I was at Cookie Camp last weekend and met lots of super talented cookie artists, we learned all kinds of new techniques and just had some plain old fun.
I returned Sunday night and Dave had a whole new outlook on our business. In case you aren’t familiar with me, or this blog…lately I’ve been not so happy with the cookies we’ve been making. It’s great to have a business and make a living based on something that you really enjoy doing, but when it starts to become a chore that makes you slightly miserable, well, it’s time to take a step back and see how you can right your ship.
I do love what we do, but sometimes (ok, lately ALL the time) I’m so incredibly bored and annoyed with making the SAME OLD cookies over and over and over again. I really want to make creative, fun, pretty cookies, and new ones. New ones as often as possible. I tell you if I have to ice one more Boston Jersey, I’m going to hurl myself into the river. (and there are many other designs that make me contemplate throwing in the towel, or worse!)
Anyway, I do understand that I am marginally lucky. Lucky that I don’t have to answer to any boss, wear a name tag, or follow someone else’s rules. And I also understand that I CHOSE this job, but I always enjoyed CREATIING, not repeating the same designs over and over and certainly not pushing my own creativity to the side to be boxed in by inexperienced, non cookie artists idea of what they want on a cookie (which never looks as good as it could if they would only give me freedom to create something amazing for them)
I also know that not a lot of our customers actually read this blog, but if you are reading, this is not targeted at any one person in particular, and yes, the customer is paying for the cookie. Just trust me though, I’ve been designing and producing cookies and cookie collections for 8 years on a full time basis, and I’m sure that’s more experience than most. When you limit me, you stifle me.
Dave wants to take on even MORE responsibility so that I can create new collections for our store.
While I was away, he created a custom favor for a client and iced yet ANOTHER Boston cookie order. All on his own, and all so that when I returned from Camp, I could have a full day to create the first of our Halloween collections for 2K11.
How great are the bowling cookies that he made?? I love the retro feel and the colors and just about everything about these!
I didn’t photograph the Boston cookies that he made, but they look the same as all the other Boston cookies that we make, if you search them on this blog, you’ll find LOADS of examples.
When I returned from Cookie Camp, I was full of ideas and had learned lots of new things. Dave and I had these sketched out a little bit, and we had some clip art to look at in order to come up with the NEW Jack-O-Lantern collection.
I have to say, I think these are the best Jack-O-Lanterns I’ve EVER made. Chalk that up to a great starting point and a weekend in the Smoky Mountains with the most amazing and talented cookie artists in North America.
I finally got to meet Bea of Cancun Cookies. She is the nicest person around and we’ve “known” each other since the very beginning of this blog. She’s been ever so supportive, even when I just started and my writing was crap, my photos were horrible, and my posts were just dumb. She’s been there, reading and commenting and being kind.
I worked on another set on Monday, but I’ll post them tomorrow.
For now, I’ve got more Halloween designs on deck, as well as October Fest and more Fall Collections. Until then, there are a few orders for party favors (yes, more of the same) that need to be finished and this weekend should be busy in the bake shop, so I’m not sure when I’ll get to create again, but I think it will be sooner rather than later!
A HUGE thank you to all the ladies at Cookie Camp, especially the organizers of the whole weekend;
And an even bigger THANK YOU to Dave, you are the most supportive and motivated person I have ever known. Thanks for trying to get my ship right and trying to bring back my joy in the art of cookie decorating.
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