Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Spice of Life

Let me start this post out by saying I am a very indecisive person.  Whether its deciding what to eat or if I have to pick between buying 2 different pairs of shoes (or both or neither because I probably shouldn't be buying anymore shoes haha), I can't ever seem to make up my mind without wondering what if?  My hobbies are the same.  I have gone through a various assortment of interests, baking being one of them.  However, one thing that has remained a constant in my life is art and I believe that is why I adore decorating so much.  Sure, I have my lazy days where I could've baked and didn't but once I get started I always wonder to myself what was I griping about in the first place?  It's something that has become a large part of my life both at work and in my free time.  I, for the first time in a long time, feel like I've found something I truly enjoy and want to make work for me.  It's both relieving and terrifying at the same time because now that I know what I want to do where do I go from here?  There's a long road of trial and error and there's no guarantees but I guess that's the spice of life.

This afternoon I worked on some sample cookies to show to a friend for her wedding.  I've noticed a lot of bloggers, once they get big, go back and delete their old posts.  Maybe its to look more professional or who knows what the reason is really.  I personally think that its silly.  I like to see where I've come from and what did and didn't work for me.  I think these cookies are a good example of that.  I started out decorating with a small tip and you can see that the designs (white cookie with blue details) are more shaky than with a larger tip.  She loved them and I'm happy too.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Dia de los Muertos

I've been slacking pretty badly lately when it comes to making baked goods.  So I'm trying to make up for it by going overboard for the months of October and November.  Kicking off October is a cookie design I've been dying to do for a while (heh heh, get it?).  Technically, Dia de los Muertos takes place on November 1st but I'm not one to be on time so let's ignore that part.  My love for the decorated sugar skulls was rekindled by the amazing artwork by Sylvia Ji.  Her artwork evokes mystery, allure, and sensuality.

"Catrina"  Sylvia Ji

Obviously my cookies are a bit more of a whimsical take.  I was nervous at first but really you can't go wrong with these design wise.  Dots, swirls, and petals in a bunch of different colors...this would probably be a fun project if you had a day at home with kids.  The main goal is to enjoy what you are doing, right?  If you happen to make something pretty as a result that's just a bonus.  Have quite a few ideas for what to work on next so stay tuned!