Adirondack Dreaming Coloring Page and an update!

Hi Everyone! I’ve been so busy and I am behind posting blog posts about my cookie projects, but if you check out my online gallery you will find that I’ve been keeping that up to date at least!

Maybe you’ve already heard about the project I’ve been working on for the last few weeks. It’s a project that I’ve been commissioned to make for the Made in the Adirondacks artisan show at the Adirondack Museum.  I’m calling it Adirondack Dreaming; it’s my dream camp, if by dreaming you mean that I feel in to a deep daydream and this is the camp I designed!  I am going for whimsical, fantastic, and rustic all at once.  I hope that there will be a little for everyone in it.

The cookies get finished tonight, and displayed tomorrow. Check out my Instagram or Twitter feeds for the latest sneak peeks! (Or Facebook, if you must).  Of course, when I finish I’ll post all about it here.  I’ll even share what it was like to Periscope live broadcast most of the decorating!

In the meantime, I made a coloring page to accompany this set, and I love how it came out.  If you like that sort of thing, please print it out! Don’t worry if the pdf looks broken up on the screen, it should print out smoothly, it’s just high resolution.

Adirondack Dreaming Coloring Page | The Cookie Architect

#drunkcookier

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!

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!!!

Chicken and Egg Pysanky

When I was first starting out, one of the first things I did was this set of Pysanky eggs. I did it as a decorating party, and spent two weeks planning my designs, and about six hours mixing icing and flooding cookies for me and my friends. And about an hour and a half to pipe them!  They are still some of my all time favorites!

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This year, I wanted to do something different with Pysanky style cookies for Easter. Randomly, I have a whole collection of chicken and egg cutters.  So I put Pysanky chickens on all the eggs, and Pysanky egg patterns on all the chickens.  Because that is the sort of thing that I do….  To do all of these, I first hand painted the color, then piped over them.  They are all pretty small.  The “big” eggs are about 3″ tall.  They were super time consuming, so some were consumed before I had to paint them!  I hope you enjoy them!

Pysanky Chicken and Eggs | The Cookie Architect  Pysanky Chickens Angle | The Cookie Architect Hens and Egg | The Cookie Architect Eggs and Chickens | The Cookie ArchitectPale Egg | The Cookie Architect  Black Chicken | The Cookie ArchitectRooster | The Cookie Architect

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)….

Featured in an Interview on The Business of Baking

I met Michelle of the blog The Business of Baking on Instagram!  She’s great fun, and she has tons of great information about being a good businessperson in the baking arena.  I’ve even learned a bunch that can be applied to my architecture business! I was honored when she asked me to be featured in an interview as she is working on branching out to include more cookiers in her blog, which has had a more cakey focus.  Go and check it out to find out all about my favorite cookies, my latest plans, and why I don’t sell my cookies! Interview: Rebecca Weld, The Cookie Architect.

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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