C'est La Vie Continued. . . .

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.

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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.

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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!

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Ivy & Klein - this set was the logo for this couples wedding. I had never done anything so detailed before!

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When Evan called me to talk about this next set, I almost cried! Shauna West, a shop owner and author from Troy, Alabama had just released her book “The $50.00 Home Makeover” . Click here to see the video of her release party and see if you can spot the cookies!!

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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.

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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!

I added the holes on each side of the cookie so that they could be strung with ribbon and kept as keepsakes to hang on their tree. There was a cookie with each of the Governor’s children and grandchildren’s names as well as the Governor and his wife.

I added the holes on each side of the cookie so that they could be strung with ribbon and kept as keepsakes to hang on their tree. There was a cookie with each of the Governor’s children and grandchildren’s names as well as the Governor and his wife.

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!




Fall Centerpiece

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed the pictures of my hydrangeas over the past few weeks. They go from white, to a lime green, then head into beautiful shades of pinks before they are done for the year.

If you just took a quick glance at them, you would cast them off as dying or dead. But upon closer inspection, you would find that their show isn’t over just yet.

We celebrated my parents birthdays in October and I decided to bring some of these beauties in so that we could enjoy them the night of the celebration. I got my garden scissors and started snipping.

I had an idea in my head of what I wanted the arrangement to look like, so I knew that I needed different size blooms and lengths of stem. Once inside, I laid them out on the floor to separate each stem and flower, I sprayed them with a little bit of Thieves household cleaner, hoping that it would encourage any critters to move out! I’m not really sure that it worked. {lol}

I also gathered some mini pumpkins from around the house to tuck in here and there and eventually added a few old bottles as well. Of course the concern was where we would put the food, but I was confident we’d work it out.

In the end, I was very happy with how it all turned out! We had plenty of space for the food and family and it was a sweet night of celebrating.









Gatherings: { G R E Y S O N }

I asked my friend Melanie from Instagram to share with us a bit about her son Greyson's 7th birthday.  

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We had so much fun celebrating Greyson's 7th birthday at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill in Prattville, AL - one of the most beautiful courses in the south! It's also home of the LPGA Classic! What a blessing to be able to share the experience of playing on the same course as the top female players across the nation with Greyson and his friends.

 

We started the day off with a new golf glove as a party favor. The boys enjoyed driving, chipping, putting, and eating delicious golf themed sugar cookies. I enjoyed showing the boys up with my golf game (wink, wink), but most importantly, I loved watching a little boy laugh, joke and have a ball with his friends (no pun intended)! It's days like this one that makes all that other busy stuff seem to vanish. Time spent this day was so enjoyable and is really what life is all about! God has truly blessed me!!!

Thank you so much for adding that special touch to an already perfect day!!!

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Thank you so much Melanie, for allowing How Sweet Cookies to be a part of such a special celebration!