|Kay and May of Cookie Two Shoes|
Can you believe our six fabulous instructors arrived thinking that some of the attendees would not know who they were? Many of us followed their earliest photo's on Flickr and check their blog posts on a daily basis. They were so generous in sharing their self-taught skills . . . wrapping a bullet of icing, using a stencil, arranging an attractive platter, packaging and photographing cookie creations, working with glaze icing, and applying "cookie think." (Although, I may need to trade kids with Callye. My family expects full bodies and faces when they request character cookies.)
|Karen of Karen's Cookies http://www.karenscookies.net/|
Alison of Ali Bee's Bake Shop http://snargblog.blogspot.com/
Maryann of Cookie Artisan http://www.flickr.com/photos/34555769@N04/
Glory of Glorious Treats http://glorioustreats.blogspot.com/
Pam of Cookie Crazie http://www.cookiecrazie.com/
Callye of Sweet Sugar Belle http://www.sweetsugarbelle.com/
Did we recognize them? See for yourself . . .
Your would think that George Clooney had walked into the room when our six instructors posed with their new aprons.
Each participant was asked to create two Kentucky theme cookies. The display was jaw-dropping beautiful as well as creative. This group was very imaginative and has their own arsenal of piping skills. Check out the work for yourself.
|The blackberry fruit jar was selected by participants as the best entry.|
Now that I have shown you the overall collection, I'll share the entries that Cookie Friend and I brought to the event. Diane created a beautiful butterfly and a goldenrod cookie. I went with the NCAA basketball collection.
|Donna and Diane in cookie heaven.|
My husband is highly suspicious of Spring Fling. I came home after four days with just four cookies (Can they be bronzed?)
|My first attempts at brush embroidery and stenciling.|
He keeps asking what I learned and what I did for four days. I had fun. I also came away with the following . . .
1. Despite their skill level, every instructor advised us that it isn't about being perfect. It's more about learning how to be yourself, cover your mistakes, and have fun.
2. It's ok to glob and spread rather than flood if that is what works for you. Even the experts are self taught and have their own approaches to piping, icing consistency, etc.
3. The cookie world is full of warm and fuzzy people. We are blessed that so many talented individuals are sharing their techniques via blogs, tutorials, videos, etc. Acknowledge their efforts when possible. Leave a kind comment and link back whenever you use something they have posted. They deserve credit for their creations as well as the financial payback for the countless hours they pour into their work.
|Thank you for the hospitality and your hard work!|
All good things must come to an end. The attendees collected money and presented thank you gifts to our Dynamic Duo. Forget Batman and Robin! These twins are Wonder Women in pulling off an event that was as inspirational as it was instructional.
|Sisterly Love . . . Hugs, Hugs . . .|
To all my sweet new cookie friends, stay in touch and share those photo's!
Peace, Joy, Cookies!