Earlier I shared with you a picture of my new apron embroidered with my Vanilla Bean Baker logo and I told you that I had been working on something for a month that I hoped to be able to share you with soon. Well, *soon* came and went on Saturday, December 7th. I attended my first ever Christmas Artisan’s show! Yup, I made 312 Christmas themed cookies,
packaged them up in clear plastic bags with logo bag toppers
and along with 100 bite size sample Christmas themed decorated cookies,
set up my own table with my own hand-painted Vanilla Bean Baker tablecloth and got set to meet the crowds.
Having customers contact you to place an order for cookies is one thing but to stand behind a table laden with your creations waiting for customers to visit is totally quite another. The event ran from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and if a total of 100 people came through the doors during that time, I shall venture to say that that was it. The show was held in a little community not far from me called Lanark Village. It only has a population of about 600 people. Unfortunately, while at the show I was informed that it was also competing against three other communities in the area that were also holding Artisan’s show. In relation to the number of people that came, I did have relatively good sales, people did buy my cookies and those that tried the samples enjoyed them. However, I clearly over-baked for this particular show! I was selling my cookies at the show individually, by the half dozen and by the dozen. Twenty-four dozen cookies in twelve different designs, yup…way too much product!
While attendance was low and disappointing, I’m not discouraged and I’m already planning to do this again next year, only at a different show held earlier in November. It was a fun learning experience and I met some great people.
So, in the next few posts I’ll be sharing with you some of the different cookie designs I made for this Artisan’s show along with some tutorials. You’ll see that a few of the designs were inspired by fellow cookiers, Mike of Semi-Sweet Mike, Callye of Sweet Sugar Belle and Thyjuan of Inspirations by Thyjuan.
Before showing you how I made the Hello Christmas Kitty, I want to tell you about Ethan and Melissa of Food Bloggers of Canada and their initiative to get people to share some #cookielove this holiday season. When you are doing your Christmas baking, think about baking a few extra cookies to donate to someone. Someone who could use a pick-me-up, someone you want to thank for whatever reason, someone who could just do with a few extra cookies. Ethan and Melissa are trying to get as many people as possible to share some #cookielove over the holidays. After my grand-children chose cookies left over from my Artisan’s show to give to their teachers, bus drivers, custodians, principles, etc., I still had dozens left so I shared spread some #cookielove in my area. I donated cookies to my local Salvation Army for their Christmas Hampers, to my local Food Bank for their annual Christmas Dinner, to my local OPP Detachment as a thank you for their service, etc. You get the idea. After delivering 10 packages of #cookielove I came home feeling wonderful and there’s not a decorated Christmas cookie left in my home right now.
Talk about feeling warm and fuzzy, here’s my Hello Christmas Kitty cookie. I used the *fluffy* technique created by Amber of Sweet Ambs for this cookie and I really like how they turned out.
Did you notice? In this picture and in the Hello Christmas cookies shown in the first photo I hadn’t applied her whiskers! I didn’t notice until I had assembled all the cookies to put their bag toppers on before the day of the show. I had to unpackage two dozen kittys, add the whiskers with black edible marker and then repackage them. I sold a few of these cookies at the show so I’m glad I noticed my error. I didn’t however, remember to take a picture of the totally finished cookies after however.
To make Hello Kitty Christmas cookies I did the following:
1. Piped and flooded cooled sugar cookies with white icing.
2. Using my Kopykake Projector, I traced with a black edible marker the image of Hello Kitty. With black piping icing I piped over the edible marker lines and with red flood icing I filled in the ears and the bow.
3. With black piping icing I made two dots for the eyes and using a black edible marker, made a small oval for the nose. With green piping icing I made little sprigs of holly on the bow and topped them off with a red chocolate dragées.
4. With with flood icing I flooded the hat and collar and when it was dry, I added white piping icing, tapping all over the hat and collar area with a clean paint brush to create the *fluffy* effect.
Be sure to try and spread some of your own #cookielove this season.