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Paisley & Company - Bath Boutique

posted Friday May 07, 2010 at 09:43 AM by Anne Yorks — 3 comments

I got my first Mother's Day gift on Wednesday. My thoughtful sister-in-law and my two nieces made me lavender bath soap and a jar with bath salt. (And in case anyone is following this blog regularly, this is the same SIL that made me the beautiful cake plate centerpiece and the handmade picnic set for my daughter. There was talk on Wednesday that an Etsy store *could* be in the works.Oh baby!)

This gift reminded me that I love scented gifts...soap, body spray, moisturizer, you get the idea. As a baker, I wash my hands 1000 times a day. You cannot imagine how dry my skin gets with all that washing! So I had to do something drastic. Enter my favorite little shop ever...Paisley & Company in Kutztown, PA or on the web at http://www.paisleyandcompany.com/.

This is their storefront. I love their logo! It's so cute. And, I know it's hard to see, but look closely at their front door. It looks like an wooden Victorian screen door. It's a customer's first impression of this adorable bath boutique.

A friend of our family works at Paisley & Co. So for some time my mom has splurged on a few gift items for me over the years. But then, when I started having my dry skin crisis, I decided I needed to start ordering my own products. I just feel so spoiled every time I use it. Everything is just so luxurious. And there is so much to choose from.

I could get lost investigating all their wonderful products...handmade products! Wow! They offer 100 scents, or you can create your own. Their website states that, "Our customers compare Paisley & Company with a trip to their favorite bakery, where enticing aromas fill the air and there's always something fresh being made in the kitchen. In our charming Victorian bath shop we create fresh and custom-made lotions, soaps, perfumes, bath & shower products, foot care products, mama and baby goods, natural butters, and gift collections."

Hmmmmmm. No wonder I love this place so much!

So this is what I love from Paisley & Co.

I love the 'frothie' handsoap and the 'mousse' moisturizer. I use the soap on my hands and the moisturizer on my hands and face. 

Here are two of my Frothie's. I ordered brown sugar (right) and brown sugar vanilla. So here's what's cool about Paisley & Co. They can customize scents and colors on their products. Since I like to smell like a cookie, I asked if they could make me the sugar and vanilla scent. Then, since I love everything pink, I asked if they could tint my soap. I love it so much!

Last year I ordered a grape scented soap and moisturizer tinted aqua! The owner told me a customer ordered banana scented shampoo tinted purple. I just love these color and scent combos. It's so unique and fun!

So much that I ordered a refill for my Frothie. This should last me a little while. 

I also ordered the largest size mousse they make. There are three sizes. I was using a smaller jar, but  this time I took the plunge on the big guy. For a little perspective...this is the big guy next to a quarter. 

True Story: The last time I got a haircut, my stylist asked me if I was baking that day. I said, nope, not today. Why? She said, because you smell like your cookies!! Then we laughed because it was my moisturizer!

So you don't live near Kutztown (maybe you haven't even heard of Kutztown), don't sweat it! They ship! Check out all their products online at http://www.paisleyandcompany.com/. You can also 'Like' them on Facebook. Click here.

Their products make GREAT Mother's Day gifts! *wink* *wink*

Have a very sweet weekend!!!

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Luau Bridal Shower

posted Thursday May 06, 2010 at 08:16 AM by Anne Yorks — 6 comments

 A luau is a Hawaiian feast. So I guest this post is all about a cookie feast at a bridal shower.

A few months ago, a customer contacted me about a bridal shower she was throwing for a friend. This was one organized client. She already had a theme, party colors, and a few games planned. I loved her! Plus she called 3 months in advance. It was good she did, because she wanted some specific cookies and it allowed us the time to plan out each one. 

She wanted to order a little something special for the guys that would be at the party. So we decided to make the blue and white Hawaiian shirts. I was able to 'double flood' the white into the blue to create the flower look. I think this was my customer's favorite cookie. I really liked it too. Here's a closer look. How fun!

My client gave me stationary that showed the theme she was looking to create. From that, we got the idea to incorporate a hibiscus flower into the cookie scheme.

I actually didn't have this cookie cutter, but since we were planning so much in advance, I was able to order it.  It wasn't easy to find, but I finally did get onto a site that carried the shape i was looking for. I had not ordered from this site before, and I don't think I will order from them again. After three weeks of waiting, no cutter arrived. I called to check in and they said they were having problems with their system. They asked me to call them back three separate times. And they were SOOOOOO cranky. Ugh. I am not a fan of the crankies. So, finally they tell me it never shipped and it was going to be a while until it was going out. Not good news since I needed it the next week. I finally insisted on talking to an owner or manager. The owner got on the phone and told me that he would send it. Did I mention everyone was so cranky. I felt like being cranky too. But I didn't go there.

Two days later the cookie  cutter arrived, but they did not pay for the postage completely. I had to pay more postage!! Did I mention that I had already paid (with shipping) more than $20 for this one cookie cutter? I wasn't happy at all. 

This is why I try to stick to my regular sites: www.karenscookies.net, www.foosecookiecutters.com, www.coppergifts.com, www.annclark.com. I have NEVER been let down by any of these companies. As a matter of fact, they continue to inspire me with their excellent order process. It's a pleasure working with them.

After all the hub-bub, I was really pleased with the hibiscus flower. It was a fun cookie to make ... and anything bright pink is good in my book.

The next cookie I did for the shower was a flip flop. I had done these before. They are a part of the 'Life's a Beach' cookie collection. I just love making flip flops. 

The other cookie in the order was a starfish. Each starfish cookie was decorated with edible pearls, 16 to be exact. I use a tweezers to place the pearls on the cookie.  It's a time consuming process, but I think the results are wonderful. I also use a lot of these pearls on wedding cake cookies. They just really dress things up.

I have saved my favorite cookie for last. The Lei Cookie.

I premade the candy flowers for the lei in advance. I then made a round cookie and decorated it with with white icing. I really wanted the flowers to pop out from the cookie. My customer wanted this cookie for the prize for the games. This 'Zack loves Stephanie' cookie was just an extra. The actual cookie for the client read, 'You Got Lei'd at Stephanie's Shower'. 

I hope you enjoyed this collection as much as I enjoyed making them! I'm actually in process of creating a few 'summer' items for the Flour Box website as a regular item. I definitely think I'm going to add a few of these cookies!

Have a sweet day,


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There's No Place Like Home

posted Sunday May 02, 2010 at 10:36 PM by Anne Yorks — 4 comments

I'm so happy to be back in Happy Valley. In case you're just tuning in, I spent the past week in New York City. The City. It's a wonderful place to visit, but there is no place like home.

All in all it was a great trip for our family. We accomplished what we set out to do. Plus, I did work in a little time for cupcakes! My cookie trip got postponed. Due to heavy, standstill, car honking traffic, we cancelled the trip to the cookie shop.

We were stuck behind this...a big ole pig butt. 

And, I'm not kidding, just moments before I snapped this picture, there was a rickshaw in front of us. I was just too slow to get the photo with the both of them. The rickshaw sped up faster than the car traffic. Only in NYC, I guess.

So with a big pig butt in the way, our trip to the cookie shop was pushed off to another day. I wasn't all that disappointed to miss the cookie shop because I had already enjoyed the best cupcake ever.

It came from Two Little Red Hens. 

I picked out a red velvet cupcake (upper left), carrot cupcake (upper right), and a vanilla  with buttercream icing - tinted pink. Each cupcake was $2.75. What a deal!

I got the pink cupcake for my little girl. 

It was so rich and dense that I only gave her a small sliver. Then I thought I'd better try it for 'quality control'. It was AMAZING! I hate to admit it, and this might put me in the running for worst mommy ever, but I ate the rest of her cupcake. It was that good. I felt a little bad afterwards. But did I mention how good it was?

My mom enjoyed the carrot cake cupcake and gave it two thumbs up. Toph devoured the red velvet and said it was great! I want to go back to Two Little Red Hens everyday. Plus, did I mention I got to witness a legitimate NYC argument? It wasn't soup nazi or anything. A customer wanted to order a cake for the same day. She just didn't get the 3-day advance rule at the shop. She went around and around and around. I enjoyed every moment. I smiled just like a good tourist does. I wished I had taken a photo. It was good stuff. 

So lots of traffic and a few cupcakes later, it was time to head back to Happy Valley.

Upon returning home, I was greeted by a package from Reigh Enterprises. Sharon and Ted Reigh run the business providing all sorts of printed and embroidered items. 

I had ordered a few things with the Flour Box Bakery logo. I am not disappointed! I loved EVERYTHING! I'm working on getting some photos to share with you...but I did take one to show you. Sharon popped a little surprise in the box for my little girl.

I can't even tell you how excited we were to meet the newest family member. My daughter named her new bear Flower.

Here she is with Flower in her big girl bed on our first night home. Ahhhh. There's no place home.

Okay...I've got a serious amount of cookies to decorate. So this post is ending. But, I promise some great cookie pics are coming. 

Don't forget, Monday, May 3rd, is the Mother's Day order deadline. You can check out the cute collection of teacups and teapots here.

Have a sweet day,


P.S. I'm pretty sure we could solve the world economic crisis if the following fine was actually enforced. Don't Honk. $350 Penalty. Ha. Someone has a sense of humor.

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Greetings from the Upper East Side

posted Tuesday Apr 27, 2010 at 02:21 PM by Anne Yorks — 4 comments

Hello! I'm happy to report that I have navigated our family safely to our hotel room on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I'm a crazy driver and I fit in really well here!

We haven't had a chance to do any cookie-ing or cupcaking yet...but I think that is on the plan after today's naptime.

It's been raining cats and dogs here. What a downpour! Odd, because before we left for NYC, it was raining cats and dogs at Flour Box!

This is a cute Dalmatian Cookie I did for a veterinarian consultant.

They also ordered cat cookies too!

Just look at that chubby tabby cat cookie. I love the hair puff on her chest! And did you notice her face?

It just makes me want to cuddle up with this kitty cat! I love her!

Recently, I also got an order for brown dog cookies to look like the PBS character Lomax, the Hound of Music.

That's Lomax on the left. And here is the cookie version...

I heard he was a big hit!

Not a whole lot to report from the big city as of yet. We did have a run-in with this...

Do not adjust your computer screen...this is a plaid car, and no it's not a cookie. I really wonder who drives this car. I think we could be good friends.

We have also had some playground time, in between the raindrops. 

This is taxi driving 101, taught by my two-year-old.

Then we enjoyed a PB & J lunch at the window seat!

We were looking for doggies.

We do have a view of the East Side River...

And some crowded apartment buildings that probably cost thousands of dollars to rent each month (and you can see the reflection of my camera in the window - I circled it!)

That's all for now. We have a pretty busy schedule the next few days, so I won't be able to update until Thursday. Until then...

Have a sweet day,

PS - I have received several emails from customers! Yes! I can do your projects. I just can't send email right now. I think it's because my computer is using the internet on a public line. I will be in touch with you as soon as I figure our this email snafu. Public internet settings always make my computer act a little wonky. Sorry!

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Pinkies Up!

posted Saturday Apr 24, 2010 at 08:32 PM by Anne Yorks — 2 comments

Hello to any new readers that joined through the CookiersRUs yahoo group! I am loving all the ideas and fun dialog between everyone! I have added so many new blogs to my reader and they are wonderful! Welcome to all!

I am so excited to introduce everyone to this year's Mother's Day cookie collection...but first, I have an important announcement:

  Flour Box Bakery will be *Closed* Next Week 

Next week, I will be taking some time to do a little product research in New York City. I will be unable to process/ship orders from Saturday, April 24 through Friday, April 30. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. I will resume the normal baking schedule on Saturday, May 1st. Thank you in advance for your patience. I will try to give few updates from the road on the FBB Facebook Fanpage and Tidbits. 

Our newest cookie collection for Mother’s Day has been added to the site today!

Inspired by the most amazing mom on the planet (my mom), I have created a special teacup/teapot cookie collection for Mother’s Day. This collection will include 14 cookies: 5 teacup cookies, 5 teapot cookies, and 4 bite-sized daisy cookies. Even though I am closed next week, orders may be placed for Mother’s Day today until May 3rd. Please note that orders for Mother’s Day will ship between May 4th – May 6th. Here are a few up close shots of the detail on the 5 teacup/teapot sets. 

The hearts sets...


and the dots sets...


And my favorite two cookies of the collection:

My mom loves tea. She has a cup every night while reading a book. For Christmas I found the neatest teacup and saucer set at Home Reflections on Calder Way in State College, PA (it's just a lovely store!).

Isn't that saucer something? I saw a plain white version of this set at the Titanic exhibit in Vegas last fall. The exhibit was at the Luxor. They had artifacts that had been recovered from the Titanic wreckage. I noticed the teacup and saucer right away because it looked so practical and it looked like something my mom would love. A nice big area on the saucer for a piece of toast or a cookie.

A few weeks after the Vegas trip I stumbled upon this set. It is imported from England. My mom flipped over it! 

She also flipped over these cookies : ) I have a wonderful mom!!

Gotta go pack up my suitcase. My next post will be from the road! 

Have a sweet day,

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