Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year, New Blog!

Happy New Year! After having several people tell me this past year that I should start a blog, I've decided to give it a go. I figure it can be a good place to show off my craftiness -- whether it's cookies or other confections I've baked or crafts I've created using my beloved Cricut.

To get started, here are a few of the cookies I baked for Christmas this year. I didn't go as crazy as I did last year, where I swear I baked more than 500 cookies, but I did try and top myself artistically.

These Santa faces were perhaps my favorite. I used luster dust for the first time to give Santa his rosy cheeks.
The snow globes are a repeat of a cookie I did last year, but I liked them so much I had to do them again. They were originally featured in Martha Stewart Living in 2009. The snowmen I made for my students at school. Lucky kids! They were an easy cookie to decorate, using a simple ornament cookie cutter. I used black candy pearls for the eyes and mouth and more luster dust for the rosy cheeks.
I am most proud of my taxi cookies. There is no pre-made cookie cutter for the front of a taxi, so I used a car front cutter that I purchased from ecrandal and added the taxi top by cutting a small piece of dough and adding it to the top of the taxi before baking. The pieces baked together seamlessly, so you'd never know by looking at them. I used silver luster dust again for the bumper. The wreath and santa face were royal icing decors from Fancy Flours.
Of course, not everything I baked were sugar cookies. I also had to make some decadent chocolate chip cookies to keep my husband happy. These cookies are the Jaques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe printed in The New York Times a few years ago. They are quite possibly the best chocolate chip cookie out there -- and they'd better be after having to chill the dough for 36 hours! I didn't use Jaques Torres chocolate though. I find the Guittard chocolate disks sold at Whole Foods to work better.

On the craft front, I managed to make some matching Christmas cards and gift tags. Both were made with my trusty Cricut.
Since 2011 led my husband and I to our perfect NYC apartment (after five years!), I wanted to celebrate our happy city life with our Christmas card. Of course, I had to have a matching gift tag, too! I used Cricut cartridges Going Places and Doodlecharms for the images. I wrapped the base of the tag with Divine Twine in Cherry (love this stuff).

I look forward to sharing more cookies and crafts with you this year!

1 comment:

  1. Awesome blog! Amazing work from a wonderful woman! I love you and your creations!