Remember that I told you a few posts ago that I was working on something and hoped to share with you soon? Well, it’s almost time but not quite. Hopefully early next week. I can tell you that I’ve be getting ready for this *little something* since early in November and part of the prep for it was to make myself an apron. I have lots of aprons but I needed a brand spanking new one, in white. So I sewed one myself. When you make things yourself you are able to make them exactly as you need them to be. For me, all my aprons should have pockets…I love having pockets in most of my clothing and especially in my aprons. When I made my white apron I made it with four pockets. Here is the bottom half of my apron with the waist ties tucked into the third pocket (or second pocket depending on whether you are counting from left to right or right to left!)
The top is a bib top and once I finished sewing it I took it to my local embroidery shop, Elite Engraving and Embroidery in Perth to have them embroider my logo on the top. I emailed them a picture of my blog header and from that they digitized the image and before you could say “The Vanilla Bean Baker” they finished my apron just perfectly for me. What do you think?
So, about Dagwood Bumstead. When I walked into the Elite Engraving and Embroidery shop, there on the bulkhead that overhangs their work area was what I thought to be a painting of Dagwood Bumstead. When I commented to the owners that Dagwood’s image would make a great cookie, they agreed and then proceeded to tell me that the image was actually not a painting of Dagwood but rather an embroidery stitch-out they did for a client who wanted an embroidered pillow for her husband’s den (a big fan of Dagwood obviously) . When I left the shop I knew that I would soon be making Dagwood Bumstead cookies for the owners and on Friday I delivered them.
To make these cookies I did the following:
1. Piped and flooded the cooled cookies with white royal icing and left to set overnight.
2. Used a black edible image marker to trace the image of Dagwood Bumstead on to the cookies using my KopyKake.
3. Used black piping icing to pipe over the trace lines.
4. Flooded the bow tie with red royal icing and the jacket and hair with black royal icing.
5. Then flooded the face and ears with tan royal icing and the collar with white royal icing. Left cookies to set overnight.
6. Using a black edible marker, completed the facial details including the ears.
6. Delivered cookies to owners Jim and Susan Buker of Elite Engraving and Embroidery, Perth Ontario whose embroidery work of Dagwood Bumstead inspired these cookies.
So you now know what Dagwood Bumstead I have in common. We’ve both been stitched beautifully by Elite Engraving and Embroidery. Jim & Susan, I love my apron and you were both such a pleasure to deal with. Thanks so much!