My first order from Evan was a sweet and simple set for a first birthday party. C for Collins and little party hats in pink, grey and mint made up this precious order. (Side note: Collins recently turned SIX years old!!!!!) Little did I know that this would be the beginning of a period of immense growth for me.
Evan kept the orders coming; weddings, birthdays, fundraisers, shop owners. The orders continued to challenge and push my limited knowledge; larger quantities, more intricate designs, techniques that I hadn’t done before. I bet you don’t give butter a second thought huh? I didn’t either but quickly learned that butter has a certain amount of water in it and each brand is different. Cookies not holding their shape? Could be the butter. So I had to find the butter that worked and only use that. Shipping day gave me anxiety beyond measure! There is no secret formula for shipping sugar cookies. I can’t tell you at the beginning what shipping will cost because every cookie is a different shape and size, therefore I can’t say that I can fit 3 dozen dolphins into a certain size box.
My learning process was purely trial and error. We’ve all grown accustomed to fearing failure, but I’m telling you failure is the best way to learn. Learn from your mistakes, reassess your process and figure out how to do it better. It’s truly not a reflection on your ability or inability, it simply is just how it is. I was reading someone’s Instagram story and their new phrase is “I guess I just haven’t learned that yet”. What a healthy way to look it! Anyway, here are a few stand-out orders either because it was a major accomplishment or just a set that I am proud of during this part of journey.
Life Song for Orphans This set was for a fundraiser that was being held in Montgomery. I believe this was my first logo order.
These really don’t need an explanation. To take it up a notch I added his actual signature to each cookie along with a border. These were way too much fun!!! This is Evan G. Cooper by the way!
Ivy & Klein - this set was the logo for this couples wedding. I had never done anything so detailed before!
Chelsea from E + ME became a recurring order and one that I always looked forward to. Chelsea was a new shop owner and being able to help sweeten her shops birthday celebrations was such encouragement for me at this point.
Every year at Christmas, the Governor’s Mansion is opened to the public for tours. Each of the rooms is beautifully decorated by volunteer designers from around the state. You can read more about the 2019 tour here. One year, Evan asked if I could provide cookies for the room that he was set to decorate, the dining room. He was also having a Christmas Open House shortly after and needed cookies for that event as well. My husband and I decided that this would be a good time to deliver cookies to him, meet him and check out Alabama!
At this point in the journey, the seed of moving to Montgomery had already been planted. Bill and I spent just a few days over Thanksgiving there and connected with a sweet realtor who kindly showed us several different houses, knowing that we were only looking and no where near ready to buy a home and move. This would be the first of several trips south for us.
Thanks so much for coming along on this journey with me, not only look back over the beginning but even now, while we settle in to our new home and state. Thank you for your support, your patience and your love! I wouldn’t be here without you!