graduation dinner. In fact, she said her favorite comment was from her brother, "Man, these even TASTE good!" That made me smile too.

The customer loved them so much that she ordered a second round of cookies for a graduation party held today (Memorial Day) in their hometown. I always appreciate repeat business. Always! 

When I delivered the cookies (this morning) I actually got a chance to meet the graduate. I viewed a few pictures from the various events held during his graduation week. I'll share a few with you because the uniforms he wore were so impressive!

This is the graduate in his everyday uniform with his parents on either side.

This is his formal dress with a tarbuckle hat. I'm so glad I didn't have to turn that hat into a cookie. Phew. That would have been crazy!! 

Each graduate has a pinning ceremony where they add their bars to their uniform. This is probably my favorite picture because it looks so cool with the American Flag in the background.


Here is the whole family...parents and all three boys.


And just to show that West Point grads still have their sense of humor in the end....


Thanks for reading today! Happy Memorial Day - especially to all those that give so selflessly to our country! We have it so good here in America and I'm thankful every day for those that fight for my freedom. 

Have a sweet holiday!

Anne




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Celebrating Dads

posted Friday May 28, 2010 at 11:09 AM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

Time to honor the dads! Father's Day is always the 3rd Sunday in June...and to help sweeten the celebration, I have created two special cookie collections for Father's Day. Dads love cookies. At least mine does. 

The first collection is for the 'All-Star Dad'.


For the baseball fans...


the basketball fans...


and the football fans...


I just love this collection. I think it's the jersey that makes it special for any dad.


The second collection is for all the 'World's Best Dads'.


The tie designs are inspired by Topher's tie collection. His favorite ties come from Andrew's Ties. I think my favorite of his ties are the paisley ones...so I definitely included one of those with the collection. 

         

        

         

And a stylish briefcase...


And the coffee mug...

It might look a little familiar!


This is a cute photo. (Topher is holding the mug.)


The deadline for Father's Day orders is June 14. All Orders will ship between June 15-17. (Please contact us if you would like your order to ship earlier/later.)

Have a sweet Memorial Day weekend,

Anne



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Deserving of Their Own Post!

posted Wednesday May 26, 2010 at 02:54 PM by Anne Yorks — 4 comments

These photos deserve their own post. Remember these musical cookies I made a few weeks ago??

 

This is the email I received from my customer...

Anne,
The cookies were amazing!  Everyone loved them and we actually played happy birthday on them! ; )
thanks again,
Judson

And here are the pictures that were attached. This made me smile for days...That's Younk-i-dunk on the left and Jud on the right. They are friends of my husband. They are musicians and I truly believe that they are playing Happy Birthday on their cookie guitars!

I love Jud's facial expression in this picture...he's really feeling the music, man.

Jud, thanks for sharing! Awesome, awesome, awesome pics! You made my week!!!

Gotta get back to work. Packing up my shipping orders for the day. This was just something happy to share on this wonderful Wednesday. It's gorgeous here in Pennsylvania. I think Toph and I are having drinks on the deck with friends tonight. Ahhhhhh. Springtime.

Have a sweet day,

Anne

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Steampunk Birthday

posted Tuesday May 25, 2010 at 09:07 PM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

A few weeks ago my mom commissioned me to create a special set of cookies for a close friend of the family's birthday. I have known this friend just about my entire life. We were neighbors growing up in a small farming town in Pennsylvania called Kempton. She had the best Barbies.

After much discussion, my mom and I decided that a Steampunk themed gift would be perfect for our friend. But neither of us really understood what Steampunk actually was. So I jumped online and found a ton of pictures, blogs, and websites that explained it. Well, sort of explained it.

Here is wikipedia's definition:

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used — usually the 19th century, and often Victorian eraEngland — but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. 

Here are a few pictures that I found on the Steampunk World Fair Facebook page.

A guitar...


A grandfather clock...


A computer...


A few Steampunk costumes...



I think It's kind of cool and crazy. These people feel about Steampunk the way I feel about cookies - a little obsessed.

I don't know that I still completely get it. But I did understand it's a mix of Victorian past and techy future - and there are a ton of gears, goggles, and thing-a-ma-jigs.

So after much thought and I can up with these cookies...


The first cookie I designed was a corseted Victorian gown with gear detail.


close up of the gears. 


I also made a birthday cake....


But these punky little robots decided to deconstruct the cake. 

They have a thing for the candles.



This guy was my favorite.

Our friend was so happy to get her cookies. I was happy that she was happy. I really enjoyed planning them out and making them. 

In other cookie news, I'm wrapping up my Father's Day cookie collections. I hope to have pictures by Friday. I am very excited about both collections. I think they are a great way to celebrate Dads!

Until then, have a sweet day!

Anne

PS...Did I mention the birds in the nest on our deck finally hatched? Yep, yesterday! They are a little funny looking, so I'll wait a few days to post pics. But I'm so excited. Expect a 'Name that Bird' contest this week. There will be a prize. Wooooo!

Ok, bye for real this time. Later.


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A Priceless Reaction

posted Saturday May 22, 2010 at 08:27 AM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

Making and decorating cookies is my passion in life. I love mixing, chillin', rolling, baking, mixing, decorating, drying, and then more decorating. The process is lengthy, so to do it day after day, I think I must really love it. 

One of the reasons I love it so much is because of this...

Is he excited for that cookie, or what!?!?


I thought I was the only one that was this moved by cookies. I'm so happy to see that someone else loves them as much as me.

One of the reasons this little boy is so excited is because he is born to be a firefighter, just like his grandfather. And he loves his special firefighter badge cookie!!

Do you remember me mentioning Ted and Sharen Reigh from Reigh Enterprises (a printing and embroidery company)? A while back they ordered salamander cookies. Not the original Sal cookies (click here). Those were ordered by Salamander Magazine. But new Sal cookies for a local reading competition. 


They wanted Sal with glasses ... it was my idea to add the book... see?


The reading group loved their cookies. Sal is just so darn cute and smart. Did you know he's a card-carrying member of Mensa? Yep, he is. I'm a card-carrying member of Cookie Mensa. It exists, don't worry, no need to rush and Google it. Just take my word for it.

So anyway, this Sal cookie was the birth of my new friendship with Ted and Sharen. 

They run a business called Reigh Enterprises. I've ordered a bunch of Flour Box shirts, etc from them. They do a really great job and the prices can't be beat. They ship all over...so you don't have to be local to order. I still need to take and show you pictures of all my Flour Box items. I just haven't had a good hair day in forever. *wink wink* I promise to show you the loot soon...in the meantime, here is a sneak peek!!

The messenger bag I ordered and LOVE:


And you may remember our new bear 'Flower'? 


He's now part of the family!


Not only have Ted and Sharen done a fantastic job on the items I've ordered, but they also have surprised us with quite a few bonus items along the way...like Flower.

And, did I mention that Sharen made herself a few FBB logo shirts?!!? She did! Every time I see her she's wearing one! How cool is that? She told me she wore it to Wegmans and had two people ask her if that was a local business. She's even advertising for me!

So you can imagine how much I wanted to do something special in return to say thank you. During our first meeting I remember Sharen telling me a little bit about how they started their business. Ted is a retired volunteer firefighter. He served for 30 years in the King of Prussia Fire Department, including a stint as the assistant fire chief. Talk about dedication, 30 years! Their grandson (pictured above) loves everything firefighter! Ted and Sharen wanted to get their grandson a 'Future Firefighter' t-shirt made with his name on it. But, they couldn't find a company that would make just one shirt. So, they took matters into their own hands and set up shop. They now make orders that are shipping nationally and internationally and it all started with that one firefighter t-shirt!

I knew what I had to do. I searched high and low for the perfect firefighter cookie cutters and found some great ones on Ann Clark's website. I found out from Sharen the King of Prussia's company number...#53.

And then, I got to work. I made a fire truck, badge, hat and hydrant! 

     

     

Here's the full set.

In hindsight, I wish I would have put a few of these in with the order...


Next time. :-)

When I delivered the cookies to Ted, he said, "I just got chills when I looked at these cookies!" I just wanted to give him a big squeeze! He was so cute!

I actually made these cookies the same week as the nurse cookies. It was fun to make something special to honor those people that give so selflessly every day. Firefighters and nurses are the true heroes in life. 

Then Ted and Sharen being the wonderful grandparents they are, shared the cookies with their grandkids! 

I guess if I ever have a unmotivated feeling about decorating cookies I can just look at the picture of Ted and Sharen's grandson and remind myself of why I love to make cookies. It's all for the smiles!

Have a sweet day!

Anne


P.S. In case you have any printing or embroidery needs, you can contact Ted and Sharen of Reigh Enterprises at 814-355-0069 

or reighent@aol.com. They are located in Milesburg, PA. 

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