Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Sweet" Baby Girl plus Coffee and The Cross Cookies

Busy week for me.  I made about six dozen decorated cookies and a birthday cake plus worked on my Valentine table decorations between work and chasing the munchkins around.  I'm not sure I'd have it any other way though.  I love my babies, and the baking and decorating!  =)

These were for my cousin to take to a baby shower for one of her friends.  I've been on this "sweet treats" kick lately and couldn't help but incorporate the theme into these cookies for a sweet baby girl.  Usually I prefer to get all the specifics from folks when they request cookies.  I mean every detail they can think of that I can put into cookie form for them.  But, this time I didn't mind having a little freedom with the design.  So sweet.

Have a fun time at the shower cousin, and welcome Baby Kaliyah.

And these were for a co-worker's turn to host a monthly church group meeting.  I really liked these once I got the design on the coffee cups down.  I was fresh out of ideas on how to decorate them and just about frustrated with myself as I got about half a dozen cookies into decorating when I finally got something I liked.  But, as one of my Besties texted in response to my text of frustration to her "Practice 'dozen' makes perfect."  =)  I love it!  This just might become my cookie decorating motto.  Good thing I always make extra!

Blessings, Linda and enjoy your meeting.

Oh, and thanks for the encouragement Adriana.  Love you girl!

Happy weekend everyone!  I'm off to get the kids up for MOMS group at church this morning.

Decorations for V-Day?! Absolutely!

I want to decorate the house (or at least the living and dining rooms) for Valentine's Day.  My sister thinks that a silly idea but, I love hearts and the pinks and reds and glitter and whimsiness (is that a word?) that Valentine's day brings (my math-teaching, basketball-coaching, super cool Auntie of a Big Sis doesn't dig glitter and whimsy).  Plus, I was ridiculously late getting my Christmas tree up this past Christmas (So sad, 9:30 p.m., Christmas Eve was when the star was finally on the top of the tree.  SMH.) 

Anyway, a few years back I'd hosted and decorated a table at our church Annual Ladies Tea in a "sweet"heart/Valentine theme and well, I figure what better way to put to good use again, all the sweet table decorations I'd picked up for that one day then to break them out every year for Valentines day?!?!  When I saw this cutie at JoAnn a few weeks ago for 40% off, I had to have it, and it was confirmed, those decorations are going up and Big Sis' e-mail will be flooded with pictures when I'm done.  Hehehe!

Hearts!  Glitter!  Whimsy!  I LOVE it so!!!!!! <3

Can you guess what these will be?  Take a look here for a hint at what part of my Valentine "tablescape" will have on it.   

Those are my everyday mugs by the way that coincidentally
worked perfectly for holding these guys.

I'll be back later with their finished shots and hopefully the whole look at home!  I can't wait!  

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Baby Safari

Here's a set of baby safari animals I did for one of the teachers at my son's BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM.  (Note to moms:  It's no longer "daycare" when the kiddo moves from preschool to kindergarten.  Not a recent revelation to me, but one I have to constantly remind myself of again now that big brother has a little brother that goes to "daycare."  We don't take 2nd graders (Or kindergartners, or 1st graders) to daycare.  We take babies to daycare.  Okay?  Thanks.  =)).

Shanon is due to have a baby boy next month and had been mentioning wanting cookies for her baby shower for months in advance.  I'd fallen in love with the cookies here at Ali Bee's Bake Shop blog (Thanks Ali Bee!  So cute!) so I was super excited when Shanon requested safari animals after she and her party hosts purchased the shower decorations.  Between Ali Bee's and the shower theme decorations, here's what Shanon got:

So, I totally crossed my fingers and prayed after I free handed baby giraffe there.  I had no giraffe cutter but was determined to include him.  It just didn't seem like the set would be complete without him so I took a Christmas stocking cutter and modified it a bit.  Not sure why I left that extra bit at the back of the base of his neck but when all was said and done I think he worked!  

If you can't tell, that's supposed to be a pacifier in the little monkey's (and tiger's) mouth.  Julian said he couldn't tell it was a pacifier so I was instantly worried that Shanon and her guests wouldn't be able to tell either.  I mentioned the pacifiers to Shanon upon delivering them though and she totally got it (sticking my tongue out at my boy).  =)

You'll likely see these guys again.  I've been planning, in my head, my youngest son's 1st birthday party for months now and it will be a safari/jungle animal theme.  I guess it's time to move the planning from my head to at least paper though seeing as how Titus is 8 months old today.  Where in the world does time go so fast?!  Julian and I will have to decide if we'll keep the pacifiers with them or not though.  =)

Congrats, Shanon!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

8th Reptile Birthday

Hello!  Welcome to the first blog post from Sweetly Favored, a blog where I explore and share about my wonderful world of baking.  This being my first post, what better way to kick it off than with a birthday set.  Enjoy!

Made these for a little boy's 8th birthday party that had a reptile, dinosaur, lizard type of theme.  The snakes were sssssso much fun!

And here are their dinosaur buddies........

So according to my 7 year old son (he's also my biggest fan =) ), "T-Rex's don't have spikes, mom," so you'll have to ignore the spikey fella on the left but, I thought these guys were pretty cute too!

Happy Birthday, Alex!