July 19, 2012 by Mike
I had a request from a coworker to make a batch of cookies for her partner, Tessa. The request was for monkey-themed cookies for Tessa’s upcoming birthday. Now, I’ve already done sock monkey cookies so I didn’t want to go that route again. I decided Curious George will fit this bill.
Just googling “Curious George” there were tons images of little George doing things already birthday-related (score! My job just got simpler). I found a few images that would be perfect for this batch. I selected two that I could easily modified and personalize for Tessa.
In one design, I made her age into birthday balloons with Curious George coyly holding them behind his back (although, turning 36 is nothing to be shy about). The other is George icing her name on top of a cake. Some of the details were very tiny (like his face and hands). In those cases, I like to break out a fine-tipped food-coloring marker to get into those tight spaces.
To complete the batch, I picked a few other stock images of Curious George, sort of as filler. I think it makes the batch more interesting to have a handful of different designs. Also, it’s even more convenient (read: huge time saver) that I was able to repeat some of the same colors for these cookies.
I’ve been getting a lot of birthday themed requests lately- so stay tuned. I’ll be pumping those out in the next week or so. In the mean time, have a great 36th birthday, Tessa!
Category: Cookies, TV Themed
Tags: birthday, brown, character, pink
July 15, 2012 by Mike
My friend, Tim, (a huge Seattle Mariners baseball fan) recently celebrated his 27th birthday. To help commemorate this occasion, I made him a batch of Seattle Mariners themed cookies.
Birthdays are essentially annual celebrations of getting older and wiser. I thought it would be a clever tie-in to this “getting older” aspect by making Mariners logos from the past and present.
For the logos from the past, I decided on these two designs (mostly because they used the same colors, so I didn’t have to mix extra colors of icing). Some random facts (thanks Wikipedia!): The Mariners’ colors were royal blue and gold from 1977 to 1992. The trident logo was used from 1980 to 1986. The “M’s” nickname was featured prominently on their logo from 1987 to 1992.
I’m really pleased how the threading on the baseball came out.
Also for this batch, I did three designs from the present scheme. The current team colors are navy blue, ”northwest green” (mostly known by others as cyan), and silver.
The “S” with the compass came out a little rougher than I’d hoped because the logo details were too tiny for my hands to handle. I tried to make up for it by doing a larger compass design by itself, which seemed to come out a little better. And as a bonus, I threw in the Mariner Moose mascot.
Happy Birthday, Timmy! I hope you enjoyed the cookies.
Category: Cookies, Sports
Tags: baseball, blue, character, gray, logo, Seattle