I think that I’ve been procrastination on working on a new post because I can’t decide which of the fabulous projects I want to share first. So I’ll start with one that is most overdue. I should have shared this back in November, not sure why I didn’t, probably because November and December were a blur to me.
After Hurricane Sandy I found a few outlets to help out. Besides clothing, food and monetary donations it was heartwarming for me to donate my talent. I know cookies are just flour and sugar but they are also smiles and joy. Like cupcakes and cakes they can brighten someones day even for just a moment.
Duplicating a pattern is one of my favorite ways to decorate in sugar art. I’m pretty much a copier with a lot of my designs. My husband says thats not so, that everyone is influenced by others work and this is true. Sometimes I start off thinking I’ll just duplicate something Ive seen but then it comes to life in my own way and it ends up an original design. I have wanted to literally copy Dwell Studio prints on a cake or cookie for a long time now. Their modern patterns are a favorite of mine and influenced my original design in my son’s nursery, see his Oliver the Owl nursery HERE.
I had just completed a large cookie donation to the Red Hook Initiate on Election Day when I noticed Dwell Studio was hosting a bake sale coordinated by Joanna Goddard from Cup of Jo. to benefit Operation Kids hurricane relief effort . My kitchen wasn’t even returned to normal from my first bakeathon so I asked my husband if he would mind if I dove in to another project, the cookies would be due in two days so it would be a quick project. He couldn’t say no of course!
I combed through Dwell Studios patterns, current and vintage. I have so many favorites that I was sad that time restraints would in the end restrict my design decision. I choose two children’s patterns for their color combos and simplicity.
Owl and Transportation made the final cut and then I narrowed down the design to just a few recognizable elements. It is the colors of the designs that really bring the cookies to life. Colors are also what make Dwell Studio prints so coveted.
I dropped my cookies off at Dwell Studio’s brand new gorgeous SoHo flagship store, often lovingly referred to as 77 Wooster. They were well received by Joanna and Christiane. The atmosphere was energetic as kids were gobbling up treats and people were greeting each other. There were so many yummy donations and a crowd was forming right away. I’m sure I’m not the only person that has separation anxiety from their creative work, it’s very a funny feeling! I’m so happy to share, so proud to make people excited about sugar but I don’t want to let go! Luckily I always feel that my little works of art are appreciated and enjoyed, it’s the only way I can really walk away.
Later that day Christiane tweeted and instagramed a pretty shot of the cookies with a thank you shout out to me.
And the a few days later a post was up at the Studio blog highlighting some of the pics of how the bake sale went. Again there was a very sweet mention and pic of my cookies!
I also checked up on A Cup of Jo to see how the bake sale went. They raised $2400 in 3 hours, which Dwell Studio matched for a grand total of $4800 to donate to hurricane relief efforts. Thats amazing! Here is a screen shot of some more pics from A Cup of Jo. I was excited to see the little boy in the lower right picture choosing one of my cookies . <3
To sum it up, I love to create sweet treats, love Dwell Studio and love to help out. It was a hands down a win – win experience.