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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

Blythe Doll Extravaganza

The other day I went to show someone my Blythe Doll cookies on my website, and imagine my dismay!  They weren’t on there!  I was so crazy busy that some blog posts just didn’t get written.  Remember when I showed you my Arty Blythe from my visit to Kansas to be a guest prof. at McGoo U?  Well, these are the cookies I made with the cookies I had for my doll eye tutorial there.

Blythe Sisters | The Cookie ArchitectThe girl on the left is the girl I made for my doll eye tutorial available on McGoo U.  The eyes are made with fondant, with an indent for the iris painted and then filled with corn syrup.  Everything else is royal icing (and disco dust!).  The other girls here are her sisters, made from the other stages of cookies I made for that tutorial to show the step by step.

Every Which Way Blythe | The Cookie Architect

I know this is a random collection of dolls.  My initial inspiration was a big picture of someone’s Blythe collection all arranged in a circle.  I knew I had to create a cookie collection, and I wanted to experiment with different looks. In the end I was inspired to try and make a crazy doll video- to create a kaleidoscope effect.

And here are some of the individual dolls!

Rainbow Blythe | The Cookie Architect

Everyone had this shirt when they were a kid, I think!

Big Hair Big Eyes | The Cookie Architect

This one wasn’t my fave.  But I like her sweater.

Sulky | The Cookie Architect

I love how moody this one is! Such a teen!

Shadow Lustre | The Cookie Architect

Here she is all grown up, haha! I call her….Shadow Lustre.

Blyguy | The Cookie Architect

Everyone’s boyfriend. Or no ones, if you catch my drift.

Bunny Blythe | The Cookie Architect

This little lady looks a little worried about her competition.

Blythe | The Cookie Architect

My personal fave! Her eyes are a little more brown in real life.  Here she looks a little dangerous.  Either way, I love her!

Fun with Cookie Toys

Part of being “The Cookie Architect” is that I have a tendency to do elaborate, over the top, time consuming cookie projects.  You knew that about me, right?  I think of those projects as my “real cookies.” But do I let these time consuming projects keep me from making other cookie projects that pop in to my head?   Of course not.  Does it keep me from sleeping and cleaning the bathroom?   Enough with the rhetorical questions already, Rebecca.

Whisked Away Cutters

I had a good cookie mail week a while back. I received my order of some fun cookie cutters from Whisked Away Cutters, which even included some bonus cutters that I was happy to put to immediate use! AND, Killer Zebras sent me some new and even more improved than her already awesome stencils,  AND I finally bought a Stencil Genie from the Creative Cookier!  Put it all together, and you get some quick and fun cookie projects to play with my stuff and send friends and family cookies.

Hello Gorgeous | The Cookie Architect

With my stencils from Killer Zebras, I got some tried and true designs, like her awesome “Hello Gorgeous” stencil, some new designs she is trying out, like that killer chevron (on sale NOW in her new store!!), and a custom design for me that she and I are still perfecting (“Rebecca’s Lace”?   Still working on a name haha!). For these I used some of my new cutters from Whisked Away, and then I used the fondant I had leftover from making eyeballs (a whole other story, obviously).  I rolled the stencils into the fondant like impression mats, and then used food gels to paint the colors on to the raised parts.  And sent then off for a lovely lady’s birthday, just for fun!  Some don’t love fondant, but I do, mostly because I’ve only ever made my own using Haniela’s marshmallow fondant recipe, and it is delicious.

Lace stencil prototype | The Cookie Architect

Here is a cookie made with the stencil I am still working on- I think I want something a little more small scale and denser in detail- what do you think?

Stencil Genie

So, yes, there are a lot of product shout outs in this blog post- but they are all my idea!  I just went on a mini shopping spree, and now I’m telling you about my new toys.  Like, the Stencil Genie.  I mean, you all already know about this magical contraption, that holds stencils in place while you airbrush.  But did you know that it can make a stencil newbie like me feel like an old pro?  I think I’ve turned an airbrush corner!! Hallelujah!!

I used my stencil genie on the background of this set of “cookie cards” that I made my sister.  Based on a bunch of found belated birthday cards, I think that the cookies tell the whole story themselves…. (PG13 language- so my enormous pre-teen audience should be forewarned).

Oh Snap | The Cookie Architect    Bad Sister | The Cookie Architect  Belated Birthday | The Cookie Architect

Coming soon…All about my “real cookie” sets- Chicken and Egg Pysanky and Blythe Dolls Every Which Way.  (The fact that I’ve got little names for them are an indication of how long I spent thinking about them and making them, sadly)….

Blythe all the things!!!!

I just got back from the most fun little cookie trip! I went out to the magical Kansas film studio where Arty McGoo was awesome enough to have me on as a future McGoo U guest!

Do you guys know all about McGoo U?  It’s a fabulous online video series that is professionally put together with lots of fun extras.  And the star of the show is the most amazing cookie artist- Arty McGoo!  I mean, I was putting together a tutorial for my mini expert lab, and half the techniques I used I learned from her.  Crazy!!  So you all need to go sign up so you can see her amazingness.  And then next month you can see my tutorial and the skit.  Oh, the skit.  Wait ’til you see the skit.

Just to illustrate how silly and fun it all will get- I made a little present for Arty….I “Blythed” her latest Instagram selfie.

Arty on IG

This was not my idea, mind you!  My amazing friend (and uber-gracious hostess- I stayed with her and it was divine!!!!) Laura of Cadillac Cookie thought it would be funny.  And you know what, I think it is funny too.  I love Blythe dolls, and I love Arty!  Put them together, and you get Little Miss Blarty!

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If you are wondering how I did the eyes on this cookie, you are not alone. My expert lab tutorial will go through all the steps, so be sure to subscribe for April!

And if you are wondering why Blarty has a five-head, and no eyebrows, and her head is all roundy, that’s the “Blything”.  Yeah, Blythe dolls don’t have eyebrows for some reason….But they have huge ol’ heads!

And now I am back home and diving in to cookie Blythe-land now!! Looking forward to showing you my next project with all the new “dolls”! Until then, cheers!

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Valentine’s Day Part 3: Sacred Hearts

These last few red and white cookie sets were all done very spontaneously.  Typically, I draw inspiration from a number of places, and do drawings, and fuss and ponder.  But I had a mountain of icing, and “needed” to try some peanut butter cookies.  So that’s why I’m coming up with these quick, one inspiration photo cookie sets.  This is me “winging it!”  For me planning the heck out of something, see just about every other set of cookies I’ve ever made.

For my last Valentine’s Day set, I’m veering into Mardi Gras territory in terms of the level of luster and sparkly edible paint!  And since tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, the timing is perfect.  My inspiration for these cookies was Mexican Folk Art – Sacred Hearts.

Mexican Folk Art: Sacred Hearts

I was just playing with the motifs and the feel. These were fun to cut out- I used a variety of cutters, and imprinted the hearts with a cutter for easy flooding later.  I’ve included a process pic here.

Sacred Hearts Process | The Cookie Architect

The pristine white piping always makes me wonder if the later painting “ruined them,” but it’s just a different vibe.

Sacred Hearts | The Cookie Architect

Sacred Hearts 1 | The Cookie Architect  Sacred Hearts 2 | The Cookie Architect

 

I had one cookie at the end where I reversed the red and white.  I ended up leaving that unpainted (except for the obligatory luster dust haha!) because it just didn’t fit in the set, and looked great to me just the way it was!

Valentine's Day Heart | The Cookie Architect

To see all my Valentine’s Day Cookies, check out my cookie gallery!

Valentine’s Day Part Two: Flowers, Hearts and Cookies, Check, check and check!

Well, I know that normal people don’t blog twice in the same day, but I’ve got a backlog of cookies, and a new blog, and I meant for this to be a draft, but I haven’t figured out how NOT to publish things and just save the draft, so here is my newbie blogger second post of the day.

For this next set of Valentine’s Day cookies- it all started when my mom asked me to make cookies for her Physics class (and the teacher), and that morphed in to me experimenting with a new royal icing recipe in her class, and everyone decorating cookies. Best.day.ever. for those kids, let me tell you!  There was lots of official sounding discussion of viscosity, by which I mean consistency….  We had piping viscosity and 20 second viscosity, which I even timed with my phone so that it would seem more “sciencey.”  The upshot of this experiment is that I had a mountain of red and white icing when we were done.  And since it was just a few days before Valentine’s Day, I figured I would have to make some more cookies.

For the cookies, I tried out Sweetopia’s Peanut Butter cookie recipe, which came highly recommended, and is quite tasty.

For the inspiration, I went looking in (you guessed it) one of my secret Pinterest boards, and found a few red and white things to inspire my new cookie sets. For this particular set, I started with this picture:

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Magic Petals II By Bella

Now, I didn’t want to just copy this, but do my own cookie spin.  But I loved the looks of this style of flower and definitely wanted to do something along these lines. One thing that I did to make it my own was pair up petals in the flowers so that they were kind of funky heart shapes.  And I also paired up some of the flowers so that they were on heart shaped cookies.  When the time came, I decided to to do some flowers in the reverse color scheme.  All told, I didn’t stray too far from the original inspiration art, which I love!

When I went to cut out the shapes, it seemed like a good idea to notch between the petals, I realized later that I had just seen my good friend Dany’s Cakes do something similar on some flowers, and it must have snuck in to my brain.  This sort of thing happens all the time in creative endeavors: you see things and they crop back up in unexpected ways, or two people do the same thing at the same time, but that is a whole other blog post in the making!

I piped these the way that I did because the icing that I had made was an experimental tweak, and I wanted to see how it held up to the risk of craters.  Filling in all those petals after piping the surrounding color would have been a recipe for crater disaster if the icing wasn’t up for it, but it was great!   I also used my dehydrator, which I’ve found helps minimize craters.  I did get a few shallow dents, but I decided to think of them as texture!  So, without further ado, here are my red and white Valentine’s Day Heart Flower Cookies:

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For all of my Valentine’s Day cookies from this year- check out my cookie gallery!

Valentine’s Day Cookies Part One: You Make Me Quiver

Well, I never really got to make Christmas cookies, and that meant I had a lot of ideas and holiday cookies pent up inside apparently. Because I have made three different sets of Valentine’s Day Cookies (and counting) and it’s V-day today!

For this first set, I had some leftover icing in interesting colors from my Cookie Tile Explosion set, and I wanted to do something for Valentine’s Day.  I solicited opinions on Facebook, and Beth from Love Bug Cakes and Cookies suggested a pin that I had recently pinned to my Christmas Ideas board on Pinterest.   What a great idea!  So good that I told her SHE should do that one, because… that pin had already reminded me of this picture:

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This great art by Rex Ray had been my unused inspiration for Lilaloa’s non-traditional color challenge.  But right next to it was THIS PICTURE.

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And this particular image, also by Rex Ray, is what ended up inspiring the motifs of this set.  And because my inspiration is always a hodge podge of things that I am sifting through- I’m not a big “cutter” girl, and I didn’t have a lot of hearts to choose from, mostly I just had these two old tin hearts with arrows.  So I used those, and I pulled it all together with a cute Valentine quote that I had seen that was arrow related, “You make my heart quiver.”  And there you have it- campy, arty earthy valentines, with a cheeky message.

Campy Arrow Heart Cookies

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You can check out all of my latest Valentine’s day cookies in my gallery!