Christmas (PUZZLE!) in August

Hi Guys! I know I am very behind in sharing my stuff with you guys, but Summer has been as crazy as Spring was!  But I just HAD to stop in to share with you my excitement for today, the day that my new Jigsaw puzzle is released over at Springbok Puzzles.  It’s a Christmas/winter themed puzzle with lots of cookie birds and birdhouses on a cookie wreath. They are calling it Christmas Creations.  It’s 500 easy pieces, and a great price point.  I’ll share all the details and all the photos that I have in another post- gotta get back to work! Thanks friends for sticking with me. 🙂

Christmas Creations

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Drunk

Have you guys heard of this new social media video app- Periscope?  It is all the rage right now, for two reasons.  One, it’s broadcast live, and two, you can interact with your viewers because they can leave comments and you can respond right there.  Well, I am not much of a video girl, but I was curious, so I signed up.  It is linked to Twitter, but you can just use a phone number to register, and it works for both iphone and Android, so that’s good. I’m on there under my name- Rebecca Weld, but I also pop up right away if you search The Cookie Architect.

Anita at Sweet Hope Cookies, and Sugarbelle, and Hillary the Cookie Countess and loads others are all on there, and let me tell you, they have the right idea.  Because they are all showing off their cookie skills, or hooking up their phones to tripod thingies and general behaving themselves and helping cookie kind.

Not me.  I saw what Periscope was like and I was only inspired to do one thing with it.  Tune in on the weekend when I’d have an extra glass of wine (or two) and talk cookie with people, while drunk.  Well, maybe really just tipsy.  Somewhere in the tipsy to drunk area, depending on the broadcast.

To prepare I watched a few episodes of Drunk History, the TV show on The Comedy Channel.  Hi-larious.  But I saw right away that that would not be what it would be like with Drunk Cookier.  Because those narrators get hammered.  I mean, they vomit.  And slur and fall down.  I may get silly or forgetful, but I can promise you one thing.  No vomiting.

So, all that said, I’ve only done it three times.  And really, I can’t say how many times more I will do it, or at least, how often.  Because I don’t actually drink all the time, even though I talk a good wine game.  This weekend, for example, I am taking the boys camping, so…not then.  The next weekend I’ll be at my in-laws on Nantucket.  So….Definitely then!!!

The last few times I showed some cookies I was working on.  One time I even painted cookies drunk and one handed.  I’m not going to lie, I was proud.  And for all who tuned in to my last broadcast, I think I know why it was all pixelated,  so hopefully it will be better next time!

I’m coming in to a cookie dry spell for a while, with lots of “work” to do.  But I have an idea for my next broadcast to talk about my cookie-ing addiction.  Also, I have a whole rant/theory about Facebook to share with you guys.  So stay tuned!  And if I have any drunk epiphanies, maybe I’ll share a thought or two here.  So let me know, cookie-ing addiction. Do you have it? Do you want to hear my cookie confessionals? Should I just sober on up and stick to the cookie pics?

Speaking of which- I’ll leave you with a picture of the wafer paper bird cookies that I made during my drunk Friday night broadcast a few weeks ago!  You can see them all in detail in my cookie gallery!

Birds Grouped | The Cookie Architect

And now for something completely different…

I had an idea.  I love all the coloring sheets I see on Pinterest. But the other day I realized I didn’t want to color them (maybe cookie them, haha!) but I did want to make some.

Remember this cookie set?  Inspired by traditional folk art motifs. I thought it was the perfect place to start for my little experiment.

Cookie Tile Explosion | The Cookie Architect

So… here it is!  If you are a coloring sheet type, by all means, print out the pdf of my Cookie Tile Coloring Sheet and go to town!  And don’t forget to share it with me!  Happy Coloring!

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For the Birds

Did I mention that I just finished up a top secret project?  Shhhh.. It’s true!

And I’m not here to tell you about it or show it to you.  Totally top secret.  Instead, I will share this random collection of bird-themed cookies I just made to celebrate the seemingly miraculous advent of Spring. Yes, spring in the North Country happens in May.  And by happens, I mean, the temperature is consistently above freezing and it’s even been this thing I’ve heard of called…warm?  And sunny, and dry.  A miracle and I’ll take it.

I made a birdhouse, and a couple of birds. Both birds kind of go with the birdhouse, but not with each other unfortunately.  So, you’ll see we have a couple of different birdy vibes happening, some more realistic than others.

But first, the birdhouse.  I love this and it turned out much better than I expected.

Birdhouse in a Tree | The Cookie Architect

The main thing you are wondering about, based on previous comments alone, is the finish. The carefully hand painted  (or was it etched?!?) crackle paint finish.

Hahahahahahahahahaha!  Guys! It is so much better than that.  Why? Because it was a stamp.  Like, a rubber stamp.  Seriously, the fastest, easiest, coolest cookie finish.  And it took me three minutes.  I LOVE IT!

I was inspired by a gorgeous Easter set by Baked on Briar that I loved, so I went looking for a crackle stamp, and found this one instead.  Even better for what I had planned! And while I wasn’t ready to break the bank with stamps….let’s just say that when you go looking for a stamp like this, you will find more options than you ever dreamed of.    Here is the one I used:

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And just in case I haven’t dispelled enough of the cookie magic, let me just also say that the scrollwork perch is a fondant mold.  I didn’t pipe that.  Though now I want to try.

I made one bird cookie where I went for realistic, with the painting help from a fabulous tutorial from Honeycat Cookies (like this, but you know, ten times better!!) I came up with this guy:

Bird on a Branch | The Cookie Architect

 

And last but not least, I have a kind of epic silver dragee collection going now, largely thanks to How Sweet is That, so I was also inspired to make this super realistic, super safe to eat bird!

Shiny Bird | The Cookie Architect

By the time I finished all these cookies, they were minimally edible, so I let my brother eat them.  He assured me that it was fine that I stuck them in this tree for photos.  In case you were worried.

So there you go! Spring is here!  Blessing on all!!!